Yorkshire Day

In 2019 the BID set out with the mission to put the York Back in to Yorkshireday. and we we did just that! (see below)

In 2021 we are once again bringing Yorkshire Day celebrations to the city in partnership with Make It York and City of York Council.

Three days of celebrations will see a series of Yorkshire-themed activities in the city city centre.

Selfie Competition

Yorkshire themed selfie stations on Parliament Street and Tower Gardens, 10AM – 6PM. Take your best selfies and post on social using #York_ShireDay for chance to win a £250 York Gift Card. One winner selected each day.

Family-friendly films

Yorkshire films for all the family running throughout the day at big screens on St Sampsons Square and Parliament Street.

Fri - Chicken Run 11AM at St Sampson’s Square and 2PM at Tower Gardens

Sat – Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – 11AM at St Sampson’s Square and 2PM at Tower Gardens

Sun – Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon – 11AM at St Sampson’s Square and 2PM at Tower Gardens

Archive footage will also be played throughout the day for a chance to see York in days gone by – thanks to Yorkshire Film Archive.

Delicious Local Food & Drink

Don’t miss some of York’s fabulous local businesses on Parliament Street throughout the weekend – York Gin, Crumbs Cupcakery and Love Cheese.



A giant screen in St Sampson's Square showed some brilliant footage of York down the years, courtesy of the Yorkshire Film Archive. It also showed the classic, Yorkshire-set Aardman movie Chicken Run.

There was a Yorkshire pudding-themed competition run with the York Roast Co and the Grand Cookery School. in which 6 budding chefs battled it out with their very own Yorkshire pudding creations. Tom Casson eventually took the crown with his "war of the roses" fusing the classic Yorkshire pudding with a Lancashire hotpot.

The BID also ran it's very first "Si Thi" selfie competition to find the best Yorkshire selfie, with our giant white-rose decorated deckchair and floral flag made of real Yorkshire roses. The best snap winning a night for 2 at the Grand hotel was taken by Rachel wright of her 2 daughters Izzy and Leila. The runners up spot went to Katherine and Caitlin from Asgard. 

Make It York brought the regional final of the Young Traders Markets to Parliament Street, While the Minster FM roadshow team were on hand with family games at their summer of selfies. Not forgetting our Yorkshire offering trail where visitors could seek out the best local products on sale in the city.

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