Yorkshire Day 2019
The 1st August marks Yorkshire Day, a day dedicated to celebrating all things Yorkshire.
First celebrated in 1975 to mark the continuing existence and strength of Yorkshire in the face of local government changes the previous year, Yorkshire Day has now become an annual event to rejoice in Yorkshire pride. Whether you plan to spend the day sipping Tetley Tea and eating Yorkshire puddings or out and about at fantastic events across the county, there’s plenty of ways you can celebrate Yorkshire day this year…
Experience the Whitby Civic Celebrations
The pretty seaside town of Whitby is where the heart of the celebrations will take place this year. At Whitby you can see lord mayors, civil dignitaries and special VIPs from across Yorkshire gather together and take part in the official civic procession. The parade will begin at 12.15 at Church Street and will steadily work its way through the town.
If the parade’s not for you, why not soak up the sun on Whitby’s stunning beach front with a pint or two of real Yorkshire ale. We can’t think of a better way to spend the day.
Visit Lotherton Hall, Leeds
More locally to Leeds, Lotherton Hall is putting on a special community gala for Yorkshire Day. The house and Wildlife World will be open for you to explore and there’ll also be lots of local stalls set up in the gardens. In previous years there has been everything from wood craft to dog shows. With plenty to do and see, it’s the perfect place to spend a day with the family enjoying the very best of Yorkshire.
General admission prices still apply and can be found here.
Go for a Walk in the Yorkshire Dales
One of the best things about Yorkshire is its beautiful dales. So, what better way to celebrate this wonderful county than taking a stroll through the countryside? You could take the 1.5-mile Aysgarth Woods and Waterfalls trail. It snakes through St John’s Wood offering breath-taking views of waterfalls and Castle Bolton along the way. For longer walks, you could take the peaceful 5-mile path around Malham Tarn or take the 6-mile ramble through Upper Wharfedale.
Visit Bolling Hall, Bradford
Step back in time and immerse yourself in Yorkshire’s rich history at Bolling Hall this Yorkshire Day. The museum takes you through a day in the life of the Bradford families that made it their home for over 500 years. On the 1st August, there will also be lots of fun activities for all the family to get stuck into, including a fun fair! The best part? Entry into the museum is free, so it’s guaranteed to be a cheap, cheerful and educational day out.
Eat the Ultimate Yorkshire Pudding
As the home of the Yorkshire pudding, it would be criminal not to enjoy one on Yorkshire Day. Even though the 1st isn’t on a Sunday this year, you can still get your hands on the ultimate Yorkshire pudding down at the Yorkshire Wrap Company stall in Kirkstall Market. Their delightfully fluffy Yorkshire puddings are cooked flat and then loaded with your choice of roast beef or roast pork and all of the traditional trimmings. Finished off with lashings of gravy, the Yorkshire pudding is then folded up into a wrap to be easily enjoyed.