The Most Popular Ways to Pass the Time in Yorkshire

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Think of Yorkshire and most people would immediately go to the wide open landscapes and picturesque scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. The National Park – all 2,178 km2 of it – is one of the jewels in the UK natural beauty crown. From Bolton Abbey to Settle, from the Three Peaks to mighty Malham Cove, the Dales offers lovers of the Great Outdoors an experience that is second to none.

But Yorkshire has more to offer than green hills and dry stone walls. Its key cities – Sheffield, York, Leeds and Hull – are modern metropolises, filled with great architecture, technological know-how and incredible things to do. The stereotypical image of a no-nonsense Yorkshireman with a flat cap and whippet ought to be consigned to the history books.

So, with that in mind, let’s look at modern Yorkshire – a place of beauty for sure, but also a cutting edge place that would appeal to city lovers as much as countryside strollers – and examine the top things to do in order to pass the time in the White Rose County…

Serious Sport

The spiritual home of both Rugby League and Horse Racing, Yorkshire boasts no less than six giants of the rugby field in Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers, Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Trinity and the two legendary Hull teams. Horse Racing is even better catered for, with York fast becoming a contender for the country’s leading venue, with Beverley, Wetherby, Pontefract, Doncaster, Redcar, Ripon, Thirsk and Catterick all offering superb support.

On top of this, the Steel City rivalry of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday and the Premier League rise of Leeds United – not to mention the likes of Barnsley, Middlesbrough, Bradford City, Hull City, Huddersfield Town and league newcomers Harrogate Town – ensure football is never far from discussion in the region’s pubs and cafes.

Outside of these, ice hockey, cycling’s Tour de Yorkshire, speedway and, of course, cricket at the famous Headingley venue ensure Yorkshire folks and visitors are kept entertained, whatever their sporting preference.

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Festival Fun

The Leeds Festival has become one of rock music’s major outdoor events, with behemoths like Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, the White Stripes, Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro all headlining over the years. More than 75,000 revellers make the annual homage for the three day festival, which recently has started to offer stage space to hip-hop, dance and indie artists.

For tech lovers the annual Leeds Digital Festival has become an important date on their calendar. A showcase for the world’s best and brightest tech innovations, its growing popularity is testament to Yorkshire’s dynamic digital sector. The festival is also the place where the gaming legends of the future are revealed – who knows, you could be the first to play the new Angry Birds game or try your hand at the next online casino classic like the Mega Moolah wheel.

Another rapidly growing event, Hull’s Freedom Festival is a celebration of art, billed as “an international gateway to exceptional artists and makers, combining epic to intimate moments in public spaces where artists and audiences meet.” Brilliantly organised and offering something for everyone – from art lovers, to casual browsers – it takes over the city in September.

Coastal Curiosity

The wonderful stretch of coastline that runs from Staithes in the north, to south of Bridlington, taking in Whitby, Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay and Flamborough along the way, is a holidaymakers’ paradise. From golden beaches, traditional seaside towns, great seafood, stunning birdlife and all manner of accommodation, from caravans to luxury lodges, the Yorkshire coast is a font for many childhood memories. It sure beats a trip to the Big Smoke.

Heritage Hotspot

Yorkshire is an ancient place, steeped in history, myth and legend. Within its borders are countless castles, abbeys, monoliths, churches and cathedrals.
For any history lover a trip to Yorkshire will immerse you in cultural heritage, from the Dracula-inspiring Whitby Abbey, the iconic landmark of York’s Clifford’s Tower or one of the many stately homes, the list is (almost) endless.

However you choose to spend your leisure time, be it a flutter at the Yorkshire races or a spin at, a trip to Yorkshire will be something you won’t regret – and somewhere you’ll undoubtedly want to return to.


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