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Friday, 28 August 2015

John's river work flows into gallery

For three years, Whitby watercolourist John Freeman has been on a meandering journey along his beloved river Esk, which flows through the Esk Valley in the North York Moors National Park and into the sea at Whitby.

The Esk at Glaisdale by John Freeman.

The result is a book, A Meander Down the Esk, comprising watercolours and pencil drawings portraying the river in all seasons and moods, and its wildlife, history, and architecture, with supporting text.

Now his work can be seen in an exhibition at the Inspired by… gallery at the national park's Danby Centre from today until 22 September.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Beaux Stratagem's screen date

The National Theatre’s production of George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash, The Beaux Stratagem, can be seen live on the cinema screen in Scarborough. The Simon Godwin-directed production will be broadcast from the London stage to the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Thursday 3 September at 7pm. Further information:

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

It's a date! Calendar sales will boost conservation charity funds

Starting the year ... January's Malham Tarn by Alice Cummings.
A collection of photographs depicting some of the best loved locations across the Yorkshire Dales and some lesser-known views, has been brought together for a charity calendar to boost funds for the area.

Seasonal scenes like fresh snow on Pen-y-ghent, bluebell woods and wildflower meadows at Winskill all feature in the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s 2016 calendar, along with year round icons including Ribblehead Viaduct and the famous geological formations at Norber to name just a few.

Trust fundraiser Sarah Brewer said: “Our 2016 calendar is a celebration of some of the best bits of the Yorkshire Dales. We are thrilled with the finished result, and I’d like to say a big thank you to all the talented photographers who generously shared their images with us.”

The calendar will feature winning shots from a Facebook photography competition, which was run by the trust with local cottage specialist Yorkshire Cottages, a long-term supporter, donating more than £16,000 to the charity.

Drew Dunn, director at Yorkshire Cottages said: “The calendar is a year-long reminder of the beauty of the Dales, both for those of us who live and work here, and for those who visit."

Money raised will go towards projects across the Yorkshire Dales and beyond, including restoring wildlife habitats such as broadleaf woodlands and wildflower hay meadows, education and outreach work, improvements to access, and supporting local community groups and businesses.

The calendar is available to buy online priced at £10 including UK delivery via or by calling 015242 51002.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Hay, hay, hay! Our conservation work is going great, says trust

Three years into its appeal to help meadow restoration and education work and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has raised more than £142,000, thanks to donations from individuals and local businesses, and charitable grants.

Cutting green hay from a donor meadow in Linton, Wharfedale. 
Photo by Don Gamble.

Together with support and commitment of farmers and landowners, this has allowed the Hay Time project to continue across the Yorkshire Dales and expand into the Forest of Bowland, and many of the original targets for the Appeal have already been far exceeded.

Drawing youngsters to North York moors national park is child's play

Peek-a-boo .. a young visitor 
tries out the play area.
Natural landscape has been used to create a natural play for youngsters at Sutton Bank National Park Centre.

Tracks and tree stumps, round-houses, tree-house and sand ‘pools’ invite imaginative games in an iconic location at the gateway to the North York Moors National Park.

Whitby's clutch of anniversaries

A multi-anniversary concert takes place at Whitby Pavilion on Saturday 12 September.

Ready for the celebrations ... the Scarborough Spa Orchestra.

Geological cartographer had his game changer document mapped out

A display of items relating to the man known as the father of English geology, William Smith, opens next month in Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum, the visitor attraction he helped establish.

The Man Who Put Scarborough on the Map will mark the 200th anniversary of the publication in 1815 of Smith’s ‘map that changed the world.’

Monday, 24 August 2015

Masham Gallery takes a walk on the wild side with leading names

Leap Frog' linocut and screenprint.
A Marvellous Menagerie brings together artists from all over the country in a colourful and lively celebration of British wildlife for the latest exhibition at The Masham Gallery.

The gallery in the market place has drawn key names from the art and illustration world for the event including Tom Frost, the screen printer who had a solo show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park last year. His work has graced the walls of the Victoria & Albert Museum and illustrated a host of newspapers and magazines.

Complementing them with bold shapes and vibrant colours is work from London linocutter Nick Wonham. 

Scottish printmaker Colin Blanchard is showing screen prints and linocuts and Welsh ceramicist Gwen Vaughn has made delicate owls, dogs, seals, foxes and hares for the show contrasting with Cotswold based bold ceramics from Alice Shepherd.

Norfolk illustrator Kate Green is showing her mysterious and beautiful animal watercolours and Hay-on-Wye based printmaker Victoria Keeble is showing her enigmatic, evocative work.

The gallery also focuses on the work of artists a little nearer. From Yorkshire come the wooden moving sculptures and carvings from Susan Evans, expressive stone carvings from Jennifer Tetlow, paper mache work from Nicky Clacy and fabulous wirework animal sculptures from Harrogate artist Chris Moss.

The show runs until the end of September. Further information:

Stage set for a Hero's Welcome

Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
 A scene from rehearsals of Hero’s Welcome, Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play which premieres at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre from 4 September to 3 October before a UK tour. In its 60th anniversary year, the theatre stages the 79th play from the author which follows the prodigal son type story of Murray who fled the neighbourhood seventeen years ago under a cloud. Further information: