Bradford Dragon Boat Festival 2019

The UK’s biggest multi award winning Dragonboat Festival is back Bradford Dragon Boat Festival held at Roberts Park, Saltaire promises to be a fun filled family festival with dragon boat racing on the river and landside attractions for all to enjoy including children’s entertainment, charity stalls, catering stands, landside games, bar, live acts and much, much more. Dragon Boat Racing has... Read more

The History of Alum Production and it’s links to the Yorkshire Coast

Alum has been mentioned throughout history from Egyptian, Indian and Chinese dynasties from Before Christ. It had many uses in chemistry, medicine, metallurgy (including removing impurities in gold production and turning iron into copper). Even dating back to 23AD there are mentions of its use in being required as a fixant for dying wool bright colours. It had a value higher than... Read more


It was mentioned in Domesday Book in 1086 but the present York street we call the Shambles is clearly later. The houses were built of wide timber frames although the framing is now covered by plaster or hidden by brick frontages. Nobody comes to York without succumbing to its charms. It used to be full of butchers’ shops with the meat hanging from hooks or displayed on broad shelves known as... Read more

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