6th Beverley Puppet Festival July 11th-13th 2014

Beverley Puppet Festival returns on 11th - 13th July 2014 with plans to eclipse the previous 5 festivals.

This biennial festival will continue to offer something for everyone. Previous festivals have introduced performances suitable for adults and teenagers and only limited by the imagination of the puppeteer. This is in line with a national trend sparked by shows including spectacular puppetry, such as Warhorse.

Children’s shows have proved popular with young children and their families. The shows planned range from traditional Punch & Judy and well known fairy tales to beautifully told parables relating to the world around us.

The Puppet Festival will be held in a number of venues around Beverley Town Centre and free street performances are also planned.

In 2014 ticketed theatre shows and free outdoor acts from Britain's leading puppet theatre companies will be invading Beverley.


The Beverley Puppet Festival is funded by Arts Council England and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Beverley Arts Trust plan, organise funding for, and run the Beverley Puppet Festival.

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues

Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July 2014

‘Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended’ The Independent

The 2014 Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival takes place from Friday 27th June to Sunday 29th June. Surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, the Festival is set in the award winning grounds and Great Hall of this Elizabethan stately home. Could this be the most breathtaking place to spend a weekend, soaking up the UK's hottest jazz and blues acts?

This year's line up includes Chantel McGregor, British Blues Award's guitarist of the year AND female vocalist of the year 2013; the legendary jump, jive, swing, rythmn and blues of King Biscuit and the Pleasure Boys; New-Orleans-Bourbon-bar sultry vocals and boogie piano of Tipitina; festival band favourites, gospel tinged Polly and the Billets Doux. And if that isn't varied enough, we have master-saxophonist Alan Barnes, teaming up with Horace Silver experts The Give a Little Love Orchestra for 'Watching the Detectives': music that celebrates Sherlock Holmes and Columbo! For the full line up, please click Line Up on the side of this page.

As always, bands overflow from the outdoor main stage into the Great Hall, our shops and cafe courtyard, and the late night sessions in our bar tent. Delicious food is prepared by our catering team, ranging from homemade burgers to spicy curries, ice creams from our vintage ice cream van, and bakes and cupcakes in our tea tent. Local, award winning Wold Top beers will be on tap, brewed just a few miles away and delivered by brewer and jazz fan Tom Mellor, who then picks up his guitar to play in the Hall.

There is camping in the beautiful surroundings of the adjacent Park Field, with hot showers laid on. The child in all of us is taken care of by balloon artistry and face painting, and highlights of Burton Agnes' grounds inlcude a maze, giant games, jungle garden and woodland walk with forest creatures to find.

The Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival is proud to be an official fringe event of Le Tour de France's visit to Yorkshire. We will salute the arrival of the Tour de France's 'Le Grand Depart' in Yorkshire with 'Le Mini Depart'. Taking place alongside the Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival, there will be time-trialled clown bike and toddler races on 'Le Mini Course'; a celebration of French cuisine on the food lawn; and the hothouse gypsy-jazz music of France's most famous jazz guitarist, Django Reinhardt, performed on stage by Djangologie.

"The whole experience was brilliant...the combination of antiquity and youthful influence from Simon and his family, protecting tradition and heritage yet creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere. We will be back again." Festivalgoers Tom and Hildy Young.

Tickets are now available. Click the 'Tickets & Prices' link on the side of this page.

If you would like to receive information about the 2014 Jazz & Blues Festival, please email: office@burtonagnes.com


Cornucopia Festival

26th - 27th September 2014

Cornucopia 2013 is a new boutique festival set in the rural idyll of unspoilt East Yorkshire, with the simple aim of producing a chilled out atmosphere to celebrate the mellowness of the changing season, spiced with fine music, food and drink.

Cornucopia Festival offers an eclectic mix of Americana, Folk and some classic British R&B at the end of September,. Local beer will be on offer as well as traditional games and a green fair, including 'hands on' crafts with a green theme, all situated at Burton Agnes Hall in rural East Yorkshire


Other Beverley Festivals

There are a number of other festivals in Beverley throughout the year. Details may be obtained from the Beverley Tourist Information Office.

Beverley Georgian Festival

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival

Beverley Folk and Music Festival

Beverley Chamber Music Festival

Beverley Literature Festival

Festival of Christmas