We’ve been making pork pies in the heart of Yorkshire for over 85 years, so it’s no wonder we think this part of the world has some of the best days out in the country. Here we’ve picked a few of our favourite local activities to keep you entertained at the start of summer – just don’t forget your picnic!
1) The North York Moors Railway Classic Car Show – 11th/12th July
Perfect for fans of all things nostalgic, this historic steam railway runs from Pickering in North Yorkshire to Whitby – an 18-mile trip that takes about an hour and a half through the beautiful North York Moors National Park.
Whitby itself is a great day out, but if you want a shorter trip you can stop off in Goathland, famously featured as Aidensfield in the TV show Heartbeat. This is perfect walking country so be sure to pack some of our scrummy snack pies for energy!
Train enthusiasts can book a shed tour or even a footplate experience, and the railway hosts regular events like the upcoming Classic Car Show on the 11th and 12th of July, where stations along the route are taken over by vintage vehicles!
2) The Great Yorkshire Show – 14th – 16th July
This famous agricultural show is held in Harrogate every July, and attracts over 130,000 visitors from across the UK. It’s like no country show you’ve been to before – sheep, cows and tractors share space with boutique shopping and gourmet food.
There really is something for everyone, from brass bands and showjumping to falconry and forestry – it’s worth planning your day in advance so you don’t miss out. There’s even a shetland pony grand national!
As if you needed more convincing, we’ll be there all three days giving away scrummy pork pie samples. Find us on the Asda stand (number 354) from 11.30am – 1.30pm, where you’ll be able to try the latest products from our range!
3) Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival – 16th – 19th July
Not only does Theakstons Old Peculiar go really well with a Vale of Mowbray pork pie, this unique ale sponsors a famous literary festival at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate.
Authors Lee Child, Lisa Gardner and Arnaldur Indridason are appearing this year, along with Eddie Izzard, Val McDermid and Sally Wainwright. If you’re into crime fiction this is a festival not to be missed, with talks starting from just £8.
4) Yorkshire Wildlife Park Summer Safari Nights – 24th July onwards
Based just outside Doncaster, Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a real gem and well worth a visit. It’s a ‘walking safari’ with lions, tigers and the only polar bears to be found in an English zoo.
You’ll find ranger talks throughout the day where you can learn about the different animals and see them being fed, and the 25th July marks the start of their popular Summer Safari Nights. These evening safaris give you a rare glimpse of the animals at night-time, and there are extra talks and even live music to keep you entertained!
5) Tramlines Music Festival – 24th-26th July
Now in it’s 7th year, Tramlines music festival has become something of a cult classic in Yorkshire. Held at over 70 Sheffield venues and 4 main stages in the city centre, it attracts big name bands with this year’s lineup including Wu-Tang Clan, Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans and Billy Bragg, to name just a few!
Easily accessible by train, tickets for Tramlines are a snip at just £30 for the whole weekend or £23 for a day. Why not pack a picnic and see the sights that Sheffield has to offer, taking in some amazing live music on the way?