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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Don't pass up this visitor opportunity

Ryedale residents and visitors to the area can now benefit from the York Pass, offering savings at key attractions.

Nick Hill, of Eden Camp, Craig Nattress, Ryedale's
visitor economy officer, and Will Strickson,
of Pickering Tourist Information Centre promote the new pass

Tourism bosses say it provides a great way to discover York and Ryedale in time for the Summer holidays.

Pickering Tourist Information Centre  is selling  the pass, which once bought, offers free entry to a host of local attractions including Eden Camp, Castle Howard and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as well as several of York’s must-visit places such as Jorvik Viking Centre, the Minster and the city's Chocolate Story.

Offers are also available at  cafes, restaurants and on shopping and entertainment.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Wheel good views of national park, thanks to cycle scheme

Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
Family-friendly and adventure cycling trails with some of the most spectacular views in the country have opened in North Yorkshire.

The team at Sutton Bank Bikes, at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre, and national park staff have spent the past two years developing more than 28 miles of dedicated trails around the centre, including three off-road trails, a skills park for younger children, six road routes, and a cycling shop including bike hire.

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Family swoops to win national park's peregrine viewing prizes

The 200,000th visitors have been welcomed to a peregrine falcon viewing scheme at Malham Cove.

John and Lindsey Eccles and their children. Photo: courtesy
 of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
Visitors to the Cove are able to see a range of upland bird species but it is the nesting peregrines that have been the main attraction of late. The viewing platform is a partnership between the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the RSPB.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Scarborough's wartime bombardment discussed

Scarborough lighthouse after
the bombardment. Photo courtesy
of Scarborough Museums.
The next in a series of lunchtime talks at Scarborough Art Gallery this Friday (25 July) will focus on the bombardment of the town on 16 December 1914.

The talk, by local historian Keith Johnston, will examine the impact of the early months of the war, followed by a look at the event itself – what happened, why and the impact, in both the short and longer term – and its significance within the broader picture of the Great War.

A major new exhibition commemorating the bombardment and those who died, Remember Scarborough, runs at the gallery from 26 July until 4 January, next year.

Further information: call the gallery on 01723 374753.

The magic of animals provides inspiration for Masham exhibition

Above, Below, linocut
by Nick Wonham
Masham Gallery's forthcoming exhibition from this Friday (25 July) until the end of August explores one of the more traditional and popular areas of inspiration for artists – animals.

Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Masham is surrounded by rolling hills and moorland, so sheep, cows, foxes, hares and birds are often a source of inspiration for the artists who call the area home.

Animal Magic takes a quirky look at the birds and beasts, through a diverse collection of mediums including print, ceramics, paper mache and stone. The local wildlife is joined by some more exotic creatures in what organisers say will be a funny, unusual and well-observed celebration of furry, feathered, winged and hoofed friends.

On show will be work by Hester Cox (printmaking), Pratima Kramer (ceramics), Abigail Brown (paper mache),  Nicky Tudor (mosaic), Corinne Young (textiles), Nick Wonham (printmaking), Jennifer Tetlow (stone carving), Nicky Clacy (paper mache), Claire West (painting) , Anna Wiscombe (wood) and Henrietta Corbett (print and metal).

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