Six of the Best: Yorkshire Day events

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If you are looking for something to do to mark Yorkshire Day (August 1), then here are six themed events to make you proud to be from God’s Own County.

GO MEDIEVAL, SCARBOROUGH

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 160515 - Press - Middlestown & Overton Gala - Denby Grange CC, Overton, England - Jamie Johnson having a go at Welly wanging at the Overton gala.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YWNG - 160515 - Press - Middlestown & Overton Gala - Denby Grange CC, Overton, England - Jamie Johnson having a go at Welly wanging at the Overton gala.

They used to call Scaborough ‘Leeds by the Sea’, owing to the number of Loiners who flocked to the east coast resort every weekend.

With its stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, the castle will be the pinnacle of your visit to Scarborough. Come and see objects from its 3,000 years of history, play on the grassy headland, and take tea in the Master Gunner’s house.

The ‘Go Medieval’ event runs until August 5, from 11am-5pm daily. For more details and prices, see www.english-heritage.org.uk

HARLOW CARR GARDENS, HARROGATE

100616   Visitors looking at a  display of Primula Japonica at  the first ever Harlow Carr flower show in Harrogate  yesterday(FRI)  (GL1010/38j)

100616 Visitors looking at a display of Primula Japonica at the first ever Harlow Carr flower show in Harrogate yesterday(FRI) (GL1010/38j)

Yorkshire may be earthbound but RHS Harlow Carr will be celebrating the special day by hosting the first Intergalactic games, including an It’s a Knockout style event with space hopper race, cosmic welly wanging and a Yorkshire teacup challenge.

Bring along a picnic and take part in all sorts of family activities throughout the morning, from sundial and rocket-making workshops to storytelling and face painting.

For more information, see: harow rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr

CHOCOLATE TEA CUP, SCARBOROUGH

Artisan chocolate shop Amelia’s Chocolate in Scarborough is holding a special workshop where budding chocolatiers can learn to make Yorkshire icons out of their favourite treat. A mug of Yorkshire Tea and a Yorkshire Rose will be among the first challenges.

Sessions last one hour with classes beginning at 10.30am and 2.30pm. You can also opt for extra classes to make your own chocolate treats.

Event will take place on August 1, tickets cost £10. See ameliaschocolate.co.uk for more information or call

AFTERNOON TEA, TAPTON HALL, SHEFFIELD

Halifax continental market in the town centre

Halifax continental market in the town centre

Historic Tapton Hall will be hosting a themed afternoon tea enjoyed alongside traditional music from a local brass band takes place from 2pm and will feature a raffle in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

There will be two events on the day, including a business networking event, which costs £10 per head.

Event is Monday August 1. Tickets cost £13.95 per person with £1 going to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Event begins at 2pm. See taptonhall.com for more information or call 0114 266 0051.

WELLY WAGING, PONTEFRACT

From the traditional donkey rides and Punch and Judy to flat cap throwing, welly wanging and craft activities, the town centre will be transformed.

This will be the fourth year the town has held a special market day to celebrate Yorkshire Day, focussing on quality local produce, with the whole day given over to celebrating the special occasion.

Tapton Hall throws its doors open to the public

Tapton Hall throws its doors open to the public

If the Sport of Kings is more your style Pontefract Racecourse will also be holding the Go Racing in Yorkshire Family Day.

Event will take place on August 1, see wakefield.gov.uk for more information.

PARADE & FUN DAY, HALIFAX

Each year a different Yorkshire town or city leads the celebrations for Yorkshire Day and this year Halifax hosting the civic festivities. A special parade with more than 200 civic dignitaries will be led through town by the LA Jazz Band, alongside a programme of themed events on throughout the day.

Businesses along the parade route are being encouraged to dress their premises with a Yorkshire theme and everyone is welcome to line the procession to watch.

A range of activities are taking place once the ceremonial parade has passed.

Event takes place on August 1.

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