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Yorkshire Day in the City

31 July 2015
Yorkshire Day in the City
If there is one thing everyone can agree on, it is that the people of Yorkshire are the proudest county when it comes to their produce, traditions and history. It therefore comes as no surprise that everyone looks forward to Yorkshire Day on the 1st August as an opportunity to show off and celebrate everything that makes Yorkshire so great. With businesses in Leeds excitedly jumping aboard the Yorkshire craze, we have created a round up of events and offers in the city this Saturday.

Hyde Park Picture House

This Saturday, Hyde Park Picture House is hosting an all-day Yorkshire bonanza of film, food and crafts in the name of rejoicing Yorkshire film making past and present. Throughout the day there will be timetabled film screening and activities including a showing of The Railway Children, a ‘Make Your Own Train’ workshop, a ‘Yorkshire Through The Ages’ archive film screening and a showing of We Are The Poets, a 2012 documentary on Leeds Young Authors. For those film buffs and poster fiends there will be a poster exhibition produced by regional artistic talent who have recreated their much-loved Yorkshire film posters for the events. There will also be food stands from Leeds Bread Co-op and That Old Chestnut making sure you’re equipped with some tasty cinema snacks; making the Picture House the place to be this Yorkshire Day – plus it’s all free! More info can be found here.

Leeds City Museum

Set in the heart of Leeds, Leeds City Museum is a regional landmark set within Millennium Square which embodies iconic architecture of the city - making it the ideal setting for a one off Yorkshire Day local history fayre. On the 1st of August, the Broderick Hall within the museum will play host to numerous stalls celebrating the wealth of Leeds City history. The free fayre will allow visitors to delve further into the history of the City that surrounds them but also into their own history with a research stall, exploring visitors’ personal Yorkshire ancestry. There will also be the opportunity to pick up some new skills with workshops teaching crafts passed down by generations of Yorkshire folk.

Head of Steam

With most Yorkshire (wo)men enjoying a tipple or two, Head of Steam is serving the best of local brews to make merry of Yorkshire Day. They will be pulling some Yorkshire brewed pints from both keg and cask with a selection available from a whole range of regional breweries. The breweries in question include Kirkstall Brewery, Ossett Brewery, Wharfebank Brewery, Roosters Brewery, Timothy Taylor Brewery – plus many more. For the taste of Yorkshire be sure to treat yourself to a pint of home county brewed beer at the Head of Steam this Yorkshire Day.

The Botanist

Getting involved with Yorkshire Day for a good cause, The Botanist has specially designed a dessert for the regional celebrations with a donation being made to Cash4Kids for every pudding sold. Their Forest Fruit posset is enough to tempt anyone, served with fresh berries and buttery shortbread biscuits, and has the added bonus of feeling like your good deed for the day. Guilt free and delicious! Fabrication Crafts – The Light If you are holding your own Yorkshire Day celebrations this weekend then this indie craft store within The Light has all your decorative needs covered. Their Yorkshire themed stock includes Yorkshire bunting created by Sana Lindsay’s which makes the perfect summer garden party addition or festive BBQ decoration.

Craft Centre and Design Gallery at City Art Gallery

Showing a bit of that old fashioned Yorkshire generosity, the Leeds Craft Centre and Design gallery are giving double loyalty card stamps for any works purchased that are by Yorkshire artists to support local talent on the 1st August. On the same day two new shows are launching – Figure That and Ceramic Showcase – giving you lots of reasons to get crafty on Yorkshire Day.

The Black Swan

The Black Swan is so eager to celebrate Yorkshire Day they are kicking things off early on the 30th July with their Great Yorkshire Banquet created by Yorkshire born head chef Oliver Edwards who has sourced all his ingredients from local traders. Ticket holders will be treated to a six food and drink pairings, as well as a few mysterious surprises. They also will continue to serve up their usual Yorkshire inspired menu across the weekend. For more info click here.

With all this going on, you would be silly not to get into the City on the 1st of August and celebrate the day Yorkshire style!

Becky Peartree is our resident food writer and is in her final year at Leeds University where she studies English Literature.