Happy Yorkshire Day!

Happy Yorkshire Day everyone!

Being from Leeds, today is an important day. I may have lived in Merseyside since 2009, but I am still a Yorkshire girl at heart. But why do we celebrate Yorkshire Day? According to Wikipedia,

“Yorkshire Day is celebrated on 1 August to promote the historic English county of Yorkshire. It was celebrated in 1975, by the Yorkshire Ridings Society, initially in Beverley, as “a protest movement against the Local Government re-organisation of 1974″, The date alludes to the Battle of Minden, and also the anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, for which a Yorkshire MP, William Wilberforce, had campaigned. The day was already celebrated by the Light Infantry, successors to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, as Minden Day. Together with five other infantry regiments of the British Army, a rose is permitted to be worn in the headdress. In the case of the Light Infantry, the rose is white.”

I completely forgot all about it being Yorkshire Day today, or I would have definitely planned to make a Yorkshire Pudburger (this looks awesome!)


All washed down with a bit of Yorkshire Tea

With lovely, lovely parkin for pudding. Parkin is a form of gingerbread and parkin in Yorkshire is made with oats. You can make the below parkin by following this recipe. Although parkin is traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night, you really can enjoy it whenever 🙂

You can find out more here about Yorkshire Day here.


Play In The Sand Day


Today (11th August) is “Play In The Sand Day“! So if you live near a beach, today is the day to grab your bucket and spade, and maybe take a picnic and get on down to the beach 😀

The last time I went to the beach was to see Antony Gormley’s sculptures, “Another Place” at Crosby Beach, which is when the above pic was taken 🙂

National Parks Week

National Parks Week is taking place between Monday 28th July and Sunday 3rd August. According to the National Parks website,

“National Parks Week is an annual celebration of the amazing places, people, and things to be found within the boundaries of the 15 members of the National Parks family. The week is highlighted by events in a number of National Parks as well as the annual photography competition. The theme of this year’s National Parks Week is ‘Space to Grow’, a reference to our commitment to the future stewards of the country’s diverse landscapes.

Often, when we think of the future, of those who will look after the National Parks in the decades and centuries ahead, we think of young people. We think of the child catching his or her first fish, perhaps. But there is, too, the grandparent who is teaching that child to fish – who is instilling in him or her a respect and love of the UK’s natural beauty. This year’s National Parks Week honours everyone looking forward.”

For great ideas on where to go, what to do and what to see, check out their website 🙂