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Yorkshire Day events to enjoy this weekend

Written by
Shaun Curnow

As any proud resident of 'God's Own County' may well be aware, Yorkshire Day is August 1.

The date for this celebration has been chosen to commemorate several historical moments but primarily to remember the Battle of Minden in 1759, in which the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry fought.

Even though many today see the celebrations as an opportunity to wheel out regional stereotypes, that shouldn't stop you taking advantage of some of the interesting events taking place across the county. Here's a selection of things taking placein and around Leeds:

If you're optimistic for good weather then it's just a short journey down to Huddersfield for The Emley Show. The show will feature marching bands, birds of prey displays, vintage tractors, a shire horse championship and much more. The show kicks off around 11am, with attractions taking place until 5pm.  

If you're idea of celebrating means a beer, then you're in luck. You'll find Yorkshire Day events at the Head of Steam, which will be stocking a range of Yorkshire-brewed beers and at the Duncan Pub, which will be opening at 10am so you can get the drinks in early. Alternatively you could opt for a special Yorkshire Day barbecue at The White Swan.

If you want to head across to Bradford, the Bradford Brewery is hosting a two day beer festival, complete with street food, more than 50 Yorkshire beers, a Yorkshire cider bar and live music. Action starts at 11am.

Or, why not celebrate Yorkshire Day at England's oldest visitor attraction? Head to Mother Shipton's Cave in Knaresborough where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the park, find out more about the miraculous healing powers of the petrifying well and even enjoy a free cup of Yorkshire tea at the cafe. 

If Yorkshire Day means getting a better understanding of the county's history, the Leeds City Museum will be holding a Local History Fayre. From midday on August 1 there will be talks from various historical societies, discussing the community heritage of Leeds. Admission to the talks, and the museum, is free.

Also free are a several special screenings at the Hyde Park Picture House, which will be celebrating Yorkshire's long history of filmmaking. Alongside showings of 'The Railway Children' and 'We are Poets' will be a selection of short films, winning shorts from the Leeds Young Film Festival, craft workshops and more. The schedule starts on Saturday at 11am.

Finally, Stockeld Park just outside Wetherby will be holding a Superhero Weekend for August 1-2. There will be prizes for those who turn up in fancy dress, stalls selling locally-made produce along with craft making workshops throughout the weekend. 


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