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Yorkshire’s Spa Towns

The appreciation that natural spring water could cure sickness and disease dates back to Roman times and beyond. With the conversion to Christianity ‘taking the waters’ developed into a religious rite until the reformation, when Henry VIII’s government ordered the closure of holy wells with their associated saintly and mystical connections. As the understanding of science and... Read more

Yorkshire’s Jurassic World

Want to meet a dinosaur called Alan? Then head to The Yorkshire Museum in York. The Museum is set to showcase it’s many finds from the Jurassic period in a brand-new exhibition, Yorkshire’s Jurassic World. During the Jurassic Period, approximately 150 – 200 million years ago, the area we now call Yorkshire was covered by a deep sea. Colossal creatures and sea monsters swam... Read more

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

Vikings!

The Vikings will be on the march around York once again in February 2018! Now recognised as the largest festival dedicated to Vikings in Europe, this is a great chance to get up close and personal with our ancestors! The word Viking actually means the act of sailing across the North Sea to attack the East coast of England. The raids started with an attack on Lindisfarne in AD793. The raids... Read more