Yorkshire Day is a unique opportunity to remember and celebrate the county and its many achievements.

The last year has seen sons and daughters achieve Olympic and sporting gold, but there are many more arenas in which Tykes have and still excel.

Yorkshire men and women have been pioneers in the fields of science, exploration, business innovation, industrial development as well as academia, art and culinary achievement. That’s why it’s so important that one day each year we remember what we have achieved and what we can still achieve. It’s also a fantastic reason to celebrate the wonderful area in which we all live and love.

Set against this background of pioneering spirit and achievement this year's main celebration takes place in the home town of the Skipton Building Society, which celebrates its 150th anniversary.

While further down the mortorway we also celebrate the centenary of the discovery of stainless steel by Sheffield's Harry Brearley.

To mark the occasion the Yorkshire Society, which has pioneered Yorkshire Day around the globe has worked with partners, including The Skipton Building Society, Skipton Town Council, Skipton Business Improvement District, Enjoy Digital, CH Communications, Copper Dragon Brewery and The Rendezvous Hotel to deliver a day to remember.

Thursday 1st August

Civic parade

Starts at Skipton Bus Station, 10:30am

See the annual gathering of Yorkshire’s Mayors, Lord Mayors, dignitaries and guests from across the region in the Civic Parade which starts from Skipton Bus Station at 10:30am and then back at 12:30pm.

Free!

Military Band

The Civic Parade will be led by The Heavy Cavalry & Cambrai Band. They are one of 22 military bands in the Corps of Army Music and are based in Catterick, here in North Yorkshire.

Free!

Civic Service

Holy Trinity Church, 11am

A celebration of Yorkshire with Rev Nick Baines (Bishop of Bradford) & Canon Adrian Botwright at Holy Trinity Church 11am.

Free!

Hidden Skipton

Until 18 August

'Hidden Skipton' - In Holy Trinity Church, an exhibition by Henry Meyer which is on until Sunday 18 August.

Free!

Photography Exhibition

Mill Bridge Gallery, Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 5pm

‘Yorkshire Town & Country’ - an exhibition of photos capturing the contrasting landscapes of the County of Yorkshire @ Mill Bridge Gallery, 3 Mill Bridge, Skipton.

Free!

The Victorian Print Shop

Craven Court, for six weeks

The Victorian press is a hands on working printshop using the tools that printers used around the turn of the 1900s. Opens at Craven Court on 1 August and runs for six weeks.

Free!

Skipton's Heritage

Starts at the Town Hall steps, 11am

A walk and talk on Skipton's heritage: the built and natural environment. Meet at the Town Hall steps, approx one hour. 25 people maximum. Donations for the work of Skipton Civic Society will be welcome.

Free!

Friday 2nd August

Urban Beach

Canal Basin, 10am - 4pm

Head to the Canal Basin where it’s been transformed into an East Coast holiday resort. You’ll find a beach with deckchairs to lounge on and buckets and spades for the kids to play with. You will also find entertainment from maritime jugglers, comedy lifeguards and a steel drum band will play for you.

See the donkeys and eat rock, donuts or candy floss whilst taking a boat trip around the bay!

Free!

Yorkshire Day Family Fun

Craven Museum, 2pm - 4pm

Bring the whole family to Craven Museum between 2pm and 4pm for two hours of Yorkshire Day crafts. More information online at www.cravenmuseum.org.

Free!

Skipton's Heritage

Starts at the Town Hall steps, 11am

A walk and talk on Skipton's heritage: the built and natural environment. Meet at the Town Hall steps, approx one hour. 25 people maximum. Donations for the work of Skipton Civic Society will be welcome.

Free!

Yorkshire Folk with W. R. Mitchell

Skipton Library, 7:30pm

Join former Dalesman editor Bill Mitchell MBE as he talks about his favourite Yorkshire characters with stories from all over the Dales. Tickets are £2 from Skipton Library – includes refreshments.

Only £2

A Night At The Opera

Skipton Town Hall, 7:30pm

Over 100 musicians come together at Skipton Town Hall for one of the Town’s biggest ever concerts with classic operatic highlights from Carmen, La bohème, Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni, Lakmé and Pearl Fishers. A Licensed bar is also available on site at this event. Tickets just £15 and available from the Box Office. Call 01756 707606.

Only £15

Saturday 3rd August

Urban Beach

Canal Basin, 10am - 4pm

Head to the Canal Basin where it’s been transformed into an East Coast holiday resort. You’ll find a beach with deckchairs to lounge on and buckets and spades for the kids to play with. You will also find entertainment from maritime jugglers, comedy lifeguards and a steel drum band will play for you.

See the donkeys and eat rock, donuts or candy floss whilst taking a boat trip around the bay!

Free!

Trayned Bandes

Skipton Castle, 10am - 6pm

Come to Skipton Castle to see this military unit set up an encampment as they prepare to fight in the English Civil War. Normal ticket prices apply.

More info at skiptoncastle.co.uk.

More Info

Skipton's Heritage

Starts at the Town Hall steps, 11am

A walk and talk on Skipton's heritage: the built and natural environment. Meet at the Town Hall steps, approx one hour. 25 people maximum. Donations for the work of Skipton Civic Society will be welcome.

Free!

Creepy House Wild Woods Walk

Skipton Library, 1:30 - 3:30pm

A creepy walk through Skipton Woods with den-building and stories. In association with the Woodland Trust. For children aged 7 – 11 please meet at Skipton Library (accompanied children only please). Tickets are free, but please book a place at Skipton Library. Call 0845 034 9538.

Free!

Sunday 4th August

Urban Beach

Canal Basin, 10am - 4pm

Head to the Canal Basin where it’s been transformed into an East Coast holiday resort. You’ll find a beach with deckchairs to lounge on and buckets and spades for the kids to play with. You will also find entertainment from maritime jugglers, comedy lifeguards and a steel drum band will play for you.

See the donkeys and eat rock, donuts or candy floss whilst taking a boat trip around the bay!

Free!

Trayned Bandes

Skipton Castle, 10am - 6pm

Come to Skipton Castle to see this military unit set up an encampment as they prepare to fight in the English Civil War. Normal ticket prices apply.

More info at skiptoncastle.co.uk.

More Info

Festival Of Yorkshire

Skipton High Street, 10am - 10pm

Skipton High Street will be hosting a full day of family entertainment including the Yorkshire Olympics, Farmer’s Market, large screen TV showing our Yorkshire feature film Calendar Girls in the afternoon (where we also have 5000 free bags of Seabrooks crisps to hand out) and Les Miserables in the evening.

Also entertainment from Smiler (A Yorkshire band playing music from last 50 years) and the New York Jazz Band (all based in Yorkshire). There will also be cookery demonstrations from the Circus of Food, showcasing our Yorkshire chefs and produce from God’s Own County plus plenty more stalls, attractions and fun! The best bit … it’s all absolutely FREE !

Free!

Should you need any more information about Yorkshire Day or Skipton’s Festival of Yorkshire, please do not hesitate to contact us using this form.

Alternatively, please call Brett Butler (Event Organiser) on 01756 794357.