The last five months have been a challenging time for everyone. We’ve missed loved ones and friends and made huge sacrifices, both physically and mentally.  But in these difficult times people have shown true Yorkshire grit, going above and beyond what is expected of them. Key Workers have acted heroically, selflessly going out of their way to do things for the greater good. Whether it be nurses and doctors on the NHS front line, delivery drivers getting essential goods to sheltering vulnerable people or teachers continuing to inspire the next generation. We as a city will be eternally grateful for your acts.

Key Workers Celebration


Starting on Yorkshire Day, we will be celebrating these huge acts of kindness by hosting a Key Workers Celebration to say thank you. Businesses across the city are offering discounts and special offers on entry to some of the city’s best attractions and some tasty offers on food and drink at restaurants and cafes.  Some attractions are even offering free entry for key workers, so venture out and explore Mansion House and the York Army Museum.  

York art gallery – Our Heroes exhibition


York artist Karen Winship’s exhibition ‘Our Heroes’ will take residence in the York Art Gallery. The collection of 11 works pay tribute to those on the NHS frontline who worked tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The great news is the gallery will be kindly offering the general public free entry. Advanced bookings will be required so do book ahead so that you don’t miss your chance to see the ‘Our Heroes’ exhibition.  

Fairfax House Wall of Heroes 

Go and take a look at the Wall of Heroes on the Coppergate side of Fairfax House. For the month of August, a number of new blue plaques will adorn the building, giving credit to some of those in the York community who have been heroes to the city in the last few months. There will also be a number of blank plaques allowing you to make your own suggestions as to who should be celebrated. 

Rowntree Park’s crafty community say thank you 

Take a stroll to Rowntree Park, where thanks to local crafters you’ll see the Rowntree Park Rainbows. Can you spot all of the colourful Yarn bombing creative decorations that dress the park, that play tribute and thank the key workers who have supported us all through lockdown. 

Yorkshire Day


Yorkshire Day was created by The Yorkshire Ridings Society in 1975 as an occasion for all people to reflect on what Yorkshire means to them and to celebrate the achievements of its people. The Yorkshire Ridings Society chose 1 August because it was on this day, in 1834, that slavery was abolished across the British Empire. Hull born MP William Wilberforce played an integral role in making this happen with his ardent campaigning to bring change. 

Every year the Yorkshire Ridings Society mark Yorkshire Day by reading the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity at each of York’s four Bars. For your chance to hear the reading head along to  Micklegate Bar on 1 August for 11.45am. Further announcements will follow at Bootham Bar, Monk Bar and Walmgate Bar throughout the day. 

Feel at Home in York on Yorkshire Day 

Yorkshire Day offers the perfect opportunity to head into York and reunite with your friends and loved ones. Make a day of it and catch up on times gone by over a good old brew and a bite to eat, then start exploring the many attractions and green open spaces that await.  

As more of the city begins to re-open it’s important that you plan ahead of your visit to York. Some things might seem a bit different, where social distancing measures are in place and some attractions, restaurants and cafes may require pre-booking.  

The latest re-openings from 1 August include York Castle Museum and Clifford’s Tower, with the National Railway Museum scheduled to open its doors on 4 August.  We’ve created a handy section to help you make the most of your stay and help you Feel at Home in York

For further inspiration stop by our award-winning Visit York information Centre where you’ll receive a warm ‘Ey Up’. On Yorkshire Day from 10am the little ones can pick up a free goody bag which includes a soft drink and fun filled activity trail to keep them busy. If you’ve got any questions on where to go, our team of experts are on hand to give you the best advice on how to make the most of your day out. Don’t forget to pick up your money saving York and Beyond Explorer Pass and your Yorkshire themed gifts. 

Share your celebrations on social 

Please share your Yorkshire Day and Key Worker celebrations on social media using #YorkshireDay and #YorkKeyWorkers. With so many iconic landmarks and historic buildings dotted across the city we can’t wait to see your favourite York celebration shots.