Renowned for calm beaches, wild coastlines, natural wonders, historical homes, fish and chips, exploring or relaxing, you’ll find it in East Yorkshire. Whether you visit for a fun family summer break, a cosy winter weekend for two or an autumnal escape with friends, you’ll find that there’s always something going in our vibrant event calendar. From Race the Waves, to the Bridlington Kite Festival, and from East Yorkshire Walking and Outdoors Festival to the atmospheric Beverley Festival of Christmas there are hundreds of exciting events all year, every year.
North Yorkshire doesn’t fit in with the usual picture that most people have of mines and mills. It seems to have escaped the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century remarkably unscathed. What remains for visitors to see is a backdrop of stunning countryside that ranges from open moorland to high hills. There is even a stretch of dramatic coastline thrown in for good measure. Dotted around this great expanse are isolated farmhouses and tiny villages, knuckled down against the sometimes wild and windy Yorkshire weather, as well as elegant towns and old fashioned seaside resorts that just demand your attention on a sunny summer’s day.
North Yorkshire boasts two national parks, both of which tend to become incredibly busy during the summer months. Over eight million people visit the green valleys and upland pastures of the Yorkshire Dales each year. This area is particularly popular with caving enthusiasts, who come here to explore the underground twists and turns of Gaping Gill and the White Scar Caves, amongst many others. The North Yorkshire Moors attracts legions of walkers, keen to see its vast expanse of purple heather-covered moorland. On occasion, walkers can take the opportunity to stare out to sea.
Amidst all the wildness and rugged beauty of North Yorkshire are some stunning examples of architecture, including several grand stately homes and monastic ruins, most notably Rievaulx Abbey and Fountains Abbey. Harrogate is often regarded as the jewel in North Yorkshire’s crown. For many years, it is been the preferred retirement abode for the well heeled and genteel set in Yorkshire. Agatha Christie famously fled here in the 1920s to escape her troubled life. In more recent years, the town has restyled itself as a more go-getting conference destination – in the best possible taste, of course
South Yorkshire comprises four metropolitan boroughs: Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and the city of Sheffield. South Yorkshire’s physical geography is diverse. In the west the high Pennine moorlands, composed of limestone and millstone grit, descend to the valleys of the Rivers Don and Dearne, which flow into a lowland around Doncaster in the east. Much of the lowland, including the marshes of Hatfield, Thorne, and Humberhead, has been drained. The Don rises in the Pennines and flows eastward through the Rivers Aire and Ouse to the River Humber.
West Yorkshire is a metropolitan borough and is an inland county having eastward-draining valleys while taking in the moors of the Pennines. West Yorkshire came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972 and has a population of around 2.2 million.
West Yorkshire consists of five metropolitan boroughs (City of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, City of Leeds and City of Wakefield) and is bordered by the counties of Derbyshire to the south, Greater Manchester to the south-west, Lancashire to the north-west, North Yorkshire to the north and east, and South Yorkshire to the south and south-east.