Yorkshire – Home of the Thoroughbred

The English Thoroughbred horse can be traced back through bloodlines and the General Stud Book to the efforts of one Yorkshireman, Thomas Darley. He managed to smuggle out of Syria, with help from friends on the warship HMS Ipswich, a Bay stallion, 15 hands high, “of the most esteemed race among the arrabs” after a 4 month journey the horse was taken to Aldby Park near Stamford Bridge. Thomas... Read more

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 21- 24 July 2022

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival will take place between Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th July 2022. The event celebrates the very best in crime fiction and the festival has become a firm date in the UK literary calendar. The festival is based at The Old Swan Hotel – which featured in the movie Agatha and famous for being the location where the Queen of crime writing, Agatha Christie... Read more

Rowntree Park – York

ROWNTREE PARK The discerning visitor to York may well need a break from the numerous wonderful and wide-ranging attractions that the city offers. What better place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the crowds than to Rowntree Park. Situated just a short scenic stroll along Terry Avenue by the banks of the River Ouse, the park occupies around twenty acres of land comprising an ornamental... Read more

Anne Lister: The real life Gentleman Jack and her extraordinary diaries

The much awaited second series of ‘Gentleman Jack’ is recently hit our screens. Sally Wainwright’s clever and witty writing tells of the eccentric life of Anne Lister – a landowner, industrialist, explorer, mountain climber, socialite, A–grade shopper and sometimes described as the first modern day lesbian. This is no fictional character though – Sally has carefully crafted her series from... Read more

Gertrude Bell – Queen of the Desert

Is the name Gertrude Bell one that you’re familiar with? No? But the chances are that you will have heard of Winston Churchill and Lawrence of Arabia, in whose company Gertrude spent many hours. Gertrude was an exceptional woman, a writer, traveller, political officer, administrator and archaeologist who explored, mapped and became highly influential to British imperial policy-making due to her... Read more