Prehistory on Ilkley Moor – the Twelve Apostles

If you’re out for a stroll on Ilkley Moor – a great place to head for is the Twelve Apostles Stone Circle. It’s not quite to the scale of Stonehenge but it is a delightful circle which dates back to the Bronze Age (4500 – 2700 years ago) and is believed to be at least 1000 years older than Stonehenge. The stones form a circle with a diameter of 16 meters and there are now... Read more

Yorkshire’s Spectacular Snowdrops

In mid-winter, when little else is growing, a walk through a blanket of snowdrops is a delight, and Yorkshire has some spectacular displays to enjoy. The little drops of ‘snow’ signal that spring is just around the corner. The Latin name for the snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, means ‘milk flower of the snow’, and when in full bloom, these delicate white flowers can create a white blanket under the... Read more

National Yorkshire Pudding Day – Sunday 4 February 2018

Despite being our shortest month, February can be one of the bleakest. So, what better way to brighten up the start of it, than to celebrate one of Yorkshire’s greatest exports – The Yorkshire Pudding. The first Sunday in February has, since 2007, been designated ‘National Yorkshire Pudding Day’. The day has also been adopted by the USA – but you will have to wait until 13th Oct for the... Read more

Emily Brontë, born in Yorkshire in 1818

This is the bicentenary of Emily’s birth and, to be honest, there is no finer time to visit Yorkshire and especially Brontë Country. For myself, and I may be in a minority here, the way to begin your journey with any of the Brontës is to explore the story of the family and to realise that love and a sense of belonging, of home, are the anchors that give them strength. The world famous Haworth... Read more

Remember, remember the 5th of November…..gunpowder, treason & plot!

Every year in the first week of November, firework displays take place up and down England, from city centre spectaculars to more humble fun in the back garden. This is done in commemoration of a foiled plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James 1 in 1605. It was in fact illegal NOT to celebrate the narrow escape of the Monarch until 1959. Parliament was determined to make an... Read more