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The Snickelways of York

No visit to the magnificent City of York would be complete without an exploration of some of the 50 medieval Snickelways (alleyways) dotted around the City. The term Snickelway was first used by the author Mark W Jones who in 1983 produced an outstanding guidebook “A Walk around the Snickelways of York”. The book is in hand-written format with notes and maps showing the routes of... Read more

Eboracum Roman Festival, York

Eboracum Roman Festival, York 1st – 3rd June 2018 The Romans invaded Britain in AD43. In AD71 the Ninth Legion led by the Roman Governor of Britain, Quintus Petilius Cerialis, marched north from Lincoln to subdue the Brigantes, a loose federation of tribes covering the north of England. Cerialis based his army camp at the juncture of two rivers, the Ouse and the Foss. The name given to... Read more

Yorkshire Minsters

I am lucky enough to work in York Minster, arguably the most famous Minster in England and the question I get asked the most is “What is a Minster?”. The simplest answer I can give is it is a centre for teaching about God and Christianity. It’s an old English word – mynster – and it has been traditionally bestowed upon significant churches that help spread the word... Read more

Denby Dale and its Giant Pies

In a quiet village by the river between Huddersfield and Barnsley an incredible history of pie making is quietly and proudly celebrated. This idyllic spot was once a thriving industrial area. During that period of prosperity, a tradition was born that has led to the town going down in history for its giant pies. Every generation or so a gigantic pie is baked and the town loses its anonymity for... Read more

Tour de Yorkshire in Bedale

Tour de Yorkshire, 3rd – 6th May 2018 Ask any Yorkshireman – or woman – where he or she was, and what they were doing, on the first weekend of July 2014 and I’m pretty sure he could tell you. That was the weekend our spectacular county, with its stunning scenery and glorious towns was beamed to televisions and large screens all across the world. That was the weekend that... Read more