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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Country Living fair rolls up

The Country Living magazine christmas fair returns to the county next month and brings with it the highest number of Yorkshire-based exhibitors in the Harrogate leg of the fair’s three year history.

The festive shopping event is taking over the Harrogate International Centre from 27 – 30 November with more than 300 exhibitors.

Stalls will be selling food and drink, crafts, interior items and home-ware, personalised gifts and jewellery,

Further information: www.countrylivingfair.com/harrogate

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A life of two halves for Portillo

On track for Malton visit:
Michael Portillo.
Michael Portillo was an MP for the best part of two decades, 11 years of which he spent as a minister, holding three cabinet posts.

However, these days, he's probably best known for his broadcasting career especially the Great British Railway Journeys series.

Michael takes to the stage at Malton's Milton Rooms on Friday 7 Nov​ember to share his experiences and talk about his "life of two halves."

Immediately after, there will be an audience question and answer session. Book signings will take place before the show and during the interval.

Further information: www.themiltonrooms.com

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Rock on! Geological Society likes national park's cove and gill

Malham Cove.
Malham Cove and Gaping Gill in the Yorkshire Dales National Park have been included in a Top 100 list of key geological sites in the UK and Ireland.

The top table has been compiled by the Geological Society and partner organisations.

The 70m Malham Cove has won a place in the top ten features in the landscape category while Gaping Gill, the huge pothole below Ingleborough that could house St Paul’s Cathedral, was listed among the ten best in the adventurous category.

Robert White, the national park's historic environment officer, said: “The geology of the national park is often an under-appreciated part of the scenery but it forms the skeleton of the Yorkshire Dales landscape, having been eroded by wind, rain, ice and snow, clothed in vegetation and transformed by human activity.

“It is good to see that two of the classic limestone features of the Yorkshire Dales have been have been recognised by the Geological Society.”

Monday, 20 October 2014

It's a shore thing as seaweed expert seeks information about Victorian

Jane Pottas collects seaweeds on Scarborough's South Bay beach.
Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
Whitby-based seaweed expert Dr Jane Pottas is appealing for information on a Victorian lady collector ahead of a talk in Scarborough later this month.

She gives her talk Seaweeds – Cinderellas of the Seashore to Scarborough Field Naturalists’ Society on 28 October.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Dales museum is quick on the draw

The Dales Countryside Museum team at Hawes says it has pulled together a fun-packed half-term for youngsters.

Staff have organised a bundle of activities to keep them amused, including taking part in the Big Draw, which runs throughout the UK until 2 November and offers thousands of mainly free drawing activities that connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers and illustrators.