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Eh up! If you’re looking for a new holiday to embrace this summer, what better one than Yorkshire Day? The annual celebration takes places on 1st August and it gives everyone – whether you live in the region or are just visiting – a brilliant excuse to enjoy some totally unique cultural activities and culinary bites.
Before we launch into our favourite ways to get involved with Yorkshire Day this year, let’s take a look at what the day actually involves and why it exists.
Yorkshire Day was established in 1975 and it’s basically a day of regional pride. Its roots lie in Minden Day – a day marking the Battle of Minden which took place in 1759 during the Seven Years War. While Minden Day is still commemorated by forces across the UK, Yorkshire has since adopted it for a county-wide celebration.
As well as hosting several activities unique to the area, locals (and visitors) can dine on regional delights and admire some of the best sights in the North of England. Put simply, Yorkshire Day is a day to enjoy all that’s great about God’s Own County!
This year, York – the region’s capital – is hosting the bulk of the festivities, although you’ll find a whole load of activity options to put on your agenda across the county. From Parkin making to pudding eating, here’s how you can get involved.
Besides from fluffy, golden Yorkshire puddings, few things are more typical of the county than Parkin. The tasty ginger cake is flavoured with a decadent mix of syrups and typically eaten on Bonfire Night. Nevertheless, it’s the ideal sweet treat to enjoy all year round, too.
While you could just buy some in a local shop, why not mark Yorkshire Day by baking your own courtesy of the Leeds Cookery School? The ideal activity to try at home or in your Leeds staycation accommodation, you’ll be able to download the scrumptious recipe and then follow the simple step by step instructions to whip up a delicious Yorkshire-born treat.
York is packed with wonderful attractions which beautifully highlight the county’s history and prestige. With many landmarks closed during the pandemic, this year is an extra special time to go and check some of them out.
York Castle (or Clifford’s Tower) dates back to 1068 and was actually built by William the Conqueror. It’s been closed for renovations for a while and will officially reopen on 1st August – just in time for Yorkshire Day. Remember to book tickets to visit the fascinating structure which sits just outside the city walls.
Is there anything more Yorkshire than heading to one of the county’s stunning seaside towns? There are dozens to choose from along the coast, but few offer the same mix of activities, attractions and areas of natural beauty as Scarborough.
The Victorian seaside resort is teeming with things to do. Enjoy a day at one of its two huge sandy beaches – think sandcastle building, amusement arcades and ice cream sundaes – or learn about the Yorkshire town’s Viking, Civil War and WWII history at the magnificent Scarborough Castle. Kids might also enjoy a visit to the SEA LIFE centre or an exhilarating surfing lesson on North Beach.
You simply can’t beat a delicious Yorkshire roast dinner. Luckily, Yorkshire Day falls on a Sunday this year, giving you even more of an excuse! The county certainly has no shortage of great pubs and inns, including several brilliant options in Hull – the coastal city has a truly thriving food scene.
Tuck into a slap-up Sunday roast dinner with all the trimmings – from mouth-watering gravy and crisp roast potatoes to giant homemade Yorkshire puds – at locally-loved pubs like The Minerva, Red Sails or Forrest & Co.
Wondering what on Earth welly wanging is? The Yorkshire pastime is exactly what it says on the tin. Grab a welly, stick your hand in it and throw it as far as you can! You’ll need a wide-open space to practice it safely which is why Sheffield is the ideal destination.
The South Yorkshire city is packed with gorgeous green spaces where you can spread out and practice your welly throwing. As well as going with your family and friends, you’ll also find several companies which organise group events where you’ll get all the equipment (well, the wellies) provided and be taught the best techniques for the furthest throw.
Sold on celebrating Yorkshire Day this August? If you can, buy tickets in advance to book a seat and get ready to celebrate God’s Own County.