Yorkshire Day lands on 1st August, and yet it seems that Yorkshire lads and lasses celebrate the beauty of the county’s scenic offerings all year round. Living in Yorkshire has always been something to be proud of – from the lush, verdant countryside to the genuine warmth of the folk. There’s no wonder why people are so deeply passionate about this stunning land!
In summer, however, the outdoors are lifted to a whole new level. The rain, followed (hopefully) by blissful sunshine means that Yorkshire’s natural beauty is intensified. And with summer getting hotter in recent years, it’s clear why people are increasingly enjoying a ‘staycation’ rather than travelling overseas.
So, instead of celebrating Yorkshire Day solely on 1st August, the entire month can be spent paying homage to ‘God’s Own Country’. Why not stay local, basking in the sun and rediscovering the places you know and love?
Mid-summer: the perfect time to rediscover your favourite childhood stamping grounds and share them with your friends and family. Whether through re-living childhood weekends at Mother Shipton’s Cave with your family, daring ‘the toaster’ at Brimham Rocks or retracing walks of your youth with a friend, you are spreading and sharing your love and passion for Yorkshire. Passing on treasured memories to future generations is one of the most important ways to keep the spirit of Yorkshire alive and thriving.
The Sounds of Yorkshire
A more up-beat, momentous way of celebrating Yorkshire in August is to attend one of the many festivals taking place. Of course, the annual Leeds Festival at Bramham Park, dominates the August bank holiday weekend, with international names such as Foo Fighters and The 1975. However, for a calmer, more family-friendly festival, Underneath the Stars Festival takes place from the 2nd-4th August, in the cosy surrounds of a forest near Barnsley. As a not-for-profit, this music and arts festival gives back to the creative community. Yorkshire based bands and artists (including Kate Rusby) play alongside world-renowned acts like The Proclaimers and Billy Bragg. It promises to be an unforgettable occasion.
Increasingly, people from beyond Yorkshire are celebrating the county’s stunning offerings, with the BBC’s Country File Live taking place at Castle Howard. From the 15th-18th August, this will be the first time the nature-lover’s show has been broadcast from Yorkshire. With endless performances and acts, food and drinks tents, and activities for all the family, it’s set to be a truly momentous celebration of all things Yorkshire.
So, with many big names and events flocking to Yorkshire, it’s clear that the county’s appeal has never been so great; we are lucky to live and work in a land of opportunity and discovery.
What will YOU be doing in August to commemorate this stunning land?
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