We Love Yorkshire!

Here at Welcome to Yorkshire we think that Yorkshire Day should be celebrated 365 days a year.

However we'll just have to settle for 1st August and make it an extra special day!

Celebrate all things Yorkshire when the UK's largest county comes together to indulge in vast quantities of regional pride. With so much on offer to do, we hope you gain some inspiration from the options suggested below.

Official Civic Celebrations

This year’s official Yorkshire Day (1st August) celebrations will be taking place in the north of the county, Ripon.

Mayors and other dignitaries will parade through the market place to the cathedral where a celebratory service will take place followed by a civic lunch. There will be a huge Wilfra Tart festival, children’s activities, a family party in the evening, music and dance all backed up by massive national and regional media coverage.

Yorkshire Day Events, Offers and Activities

Billy Bonkers

More than 20,000 Billy Bonkers chocolate bars are being produced to celebrate the first-ever Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival, near Skipton, which is being held in September.

The specially-commissioned bars, which have been made by leading UK chocolate manufacturers Whitakers of Skipton, will be available in supermarkets across the county from August 1.

Leeds Industrial Museum, Leeds

Hold onto your hats- a sporting spectacle with a difference is heading to Leeds this Yorkshire Day. Leeds Industrial Museum will be brimming with excitement on August 1 when, for the first time ever, the historic site plays host to none other than the Yorkshire Open Hat Throwing Championships. The exciting day of flat cap flinging will give museum visitors a chance to throw their hat into the ring and take part in a contest which began almost a decade ago on the edge of the iconic Ilkley Moor.

Rudding Park, Harrogate

Between 31 July and 2 August 2018, Rudding Park is offering a 'Best of Harrogate' package. This experience includes a two night stay at the luxury hotel, named Best Hotel in England, a Yorkshire inspired course at Bettys Cookery School and the Ultimate Gin Experience at The Spirit of Harrogate.  

The Grange Hotel, York

Yorkshire Day 'Eey By Gin'. To celebrate 'Yorkshire Day' in all it's glory The Grange Hotel will be serving a special menu with the very best produce from local suppliers. Priced at 36.50 per person and includes: gin cocktail on arrival, 3 course dinner infused with Yorkshire gin and tea.

Yorkshire Day Afternoon Tea, Oulton Hall

Celebrate Yorkshire Day with a Yorkshire Day Afternoon Tea experience at Oulton Hall. This will be held in the Drawing Room and served by their butlers who make the afternoon tea experience truly exquisite and unique, along with a beautiful pairing of traditional Yorkshire tea.  This will run from 2-6pm on the Wednesday 1st August and can be booked directly with the butlers at Oulton Hall, so just give them a call!

Black Sheep Brewery, Masham

Black Sheep is Yorkshire born and bred. Their beer was born from the pioneering spirit of Paul Theakston who, in 1992, followed his heart and dared to start a new brewery. Each beer from then on has been a culmination of brewing expertise spanning six family generations and this Yorkshire day they intend to celebrate their heritage and champion the Yorkshire region. They will be launching a selection of Yorkshire merchandise including t-shirts (image left), drip mats, pump toppers and bunting.

Running Yorkshire

On 1st August to coincide with Yorkshire Day, Ben Davies is setting off on a mammoth challenge of running a lap of Yorkshire for the mental health charity, CALM. His lap is roughly 470 miles long and includes over 41,000 ft of elevation - which is more than that out Mount Everest! On top of this, Ben is aiming to complete this challenge in 17 days, which works out to be a marathon a day. We think this is a remarkable effort and will be supporting him all the way - and we hope you do too! For information on where Ben is going so you can cheer him on (or even join in and run with him for a bit) and for how to donate, head to

York Maze, York

Expect flat caps and Yorkshire Puddings at these a-maze-ing Yorkshire day celebrations where there will be quirky Yorkshire inspired competitions and challenges including; Yorkshire Pudding tossing, flat cap flinging, straw bale rolling, and parkin parking. There will be a Yorkshire Brass Band and the first appearance of new superhero character Yorkshireman. 

Grantley Hall, Near Ripon

Opening spring 2019, Grantley Hall is making its mark and embracing Yorkshire Day 2018 with the unveiling of a gargantuan custom-made 9m x 9m Yorkshire Flag suspended from a crane 27metres in the air above the Grade II* listed property.

Provenance Inns

They celebrate Yorkshire every day at Provenance Inns with our delicious, locally-sourced produce from Yorkshire suppliers. For August, they have put together a Yorkshire Tapas board, showcasing some of Yorkshire's finest ingredients. Give them a try along with their very own Yorkshire Triangle cocktail made with Slingsby Rhubarb Gin.

Keelham Farm Shop

Yorkshire Week: Between August 1 and August 8, dozens of the family-owned business’s bumper crop of suppliers will be on hand to tempt visitors with their samples, offering customers a foodie tour of the county all in one place. Around the shops, Keelham’s own specialist teams will also be busy baking home-made goodies for the sampling sessions throughout the week as well as holding food demonstrations.

Yorkshire Day Social Media

As always we will be on spreading the news of all that is going on during Yorkshire Day on social media.

To join in follow us on @Welcome2Yorks. Tell us what you are up to, how you are making the most of the day and don't forget to add #YorkshireDay to your tweet.

Make sure to share your Yorkshire Day images with us on our Facebook page too. Find us at

Have a brilliant Yorkshire Day!