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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Conservation grants on offer

The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is offering grants for a range of conservation projects in the Ingleborough area.

The grants are part of Stories in Stone, a four-year programme of community and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, which the trust leads.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Beningbrough through 300 years

Visitors to Beningbrough Hall, which celebrates its 300th anniversary, can gain an insight into the changing fortunes, previous owners and uses of the land in a display of photography, maps and local memories.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

See this exhibition in the Flesh

York Art Gallery is hosting Flesh, a major exhibition, featuring works by Degas, Chardin, Francis Bacon and Sarah Lucas, until March, next year.

The exhibition includes more than 60 works of art displayed over three galleries showing how flesh has been portrayed by artists over the last 600 years.

Monday, 12 September 2016

It would be folly not to learn more

Archaeologists have begun excavating the remains of Rustic Cottage at National Trust property, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

Rustic Cottage is one of several lost garden buildings at the World Heritage Site near Ripon. These buildings, known as follies, were often used in eighteenth century gardens as eye-catchers to surprise visitors and enhance views.

Rejuvenation for baths and spa

Harrogate's award winning Turkish baths and health spa have benefited from some rejuvenation of its own.

A refurbishment programme has seen improvements to the newly-decorated reception area and the changing rooms have been enhanced with parquet flooring which complements the velvet curtained wooden cubicles and a new steam room featuring atmospheric mood lighting has been installed.

The spa has undergone extensive refurbishment and decoration including a new grey and purple colour scheme, better lighting, new carpeting, new furniture in the treatment rooms and new walnut cabinets in the changing rooms.

The baths timetable has expanded, re-introducing a gentlemen-only evening session on Wednesdays.

Assistant manager Sarah Leachman said: “We offer a magical experience, blending the 19th century glamour of the Turkish baths with the modern and contemporary health spa. It's important that customers feel relaxed while they are experiencing a treatment and their surroundings certainly influence this. We take great pride in providing the best possible experience for our customers, and our refurbishment will allow us to further improve on the award winning service which we offer.”

Further information: www.turkishbathsharrogate.co.uk.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Off-limits craft and trade areas open for special day at the minster

York Minster’s Stoneyard holds its annual open day today (Friday 9 September), as part of Heritage Open Days, the national scheme celebrating the country’s spectacular history, architecture and culture.

Special insight ... the visits take in parts of the minster
 that are normally off limits. Photo by Duncan Lomax
 on behalf of Chapter of York.
The day will feature guided tours of the area where the minster's stonemasons, joiners, plumbers and electrician will talk about the techniques they use to repair, restore and protect the cathedral’s historic fabric and demonstrate ancient craft skills

Sutton Hall open day branches out with some oak tree detective work

Historic manor house, Sutton Hall Resort, near Thirsk, throws open the gates to its gardens on Saturday (10 September) for its second open day.

And this time, managers and staff at the self-catering resort want to try to identify the person who donated the Nelson’s Oak tree in the grounds.

Will someone twig? An appeal for information about this oak tree
has been made at Sutton Hall Resort.