12 ways to celebrate Yorkshire Day 2015

We're flagging up a few Yorkshire Day events… Photograph: Yorkshire Ridings Society
28 Jul 2015 @ 9.29 pm
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It’s the day when we celebrate our amazing good fortune to hail from the greatest 3.6 million acres on the planet.

Yorkshire Day – August 1 – is a chance for folk from all the ridings, and York itself, to have a party.

And as it falls on a Saturday this year, more of us than ever can join in.

The Yorkshire Ridings Society will be reading the official declaration of the integrity of Yorkshire at the four bars of York, as is tradition.

But what else is there to do? We’re glad you asked…

Go potty for art

Photograph: York Museums Trust.
Photograph: York Museums Trust.

From 10am

£7.50 adults

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There’s no denying that the newly-renovated York Art Gallery and its contents are stunning.

The gallery flings open its doors to the public for the first time in two-and-a-half-years on August 1.

With the Centre of Ceramic Art, a reunion of York Lowrys and a new café it’s been transformed.

To get a preview of what’s inside, have a look at our picture-led tour.

Go medieval

Bedern Hall. Photograph: Google Street View
Bedern Hall. Photograph: Google Street View

8am-5pm

Free but pre-booking essential

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The Jorvik Medieval Festival returns from August 1, and there are more events than you could shake a longbow at.

On Yorkshire Day itself you can go travel back in time with the festival’s guild halls tour.

There are two 90-minute walks around the five medieval halls, starting at 10.30am and 1pm. It’s free, but pre-booking is essential.

Have a laugh

From 2.30pm

£20

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Remember the good old days when you had to get up at six, eat a handful of hot gravel and work a 20 hour day at mill for tuppence a month?

Those memories will be rekindled on August 1, as the classic Monty Python Four Yorkshiremen sketch is recreated.

We know two of the participants – York actor Mark Addy and former Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor, one of the sketch’s co-writers. But the other two are mystery participants…

Taste Yorkshire-flavoured chocolates

Photograph: York's Chocolate Story
Photograph: York’s Chocolate Story

10am-6pm

Adults £10.50, child £8.50

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They’ve got a taste for Yorkshire Day at York’s Chocolate Story. Its chocolatiers are creating a special Yorkshire selection for the big day.

As a Choc Story spokeswoman put it, “Yorkshire is a county known for its culinary heritage and creations such as our Wensleydale blue cheese truffle and parkin chocolates are a unique and tasty way to pay homage to this this summer.”

Try Yorkshire beers and puds

Photograph © Dale Cruse on Flickr
Photograph © Dale Cruse on Flickr

The Riverside bar open 10.30am-11pm

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City Screen had hoped to be running a late-night Saturday festival bar for The Great Yorkshire Fringe “but that has had to be curtailed this year,” said marketing manager Dave Taylor.

“But we’re going ahead with ‘Yorkshire Day’ batter puddings with sausage and gravy, and a selection of the region’s ales from Rudgate, Atom, and Leeds and York Breweries in The Riverside.”

And on Thursday (August 6), the Coney Street Picturehouse will be screening a true Yorkshire first – a documentary called The First Film – which reveals how a Frenchman living in Leeds was the first to create a revolutionary ‘projection machine’ but mysteriously disappeared in 1888 just as he was to travel to America to demonstrate the invention.

The director, David Wilkinson, will be there for a Q&A.

Throw a Yorkshire pudding

Jamie Anderson – son of Thunderbirds creator Gerry – and Tom Pearcy at York Maze. Photograph: Kippa Matthews / York Maze
Jamie Anderson – son of Thunderbirds creator Gerry – and Tom Pearcy at York Maze. Photograph: Kippa Matthews / York Maze

10am-6.30pm

£13.50

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Farmer Tom Pearcy and his York Maze gang are very keen on all things Yorkshire. Get along on Saturday to do some pudding hurling (and eating…), then find your way around the Thunderbirds-inspired maze.

Have a honky tonk time

Feet First Appalachian Dance team performing "Saturday Night". This dance is supposed to tell a story of a group of lads meeting a group of lasses on a Saturday Night.

11am-11pm

Free

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It’s day four of the Arts Barge riverside festival, with the emphasis on honky tonk Americana roots music.

You can learn some Appalachian Clogging moves too, or make like a cowpoke and join in the line dancing.

Further afield

Stockeld Park is celebrating Yorkshire Day with a superhero weekend.

There’s a free cup of Yorkshire Tea to be had at Mother Shipton’s Cave.

They’ve gone all Game Of Thrones over at Scarborough Castle, with its Clash Of Knights weekend.

And the East Riding Theatre in Beverley is hosting a Yorkshire Day celebration with storytelling, poetry, song – and “lashings of Yorkshire fare”.