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Friday, 6 May 2016

Staithes gets ready to demonstrate the art of a good festival

Art and heritage lovers will be making a beeline for Staithes this autumn.

Strike a light .. there'll be an attempt to create the biggest
glowstick installation in the world at Staithes.
The historic fishing village is preparing to throw open the doors of its quaint and quirky cottages and welcome visitors to its fifth Festival of Arts and Heritage from 10-11 September.

More than 100 artists will exhibit their paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery, glass and crafts for sale in pop-up galleries all around the village.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Getting steamed up Scottish style on the North York Moors line

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is celebrating the best of Scotland with its branch line gala for the next two weekends (6– 8 May and 13-15 May).

The popular heritage railway will play host to a number of steam and diesel locomotives.

The resident fleet will take on the identity of Scottish allocated steam locomotives. These will be supplemented by Scottish Region diesel locomotives. The normal timetable will be supplemented with passenger shuttles while there will also be freight train workings.

Additionally, Main Line will be represented with trains along the Esk Valley line to Battersby. The 24-mile line runs through stunning scenery and takes the passengers from Whitby to Battersby, stopping at Glaisdale, Danby and Castleton. The motive power depot at Grosmont will feature lifting demonstrations using the 45 ton steam crane on both Saturdays.

Stations will also be decked out. There will be exhibitions of model railway displays by Scarborough and District Railway Modellers, and market stalls at Pickering Station. To finish off the Scottish theme, Scottish food and drinks will be available along the line.

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Free coach parking to lure visitors

Coach parking is free in Helmsley's Cleveland Way long-stay car park, thanks to town and council collaboration. The decision is part of a year-long Ryedale District Council pilot.

The aim is to encourage visitors to stay for longer in the town, which was recently crowned best market town in the Great British High Street Awards.

The new scheme is part of ongoing discussions around parking strategies for the town, instigated by the Helmsley in Business group and the Federation of Small Businesses. Ideas are also being considered to help provide flexible parking solutions for residents and local shoppers.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

A heart-felt plea to hit the iconic Dales and Peaks for charity walking

Get yer boots on! That's the call as the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority teams up with a national charity this summer to stage a Day in the Dales – a fund-raising walking event centred on the iconic Three Peaks.

Letting their feet to do the talking: Adrian Purtell (right)
with Three Peaks Ranger Josh Hull
 in front of the Ribblehead Viaduct. Photo by Heart Research UK.
The national park's Three Peaks project team is working with Heart Research UK to stage some sponsored walks on 18 June with all money raised being split between the charity and the vital work of caring for the footpath network around  Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Yorkshire-based Heart Research UK is charging a modest registration fee that will cover the cost of organising checkpoints and water stations run by experienced staff and volunteers on both the Valleys and Three Peaks routes.

Boots to book: Cleveland Way tale author's Sunday signing

Best foot forward: author
 Andrew Nichol.
Helmsley's Cut Price Book Store hosts a signing on Sunday (8 May) with the author of a novel which follows the true and funny tale of seven young men walking the Cleveland Way in 1974.

We'll Have a Laugh by Andrew Nichol details the humorous, and at times challenging, experiences the boys face as they hike along the well known track. The book is full of nostalgia, especially the music of the glam rock era.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Transformed gallery in running for prestigious Art Fund award

York Art Gallery has been shortlisted for a major museum of the year award. Judges have compiled a five-strong list for the prestigious Art Fund event.

The York gallery's shortlisting, which follows an £8 million transformation, sees it competing with London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Bristol's Arnolfini, Kent's Bethlem Museum of the Mind and West Lothian's Jupiter Artland.

The Centre of Ceramic Art is among the main features
of the transformed York Art Gallery. Photo by Peter Heaton.

Alleluia! Sing it for the Dales

Yorkshire Dales chamber choir Cantores Salicium will raise money for the local landscape, environment and communities with a choral and instrumental performance this month.

Hitting the right fund-raising note Cantores Salicium.
The Alleluia concert  in the Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert on the Bolton Abbey estate on Saturday 14 May features the world premiere of a brand new work by award-winning composer Nicholas O’Neill, commissioned for the choir and inspired by the local landscape.

Cantores Salicium will also perform Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and Zadok the Priest with works by Purcell, Stanford and Byrd, under the direction of Lindy Williams.

The programme includes performances by young local instrumentalists in solos and chamber music, and as part of the accompaniment to Zadok the Priest. 
Money raised will help Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to deliver projects across the area such as restoring wildflower hay meadows and planting new native woodlands.

Further information on ticket prices and availability and other information about the trust's work can be found at

Monday, 2 May 2016

Tour success puts region into top gear to become cycling heartland

What an event! Cycling and tourism chiefs were today hailing the Tour de Yorkshire a huge success after more than two million spectators turned out to cheer on the riders during the three-day event.
Winner Thomas Voeckler and a packed Thirsk town centre.
Photo courtesy of
The success prompted head of the Tour de France Christian Prudhomme to comment that the county was fast becoming the heartland of cycling.

He said: “There have been huge crowds, huge enthusiastic crowds who respect the riders. The Tour de Yorkshire is on the podium for being one of the best bike races in the world and for me the best public for cycling in the world.

“The people of Yorkshire have passion and pride. I love what the Tour de Yorkshire has done for children who are watching this on the route and at the start and finish lines. These are memories that those children will never forget.

“The passion is growing and growing and Yorkshire is fast becoming the heartland of cycling.”