It was calculated that if Yorkshire had been designated its own country then it would’ve finished an impressive twelfth in the medal table of the 2012 London Olympics. But that’s hardly a surprise as Yorkshire has a proud sporting history that continues today.
And maybe it wasn’t too surprising either that Yorkshire was chosen to host the Grand Départ for the 2014 Tour De France. This iconic event will put our great county back in the spotlight of the international media - and rightly so as it’s a beautiful place with stunning scenery which will be enjoyed by cyclists and spectators alike.
Fans of football will be well aware of the region’s clubs, with Leeds United, and the two Sheffield clubs, United and Wednesday, instantly recognisable the world over – but of course the area is not just limited to those three clubs or even just football.
A hotbed for both codes of rugby, Yorkshire has an embarrassment of riches. Whichever Cedar Court Hotel
you are staying in, you won’t be far away from famous names such as Bradford Bulls, Hull Kingston Rovers and Leeds Carnegie.
When it comes to horse-racing, Yorkshire boasts an impressive field. York and Doncaster racecourses are high up on the to-do list of all racing fans, but then there are the lovely courses at Doncaster, Ripon and Thirsk amongst others. And many a major winner has been trained at Yorkshire stables.
Away from the usual sports, you can take in a high-impact, high-adrenalin game of ice hockey and get behind the Sheffield Steelers. And if winter sports are your thing, tackle the indoor ski slope at Snozone in Castleford’s Xscape or get your skates on at Ice Sheffield.
From the stadiums to the stage, the very best theatrical experiences
But it isn’t all about sporting endeavours. For those seeking their theatre on a stage rather than a pitch, there is a plethora of options.
Head to the coastal town of Scarborough and the Stephen Joseph Theatre and enjoy world premiere performances of productions written and directed by Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Alternatively, head back inland for a diverse array of productions at the award winning York Theatre Royal (including a record breaking panto dame) or West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.
The best of the West End often pays a visit with the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford, Leeds Grand Theatre, the Grand Opera House in York and Hull’s New Theatre popular venues.
Beyond the main theatre houses, you will see theatre throughout the region, often performed in the most unlikely settings – on the streets, in a stately home or even on wagons. Keep your eyes peeled!
And if you’re in to pop rather than plays, check out the impressive First Direct Arena in Leeds for the latest acts, concerts and large-scale events.
With so much to see and do, you will probably need more than one Cedar Court Hotel short break!