Yorkshire Hour

We may already have 5 Yorkshire-based city Twitter hours, but we saw a need for everyone who joins in during these individual hours to come together and discuss topics that would interest everyone across the Yorkshire region.

Including places to go, things that are happening within the region, and other topical discussions, #OurYorkshire allows people to interact and discuss a range of subjects about this great county.

To get involved, all you have to do is follow the @OurYorkshire Twitter account, get involved between 8 and 9pm on the first Monday of every month, and use the #OurYorkshire hashtag to join in and find other people participating in the discussion.

18 Things That Make Yorkshire the Best Region in the UK

It’s long been said that Yorkshire is God’s own county, and anyone who lives and works here will know exactly why! From the glorious countryside to the bustling cities, Yorkshire has everything you need. Here are some of the many reasons why we love Yorkshire.

#1 The Dales…
The hills and valleys of the Yorkshire Dales really have got everything – from waterfalls to woodland, from spa towns to stone-built villages, from caves to peaks (including the famed Three Peaks). It’s pretty gorgeous to look at too. What more could you want?

#2 …and the Moors…
Well, if you do want more, there’s always the Moors! North York Moors National Park includes the biggest expanse of heather moorland in England, which is truly a sight to behold. It is also one of the most wooded National Parks, and has many stunning waterways.

#3 …and the Wolds…
Often overlooked but still beautiful, the Yorkshire Wolds lie across East and North Yorkshire. Offering a gentler option for walkers, these low hills have their own special beauty, especially where they meet the coast to form spectacular cliffs.

#4 …and the Coast!
Speaking of the coast, we are blessed with one of the best stretches of seaside in the country! We have four fantastic coastal towns, including the traditional holiday destination of Scarborough and the more ‘alternative’ town of Whitby. There are also plenty of beautiful villages to discover. Where better to have a paddle and an ice cream?

#5 The Tour De Yorkshire
What do you do when you’ve hosted the best Grand Départ the Tour de France has seen in decades? You create your own bike race, of course! The Tour De Yorkshire may have only started last year but it’s sure to become a key sporting event for the UK.

#6 The sport
It’s not all about bikes though – Yorkshire does almost every sport well. We’ve got Headingley Carnegie cricket stadium, the World Snooker Championship, a great footballing legacy, and we’re the birthplace of Rugby League. Our athletes also won so many medals at the 2012 Olympics, we’d have finished 12th if we were a country!

#7 The Yorkshire culture
Then of course there’s the cultural scene – great artistic spaces like Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Hepworth Wakefield; a literary history including the Brontë sisters; an incredible range of bands and musicians; and some of the best theatres outside London. Lovers of the arts are well-served here.

#8 The Yorkshire history
This region is brimming with relics of the British past. From the evidence of prehistoric settlements in rural Yorkshire, through the Roman and Viking heritage of York, the Wars of the Roses, the ruined abbeys left over from the Reformation to the Industrial Revolution, Yorkshire has a window onto every stage of British history.

#9 The trains…
Yes, we have a great modern railway system with connections perfect for business and leisure but, in Yorkshire, the steam trains are where it’s at. With no less than seven heritage railways offering steam train rides, there’s nowhere better to enjoy a vintage travel experience.

#10 …and the viaducts
With the trains come the viaducts. These impressive structures are part of the landscape here, and afford beautiful views for rail travellers. Try taking a trip on the Harrogate line to enjoy the sights from Crimple Valley Viaduct or, for a real treat, hop on the Settle-Carlisle railway to travel over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.

#11 The food
From our six Michelin-starred restaurants to our legendary fish and chips, we know how to do a good plate of food in Yorkshire. We have home-grown delicacies that are famed throughout the country, such as Wensleydale cheese, Pontefract cakes and, of course, Yorkshire puddings. And we’re home to the UK Curry Capital, Bradford!

#12 A good brew…
You’ll want to wash that food down with a drink, and we certainly know how to do a cuppa here. Nothing beats Yorkshire tea wi’ Yorkshire water. We’re so good at it, we created a chain of tearooms to celebrate it – Betty’s is surely the best place for a brew in the country.

#13 …and the other kind of brew
If you’re after something stronger, our beer is as good as our tea. With over 100 breweries and micro-breweries making everything from craft beers to big names such as Timothy Taylor’s and a Yorkshire Ale Trail including over 40 pubs, you can never be short of a good pint!

#14 The Accent
People from other parts of the country may think they know what a Yorkshire accent is, but they haven’t a clue – each riding has its own accent and dialect, and even neighbouring cities Leeds and Bradford have their own take on words! That’s what makes Yorkshire great – or should I say grand?

#15 The cities
We have no less than five big cities to choose from, all with their own cultural, sporting and leisure scenes. You can shop ‘til you drop in Leeds, experience the culture in Bradford, go green in Sheffield, soak up the history in York, or enjoy the coastal location of Hull. The choice is yours!

#16 The place names
We know how to do a good place name in Yorkshire. Who could refrain from giggling as they pass signs for Blubberhouses, Wetwang, or indeed Giggleswick? The street names are pretty good too, with Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate in York, Slack Bottom in Hebden Bridge, and Land of Green Ginger in Hull.

#17 The famous folk
Yorkshire has many sons and daughters who have accomplished great things in politics, sport, the arts, entertainment, and more. Who couldn’t be proud to live in a region which has produced William Wilberforce, Sir Brian Blessed, Sir Patrick Stewart, David Hockney, the Brontës, Kevin Keegan, Jessica Ennis-Hill, and even the first British astronaut Helen Sharman?

#18 Actually, all the folk
We may have many well-known names from Yorkshire, but far and away the best thing about the region is the ordinary folk who live and work here. A 2015 survey found that, when asked why they love Yorkshire, 23% of residents said the people themselves. And who can be surprised? You’d be hard-pushed to find such warmth, humour, and community spirit anywhere else.

With so much to be proud of in our region, it’s safe to say Yorkshire really is the best place to be!

Yorkshire Directory

Yorkshire is the best county in the world (fact!) with fantastic organisations, businesses, blogs, and websites!
We have listed some of them below. If you’d like to list your site alongside these, please contact us.

About Harrison Mann

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