Harrogate’s Delightful Japanese Garden

Inside Harrogate’s Grade 2 listed Valley Gardens, beloved by the composer Elgar and famed for its 36 mineral springs, lies a beautiful Japanese garden. This style of garden has its origins in Japan, beginning in the 8th century and is inspired by Chinese landscape painting and the spirit of nature. The Japanese garden in Harrogate was created in the 1920s, but over the years it fell into decline... Read more

Whitby Goth Weekends 22-24 April and 28-30 October 2022

For any of you that watched the 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 (WGW) are held. The Festival’s humble beginning goes back to 1994 when a handful of pen-friends decided to meet up in a Whitby Pub. This... Read more

The Yorkshire Wolds – will AONB status help put it on the tourist map?

When you ask people about Yorkshire, many will know about our two national parks – The Yorkshire Dales and The North York Moors, but the Yorkshire Wolds never seems to get the recognition it deserves. This could soon be set to change with last year’s announcement by Natural England that The Yorkshire Wolds was being considered as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The drive for this... Read more

Yorkshire Fare

You’ve probably heard the phrase “there’s nowt so queer as folk” and it’s probably nowhere more apt than when applied to Yorkshire people and our -some people may think – strange eating habits! Of course, everyone in the country must be familiar with our glorious Yorkshire pudding. But did you know that many people here still eat it as a starter? This was traditionally so that you filled up... Read more

Yorkshire’s Other Roads

The Yorkshire Dales has 5,000 miles of dry stone walls, weaving straight (and not so straight) grey lines into the green fabric of the land. But there are also hundreds of roads and tracks crossing these Dales, providing high level, and dry, routes for cattle and sheep to be driven to the markets of Yorkshire and England. Mastiles Lane above Kilnsey Crag is a classic example. Our neighbours, the... Read more