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Viking festival in York

A previous Jorvik Viking Festival Voyages of the Vikings is the theme of this year's eight-day Jorvik Viking Festival, a city-wide celebration in York of its 9th-century occupiers.

Living history events will be taking place throughout the 36th annual festival which started on Saturday February 15 and runs through this week to Sunday February 23.

Despite the storm at the weekend, the festival is going ahead, although some activities planned for outdoors are moved to indoor venues.

During the eight days there was be the chance to experience Viking-age crafts, sword-fighting and a banquet and hear seafaring tales. There will be living history encampments, talks and tours and family events.

More information at the  Jorvik Viking Festival website.


Town Hall stage attracts talented performers

Huddersfield Town Hall is the venue of the Mrs Sunderland Festival One of the most prestigious music, speech and drama competitions in the North of England is under way at a West Yorkshire town hall.

The Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival 2020, which continues until Saturday February 22 at Huddersfield Town Hall, attracts entrants from across the UK.

In addition to a huge range of classes for singing and intrumental talent, there are reading, poetry and drama events before the event culminates with the choir classes and Last Night of the Festival concert featuring the Choir Challenge.

The competition, first held in 1889, was launched as a tribute to talented Brighouse-born soprano soloist Susannah Sunderland, using funds raised at her golden wedding anniversary concert a year earlier.

More information at the festival website:  Mrs Sunderland Festival


Racing at Doncaster

Doncaster racecourse in South Yorkshire holds its second Winter Warmers raceday this Wednesday (February 19).

There are six races over the jumps, the first at 2.18pm and the last race at 5.02pm.


Visiting Yorkshire from EU countries?

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland left the European Union on January 31, but we hope our European neighbours will still wish to visit the UK and there will always be a particularly warm welcome in Yorkshire.

The good news is that what you will need to enter the UK as a visitor from the EU will not change until at least 2021. After that time the Government has said it will phase out the use of national identity cards in place of a passport.

If bringing your car to Britain, drivers with a non-UK licence will still be able to drive in the UK, but you should carry an insurance green card or other valid proof of insurance.

You can find out more details at the Government's  GOV.UK Visiting the UK after Brexit webpages.

Yorkshire’s super resorts and beaches

Saltburn-by-the-Sea joined Whitby in gaining a 2019 Blue Flag award Yorkshire’s super resorts and seaside villages continued to have a huge number of Seaside Award winning beaches in 2019 while two beaches at Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Whitby also met the stringent criteria of the international Blue Flag Award.

Whitby also has an international Blue Flag The 2020 award results are not likely to be known until May, but Yorkshire has always set a high seaside standard with 16 beaches on the Yorkshire coast having won Keep Britain Tidy Seaside Awards in 2019.

Find out more about Yorkshire's coastal destinations on our Seaside page.


New pages for Yorkshire Dales villages

Burnsall Arncliffe Two picturesque Yorkshire Dales villages, Arncliffe and Burnsall are among the latest to be given their own distinct pages at Yorkshire.guide

If you visit these pages regularly you can bookmark them as

You will find many other Yorkshire cities, towns and villages in our Yorkshire A to Y Gazetteer.

2020 Tour de Yorkshire routes

Halifax will again host the start of the final day Redcar is included in the Tour de Yorkshire for the first time as the Day 1 finish. Skipton will host the start of Day 2 and see riders pass through on Day 4 Routes of the 2020 Tour de Yorkshire have been announced with the first day on April 30 set to see the men's race cyclists ride much of the Yorkshire coast on a route from Beverley to Redcar.

There are rides into the Yorkshire Dales and South Pennines on three more days of riding for the men with Day 2 featuring Skipton to Leyburn, Day 3 from Barnsley to Huddersfield and the final day on May 3 from Halifax to Leeds. The women's races are held on the second and third days of the event.

See full route details and links to further information on our Tour 2020 routes page.

 Tour 2020 routes   

Yorkshire has big part to play in Rugby League World Cup

Huddersfield, birthplace of Rugby League Elland Road, Leeds, will hold a semi-final Bramall Lane, Sheffield Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough Headingley Stadium, Leeds The draw took place on Thursday January 16 for the Rugby League World Cup next year and Yorkshire stadiums will play a big part in the event.

See more at RL World Cup 2021

2020 map updates under way

We've started our 2020 programme of updating our unique Yorkshire.guide Map of Yorkshire, including even more details than ever before.

Camping and caravan sites are among tourist information which will show more clearly on the updated maps.

We have already updated maps along the Yorkshire coast, including extra detail maps of all the main seaside destinations.

Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales has also been given the new update, which will soon be rolled out across other areas in the coming weeks.


Add your event to our diary

Are you organising a major event in Yorkshire?
Let us know about it on our new easier to use events diary page.

 Events diary   

Do you know your Yorkshire?

Can you name the seven cities of Yorkshire?
Which were the first three to be recognised as cities?
For the answers see: Seven cities
How about the seven largest towns and cities of Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Largest towns and cities
Where are the nine horse racecourses of Yorkshire?
Which of them stages the world's oldest classic race?
For the answers see: Racecourses
Which were the five highest-placed Yorkshire football teams in the 2018-19 season? End of season promotions and relegations saw which four Yorkshire teams moving in or out of the Championship?
To find the answers see: Yorkshire football
If a board game was to feature Yorkshire’s four busiest railway stations, which would they be?
For the answer see: Railway stations
How many of Yorkshire’s five highest mountains can you name?
For the answer see: Highest mountains
Where were the eight start and finish locations for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire cycle races?
For the answer see: Tour de Yorkshire 2019
Based on district local authorities, where are the seven largest populations in Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Populations

On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at

If you’re from Yorkshire you will probably recognise our background picture as the Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor, famous as the location of the Yorkshire dialect anthem "On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at". More on Ilkley.

Recent Yorkshire news topics

Storm Dennis: A menace, but Yorkshire escapes flooding repeat

HS2 green signal: First phase for HS2 but North now to consider 'integrated plan'.

Storm Ciara: High winds, flooding and overflowing reservoirs.

Northern rail franchise: Government to take over services from March.

New airport plan: Leeds Bradford Airport has plan for new terminal building in place of earlier proposals.


Pacers in 2020: Northern continues to operate bus-based trains of the 1980s beyond their expiry date.

News archive 2019: News from 2019.

News archive 2018: News from 2018.

News archive 2017: News from 2017.

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