The ‘Glorious Twelfth’

The ‘Glorious Twelfth’ – 12th August Britain’s 121-day-long grouse shooting season always begins on August 12th each year. It has been an integral part of the countryside calendar for decades, although having once been an aristocratic hobby, it’s increasingly at the centre of rows over animal cruelty and class. Here’s some facts about the so-called... Read more

Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show

Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show – 8th August 2018 Nestled deep in the North York Moors National Park, but only eight miles from the delightful seaside town of Whitby, is the picturesque village of Egton Bridge, a small settlement alongside the tranquil River Esk and owing its name to the coming of the railway in the nineteenth century. But stretching further back than the arrival of the... Read more

The Secrets of Silkstone

If I ask you to think of a picturesque area in England with rolling countryside, stately churches and mansions and an abundance of reminders of the past South Yorkshire may not be the first to spring to mind. And yet this part of the country has all those – as yet largely undiscovered. One of my favourite spots to visit is Silkstone near Barnsley. The village is home to Pot House Hamlet,... Read more

The Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show – Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th July 2018 The Great Yorkshire Show was born in October 1837 when a group of leading agriculturalists, led by the third Earl Spencer, met at the Black Swan Hotel in Coney Street, York to discuss the future of the farming industry. The result was the decision to form an organisation – the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS)... Read more

The Snickelways of York

No visit to the magnificent City of York would be complete without an exploration of some of the 50 medieval Snickelways (alleyways) dotted around the City. The term Snickelway was first used by the author Mark W Jones who in 1983 produced an outstanding guidebook “A Walk around the Snickelways of York”. The book is in hand-written format with notes and maps showing the routes of... Read more