Let's Get Quizzical

It’s 2020, we’re in lockdown, so why not test your Yorkshire knowledge? (That’s the first question). Here are 20 in 2020 to see how much you really know about the UK’s largest county.


1. Project Polar at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park is home to some magnificent polar bears, one of them named after a famous historical Russian figure and a hit single for Boney M in 1978. What is the polar bear’s name?


2. The Great East Window is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the country. In which spectacular Yorkshire building can it be found?


3. The world’s first ever floodlit football match was played in 1878. At which Yorkshire football ground?


4. Yorkshire is home to Britain’s highest pub at 1,732 ft (528m) above sea level. Located on the Pennine Way, it has starred in many TV ads and top musical acts from the Arctic Monkeys to Mark Ronson have been welcomed there. What’s the name of the pub?


5. Suranne Jones plays Anne Lister, the heroine of TV’s Gentleman Jack. What is the name of Anne’s stunning historical Halifax home where the series was also filmed?


6. The smallest pub room in Britain nestles in the 1829 established The Minerva. Which city is this 3-seater snug located?


7. A famous literary figure was born 200 years ago in 1820. They grew up in Haworth and are buried on the cliffside at Scarborough. Who is it?


8. Sir Titus Salt was a manufacturer, politician, and philanthropist. He built Salt’s Mill (now home to a Hockney art gallery, restaurants and book store). Which village and UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the mill?


9. Wallace and Gromit love their cheese. Which area of the Yorkshire Dales is also the name of their favourite cheese?


10. Dracula was inspired by Yorkshire. Which Yorkshire seaside town was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel?


11. This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original publication of James Alfred Wight’s much-loved books about his life as a Yorkshire vet. What is the well-known pseudonym he used when writing?


12. Yorkshire’s Brownlee brothers are Olympic and World Championship winning triathletes. What are their first names?


13. Only to be found in Yorkshire but visited by tourists from across the globe and founded over a century ago by Swiss confectioner and baker Frederick Belmont. Can you name the much-loved tearooms?


14. Yorkshire is home to the world’s first ‘submarium’. Where is it?


15. Ricky, Nick, Vijay, Simon and Andrew are members of a Yorkshire band scheduled to play at the incredible The Piece Hall in September. Who are they?


16. A York-born acting great won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award at the 1999 Oscar ceremony for her role in Shakespeare in Love. Who is she?


17. The music video Four Out of Five was filmed at the fantastic Castle Howard. It features which Sheffield band?


18. Yorkshire famously hosted the Grand Depart of the Tour de France. In which year?


19. Harewood House is celebrating a special birthday this year. Which of its gardens is 50?


20. Yorkshire Day is celebrated every year. On what date?


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This article was originally written for This Is Y magazine digital edition – May 2020. To view the full magazine, click here