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Places to go
July 2022
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This Yorkshire Day we list eight great places to go to celebrate God’s Own Country

Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1st August every year and is a day to mark all things that make the county proud. It was created by the Yorkshire Ridings Society in Beverley in 1975 and is also the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834.

We’ve rounded up eight places to go to enjoy this brilliant day.
Richmond Castle

1. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Haworth 
There’s something quintessentially ‘Yorkshire’ about the image of steam trains thundering through the rolling countryside, so why not let fond memories of the 1970 film adaptation of the classic story of The Railway Children inspire you to hop aboard the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway; the perfect way to explore. Be sure to visit Haworth Station Shop where you can buy Hornby model railways, books, puzzles and traditional confectionery.
Railway Station Station Road, Keighley BD22 8NJ England

2. Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge, Harrogate 
This amazing collection of giant rock formations has been sculpted by hundreds of thousands of years of ice, rain and wind which has given the rocks their unique shapes. With a little imagination they are easily recognisable as familiar creatures such as bears, gorillas, an eagle and a turtle. Visitors can crawl through the ’Smartie Tube’ and balance on the ‘Rolling Stones’. The rocks and surrounding moorland are Sites of Special Scientific Interest and are the perfect place to explore.

3. Richmond Castle, Richmond  
With breathtaking views of the Yorkshire Dales, this fantastic Norman fortress has earned its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in North Yorkshire – and rightfully so. Learn all about the castle’s past in the interactive exhibition (perfect for the little ones) before taking a peaceful stroll around the secluded Cockpit Garden. The castle’s exciting events programme really brings the castle to life during the summer months, so why not pack a picnic for a splendid family day out.
Richmond Castle Tower Street, Richmond DL10 4QW

4. Makers Market at White Rose Shopping Centre, Leeds 
White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds has more than 100 shops and eateries with plenty of free parking spaces.
They are honouring Yorkshire Day with a market celebrating Yorkshire-based crafters and makers, hosted in the centre from 30th July-1st August. The three-day Yorkshire Makers Market includes stalls such as: Laser Hand Crafts' handmade bespoke gifts, Fairburn Vintage Teacup Candles, featuring beautiful candles inside dainty teacups, Stitch and Dangle's handcrafted earrings, Confetti Girls' flowers, balloons, and gifts, plus face painting and much more. Each of the stalls will be open from 10am-5pm today (Monday 1st). White Rose is donating all space hire fees to the Rethink Food Academy, which delivers food education to schools, businesses, and community groups with the aim of improving food security.
Dewsbury Road, Leeds LS11 8LU

North York Moors Railway North York Moors Railway ©Project Yorkshire
Swinton Park Swinton Park
York Minster

5. York Minster, York  
If ever there was a real jewel in York’s crown, York Minster is surely it. One of the largest (and most loved) Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe, admire the stunning stained-glass windows, climb the clock tower to enjoy the views or explore the interactive chambers beneath the minster to discover what life was like in years gone by. They even provide little Explorer Backpacks for the kids, filled to bursting with all the investigative tools you’ll need: binoculars, compass, torch, I-Spy challenge sheets and even notes to keep the grown-ups informed.
Deangate, York YO1 7HH

6. Swinton Park, Ripon 
Stretch your legs by strolling through Swinton Park’s expansive grounds. The parkland is divided from the castle by the serpentine stretch of water, Home Lake, which is designed to give the impression of a river. With 20,000 acres to explore along 63 miles of public footpaths, the Estate is a true walkers’ paradise – see if you can spot the herd of fallow deer while you’re there, and don’t miss the intriguing Druid’s Temple hidden in the woodland.
Masham, Ripon, England HG4 4JH 

7. Castle Howard, York 
The 1,000 acres of beautiful landscape around this stately home, designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, have made it one of the most fascinating places to visit in the county. The scope of the site (where work began in 1699) is enormous, its towering central dome the first to be built for an English private home. Castle Howard is the centre-piece of 1,000 acres of gardens and parklands that include woodland, lakes and fountains – just think of the pictures.
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

8. North York Moors Railway, Pickering  
Take a ride on the North York Moors Railway. The railway stretches for 18 miles through the heart of the beautiful North York Moors National Park, from Pickering via Levisham, Newton Dale and Goathland to Grosmont then Whitby. As the largest preserved heritage railway in the UK (in terms of route mileage and passenger numbers) it’s much loved both regionally and nationally.
12 Park Street, Pickering YO18 7AJ

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