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Yorkshire Icons – The Yorkshire Terrier

Question – what do Anastacia, Audrey Hepburn, Whitney Houston, Donnie Osmond, Ivanka Trump, Orlando Bloom, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Victoria and David Beckham, Bruce Willis, Venus Williams, Justin Timberlake, Johnny Depp and Jose Mourinho all have in common? Answer – Well, they have all been the proud owners of Yorkshire Terriers – or should that be – they have been ‘owned’ by... Read more

Masham Sheep Fair

Masham boasts one of the largest and finest market squares in England, famous for its sheep sales where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year. The sheep sales were originally held weekly, attracting flocks from the nearby estates of Jervaux and Fountains Abbey. Masham also lends its name to a breed of sheep, the progeny of a Teeswater ram and either a Dalesbred or a Swaledale... Read more

Horse Racing in York – the Ebor Festival

York’s biggest and most renowned race meeting – the Ebor Festival – starts on Wednesday 23rd August this year at York’s popular Knavesmire racecourse. The Queen led her traditional carriage procession down the course when Royal Ascot ‘borrowed’ the Knavesmire back in 2005.  The usual horseshoe shaped track had to be lengthened specially for the Gold Cup. Famous Frankel made one of his last... Read more

Blakey Ridge – A journey through the heart of the North York Moors National Pak

This spectacular route offers stunning views of the North York Moors one of the largest and most important areas of heather moorland in the whole of Europe. This journey of around seventeen miles is best undertaken from the village of Castleton in the north to the picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole in the south. Leaving Castleton our route follows the line of Castleton Rigg with views of... Read more

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