And another reason to visit South Yorkshire… Wentworth Castle Gardens

South Yorkshire is enjoying the limelight at the moment with record numbers of people wanting to see inside Wentworth Woodhouse where Downton Abbey was filmed. But only 6 miles away is a little-known attraction with lots to tempt the visitor – 63 acres of formal gardens, 500 acres of wider parkland and 26 listed buildings and monuments. Highlights include: Victorian conservatory with rare... Read more


The Swaledale Festival (Swalefest) is one of the most popular music and arts events held in Yorkshire each year. The Festival was founded in 1972 and was due to run in 2020 for two weeks between the 23 May and 6 June but has unfortunately been cancelled with the Covid-19 outbreak. But the event is so wonderful we thought we would review it so you can make plans to come and check it out in 2021... Read more

Whitby Goth Weekends

Sadly Whitby Goth Weekend on 24th – 26th April 2020 was cancelled so lets look forward to 30th October to 1st November 2020! For any of you that watched the recent, brilliant 3-part BBC adaptation of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, the haunting scenery of the North Yorkshire fishing village of Whitby will be familiar. And it is against this dramatic and spooky backdrop that the Whitby Goth Weekends... Read more

Whitby Jet

Although most frequently found in seams of shale on the Yorkshire Coast between Robin Hood’s Bay and Boulby, Whitby Jet can also be discovered washed up on the shore when bad weather or rough seas occur where seams that extend under the sea have broken away. Unlike most gemstones, Whitby Jet is organic and was naturally formed from fossilised wood – actually from trees like our... Read more