Key Cultural Facts

Almost 5 million people help make Yorkshire and Humber larger than 80 of the world’s countries, including Singapore, Norway and New Zealand. This region boasts one of the UK’s most powerful and diverse economies, growing consistently faster than the European average and with a total GDP of £66bn, Yorkshire and Humber ranks alongside the top third of the world’s economies.  The region is made up of four sub-regions: North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Humber.

Yorkshire has a  living culture proudly rooted in the region, yet one that engages vast audiences.  And it’s all played out at a fabulous range of venues ~ grand theatres, cool gallery spaces, music and drama festivals, country parks and towns and villages throughout the region. Culture has a massive effect on all aspects of life in the region:

  • The Yorkshire and Humber region has nearly 7,500 creative businesses with employees, representing 4.4% of all creative business employers in Great Britain (Creative Yorkshire 2002)
  • Cultural and Sporting activities are forecast to have the sixth highest growth in employment by 2015 (Yorkshire Forward Econometric Model 2002)
  • There are 163 registered museums in the region, attracting approximately ten million visitors annually. 
  • An average of 17.4% of households in the region expressed a regular interest in culture, theatre and the arts in 2015.  However only the North Yorkshire sub region equalled the national average of 21.2%. 
  • More than two in five people living in the region (37%) participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity sport and active recreation at least three times a week in leisure time.  
  • In 2003, around £4.12 billion was spent in the region by domestic, overseas tourists and day-trippers. The principal overseas markets for Yorkshire and Humber in terms of spend in 2003 were the United States, Germany and France (accounting for 32% of the overseas market). 
  • One in eleven adults in Yorkshire (9%) volunteer in sport for at least one hour per week.   
  • Lottery funding for heritage in Yorkshire and Humber in 2015/6 includes:
    £4,396,650 for Historic buildings and monuments projects
    £913,600 for Industrial maritime and transport projects
    £2,744,341 for intangible heritage such as oral history projects
    £6,726,650 for Land and biodiversity projects
    £9,650,300 for projects involving Museums libraries archives and collections
  •  In 2004/5, over 23,800,000 visits were made to public libraries in the region.
  • One fifth of land in the region designated as National Park. This constitutes almost a third of all land in England covered by National Park status, which, in addition to two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (covering 6% of the region) and miles of Heritage Coast mean that 27% of the region’s land area is classed as ‘landscape of national significance’.

  • The region has: 

  •      31,866 Listed Buildings
         2,663 Scheduled Ancient Monuments 
         779 Conservation Areas 
         122 Registered Parks and Gardens 
         7 Registered Battlefields 
         2 World Heritage Sites 
         1 Protected Shipwreck Site

    • There are over 250 festivals in North Yorkshire alone; including traditional music and dance festivals, and the Bradford Mela is internationally renowned as one of Europe’s largest Melas.