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Thursday, 17 April 2014

A wheel good idea: Nidderdale visitor surge prompts cycle hire launch

The growing number of visitors and residents keen to experience Nidderdale on two wheels has prompted the launch of the area's first cycle hire service.

He's the Mann ... Dave Mann has responded to the growing demand
for cycling in one of the county's most beautiful areas.

Nidderdale Cycle Hire, based in Low Laithe near Pateley Bridge, offers a range of bikes, including mountain bikes for off road trials, tourers with panniers for longer rides and electric-assisted hybrid bikes, as well as a tandem.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Camra does like to beer beside the seaside

Scarborough is CAMRA-ready for more than a thousand real ale lovers who will converge on the town this month when the national organisation holds its annual conference.

In the eye of the beerholder: sponsors Gill Mellor, from Wold Top Brewery,
and Ian Goodall, from Brass Castle Brewery, enjoy a beer on the beach
at Scarborough’s South Bay. Photograph by Tony Bartholomew.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is holding its annual Members' Weekend from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 April at Scarborough’s Spa conference and entertainment venue.

More than 1,000 members have already registered for the event – the highest number ever for one of the organisation's events at this time of year.

As well as the official annual meeting, it has organised brewery trips and pub crawls during the weekend, including a visit to the Great Yorkshire Brewery at Cropton, Brass Castle Brewery at Malton and Ampleforth Abbey Cider Mill. 

The weekend is open to all members and is where the organisation discusses policy and direction. It offers the opportunity for members to socialise with friends over a pint in the members’ bar, attend the official AGM Conference and workshops, visit recommended pubs and go on organised trips.

The event’s sponsors include Wold Top Brewery, near Hunmanby, Brass Castle Brewery, and Little Valley Brewery, near Hebden Bridge.

Co-ordinator Neil Leeson said he expected to see more than 1,200 members attend with many making the most of the event and staying a few days before and after.

Janet Deacon, North Yorkshire area director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We’re delighted to welcome CAMRA back to Scarborough for their third visit. CAMRA conferences are always a perfect mix of business and pleasure.”

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Just the ticket! Whitby's new park and ride ready for Easter

A park-and-ride service created to ease traffic congestion and make life easier for visitors and residents in Whitby will open for business on Good Friday.

The service is being provided by North Yorkshire County.

Council county councillor Joe Plant said: “Tourism is the key to Whitby’s continued prosperity, and making it much easier for visitors to get into and out of the town without clogging up the highways network and without making the daily life of the residents more difficult is a major step forward.

“I am particularly pleased that we have been able to meet our aim of introducing the service in time for the Easter weekend – traditionally a very busy period.”

The new facility provides parking for 230 vehicles. Work continues on completing the terminal building and the overflowcar park. Temporary facilities such as toilets will however be available until the building work is finished.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Musicport announces headliners

Organisers behind Whitby's autumn Musicport Festival have unveiled Lo'Jo as the headliners for the Saturday evening. Meanwhile, Scottish outfit Idlewild will perform on the Friday.

Getting the Lo-down. Acclaimed Lo'Jo take announced
as headliners at Musicport.
Discovered by Peter Gabriel  Lo’Jo are a musical street caravan, an iconoclastic group whose fans include Björk, and John Zorn. With 30 years under their belt, this collective of musicians from the south-west of France confirmed their position as one of the world’s leading musical outfits when their tenth studio album Cinéma El Mundo topped many Best of ... lists in 2012. They were named best group in international music magazine Songlines 2013 Awards.

Stroll on! Plenty walking in Hambleton

Hambleton residents are being urged to get on their feet and discover the wonders of walking during the Ramblers biggest ever free short walks festival from 3-10 May.

During Get Walking Week, Hambleton Strollers will offer local folks free short walks to help develop and maintain a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Walks will take place at Great Ayton, Northallerton, Easingwold, Stokesley and Bedale.

Further information: contact Paul Fisher on 01609 7771624 or email