Today is Yorkshire Day! A day dedicated to celebrating all things Yorkshire. With Hey Me’s head office based in God’s Own Country, we couldn’t be prouder to celebrate Yorkshire Day and all the many delights the region has to offer. So, to mark the occasion, we asked the team for their favourite things to do across the much-loved county. Here’s a round-up of all of our favourite recommendations.
Amelia Spanton, Social Media & Communications Executive
“I particularly love York Art Gallery – there have been lots of interesting exhibitions recently such as Grayson Perry’s ‘Pre-therapy years’ and for a while I volunteered in the Anthony Shaw collection which was fun!
In terms of eateries, York has so many lovely cafes and bakeries such as Flori Bakery, Partisan, Robinsons and Brew and Brownie. Living in York, it’s hard to pick a favourite thing to do as there’s so much choice, but grabbing a coffee and going to sit in the Museum Gardens on a sunny day is always nice. York is also home to the Shambles Market and Spark which are both packed with lots of different food stands in one place.
For an evening stroll, I’d highly recommend walking around the York walls – it’s very pretty to walk around at sunset and you can take in some great views of York.”
Amy Jeffs, Managing Director
“One of my top favourite places to visit in Yorkshire is Whitby – it has a great mixture of beach, cliffs and a lovely town with tonnes of history and the most amazing fish and chips. I also love the Rievaulx Abbey to Helmsley walk for a beautiful stroll through woods and moorland. The drive to either Rievaulx or Helmsley is just as gorgeous and there’s plenty of places in the village to stop for refreshments. Roseberry Topping is another local one for the northerners amongst us.
Sutton Bank and the White Horse needs a mention too – I have THE best memories of bilberry picking at the top of Sutton Bank and watching the gliders go by. In terms of other hotspots, I love Newby Hall, it has fantastic gardens and an amazing play area for kids. I fell in love with this place when I was about 10 years old and it will always have a place in my heart.”
Emma Lever, PR & Communications Manager
“Living in Glasgow, I have never been to Yorkshire but that is all set to change in September! However, I’m a big fan of James Martin and Yorkshire puddings and can’t wait to visit it in a month’s time!”
Jen Derrick, Content & Copywriting Associate
“Somewhere I really like to visit in Yorkshire is Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds with it being right on my doorstep. It’s a beautiful picnic spot and promises a great scenic walk. I also love Salt Mills art gallery in Saltaire and the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield – both of these hidden gems are definitely worth a visit if you’re a culture fanatic!
There’s also a delicious fish and chip restaurant in Yeadon called Murgatroyds which I particularly enjoy visiting. When it’s sunny, I love nothing more than to sit and eat fish and chips on the tables outside and then head for a stroll around the Yeadon Tarn – a large picturesque lake located nearby.”
Gemma Colley, PR & Communications Associate
“I love jumping in the car and heading to the East Coast, especially on summer evenings. We like to walk along the front at South Beach in Bridlington, get fish and chips from ‘Wards’ then head over to the other side of Brid and waste a fortune on 2p slots!
Living in York, my favourite café has to be Brew and Brownie on Museum Street. It’s a fantastic place to sit and people watch, eat amazing sandwiches and serves up the best brownie in the city! My favourite street in York is Foss Street, thanks to its varied collection of bars and restaurants and vintage shops.”
Katie Browne, Business Support Manager
“I particularly love how haunting the Abbey is in Whitby and love the cobwebs being blown away on a walk around the ruins, and whilst probably quite an obvious one, Robin Hood’s Bay is a picturesque treat to visit.
I have family living near Castle Howard and there are some lovely dog walks around the area. It has a lovely farm shop too, I seem to remember enjoying an ice cream there. It’s such a striking county and I can’t wait to be living a little nearer when we move.”
Hopefully the above insights will give you a good feel for just a few of the many great places to visit in Yorkshire. For more insider tips from the Hey Me team, check out the rest of our blog.