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Monday, 25 July 2016

Scarborough gallery spotlights work of award-winning bird taxidermist

Eagle Owl by Carl Church.
The work of an award-winning bird taxidermist is in the spotlight at Scarborough Art Gallery next month.

Carl Church, who has won awards at the World Taxidermy Championship and  the UK’s Guild of Taxidermists, is running four demo days at the gallery on 7, 14, 21 and 28 August.

The events support the current exhibition, All Creatures…, which is running at the gallery until 25 September and for which curator and artist Mark Hearld has displayed specimens of taxidermy from the Scarborough Collections in new and imaginative ways.

Carl said: “My work not only shows breathtaking birds, but excellent composition, vibrant lifelike groundwork and an amazing all-over accuracy of detail.

“All the birds I use are legally and ethically obtained: around 60 per cent are road traffic deaths, 15 per cent are killed flying into windows, and the remaining 25 per cent are birds which have died in captivity.”

Booking at ticket costs details can be obtained by contacting the gallery on 01723 374753.

Week-long event celebrates our treasured 'breathing spaces'

Adventure is the theme of this year’s UK-wide National Parks Week, which starts today (25 July) – and there'll be plenty of that given that we have two of Britain's 'breathing spaces' in North Yorkshire.

On the menu ... food tasting at the North York Moors national park.
Photo by Brian Nicholson.
The teams at the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales national parks are getting in on the act and have been busy drawing up a long list of activities including drystone wall demonstrations, geocaching, getting close up to nature, heritage trails, kite making and flying, treasure hunts and musical events to name but a few.
National Parks UK director Kathryn Cook said: "Our 15 wonderfully diverse national parks offer a great range of events and activities – there really is something for everyone to enjoy. So whether you’re a thrill seeker or you are looking for something a little less energetic, we encourage you to get out and be a part of the incredible landscapes that make this country so unique."

Saturday, 23 July 2016

National park has designs on good building in North York Moors

An awards scheme that recognises developments that enhance the character of the North York Moors national park is once again open for entries.

The 2016 Design Awards, sponsored by artisan glassmakers Gillies Jones, showcase the great design work in the area. The winner of each category will receive a commemorative glass bowl from Gillies Jones. The event, held every two years, celebrates the positive contribution that good design can have on local communities.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Vibrant views of Scarborough

Early morning Scarborough by Jean Hobson.
The vibrant work of a former Scarborough artist depicting the town and her current home, Manchester, goes on show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre this month.

Sea to City, which runs from 27 July to 3 September, features watercolours, gouache, drawings and screen prints by Jean Hobson.

The exhibition can be seen in the theatre gallery from 10am to 6pm, Mondays to Saturdays, except during show times. Entry is free.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Holy Moly ... this national park festival's a Cracker

Holy Moly .. a packed
programme for ParkFest.
ParkFest returns to the North York Moors National Park this weekend (Saturday (23 July – Sunday 24 July).

Dynamic ‘gypsy folk and roll’ band Holy Moly and the Crackers kickstart events fresh from their Glastonbury debut as they take centre stage at 7pm on Saturday. The band plays a lively, moonshine mix of Romani, Americana and contemporary British folk-rock.

Set in the grounds of the Moors National Park Centre, Danby, ParkFest 2016 is being held during National Parks Week, where people get an opportunity to explore, discover and celebrate the special qualities of the nation's national parks.

Sunday sees the traditional family fun day into the park which includes a range of events from outdoor activities, crafts, wildlife, nature and conservation, food and produce, to history and heritage.
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Water great way to celebrate our rivers

River Est project officer Simon Hirst
leads a guided walk in the national park.
The North York Moors National Park celebrates everything that's great about our waterways with a rivers festival on Sunday 28 August.

Visitors can learn about wildlife, go on a river walk, watch fishing demonstrations, have a go at fly casting , led by professional fisherman Olly Shepherd from Fly Fishing Yorkshire, and get up-close with river bugs.

The event, taking place at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby is being organised with the Yorkshire Est Rivers Trust and is part of the Discovering the Esk project, which has received a funding boost from the Postcode Local Trust.

Organisers say the project increases opportunities for people of all ages in the Esk Valley and wider area to get involved in environmentally focused activities and community monitoring schemes such as Riverfly Monitoring, Adopt a Stream, Young Angler Initiative and Salmon in the Classroom. The festival will help to advance local people’s knowledge, and provide them with the opportunity and support to learn about and care for their local river.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Ballet demand secures second performance at the Pavilion

Local demand has prompted a second performance of The Nutcracker at Whitby Pavilion, organisers have confirmed.

Vienna Festival Ballet’s performance on Thursday 1 December has already sold out and a 3pm matinee performance has now been scheduled.

It is the venue’s second sold-out ballet show of the year after a sell-out crowd enjoyed the company’s performance of Swan Lake in June.

Pavilion operations and events manager Jill Gomez-Mannion said: “We knew bringing a touring ballet company back to the venue would be popular but we have been overwhelmed with the demand and we hope the afternoon performance will help people who couldn’t attend the evening show.”

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Purpose-built disability accommodation is first for national park

Yorkshire Dales national park visitors with mobility, visual or hearing impairments will soon have a purpose-built place to stay.

Planning permission has been granted for the change of use of a single-storey outbuilding at Eastburn Farmhouse in Newbiggin to self-catering holiday accommodation for people who need fully accessible facilities.

And the development will be the first of its kind the national park and one of only six in North Yorkshire as a whole.