Hurray for Yorkshire Day! York plans to party all day and night

David Hardcastle's caricature of York Lord Mayor Dave Taylor, who has big (secret) plans for Yorkshire Day
26 Jul 2016 @ 9.38 am
| Entertainment

Frankly, we don’t think one measly day is enough to celebrate our great county, but it’ll have to do until we stage a coup, make York the new capital and decree that every day is Yorkshire Day.

Yorkshire Day & Night

White Rose Rotunda, Parliament Street

Aug 1, 11am-4pm + 5-11pm

Day from £6; night £15

Details & tickets

In the meantime, Lord Mayor Dave Taylor has teamed up with Martin Witts, organiser of the Great Yorkshire Fringe, to ensure the celebrations last all day – and long into the night.

Yorkshire Day

There’s a whole heap of family fun in Parliament Street from 11am-4pm.

The one-day festival features some of the best professional children’s entertainers including Le Petit Artiste, Ukelele Sunshine Revival, Thea Jacob’s Dragon & The Crocodile, Yorkshire’s Got Talent (it certainly has) and characters from Frozen courtesy of Enchanted Parties York.

The good folk of the Great Yorkshire Fringe, which ends on July 31, have offered their White Rose Rotunda for the acts to perform in on August 1.

All money raised will go to the Lord Mayor’s charities: St Nick’s; York Racial Equality Network, York Civic Trust and York LGBT Forum.

Yorkshire Night

Psst… can you keep a secret? No, we thought not, which is why we’re telling you about The Lord Mayor’s Secret Ball, a grown-up evening of music and comedy from 5-11pm.

The original cartoon
The original cartoon
There’s improv, Queenie Buffay, Bad Saloon blues, the fabulous Jess Gardham and a host of other special guests.

And if you think the caricature advertising the ball looks familiar, it’s actually our very own Lord Mayor.

Martin commissioned David Hardcastle to recreate his original 1979 cartoon for The Secret Policeman’s Ball, only this time with civic chains and Councillor Taylor’s trademark hair poking through a tricorn hat.