Full programme of events planned for Yorkshire Day Weekend

Final plans to celebrate everything that is Yorkshire in Driffield across the weekend of 30th and 31st July are being drawn up.

A whole weekend of events has been planned for the town, including a two-site artisan market of more than 70 stalls of Yorkshire crafts and food, Driffield Male Voice Choir performing on the Umbrella Plaza, dialect readings and a wide variety of water-based events as part of the Driffield Canal Fest, organised by the Driffield Navigation Trust.

The event is a united effort to celebrate Yorkshire Day, which takes place on 1st August, and boost business for the town by attracting local residents and visitors.

“Driffield is the Capital of the Wolds and the perfect place to celebrate our Yorkshire heritage for a whole weekend,” said Councillor Mark Blakeston, Mayor of Driffield.

“We are hoping to add to the success of the recent Wold Rangers Way Walking Festival by attracting both local people and visitors into our amazing town and I urge everyone to put the weekend’s events in their diaries.”

Little Bird Artisan Markets, a nominee in the Yorkshire Independent Business of the Year Award 2022, will be supporting Driffield Town Council in running the market which will have more than 70 stalls.

Local shops and businesses are adding their support to the event by adopting extra opening hours, window displays, Yorkshire-style uniforms and produce.

“The Driffield Yorkshire Weekend is the first of its kind and is aimed at bringing people into our gorgeous town to enjoy all our independent shops and eateries as well as the added bonus of an artisan market and themed events and attractions for all the family,” said Jill Baldwin, Driffield Town Centre Officer.

“It looks set to be a weekend to remember and I urge everyone to come along and enjoy all that Driffield has to offer, and a bit more.”

Full programme

Saturday 30th July

Umbrella Plaza and Riverhead

1pm Say Two Productions ‘Yorkshire Characters Singalong’ – Umbrella Plaza

From 2pm East Riding Dialect Society “A Yorkshire Day Celebration” and afternoon of good humour and dialect with Yorkshire Buffet at ‘looance’ time, Driffield Community Centre. Admission £3.

11am-4pm Driffield Canal Fest featuring boat trips, paddle boarding, pedalos, heritage display with steam engines, barbecue, bar, Gaslight Dixieland Jazz Band (1pm-3:30pm). Free admission.

Sunday 31st July

Umbrella Plaza and Middle Street South

10am to 4pm Artisan Market, Middle Street South & Riverhead, over 70 traders from all over Yorkshire selling beautifully crafted products

10am to 4pm Driffield Fire Engine, meet Driffield’s firefighters and see their fire engine up close.

10am to 3pm Yorkshire Display: Little Book Emporium, Middle Street North – Driffield’s very own bespoke book shop with all things Yorkshire

11am to 2pm Abadaba Circus – Yorkshire Lads stilt walkers and the Bubble Fairies

12 noon Marie Pennock with her Heavy Horses and Yorkshire Wagon

12.30pm East Riding Dialect Society – prose and poetry, Umbrella Plaza

1pm Maggie Wakeling – enjoy this up-and-coming young singer with a stunning voice, Umbrella Plaza

2pm Driffield Male Voice Choir, Umbrella Plaza

3pm Makara Morris Dancers, Umbrella Plaza

Driffield Canal Fest, Riverhead

10am to 4pm Artisan Market, see more stalls at Riverhead

11am to 4pm Boat trips, paddle boarding, pedalos, heritage display with steam engines, barbecue, bar

1pm to 3pm Singer Kenny J ‘The One & Only Elvis Presley’

3.30pm Duck Race with cash prizes

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