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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Come on down! We're having a thankyou party, says Musicport

Organisers of a not-for profit music autumn music festival are celebrating a major Arts Council grant win with a party this weekend for supporters.

The big picture ... Sol Cinema, the world's smallest cinema
 joins an eclectic mix of acts at this year's Musicport,

The team behind Whitby's Musicport has secured £41k to help develop its infrastructure and to support its programme of activities including its high profile international festival in October.

Musicport is hosting a party night this Saturday (2 August) at Whitby Pavilion with DJs and live music in the café from 8pm until late. Entry is free but organisers say donations to the education programme will be gratefully received.

Bookstore opens new chapter in providing Ryedale visitor information

Jos Holmes, Ryedale Council's economy and community manger,
 with Anne Wilson from the bookstore.
Helmsley’s visitor information point in the Cut Price Bookstore in Borogate is proving popular with Ryedale visitors, according to council chiefs.

The shop offers a range of free leaflets as well as maps, guidebooks and post cards for visitors to buy.

The shop offers free wifi to visitors, so they can search the website to browse for further details, book accommodation and check attractions opening times and local events and ‘whats on’ listings.

Bookstore manager Anne Wilson said: "Many of our  customers ask about local tourist attractions and things to do, so having the VIP in the shop helps us to point them in the right direction straight away. Helmsley is such a lovely town, we want to share its treasures with all our visitors.”

Councillor Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council,  said: “With more and more visitors using the internet to decide what to do when on holiday, often at the last minute or weather dependent, it makes sense for visitor information to be available online as well as in person. Anne and her team are  doing a great job for local businesses,  promoting Helmsley and Ryedale to our visitors.”

The information point is open from 9.30 to 5pm on Monday to Saturday and 11am to 4.30 pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Pickering Tourist Information Centre is still on hand to answer telephone queries or for face to face accommodation bookings. Telephone 01751 473791.

Housing scheme scoops another award

Only three months after being named one of the best affordable housing developments in the country, 1 – 11 Westfields in Osmotherley has taken the best new dwelling award at the North York Moors National Park’s Design Awards.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ayckbourn's child goes by the book

A scene from The Boy Who Fell into a Book which runs at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre until the end of August. The new musical based on Alan Ayckbourn’s 1998 play is directed by the author with musical adaptation and lyrics by Paul James and music by Cathy Shostak and Eric Angus. Photo by Tony Bartholomew.

Animals and people take centre stage at Stillingfleet Lodge

A menagerie of wire animals and a collection of willow people will be found in the gardens at Stillingfleet Lodge near York this August.

The exhibition showcases the work of two artists, Harrogate wire animal creator Chris Moss, and Derbyshire’s Carole Beavis, whose willow cyclists helped celebrate the Tour de France Grand Depart.

Running alongside the outdoor exhibition, in the café is a collection of water colours by Rachel McNaughton from Bardsey near Wetherby. Known for her paintings of flowers, she is a professional associate of the Society for All Artists.

The exhibition will be open on from 1pm to 5pm on 1,2,3,6,8,13,15,16,17,20,22 27 and 29 August. Check with the attraction for entry costs.