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Yorkshire Day 2022 – Free family fun events in Driffield

Excitement is building ahead of this weekend’s celebration of everything that is Yorkshire with a packed schedule of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

A 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.

The activities kick off on Saturday with events at both the Umbrella Plaza and at Riverhead.

The Umbrella Plaza will see a ‘Yorkshire Characters Singalong’ by Say Two Productions at 1pm and at the Community Centre from 2pm the East Riding Dialect Society will host “A Yorkshire Day Celebration” with an afternoon of good humour and dialect with Yorkshire buffet at ‘looance’ time.

Meanwhile at Riverhead, Canal Fest, which kicks off at 11am, will feature boat trips to Town Lock and back, paddleboarding, pedalos, a bar and barbecue, heritage display with steam powered river launch and traction engine, as well as entertainment provided by the Gaslight Dixieland Jazz Band


On Sunday, 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 town centre 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.

Middle Street South will be closed to traffic from 6am until 6pm between the junctions of King Street and Albion Street for the market.

Sunday will also see a feast of activities at the Umbrella Plaza including Marie Pennock with her heavy horses and Yorkshire Wagon, the East Riding Dialect Society with prose and poetry, Driffield Male Voice Choir and Makara Morris Dancers.

Jill Baldwin, Driffield Town Centre Officer. Said: “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.”

The Canal Fest continues on Sunday with more water-based activities, stalls from the Artisan Market, a duck race with cash prizes, and entertainment from singer Kenny J ‘The One & Only Elvis Presley’.

The navigation commissioners are keen for people to get involved with the canal by visiting Canal Fest to see what is going on and have some fun and games.

David Taylor, Driffield Navigation Trust spokesman, said: “We were delighted to be invited to join the Yorkshire Weekend and make it a really big event for Driffield, running from Umbrella Plaza to Riverhead.

“We get wonderful support from the town council and it is great to join them to celebrate the growth of Driffield and the part it has played in the rich history of Yorkshire.”

Jill Baldwin – Driffield Town Centre Officer at the Jubilee Umbrella Plaza in Market Place

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