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Pontefract’s Liquorice Festival – Sunday 9th July

When I say Pontefract what do you think of? – The castle?  – The races? Or are you part of the vast majority who would shout out “Pontefract cakes!” Chances are it would be those small black medallions of sweetness that spring to mind. Pontefract has been associated with the liquorice industry for centuries. It is thought the crusaders first brought back the plant from the Holy Land... Read more

Secret Masham – A Peculier Place in Many Ways!

PHOTO: The traditional Boxing Day West of Yore Hunt meet in Masham Market Place. The pretty little market town of Masham (pronounced Massem by the locals) lies in Lower Wensleydale and is probably best known for its two craft breweries – Theakstons and Black Sheep. Both offer guided tours and beer tastings, so are popular tourist attractions. Masham is unusual in that it was granted the right to... Read more

Yorkshire’s Agricultural Shows – a Grand Day Out.

Photo: Kilnsey Show fell racers stream up the crag One of the great joys of any region, county or dale is when communities get together to celebrate all that they grow, their farmers, their traditions and all that makes a great day out. Here in Yorkshire we have a wealth of Agricultural Shows and if you are really lucky your visit will coincide with one of them. I have chosen three to just give... Read more

Choir ‘Tour de Yorkshire’

The 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire showcased some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside, villages and towns.  It also paved the way for the Tour de Yorkshire to continue drawing attention to our glorious county, but what of our UNESCO World Heritage sites, our Cathedrals, Abbeys, Castles and gardens? How do we ensure that these amazing sites are also highlighted in the same... Read more

In the footsteps of Captain Cook

In June 2017 it is 251 years since Captain Cook made his historic landing in Marlborough Sound in New Zealand. Captain James Cook became a Captain in the British Navy, rising through the ranks after starting as a Mariner and mastering the art of navigation to become a cartographer and explorer. He made detailed maps before making his three expeditions to the Pacific Ocean, when he made the first... Read more