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Walking in Yorkshire

Beautiful vistas, vast expanses of wild moorland, delightful villages, secluded dales, rugged coastline – Yorkshire, “God’s own County” really does have it all! So, if you’re a keen long-distance walker or even if you’re more of a stroll-and- teashop person, why not come to Yorkshire –any part of it – and sample the fantastic scenery and hospitality on offer. If you wanted to combine a holiday... Read more

York’s Chocolate Festival & the £500 Easter Egg

York, City of Chocolate has been a centre for this delicious confectionary for over 100 years and continues to celebrate chocolate in all its forms. This Easter, York’s Chocolate Festival comes back to Parliament street, Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd April 2019 (Easter Weekend).  As well as stalls selling all manner of chocolate related products, there will also be workshops and demonstrations. ... Read more

The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre, York

My favourite place in York is passed by thousands of visitors and commuters every month. Just a stone’s throw from the magnificent Micklegate bar is a beautiful Georgian house on the corner which often goes unnoticed. On the wall there is a plaque dedicated to Mary Ward, foundress and educator. The Bar Convent which bears her plaque is home to the sisters who belong to the Congregation of Jesus,... Read more

2019: A Celebration of Patrick Brontë

As part of the Brontë 200 celebrations, the Brontë Society has announced 2019 as the year for celebrating the life and times of Patrick Brontë, the ‘Father of Genius’, to borrow a title from Dudley Green. The Brontë story is the story of England’s most famous literary family and here lies the clue, family.  The story is one of love and a sense of place, their Haworth home.This is a family born... Read more

The oldest horse race in England – The Kiplingcotes Derby

We have a saying in Yorkshire: “There’s nowt so queer as folk” and one of our more eccentric traditions certainly bears this out.Yorkshire is well-known for its love of horse racing – we have nine fantastic courses dedicated to the Sport of Kings – but the Kiplingcotes Derby is not run on any of those….. The Kiplingcotes Derby is an ancient race which can trace its origins back to 1519, and it... Read more