Yorkshire Day 2019


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

The BID partnered with a number of organisations to put York into the heart of Yorkshire Day – 1 August – with a raft of activities that all the family were able to enjoy.

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. 


Giant Deck Chair

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. Even though it's no longer Yorkshire day these offerings are still out there. Take a look below for where to find everything Yorkshire.

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Yorkshire produce and offers

Betty's, St Helens Square Bettys famous Yorkshire Fat Rascals!

City Cruises York Join City Cruises York for a daytime sightseeing cruise. Go to citycruisesyork.com for sailing schedules.

Yorkshire Bar and Grill, St Maurices Road Their incredible sundaes, made with Yorkshire's delicious Yorvale ice cream.

Bath House, 64 Low Petergate A British fragrance and skincare brand. Made with natural ingredients in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Braithwaite Gallery, 42 Low Petergate Featuring York Artist, Mark Braithwaite.

The Potions Cauldron, The Shambles Yorkshire made soft drinks.

The York Roast Co., 78 Low Petergate and 4 Stonegate With a touch of Yorkshire charm, The York Roast Co. offers hearty hand-carved meat sandwiches and the world-famous YorkyPud™ Wrap, bursting with beef, pork, ham or turkey, an accompanying sauce, stuffing and a choice of roasted vegetables or fresh red cabbage siaw… not forgetting a drizzle of rich gravy.

The Press Kitchen, 59-63 Walmgate For a true Yorkshire meal try the Yorkshire Press Platter: Ribblesdale smoked goats cheese, Harrogate blue, Barncliffe brie, Sand Hutton asparagus, kimchi pickled free range Yorkshire egg, Wigginton padron peppers, North Yorkshire pork rillette and Yorkshire black pudding. Wash it all down with a Hooting Owl North Yorkshire Gin, a Spirit of Yorkshire Maturing Malt #4 Whisky, a Brew York Viking DNA Porter or a Yorkshire Wolds Pressed Apple juice.

Eagle and Child, 9 High Petergate Celebrate all things Yorkshire in this traditional pub.

The Whippet Inn, 15 North Street Flying the flag for all Yorkshire produce 365 days a year. Fantastic beef is their thing, with an ever-changing array of specialty steaks: alongside a varied main menu, showcasing Yorkshire's finest fresh ingredients. In the bar a huge collection of Yorkshire's best gins is not be missed, accompanied by an outstanding selection of local real ales.

Chopping Block, 25 Walmgate Set in a 17th century listed building in the centre of York, chef proprietor Michael Hjort takes care to serve food with real flavour and authenticity using Yorkshire produce.

Walmgate Ale House, 25 Walmgate Offering a range of Yorkshire ales, lagers and cider. Wines and bar snacks made in the restaurant are also available.

The Botanist, 15-19 Stonegate Grab a Masons Yorkshire Gin, created by Karl and Cathy Mason, gin enthusiasts with no prior knowledge of the industry who set out to produce a drink that stood out from the crowd. A unique gin with more character and more taste.

Shambles Market The Shambles Market is full of local Yorkshire products including Yorkshire tray bakes, scones and sweet treats at the Bad Dog Bakery. Homemade Yorkshire fudge comes from That Fudge Guy and the fruit and veg stalls sell fresh Yorkshire produce.

York Gin, 12 Pavement Award-winning York Gin is the only gin made in York. Find us in one of the city's most iconic buildings, the 16th Century Sir Thomas Herbert's House, opposite Shambles. Open 7 days a week for free tastings & to buy beautiful gin & handmade gifts from York.

York's Chocolate Story, Kings Square Keeping the chocolate heritage alive with our interactive experience at York's Chocolate Story positioned in the heart of Yorkshire.

Pandora, 74 Low Petergate, 39 Shambles and 39 Stonegate Probably offering the widest selection of Yorkshire rose products anywhere. Drop by for hoodies, ties, cufflinks, jewellery, mugs, tea towels and other kitchen accessories. Flags, bunting, badges and key rings also proudly displaying the Yorkshire rose. You can also pick up a flat cap or a book of traditional Yorkshire recipes.

York Fine Arts, 83 Low Petergate Visit Light of Yorkshire, an exhibition of paintings by contemporary landscape artist Clare Haley. Born and bred in Yorkshire, Clare's paintings have a deep connection to her home county and to the northern landscape she so loves.

Village Gallery, 14 Colliergate Exhibitions of 2D and 3D art by local Yorkshire artists, jewellers and craft workers. Even our greetings cards are only by Yorkshire artists. A wider range of art works, ceramics, glass, jewellery and sculptures are also available.

Azendi, 50 Low Petergate The "Heart of Yorkshire" collection is exclusively designed by Azendi, based on the famous Heart of Yorkshire window at York Minster. Tradition dictates that a couple who kiss under the Heart of Yorkshire window at York Minster will stay together forever.

Abraham Moon, 33 Stonegate A proud Yorkshire manufacturer of menswear, ladieswear, fashion accessories and homewares. All Moon tweed fabrics are Yorkshire made at our unique woollen mill in Guiseley, where we have been crafting fine clothes with love and precision for over 180 years.

Visit York, 1 Museum Street For lots of information on York and Yorkshire call into the visitor infor-mation centre and grab yoursen some reet good gifts! York hoodies and T-shirts. flat caps, Yorkshire flags and Yorkshire biscuits.

Paul Dawson, 47 The Shambles Offering a range of original bank notes from all over Yorkshire. Our York old bank £5 note dates back as far as 1780!

Yorkshire Soap Co, 10 Blake Street A luxurious selection of high-quality soaps, bath products and gifts. Lovingly handmade in God's own county for Yorkshire lads and lasses.

The Imaginarium, 6 Blake Street Fall down the rabbit hole into a unique interiors wonderland. Packed full of lovingly curated homewares and gifts by innovative artists and designers.

O+M Snowhome, 42 Gillygate Manufactures original Bile Beans products. The iconic local landmark is the inspiration behind our small range including a boxed mug, tote bag and T-shirt all in the signature yellow and printed with the famous slogan. 

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