During the course of the year, Beverley plays host to a variety of different cultural festivals which showcase the arts from around the region and beyond. The festivals start off in May with the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival. Here you'll find orchestral concerts in Beverley Minster alongside smaller instrumental and vocal ensembles presented in churches around the region.
Shortly afterwards in June, comes Beverley Folk, Acoustic and Roots Festival which takes place on Beverley Racecourse and around the town. The Folk Festival is billed as a local festival with global appeal. Visitors to the folk festival enjoy 3 nights and 2 days of music, dance, comedy and the spoken word with top national and international artists. The festival also has a craft and food fair, real ale bars and camping is on site. All ages are welcome.
In September, the Beverley Chamber Music Festival brings the finest chamber musicians to the town with internationally renowned soloists, string quartets & chamber ensembles. In October, Beverley Food Festival brings food, festivities and fun with a variety of over 50 stalls selling local produce. At the food festival, you'll find street entertainment, a charity BBQ, a cookery theatre marquee and competitions. The food festival is based in Saturday market.
Beverley Literature Festival also takes place in October and gives visitors the opportunity to talk to great writers about their work, enjoy performances or take part in innovative writing workshops and reading groups. The festival year at Beverley finishes with Beverley Festival of Christmas. Here you'll find a Victorian Christmas Market with over 80 stalls, Santa on his sleigh and live reindeer. There is a full programme of street entertainment, a Victorian fair with children’s rides and a Chistmas Tree festival at Beverley Minster.
In addition to the larger festivals, there are also smaller gatherings in the town like the real ale festivals and various other smaller cultural events. With so much going on throughout the year, Beverley is one of the top festival towns in the UK.