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The 12th picnic in the park
8th July 2017

Tickets on sale now - available online!



Join us this summer for our 12th annual Picnic in the Park in the fabulous setting of Thirsk Hall grounds and park lands. Our headline acts are Michael, the Show - a fantastic Michael Jackson tribute concert and Lareena Mitchell who performs a superb tribute to Adele. Our opening band are Casual Sax playing soul, rock and pop numbers. Nick Hancock of Stray FM is our compere for the day. A fireworks finale will close the evening around 11pm.

We have hot food stands on site with ice creams for sale and a coffee bar. There is also a PIMMS bar if you fancy a summer drink.

Gates open on Newsham Road, Thirsk at 5pm and you are welcome to bring drinks and a picnic with you. The only restrictions are no BBQs or dogs please.

Tickets are now on sale

Thirsk Tourist Information Centre
Zillah Bell Gallery (Thirsk)
CB Furnishings (Thirsk & Northallerton)
Calverts Rug Shop (Thirsk) 01845 521644 - Credit Card payment taken

Adults £24
Young person 12-16 £16
Children U11 Free (but must be accompanied by ticket holding adult)


Nick Hancock

Meet our Compere for 2017

Thirsk Picnic through rain and shine!

Thirsk Action Group

Founding Members & Head of Committee

Sue Calvert

Jane Burgess

Publicity Officer

Caroline Nicholls – CJ PR

Friends of the Picnic

Thirsk Picnic in the Park are always looking for volunteer support for our events. Meet our organising committee.

Jamie Banthorpe Howlett

Julie Bramley

Jane Wagstaff


Thirsk Hall is set in 10 acres of parkland overlooking Thirsk Race Course which is a perfect setting for this evening charity concert. The house was built by the Bell family in 1770, the Bell family still live in this wonderful house. Thirsk Action Group wish to thank Mr John Bell for letting us stage this event in their fantastic grounds & parkland.

The event raises funds for Action Medical Research and other local charities.

Thirsk Picnic in the Park has seen some fantastic tribute acts and original artists over the years including Elvis, Phil Collins, The Eagles, Abba and the Beatles. In 2011 the concert was a Soul Spectacular, featuring original artists Jimmy James & The Vagabonds and Gwen Dickey of Rose Royce, held over a full afternoon and evening. With support acts from local performers Elaine Palmer, Pop Trash, The Funktion & Big in the North East.

In 2012, the event returned to an evening format, with one of the UK’s top tribute bands The Counterfeit Bee Gees, along with support act Dominic Halpin & the Honey Bs, a swinging’ show-band. In 2013 we had Flash: A Tribute to Queen, and had record ticket sales. This was completed with local up and coming band My Forever who performed an amazing set. Local radio presenter Judy McCourt presented the evening and the Thirsk Royal British Legion Band played during the early part of the evening.

In 2014 another record audience enjoyed Paul Metcalfe’s Rod Stewart Tribute Show with support act Andy Barker Sings, and Sugartown acoustic duo - it was a fantastic night topped off by a spectacular fireworks show.

Our 10th anniversary show in 2015 was even bigger and better, with an improved larger stage, lighting and sound and an amazing night with local band Citizen Smith and headliners Jake & Elwood Blues Brothers' Show and the main act, JK as Robbie Williams. There was much excitement at Paddington’s parade around the arena, our lucky mascot!

In 2016 The Ultimate Elton and Ultimate Bowie performed to a great crowd, and everyone was in the party mood, despite some rain showers!

Here's to the 2017 event!

Our Sponsors

Staging, sound, lighting, production and event management by Viking Productions Ltd.