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Left to right: Glorious sunny days out at Castle Howard near York. Family fun at Byland Abbey. Cycling days out in the Yorkshire Wolds.

Welcome At this time of year our county radiates beauty, whether you’re heading for the moors, cities, dales or coast. There is a whole host of things to see and enjoy this summer. You could head to the famous Yorkshire seaside with the family, visit one of the many beautiful stately homes and gardens, take in one of the summer racing festivals at one of our nine top class venues, or tackle a challenging cycle route – the possibilities are endless. From the county’s fantastic attractions to its breath-taking natural beauty, there’s something for everyone. The only problem you’ll face will be fitting it all in! I hope you enjoy exploring Yorkshire for yourself.

Commanding castles, atmospheric moorland, abbeys, grand country estates and an inspiring programme of live action events – Yorkshire has it all. Experience centuries of history brought to life through spectacular views of Scarborough Castle, the splendour of the Victorian country home at Brodsworth Hall or the enchanting ambience of Byland Abbey Inn and its welcoming tea room. Whether you love the city, coast or country you can always step into a great part of Yorkshire’s story.

Gary Verity Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire

Cover images clockwise from top left: Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. Whitby Abbey. Ice cream in Scarborough © Richard Wood. Malham Cove. Building sandcastles in Bridlington © Visit Hull & East Yorkshire. Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield. Rievaulx Abbey.

Liz Page Historic Properties Director North, English Heritage

Golden coast When it comes to natural wonders, Yorkshire is particularly gifted. Along with the county’s three national parks, there’s another natural wonder that can sometimes be overlooked our wonderful coast. Scarborough

Stunning scenery, glorious beaches and loads to see and do; Scarborough is a constant family favourite. With its famous castle overlooking the twin bays, beach holidays don’t come any better.


You’ll love the friendly atmosphere of this Edwardian English seaside town, with its quirky shops, intriguing museum and glorious sweep of soft, golden sandy beach where it’s perfect to take a walk, fly a kite or build a sandcastle.


The family, the foodie, the shopper, the history buff, the culture vulture: there’s definitely something for everyone in Bridlington with its elegant award winning promenades, glorious golden beaches, an historic harbour, and a fascinating arty Old Town.



Dominated by the cliff-top ruins of Whitby Abbey, this traditional fishing town has retained its old cobbled streets, quaint houses and pristine beach. Fish and chips and ice cream; history and culture; vampires and Goths: it’s all on offer in Whitby.

Robin Hood’s Bay

This amazing village clings to the cliffs and appears to defy gravity as the twisting, turning cobbled streets fall away to the sea and was once a smuggler’s paradise. You can venture along the beach or cliff path and return along a disused railway.


A lovely cottage-strewn village set against a backdrop of cliffs and meandering streams. It’s a hotspot for surfers, too.


Runswick Bay

This delightful seaside village has always been a favourite of artists and holidaymakers. Red-roofed cottages, sheltered from the northern winds by the crag of Lingrow Knowle, cascade down the cliffs to the seafront.



Take yourself on a bracing walk up Bempton chalk cliffs – at over 650 feet, they’re Britain’s highest. It’s a world famous seabird colony and the skies are filled with puffins, gannets and guillemots.

Spurn Head

Ravenscar’s high sea cliffs offer a fabulous view towards Robin Hood’s Bay. The village is famed for its geological remains, including its rich fossil beds.

A long, narrow, crooked finger of sand reaches out from the Holderness coast across the mouth of the mighty River Humber. This is Spurn, one of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s most iconic nature reserves.



Clinging precipitously to the cliffs, Staithes was once one of the largest fishing ports on the North East coast. This village’s unique charm, with its huddled cottages, towering cliffs and choppy sea, has long been a powerful draw for those interested in fine art, geology and getting back to nature.


Travel further south and the scenery is equally dramatic at Flamborough. Try a spectacular cliff top walk, where foaming waves crash against towering cliffs.

The seaside town of Hornsea is perfect for a family day out, with a lovely sandy beach, a busy promenade to stroll along, amusements and plenty of attractions for all the family.


This cosy coastal haven, with its relaxed seaside atmosphere, is the perfect location for a short family break. The flat rural landscape surrounding the town offers magnificent sweeping views.

Left to right: Runswick Bay © www.chrismaguirephotography. co.uk. Amazing sunny panoramas in Whitby © Richard Wood. Flamborough Lighthouse. Surfing on the Yorkshire Coast. Family fun on Bridlington beach © VHEY.



English Heritage events We have an amazing programme of events, activities and experiences to entertain all the family over the coming months that will give you countless reasons to visit our properties across Yorkshire this season.  Whether you are after the thrill and thunder of a Medieval Tournament, the noise and atmosphere of a Viking invasion or the spectacle of a castle under siege, we will have something for all tastes this year. Highlights include Scarborough Castle under Siege in August as the forces of Parliament attempt to wrest control from the determined Royalists. The Sealed Knot re-enactors will bring the event to life in one of our largest and ambitious events of the year.

skills tested and helmets battered as these skilled men are put to the test in each nail-biting round.    Accompanying the larger events will be a number of theatre performances at sites including Mount Grace Priory, Helmsley Castle and Barnard Castle hosting performances ranging from classic adaptions of Pride and Prejudice to the contemporary children’s fiction of Mr Stink. During the school holidays we will have hands on activities for kids, the perfect excuse for all the family to enjoy a day out to one of our amazing sites.


A couple of events taking place this summer are:

Dracula Sat 2 May, 25 Jul, 1 Aug, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug Performances at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm Whitby Abbey Think you know the story of Dracula? Think again. To truly understand Bram Stoker’s gothic icon, you need to hear his tale in the setting of the writer’s inspiration, Whitby Abbey. Take in the gothic splendour of one of the most atmospheric abbeys in England, as three actors bring the famous story of Dracula to life before your eyes. Promenade performances suitable for children aged 8 and above.

Victorian Explorers Fun & Games Scarborough Castle under Siege

Tues 26 – Fri 29 May 11am – 5pm, Brodsworth Hall

Join us this May at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens and enjoy traditional Victorian entertainment. Each week will have a different theme exploring elements of Victorian life, this half term tell the kids to leave their computer games at home and let them get their hands on some traditional Victorian games. On Throughout the summer visitors to Brodsworth the immaculate lawns of Brodsworth Hall, children Hall will be able to meet different characters from will be able to play croquet, skittles, giant chess and the 1860s household, from our head groom and many more. While the children play, the grown ups housekeeper to cook and gardener. Whilst every can take in Brodsworth’s stunning restored Victorian Sunday during the summer we will present a Gardens and then treat the family to an ice cream programme of music suitable for all the family.                                                                                             from the tea room. And at Richmond Castle you will be able to marvel at our noble knights as they take on the ultimate Go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/events for medieval contest. Swords will be wielded, archery more information on our 2015 events programme. Sink your teeth into performances of Dracula throughout the summer, where we will bring the gothic splendour of Whitby Abbey to life.   



Stately homes Yorkshire has the highest concentration of stately homes, castles and gardens in England and this ensures that there are a whole host of ideas for great days out with something to suit everyone. Inside the beautiful Victorian country house of Brodsworth Hall, time really does stand still. Almost everything has been left exactly as it was when it was still a family home. Visitors can share lazy summer Sunday afternoons enjoying the sounds of local brass bands, while children can let off steam in the adventure playground. One of the finest regency country house stately homes in North Yorkshire, Scampston Hall contains many fine works of art, furniture and porcelain, not forgetting an award-winning Walled Garden which is a stunningly beautiful, contemporary garden, quite unlike any other. Castle Howard is a magnificent stately home and garden near York. Grand interiors, gardens and an adventure playground make for a

great family day out; why not have a ride on the land-train or take a summer boat trip whilst there. Set in the Vale of York, Beningbrough Hall is the perfect location for works from the National Portrait Gallery. Inside the Italian-inspired house you’ll find the interactive galleries of Making Faces – 18th century style, where you can discover history and portraiture, and even sit for a 21st century digital portrait. Newby Hall and Gardens near Ripon has one of Britain’s finest Adam interiors with Chippendale furniture, Gobelin tapestries and a contemporary sculpture park. The exciting adventure garden has everything from a paddling pool for toddlers through to climbing frames, bridges and an aerial slide for the older children.

Left to right: East Riddlesden Hall near Keighley. Stunning floral displays at Newby Hall near Ripon. Beningbrough Hall near York © National Trust images/John Millar. Brodsworth Hall and Gardens near Doncaster. Castle Howard. Enjoy a day out at Ripley Castle.



Fascinating, memorable and entertaining, Ripley Castle and Gardens, situated 3 miles from Harrogate, is an historic attraction offering special tours of the castle for children, designed to be amusing and fun and a children’s play trail in the parkland. There’s a pond, ducks, swans, trees and seclusion at East Riddlesden Hall near Keighley. The house is furnished in 17th century style and is riddled with intriguing artefacts (the booby-trapped treasure-casket is a thrill), but if the kids need exercise, the gardens and landscapes are filled with human scale fun. One of the most fascinating country houses, Burton Constable Hall near Hull is a large Elizabethan mansion set in a 300 acre park with nearly 30 rooms open. Take refreshments in the tea room or bring your own picnic and relax on the lawns. For the more energetic, why not take advantage of a free to use Parkland Experience Pack (complete with bug collector, magnifying glass, binoculars and orienteering map) and explore magnificent parkland, pastures and wild fowl lakes. Staying in East Yorkshire, Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens is a great YORKSHIRE.COM/HERITAGE

day out for all the family. Whether you’re interested in the hall, with its magnificent architecture and impressive collection of art, the beautiful award winning gardens, or the woodland sculpture walk and giant games, you’ll find something for everyone. Visit the bird garden, see penguins, flamingos and owls and don’t miss the adventure playground at Harewood House near Leeds! Inside the house, you can learn about history and have fun while you’re doing it. Make sure you leave time to explore the corridors Below Stairs - a place where young kitchen hands can dress up and discover life as a servant. Nostell Priory is a Palladian mansion set in a large park near Wakefield. Besides the renowned Robert Adam interiors and Chippendale furniture in the house, the gardens, woodland and lakeside walks and exciting adventure playground are a must. Temple Newsam is one of the great country houses of England, set within grand and beautiful parkland with one of the largest working rare breed’s farms in Europe, that has over 400 animals.


Summer racing Racing is very much a sport for all the family to enjoy, emphasised by a host of ‘Family Days’ mainly during the summer. There are attractions for young racegoers while the rest of the family relaxes, has a bite to eat and enjoys the action. Under 18’s gain free entry at most racecourses when accompanied by an adult. Thirsk Racecourse stages 16 days of competitive racing during 2015, with nearly all fixtures having an interesting theme, from Irish Day on May 16 through to the ever-popular Ladies’ Day on September 5. The seasonal highlights include the totepool.com sponsored Thirsk Hunt Cup and Thirsk Summer Cup racedays. Thirsk will once again host the James Herriot ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Family Day on August 17 and Family Treasure Hunt Day on the May 27. The blend of award winning modern grandstands, listed buildings and manicured lawns set the scene for the best of racedays at York Racecourse. Under 18s cannot bet, but can share the excitement of picking a winner! York hosts many events and activities for children on racedays, including The Music Showcase Weekend on July 24-25 and The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival on August 19-22. Exciting action and a unique atmosphere are combined to give you a great day out at Catterick Racecourse. For children, there’s an indoor play area and outdoor playground and during the summer holidays and on Saturday afternoons, additional attractions keep younger racegoers entertained. Don’t miss Family Day on August 26! Ripon Racecourse is known as Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’, renowned for its colourful flowerbeds and well-kept lawns. Very much a family racecourse, hosting an array of racedays with lots of family entertainment including a visit from the National Festival Circus on August 3 and Riggamoor Reindeer Mini Farm on the Bank Holiday meeting. Ripon starts the Go Racing in Yorkshire Festival on July 18.


Yorkshire’s premier National Hunt Racecourse is home to some of the most competitive races staged throughout the jumps racing calendar. The jumps season starts in mid-October and finishes at the end of May. This year for the first time in its 125 year history Wetherby Racecourse hosts four flat fixtures starting on Family Day, Sunday April 26, and continuing throughout June and July. Beverley Racecourse is East Yorkshire’s only racecourse, beautifully situated on a rolling expanse of common land known as the Westwood, overlooking Beverley. With three racedays especially for families and lots of kids entertainment, join Beverley on May 4 for family themed May Day celebrations. The kids will love all of the fun activities! Hosting 36 racedays across the National Hunt and Flat seasons, Doncaster Racecourse is one of the busiest racecourses in the UK. Steeped in history, and home to the world famous Ladbrokes St. Leger they host some of the most prestigious events in the horse racing calendar. Bring the kids along to Family Fun Day on June 14 and enjoy entertainment, shows and a funfair. There are 16 race meetings at Pontefract Racecourse in 2015 with something for everyone! Why not bring the family to one of 3 Family Sundays? Each has a circus, clowns, kids’ rides, pony rides and face painting! The dates for these are Father’s Day on June 21, July 26 and August 16 and whilst there try some of Yorkshire’s famous fish & chips from around the racecourse. YORKSHIRE.COM/RACING

Clockwise from top left: The parade ring at Pontefract Racecourse. Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse at Ripon. A family day out at Beverley. The best horses and the toughest jumps at Wetherby. Award winning modern grandstands at York. Bright silks at Ripon. Going full pelt at Doncaster Racecourse. Stylish raceday outfits.

A fair, wide galloping track ensures big fields and competitive racing at Redcar Racecourse, with 18 days of horse racing from April to November. The Zetland Gold Cup Day is the highlight of the spring racing season on May 25. Alternatively, it’s Help for Heroes Family Fun Day and the second day of the Yorkshire Summer Racing Festival on July 19, or on August 8 enjoy Caribbean Carnival Day!


The 8th annual Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival takes place from July 18 - 26 and brings together all 9 Yorkshire racecourse racing on 9 consecutive days. There’s an array of events planned for the week, including the Music Showcases at York featuring Sir Tom Jones and Scouting for Girls, family days at Redcar and Pontefract and a stable visit to Richard Guest’s yard at Wetherby. Expect plenty of entertainment as the summer school holidays begin!


Seven cities Discover Yorkshire’s exciting cities - Sheffield, Bradford, Leeds, Ripon, Wakefield, Hull and York. Each has its own unique flavour, and you’ll find a great mix of exciting architecture, cool bars and cafés, world class historical sites plus contemporary attractions. Around every corner in Sheffield, the eclectic mix of architecture interprets much of the social and industrial heritage of the city. The Millennium Gallery is Sheffield’s premier destination for art, craft and design and the city’s amazing collections of unusual treasures are brought to life through incredible facts and hands-on interactives at Weston Park. From its art deco frontage to the golden oak floors, Graves Gallery is a classic art gallery experience and home to Sheffield’s historic fine art collection or for a gentle stroll, the Botanical Gardens has 19 acres to explore.


Bradford has an impressive history which is reflected in the striking architecture found throughout the city. Take a stroll through Little Germany where you can see Victorian Bradford at its best, visit the magnificent Cathedral which is full of interesting features or be amazed by Bradford’s newest feature City Park, a brilliant new high tech water feature. Bradford is also a cultural city with a flourishing arts scene, fascinating exhibitions, theatres and attractions such as the National Media Museum and Cartwright Hall.


Left to right: Bradford’s City Park. The Hepworth Wakefield. Explore gothic York Minster. Botanical Gardens in Sheffield. Hull’s Museums Quarter. Jousting at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Leeds offers visitors stylish shopping, decadent dining, contemporary arts and a vibrant nightlife. The city centre boasts breathtaking architecture like Leeds Town Hall and the Victoria Quarter. Fantastic attractions offer something for everyone, with entertainment, sport, theatre and heritage alongside world-class museums and galleries such as the Royal Armouries, Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds City Museum. Ripon clusters round its marketplace in timehonoured fashion; here you can shop, go to the market, take part in the many events or just watch the world go by. The Yorkshire Law & Order Museums tell the story of the Liberty Courthouse, Prison and Victorian Workhouse, and one of the most significant sites is Ripon Cathedral. Nearby are an abundance of visitor attractions such as Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Newby Hall, Ripley Castle and Lightwater Valley. Wakefield is an historic city of intriguing diversity. Take in heritage sights such as Wakefield Cathedral and Nostell Priory or visit The Hepworth Wakefield on the waterfront. If it is green space you want, Anglers Country Park and Haw Park Wood are hidden gems and the wonderful Yorkshire Sculpture Park is just a short YORKSHIRE.COM/CITYLIFE

distance away. The city centre boasts plenty of high street shops - not to mention Trinity Walk shopping centre, or experience Wakefield’s alternative night out, the Art Walk. A visit to Hull, The UK City of Culture 2017, is always the start of a great story. The cobbled streets of the city’s Old Town transports visitors back to days gone by. Visit the Museums Quarter, home to some of Hulls free museums and plot the cities course through the history books. Take time to explore The Deep as it whisks you down to the bottom of the deep blue sea and introduces you to its many inhabitants. Take a stroll along Hull Marina and head for the retro Fruit Market area and whilst there, why not quench your thirst at The Minerva or The Old House pubs in The Old Town. Rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and fun activities, York is the perfect holiday destination. Famous for its exquisite architecture and tangle of cobbled streets, York is a flourishing city with a vibrant café culture. Explore a wealth of attractions like the iconic York Minster, JORVIK, the National Railway Museum, Castle Museum, York Dungeon, Clifford’s Tower and the newly re-opened York Art Gallery.


Beer gardens When summer comes around, we inevitably want to rush to the nearest beer garden – and Yorkshire has plenty to choose from where you can relax with the family! Left to right: Summer sun at the Mustard Pot. Drinking in the sunshine. The Fleece Countryside Inn, Barkisland.

A delightful spot to enjoy your tranquil surroundings, and a pint of ale of course, is The Bull Inn in West Tanfield, where you will find yourself by the river in open countryside. With a large, partially covered beer garden overlooking the river, The Red Lion at Burnsall is a fantastic location offering seasonally changing menus. For some fantastic home cooked food, The Carpenters Arms in Fangfoss combines fresh, seasonal local produce to enjoy whilst relaxing in their large beer garden. From the beer garden, to the lounge and into the dining room, the Bluebell Country Inn at Alne simply exudes class, and in York itself, The Golden Ball is one of the city’s best-kept secrets, offering seven hand pulled cask ales and a beer garden to enjoy it in. A warm welcome awaits you at The Railway Inn pub and restaurant with rooms in New Ellerby near Hull. A specialty is their home-made meat pie from a recipe handed down through generations. Situated amongst the rolling hills of Ryburn Valley, The Fleece Countryside Inn at Barkisland has an impressive upper terrace area and stunning panoramic views. Leeds’ The Pour House sits in a picturesque location that looks out across Granary YORKSHIRE.COM/ALE

Wharf and is great for watching the world go by and nearby, have a pint in their luxurious beer garden at The Mustard Pot in Chapel Allerton. The Bay Horse is perched on the edge of the Village Green in Hutton Rudby and has a beautiful garden behind the pub for alfresco dining. In Gilling East, The Fairfax Arms has a streamside beer garden perfect to spend a sunny afternoon in. Using only the best produce, a varied and seasonal menu provides lunches and dinners to suit all tastes at The Horseshoe Inn in Levisham. Why not go alfresco in the beer garden? For a picture postcard stone-built village pub, The Chequers at Ledsham has a lovely terraced garden area for the summer months. Nestled high above Saddleworth Moor just outside Holmfirth, The Huntsman Inn’s beer garden overlooks the surrounding countryside. Nestled in Linton near Wetherby stands the 450 year old Windmill Inn. During the summer the garden is a very inviting place to have a drink and a bite to eat. Superb food is at the heart of Cubley Hall at Penistone. They’re renowned for delicious, generous sized portions, which you can enjoy alfresco in the garden.


10 things to do with the kids Take time out this summer and have fun with the family. We’ve got some great ways to keep all ages entertained.

Left to right: Roche Abbey near Rotherham. Aqua-Tek at Magna. York Maze.

Visit something new

Get active!

Get interactive

Visit a Farm Attraction

A new exhibition is being launched by York’s Chocolate Story, ‘Brilliant Brands: York Chocolate through the Ages’, where visitors can delve into the history of York’s most famous brands including KitKat, Aero and Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo this May–July, ‘Waterloo Lives - Wellington’s Redcoats at Bankfield’ exhibition comes to the Bankfield Museum near Halifax. Explore hands-on exhibits designed to inspire children to learn about themselves and the world around them through play and discovery at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax and its six galleries. Also in West Yorkshire, wander through seven floors of free galleries at Bradford’s National Media Museum, exploring photography, film, television and more.

Have a summer adventure

Try the outdoor roller rink, maze and go karts or explore, climb and play in the Enchanted Forest at Stockeld Park as you discover sculptures and adventure playground areas. With over 20 different rides, attractions and shows to enjoy York Maze offers an amazing fun-filled full family day out from July 11. You won’t believe your eyes in the maze of illusions!


Have a go at mountain boarding, go-kart racing, archery, building a den and zorbing at Another World Adventure Centre in Halifax. Staying in West Yorkshire, set the kids new challenges at ROKT in Brighouse, where you can go climbing, bouldering and caving indoors. Have fun and explore over an acre at Creepy Crawlies at York’s Web Adventure Park, which includes a huge sand and water play area and netted climbing forest. Meet the animals, play in the playground and enjoy some healthy food at Heeley City Farm in Sheffield. See and feed a whole host of animals at the open farm at Swithens Farm and Play Barn in Rothwell and over on the coast, children can enjoy the ball pool or tractor zone at Cayton’s Playdale Farm Park.

Discover History

For an action-packed weekend for the family visit this year’s Yorkshire Medieval Festival in York! Featuring a living history encampment, battle drills, knights in combat, falconry displays, colourful popinjay archery and much more! On a man-made island in Sheffield, Kelham Island Museum opened in 1982 to house the objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield’s industrial story. See the story of World War Two re-created at Eden Camp in Malton; a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum. YORKSHIRE.COM/familyfun

Left to right: Find your way through the maze at Stockeld Park. Hide and seek at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum. Fun on the slide at Stockeld Park. Lolly making at York’s Chocolate Story.

Follow a Trail

Watch a performance

Have a ‘splash’ of fun

Explore with the whole family

From the creators of The Gruffalo, follow the Superworm Trail at Dalby Forest, telling the story of a superhero worm and his mini-beast friends. The Lighthouse Trail begins at Spurn, a sandy spit of land at the mouth of the Humber and travels north through Withernsea to Flamborough. Although 45 miles long, you can do a small part of this with the family. Be warned, you’re going to get wet, as you spray, jet and drench your way around Aqua-Tek at Magna in Rotherham. If you want to have a look at what is lurking in the pond, then visit RSPB Fairburn Ings and pop into the visitor centre to hire your pond dipping kit, or over in Hull, enjoy a ride on the Wicksteed splash boat at East Park, which has been providing thrills since 1929.


Over the last few years, Scarborough Open Air Theatre has played host to some of the biggest names in the music industry. Music legend Tom Jones is heading there this summer, as well as James, Boyzone, The Vamps, Alfie Boe and many more. This summer enjoy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream in July at the Theatre Royal Wakefield that boasts musical theatre and comedy, ballet and drama. Bring the family to see the ruins of Roche Abbey near Rotherham this summer. Parts of the monastery walls still stand and you can explore them, the steppingstones and the surrounding area. Discover the bear pit and maze at Wentworth Garden Centre & Historic Walled Gardens near Barnsley. Over in Wakefield get kitted out with your hard hat and battery lamp at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, before descending 140m underground.


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Relax & unwind With a variety of accommodation for you to enjoy, ranging from luxurious country house hotels, and stylish city centre hotels to family run guesthouses, you’ll find the right place for your stay. One of Yorkshire’s hidden gems, The Coniston Hotel and Country Estate between Skipton and Settle is home to a premier CPSA Clay Pigeon Shooting ground, The Land Rover Experience, The Falconry Centre and a range of outdoor activities. For a glamping experience with a difference Camp Kátur is set within a beautiful estate near Bedale. You can choose from Safari Tents, Tipi, Bell Tents, Hobbit Pods and Unidomes. A delightful family run holiday home in Ingleton, Parkfoot Holiday & Park Homes is a peaceful rural retreat where each caravan holiday home sits in a beautiful green landscape with stunning views. Standing in secluded gardens, Halifax’s Holdsworth House Hotel & Restaurant boasts open fires, cosy lounges and fine antiques creating a sense of calm and comfort, whilst the charming bedrooms in the extension have all been individually furnished.


Surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Went Valley, near Pontefract, Wentbridge House provides the perfect place to escape, relax and unwind. This country house hotel offers comfortable bedrooms, delicious food, and beautiful gardens. The Grade II-listed building of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Leeds retains its original art deco style while offering modern amenities. At Malmaison Leeds, take your pick from 100 modern, spacious rooms and elegant suites, where you can enjoy huge, soft beds and power showers. Near to York, Deighton Lodge has six deluxe double rooms, each with their own individual story and style. From The Castle with its own staircase and completely separate entrance, to The Shambles with a large fitted wet room and under floor heating.


The Grade II-listed Georgian Farmhouse of Cundall Lodge Farm is a peaceful retreat enjoying stunning views over the Vale of York. A warm welcome and superb home cooked food awaits you at Upper Midgley Farm B&B, a three hundred year old farm cottage near Wakefield, situated on working dairy farm with rural views. The Midgley Lodge is located only 10 minutes from both Wakefield and Barnsley, and provides a standard of room normally only found in luxury hotels with luxurious bedrooms enjoying panoramic views. For a different concept in accommodation, Houseboat Hotels’ award winning static houseboats Laila Mai and Millie Grace offer apartment style city stays permanently moored in Sheffield’s unique waterfront location. Also in Sheffield, Smallshaw Farm Cottages are self-catering cottages located in Millhouse Green; each one attractively furnished to a high standard, with exposed beams and stonework. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to try something new or prove to the kids that whatever they can do, you can do faster, then head to Keldy. The Forest Holidays sites at Cropton and Keldy

are both in the heart of the North York Moors and newly opened at Keldy experience the thrill of whizzing down a zip wire. Eighteen97 in Goathland offers contemporary accommodation and the quintessential elegance of bygone years, with chic and eclectic bedrooms and fine food to feast on. Dramatically situated 600 feet above sea level overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay, Raven Hall Country House Hotel has 52 bedrooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, a nine-hole Cliffside links golf course and eight Finnish lodges. Wilderness and indulgence come hand in hand at Studford Luxury Lodges. The six luxury self-catering tree houses are entirely unique, built on stilts nestled in woodland between Helmsley and Ampleforth. Don’t be fooled by the name The Wold Cottage. This luxury B&B is a magnificent Grade ll-listed Georgian Manor House, set in 200 acres near Driffield. Originally a Georgian gentleman’s country retreat the house is full of character. Over in South Cave, delightful B&B accommodation is provided in a courtyard garden development at Rudstone Walk, where you can enjoy delicious home-cooked meals.

Left page clockwise from top left: Eighteen97 in Goathland. Hot tub fun at Forest Holidays. Malmaison Leeds. Camp Katur. Luxury interiors at Eighteen97. Right page left to right: Keldy Treehouses at Forest Holidays. Cundall Lodge Farm. Stunning views at the Coniston Hotel near Skipton.



Clockwise from bottom left: Malham Cove. Fishing in Kilnsey Park. Mountain biking in Dalby Forest. See the European Jet Ski finals in Doncaster. Family cycling in East Yorkshire © VHEY. The Yorkshire Dales is a stunning setting for fishing © YDNP. Sailing at Pugneys Country Park. Enjoy adventures at Go Ape Dalby Forest.

Great outdoors With three National Parks, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Pennines and a stunning coastline, Yorkshire has all the natural ingredients to thrill every kind of outdoor enthusiast. The BPF - Multi-Activity Centre at Bawtry in South Yorkshire is Europe’s largest paintball and outdoor laser combat centre. Games zones include The Predator, Air Supremacy, Black Hawk Down and many more. Rother Valley Country Park offers 300 hectares of fabulous parkland where you can windsurf, water ski, sail or canoe to your hearts’ content. Doncaster will once again play host to world-class watersports, as the European Jet-Ski Championship comes to town in July. The elite of riders from across Europe will compete for the honours at The Lakeside venue in a festival of jet sport racing over one week. Prefer terra firme? Then jump behind the wheel of a 4x4 on a Land Rover Experience at the Coniston Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales. And then of course there’s Go Ape, the unique high wire adventure course in Dalby Forest where you will be


punching the air as you fly, slide and whizz amongst the treetops. See the coast from a different perspective on a sea kayaking adventure with the National Trust or spot seabirds and seals as you kayak from Boggle Hole to Ravenscar on various summer dates. Over in West Yorkshire, Pugneys Country Park has two lakes, a modern watersport centre and café. The largest lake is a 100 acre watersports oasis with fantastic sailing, wind surfing, canoeing and kayaking. Sport is serious stuff in Yorkshire; you’ll discover no end of opportunities. For starters, let your guests try their hand at both shooting and clay pigeon shooting on the Grinkle Park estate by the North York Moors National Park. Set in two dramatic steeply wooded valleys, it’s an experience they’ll never forget. Serious climbers YORKSHIRE.COM/OUTDOORS

will love Malham Cove and nearby Gordale Scar. The magnificent steep crag at Kilnsey, the wooded limestone ravine of Trow Gill, Giggleswick and Robin Proctor’s Scar are also must-scale faces. Offering a range of outdoor activities Live for Today Adventures have sites in Harrogate and Hazlewood, guaranteed to ignite your inner fire. Activities include zorbing, buggy racing, quad biking, archery, gorge walking and more. For an exciting way to see the dales, Yorkshire Trike Tours include live commentary throughout via the on-board intercom and you can see, feel and experience the magnificent scenery up close. Take part in the ultimate outdoor adventure at Via Ferrata at How Stean Gorge. Traverse rock walls, wade through gushing water, jump boulders, abseil off a bridge and sit under waterfalls. For those who like to travel fast and light, there are many fantastic fell running events across Yorkshire every year; the most famous being the 3 Peaks Race. Damflask Reservoir in the stunning Peak District boasts a coarse and pike fishery. Another excellent place to fish is the Washburn Valley. Here the Fewston, Swinsty and Thruscross (catch and YORKSHIRE.COM/OUTDOORS

return) reservoirs offer superb trout fishing in idyllic rural settings. For further information go to yorkshirewater.com For a range of shooting experiences and tuition, Park Lodge Shooting School at West Cowick in East Yorkshire is perfect for the game shooter as well as the clay enthusiast, providing a great place to warm up before the season starts. Get on your bike and discover Yorkshire from your saddle. The dales are famous for their fast stone based bridleways and limestone plateaus while the moors have some of the best singletrack in England. Gems include Mastilles Lane (between Kilnsey and Malham), Fremington Edge in Swaledale, and around Rosedale on the North York Moors. You’ll also find purpose-built mountain bike trails including at the superb Dalby Forest. Try Calderdale’s Moors above Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. It’s only for the committed but the stunning scenery is worth the effort. The Yorkshire Wolds also offers some inspired and rewarding routes. Don’t miss Big Skies Bike Rides that take in the rolling chalk hills, long views and of course, big skies.


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Discover your world on a bike There’s an exciting new scheme for Yorkshire cropping up this summer, with an ambition to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike. A legacy project from last year’s Grand Départ, and sitting alongside this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries scheme hopes to encourage cycling for all generations and abilities. Not your typical library, a Yorkshire Bank Bike Library offers you the chance to borrow bikes rather than books! Perhaps you’ve never been on a bike and would like to learn how? Or you’d love to get out on the open road with your family, but haven’t got bikes? Your local Yorkshire Bank Bike Library is on hand to put you in the right direction. Each Library is unique, offering bikes to borrow alongside different events and activities such as cycling lessons, family activities, guided local rides or bike maintenance lessons.


Let someone new love your old bike Each Yorkshire Bank Bike Library is not for profit and aims to give back to the local community. If you have a bike in your garage that doesn’t get used, or perhaps your child has grown out of their current bike, we’d love to take it off your hands. Visit the website to find your nearest donation station, and help get Yorkshire cycling.


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Located near Skipsea on the beautiful East Yorkshire coast, Skirlington Leisure Park boasts over 70 acres of parkland adjoining open countryside and the sea. With a David Bellamy award for conservation, this quiet location provides the ideal opportunity for you to relax in a tranquil environment. Skirlington Leisure Park, Skipsea, Driffield, East Yorkshire Y025 8SY 01262 468213 email: info@skirlington.com


Top to bottom: A gateway to the Wold’s Way. Brimham Rocks © National Trust Images/Paul Harris. Stunning views across the Vale of Mowbray. RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Mountain biking on the Malham Tarn Estate © National Trust Images/Ben Selway.



10 great short walks Fancy a short walk? With miles and miles of country lanes, unspoilt villages, canal towpaths, lush valleys and archaeological sites, you’re spoilt for choice in Yorkshire for a summers day stroll. Take a short 2.5 mile circular ramble around Mortimer’s Fimber near Driffield, taking in the path around Westfield Farm and some key archaeological sites investigated by John Robert Mortimer. It’s mainly over a grassy surface with two short steep climbs and extensive views to Fimber village. For a slightly longer 8 mile walk, start in Thixendale and follow the Wolds Way to the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy. Walk through delightful Wolds scenery at Vessey Pasture Dale and Deep Dale before returning to Thixendale on the Centenary Way via Raisthorpe Manor and Beamer Hill. For an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations, Brimham Rocks makes a great day out for families wanting to enjoy fresh air and magnificent views. The Circular Walk will show you the highlights of Brimham from the amazing rock formations to the fantastic heather moorland. Visitors can bask in the stunning scenery of the 18th century landscaped woodland at Hackfall Woods near Masham and enjoy a mass of period features including follies and man-made waterfalls displayed throughout the woodland on a short walk. The 4.5 mile walk at Thruscross Reservoir follows the edge of the reservoir, the newest reservoir of the Washburn Valley. Often referred to as ‘West End’ after the village it swallowed up, Thruscross is famous for the appearance of the village when water levels hit severe lows. Walk through Harrogate’s majestic Valley Gardens, through the woodlands of Pinewoods to the horticultural gem that is RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Take the circular walk of the Seven Bridges Valley Walk to see a more rustic and beautiful side of the estate at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. Starting at the lake outfall, this walk follows the meandering Skell River along the steep-sided valley via a series of delightful arched bridges.


Hardcastle Crags is a beauty spot of the South Pennines with more than 400 acres of unspoilt woodland. As well as being the home of the northern hairy wood ant, there are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and stacks of millstone grit, all crisscrossed by more than 15 miles of footpaths. Take a walk around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and depending on the time that you have available, take in the gardens and galleries or see the Henry Moore collection in the Country Park. Take a 3 mile walk along the Yorkshire coastline to Boggle Hole from Robin Hood’s Bay, across the clifftops or the beach (at low tide only) and then return along the old railway back to your starting point. Enjoy a 2 mile walk around Ulley Country Park in Rotherham, 47 acres with beautiful views, walks, woodland and lake. It’s host to a huge variety of plants and animals, with diverse habitats of open water, woodland, grassland, arable land and gorse scrub. The Langsett 3 mile route meanders through woodland and across open moor providing spectacular views from higher ground. Barnsley is a great place for casual rambling opportunities a-plenty. This is particularly true if you are somewhere near Silkstone. From the 2.5 mile walk from Silkstone Common to Low Mill Farm along the Silkstone Waggonway, including remains of a colliery and furnace, to the slightly longer Silkstone Common to Kine Moor 3.5 mile walk through a number of woods. On the Howdale Moor and Brow Moor Walk, the heather will be in full bloom across England’s largest tract of moorland in the North York Moors and you’ll see lapwings, curlews, golden plover, snipe, grouse and birds of prey, as well as sweeping sea views.


Outdoor artwork Yorkshire’s fantastic sculptures, statues and art trails can be enjoyed in some truly wonderful settings. The many attractions, stately homes and gardens, parks and trails form the backdrops to an array of sculptures and collections. Discover Scarborough’s ‘Belles’, created by artist Craig Knowles. The ‘Bathing Belle’ located in the town centre shields her modesty, showing the constraints on women’s behaviour in the Victorian era, while the ‘Diving Belle’ on Lighthouse Pier, visible across the South Bay, represents the freedom now embraced. The enjoyable Crackpots Mosaic Trail is a 7 mile trail around part of Dallowgill, a village in the Harrogate district and is marked with 22 mosaics depicting local scenes of flora and fauna which might be encountered along the route. Perched 1,375 feet above sea level, Coldstones Cut is Yorkshire’s highest and largest public artwork. It can be freely explored by visitors who can walk the ‘street’ and the various winding paths within and experience the extraordinary vistas which the platforms expose. Over near Ripon, Newby Hall gardens features an amazing Sculpture Trail weaving its way through the 25 acres of award winning gardens. The magnificent vistas over the valley, lakes and gardens provide a rich environment for the best examples of sculpture by international artists at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield. A first of its kind in the country, the WANDER art trail encompasses a series of public art installations on the 79 mile national walking trail, the Wolds Way. Pieces include six oak benches by artist Angus Ross etched with poetry composed by John Wedgwood Clark. Follow Hull’s Fish Trail


Clockwise from top left: Art in the Garden event at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Hull Fish Trail. Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The Diving Belle, Scarborough. Barbara Hepworth sculpture. WANDER art on the Yorkshire Wolds Way. A stone circle on Hull’s Fish Trail. The Painted Illusion Trail in Staithes.


and explore the beautiful cobbled streets of Hull’s Old Town. The 41 pieces of sculpture, made from traditional materials, make up this impressive piece of public art. Sheffield Botanical Gardens’ 12th annual Art in the Gardens event, is arguably the largest outdoor art exhibition in the North of England with artists, craft makers and visitors coming from throughout the UK. It’s a great opportunity to buy the perfect piece of art or craft direct from the artist, whilst enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the gardens. Displaying over 60 pieces of artwork by local, national and world renowned artists in large format on the side of buildings, Rotherham’s Gallery Town is an open air art gallery in the town centre with art in over 35 locations throughout the town including pieces by Monet, Da Vinci, Cezanne, Henry Moore, Van Gogh and Rousseau, to name but a few.


An outdoor sculpture trail is an added attraction for people visiting the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes. Featuring the artwork of Yorkshire craftspeople, the Hidden Secrets Sculpture Trail allows people of all ages to explore and appreciate the area’s wildlife, culture, landscape and heritage. Offering a range of interesting sculptures in the garden by local artists, Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens hosts a sculpture exhibition every August. In 2015 these will be Wire, Willow and Copper. Moving to the coast, follow the Painted Illusion Trail in Staithes and look out for the mind-boggling painted illusions that have been created around the village by worldrenowned trompe l’oeil artist Paul Czainski. Get your walking boots on for the Penistone Hill Geology Trail, where sculpture and geology combine to create a fascinating walk through a long forgotten chapter of the South Pennines industrial heritage. This short circular trail from Haworth Parish Church, tells the story of the heritage of the area.


Get in gear What could be better than setting off to explore the countryside on two wheels? Yorkshire’s cycle trails and routes are perfect for little legs (and older ones too). The Upper Valley Family Loop in Calderdale is a flat ride with only a number of very small climbs at canal lock gates. The route starts and finishes in Hebden Bridge and follows the Calder Valley Cycleway before looping back on the Rochdale Canal towpath. It’s 90% off road and the road sections can be done on foot by less confident families. National Cycle Network Route 66 is a flat cycle route that follows the valley floor from Walsden to Brighouse. The route runs along the canal towpath, off road tarmac sections, quiet roads and woodland trails, passing through a number of the valley’s major towns.

For a fun day out, explore the beauty of a 4.5 mile family-friendly route at Malham Tarn. Surrounded by some of Britain’s finest limestone scenery, there’s a chance for budding young wildlife detectives to spot the Tarn’s varied birdlife. The route from Harrogate to Ripley is 4 miles of traffic free cycling along a disused railway, over the seven-arch Nidd Gorge Viaduct and with safe crossings into the village of Ripley. With something for everyone the trails at Swinsty Reservoir are made up with a network of Bridleways, permissive routes and custom built mountain bike trails.

Take a ride through the South Pennines on The Mary Towneley Loop and you will encounter open moorland and hidden reservoirs, ancient packhorse tracks, mill chimneys and canals, whilst following a mix of old railways, packhorse routes and new tracks.

Enjoy walking and picnics in a wonderful woodland setting right on the edge of Pickering at Newbridge Park. This short cross country circuit has mountain bike cross-country trails and a skills park.


The Cinder Track which links Scarborough to Ravenscar (and Whitby) has some great sea views and you won’t miss any of them scrutinising YORKSHIRE.COM/ONWHEELS

Left to right: A family bike ride in East Yorkshire © VHEY. Ellerburn Trail © Tony Bartholomew. Way of the Roses cycle route. Harrogate to Ripley Cycleway © Dean Smith/Sustans.

maps as the navigation is very simple and well signposted. Among the highlights is Ravenscar itself – a proposed Victorian resort, dubbed ‘The Town That Never Was’. You can hire a bike at Trailways, located alongside the Cinder Track bike route at Hawsker. Rother Valley Country Park near Rotherham is criss-crossed with many path and bridleways that are perfect to explore on a mountain bike, with the varied terrain and changes in relief lending itself to a range of abilities. Going through the Peak District, the Stanage Pole and Redmires Circular Cycle Route is a mixed route of country roads and off road on bridleways, which rises and falls, but is still suitable for beginner mountain bikers. On a fine summers day nothing is more relaxing than the York to Selby Cycle Route. This gentle 15 mile ride takes you from the walled City of York to the historic abbey town of Selby. National Cycle


Route 65 initially runs alongside the River Ouse and passes local landmarks such as the Millennium Bridge and ‘the planets’, a scale-model of the solar system. The Ellerburn Trail is great for disabled cyclists, walkers, and wheelchair users as well as being a safe and accessible route for children learning to ride a bike. The trail runs along Ellerburn Beck in Dalby and starts at Dalby Courtyard, outside Dalby Bike Barn. Also check out the mini bike skills area on your right when you head back towards Low Dalby. Passing through 47 East Yorkshire towns and villages, the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route heads west from Beverley to Market Weighton and Pocklington, as far north as Malton, across to Bridlington in the east and then back through Driffield. A circular route that takes in rolling hills and the dramatic coast of the Yorkshire Wolds.


Waterloo Lives The home town of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment commemorates the Battle of Waterloo. Halifax Minster

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo – a historic moment in military history. To commemorate this, Bankfield Museum in Halifax has teamed up with the National Army Museum to tell the story of the battle through the men and women who were present during that fateful campaign. Waterloo Lives: Wellington’s Redcoats features historic objects of that bloody day including a bullet-holed cap and also a rare opportunity to see the Duke of Wellington’s own Waterloo medal. Family events include a pop-up 19th century tavern in the town centre on 9 May where visitors can pick up pints of knowledge about the battle. On 20 June, watch the march through Halifax of the Yorkshire Regiment as they receive the Freedom of Calderdale. This is followed by a free public event in the evening at Manor Heath Park, where there will be a musical re-enactment of the battle with music by the Yorkshire Regiment Band.


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Whilst you are here, don’t miss the Flower Festival at Halifax Minster presented by the Halifax Flower Club to celebrate the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and commemorate the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, taking place between 19-21 June. Visit our website today to plan your visit and to find out more about our exhibitions and events.



Time to dine There are many great places to dine out in Yorkshire this summer, whether you prefer a traditional pub, a fine restaurant, café or alfresco dining, you will experience tasty well-presented food using the freshest and finest seasonal produce. The 13th century Hare Inn Restaurant at Scawton near Helmsley, has an award winning Head Chef that creates and prepares beautiful food for you from seasonally available local produce, to give you an exceptional fine dining experience. There is a real sense of nature and of the seasons, of tastes fresh from the fields and woods at The Black Swan at Oldstead. The experience builds from simple menu descriptions through relatively uncomplicated presentation into superb flavours and textures. Guests can dine in the outside shack on glorious summer days at Carlton Banks’ The Restaurant and Grill at Lord Stones. Their seasonal menus showcase the fantastic local fayre and produce that this beautiful part of Yorkshire can offer, with game, fresh fish and of course, their Belted Galloway Beef.

Experience seasonal menus, superb flavours and sophisticated surroundings. York has an array of eateries that serve up fantastic summer cuisine. The café at the Balloon Tree is spacious and light with bi-folding doors looking out onto the landscaped garden - bringing the outside in, whereas at The Farmer’s Cart, the team of chefs have a passion for cooking great food using fresh seasonal ingredients grown on the farm or sourced locally. And with an enviable position to soak up the sun whilst dining on the Terrace, The Star Inn the City is located on the edge of York’s Museum Gardens. A short drive away and the chefs at the Clocktower Restaurant at Rudding Park in Harrogate create special menus and events to celebrate the changing seasons. Dine whilst overlooking the park at The Pavilion Café at Cannon Hall Park in Barnsley and enjoy a tempting range of snacks. Priding itself on a chic gastro pub atmosphere, The Milestone in


Sheffield delivers an ever changing menu created to inspire their guests around seasonal availability. Enjoy the warmth and comfort of a delightful Georgian country house hotel just three miles from Beverley at Tickton Grange Hotel & Restaurant. Their menu is based on a rich array of Yorkshire produce and each dish’s accompaniments are chosen to reflect the natural surroundings of the main element. A traditional village pub for dining and drinking, The Star @ Sancton near Market Weighton serves up local, high quality food in a relaxed atmosphere, where you can pop in for a pint or dine in the restaurant or bar. Situated in Hull Marina, 1884 Dock Street Kitchen brings a completely new dining experience to the area with menus creating a unique variety from one day to the next and an atmosphere and décor that will allow you to be taken away on a journey through time. Indulge in an afternoon cream tea or a traditional hearty farmhouse breakfast at The Barn Coffee Shop at Blacker Hall Farm in Wakefield, where daily seasonal specials are displayed on the blackboards. Set on a riverside location, The White Lion Hotel is a traditional coaching inn in Hebden Bridge; with exposed timber and masonry and an abundance of comfortable corners to hide in. Why not enjoy a wine or a real cask ale in one of the scenic cobbled courtyards? The Halifax Food & Drink Festival always promises to be a gastronomical delight with something for everyone, from the free live cookery demonstrations to the local farmer’s market. The Michelin starred Box Tree is one of Yorkshire’s top restaurants, serving sophisticated British cuisine, served in even more sophisticated surroundings. Perched atop Harvey Nichols, the award winning Fourth Floor Café & Bar offers alfresco dining on the terrace and staying in the city, the Restaurant Bar and Grill is definitely the place to be during the warmer summer months. Keighley’s The Lord Rodney is a modern stylish pub that has quickly established itself as the town’s premier dining experience. All the food is freshly prepared in the state-of-the-art kitchens. YORKSHIRE.COM/DELICIOUS

Clockwise from top left: 1884 Dock Street Kitchen Š deninteriordesign.co.uk. The Star Inn the City. Delicious food at The Hare Inn at Scawton. Tickton Grange Country House Hotel. The Black Swan at Oldstead. Beautiful plates at Blacker Hall Farm near Wakefield.

























































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YORKSHIRE BY SEA Ferry services to Hull and Newcastle link Yorkshire with Holland, Belgium and Germany. P&O Ferries operate overnight services to Hull from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. YORKSHIRE BY ROAD Britain’s biggest and fastest highways cross Yorkshire from north to south and east to west, making getting here by car or by coach very simple. For details of the quickest (or the most scenic) driving routes see the AA or RAC websites www.theaa.com and www.rac.co.uk YORKSHIRE BY AIR Leeds Bradford International Airport is our busiest air gateway, with UK flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, Exeter, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Isle of Man, London Gatwick, Southampton and many more. You can also fly into Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, Humberside, Durham Tees Valley, Newcastle and Manchester airports.


Events Yorkshire’s events and festivals are exciting, unique, innovative and spectacular. Here’s just a taster of what you can expect. For a complete listing, go to yorkshire.com/events Malton Food Lovers Festival

May 23 - 24 Yorkshire’s Food Capital plays host to one of the north of England’s finest food festivals. This two-day extravaganza boasts high-quality producer stalls, live cookery theatres and family entertainment.

Leeds Food and Drink Festival May 22 - June 7 This year’s festival will focus on three key aims: Eat, Drink, Discover. The event will showcase the amazing food and drink on offer across Yorkshire.

Magna Carta

Helmsley, Skipton, Thirsk, Topcliffe, Pontefract, June (various dates) Join in with various Yorkshire towns as they celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Beverley Folk Festival

June 19 - 21 Celebrating mid–summer the festival features two of the UK’s leading folk and roots artists appear on the same bill for one of the festival’s main concerts of the weekend; folk artist Seth Lakeman and the legendary Peatbog Faeries.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Scarborough, June 27 Britain’s favourite tenor, Alfie Boe, takes centre stage this summer, as part of a spectacular Last Night of the Proms concert, which coincides with Armed Forces Day. Also, don’t miss: July 11 Elaine Paige and August 29 - Blue and Atomic Kitten.


Great Yorkshire Show

Harrogate’s Great Yorkshire Showground, July 14 - 16 England’s premier agricultural event is a great day out for all the family. Visitors can enjoy demonstrations of country skills.

Underneath the Stars Festival Cannon Hall Farm, nr Barnsley, July 24 - 26 A fresh new summer festival of music, arts and food, the festival is a collaboration between Barnsley folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby and family, and Cannon Hall Open Farm.

Harrogate International Festivals

Harrogate, July (various dates) This year features a mix of music and literature, featuring musicians from around the world. Don’t miss The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Europe’s biggest celebration of the crime genre, and The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival.

Castle Howard Triathlon

Nr York, July 25 - 26 The 4th weekend event of the 2015 Castle Tri Series and most physically demanding triathlon course of the series.

CLA Game Fair

Harewood House, Leeds, July 31 - August 2 A celebration of the Great British countryside where visitors can enjoy a massive range of produce, products and exciting experiences.


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The Railway Children

National Railway Museum, York, July 31 - September 5 All aboard! The stunning adaptation of E. Nesbit’s classic novel returns to the National Railway Museum this summer.

JORVIK Medieval Festival

August 1 - 31 Explore Yorkshire’s magnificent medieval history at a series of special events across the county. From sword fighting workshops and archery displays to thought provoking talks and lectures.

Seaside in the City

Wakefield, August 15 - 16 Get your flips flops ready and sharpen up your sand castle making skills for a weekend of fun as the seaside makes an exciting return to Wakefield.

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

August 16 - 29 The festival is fast gaining a reputation for the highest level of chamber music, set within beautiful historical buildings across the North York Moors.


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