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Issue 14 - 2012

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Welcome to the 2012 of the Yorkshire County Signpost Tourist Guide. We would like to extend a sincere thank you, to all our advertisers and contributors past and present for their support.

We hope that you find our guide, a pleasure to read, both interesting and informative, and that you will take it away with you, to use again and again.

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To be featured in our next edition please email the editor. Published by: County Signpost Ltd Editor: Adam Davison cover photograph Westerdale Š Mike Kipling All material in this magazine is, as far as we are aware, correct at the time of printing. County Signpost Ltd does not accept any responsibility for errors or inaccuracies which slipped through. Copyright County Signpost Ltd 2012. No part of this magazine may be used or reproduced without the written permission of the publisher.

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In Yorkshire, there’s always something to see or do with English Heritage. There are 18 different historic properties and countless historic monuments and landmarks in some of the most stunning locations. Whether on holiday in Yorkshire or just here for the day, each property can offer visitors something uniquely different from the next.

From commanding coastal castles and moorland abbeys to grand countryside estates and a fantastic programme of live action events, here are some of our suggestions for days out that go down in history.

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Gothic splendour

Whitby Abbey

Head for the coast to the ruins of Whitby Abbey perched high on a cliff and discover why generations have been drawn to this dramatic headland as a site of settlement, religious devotion and literary inspiration. The haunting remains of this once magnificent abbey stand proudly above the picturesque seaside town of Whitby, one of Yorkshire’s most popular tourist destinations. Discover the part Whitby Abbey played in deciding the date of Easter in the 7th Century in the interactive exhibition, or enjoy the thrills and spills at one of Whitby Abbey’s action-packed events and re-enactments. Over bank holiday weekend in June (Sun 3 – Tue 5 June the same weekend as the Jubilee) encounter the terrifying Vikings as they spread a wave of terror and turmoil with their raids on the North eastern coast of England.

Whitby is one of the most atmospheric visitor attractions on the Yorkshire coast. Bram Stoker was inspired by they Abbey’s gothic splendour when writing Dracula and 2012 marks the centenary of the death. English Heritage will be celebrating this anniversary with a series of events at the Abbey every weekend from 21 Jul – 19 Aug.

‘Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity…’

Travel to Helmsley Castle in the heart of the North York Moors and explore 900 years of life

at Helmsley Castle which boasts some awe inspiring medieval architecture. Discover how the castle evolved from a mighty medieval fortress, to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin. Explore the defensive ramparts, the magnificent shattered keep, formidable gatehouses and Elizabethan interior.

From Helmsley follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims with a walk along the Cleveland Way Trail to Rievaulx Abbey, one of the most tranquil sites in Yorkshire. Find peace and serenity amongst the atmospheric Abbey ruins. Set in a beautiful tranquil valley Rievaulx Abbey is one of the most complete and impressive medieval abbeys in Britain. Described as a ‘marvellous freedom from the tumult of the world’ by the Abbot St Aelred. Rievaulx also has a tea room selling home made and locally produced goods where visitors can’t avoid being tempted by delicious home made cakes and traditional food.

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York’s history. Get stuck in and hands-on with history at Clifford’s Tower in the heart of the city.

Sat 7 – Sun 10 June, seek out the monarchs from the past; see how many you can find hiding around the site with the Royal trail. Meet the ‘King’, at Clifford’s Tower (Sat 7 & Sun 8 July) during the York 800 festival this summer. No trip to the city would be complete without a visit to Clifford’s Tower.

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Clifford’s Tower

Over spring and summer, Rievaulx Abbey is celebrating the ‘Medieval Year’ with a series of themed events where visitors can see costumed performers acting out the tasks and customs of the day. This starts of Sat 7 - Mon 9 April when costumed master medieval falconers, Raphael Falconry with demonstrations of the “Sport of Kings” with spectacular aerial displays of Birds of Prey in flight. .

King of the castles

Why build sandcastles on the coast when you can climb the battlements of real one for a spectacular ‘King’s Eye’ view of the Yorkshire Coast? Visit Scarborough Castle and travel back in time to discover 3,000 years of history while enjoying ice creams and tasty treats from the tea room. Warrior events every weekend from (21 Jul – 27 Aug) will offer lots of fighting spirit and fun. Meet a costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight. Junior knights can take part in sword practice and see hand to hand sword fighting.

Best historic views

With sweeping panoramic views of York and the surrounding countryside, it is clear to see how Clifford's Tower has played such a crucial role in

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Brodsworth Hall and Gardens near Doncaster is a plant lover’s paradise, whatever time of year you visit; there will always be something to catch your eye. Wonderfully restored to their original horticultural splendour explore the magnificent fern dell, stunning displays of roses and immaculate lawns.

Inside the hall which is conserved as found, the mansion that has grown comfortably old over 120 years, a country house as it really was: still reflecting its original opulence, but well-worn, gently conserved and full of surprises

Visitors can enjoy lazy Sunday afternoons with a picnic in the summer, whilst listening to the sound of local brass bands every Sunday afternoon (Sun 8 July – Sun 30 Sept) or recal motoring memories from the past at the Classic Car event (Sat 17 June). Children can let off steam in the adventure playground and in winter Brodsworth gardens comes alive with fairies and stunning night-time surprises when the spectacular Enchanted Garden event returns (Fri 26 Oct – Sun 4 Nov). Join English Heritage and benefit from free entry to over 400 historic properties and 100s of free or discounted events. For details of all events, opening times and prices and a full list of our properties featured in this article visit


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From the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal to the grandeur of Nostell Priory and Beningbrough Hall, from the Yorkshire Coast across the Moors and to the Yorkshire Dales, there’s are lots of National Trust places across Yorkshire for you to explore.

Get out into the outdoors and discover the natural beauty of Yorkshire with the National Trust. There are places waiting for you to walk, cycle and explore whilst having a great day out.

For full details on all the properties including opening times and admission charges, visit or telephone: 01904 702021.

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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, four miles west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, is a World Heritage Site.

Home to a wealth of historic monuments, no other place in Europe contains such a rich variety including Cistercian abbey ruins, Georgian water garden, medieval deer park, Elizabethan hall and Victorian church. The ruins of Fountains Abbey are the most complete remains of Cistercian abbey and also the only one to have its own tower. The ruins are the perfect complement to Studley Royal water garden, a Georgian masterpiece of an ornamental garden adorned with classical statues and follies.

The once wild and wooded valley of the river Skell was transformed into one of England’s most spectacular water gardens by the Aislabie family. Disgraced by a financial scandal in the 1700’s, John Aislabie channelled his energies into creating a landscape of often breathtaking and ground breaking vision.

This is a place where you can truly relax and leave modern day stresses behind as you are transported to another era. Let the cool secluded shady walks and grand green amphitheatres play with your senses. Let the artist’s eye guide you across elegant ponds and cascades, to the Georgian follies of the garden including rustic bridges, classical temples and statues and finally into the medieval ruins of the Abbey, providing an unforgettable experience which enthrals today’s visitor just as it did the pleasure seeking Georgians.

The honeycoloured Fountains Hall and William Burges’ ornate religious masterpiece, St Mary’s Church, surrounded by ancient oak and lime trees create striking contrasts that will leave a lasting impression.

At any time of the year, there is always something interesting, inspiring and different to see and do at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal.

the different seasons and even folk and fairy tales.

During school holidays there are drop in self-led activities in Swanley Grange, the education centre. These include trails for children around the estate and craft activities on different themes each holiday. The estate is wonderfully safe for children and there is a fantastically well equipped playground for kids to roam around in. Whether you intend to spend a couple of hours or all day on the estate there is more than enough to entertain. No doubt a walk around the estate in the fresh air will work up an appetite so pay a visit to the Visitor Centre restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious hot meal, variety of sandwiches, home-made soup and a selection of cakes. If you are exploring the Studley area of the estate then pop into Studley Tea Rooms where freshly made hot and cold sandwiches, soup and cakes are on offer in a wonderful lakeside setting.

Escape from the hustle and bustle of city centre shopping and combine a peaceful walk in the tranquillity of the estate with a visit to the shop, one of the largest National Trust shops in the country.

Open All Year: except 24/25 December, Fridays in January, November and December. April - September 10am - 5pm October - March 10am - 4pm

Last admission 1 hour before closing.

There is a wealth of activities for the young and old to enjoy. Throughout the year there are a number of ‘taster tours’, to introduce first-time visitors to all the different parts of the estate, as well as ‘activity tours’, which enable visitors to discover different aspects of the estate, for example, what it was like to be a monk in medieval times, what varieties of flora and fauna can be found in

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Beningbrough Hall & Gardens, nr York

Tel: 01904 472027,

Artrageous family craft activities Look out for family activities taking place during the school holidays. Normal admission applies.

National Portrait Gallery exhibition: Natural Arts – The Great Landscape Designers of the 18th century March - October, 11am – 5pm This exhibition pairs contemporary landscape photography with portraits of 18th Century garden designers to celebrate their work and explore their living legacies. Normal admission charges apply.

Brimham Rocks, nr Harrogate

Visit a grand 18th century house with interactive galleries and home to over 100 portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. The galleries give you the opportunity to create your own 18th century portrait and email it home.

Tel: 01423 780688,

Surrounding the dramatic red-brick mansion are acres of grounds and also the Walled Garden. The garden supplies fresh produce to the restaurant daily, helping to create mouthwatering dishes.

For families there is a wilderness play area and during school holidays enjoy free art activities and trails.

There are also a host of events and activities taking place all year round, some of the highlights include:

Hidden Tour Tuesdays The first Tuesday of every month from March – October Explore the hidden parts of the house including the servants’ below stairs with our friendly guides. Meet at 2pm at the front of house, normal admission charges apply.

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Explore strange and fantastic rock formations dating back over 300 million years which have been formed through natural geological movements, ice ages and effects of the weather.

Brimham Rocks is a place where children can run wild in nature’s theme park and explore the labyrinth of paths winding through this remarkable landscape which makes a great day out for families, climbers and walkers. Incredibly some rocks have an uncanny resemblance to familiar shapes. You may be able to spot the Dancing Bear, The Eagle, Writing Desk, Gorilla and many more.

East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley

Tel: 01535 607075,

Every time that you stand in the gardens of East Riddlesden you will experience something new. Enjoy the calm of our changing seasonal gardens and feed the ducks at our pond, while children can go wild in our playground.

This peace is very different from the Hall’s menacing past with whispers of murders and civil war. Visitors can wander this furnished 17th century merchant’s home and get a close look at exquisite varieties of embroideries and oak furniture. Investigate even closer with our handling collection.

Indulge in homemade soups, made using our very own herbs from the garden, and treat yourself to local platters and cakes from our shop.

Hardcastle Crags & Gibson Mill, Hebden Bridge

Tel: 01422 844518,

Explore this beautiful wooded valley with its deep ravines, tumbling streams and glorious waterfalls. Walk through woodland, rich in wildlife, with over 30miles of footpaths and see the striking seasonal changes in the plants and trees. At its heart is Gibson Mill, an interactive visitor centre, where you can discover 200 years of history of the valley with dressing up, dancing

and exhibitions. There are themed walks and guided tours of Gibson Mill to enjoy.

Hot and cold snacks are available for walkers in the Muddy Boots Café – so why not come and try a delicious locally baked cake as part of your day out.

Nostell Priory and Parkland, nr Wakefield

Tel: 01924 863892,

Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell is

an 18th century country manor house and has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years.

Explore over 300 acres of parkland including tranquil lakeside walks and trails and in the gardens; a newly planted orchard, the rose garden and an adventure playground to go wild in. In the house, wander the rooms with exceptional interiors created by Robert Adam. Look our for Chippendale furniture and beautiful paintings by Brueghel, Hogarth and Kauffmann,

Examine the John Harrison clock with rare wood mechanisms and admire the 18th century dolls’ house.

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County Signpost Bring a picnic or try our stable tea-rooms for hot and cold food and visit our shop for plants and mementos of your visit.

Craft Fair at Nostell Friday 6 – Monday 9 April Discover local, hand made crafts at our first craft fair in the newly restored riding school. Garden ticket required for admission.

Boredom Busting Every Thursday in August Come and enjoy a different themed boredom busting Thursday each week. We’ll have fancy dress, games and activities and lots to see and do for all the family. Normal admission applies.

Discover more with guided tours (booking essential) and special events. Craft fairs, theatre concerts and Boredom Busting activities in August make this a great place for all the family to visit time and time again. Here are some of our highlights taking place in 2012:

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Nunnington Hall, nr Helmsley

Tel: 01439 748283 The picturesque manor house of Nunnington sits on the banks of the River Rye. Once home to the doctor of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Elizabeth I, Nunnington is a property not to be missed

Nunnington © NTImages/ Joe Cornish Come and enjoy the atmosphere of this former family home and explore period rooms, whilst hearing the Hall’s many tales. You can also discover one of the world’s finest collections of miniature rooms in the attic. With over 23 miniature rooms – the Carlisle Collection contains hundreds of tiny individual pieces including musical instruments and furniture. The sheltered walled garden, with springflowering meadows, orchards and resident peacocks, complements this beautiful Yorkshire house, nestling on the quiet banks of the River Rye.

The tea-room serves local and seasonal produce, or why not bring a picnic and enjoy lovely spots in the garden.

Nunnington also hosts a changing programme of art and photographic exhibitions – which last year included photography exhibitions by musician Andy Summers, and Mary McCartney.

The first exhibition of 2012 is ‘Through Lichfield’s Lens’ – a world premiere of Patrick Lichfield’s Polaroid boards, which decorated his London studio. The Polaroids recorded the many faces and memories of those he photographed. The exhibition will be on display from Tuesday 27 March – Monday 7 May, normal admission applies.

In spring the bank between the temples is awash with wild flowers, in summer the lawns are the perfect spot for picnics, while in autumn the beech woods are a full of rich colours.

With Nunnington Hall nearby it is an ideal double visit in one day. Join a guided tour or try family activities in the school holidays.

Treasurer's House, York

Tel: 01904 624247

Named after the Treasurer of York Minster and built over a Roman road, this house is not all that it seems.

Discover why visionary, eccentric Yorkshireman Frank Green, who owned the house from 1897, cared so passionately about interior décor that he threatened to return to haunt Treasurer's House if any of his furniture was ever moved!

Take a journey down into the cellar and see if you can discover what apprentice plumber, Harry Martindale, saw in the 1950s.

Rievaulx Terrace & Temples, nr Helmsley

Tel: 01439 798340

Discover one of Ryedale’s true gems – the 18thcentury landscape of Rievaulx Terrace. Stroll through woods, then out on to the terrace, with its stunning views down over the Cistercian ruin of Rievaulx Abbey. Treasurer’s Gateway © NTImages/Nick Meers

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Experience 900 years of history in tranquil surroundings at Skipton Castle - standing complete and fully roofed at the head of Skipton’s bustling High Street.

The beautiful Conduit Court with the Yew tree planted by Lady Anne Clifford is a cool, and restful place to begin your tour. In the Banqueting Hall it is easy to imagine the Lord and his Lady at the top table where their guests are being served venison, mutton, swan and drinking large amounts of homebrewed wine.

From the top of the Watchtower, look across the Aire valley and imagine the soldiers watching for marauding Parliamentarians preparing to take the Castle by surprise.

In the dark depths of the dungeon, sense how the prisoners awaiting trial at York Assizes felt. Think, how did the mason’s of those long ago days who built the castle lift those huge stones and why did they carve their initials in the stones?

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Enjoy a gentle stroll on the Chapel Terrace with its views over the Woods followed by a cup of tea and a homemade cake! Browse in the shop for that unusual gift or enjoy our noted book selection.

Come and join in the fun at one of these exciting re-enactments:

2nd - 4th June 2012 The Red Wyvern Society Journey back to the 15th Century during the Wars of the Roses. A recreation of a medieval campsite within the castle grounds. See the garrison demonstrate their arms and armour. 10am - 6pm (Sunday 12 noon - 6pm)

16th June 2012 Keith James in concert The songs of Leonard Cohen

30th June - 1st July 2012 Guild of Gentry and Allied Skills. Journey back to the 17th Century Household life. 10am-6pm (Sunday 12 noon-6pm)

7th - 8th July 2012 Clog Festival Developed into a precise form of dance with its intricate foot movements, clogging probably originated in the mills when workers wearing clogs would tap their feet to the rhythm of the machines. Saturday 10.30am - 2pm: Sunday 11.30am - 3pm

28th - 29th July 2012 Feudal Archers Life in a 12th Century Castle. 10am - 6pm (Sunday 12 noon - 6pm)

4th - 5th August 2012 Trayned Bandes See this military unit setting up an encampment during the English Civil War. 10am - 6pm (Sunday 12 noon - 6pm)

11 -12 August 2012 John Nevison The Yorkshire Highwayman A famous late 17th century Yorkshire highwayman who robbed the length of the Great North Road but especially in the northern counties. One story about him was how he was supposed to have ridden from London to York in less than a day to gain an alibi for a robbery he'd been witnessed committing. Saturday 10.00am - 5pm: Sunday 12 noon - 5pm

18th - 19th August 2012 Historia Normanis Bringing history to life in the 12th Century, the walls of Skipton Castle will echo to the sounds of swords and shields once again. Come and see medieval craftsmen demonstrating their trades; knights displaying their prowess and ladies describing life as it would have been in the reign of Henry II. The castle itself will be the site of historic set pieces, recreating the daily workings of a local medieval court; the furnishings of a Lord's bedchamber, and outside the walls, a working medieval siege weapon! An event not to be missed. 10.00am - 6pm: Sunday 12 noon - 6pm 25th - 26th August 2012 Meet the Governor of Skipton Castle. Come and meet Sir John Mallory

Governor of Skipton Castle during the English Civil War. Hear about the castle's siege and skirmishes its garrison have already fought and how the King's cause is faring in Yorkshire. Just how long can Sir John 'stout it out' for the King? 10am - 5pm (Sunday 12 noon - 5pm)

Tour sheets are available in 9 languages, all under 18’s receive a free Castle badge, a different one each year since 1974! Family tickets are available and guided tours can be arranged for parties during normal opening times. Open every day from 10am (Sunday from 12 noon) with last admission daily at 6 p.m ( Oct-Feb 4pm). Telephone 01756 792442

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From 2012, one of the nation’s most important cultural and religious icons will be revealed in a new light, as work progresses on York Minster Revealed, a five-year project generously supported by a £10.5million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

In one of the country’s largest conservation and restoration project of its kind, cutting-edge science meets ancient craftsmanship to reveal the glory of York Minster’s East End, a masterpiece of stained-glass and stone, hailed as England’s ‘Sistine Chapel’. The project draws on international expertise, while the award-winning Stoneyard and York Glaziers Trust have been able to expand training in the specialist craft skills of stone-masonry and stained-glass conservation.

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Visitors to York Minster can see the startling results of this work emerging piece-by-piece. They can also witness the project’s progress through a programme of special events including ‘Meet the expert’ talks, behind-thescenes tours of the Stoneyard and the Bedern Glass Conservation Studio, or by observing traditional masonry skills in action at the Masons’ Lodge on the southeast lawn.

From 2012, York Minster Revealed will also dramatically transform the visitor experience. Exciting new interactive galleries, featuring some of York Minster’s most treasured objects, will reveal to a wider audience a better understanding of the architectural jewel that is York Minster, and its place within the history of the last two thousand years. They will be complemented by significantly improved access and visitor facilities, and new learning programmes for all. Coming Soon: October 2012 – Launch of ‘Stories in Glass & Stone’, interactive gallery, including a walkthrough stained-glass ‘orb’ will allow visitors to reflect on the incredible scale and exquisite craftsmanship of the Minster’s Great East Window

Spring 2013 – The Opening of the vast Undercroft, Treasury and Crypt beneath the Minster. These areas will be redesigned, putting some of the Minster’s most important artefacts on display, including the medieval Doomstone and the Horn of Ulph. Visitors will be able to take an inspirational journey into the working life and 2000-year history that places the Minster at the centre of national events. The new exhibition will emphasise the Minster as, not just a historic relic of the past, but a living building with daily prayer, worship and ceremony. For more information on YMR or upcoming events, visit

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Bolton is one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles, situated in the heart of Wensleydale with stunning views over the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Completed in 1399 by Richard le Scrope, Chancellor of England to Richard II, its scars bear testament to over 600 years of fascinating history including involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace, Mary Queen of Scots imprisonment and a six month siege during the Civil War.

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This magnificent medieval fortress is steeped in history and has a real sense of atmosphere and life. Visitors can experience sights and sounds of the past with the wonderful falconry displays, fascinating archery demonstrations and chance to have a go, wild boar feeding, bee keeping display and hands on crafts and games throughout the castle.

Bolton Castle was a luxurious family home as well as a defensive fortress and despite being partially ‘slighted’ by Cromwell’s men during the siege the Castle is preserved in outstanding condition with many interesting rooms and features to discover including the Old Kitchens, Dungeon, Solar, Nursery, Armoury and Mary Queen of Scots bedroom. About one third of the rooms are fully intact and the rest of the Castle is almost completely accessible giving visitors great insight into its turbulent past. Visitors often comment on the incredible atmosphere of the Castle with many of the rooms giving the feeling that their inhabitants had just walked out. The Tea Room offers delicious sandwiches, light lunches, wonderful cakes and a large selection of hot and cold drinks including local beers. Visit the gift shop for an excellent range of gifts for all ages.

The Castle gardens were reinstated following an archaeological survey completed in 1994 and now include a beautiful medieval herb garden, rose garden, bowling green, vineyard and maze. The Castle’s wonderful volunteers, the Friends of Bolton Castle, work tirelessly to keep the gardens looking beautiful for visitors to enjoy and a visitors can also see the birds of prey in their mews and visit the bees in their observation hive.

New for 2012

Come and visit the Wensleydales and other local rare breed sheep. The newest arrivals at Bolton are a trio of Wensleydale ewes and we expect their lambs to be born in the spring so keep an eye on the website for news of their arrival! We are also expanding the flock with a variety of other local rare breeds and hope to use the wool to make products for the gift shop.

Try the Audio – visual guides which will provide greater insight to the Castles turbulent past. The new guides use the latest technology and can be enjoyed while exploring the castle but will also allow those less mobile to enjoy a virtual tour from the comfort of the castle tea room. Learn about the Scrope family who first built Bolton and whose direct descendants still own it today. Visit the new artisan chocalaterie situated in the tea room and treat yourself to something special

Adult groups and families might like to explore the extensive surviving rooms by themselves, or have a tour by one of the enthusiastic and expert guides, focussing on Mary, Queen of Scots’ imprisonment or the Civil War, for example. For those seeking a more luxurious and less energetic visit, we can provide a delicious five course lunch in the Great Chamber, with a log fire blazing and exclusive use of this magnificent room. This can be accompanied by an illustrated talk on Mary Queen of Scots imprisonment, the Border Reivers, Medieval Hunting or the history of the Castle and its inhabitants.

Guided Tours

Book in advance for the opportunity to take a private guided tour of the castle with one of the experienced guides. Tours can be catered to suit your area of interest with topics including Mary Queen of Scots, Medieval Life and the Civil War. Tours are available for groups of 15 or more at £1.50 per person and last for approximately an hour and a quarter.

Hawk and Owl Displays

Witness magnificent flying displays from the Hawks and Owls in the Castle Courtyard as they swoop up to perch on the battlements or fly to

With so much going on, both inside the Castle and in the restored Medieval gardens and grounds, the Castle provides an exciting day out in any weather and has activities for visitors of all ages to experience and enjoy!

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The Castle has Civil Wedding, Drinks and Entertainments licences and provides a spectacular and unique setting to celebrate your special day. Mary, Queen of Scots spent six months at the Castle in 1568-1569 and it was held for the King during the Civil War. Now, hundreds of years later, you can enjoy the splendour of Bolton Castle and entertain your guests as royalty once did.

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Learn more about archery in sport, hunting and warfare during the displays and then have a go yourself! Display and have a go: Free with castle admission.

Wild Boar Feeding and Talk

Experience the excitement of Wild Boar feeding time! Learn more about these fascinating animals and help us feed them.

Falconer for a day

Join the experienced Falconer and spend an incredible day learning about looking after and flying these beautiful birds. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn the basics of falconry and will include plenty of time handling and flying the birds. You will also be provided with authentic period falconer’s clothing and equipment Day experience £75 per person. Booking necessary.

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The castle is steeped in history and has a wonderful atmosphere, which is brought to life when people come to celebrate here. Furthermore, if you chose to have your reception here, you will have exclusive use of the Castle and be able to treat it as your own. We have a capacity for up to 240 inside, although the maximum in a single room is 120.The Great Chamber, which retains all of its original character and charm will seat up to 120 people at tables and with a log fire burning, creates the perfect atmosphere to celebrate such an important occasion. Telephone: 01969 623981. Email: Website:


Discover the fascinating secrets of award winning Ripley Castle Ripley Castle is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out, in a beautiful location, with memorable surroundings.

Because it has belonged to the same family for twenty six generations, Ripley’s colourful and sometimes gruesome history is well documented. If the Castle walls could talk they would tell the story of kings and queens, civil war and plagues and numerous clandestine affairs. The guided tours are very entertaining and informative as there are so many humorous anecdotes about the castle and the family. You get to see some 16th century books, Royal Greenwich Civil war armour and the secret priest’s hiding hole, only discovered by accident in 1964. The Ingilby’s were prominent Catholics. Francis was martyred in York in 1586 and several others were implicated in the Gunpowder Plot. ‘Trooper Jane’ a redoubtable loyalist, held Oliver Cromwell at pistol point in the Castle Library. There are also special children’s tours which are hugely popular.

There are delightful walled gardens; impressivge hot houses, herbaceous borders and kitchen gardens with herbs, rare vegetables and fruit trees. In Spring 150,000 create a riot of colour. There is a play trail for children and a lovely walk around the lake and deer park. Following your tour of the Castle and Gardens visit the gift shop which is full of inspiring presents to suit all ages and sample delicious fayre made with local produce in the Tearoom. The cobbled market village has several shops, an art gallery, a farmyard museum, an ancient church and a charming Inn, The Boar’s Head, with bar, brasserie and beer garden.

There are many exciting events held at the Castle throughout 2011 including a month of Shakespeare in the Gardens from mid June to mid July, a Jools Holland concert on 16th July, The Ripley Falconry Experience held on the May and August Bank Holiday Mondays and a Haunted Halloween Week in October to name but a few. Telephone: 01423 770152 Email: Web:

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... a much-loved family home that welcomes visitors with open arms Burton Agnes Hall is unique: it is a truly magnificent stately house that is also a warm and wonderful home. Burton Agnes Hall is a glorious example of Elizabethan architecture; built between 1598 and 1610 by Sir Henry Griffith, it has stayed in his family for more than four centuries. The family’s passion for collecting and commissioning art has created an impressive and unusual collection including many French Impressionist paintings, tapestries, contemporary furniture and striking modern

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pieces. This impressive stately home is now in the care of Simon Cunliffe-Lister, his wife Olivia and their three young children Islay (four years’ old), Joss (two) and Otis (four months), who welcome visitors with relish. Burton Agnes Hall at once provides the setting for a busy, varied calendar of events including a celebrated Jazz and Blues Festival, and the rigours of family life.

Simon Jenkins, author of ‘England’s Thousand Best Houses’, described Burton Agnes Hall as ‘the perfect English house’ and as one of England’s twenty finest houses alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House. The many thousands of visitors who enjoy the Hall every year appear to agree with these sentiments. Outside there is much to explore. The old Elizabethan walled garden is an award-winning wonderland (winner of the 2005 HHA Christies Garden of the Year award) containing over four thousand different plants, a potager filled with herbs, fruit and vegetables, herbaceous borders, giant board games, a maze, a jungle garden and a national collection of campanulas. To the north of the house is a serene woodland with wildlife sculptures to find whilst walking; in February the ground is carpeted with a breathtaking display of snowdrops and at Easter this is the site of a vigorous Easter Egg Hunt.

Whilst strolling in the gardens, visitors may also discover an artist seeking inspiration for a new creation. Throughout the year, diverse artists sit in residence at Burton Agnes. Visitors are invited to view their artwork in the Summer House and inside the Hall.

Many treats await visitors in the courtyard. In the cafe, visitors can enjoy homemade meals using fresh produce from the gardens and indulgent treats. The Hall’s ‘Home and Garden’ Shop and Gift Shop are brimming with fun and original gifts and dried flowers from the walled garden as well as seasonal and Yorkshire-made produce including fresh fruit and vegetables from the garden. Visitors will also find a broad range of home grown plants, all propagated from the

gardens; indeed it is possible to recreate something of the award winning gardens at Burton Agnes Hall at home! The Courtyard Artist Gallery offers an array of exciting exhibitions by local artists and is open throughout the year for visitors to view and purchase art.

Burton Agnes Hall also hosts a full and wideranging calendar of events throughout the year. This includes a Snowdrop Spectacular, Orchid Festival, Classic Car Rally, Easter Egg Hunt, Gardeners’ Fair, Jazz and Blues Festival, Summer Family Fete, Michaelmas Fair and a Christmas Opening where visitors will find an array of beautiful handcrafted decorations, both traditional and contemporary, around every corner. Open from 1st April to 31st October and 14th November to 22nd December, Burton Agnes Hall truly is the perfect English house: with its gardens and buzzing courtyard in addition, you are certain to enjoy a perfect day out.

To discover what’s going on Burton Agnes Hall, visit Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB Telephone: 01262 490 324 Email:

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The Deep is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, located in Hull, East Yorkshire. This award-winning visitor attraction is home over 3,500 fish including spectacular sharks and rays.

The dramatic building overlooks the Humber estuary and is only a few minutes’ walk from the Museums Quarter and Hull Marina.

The Deep offers a unique blend of stunning marine life, interactives and audio-visual presentations which together tell the dramatic story of the world’s oceans.

Exciting new river display opens at The Deep!

In 2011, The Deep opened its stunning new Living Rivers display. This exhibit looks at five of the world’s major river systems and the exciting species that live within them.

April saw the first three rivers open; the Amazon, Mekong and Rio Grande, but we are delighted to announce the final two rivers; the Betsiboka and Congo are now available for visitors to enjoy.

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One of the new additions, the pinstripe damba.

The Betsiboka is located in Madagascar and is over 525 metres long. It is distinct for its redcoloured water which is caused by soil erosion and river sediments. Threats to this river system mean that species such as the pinstripe damba are now extinct in the wild. Only captive breeding populations such as the one at The Deep now exist.

The Congo is the deepest river in the world, located in Africa, with a total length of over 4,700km, making it the ninth longest. It is home to wide variety of species including the African knifefish, emperor scorpion and African butterfly fish.

This stunning display is a must see for families and groups alike and is a fantastic addition to The Deep’s already extensive live aquaria.

The Deep Tower Street, Hull HU1 4DP Telephone 01482 381000 (option 3)

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EUREKA As the UK’s foremost Children’s Museum, Eureka! is a place where children play to learn and grown-ups learn to play. Having recently marked its 18th birthday, Eureka! remains the only museum of its kind in the country, with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, indoors and out, designed to inspire and engage children aged 011.

Based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, the purposebuilt museum and educational charity attracts around 250,000 people every year and in spring 2009 the museum welcomed its five millionth visitor.

Eureka! is based on the North American model of children’s museums with a focus on playbased learning and providing inspirational informal learning experiences for young people. Through hundreds of hands-on exhibits within six interactive galleries and an outdoor park, children make awe-inspiring discoveries about themselves and the world around them and share in the adventure of learning.

For younger children Eureka! is unique in offering two dedicated galleries and regular activities especially for under 5s, inspiring little ones to develop their senses and stretch their imaginations. Telephone 01422 330069

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Magna’s 10th Birthday Magna is the UK’s first science adventure centre, set in the gigantic and awe-inspiring former Templeborough Steelworks, a place that is guaranteed to amaze. Be immersed in the sights and sounds of the history of steel making and explore the incredible interactive pavilions of Fire, Water, Earth and Air creamed with fascinating handson activities. Let off steam in Aqua-Tek one of the UK’s largest outdoor water play areas and Sci-Tek, one of Europe’s largest outdoor playgrounds. On Tuesday 12th April 2011 Magna Science Adventure Centre celebrated its 10th birthday! Since opening in 2001 Magna has seen over 1.7 Million visitors through the doors, hosted over 6 years of Christmas Party nights, numerous dance events and concerts and 1000’s of conferences and meetings.

In 2007 Magna saw a £2.7 Million corporate development giving new event spaces. The visitor attraction has seen great changes from the launch of the 2 outdoor play areas, making our outdoor facilities one of the largest in the UK, through to exciting events and themed days, science workshops and demonstrations and temporary exhibitions.


All fully priced day tickets to Magna now include a free annual upgrade so visitors can return and play free of charge for 12 months. Adult - £10.95 Child - £8.95 Concession - £9.95 Family of 3 - £27.95 Family of 4 - £36.45 Family of 5 - £44.95

Telephone 01709 720002

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Stump Cross Caverns is one of Britain’s premier show caves, located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, on the border of Nidderdale. There are a range of facilities for a great family day out, including a gift shop with an excellent selection of fossils, crystals and sheepskin rugs and tea room with a variety of home-made cakes & pastries, as well as the caves themselves. There is also a twenty minute film presentation shown in the comfortable lecture theatre, informing visitors of the history and development of the caverns within the local area. The caves at Stumps Cross were discovered in 1860 by miners who were looking for lead seams in the Yorkshire Dales. Although they didn’t find any lead, they did find the natural caverns which you can see today. Miners often didn’t see any commercial value in the caves, however a man

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named William Newbold had vision enough to see that they could be a profitable enterprise, and opened the caves to the public at a cost of 1 shilling per visit.

The cave system at Stump Cross extends well beyond the show caves which are open to the public, to an overall length of approximately 6km. Many of the deeper caverns are only accessible to experienced cavers, but there is a possibility of further sections of the caverns being opened to the public in the future. Indeed, the impressive reindeer cavern was opened to the public in 2000 after debris was removed. Telephone 01756 752780


Your chance to visit this Amazing Place Open February 18th to November 4th 2012 For Opening Times & Full Details

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The Old Lodges, Sproatley, East Yorkshire HU11 4LN

TEL: 01964 562508

Holiday Park and Arboretum Your Gateway to the Great Outdoors

FAX: 01964 563420 Leisure homes Your ideal home from home.

On a separate, exclusive site, in the peace and tranquility of the Yorkshire Countryside, own your own static caravan.

Touring caravans/camping facilities The camping area overlooks the lake and children’s play area. Electric hook-ups are available throughout, with night-lighting around the park.

Relax in the peace and tranquility of Rura Log Cabins

Own your won luxurious timber lodge, sited in beautiful Yorkshire Countryside.


Our fishing lake provides excellent sport with a multitude of fish to catch.

Set in 200 acres of peaceful parkland, the Holiday Park is only a sho stroll from Burton Constable Hall through Capability Brown?s park.

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It is almost impossible to believe that The Black Sheep Brewery is 20 years old in 2012. Since first making an appearance in pubs in and around the Yorkshire Dales in October 1992 our beers have gone from strength to strength - most recently with Black Sheep Best Bitter being awarded The Publican Licensees’ Choice Gold Award for Cask Ale in 2010 for the second year running. Black Sheep beers are now distributed not only across the UK but around the world, brewing over 20 million pints a year. 2012 will be a year of celebration for Black Sheep for their 20th Anniversary, with events through the year and an anniversary beer planned for the Autumn as part of the new sesasonal range.

The delivery of those first casks of beer in 1992 began a new era for Paul Theakston, whose family has brewed in Masham for six generations. Following Paul’s departure from the old family firm, T&R Theakston, fate played a kind hand and he was able to purchase an old maltings building in the heart of Masham. Here

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was an opportunity to return to what his family had done best since the 19th Century - making real beer in the time-honoured fashion. And so a new brewery was born!

Sheep have always figured largely in the history of Masham, so when a name was needed for the new Brewery Paul's wife, Sue, came up with ‘Black Sheep’. A fitting name on all fronts, given Paul’s maverick new start up! From the outset, giving visitors the opportunity to see the beers being brewed and to sample the ales at the brewery was always a high priority, and in May 1996 the doors were opened to the newly transformed Visitor Centre - now a major yearround attraction in the Yorkshire Dales. Now in 2011, the sixth generation of the Theakston family brewing heritage is also proudly part of Black Sheep, with Paul’s eldest son Rob taking over as Managing Director, and second son Jo as Marketing and Off-Trade Sales Director. Paul has now moved to the esteemed role of Chairman.

Over the last few years, Black Sheep has considerably expanded the market for its lead cask ale, Black Sheep Best Bitter, a classic 3.8%ABV Yorkshire bitter brewed using Yorkshire Square fermenting vessels, and it is now widely available across the UK. In 2009, they launched a fully illuminated “Dazzler” handpump for Black Sheep Best Bitter - the first of its kind to the market - giving cask ale the presence on the bar that it richly deserves! In 2010 a revised version of Golden Sheep on draught was launched - a gloriously refreshing blonde beer that has seen great success over the summer period, and is now part of the permanent range.

The last year has also seen plenty of activity at Black Sheep including the creation of a limited edition Imperial Russian Stout as part of the Great Baltic Adventure, and the launch of Black Sheep’s first fully fledged seasonal beer range. The first in the range for Autumn and Winter 2011 is Ruddy Ram, a 4% 'cracking Yorkshire Porter' - the perfect winter warmer!

Black Sheep bottled ales are well established nationally, with their lead beer, Black Sheep Ale, regularly in the top 10 bottled ales. Black Sheep Ale at 4.4% ABV, now in an eco-friendly lightweight bottle, is available nationwide from virtually all the major supermarket retailers alongside the rest of our excellent range. This was complemented by the launch of Black Sheep Ale in a Can in 2011 with Tesco and two new beers for the Sainsburys Taste the Difference range.

As Paul Theakston says, “We are rightly proud of our award-winning range of bottled and cask ales and only brew our beers from traditional high-quality raw materials: crystal clear dales water from our own well, Maris Otter malted barley for extra flavour, a little roasted malt for colour and flavour, and generous amounts of whole English hops to make the beer really refreshing. Such a material bill is more expensive than the average, but we think it’s well worth the extra!” Telephone 01765 680100

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White Scar Cave, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is the longest show cave in Britain. There are underground waterfalls and streams, and thousands of stalactites. The curious cave formations include the Devil’s Tongue, the Arum Lily, and the remarkably lifelike Judge’s Head. Guides lead visitors along the well-lit paths and explain the features. The highlight of the tour is the 200,000 year old Battlefield Cavern. Over 330 feet long, with its roof soaring in places to 100 feet, this is one of the largest caverns in Britain. Also shown on the tour are fine examples of the geological feature known as flowstone, and a display of fluorescing stalactites.

Until 1923 these underground wonders remained a secret of nature. In August that year a Cambridge undergraduate undertook a hiking tour of the area. He noticed a slight fissure in the ground, and decided to investigate. Perhaps coincidentally for an explorer, he bore the

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splendid name Christopher Francis Drake Long. Wearing only his summer clothes of shirt and shorts, and lighting his way with candles stuck in the brim of his hat, he crawled into the low passage. Spurred on by the distant roar of water, he struggled over jagged rocks and through pools, until eventually he found himself at the foot of a waterfall. White Scar Cave had been discovered, and its name was derived from the outcrops of pale rock above the entrance. The huge Battlefield Cavern was found in 1971, its boulder-strewn floor suggestive of fearsome conflict between prehistoric giants. An access tunnel 215 feet in length was driven by Cornish tin miners so that visitors may enjoy this awesome spectacle. Look out for the ancient mud pools! White Scar Cave, Ingleton, North Yorkshire LA6 3AW. Telephone 01524 241244

New for 2012 !

Local rare breed sheep, audio visual tours and artisan chocolaterie.

Enjoy the ultimate medieval experience in the historic heart of Wensleydale.

•Spectacular falconry displays •Archery demonstrations •Wild Boar Park •Medieval nursery, childrens’ costumes, trails, & activity packs •Beautiful gardens, maze and bee hives •Tea room serving delicious homemade and locally sourced foods •Group tours and packages Open daily 10am-5.30pm from February 11th - November 2nd 2012

See website for events listing, wedding closures and other restrictions. T: 01969 623981. W: . E:

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The Settle-Carlisle Railway is one of the most scenic railways in the world and passengers enjoy the wonderful views of two of England’s greatest rural treasures – the Yorkshire Dales and the Eden Valley. Views of the Three Peaks (Whernside, Peny-y-Ghent and Ingleborough) the highest point of the Pennines, Crossfell, and the unforgettable landscape of Dentdale make the journey a memorable experience. During the heyday of Victorian railway building, the SettleCarlisle line was the last mainline railway to be built in England using sheer physical might to create a railway featuring wonderfully engineered viaducts and tunnels. Renovated signal boxes, water towers and station furniture complement the beautifully maintained Victorian stations, many of which are adorned by colourful summer floral displays. The scenery is not the only unique aspect of this line. Support and collaboration between Northern Rail, Network Rail, The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line, the S&C Trust, The Settle-Carlisle Railway Development company and a variety of funding bodies has resulted in a vast number of improvements since the line was reprieved from closure in 1989.

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Group travel bookings are one such example. Tour operators and organisers of any group of ten or more people travelling together can contact the Freephone number 0800 98 007 66 to speak to a representative who will advise, assist and book the trip. Bookings are forwarded on to Northern Rail and The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line where an on-train adviser coordinator then arranges for a volunteer guide to accompany the group on the train. The Development Company’s on-train refreshment service makes sure (as far as possible) that there is a trolley on board. This successful partnership means the Settle-Carlisle can offer a really memorable, comfortable, informative journey. At any time of the year you can be guaranteed a warm welcome to the Settle-Carlisle railway.

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For those people wishing to take the journey, you can turn up at any one of the stations and board the train. Tickets are available from the conductor on the train or from staffed stations, such as Settle and Appleby. All the information on taking your journey on the S&C is available from A mobile web site is available for all smart phones and the Settle-Carlisle app with audio guide is available free for iPhones. You can also follow us on Twitter. The Settle-Carlisle Railway is part of the national rail network. Diesel sprinter trains, operated by Northern Rail run all year (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

The Friends of the Settle Carlisle line (FoSCL) support all aspects of this route. As well as providing On Train Guides they also regularly lead Guided Walks from stations along the line and at the historic Ribblehead site. They help to produce and distribute promotional leaflets to boost passenger numbers and look after station gardens, providing heritage style benches and re-painting woodwork. More information and details on how to join the Friends is available on the web site

The Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company works closely with both the Friends

and Northern and other agencies to deliver station improvements, such as the major station refurbishment at both Settle and Appleby; promote the line; operate the group travel bookings and the on board trolley service. For all information on the Development Company visit

CELTIC CONNECTION – travelling to or from Glasgow? Try the scenic route between Yorkshire and Scotland via the S&C – it’s lovely and its cheaper! Travel on the 0529 from Leeds, changing at Carlisle and arrive in Glasgow at 0945. Alternatively travel from Glasgow on the 0428 changing at Carlisle and arriving in Leeds at 0837. Other connections are available during the day. Fares are route dependent so you must travel via the S&C but you could save a fortune and experience one of the England’s most scenic routes as well.

All travel information available from the website or by calling National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 (24 hours)

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Step back in time and enjoy a train ride through the heart of Bronte country. Most services are operated by steam trains, but the railway also serves the local community, with many people using the morning diesel railcar services to do their shopping in Keighley.

When British Railways closed the line in 1962, local people and railway enthusiasts joined forces to try and save it. A Preservation Society was formed and, after many years of volunteer struggle, the line finally re-opened to passenger traffic in 1968.

KWVR Society members decided to recreate the atmosphere of a country branch line of the 1950s. This has been hugely popular, not least with film-makers and TV producers, and the railway provides a working background for any period from Victorian times up to the present day. Over the years, the Railway has appeared in many TV and film productions including Yanks, Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Hunt, Poirot, Born and Bred, The Royal, Where The Heart Is, A Touch Of Frost, Songs Of Praise and many more.

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The KWVR and the station at Oakworth were used as the location for the classic 1970 film The Railway Children. Be sure to stop off or look out at this delightful Edwardian gas-lit station.

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is a single track line running 4 miles 75 chains from Keighley to Oxenhope. The 0 milepost is on the site of the former Keighley Station Junction signal box, approximately 2 chains to the east of the present connection with the national rail network. The "up" direction is to London and hence from Oxenhope to Keighley. Locomotive run-round facilities exist at both ends of the line: at Keighley the locos. use the track running through platform 3, at Oxenhope a dedicated run-round loop line is used. A passing loop, which may be used by all classes of trains, is located at Damems Junction (2.3 miles) . A goods loop also exists at Haworth (4 miles) but this is currently out of use until signalling work has been completed. __The steepest gradient on the line is 1 in 56, which occurs in two places: Keighley Curve (0m.10ch to 0m.27ch.) and between Ingrow Tunnel (1m.35ch.) and Damems station (2m.0ch). The average gradient of the line is 1 in 70. There are two tunnels on the line: Ingrow Tunnel (150 yards long) and Mytholmes Tunnel (75 yards long). The Railway's bridges number from 1 to 31 plus "X" of which four have been abandoned; 18 are underbridges and 9 overbridges (Bridge X was on the station approach road at Oxenhope over a mill dam) but there have been many alterations since the line was constructed by the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Co. in 1867.

Steam train services operate every weekend throughout the year and daily in summer. There are six superbly restored gas-lit stations, a fleet of steam locomotives and historic carriages, a Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow, buffets at Keighley and Oxenhope - and even a CAMRA real ale bar on many trains. There are picnic areas at Keighley, Haworth and Oxenhope and many more quality facilities for visitors.

Whether you’re travelling on the KWVR as a convenient rail link between the National Rail network at Keighley and on to Haworth and Oxenhope, or as an enjoyable trip to the past on

the country’s last remaining complete branch line railway, you’re sure to enjoy your time at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

The KWVR is operated entirely by volunteer members of the Society. New volunteers are always welcome for any part of the Railway’s activities. If you’d like to join, call Haworth Station on 01535 645214.

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The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre near Sheffield offers a wild day out for all the family!

Visitors will discover a real rainforest experience in the Butterfly House with hundreds of freeflying butterflies and birds and meet creepycrawlies and reptiles from around the world.

The attraction is renowned for its amazing animal encounters, providing unforgettable experiences meeting the centre’s most popular residents up close; including Meerkats, snakes, birds of prey, the skunk and many more! You may also get the chance to feed many of the animals, including the beautiful lorikeets and friendly free-roaming farm-animals.

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The popular Aerial Antics bird displays have been further improved with the addition of a pair of White Storks who have been joining the other magnificent birds of prey and free-flying Macaws and delighting audiences. The centre is also now training 2 baby Hahn’s Macaws to take part in the shows over the coming weeks.

Other new additions this year include the Prairie Dogs in their purpose-built enclosure and a baby boom in Meerkat Mansion has resulted in an increase from just 5 to 13!

The centre delivers a fantastic programme of annual themed events and 2011 has seen visitor numbers higher than ever. This December, the Tropical Butterfly House will be getting into the

festive spirit with the Stables & Sleigh Bells event; full details available on the centre’s website, Facebook and Twitter.

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As well as a great family day out, the centre provides Keeper Experiences and Birthday Parties and also welcomes pre-booked group and School visits, for which it has excellent facilities. With further improvements to the Play Park and Activity Centre planned over the Winter months and some exciting new animal arrivals planned for Spring 2012, the Tropical Butterfly House looks forward to delighting new and returning visitors. Open daily and just 5 minutes from the M1, junction 31. For further information please call 01909 569 416 or visit

Telephone 01909 569 416

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Andy has a wealth of production experience in the brewing industry in a career spanning 28 years with Tennents, Ruddles, Websters, John Smiths, Theakstons and Newcastle Brown in a number of breweries across the United Kingdom. In addition he has managed a public house and understands the retail side of the industry.

Richmond Brewing Company Limited is a six barrel microbrewery established by brewers Andy Hamilton and Richard Bowerman, situated in The Station, a new tourist attraction in Richmond. The company provides first class ales in bottle and cask to businesses in The Station complex as well as Richmond and the Yorkshire area.

Andy Hamilton

Richard has more than 16 years brewing experience with Websters, Courage, John Smiths, Theakstons and Newcastle Brown. Three years ago Richard purchased Stump Cross Caverns in Yorkshire, one of the region’s foremost tourist attractions and continues to develop his business career. Telephone 01748 828266

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With two cinema screens, a cafe-restaurant, art gallery, heritage centre and six artisan foodmakers on the premises, The Station is a great place to start your visit to Richmond, Britain's Great Town of the Year 2009.

The Angel’s Share: Heavenly breads, cakes, scones and patisserie baked fresh daily.

Archer’s Jersey Ice Cream: The range of flavours is increasing all the time. They try to keep flavours seasonal, introducing champagne rhubarb that was grown in the farm garden from seed, along with many fruits. Other fruit is sourced when available from a local pick your own farm F.W. Elgey at Piercebridge.

Lacey’s Cheese: Traditional, handmade cheeses available from The Station, Richmond. At Laceys Cheese theytake great pride in their craft to bring you a high quality, locally produced product. Why don't you come on down to The Station to see, first hand, how traditional cheeses are made.

The Station Gallery: Since opening in November 2007, The Station has quickly established a reputation as a major North-East art exhibition venue. The wonderful surroundings of the restored Grade 2* listed Victorian railway station, with an abundance of natural light, original stone walls and vaulted iron roof provides a wonderful ambiance to display art to its best advantage.

Seasons Restaurant & Cafe Bar: Seasons Restaurant has menus designed around a modern British theme with Mediterranean influences. They use fresh locally sourced produce wherever possible and, of course, all the menus use seasonal ingredients.

Velvet Heaven: At Velvet Heaven they specialise in making top quality delicious fudge and confectionery such as Turkish Delight and Coconut Ice. They also sell a range of chocolates, truffles and traditional sweets.

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RAF Elvington, upon which the Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial is based, became operational with 4 Group Bomber Command in October 1942 when 77 Squadron moved from Chivenor to become Elvington’s first ‘home’ squadron. Therefore, this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the base and the arrival of 77 Squadron. Flying Halifax bombers, they took the war to the German industrial heartland, but suffered heaviest losses of any Bomber Command unit, with over 500 airmen loosing their lives from 96 Halifax aircraft shot down.

The superb Bomber Command exhibition, ‘Against the Odds’, the definitive national exhibition on the topic, gives visitors a deep insight into the formation and operation of this unparalleled fighting force. This leads on to all the other fascinating displays and exhibits, such as the unique Air Gunners Memorial Room,

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restored Control Tower, Uniform Display and much more. April 2011 saw the opening of the newly refurbished “Astra” Cinema with a state of the art plasma screen which now shows our unique wartime footage taken by the French aircrews, depicting a day in the life of RAF Elvington and following a raid to Leipzig and back, plus some fascinating new documentaries.

The acclaimed collection of historic aircraft spans the birth of flight to the supersonic age and features the unique replica of the Cayley Glider, the Wright Flyer and other early aircraft through the war years with the magnificent Handley Page Halifax Bomber “Friday the 13th”, the De Havilland Mosquito, Douglas DC3 Dakota and the famous Hurricane and Spitfire amongst others. The collection continues to encompass the major aircraft of the Cold War era – Gloster Javelin, Electric Lightning, Hawker Hunter and the East Yorkshire built Blackburn Buccaneer and not least the still futuristic looking 1950’s designed Handley Page Victor V-Bomber / K2 Tanker, which took part in both the Falklands War and the first Gulf War in its refuelling role. Our latest acquisition which is causing a great deal of interest is the rarely seen Nimrod MR2 intelligence gathering ‘spy’ plane, which saw 40 years service with the Royal Air Force. This is kept in superb ‘live’ condition and will take part in our regular “Thunder Day’s” during 2012 with exciting full engine runs.

The excellent new, Heritage Lottery funded ‘Pioneers of Aviation’ exhibition features the work of Scarborough born Sir George Cayley, the ‘Father of Aeronautics’ and inventor of the aeroplane, along with that of Leeds born Robert Blackburn, who established aircraft factories in Leeds and at Brough, East Yorkshire, which still exists today as part of BAE Systems. Blackburn established an early Flying School at Filey and went on to create a long line of successful, mostly military, aircraft. The exhibition also covers Hull born aviator Amy Johnson, whose record breaking solo flights to Australia and South Africa are indeed the stuff of legend. A striking interpretation of the ‘Dambusters’ raids with the Barnes Wallis designed bouncing bomb is a major feature, along with Wallis’s work with the R100 airship at Howden.

The Yorkshire Air Museum prides itself on being the unique Allied Air Forces Memorial, widely regarded as being the only such dedicated Memorial. We take care to maintain the authentic ambience of the wartime era, whilst at the same time providing an exciting and interesting day out for all the family. There really is something for everybody here, from the tranquil Memorial Gardens that have earned the coveted Silver Gilt commendation in the Yorkshire in bloom competition, to all the

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aircraft and exhibits mentioned before. Many fascinating artefacts and stories can be found – you never know when you could find yourself talking to a real veteran of WWII or someone amongst our team of volunteers who has flown some of the more modern aircraft.

Our exciting Events Programme features lecture presentations, regular “Thunder Days” with the powering up of our ‘live’ jets, and this year, for the first time, several of our propeller driven aircraft will be live and taking part, adding greatly to the excitement with the special sound that these aircraft make. The huge Battlegroup North militaria show in May combines a historic military vehicle rally with a superb wargaming show and living history displays and will this year mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a 25 pounder Field Gun battery salute, in true military fashion. Telephone: 01904 608595 Web: email:


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Today, although still operational RAF Holmpton also hosts an Award Winning Public Exhibition. Qualified Guides take visitors through the massive Underground Bunker nearly 100ft below ground and all tours are fully interpreted with Films, Shows and Demonstrations. For those who may be a little apprehensive, the bunker is a huge space fully air conditioned, heated and well lit throughout, almost a whole world underground.

Bunker Tours 2012 RAF Holmpton was built in the 1950's as an Early Warning Radar Station which operated until 1974. During the 1980's the site was converted into a massive headquarters for RAF Support Command and this remained in operation until 1991. During it's most recent history a massive refit was undertaken in the mid 1990's to provide an experimental HQ for the new UK Air CCIS System.


For 2012 there will be enhanced viewing areas and some new features,all part of our continuing improvements to the site, where all visitors will receive a warm welcome.

Full details and updates - Telephone : 01964 630208 email : website :

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The Settle-Carlisle Railway

Travel between Leeds, Skipton, Settle and Carlisle and enjoy some of the most spectacular countryside in England.

A scheduled diesel service operates on a daily basis throughout the year (except Xmas and Boxing Day). For details of times and fares call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 (24 hrs) Group discounts are available for 10 or more people travelling together. For more information call

Freephone 0800 98 007 66

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HEAD OF STEAM catering for different audiences. This new space will include exhibitions from the museum’s own collection, touring exhibitions from other museums and exhibitions of art and objects from community and school groups.

Following a £1.7m refurbishment Darlington Railway Centre and Museum re-launched on 5th April 2008 with a new name and a new look and re-branded as “Head of Steam”.

The newly refurbished museum offers a unique experience to visitors through interactive displays and audio visual equipment, telling the story of the history of Darlington and the impact of railways. Many of the highly popular old exhibits still feature, such as the locomotives in the main area of the museum and these are complemented and enhanced with new exhibitions and interactive displays for people of all ages. This includes the use of audio, visual and sensory information, as well as other activities such as handling objects, puzzles for children and much, much more.

Other new facilities include The Northern Rail Activity Room – used for a wide variety of activities from craft activities in school holidays, to school visits, to talks and meetings. There is also a children’s play room for our younger visitors. The museum has a conference facility which can be booked through the Council's Occasions team on 01325 388410.

The Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum redevelopment has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, Railway Heritage Trust, Museums and Libraries Archives North East and Darlington Borough Council.

Telephone 01325 460532

A new and improved cafe facility provides quality drinks, snacks and light bites, and in the summer months, this extends to include al fresco seating on the platform outside. There is also a temporary exhibition room with a scheduled programme providing a variety of exhibits

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Over 60 television programmes and films have featured carriages and steam locomotives from the Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel, so there’s a good chance you may have seen some treasured items from the museum’s Collection. The museum has just filmed sequences for BBC TV’s South Riding, starring Anna Maxwell Martin.

The whole family can enjoy a visit – you don’t have to be a confirmed railway enthusiast! Children and adults of all ages will enjoy exploring the differences between 1st, 2nd and 3rd class, and listening to the sound presentations as they sit inside the carriages. Video presentations help to bring the past to life, whilst the walls are covered with old signs and posters. Young children will enjoy hunting for

our little helpers, or finding items from our “look and find” worksheets. The confirmed enthusiast will enjoy our shop, which specialises in out-of-print railway magazines and books.

Located adjacent to the Ingrow Loco Museum, and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. When Worth Valley Railway trains are operating, ask for a Green Rover ticket, which includes admission to both museums and one day’s unlimited travel on the KWVR Location: South Street, Ingrow, Keighley BD21 5AX

Telephone 01535 680425

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What will you discover at the greatest railway museum in the world?

Get up close to iconic locomotives and carriages, from record breakers to history makers. Explore our magnificent royal trains, see the replica of Stephenson’s world-changing rocket and discover the world of high speed travel on the Japanese bullet train.

Action-packed adventure

Live theatre, explosive science shows and real steam rides will keep the kids entertained all day. Join in with our Explainers as they share fantastic facts and stories. Get hands-on with creative crafts and watch a real turntable demonstration. Our railway-themed playground is the perfect place for the little ones to let off steam.

Discover fascinating stories

We’re home to the largest and finest collection of royal railway vehicles in the world. Feel like royalty as you peek into the elegant carriages, and make sure you visit Queen Victoria’s favourite saloon.

Lose yourself in thousands of books and documents in Search Engine, our library and archive centre.

A hands-on experience you won’t forget

Get on board awe inspiring locomotives, watch our engineers at work in The Workshop, uncover hidden treasures in The Warehouse and make tracks to the outdoor area.

2012 Events

Wizard Week 11 – 19 February 2012 The magic returns to the Museum once again with a week of spells, tricks and mischief. See the steam star from the Harry Potter films.* Plus – new for 2012 – spell-binding activities for wizards of all ages: • All action wizard duels • Broomstick flying trick photography* • Best-dressed wizard competition • ‘Science of magic’ spectacular shows • Stunning owls on display Admission Free *A small charge applies

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Railfest 2012 2 – 10 June 2012

Get fired up at Britain’s biggest rail celebration, with 9 exhilarating days of amazing activities for all ages*. Experience a grand gathering of over 30 awe-inspiring locomotives including Flying Scotsman, City of Truro, Tornado and many more. Climb inside drivers’ cabs, ride on trains big and small and see toy trains from big brands. Get up close to the fastest, strongest and newest locos, and catch rarely-seen vehicles like snow ploughs and leaf blowers.

For information and tickets, visit In association with Rail, Model Railway and Steam Railway.

All images © NRM

Open Daily (excl 24-26 December) 10.00-18.00 Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

Please note that charges apply for some NRM events. Information is correct at the time of going to print.

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The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes tells the story of the Yorkshire Dales landscape and people over the last 10,000 years.

Stroll through the Time Tunnel to see unique exhibits from the Stone Age to Victorian times. Climb aboard our static train and find out how family life has changed in the Dales. Take a walk down the 'lead mine' and discover how the industries of the Dales, together with farming, have helped to shape this treasured landscape.

Events, demonstrations of traditional crafts and changing exhibitions help bring the Museum alive. Hands on, interactive exhibits make it fun for children.

There are education programmes for schools and a research room where you can explore local and family history.

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To contact the Dales Countryside Museum Tourist Information and National Park Centre

Open 10am to 5pm every day Telephone 01969 666210 or email :


Special Exhibition: Parsonage Treasures – a history

The Brontës are, perhaps, the world’s most famous literary family and Haworth Parsonage, now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, was their home from 1820 to 1861. Their short, brilliant lives have fascinated people ever since. Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë were the authors of some of the best-loved books in the English language. Charlotte’s novel Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were all written in this house. Many of the Brontës’ manuscripts and letters are exhibited in the Parsonage, but as well as its literary significance, the house still retains a powerful atmosphere of the Brontës’ time, giving a wonderful insight into their day to day lives. The rooms the Brontës once used are largely unchanged and filled with their furniture, clothes and personal possessions, as well as a range of domestic artefacts of the period. In addition to the atmospheric period rooms of the house there is also a major, permanent exhibition on the Brontës' lives and works, interactive displays for families and children and a busy programme of special events through the year.

The Brontë Society is one of the oldest literary societies in the world and the Parsonage museum holds the world’s largest collection of material relating to the Brontës; including letters, manuscripts, artworks, furniture, clothing, domestic artefacts and personal treasures. The museum’s special exhibition 2012 will focus on the fascinating history of this remarkable collection and reveal some of the secrets certain artefacts hold about the Brontës and their lives in Haworth. How so much of this invaluable material was preserved and how it came to be part of the museum’s collection, how that collection has developed over the decades and how it continues to grow still with new acquisitions added each year. For further details, including dates, about the exhibition, please contact the museum.

Telephone01535 642323

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The farm has been in the Sutton family for three generations and has seen many changes over the years, from the days of horse-drawn ploughs to the first combine harvester. The traditional range of farm buildings is no longer needed for farming purposes and Ginny saw an opportunity both to diversify into this new development and restore the farm buildings as a long term investment.

Disused farm buildings transformed into stunning art gallery on Yorkshire Wolds For artists and art-lovers alike, a new delight awaits on the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds. The Yorkshire Wolds Gallery and Coffee Shop has recently opened its doors as an exhibition space for artists from across Yorkshire and the North East, as well as a much-needed studio space for working artists in the locality.

The stylish contemporary gallery is housed in restored Victorian farm buildings which themselves lend charm and atmosphere to its rural location on top of the rolling chalkland of the Yorkshire Wolds, two miles south of Staxton, near Scarborough. The Gallery is the brainchild of artist Ginny Sutton, who saw the potential of the spacious but disused outbuildings at Willerby Wold Farm.

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“During the last year of my Fine Arts degree at Hull, I started thinking about studio space and realised how difficult it was for new artists to find adequate space to work or exhibit and to retain the companionship of a college setting which can be such a positive influence. I began to see the potential of our old farm buildings for a community of artists,” says Ginny.

“Very few galleries have coffee shops attached, and given that I have a background in catering, it made sense to introduce a complementary business, which will add to the appeal of the Gallery as a visitor destination."

With the support of her husband Oliver, and his two brothers who share ownership of Willerby Wold Farm, Ginny set about realising that potential and applied to DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) for a farm diversification scheme grant.

With very few tourist attractions on the Wolds and after Scarborough recently received an injection of EU funds to promote the artistic and cultural development of the east coast resort, planning permission for the Yorkshire Wolds Gallery got the green light and the dream started to become a reality. the ground floor. The original stone steps lead upstairs to two connected studios, each comprising five partitioned workspaces for artists complete with kitchen and bathroom, original high beamed ceilings and plentiful natural light.

Over the course of 12 months, the tin-roofed brick barns formerly used to store tractors and other farm machinery, were transformed into a stunning 90 sq m contemporary art gallery, retaining the character of the barn’s many original features, and providing a magnificent space in which to promote and showcase the work of the many professional artists and sculptors living and working in Yorkshire and the North East.

The size of the gallery enables large works of art to be exhibited, allowing for an interesting and varied programme of exhibitions, from landscapes to still life, from sculpture to nude and figurative.

A graduate of the Central School of Art in London, and more recently Hull University’s Fine Art degree course, Ginny’s life-long ambition has been to get back to working as an artist. “To be able to do this, and at the same time create a small community here, which has been lacking since the farm workers left the Wolds, is absolutely a dream come true for me,” she says.

Yorkshire Wolds Gallery is supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development; Yorkshire Forward, the region’s development agency; and DEFRA, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Telephone 01944 710747

“The main gallery also makes a fantastic entertaining space for weddings, private lunches or as a lunch or tea-stop for tour groups visiting local gardens and attractions,” says Ginny. “To be surrounded by beautiful works of art or sculpture makes it a venue with a distinct difference.” The Yorkshire Wolds Gallery is open from Wednesdays to Sundays plus Bank Holidays, from 10am until 4pm.

In addition, the old two-storey Victorian granary, derelict since the 1940s, has re-opened its doors as a 40 sq m private exhibition space on

Yorkshire Wolds Gallery Cafe

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Caphouse Colliery from Hope

The National Coal Mining Museum for England offers you the unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground, down one of Britain’s oldest mines. Take a step back in time with an ex-miner as your guide who will take you around the underground workings, where models and machinery depict methods and conditions of mining from the early 1800s to the present day.

Above ground, the story of coal is brought to life through the Museum’s interactive exhibitions and audio-visual plasma screens. In the Mining Lives gallery it gives a glimpse into the life of a miner at home, on the pit surface and at play. There is the chance to see into a mining family’s back yard from the 1940s and find out what the miners did during World War II. Coal mining was dangerous and difficult work. The Coal Interface gallery shows a few of the hazards of working underground. There is the opportunity to see some of the problems miners had to deal with and to try and solve them.

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Visit the pithead baths and the Victorian steam winder; follow the nature trail and find the adventure playground, and then meet the ponies along with Finn the Clydesdale heavy horse.

The Hope Pit complex, a secondary colliery site at the Museum is where visitors can explore the interactive displays and multi-media science exhibits. The science of coal mining bursts into life and promises to send you away buzzing with ideas!

There is free admission to all visitors and opening hours are 10.00 am - 5.00 pm daily except for 1 January and 24-26 December. Do arrive early to book onto an underground tour. Temperature underground is 12c; we strongly recommend warm practical clothing and sensible flat shoes. Unfortunately children under five years old are not permitted on the underground tour, however there is an indoor play area especially for them. For more information contact the Museum on 01924 848806 or visit


After an 18 month long restoration programme – during which the mill’s cap and sails had to be removed completely for some months, and then run on two sails for a further six months – the new sail was completed and replaced during summer 2010, and Skidby Windmill is now operating with all four sails!

While the restoration project was in progress, the new miller, Neil Johnson, took the opportunity to work through the formal milling qualifications offered by the National Association of British and Irish Millers (NABIM) with the result that Skidby now has its first qualified miller. As a result, Neil has been experimenting with different methods of running the mill to produce a fine, almost silkytextured wholemeal flour. Skidby now supplies well-known East Riding restaurants such as the Pipe and Glass at South Dalton and the Michelin-starred White’s in Beverley with flour; this same flour is available for visitors to purchase in the mill shop, and is also used by Sails, the café in the mill courtyard for some of its products.

Historically, grain from the various farms surrounding Skidby mill was brought to the mill to be ground into flour. However, at the end of

the 19th century, British agriculture was seriously depressed; many small farms failed, while grain from North America was ‘dumped’ – that is, imported at prices so cheap that it undercut home-produced wheat catastrophically. The implications for windmills were equally catastrophic; North American grain was too ‘hard’ to be milled consistently in traditional windmills, and was processed using steel roller-mills, built in the ports through which the grain was imported. In East Yorkshire, where hundreds of mills historically operated, the numbers were drastically reduced by the early 1900s, and of those that did manage to stagger on, most were grinding animal feed products. Skidby Windmill survived as a working mill because the Thompson family who bought it in the mid-19th century had also invested in a steam roller mill in Hull, and kept the windmill going out of sentiment. This was primarily for the production of animal feed, although the mill came back into its own producing flour during the two World Wars.

The mill was eventually sold by the Thompson family, along with the Hull business, and produced animal feed for another decade before being ‘sold’ to the then Beverley Borough Council to be a ‘museum of milling’. Now owned by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the windmill is maintained and managed as a working windmill, open daily to the public. The story of the people who worked the land in the Yorkshire Wolds, and of the Thompson family themselves, is told in a series of displays in the two warehouses either side of the mill tower. Neil Johnson runs the mill – which is the last working example of those hundreds of East Riding windmills - Wednesdays to Sundays, weather permitting. Telephone 01482 848405

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LIGHTWATER VALLEY, THEME PARK & SHOPPING VILLAGE Escape to Lightwater Valley and discover the excitement of a day bursting with thrills, chills and adventure; catapult to dizzying heights aboard Whirlwind, a typhoon of screams that’ll twist even the bravest of souls, and hurtle through some of the deepest, darkest forest aboard Europe’s longest roller coaster – The Ultimate.

Explore the swashbuckling world of Skeleton Cove, from the spinningly explosive Powder Kegs to the mighty Black Pearl, before venturing into the mysterious subterranean word of Raptor Attack’s abandoned mineshaft, shooting the raging water of the Wild River Rapids and ‘taking to the skies’ in the powerful grip of the Eagle’s Claw.

Events for 2012 :

The Ultimate Plunge

Monday 4th June & Saturday 8th September Always fancied taking the ultimate plunge from 160ft above the valley? Then now’s your chance as the UK BUNGEE CLUB will be joining us on-site and giving guests the opportunity to scale insane heights and to take the ultimate plunge! Must be pre-booked through

Swashbuckling September : Pirate Weekends

8th & 9th, 15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd, 29th & 30th

AVAST YE SCURVY LANDLUBBERS! This September, join us aboard the Black Pearl & Flying Cutlass to meet the marauding pirates of Skeleton Cove. Learn to talk & fight like a buccaneer, listen to tales of seafaring heroics from our old sea dogs, win chests full of doubloons in our valley-wide treasure hunt and watch our marauding filibuster of a show! With competitions also running for the best dressed pirate, have your finest Tricorn at the ready … The Ultimate

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Frightwater Valley

31st October 4th November

From terrifying live action horror mazes and hair-raising frightmare zones to gruesome Halloween shows and bloodcurdling inhabitants, watch light turn to dark as the valley becomes shrouded in a menacing cloak of supernatural delight.

Usual all day rates apply. Entry after 1:00pm for only £13.00 (must be pre-booked online).

Nightwater Valley

thrilling cocktail of pyrotechnical wizardry, awesome rides and chilled out vibes as insane explosions light-up the valley.

Rides close at 5:00pm. Firework displays fired at 5:30pm.Event close at 6:00pm.

Entry after 1:00pm for only £13.00 & entry after 4:00pm for only £9.00 (must be pre-booked). Telephone 0871 720 0011 Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3HT

10th & 11th November Fireworks are back as the 2012 season finishes with a bang! Come and see a

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The Captain Cook Museum, Whitby

John Webber, View in Queen Charlotte’s Sound, New Zealand © CCMM Whitby

This year the Museum celebrates its first Quarter Century. Going strong for 25 years and seen by half a million visitors! A favourite among ‘personality’ museums, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum tells the story of Britain’s greatest explorer. A wealth of authentic paintings, contemporary maps, and original letters bring his world to life, from his early years in Whitby to his death in Hawaii in 1779 – his associates, his supporters in the Navy, the crews, the artists and scientists who sailed with him to the South Seas.

The Museum is located in Walker’s House in Whitby’s Grape Lane backing on to the harbour. The 17th century house, an oasis of peace in today’s bustling town, was home to three generations of the ship-owning Walker family to whom Cook was apprenticed.

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Last year’s acquisitions, on display for the first time, are about Mrs. Cook: a copy of the sea shanty composed by a sailor on Resolution honouring Cook, and treasured by Mrs. Cook the rest of her life; a signed letter about her pension; a mourning ring commemorating Admiral Isaac Smith (midshipman First Voyage; first to set foot in eastern Australia).

Mourning ring in memory of Isaac Smith © CCMM Whitby

2012 special exhibition ‘Eating the Exotic: Food on a voyage to Polynesia’ This exhibition, the second in our ‘Fish & Ships’ series, examines the foods encountered in the South Seas. With original Cook material loaned by the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, we explore how food was gathered, cultivated and eaten in Polynesia. What did Cook and his companions think of the strange and exotic foods they ate, and what impact did transplantation and introduction of species have?

The Museum is independent, a charity receiving no regular public funding. Its 25th anniversary is an opportunity to look forward, launching the Quarter Century Fund, the springboard for the next 25 years. For details see our website.

Botanical drawing of breadfruit plant, © CCMM Whitby

Tahitian shark hook © Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford

Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA Open Daily – 1 March to 31 October Telephone 01947 601900

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From coast to woodland, moorland to lush green dales, the scenery in the North York Moors is simply breathtaking. There’s plenty of heritage and local history too from the largest Iron Age hill fort in the north of England to atmospheric ruined abbeys and the signs of a once bustling industrial past.

Charming moorland and coastal villages nestle amongst the landscape each with their own traditions, customs and tales to tell. Pubs and cafes offer a warm welcome and there is an

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eclectic mix of museums and attractions that provide a fascinating slice of the area’s history.

If you love the great outdoors, then this is the place for you. Cycling, walking, horse riding, surfing, sailing, gliding – there is something for everyone. There are walking routes for all abilities from short strolls to the more challenging Cleveland Way National Trail and an extensive network of bridleways to take you up hill and down dale for as far as your legs (or horse!) can take you.

To get a feel for the people, places and wildlife of this special place and for inside information on must sees and dos, head to one of two National Park Centres. New for Easter 2012, a fascinating exhibition at Sutton Bank National Park Centre will take you on a journey through time to discover how this iconic landscape was created and the influence it’s had on people through the ages.

For more information on the North York Moors National Park go to :

At The Moors National Park Centre, Danby the kids can play on the indoor climbing wall or outdoor play area or you can wander along riverside and woodland trails and take a look at the Inspired by… Gallery with its changing exhibitions of local arts and crafts.

This year, the North York Moors is celebrating 60 years as a National Park. To mark this special occasion, there will be a range of events taking place throughout the year. To find out more, pick up a copy of the free Out & About Guide at National Park and Tourist Information Centres. You can also get a copy by calling 01439 770657 or emailing

All images © Mike Kipling

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Langsett Reservoir between Sheffield and Huddersfield, which now boasts its own three-mile easy access woodland walk for pushchair and wheelchairs.

At you can now download our country walks. Just the joB

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Peace and quiet is a given at North Yorkshire's Swinsty Reservoir one of the country's best-known waters for fly fishing.

Land of Opportunity

Yorkshire is home to some breathtaking scenery and it really is the land of opportunity when it comes to the great outdoors.

But when you take to the rolling landscapes of Yorkshire for a walk around a reservoir, you probably wouldn’t realise the land is owned and maintained by Yorkshire Water. In fact, water companies are among the largest landowners in the UK and play a significant part in the way the countryside looks today.

Yorkshire Water owns just over 72,000 acres of land and more than a hundred reservoirs, with details of more than 30 circular walks available on its website since 2004.

More recently, the company has been working on new ways of enhancing visitors’ experiences and is encouraging more people to make the most of the countryside on their doorsteps.

“Research told us the majority of people who come to our reservoirs have been before – and probably keep coming back,” said spokesman Steve Parsley. “However, although most people have their favourites, what they may not realise is that there is often another site within easy reach which offers something completely different.

“As a result, we’ve been looking at how we can tell people about the options they have when they’re planning a day out in the countryside.”

More information on walks on Yorkshire Water land – including the long-distance Yorkshire Water Way – can be found on the company website at Leaflets which include maps and directions can also be obtained by telephoning 01274 692856.

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The Trans Pennine Trail comes of age. 2010 was the 21st Anniversary of the Trans Pennine Trail and things have been very hectic to say the least!

In June there was a baton relay from all five terminals of the Trail (Southport, Hornsea, Leeds, Chesterfield and York) through to Barnsley, the mid-point of the Trail. Each of the batons were carried by an extremely wide range of users through their own local area – from your everyday walkers, cyclists and horse riders to large penguins, blade runners, a fantastic array of schools, Volunteer Rangers and Friends of the Trans Pennine Trail. Indeed many of the Mayors across the Trail also came out to support this momentous occasion. People turned out in force to support the Trail and the weather was perfect.

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During June there was also the ‘Celebration Festival’ at Barnsley. This event was the culmination of the baton relays arriving at their final destination. The President of the European Ramblers Association, Lis Neilsen, was present to accept the batons arriving. The festival was a great way for everyone to enjoy lots of activities to help promote healthy living including a cycle smoothie maker, Play Bus, Rangers making bird boxes / bat boxes with children and adults, health sessions (including seated aerobics, health checks, blood pressure checks etc), penalty shoot out with Barnsley Football Club mascot, stunt bike team, bike sculpture, free runners, inflatables, climbing wall, roller hockey, Nordic walking group, cheerleaders, and lots of stalls from user groups, visitor attractions and health organisations. Throughout the year there have also been horse events across the Trail to support the 21st Anniversary but also to raise awareness of the British Horse Society’s Fighting for Access Fund.

…and it doesn’t have to stop there. Remember that the Trans Pennine Trail is a free facility for anyone to use and it’s open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It’s a great way to explore the countryside whether you want to go for an afternoon stroll or cycle right across the north of England. As much of the Trail follows old railway lines, canal towpaths and riverside paths it is relatively flat and well signed. The easy gradients and surfaced paths make many sections suitable for families with young children and provide a great facility for gentle exercise for people recovering from health issues and those using wheelchairs or pushchairs.

The Trans Pennine Trail is a great place to get out and take some exercise – whether you want to walk, cycle or horse ride. Experts agree that regular moderate exercise can help protect the body from many illnesses an conditions, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, obesity, diabetes and cancer. It’s also a great way to relieve stress and stay happy by providing a great way for everyone to re-connect with nature right on their doorstep.

Get in touch with your Local Authority and ask about nature walks, health walks and cycle rides. There will also be a good number of local walking and cycling groups that are always keen to welcome new members on board – so don’t worry about having to get active on your own, there’s always someone there to lend a helping hand.

As the route is well served by public transport it’s easy to plan a walk or cycle ride along the Trail. There are also a number of car parks accommodating horse boxes providing great access for our equestrian users. So what are you waiting for…

Please contact the Trans Pennine Trail Office for a free information pack and details of the three saleable route maps available. Telephone 01226 772574 email:

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Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby.

Richmond Brewing Company

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A six barrel microbrewery situated in The Station, a new tourist attraction in Richmond. Richmond, North Yorks DL10 4LD

tel: (01748) 828266

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2012 Yorkshire Signpost Magazine  
2012 Yorkshire Signpost Magazine  

Annual county tourist guide - full of features on things to do and places to go