Happy New Year everyone! We hope you had a great festive season and are looking forward to 2019. With so much going on this year, there’s lots to look forward to. We thought we would go through this and give you a few ideas on things to do – make sure you remember your pork pie picnic!
After six years construction, Planet Ice is opening in Leeds, hopefully in late January. With a capacity for 1,800 people and activities such as ice hockey and ice dancing lessons and learn to skate classes, this looks like it will be a really great addition to Leeds. Located near Elland Road, there will be a restaurant on site too but if you wanted to shop afterwards or have a wider choice of restaurants, you either have Leeds city centre or White Rose really close by.
For the first time, the UCI Road World Championships are coming to Yorkshire. A cycling event, Harrogate will be hosting the race but the Men’s Elite Road Race will start in Leeds Millennium Square. The cyclists will race through Headingley and Otley before circling the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and finish in Harrogate. We’re sure it will be a great event and since the Tour de France, we all seem to have caught the cycling bug! The best part of all perhaps, apart from the event itself, is that Leeds Cares is the Official Fundraising Partner – it means that the event and the money raised will go towards helping to support Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
There’s lots of events on this year at Leeds and Sheffield arenas, but also, a big event is on at Roundhay Park in Leeds. Ed Sheeran is playing in August after three years of no events at the park. It’s a great space for events and we really hope that there’s more to come – a concert outside in Summer is sure to be a great atmosphere! In Leeds Arena, there’s a varied set of events, from Professor Brian Cox discussing the infinate universe and our place within it to music events and comedy nights. There’s even a Blue Planet II Live in concert which, since the TV show is so brilliant, we’re sure will be a great night. Sheffield has similar events, one we would look out for tickets for is Russell Howard in September – he’s always hilarious and tickets are sure to sell out fast.
Additional to the UCI Championships, the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire on the 2nd-5th May is expected to be just as fun as the past few years. Full details haven’t been announced yet but the stages have been announced for the fifth year of the race will either begin or end in; Barnsley, Bedale, Bridlington, Doncaster, Halifax, Leeds, Scarborough and Selby. Each year, we find ourselves road side waving a flag as the cyclists whizz by, before celebrating at one of the many parties. It’s always so impressive to see such skilled athletes making the cycling up the steep inclines look like no effort at all, though we’re certain it is – we know by that point, we’d be off the bike pushing it up the hill (or finding alternative, flatter routes!)
If there’s one thing in Yorkshire that we’ve consistently wanted to do but always missed it – it’s the Whitby Steampunk Weekend and also Goth Weekend. Both really fun events, they seem to pass by without us being aware of the date. So – mark it in your diaries. The Steampunk weekend is on the 9-10th Debruary and Whitby Goth Weekend is the 12-14th April. Whether or not you choose to dress up is up to you, personally we’d just love to admire the costumes and the detail that goes into them. The Steampunk costumes are all inspired by the 19th century Victorian industrial steam powered machinery and are so intricate in their detailing.
As always in Yorkshire, there’s lots of sponsored events. From 5k fun runs to raise money for charity to a little more intense events such as the Yorkshire Warrior and Tough Mudder, there’s an event for everyone. Yorkshire Warrior is on the 13th April this year as you can take on a 10k or 15k race as you cross rivers, race across bogs, slide down water and mud slides and scale gigantic scaffolding structures. Sounds an exhaustingly good time, if you enter remember to pack a pack of mini pork pies – whether you eat them at the beginning for fuel or at the finish line for recovery, you’ll need as much energy as you can get! Tough Mudder is on the 27th and 28th July, is a 8-10 mile course with 25 Obstacles waiting for you…
It’s also worth noting that there’s early entry prices for these events, so the price increases for the Tough Mudder event on the 24/1.
Of course, we couldn’t write a guide without mentioning the marvellous foodie events that we have in Yorkshire. Better yet – as always, we will be at quite a few of the food fairs to let you try our delicious Yorkshire pork pies and shop the range to take home your favourite. We will keep you posted on which events we will be at but if you see us, make sure to come say hi!
There’s so much more than this on, highlights will include Summer food and drink festivals, the annual Leeds Festival, theatre and music events, comedy nights, themed weekend events, get aways to the Yorkshire coast, cycling and sporting events and so much more. There’s so much to offer in Yorkshire and we hope you’re as excited as we are for the year ahead and all the possibilities it holds in terms of what you can get up to!