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Issue 19 - 2017

Historic Buildings | The Open Air Museums & the Arts | Tourist Attractions

ContEntS Historic Buildings Attractions Museums & the Arts

Check out o ur other cou nty editions online or do wnload our fr ee apps search coun tysignpost Welcome to the 2017 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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The Open Air To be featured in our next edition - please email the editor. Published by: County Signpost Ltd Editor: Adam Davison

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High hills surround the valley, clothed by trees and encircling it like a crown’; this 12th-century description of Rievaulx’s setting still applies today. Here, in 1132, just twelve monks of the new Cistercian order that was revolutionising monasticism in Western Europe founded an abbey, ‘far from the haunts of men’. It became one of the wealthiest monasteries in medieval England. By the 1160s a peak of around 640 monks were living here, attracted by the ‘charity and astonishing sanctity’ of Abbot Aelred. After his death the monks successfully sought his canonisation, rebuilding the east end of the church in the new Early English style of Gothic architecture to house his shrine. Surviving almost to its full height, the east end of this church still serenely dominates the ruins. But you can also explore the maze of monastic buildings where the white-robed Cistercian ‘choir monks’ and their brown-clad ‘lay brothers’ lived, worked and cared for their sick. The new

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audio-tour, the cartoon-style family trail and new pictorial interpretation panels help our visitors find the site’s highlights, like the refectory – the finest example in Britain – where the monks ate their largely vegetarian meals. You can also seek out intriguing features like the ‘warming-house’ sink where the monks did their laundry, the monks’ toilets, and the tannery where they prepared leather in vats of urine.

The tearoom and museum at Rievaulx Abbey have recently undergone a transformation. The museum now houses a unique display of artefacts from beautifully carved stonework to writing equipment, footwear and a whip for monastic penance. The café provides fine vistas of the abbey whilst the menu offers a wide range of Yorkshire dishes. telephone 0370 333 1181 yo62 5Lb


Helmsley Castle is an impressive medieval ruin situated in the picturesque market town of Helmsley.

The spectacular ditches surrounding the fortress were created after 1120 for Water Espec, the Norman baron ‘of gigantic stature’ who also founded nearby Rievaulx Abbey. Within them Robert de Roos – crusader, Knight Templar and Magna Carta baron – and his descendants raised the stonework defences you see today, including the lofty east tower which still dominates the ruins and the town.

Following the castle’s only military trial, when its Civil War Royalist defenders were starved into submission after a 3 month siege, its ruins became a romantic ‘eye catcher’ for nearby Duncombe Park.

But Helmsley wasn’t only a fortress. In Elizabethan times its chamber block became a luxurious country house. You can still see some of its fine panelling and plasterwork, amid displays tracing the castle’s history as home as well as stronghold.

Book a monthly expert-guided tour of Helmsley Archaeology Store, housing fascinating artefacts from EH sites in northern England. Call 01439 770 442. yo62 5Ab

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Brodsworth Hall was built in the 1860s as a country house for the Thellusson family. It is a rare survivor, being a fine Victorian House complete with original contents and pleasure garden. English Heritage preserves and presents the Hall in an unrestored condition.  The alterations and decay the property was subjected to during its time as a family home can clearly be seen. Most of the interiors and furnishings at Brodsworth are original to 1865 when the family first decorated their new home.

English Heritage has displayed the house ‘as found’ since 1990, but now a much-needed conservation project (rather than restoration) is underway (due for completion in the autumn of 2017), and will cost around £1.5 million.

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Brodsworth will remain open to the public throughout the conservation project so that visitors can see the works progressing and talk with the specialist contractors. The works includes repairs to the patented revolving window shutters which date from the building of the house, mending leaking skylights and installing a conservation heating system.  There is an exhibition throughout the Hall explaining what is involved in caring for a property like Brodsworth.

Images and information are spread throughout the Hall explaining the myriad of challenges of preserving such a property. Audio stands allow visitors to hear the accounts of those who have worked in the house in the past and those who are still maintaining the building and collections.

Find out how the humble silver fish destroys historic wallpapers and get a cleaning tip or two from the Victorian servants who once dusted and polished Brodsworth's magnificent rooms. Some highlights of a visit in 2017 should be :

billiard Room- An enormous scaffold will be erected inside the room to both seal the interior and provide access for the contractors. Visitors will be able to see specialist joiners working to repair the lantern lights

Library- Visitors can listen to the voices of people who have worked at Brodsworth in the past and the current conservation scientist explaining what conservation heating is and why it is important for historic collections the exhibition room- displaying the original handwritten specification document for the building of Brodsworth Hall and a builders ‘cripple’, a rare surviving example of a tool used to make an outside platform when windows needed painting or repair.

For younger visitors- A giant bug trail around the whole house. Insect pests are a major risk to historic house collections and have caused lots of damage throughout Brodsworth in the past. Today we have stopped them getting established through conservation cleaning, monitoring and treatment. Volunteers have created some giant insect pests which are hiding around the Hall for children to spot.

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With the National Trust in Yorkshire you can explore abbey ruins, magnificent houses, glorious gardens and some fantastic stretches of coast and countryside including the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

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beningbrough Hall © national trust images-John millar

A visit to Beningbrough offers more than meets the eye. In fact you can come face to face with the eyes of kings, queens and nobles as they gaze at you from over 100 portraits that on display, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Uncover the stories of who once lived at Beningbrough, from the wealthy teenage who built the mansion as his own version of an Italian palace, to Lady Chesterfield who welcomed soldiers to use her home as a garrison during the Second World War. Today the Hall is relatively unfurnished in parts and is home to the national collection of 18th century portraits. On the top floor of the hall, visitors can create their own eighteenth century portrait in the Making Faces gallery and discover how regency artists sparked their creativity!

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Surrounding the hall are acres of parkland for exploring and a beautiful walled garden. Stocked full of fruit and vegetables, produce is regularly harvested for use on the menu of the restaurant. For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, call 01904 472027 or visit

nostell, near Wakefield

Nostell is a Palladian treasure house, filled with one of the finest collections of Chippendale furniture in the country. It is also home to a collection of paintings and portraits, but also a wonderful 300year old longcase clock crafted by John Harrison. 2017 marks the 300th anniversary of the clock and from end of March to July, come and discover Harrison’s Garden, a brand new exhibition to celebrate the tercentenary. Created by Luke Jerram, explore the house to see and hear over 2000 ticking clocks on display! For those that like the outdoors, the house is surrounded by acres of parkland and pathways that criss-cross the estate – take time to visit the lakeside walks and beauty of this stunning landscape. Bring a bike and explore the parkland on two wheels - a new cycle track will also be opening in spring 2017 and is the perfect way to leisurely ride and enjoy the landscape. For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, call 01924 863892 or visit

nostell © national trust imagesJohn millar

East Riddlesden Hall © national trust images-Arnhel de Serra

East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley In the heart of urban Keighley, East Riddlesden Hall is so much more than a house. This intimate estate has layer upon layer of history just waiting to be uncovered. The Great Barn is a hive of activity, unravelling the history of how this cathedral of labour would have held the local community. See the worn posts where animals were tethered, the threshing floor which would have seen the final days of the harvest brought in and the oak beams that were strategically put together. The hall’s past was built on the success of its land so come and get back to basics with traditional agricultural activities such as butter making and fabric dyeing and learn more about its history on selected days.

There’s also plenty to explore in the garden, with its fragrant borders, seasonal planting schemes and pond. Head down to the fields below the hall and follow the river Aire for a walk to discover the local wildlife. For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, call 01535 607075 or visit:

nunnington Hall, Helmsley Discover the home of the Fife family and enjoy a walk around this cosy country house in the heart Ryedale. Explore the period rooms and see one of the world's finest collections of miniature rooms in the attic. The ‘Carlisle Collection’ is a display of over 20 miniature rooms that show incredible craftsmanship and intricate detail. On the top floor of the hall, pay a visit to the gallery which hosts an ever-changing programme of exhibitions. Outside the organic walled garden boasts spring-flowering meadows, an orchard and beautiful colour all year round – keep an eye out for the flamboyant resident peacocks strutting around! For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, call 01439 748283 or visit

nunnington Hall © national trust images-Robert morris

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treasurers House © national trust images-Chris Lacey

treasurer’s House, york

There are ghosts aplenty in York and nowhere more so that at the Treasurer’s House, just behind the Minster. One such ghost you could encounter is Frank Green, former owner of the Treasurer’s House who left his home to the National Trust in 1930. At the time he forbade the Trust from moving the furniture from where he’d left it - and he threatened to come back and haunt the place if his wishes were not respected! The house itself was originally the home of the Treasurer’s of York Minster and was built over the old Roman road. Take a trip down to the ghost cellar and discover what apprentice plumber, Harry Martindale saw in the 1950s – it’ll be an experience never forgotten! For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, call 01904 624247 or visit

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal © Andrew butler

A World Heritage Site

Veiled in a secluded valley, this National Trust property promises to surprise and captivate with its vast Cistercian abbey ruins, Georgian water garden, a medieval deer park, Elizabethan Hall and Gothic church.

From humble beginnings this magnificent abbey grew to be wealthy and powerful. In Porter’s Lodge uncover the story of the monks who founded the abbey in search of a simpler life, hear a tale or two on a free guided tour and see the mill created by these skilful masters of machinery. At Swanley Grange discover the abbey’s agricultural past. There’s a vegetable garden, sheep, hens and heritage crafts to have a go at.





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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. © Chris Lacey

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the temple of Piety at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. © Andrew butler

Studley Royal Water Garden is an outstanding example of the ‘English’ garden style that swept across Europe during the eighteenth century, and is in fact what makes this magnificent estate a World Heritage Site. Elegant ponds and cascades entwined with rustic bridges, classical temples and statues enthral today’s visitor just as they would the pleasure-seeking Georgians. Recently completed conservation work has restored the statues of the water garden so that they’re dazzling eye-catchers once again.

There’s something special about this place at any time of the year; experience the turn of the leaves in autumn, see snowdrops peeking through the grass in spring, or wrap up on a bright winter’s day to see the abbey ruins illuminated.

There are acres of space for little legs to explore with a brand new play area for the most daring adventurers of all. Children will love to scramble over an abbey-shaped climbing frame, whizz along a gigantic zip wire and play longer than ever before. In the school holidays enjoy activities like pond-dipping and den building too. telephone 01765 608888

music and Lights at Fountains Abbey. © Chris Lacey

Events Highlights 2017

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt! Saturday 8 – Sunday 23 April, 11am - 4pm

Golden egg hunt Saturday 8 – Sunday 23 April, 10am - 5pm

Easter Eggsploits Monday 17 April,From 1.30pm

Autumn deer watch Saturday 23 September, 2 – 4pm

Fountains by Floodlight Saturday 7, 14, 21, Friday 27 & Saturday 28 October, 5 – 9pm (last entry 8pm)

music and Lights at Christmas Weekends 2 – 31 December & Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 December,3 – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Open all year except 24/25 December and Fridays in November, December and January.

25th March – 28th October 10am – 6pm. 29th October – 24th March 10am – 5pm.

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Leave behind the bustle of the High Street, stroll through the mighty four tower Gateway of Skipton Castle and enter another world. How many periods of history can you see by looking at the main castle building – who built it – how did they manage to lift the huge blocks of stone and how did the Steward of the household know who and how much to pay the builders? Look closely at the walls and you will see various marks – to what do these refer?

Entering the coolness of the beautiful Conduit Court one is immediately struck by the twisted trunk of the Yew Tree at its centre – planted by Lady Anne Clifford in 1629 this tree twists as it reaches for the daylight. In the old kitchen note the bread oven and massive baking hearth – how does it compare to today’s modern kitchen? Who would work in here, what did they wear – remember it was extremely hot as the fires would be kept in all the time.

Beyond the kitchen the Banqueting Hall where the Lord, his Lady and their guests would be served their meals following which the ladies



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would retire to their needlework leaving the men to drink ale and chat heartily recalling their hunting adventures of the day.

With many rooms to discover, no tour would be complete without a visit to the dungeon in the depths of the castle where prisoners would be kept awaiting their trial at York Assizes.

Finally, to complete your visit, why not enjoy a cup of tea and a homemade cake in our bright, cheerful tearoom and browse in the shop for that unusual gift or enjoy our noted book section.

Tour sheets are available in 10 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 of 15 or more during normal opening times. Open every day from 10am Open every day from 10am (Sunday from 11am) with last admission daily at 5pm (Oct-March 4pm) telephone 01756 792442

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10th & 11th June Stone Carving Association: Demonstration

Skipton Castle Events 2017 16th - 17th April Re-Enactment: the Governor 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 11am - 5pm)

27th - 29th may Re-Enactment: Red Wyvern Society

Journey back to the 15th Century during the Wars of the Roses. A re-creation of a medieval campsite within the castle grounds. See the garrison demonstrate their arms and armour. 10am - 5pm Sunday 11am - 5pm)

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An amateur association made up of a diverse range of members from all backgrounds, who share a keen interest in the craft of stone carving, which we promote through public demonstrations and exhibitions. Members of the public will be encouraged to have a go. 10am - 5pm (Sunday 11am - 5pm)

24th - 25th June Re-Enactment: 1635 Household Journey back to the 17th Century and see a glimpse of Skipton Castle's Household life. 10am - 5pm Sunday 11am - 5pm)

22nd - 23rd July Re-Enactment: buckingham's Retinue On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July Buckingham’s Retinue will be bringing Skipton Castle to life as it may have been in the late Middle Ages, during a period known as the Wars of the Roses.

12th & 13th Aug Re-Enactment: trayned bands See this military unit setting up an encampment mustering their souldiers and firing their muskets. 10am - 5pm (Sunday 11am - 5pm)

19th & 20th Aug Re-Enactment: Historia normannis

In addition to our normal range of crafts, activities and displays, we will also be presenting a series of medieval judicial court scenes, based on real historical events and cases, with plenty of opportunity for audience participation! 10am - 5pm. Sunday 11am - 5pm)

5th & 6th Aug Re-Enactment: nevison the yorkshire Highwayman John Nevison was 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. 10am - 5pm (Sunday 11am - 5pm)

The walls of Skipton castle will echo to the sound of swords and shields once again- but don't worry, it's only the re-enactors of Historia Normannis! 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! A great day out for history enthusiasts and curious families alike- it promises to be an event not to be missed! 10am - 5pm (Sunday 11am - 5pm)

26th & 20th Aug Re-Enactment: the Pirate Captain 10am - 5pm (Sunday 11am - 5pm)

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Four hundred years ago Sir Henry Griffith built Burton Agnes Hall. Twenty-three generations of the same family have since lived in, looked after, and loved the magnificent Elizabethan home that you enjoy today.

Robert Smythson architecture, and a diverse art collection including exquisite Elizabethan carvings and the finest contemporary works, inspired Simon Jenkins, author of ‘England’s Thousand Best Houses’, to describe Burton Agnes Hall as ‘the perfect English house’, one of England’s twenty finest alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House. Concealed within its brick boundary, the Elizabethan walled garden will leave visitors

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mesmerised by flamboyant seasonal displays of colour, shape, texture and scents. Visitors are invited to explore several thousand plant varieties; a potager filled with fruit, vegetables and herbs; herbaceous borders, a jungle garden and a stunning collection of campanulas. Children and adults alike will find entertainment in the giant board games, may lose their way in the maze, and are invited to explore the gardens with the guidance of Griffy the Goat’s fun garden trail.

Visitors will delight in this award winning wonderland, which previously win Christie’s Garden of the Year award.

To the north of the Hall lies tranquil woodland with wildlife figures to discover along the path. In February, thousands of snowdrops cover the ground to create an enchanting ‘white carpet’, and at Easter this historic woodland hosts thousands of enthusiastic chocolate egg hunters.

While wandering through the grounds, you may encounter an artist seeking inspiration. The artist in residence programme allows visiting artists to stay and work at Burton Agnes, year-round. Their artwork is displayed in the Summer House and inside the Hall. The courtyard shops and café are open daily when the gardens are open. Acess to the courtyard is free. Relax in the courtyard café where the gardens fruit and vegetables create delicious home-made meals and irresistible treats. The coffee is Fairtrade and roasted locally, and the restored 1963-vintage ice cream van offers delectable local ice cream and perfect coffees. Unusual and handcrafted gifts and souvenirs can be found in the ‘Home and Garden’ Shop and Gift Shop and a year-round programme of Local artists display and sell their work in a courtyard gallery.

the Courtyard at burton Agnes Hall

Open from 1st April to 31st October and 14th November to 23rd 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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York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, with roots in the nation’s earliest history.

Explore a masterpiece in stained-glass and stone, vast spaces alive with the sanctity and tradition of worship and heavenly music or quiet corners revealing unexpected stories and human inspiration.

Visit 'Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft' - a new state of the art attraction housed in the interactive chambers beneath the Minster. Take a journey through two millennia of York's history, featuring artefacts never before on public display. Visitors can see, touch and hear 2000 years of history.

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Climb the central tower, passing the medieval pinnacles and gothic gargoyles before stepping out into the open air to experience the best panoramic views of York's picturesque city centre.

Join a free guided tour to learn about the world famous stained glass, historic artefacts, aweinspiring architecture, art, history and music, and how these have changed with York over the centuries. Your admission ticket is valid for 12 months, allowing you to visit for free as many times as you like during the year. 01904 557200

Family Fun in york minster

Eight kings in the Quire at york minster

treasured artefacts on display in Revealing york minster

take a 2000 year journey through time in Revealing york minster

Chapter House

Great East Window panel after being restoration

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buRton ConStAbLE HALL & GRounDS

Every day is a great day out at burton Constable. there's so much to enjoy and discover, inside and out. Roam upstairs and downstairs through thirty grand rooms that are crammed with fine art, furniture and many surprises. Discover the extraordinary 18th century ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ and uncover fascinating stories from over 500 years of family history.

Explore the historic grounds with their woodland and lakeside walks. Follow the wildlife trail, or simply relax to picnic and play in this glorious setting.

Visit the historic stable block with its new visitor facilities, exhibitions and restored historic interiors. Climb the clock tower to see the workings of the 18th century clock and encounter the skeleton of the Burton Constable

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Whale in the Great Barn; the only non-fictional whale in the famous novel Moby Dick.

brief History

Sir John Constable began building this magnificent country house in the mid-16th century and descendants of the family still live here today.

During the 18th century, William Constable (1721-91) made extensive alterations to the building and was responsible for redesigning interiors and bringing together many of the collections, which include grand-tour acquisitions, fine furniture, sporting guns and the most remarkable collection of scientific instruments and curious specimens to survive in any country house.

The 19th century brought about further changes as the Clifford-Constables embarked on the luxuriant refurbishment of the Hall, employing some of the finest decorators and craftsmen in the region.

As with so many grand country-houses, events of the 20th century brought a change in fortune and in 1992 the hall and collections passed to an independent charitable trust, which was set up to safeguard the important heritage for the public.

burton Constable is only 10 miles east of Hull city centre. telephone 01964 562400

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Red Rufed Lemur

Meet the mini beasts and meerkats, butterflies, birds and amazing wildlife from around the world...

Guests can also meet Lemurs, owls, snakes and other amazing animals during unforgettable Animal Encounters throughout the day. You can explore the indoor rainforest; home to butterflies, birds, bats, crocodiles and creepycrawlies from around the world and meet and feed the friendly residents of the Farm Barn. Discover the charismatic primates of Lemur Heights, a state of the art walk-through enclosure; and meet the inquisitive residents of Otter Springs – there are photo opportunities at every turn so don’t forget your camera!

Facilities include a Picnic Room, outdoor picnic area, Jungle Gift Shop and a modern Butterfly Café, serving freshly prepared hot and cold food and homemade cakes. The Tropical Butterfly House is open daily, year round and is located just 5 minutes from the M1, junction 31.

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The Tropical Butterfly House recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary and, after humble beginnings as a Butterfly House with a few farm animals, has developed into an established Zoo attracting around 100,000 visitors a year.

The park offers a unique opportunity to meet animals from around the world up close, with opportunities to feed and hold many of them too, along with themed shows and encounters, and popular School Holiday events.

2017 Events

mad About madagascar Daily during Easter Holidays Saturday 1st – Sunday 23rd April, 10am – 5.30pm Meet the amazing Madagascan species up close in daily Animal Encounters with talks from specialised keepers at the centre.

Enchanted Fairy Forest Spring Half Term Saturday 27th May – Sunday 4th June, 10am – 5.30pm Magical fun for the young and the young at heart at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre.

Father’s Day bushtucker Challenge (no animals harmed) Sunday 18th June This Father’s Day; children can challenge their fathers to a Bushtucker Challenge with chocolate grubs and sweets with nasty or nice fillings, which will you get?!

Amazing Animals Daily during School Summer Holidays Saturday 22nd July – Tuesday 5th September, 10am – 5.30pm Witness the amazing world of animals at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre. Discover the superhero skills of lemurs, meerkats, owls, snakes and more in close up animal encounters every day of the school holidays!

Visit to plan your visit! Telephone 01909 569416

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Alfredo Jaar 14 october 2017–25 February 2018 This major exhibition by internationally renowned artist Alfredo Jaar shares recent work not shown before in the UK, and coincides with exhibitions and projects that encourage the consideration of the potential of art as protest.

Rana begum Curates the Arts Council Collection 15 July–29 october 2017 Rana Begum is guest curator of a new exhibition from the Arts Council Collection as part of the National Partners Programme.

magdalena Abakanowicz, ten Seated Figures, 2010. Courtesy the artist, Galerie Scheffel, Germany and ySP. Photo © Jonty Wilde

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture. Situated in the 500acre, 18th-century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire. Founded in 1977 by Executive Director Peter Murray, YSP was the first sculpture park in the UK, and is the largest of its kind in Europe, providing the only place in Europe to see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety alongside a significant collection of sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore, and site-specific works by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell.

YSP also mounts a world-class, year-round temporary exhibitions programme.

Simon Armitage, Poet in Residence throughout 2017 As Poet in Residence, Simon Armitage will visit YSP throughout the seasons in 2017 to respond to elements at the Park, from art to landscape, nature to people. He will create new work to be published in the autumn in a pocketsize poetry ‘guide’ and will curate a series of readings and events at YSP with other collaborators. telephone 01924 832631

2017 Exhibitions

tony Cragg: A Rare Category of objects 4 march–3 September 2017 New sculptures, drawings and works drawn from nearly five decades of Cragg’s practice will survey and demonstrate the artist’s pioneering and continued mastery of materials.

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Country Park at yorkshire Sculpture Park. Courtesy ySP. Photo © Jonty Wilde

Come & explore

Skipton Castle Guardian of the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales for over 900 years. This unique fortress is one of the most complete and well-preserved medieval castles in England.

Open every day from 10am(Sun 11am) Last admissions at 5pm (Oct-Mar 4pm) Closed 23-25 Dec Family tickets, Tearoom, Shop, Picnic Area High Street - Large carpark nearby. BD23 1UA Enquiries: 01756 792442

New exhibitions for 2017 Mansions in the Sky Curated by Simon Armitage to mark the bicentenary of Branwell BrontĂŤ.

To Walk Invisible Costumes and pictures from the BBC1 production. For full details please visit

Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD22 8DR 01535 642323 Open Nov-Mar 10am-5pm daily, Apr-Oct 10am-5.30pm. Last tickets sold 30 minutes before closing. Closed in January.

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motHER SHiPton’S CAvE

Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630. It was home to the famous prophetess and the petrifying well still stands as a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. Millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park's natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton's birthplace and her amazing story - she lived some 500 years ago in the reign of Henry VIII. Her prophecies predicted the fates of several rulers within and just after her lifetime, the invention of iron ships, Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada... and even the end of the world!

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The park has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. All children are given a free trail to complete and keep if they wish. Themed events run during school holidays, these change every year and are advertised at Dogs are welcome throughout the estate as long as they are kept on a lead.

Mother Shipton's in Knaresborough has recently opened a new adventure playground, creating an additional activity for children at the popular visitor attraction.

The development comes as part of continued investment into the attraction by owner Fiona Martin.

Fiona said: "I have owned Mother Shipton's since 2011 and we are always looking to improve upon what the park has to offer. There have been lots of changes from small things which enable everything to run smoothly, to much larger projects such as the recent renovation of the Gift Shop and Museum. The existing play area has always been popular, and the new playground creates a much larger and more exciting area for children. It's a big business investment, but it is one we are happy to make as it brings that extra something to the attraction. We are continually looking for ways to develop the business and always listen to what our visitors need and want. We also employ actors during school holidays and hold special events to make the attraction even more magical. Halloween is always very popular.

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Mother Shipton’s Cave is open every day from 10 am to 4.30pm, with last admission at 3.30pm to give visitors enough time to experience the attraction fully. During the SUMMER HOLIDAYS ONLY the park closes later at 5.30pm with last admission 4pm. There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission). School and group visits are welcome, but will need to book ahead. Please note that the park is closed November, December January and February.

2017 events are still being planned so do check the website for updates. telephone: 01423 864600 Website:



It all helps us appeal to visitors as an attraction to visit for a day out, rather than a quick visit to see the petrifying well. Our picnic areas have some of the best views of Knaresborough, views that can only be appreciated from this side of the river.”

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Stump Cross Caverns Amazing natural Show Cave Gift shop, tea room and lecture theatre

the caves are open daily from 10am - 6pm (last admission into the caves is 4.45 pm), from 1st march to 1st December. in the Winter months, viewing is at weekends only, and also during the school holidays at Christmas & February half-term. Prices : Adults £7.50, Children (4-13) £4.95 under 4’s free Greenhow Hill, Pateley bridge, Harrogate, north yorkshire HG3 5JL

tel/Fax: (01756) 752780

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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.


The caves at Stumps Cross were discovered in 1860 by miners who 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 named William Newbould 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.

Remains of Wolverines, a giant member of the weasel family have been discovered at Stump Cross. It is thought that these animals entered the caves looking for food such as Reindeer and Bison, the remains of which have also been found. The Wolverine remains are on display in the visitor's centre.

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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 and the cave was made safe.

neil Simone Painting

Stump Cross is delighted that renowned artist Neil Simone has created a beautiful piece of artwork especially for us. Neil is a Yorkshire based artist whose conceptual paintings have been delighting collectors for more than 40 years. Entirely self-taught he uses complex techniques to create paintings that are truly distinctive and unique. Fusing fact with visionary fantasy Neil’s

Visitors may work up an appetite touring the expansive caves underground, and many visitors find that a meal or drink in the cafe is the perfect way to round off the afternoon and recover their strength!

work continues to expand and evolve, intriguing and captivating audiences the world over.

Telephone 01756 752780

Featured on television and in numerous journalistic reviews Neil has exhibited his work in many leading galleries throughout Britain, Europe and the USA.

The piece entitled “Beneath the Surface” Is a mural that has been installed on the doorway which leads to the outside feature “The fairy Glade.” This 2016 addition to the Stump Cross site, includes additional outdoor seating, with stunning views over the surrounding dales. A miniature Maze, and a fairy dell, where in summer children will be able to pan for gold and dig for gems.

The centre includes spacious tea rooms, serving a variety of meals, cakes and desserts, as well as a wide selection of hot and cold drinks.

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Escape to Lightwater Valley and discover the excitement of five unique attractions set amidst 175 acres of glorious North Yorkshire countryside, along with thrilling seasonal events that are guaranteed to keep the whole family coming back for more.

Join us in June for Superheroes Live! and watch your favourite superheroes on stage as they bust out some serious move and show you their awesome crime fighting skills! Come and meet children's presenter Andy Day for dinosaur fun, facts and music at Andy's Prehistoric Raps on 12 & 13 August or how about learning how to make something new with Mister Maker's Live Show on 26 & 27 August. If you are feeling brave then join us for our annual Halloween spooktacular, Frightwater running from 26 - 29 October 2017.

With over 40 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is bursting with mini, mega and ultimate adventures for the whole family.

For the mini adventurers, jump aboard one of the Eagle's Creek Farm tractors for a fun and entertaining journey around the farm, or enjoy sliding and hanging around in the Soft Play & Café, while Mum and Dad have a well-earned coffee break.

For the mega adventurers, shoot the raging water of the Wild River Rapids, brave the terrifying Falls of Terror or climb aboard The Flying Cutlass for some tummy tickling pirate fun.

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For the ultimate adventurers, be thrown in the air in the grip of our Eagle's Claw and hurtle through some of the deepest, darkest forest aboard Europe's longest roller coaster - The Ultimate or take a spinning ride above the tree tops in Apollo.

Sky Rider

Lightwater Valley is a full day adventure for the whole family; offering great value for money and you'll even find FREE parking!

We also offer Hawk Walks, Owl Experiences Birds Sponsorships, School Talks & Visits

tree top nets - High in the trees giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels made out of netting, suspended 9 metres off the ground telephone 01765 635321

As well as the Theme Park here at Lightwater Valley Attractions you will also find:

Jurassic Adventure Golf - An 18 hole dinosaurthemed golf course.

book online at least 24 hours in advance to save up to 30% with entry for only ÂŁ20 per person.

the ultimate

Lightwater Country Shopping village - enjoy leisurely shopping for ladies and gents' fashion, furnishings, kitchenware, toys and traditional sweets and drinks.

the Granary CafĂŠ - Treat yourself to a morning coffee and croissant, delicious lunch or fabulous afternoon tea.

Lightwater valley Falconry - Offering an amazing and magical experience which all the family will enjoy, with over 50 birds of prey, mammals and reptiles

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WHitE SCAR CAvE 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 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.





First Waterfall

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

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We are already thinking how to mark the centenary in 2023 of the cave’s discovery. A statue of Christopher Long, complete with candle hat, is planned for the cave entrance. He will look out across the valley, enjoying distant views to the sea. A stone tablet will commemorate the efforts of the 1924 and 1991 tunnelling teams, the former from nearby Ingleton and the latter from Cornwall.

The installation in 2013 of fifty square metres of solar panels on the café roof has reduced the carbon footprint of the cave site, which is now a ‘micro-generator’ exporting surplus power to the national grid. In addition, the programme of converting the cave itself to low-energy lighting is reducing carbon emissions, and helping to preserve the natural cave environment by reducing heat output and inhibiting the growth of algae.

From 2017 a new system for managing outflows from the underground river will be in operation. The cave is a member of the International Show Caves Association. White Scar Cave, Ingleton, North Yorkshire LA6 3AW. telephone 015242 41244

Long’s Gallery

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Located in Hull, East Yorkshire, The Deep is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world. We are home to over 3,500 fish including Green sawfish, spectacular sharks and rays; not forgetting our snakes, bugs and colony of Gentoo penguins!

Situated just a 5 minute walk from Hull Marina and a short stroll to the City Centre, The Deep is in the perfect location for visitors to enjoy the City of Hull and all it has to offer as City of Culture for 2017, making it part of a fabulous day out for all.

Let us take you on a journey of the seas - travel through the story of the world's oceans from warm tropical lagoons to the icy cold Antarctic seas. Enjoy the fun and educational interactive and audio-visual presentations which make it a fun filled family day out for all ages.

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Take a walk through our underwater tunnel to admire the stunning marine life swimming right above you, before taking a ride in our glass lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit for some under the sea vibes. Keep your eyes peeled for a sneak peek behind the scenes!

The Deep is an environmental and conservation charity, not for profit and is dedicated to increasing the knowledge and understanding of the world's oceans through its participation in vital research and conservation schemes around the world.

Food & Drink

Castaway's - situated on the 3rd floor, with great views over the Humber, Castaways Café is open from 10am to 5.30pm every day (except 24th and 25th December when The Deep is closed). Offering hot breakfasts (until 11.30am), a range of hot meals and salads (until 3pm), plus

snacks, cakes, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks. Children's meals and special dietary requirements are all catered for. Tables that have been raised for easier wheelchair access are also available within this café. There is a baby feeding station located in this café with bottle and food warming facilities. You don't need an entry ticket to visit the café. In peak times, a snack bar serving light bites is available halfway round the attraction, where there is also a picnic area for visitors to bring their own food.

Half Way cafe - Open during peak periods the Halfway Café is located in the exhibition (next to the Cool Seas). It serves a variety of sandwiches, hot and cold snacks and drinks.

Picnic areas - Picnic benches are located outside of the visitor attraction and a small picnic place area in the exhibition (next to Cool Seas). We cannot guarantee you will always find a table as this area may be used by school parties. We offer a baby warming station in this area.

Sub Zero! - During school holidays pay a visit to our new ice cream parlour - enjoy delicious flavours including Triple Sharkolate (chocolate), Caram-eel (caramel) and Jawberry (strawberry) as well as snacks and drinks.

two Rivers Restaurant - The Deep is home to the superb Two Rivers restaurant. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7pm, dine with the sharks and experience spectacular views all around whilst enjoying a freshly prepared menu sourced from locally produced ingredients. Guests can enjoy a two or three course meal from a modern and contemporary menu created with local produce. We also offer an exclusive private dining experiences in our glass viewing tunnel; find out more on the website. telephone 01482 381000

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Royal Armouries museum, Leeds

2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. The museum was built on a brown field site and has had a major impact on the physical regeneration of this area of the city. Leeds Dock is now a thriving urban hub with bars, restaurants and businesses situated around the picturesque dock area.

Dominating the scene is the imposing national museum building, which houses one of the finest collections of arms and armour in the world. It was purpose-built to showcase the nation’s treasures in five stunning galleries – War, Tournament, Oriental, Self Defence, Hunting – plus the magnificent Hall of Steel.

The collections contain weapons and armour of warriors through the ages from early medieval knights to the modern-day soldier. There are treasures from around the globe including the Ottoman Empire, the Americas,

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History comes to life with live performances and combat demonstrations

Authentic medieval jousting tournament in the heart of the city

A magnificent massed display of arms and armour in the Hall of Steel

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One of the key roles of the Royal Armouries has been to bring history to life and make it engaging and accessible for everyone. Our highly experienced interpretation team deliver up to 8 performances a day. Through story-telling and interactive history, including live combat demonstrations and object handling sessions, visitors will come face to face with warriors through the ages.

There are special events throughout the year from the international jousting tournament at Easter (14-17 April 2017) to the poignant Remembrance service and poppy drop in November. In between there are fascinating exhibitions and themed weekends focusing on historical periods as diverse as the Saxons and the English Civil Wars. School holidays are packed with activities for all the family from have-a-go archery to falconry flying displays to crafts and museum trails.

treasures of the collection: Elephant armour

The museum’s study days, conferences, talks and tours give a more in-depth perspective to the subject of arms and armour.

Check the website for more details of the events programme and to explore the collection on line.



Europe, Japan and India to name but a few. Highlights of a visit must include the fabulous arms and armour of the Japanese shoguns, the royal houses of Europe and the kings of England including Henry VIII who reigns supreme in the Tournament Gallery.

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English Civil Wars display in the War Gallery

opening hours Open daily 10am – 5pm (Closed 24, 25 & 26 December) Admission prices FREE ADmiSSion Some activities carry a small charge. Royal Armouries Museum Armouries Drive Leeds LS10 1LT

treasures of the collection: Henry viii’s tonlet armour






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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. 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. From May 1944, the base became unique in Bomber Command as the only one to be operated by another nationality, with the formation of two French Squadrons, 346 Guyenne and 347 Tunisie. The former commenced operations on the eve of the DDay Landings, attacking targets on the Normandy coast.

The excellent ‘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. 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 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, restored Control Tower, Archives Display and much more.

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the historic WWii Dakota fires into life!!

Freshly repainted tornado GR4 as currently in frontline service © Derek mook

Well received by visitors during 2016 was the striking new ‘Gas Bags to Super Zeppelins – Terror From the Skies’ exhibition. This WWI focused display charts the birth of the mighty airships and their use as a weapon of war, and includes many fascinating illustrations, artefacts and human stories of the period.

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 Meteor and 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 takes part in our regular “Thunder Day’s” along with the Blackburn Buccaneer and Victor.

New for 2017 will be the striking French Mirage IVA strategic nuclear bomber, arriving in Spring. It will be the only example of its type on display outside of France making it a very rare exhibit amongst our historic collection.

Now, thanks to the supreme efforts of our Aircraft Engineering teams, we have fulfilled our ambition to have live propeller driven aircraft within the collection. These are the WWI SE5a and Eastchurch Kitten fighters; the legendary WWII Douglas C-47 ‘Dakota’ and post war De Havilland Devon twin prop VIP Transport aircraft. To see and hear these historic aircraft fire up along with the big jets as mentioned above is something not to be missed. (Subject to serviceability at the time.)

the evocative WWi bi-planes at one of our events.

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nimrod mR2 xv250 thrills the crowds at “thunder Day”

The Yorkshire Air Museum prides itself on being the unique Allied Air Forces Memorial, now officially recognised as such by the European Union. 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, with 18 exhibitions housed mostly in original, carefully preserved wartime buildings, making us the largest former WWII Bomber Command station open to the public.

There really is something for everybody here, from the tranquil Memorial Gardens to all the aircraft and exhibits. 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 regular “Thunder Days” with the powering up of our ‘live’ aircraft; the ”Golden Era” Vintage Motorcycle Run featuring an impressive gathering of pre 1931 motorcycles, with many over 100 years old and our impressive Allied Air Forces Memorial Day in September, which is an international commemoration day at which many Nations and Service Associations are represented. Other events also take place during the year, so check our website and social media channels.

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Telephone: 01904 608595 Web: email: Follow on Twitter: @air_museum and find on Facebook.

the colourful Allied Air Forces memorial Day Parade.

the atmospheric, historic site and wartime Control tower. (image courtesy of John Smith)

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Memorial Fund. It is the table where Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were written and where the Brontë sisters shared their work with each other. A real writer’s table, it bears ink stains and candle burns and, as one of the most important literary artefacts of the 19th century, is a must see for anyone interested in the Brontës and their work.




Personal items on display include Emily’s paint box, Charlotte’s sewing box, pebbles collected by Anne, a comb used by Emily and the bonnet worn by Charlotte on her wedding day.

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Set in the picturesque village of Haworth against the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire moors, Haworth Parsonage was the home of the Brontë family from 1820 to 1861 and the place where Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote their great novels. Now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, it houses the world’s largest collection of Brontë furniture, clothes and personal possessions and offers an inspirational and evocative experience for people of all ages. Items on display include letters, notebooks and household artefacts. Visitors are always fascinated to see how tiny the sisters’ handwriting was, with the ‘Little Books’ being a favourite exhibit for many. The Brontë family dining table, which was sold by auction following Patrick Brontë’s death in 1861, returned to the Parsonage recently thanks to a generous award from the National Heritage

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The Museum presents a regularly changing programme of exhibitions, contemporary arts events and family activities. During 2017, the Brontë Society is marking the bicentenary of the birth of Branwell Brontë with a wide range of special events. Poet Simon Armitage has curated a special exhibition, Mansions in the Sky, which explores Branwell through a series of objects and a dramatic recreation of his room. The exhibition also features a series of new poems

written by Armitage in response to the troubled Brontë brother and an audio installation of students reading a poem that Branwell sent to William Wordsworth in 1837.

Also on display during 2017 are costumes, props and behind the scenes images from the BBC’s acclaimed drama To Walk Invisible.

branwell’s room as it is presented during 2017

The Museum is open daily from 10am except 24 - 27 December and during January. Full details can be found at or you can follow the Brontë Parsonage Museum on facebook and twitter.

Dining Room - © the brontë Society telephone 01535 642323

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Dales Countryside Museum tells the fascinating story of the Yorkshire Dales and the people who have lived and worked here and shaped the landscape for thousands of years. With loads of fun and interesting things for visitors of all ages to see and do, the Museum offers the chance to discover what is so unique about the Yorkshire Dales and make your visit to the area really special.

Seeing amazing and precious objects such as our Bronze Age spearhead and Viking gold ring.

Crafty fun for kids of all ages in the 'Creation Station'.



Highlights include: Stepping back in time to find out why creatures like rhinos, elephants and hippos once roamed the area.

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Following the Hidden Secrets QR code trail around the galleries and sculpture walk.

more than just displays As well as our galleries showcasing objects from the weird to the wonderful, we also have a programme of special exhibitions that offer something new to see and a range of exciting events and activities, giving you the chance to roll up your sleeves and try something different! You can also find out all there is to do and places to stay in the Yorkshire Dales from the National Park Centre onsite.

For those wishing to delve deeper into the history of the Yorkshire Dales we have a wellresourced research room and can also offer wide-ranging educational services.

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it's not just us that thinks we're great! Since 2012 the museum has been awarded the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme mark. This is a quality assurance scheme, managed by VisitEngland, which ensures high quality experiences at tourist attractions. Firebox café and cycle hire are now available on sit. 0300 456 0030

Open All Year Round

Set in 50 acres of the beautiful Peak District National Park Beautiful Nature Trail Historic Deer Park Tearoom & Gift Shop

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Get even closer to the animals wi th our Keeper Ex perience • 16 species of Owls • Deer • Polecats • Harvest Mice • Scottish wildcat • Red Fox • Otters • Pine Martens

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Derbyshire Museum of the Year 2011, 2012 and 2016

visit our beautiful Georgian house and gardens and our local history displays. Discover the fascinating history of Dalby House and its residents, or enjoy a bite to eat in our tea Room. telephone - 0115 907 1141 Entry free- no charge to visit the museum

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FoRt PAuLL Set in over 10 acres on the banks of the Humber Estuary FORT PAULL combines 500 years of Hands on History with enough facilities to provide a full day out for all the family. Explore the multitude of underground rooms and tunnels and see the fantastic exhibits and waxworks. Roam through the grounds in safety and visit the many artillery pieces and military vehicles and the exhibit rooms found in the old accommodation blocks.

Let the children loose in the large play areas ,while you relax in the Dukes of York fully licensed Bar and Café set in the old engine house or visit the Berliner Tea Rooms where you can sit on a restaurant car which served the troops for 50 years.

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British Berliner Military Train - 1945-1991 Following the end of hostilities in 1945 Germany was divided into four zones, one each occupied by the French, British, American and Soviet forces. In a similar manner, the city of Berlin was divided, with the three western zones remaining under Western control, with East Berlin becoming the capital city of the fledgling German Democratic Republic (or GDR).

The GDR was territory occupied by the Soviets, and considerable efforts were made during the 1940s to force the Western Allies to abandon their rights of access to West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade of 1948/1949 was imposed by the Soviets and prevented any access by water, road

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or rail between West Berlin and West Germany. This was overcome by the "Luftbrücke" or "Aerial Bridge", an operation which saw the provision of essential supplies airlifted to West Berlin. As it became clear that the Berlin Blockade was fruitless as a way of forcing the Western Allies' hand, and land access rights were re-established, it became essential for the Allies to demonstrate the continuous need for and use of these rights.

The British Military Train had its beginnings during this uncertain and unsecure period in European history. During this time, the British established several rail routes from the North Sea coast through their zone of West Germany and on to Berlin, to service and provide for the troops that were stabled there. The need to run services every day was an essential defence of their rights of access between West Germany and West Berlin.

Following the British Forces establishment of Air Trooping across North West Europe, there was no longer any need for rail services to the coast. The British Military Train was then truncated to its eventual route of Braunschweig to Berlin via the border crossing points of Helmstedt and Marienborn. New rolling stock followed in the late 1960s, and the service continued to run every day except December 25th. Events unfolding in East Germany in 1989 finally culminated in the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification of Germany. The reason for the existence of the British Military Train had disappeared, and the final routine service operated on 1st October 1990.

Nearly twenty five years since the last British Military Train operated, all of the rolling stock used has been either sold, scrapped or rebuilt with one exception.

This single original coach survives, a restaurant card built specifically for use on this service in 1967 by Wegmann in Kassel, Germany. It has a fully original interior and has never been used for any other railway purpose than the operation of the BMT between Braunschweig and Berlin Charlottenburg; thus it represents the last tangible link to the tradition and history of the British Military Train, the staff who operated the service across the Iron Curtain and the many tens of thousands of passengers that travelled on board.

It is now located at the Fort Paull Military Museum near Hull, but is succumbing to the North Sea climate and urgently needs thorough external restoration. The original paint finish has cracked and weathered, leaving the steel coach body and framework open to attack from the elements. The museum itself has almost no funds to pay for the restoration of this unique railway vehicle.

The very last "Berliner" ran on 7th February 1991, as a commemorative special to celebrate almost five decades of continual service between West Germany and West Berlin. Following this run, the rolling stock was handed back to the

German authorities and dispersed amongst private operators and museums.

Events for 2017

April 16th Sunday American Classic Car Rally All Things Americana take over the Fort for this extremely popular event.

April Sunday 23rd Classic and Vintage Car Rally. Marvel at the fantastic variety of cars old and classic for this grand day out.

mAy bAnK HoLiDAy Sunday 30th April & monday 1st of may: World War II Spectacular Weekend.

June Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th The Claymores Scottish Highlanders. Fantastic Historical Displays and fun for all from this much respected group offering an insight into the weapons and methods used during the Lace wars.

June Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th Cowboys A first time event for the Cowboys at Fort Paull Dress the Kids up As their Favourite Cowboy and Cowgirl and come and enjoy Yee Haa!

August Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th Pirates a great weekend for all the family 3rd year at the fort. Come see the Pirates and sing there shanties,

August bank holiday Sunday 27th & monday 28th Knights in battle. Swords and Shields, Bows and Arrows aplenty as the brilliant Knights in Battle return for their annual feasting and fighting.

September Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd Miniature Stationary Engines and Traction Engine Rally

Shop for gifts and souvenirs at the Gift Shop & Military Art Gallery.

Or visit the military surplus shop and shooting gallery (Sundays and bank holidays only during season ). telephone 01482 896236

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SHEFFiELD inDuStRiAL muSuEmS 3 inspiring Places, 1 Steel Story

Sheffield Industrial Museums are the showcase of Sheffield’s industrial story from early industrialisation to modern times where ‘Made In Sheffield’ remains a mark of craftsmanship and quality known worldwide. Enjoy a great family day out full of nostalgia and innovation! Kelham island museum Located in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, Kelham Island Museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old. Our interactive galleries tell the story of light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production. Learn what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution and follow the sights and sounds of progress through the Victorian era and two world wars to discover how steel making forged the city of today and its impact on the modern world!

Don’t miss ‘The Millowners Arms’, the exhibition complete with traditional bar, which celebrates Sheffield’s brewing heritage. Be sure to catch the mighty River Don Engine in steam – the most powerful working steam engine remaining in Europe, as well as the reconstructed ‘Little Mesters’ street with resident workshops.

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In 2016 Kelham Island Museum became Power Island as part of our new Heritage Lottery project - Sheffield 1916: Steel, Steam & Power. Inspired by the River Don Engine, a mighty steam engine built to roll armour plate for the Dreadnought warships that fought at the largest naval battle of the First World War, the Battle of Jutland, the project’s new displays and exhibitions explain the major role Sheffield played in shipbuilding and tells the fascinating story of steam power.

major events during 2017 include the 1940s Wartime Weekend & Vintage Fayre – 8th/9th July, Down by the Riverside – 24th September and the 25th Victorian Christmas Market – 2nd/ 3rd December.

Abbeydale industrial Hamlet Catch a unique glimpse of life at home and at work at a scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century. Abbeydale Works was once a producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. It is now a group of Grade I and II* listed buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. See workers houses, waterwheels, workshops, tilt hammers, a grinding hull and the last complete surviving crucible steel furnace in the UK!

The Heritage Lottery Fund project to revitalise the Hamlet is now complete and visitors can enjoy the new ‘All About Abbeydale’ gallery, craft workshops, cafe, shop and learning centre. Heritage Buildings have been brought back to life with displays and interactives and machinery and waterwheels restored. One of the restored waterwheels can be seen in action every Wednesday. A new Abbeydale Explorer App is available, which can be either downloaded on your own mobile device or used on one of our tablets.

Abbeydale Living History

major events at the Hamlet in 2017 include the ‘Festival Forge In’ in association with the British Artist Blacksmith Association and National Mills Weekend – 13th / 14th May.

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Shepherd Wheel

Shepherd Wheel Workshop Set in the picturesque valley of the Porter Brook, Shepherd Wheel is a unique working example of Sheffield’s knife grinding industry.

This water-powered workshop dates back to the 1500s and displays the tools of the trade for cutlery grinding. See the restored waterwheel and machinery in action and hear stories about the grinders who worked there over the centuries at this Grade II listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Kelham island museum - River Don Engine

major events at Shepherd Wheel in 2017 include National Mills Weekend - 13th / 14th May and Heritage Open Days - 9th / 10th September. telephone 0114 272 2106

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Over 80 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 filmed sequences for the big screen film  of The Testament of Youth starring   Alica Vikander

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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Get kitted out and prepare for a unique day out at the National Coal Mining Museum for England!

Explore a world below the surface and descend 140m underground to discover the dark depths of one of Britain’s oldest coalmines. Led by a real Miner, visitors can embark on a journey back through time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of working in a coalmine. The adventure continues above ground with a visit to the stables to meet pit ponies, Eric and Ernie and Clydesdale horse, Finn.

When the sun is shining bright, take a stroll around the picturesque nature trail or let the children explore the outdoor playground. Don’t forget to pack some snacks and take a seat in the picnic area for lunch.

When it’s time to head indoors, visit the original colliery buildings and galleries. This year will see a variety of exhibitions exploring the power of words and music from pit dialect and storytelling including free monthly events.

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The Museum is packed with activities throughout the year including Wacky Wednesdays for under 5s and craft fairs packed with treasures and gifts.

8 - 23 April 2017 - Drop in 1pm-4pm Celebrate Easter like it’s 1947! Come along to make an Easter bonnet and a vesting day flag. Join the egg rolling competition on Easter Sunday and meet some of the historical characters who will be popping up around site.

27 May – 4 June 2017 - Times: Drop in 1pm4pm See how your allotment grows! Take part in nature crafts and find out about miners’ allotments.

The Miners’ Memorial Garden, which opened in November 2015, is free to enjoy for all visitors. The Garden celebrates and commemorates the lives of those who were part of the industry, including the close-knit families and communities who supported the miners.

The Memorial Garden has been built within an open grassed area at the Museum’s Hope Pit, located on site at Caphouse Colliery. The garden has been designed as a place for quiet contemplation and reflection, allowing visitors to share their memories of what coal mining has meant to individuals, families and the local area over many generations.

When the cold months are upon us, Santa arrives at the Museum treating families to a winter wonderland in his grotto. In addition to this magical experience, families can enjoy the pocket panto, festive craft workshops and delicious Christmas lunches. Plus, groups can enjoy a special corporate party night to celebrate the season with a difference!

Admission to the Museum is FREE. For details about special events throughout the year, please visit or call 01924 848806.

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Visit the house where the young James Cook came to serve his seaman’s apprenticeship.

The handsome 17th century house on the harbour belonged to Cook’s master, the Quaker shipowner, John Walker. It was here in the attic that the family lodged their apprentices when not at sea serving the London coal trade. The Museum’s rich collection celebrates Cook’s achievements and the work of those who sailed with him – sailors, scientists and artists.

See letters in Cook’s own hand, original paintings and drawings, ship models and maps, and strange objects from newly discovered lands. From the bleak Antarctic ocean to the fertile beauty of Pacific islands, all Europe was fascinated by the images and objects brought back. Discover how Cook became a household name in Britain and beyond, and his voyages a model for others to follow.

Special Exhibition 2017

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Kamchatka to Krakatoa, the Cook voyages in Asia The exhibition explores the little known Asian parts of the Cook voyages. His ships sailed the length of the coast from the snow-capped volcanoes of Kamchatka in Siberia (shown below), to the slumbering island of Krakatoa.

The voyage artist John Webber made the earliest record by a European artist of life in these regions, including the volcanic Krakatoa before it exploded in 1883.

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A national walking, cycling and horse riding route across the north of England with over 370 miles for you to enjoy. From coast to coast, Southport to Hornsea, with links to Kirkburton, Leeds, Chesterfield and York. Tel: 01226 772574 Facebook: TransPennineTrail Twitter:Â TPT_National

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An AWARD WinninG WALKinG, CyCLinG AnD HoRSE RiDinG RoutE CoASt-to-CoASt ACRoSS tHE noRtH oF EnGLAnD

Passing through unbroken sands, relaxing reservoirs, quiet country lanes, quaint villages and bustling towns and cities, you’ll find it all and more along the award winning Trans Pennine Trail (TPT).

From the majestic Seamark feature at Southport, the TPT will take you along the disused Cheshire Lines railway and onto the Liverpool Loop Line. Arriving in the city you will enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the Pier Head, an area recently redeveloped. Next take a stroll through the picturesque Sefton Park, before heading east along the River Mersey taking in the wonderful views as you go. The trail then leads through the quaint village of Hale, where you will see first-hand, the Mersey Gateway Bridge, a phenomenal engineering project quickly taking shape,.



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Canals and railway paths then take you on further on your journey. You will travel through Warrington and Trafford, onto a winding riverside path along the Mersey to Manchester, passing Chorlton Sale Water Parks and Stockport as you go. Here you can pay a visit to the unique Hat Museum and Air Raid Caves.

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The leafy Tame Valley accommodates the TPT until it reaches the western fringe of the Pennines and through Hadfield, home of TV’s League of Gentlemen. The dramatic scenery of the Longdendale Valley, with its five reservoirs and the former Woodhead Railway, take you to the outskirts of Barnsley and the wonderful market town of Penistone. Travelling east from Penistone the Trail uses the old packhorse route through Oxspring into the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley. Here visitors can enjoy an array of attractions including Worsbrough Mill and Country Park, Elsecar Heritage Centre and RSPB’s Old Moor reserve before continuing onto Doncaster.

From Barnsley, there is the option to venture north or south (as well as continuing eastwards) to explore more of the Trail. From Penistone, you can travel north to Kirkburton via the spectacular Royd Moor viewing point. Alternatively, why not explore the delights of Wakefield’s wonderful Anglers Country Park or Stanely Ferry Marina. Spend time meandering along the Aire Calder Navigation before heading up into Leeds where many cultural attractions await, including the spectacular Royal Armouries Museum.

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Travelling south from Barnsley you will also find many wonderful things in store. The route through Rotherham takes in the Magna Centre and Rother Valley Country Park. At these family attractions you can enjoy a full day of activities before journeying along the Five Weirs Walk, into the heart of Sheffield and to the stunning Cobweb Bridge. From Rotherham the disused Beighton to Staveley railway gives you two route options into Chesterfield where you’ll be amazed by the town’s crooked spire church.

If you’re continuing your journey eastwards from Barnsley you’ll follow the Dearne Valley, passing Conisbrough Castle and the dramatic views of the old railway viaduct, spanning the Don Gorge and the River Don. Traffic free paths and quiet lanes then take the TPT northwards, running through sleepy villages, along the New Junction Canal to Braithwaite and Sykehouse, before joining the canal towpath for the last few miles into Selby.

While there Selby’s abbey is certainly worth a visit. From here there are two route options before you; either head north into the city of York using the York / Selby railway path, complete with a scale model of the solar system

or continue on to the coast. This direction leads along the banks of the River Ouse and River Humber while cyclists and horse riders travel on sleepy country lanes inland.

After passing underneath the mighty Humber Bridge, Kingston upon Hull awaits. The city is steeped in maritime history and leads you onto the final part of your journey, along the disused Hornsea railway path. After passing the large freshwater lake at Hornsea Mere you arrive at the seaside town of Hornsea where our eastern Seamark feature spectacularly marks the end of your journey. So, what are you waiting for….. give it a try, soon. telephone: 01226 772574

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A Great three Days 11th - 13th July 2017

England’s premier rural event, the Great Yorkshire Show will take place from Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 July 2017 for what will be the 159th show. With a mix of exciting entertainment, top class animals competing for the prestigious awards, hands on activities and plenty of shopping opportunities, it’s always a superb event.

Each year around 130,000 people head for the event at the showground on the edge of the spa town of Harrogate – a clear endorsement that its reputation as the “best of the best” is well deserved.

It is a “must” for farmers the length and breadth of the UK and beyond. For many it is the culmination of months of work as they pit their livestock against the finest for the coveted championship awards. And for others it’s a well earned break away from the pressures of farming life to see the latest industry technology as well as catch up with friends and on agriculture’s hot topics.



Supreme beef champion, a 3 year old Limousin heifer brockhurst Heavenly, owned by W J and m mash of Stirling, Scotland and shown by Dougie mcbeth

The show lifts the lid on rural life and centres around the main ring at the heart of the 100 acre site. This year visitors are in for a special equine extravaganza with displays each day from Yorkshire-based Atkinsons Action Horses - the team behind the equine stars in the two hugely successful TV series, “Poldark” and also “Victoria”. Around the showground visitors can also enjoy:

•Thousands of animals competing in the classes ranging from rabbits to racehorses and award winning livestock •Around 1,200 stands with everything from combine harvesters to country clothing

•Exciting demonstrations including horse shoeing, sheep shearing and artists showcasing their work

•Top class showjumping with international riders •Horticultural heaven including show gardens

Pig of the year

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•Delicious regional food and demonstrations from leading chefs


•Cutting edge fashion on the catwalk from high street names and the region’s top fashion students

The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society as part of its yearround work supporting agriculture and caring for the countryside.

Ripon Select Foods Cock o’the north Winner, Laura Renwick of Essex riding Heliodor Hybris

the Great yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, north yorkshire

Parking is free and extensive. Please note dogs other than assistance dogs are not allowed on the showground. Advanced Prices until Weds 5 July

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Kelham island museum

16 -17 Apr    8 - 9 July    24 Sept 2 - 3 December

Hot Cross Bunnies Easter Hunt 1940s Wartime Weekend | Vintage Fayre Down by the Riverside Festival 25th Victorian Christmas Market

Abbeydale industrial Hamlet

16 Apr    13 -14 may    23 July 22 october

Easter Sunday Handcrafted Egg Hunt Festival Forge in uK Homefront Get Creative with our Artist makers

Shepherd Wheel

13 - 14 may 9 - 10 September

national mills Weekend Heritage open Days


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National Museum of Arms & Armour

Open daily 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm | Free admission | Leeds LS10 1LT

Daily combat demonstrations and performances School Holiday Events | Study Days | Exhibitions

WINDOWS TO ANOTHER WORLD Discover a new view of life in this powerful medieval monastery.

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