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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Rare freshwater mussel project boost

A project to safeguard Yorkshire’s last remaining population of freshwater pearl mussels has been given a £300,000 grant.

The three-year scheme will focus on the river Esk in the North York Moors National Park and the only one in Yorkshire with a population of the species.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Kilnsey Park team steps up to the plate with tasty food event

Visitors are being urged to grab a plate and get a flavour of the Dales at a mouth-watering food event at Kilnsey Park in Wharfedale this Thursday (30 July).

Jamie and Amy Roberts at Kilnsey Park.
Photo courtesy of Kilnsey Park.
Stalls will offer food and drink tastings and the opportunity to meet and talk to local producers. There will be a lunchtime BBQ, fun fishing, a smoke house tour and fish filleting demonstrations, plus a talk on bee keeping and the opportunity to see the Kilnsey hives.

Back to the Middle Ages for town's church and local historians

A Northallerton church is teaming up with local historians to give people an idea of what their community was like in the Middle Ages.

Grave concern ... vicar of the Northallerton, the Revd Fiona Mayer-Jones
 examines the inscription on the Norman grave slab

All Saints Church and Northallerton and District Local History Society are staging a medieval festival” inside the Grade one-listed building on Saturday (1 August).  

The event is part of the Jorvik Medieval Festival’s “Church Explorers” initiative.

Monday, 27 July 2015

The moor, the merrier! Visitors urged to get close up to nature on Sundays

The North York Moors’ annual Moorfest celebration on 2 August marks the end of this year’s National Parks Week but also the start of ‘Sutton Bank Sundays.’

A range of free family events will be on offer at the national park centre throughout August.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Lead gives weighty subject to industrial heritage photo exhibition

An exhibition of photographs is highlighting the impact of lead mining on the Yorkshire Dales and the work needed to conserve the remains of the industry.

The ruins of England's best preserved lead smelt mills
 in Old Gang in Swaledale.
The Yoredale offices of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in Bainbridge are playing host to the exhibition – The Hills Afford Great Store of Lead – until September 25.

Printmakers' exhibition at Dales Countryside Museum is a mirror image

Artists from Sweden, Finland and Scotland will join Yorkshire printmakers today (Friday 26 July) to celebrate the contemporary craft at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

The Mirror Images exhibition, which will feature new and original printmaking, runs to 6 October.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

WI celebrates centenary in Harrogate

Harrogate International Centre will be the autumn destination when the Women’s Institute celebrates one hundred years of achievements with a four-day programme.

Ready for the fair .. exhibitors get ready to launch the WI centenary
event which comes to Harrogate in September.

The WI Centennial Fair, from 3 – 6 September, is one of the highlights of a year of the organisation's celebrations.

An estimated 18,000 institute members and non members are expected to attend the fair which organisers say is likely to become an annual event.

Theatre insights over a tea and scone with cast and production teams

Among those in
Heather Stoney,
Lady Acybourn.
Theatre fans can enjoy a spot of tea with the cast, creative teams and leading personnel behind this summer’s productions and events at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre.

In the latest addition to its 60th anniversary special programme, the renowned venue is welcoming audiences to enjoy tea and a scone while listening to guest speakers on topics ranging from working with renowned playwright Alan Ayckbourn to getting wet and wild in the upcoming production of Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island and on planning for the future of the theatre.

There’s an opportunity to hear from members of the cast currently appearing in Ayckbourn’s first revival of Confusions and soon-to-be-seen in the world premiere of his 79th play, Hero’s Welcome; the director, designer and cast of Neville’s Island will be discussing their revival production which opens in August; former executive director Stephen Wood and actress Heather Stoney – Lady Ayckbourn – will be recounting their time with the company; and there will also be a talk with artistic director Chris Monks and new chief executive Mathew Russell.

Two for Tea takes place at 4pm every Wednesday at the SJT throughout the summer until 9 September. Further information: