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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Minster closes for visits as Mystery Play dismantling work gets under way

York Minster will close from Monday 4 until Wednesday 6 July to de-rig and clean-up at the end of the five-week run of the Mystery Plays.

Crews will strip out lighting and sound equipment, dismantle and remove the thousand-seater auditorium and remove more than 60 tonnes of lighting, sound and stage equipment.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

First birthday gallery says Helmsley has its community welcome off to a fine art

Helmsley's inspirational community has helped art gallery, Lazenby Visuals go from strength to strength, according to its owner. And this Saturday (2 July), the gallery, based in the picturesque town's Walled Garden craft units, marks its first birthday with a packed programme

Feeling part of the community has helped Chris Lazenby's gallery
go from strength to strength in its firs tyear.

The programme includes appearances from local artists James McGairy from Guisborough and Bree Merryn from Skipton. James, who takes inspiration from the Moors, Dales and coast, has appeared as a contestant on Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year. Bree has a deep interest in drawing the beautiful rural surroundings of Yorkshire and specialises in figurative and animal art. Both artists will be in-store creating art in a live capacity - a rare treat for attendees!

Plum ballet production that's selling out

Vienna Festival Ballet’s next performance in December at Whitby Pavilion is already heading to a sell-out, according to organisers.

After a well received performance earlier this month of Swan Lake, the ballet company announced it would return to perform The Nutcracker on Thursday 1 December.

Early demand has meant that there are just under 100 tickets remaining and ballet fans are being urged to book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

Pavilion operations and events manager Jill Gomez-Mannion said, “We have had some outstanding comments about the performance of Swan Lake which was one of our most successful theatre shows we have ever had. It’s looking like The Nutcracker will be very much the same.”

The Nutcracker is one of the best-loved ballets and centres around Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Their adventures see the Prince and Clara combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy for a trip to a kingdom made entirely of sweets.

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Game, set and strawberry match

On to something berry good. Strawberries
 and cream available through the ice cream 
window during Wimbledon.
Today marks the beginning of Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and to celebrate, Hunters of Helmsley is providing strawberries and cream to customers looking for a taste of the action.

Region's art talent spotlighted

The North York Moors national park's Inspired by gallery at Danby hosts an outdoor fair showcasing some of the region’s most talented artists next month.

The Artisan Art Fair, on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July is a joint venture by the gallery and the Scarborough Arts Forum, a Facebook group of more than over 400 Yorkshire-based artists.

Work by artists including Joy Green will be on display
during the two-day event.
Dean Regan, of the forum, said: "Twenty artists will have space in two large marquees, with further pop-up venues around the grounds. The marquees will be a buzz of activity with the artists demonstrating their techniques. Outside on the lawns more space will to be allocated to artists demonstrating an art or craft during the event.

“This new event will have the best of art from North Yorkshire. It will be the place to meet passionate local artists, see demonstrations and chat about creating art.

“We are also looking for musicians, singers and other performers and demonstrators to help with the festival feel and showcase their talents.”

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Hopes high that conservation project will be a barn storming success

Dilapidated barns in Upper Swaledale are being given a new lease of life during an 18-month project.

Around 600 of them and a number within Muker Parish have already been identified as potential candidates for some TLC.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s project will see local builders using traditional materials, techniques and craft skills to conserve the barns for future generations

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Planning chiefs consider green holiday village proposals

Plans for a green holiday village between Great Ayton and Stokesely which developers say will help transform the local tourism economy go before Hambleton district council planners today (Thursday 23 June).
Artist's impression of the cycle centre hub.

If approved, Angrove Country Park will feature 179 chalets in an environmentally sustainable development. The scheme includes plans for fishing ponds and a central hub with a café and cycle hire.

The development will create around 160 new jobs on the site and in the local economy, with the increase in visitor numbers expected to deliver around £5.6m of spending to Great Ayton and a cumulative economic impact of £24.4m per year.

Situated on the Coast to Coast cycle route, the development will help ensure that the Endeavour Way cycle route between Great Ayton and Stokesley, becomes a reality.