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There’s something about the month of March that makes people go a bit loco – maybe it’s the arrival of spring, or perhaps it’s because some of us have only just finished the last portion of frozen turkey curry leftover from Christmas and we feel like celebrating. Whatever the cause, Mad March seems to have come early to the Your Local Link office. Poor Rach got the shock of her life to discover that she’d managed to get all the way to work without wearing a skirt. What made it worse was that she didn’t notice until lunchtime. Luckily she had a long cardigan on…

So, remember we signed up to take part in a 10K run? We were going to train every day and be size four models by now? Yeah, it hasn’t quite happened like that. We started with such good intentions – you’ll remember Helen returning to the office battered and bruised after her ordeal – but the weather kind of got in the way. Or at least, that’s what we told ourselves. We can’t possibly be expected to set foot outside when there’s over an inch of snow on the ground, or the wind is blowing at over two miles an hour. Nah, much better to stay in where it’s safe. And while we’re here, we might as well have a cuppa and a biscuit. We’ll start properly next month. Anyway, we have bought our sportswear, so we’re halfway there already.

That wasn’t the only weird thing that’s happened, though. A lovely reader entered one of our competitions by post – and included a negative of a photo of a man in swimming trunks next to two other blokes in suits. We returned it, though we were incredibly tempted to develop it and do some super sleuth detective work to discover who was in the picture.

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features: 28-29. Richard III. After the king’s skeleton was found in a car park in Leicester, we’ve created a handy timeline of his life so you can sound knowledgeable down the pub. Plus we speak to Mike Bennet, creator of the museum dedicated to the Yorkist king in Monkgate Bar, who thinks Richard’s skeleton should be brought back to the Minster. 24-25 Tony Hawks interview. Not the skateboarder, the comedian and writer who managed to hitch hike around Ireland – with a fridge – and who will be appearing at the York Literature Festival.

Cover story: 100. Chocolate Festival. If you were tempted to lick the front cover this month’s magazine, check out our guide to what’s on at the festival and get yourself some real chocolate.

91. York Dungeons – sneak peek. We were allowed behind the scenes at the Dungeon, and reveal all about the attraction’s brand new look.

90. Jimmy Osmond interview. Possibly the nicest man in the whole world took the time to chat to us about appearing in Boogie Nights, coming to York in March.

Regulars: 8-9. Competitions. Win: VIP tickets to York’s Chocolate Story; tickets to the New Earswick Musical Society production of Guys and Dolls; and a pack of goodness-filled dog food from pet nutrition specialists Sweeney Dog.


10-11. Hotlist.

20-21. Puzzles.

funny (and helps us to understand it).

12-13. The way I see it. Donna bemoans over-familiar strangers – call centre workers, take note.

22-23. Didn’t they do well!

36-37. Gadget Guide.

24-27. Culture Column.

38-39. Motors.

30-33. Business Buzz.

40-51. Health & Beauty

34-35. Local Sport Report. We like Dan Tait – he reports on the sport and makes it

52-53. Weddings hotlist.

14-15. Horoscopes. 16-19. Join the Club.

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We’ve got a special bumper events section this month:

92.. Events hotlist. The crème de la crème of what’s on this month. 100. Chocolate Festival and International Women’s Week. There’s so much to see, you’d better make your plans now with our guide. 102-104. Theatre, gigs and films. 106-107. Days out. York and the surrounding areas are filled with a huge range of fantastic attractions – plan your next day out here.

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Have you signed up to our free email voucher service yet? Why not? Just email with your name, or visit 54-55. Your Pet 56-64. Your Family Howard terrifies his daughter with a vaccuming robot.

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Whether you fancy finding out what’s on, need a local tradesperson or supplier, or want to read the latest news stories, our website has it all. Visit

84-89. Food & Drink. It’s Mother’s Day – find a special spot for lunch to treat yours. 90-107. Events & Days Out

65-75. Property & Interiors

108-109. Classified – at a glance

76-83. Gardening. Get set for a green fingered 2013 with our Gardening Guide.

110-123. Trades & Services directory 124-128. Jobs, jobs, jobs…


Eggs-iting birthday prize! As a delicious Easter treat, the lovely folk at York’s Chocolate Story are giving children in York the chance to win VIP tickets to be part of the awardwinning attraction’s first birthday on 31st March! Children must send in pictures, and the best will be painted on a giant three foot Easter egg in the attraction. As well as having their artwork on display, the lucky winner will also receive a VIP family pass. Two runner-up designs will also be displayed in the attraction, and the runners up will also receive family passes. Let your imagination run wild with the design – whether it’s a picture of your favourite place in York, your pet or a mad pattern – as long as it’s in the shape of an egg, anything goes! You can download and print off an egg template from our website. Visit


At York’s Chocolate Story, you’ll discover chocolate’s origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and all about the sustainable future of chocolate. You’ll also uncover a host of surprising secrets and fascinating facts behind York’s greatest chocolate creations, then shop for and indulge in chocolate to your heart’s content in the Chocolate Bar café. Sounds cracking to us! (Sorry for the bad yolks…) Send designs to: Easter Egg Competition, York’s CHOCOLATE Story, King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD. Remember to put your name and a contact telephone number on your entry, and send it to reach competition organisers by 18th March. The winner will be notified by 22nd March.

Power to your pooch What are you feeding your dog? It might not seem like an important question, but what a dog eats is really important to keeping the wee pup feisty and friendly. Sweeney Dog, the expert pooch practitioners in Skelton, are launching a new range of high quality, nutrientpacked dog food that contains everything your pooch needs. From dog walking, to in-depth, one-to-one nutritional health checks, Sweeney Dog can provide whatever your dog needs. Visit The great news is that they are offering a 12kg bag of dog food to the winner of our competition. All you need to do is answer this simple question: Where are Sweeney Dog based? Send your answer (along with your name, address and daytime contact number) on a postcard marked ‘Sweeney Dog Competition’ to the address on page five, or via email to info@ The competition ends on 29th March, so don’t delay. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck!

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New Earswick to New York Grab your dice, load your tommy gun and prepare to hit the mean streets of 1930s New York. New Earswick Musical Society will be performing the legendary Guys and Dolls at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre from 24th-27th April, complete with classic songs such as ‘Luck be a Lady’ and ‘Sit down you’re rocking the boat’. Join Sky Masterson, Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide in a world ruled by gangsters and prohibition. Visit For a chance of winning two tickets to this spectacular show, all you have to do is answer this question: In which decade is Guys and Dolls set? Send your answer (along with your name, address and daytime contact number) on a postcard marked ‘Guys and Dolls’ to the address on page five, or via email to The competition ends on 29th March, so don’t delay. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck!

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What to do in March

Be saintly March is home to two very special saints days – Saint David’s Day on 1st March, and St Patrick’s Day on 17th March. They’re both great days to celebrate with your children – in ways that don’t have to involve getting your stomach pumped.

Show mum you care

Where would we be without our mums? As teenagers we might not have spoken to them in the nicest possible way (there are still some doors in our childhood homes with cracks in from repeated door slamming), so now we’re all grown up its time to show them just how much we care. Head to the Food and Drink section to find the perfect place to take your ma for a slap up meal, and see the Family section for some ideas on how to treat her on a budget. Hey, it’s the thought that counts.

Bring home the bacon We reckon Bacon Connoisseur’s Week (taking place from 18th-24th March) is the perfect excuse to eat a bacon butty every morning. The week encourages consumers to buy quality bacon – head to your local butchers to see what they have to offer!

Go on tour

We’re thrilled at the news that the Grand Départ of the Tour de France is due to pass through Yor k in 2014 – head to our idiot’s guide in the sport column!

St David is the patron saint of Wales, where people still celebrate the day by wearing daffodils and leeks, and making Cawl – a traditional Welsh soup, including salted bacon or beef, potatoes, swedes and other seasonal vegetables. Visit and type St David’s Day into the search bar for some great children’s activities, such as making your own 3D dragon or Welsh bunting. You may associate St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, with heavy drinking sessions, but there are lots of traditional ways to celebrate the festival with children – why not have a craft session inspired by the symbols of the day, such as the shamrock and the colour green? You could also use the opportunity to teach your children about the history of Ireland.


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read a book The Literature Festival will take place once again from 19th-24th March, and we’re getting ready to delve into the pages of a good book. Famous writers such as Carol Ann Duffy, Will Self and Simon Armitage will appear and there will be plenty of workshops and readings that cover a wide range of genres. Check out our interview with Tony Hawks – the man who hitch hiked around Ireland with a fridge – in the Culture Column. n For more information on the festival, visit

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Easter Sunday, which takes place on 31st website March this year, is a religious celebration – so Have you been on our what have eggs got to do with it? There are website yet? You should – several theories – traditionally, eggs were there are all sorts of useful forbidden during Lent, and so any eggs in things on there, from the the house were used up before Lent began latest events (including all – hence the mass of pancakes on Shrove the ones we can’t fit into Tuesday. Then, any eggs that were laid during the magazine) and extended Lent were kept and decorated to be given interviews, to a great as gifts on Easter Sunday. Another idea is that business directory featuring eggs have been used as a symbol of rebirth in springtime since long before the Christians all the local tradespeople and suppliers you could possibly adopted the practice; and an Anglo-Saxon need and local news stories. legend tells the story of Eostre, a goddess, What are you waiting for? who found a wounded bird and transformed n Visit it into a hare to save its life. The hare then discovered that it could lay eggs. We wanted to know if this was how the Easter Bunny got started, but the Warren HQ Press Office was unavailable for comment. However the tradition started, we love eggs – especially the chocolate variety – so bring on the eggfest!

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The best of friends? A complete stranger telephoned me the other day. ‘Hi, Donna, how are you?’ the chummy voice on the other end of the line said. A bit ticked off that you’ve called me right in the middle of Pointless, since you ask. ‘Who wants to know?’ I replied. Turned out it was a bloke called Mark, who actually wanted to find out if I’d been mis-sold PPI. But the way he was talking, I thought he might be a long lost brother or a best mate I’d forgotten about. Why do people feel the need to be so over-familiar these days? I wouldn’t call myself unfriendly – even though I am from London, a city with fractionally less warmth than the polar ice cap – but I don’t particularly want to be BFFs with every cold caller who


randomly dials my number. Call centres do it all the time. ‘Now Mrs Hay, can I call you Donna?’ ‘No.’ ‘Ok, then, Donna, just to let you know that for training purposes I will be repeating your name throughout

“I don’t particularly want to be BFFs with every cold caller who randomly dials my number.” this phone call, because it may dupe you into thinking I actually care about your problem and will do something about it, rather than just fobbing you off with some excuse.’

Social network You can’t get away from it on the internet, either. ‘Hi Donna, welcome back,’ the shopping sites say when I sign in. Or sometimes they’ll send me a poignant email saying, ‘Donna, where have you been? We’ve missed you!’ As if the entire sales force has been seriously concerned about my welfare, instead of just sending out a computer generated appeal for me to buy more kitchen gadgets online. I actually blame Facebook. Thanks to them, now we all have to be ‘friends’ and ‘like’ each other, instead

false friends ‘Hey, welcome to the gang!’ says my new broadband provider. ‘If you want to read all the boring legal stuff, look on our website – yawn!’ Thanks, I will. Because to be honest, I’m a bit worried about entering into a contract with someone who sounds like an excitable teenager on a Red Bull binge. ‘Well, this is embarrassing, folks,’ says Firefox when it fails to browse. Really, is it? I don’t think so. Until the Firefox Internet Browser has walked out of a pub toilet trailing a piece of toilet paper from its heel and with its skirt tucked into its pants, I really don’t think it’s plumbed the depths of embarrassing. Annoying, yes. Embarrassing – not really. ‘What’s on your mind, Donna?’ a website asked me the other day. As I’d just spent the best part of half an hour trying to find a phone number so I could talk to a real person, what was on my mind was borderline unprintable. And it was far from friendly.

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of just getting the job done. Which is probably why companies insist on talking to us like we’re all pals together.


There’s no better barometer on what’s hot and what’s not than our Donna. Here, she shares her thoughts on what’s in or out in her own unique style!

Hot… home cooking. The recent ‘horsemeat in the ready meals’ scandal has made us all get out the cookery books again (not to mention creating millions of comic opportunities about lowering our Shergar levels, etc). Because if you really want to know what you’re eating, you have to make it yourself.

Not… currys/pc world. I went in there to buy a new laptop last week, and stood for 30 minutes, waiting for someone to serve me. In the end I gave up and left. The next day I went in with my husband, and within five minutes the men in purple shirts were swarming all over him. Women have credit cards too, you know!

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Horoscopes March 2013

Starsign of the month... Pisces (19th February - 20th March)

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A complex and complicated month in which you will have to be all things to all people, frequently spending too much time sorting out their problems for them as well as having to deal with your own agendas. On more than one occasion you’ll find you need to be in two places at once, which is, of course, impossible, and therefore without meaning to, you’re going to end up upsetting someone. If a friendship or a relationship seems to wobble a bit in March, take solace from the fact that this won’t be your fault and you mustn’t allow yourself to take the blame for someone else’s over-expectations. You’ll feel angry and disappointed around 5th March when an old problem you thought you’d sorted out ages ago, flares up again because of a third party’s stupidity or their basic lack of understanding. Some legal or bureaucratic energies coalesce around 10th March, and if some sort of official papers need to be signed, then sign your name with a confident flourish. An overland journey in the latter ten days of the month might not take you across water to exotic locations, but it will get you out of your usual environment and provide some degree of diversion.

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This month seems to be broken into two halves, the first fortnight seeing you preoccupied with emotional and romantic issues, while the latter couple of weeks sees you concentrating on careers, finances and more practical matters.

Travel plans become relevant between 10th and 17th March and there is quite a nostalgic buzz to some of your travels. You should be in the centre of things socially, but there may be a tendency for other people to expect too much from you at this time.

Changes of jobs for some, while there will be changes of job titles and work routines for others. This is a good time to embrace the concept of change and even if things sometimes seem a little scary, there is some very positive energy around you.

Through no fault of your own, plans may have to be changed at the last minute. Self recrimination is unjustified if a third party has dropped you in it. A set-back may cause some disappointment but at the same time it will harden your resolve to succeed.


(23rd July - 23rd August) This looks like being a very cosy and romantic few weeks, but be warned against taking things for granted or being complacent. What goes up like a rocket usually comes down with a bump, and there is probably someone close to you who is not being quite as open and honest with you as you might expect.

VIRGO (24th August - 22nd September) Even though you may get involved in some emotional horse trading (you scratch my itch and I’ll scratch yours) this is a time to keep a clear head and put greater faith in some pragmatic objectivity rather than instinct or intuition.

Libra (23rd September - 22nd October) Health checks and medical examinations may be relevant at this time, but rather than this being a dark scenario it is a period in which a number of worries and concerns are sorted out with successful results. This is a very positive period for anyone involved in the arts.

Scorpio (23rd October - 21st November) This month we need to look at Scorpio from two different perspectives! Ladies of the sign will enjoy being in control of their

emotions and will dictate the terms of their relationships. Gentlemen, on the other hand, won’t have much time for romance as they apply themselves to the art of making money!

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Sagittarius (22nd November - 21st December) There are strong travel opportunities between 10th and 17th March, and overall this should be a month for letting your hair down and enjoying some quality time with a lover or partner. You may need to keep an eye on your expenditure.

Capricorn (22nd December - 19th January) This should be a bright and cheerful month with lots of travel and social opportunities creating a welcome break from work routines. This positive mood could be spoiled, however, if you are going to allow yourself to worry about things over which you have no control.

Aquarius (20th January - 18th February) Whether you want to be or not, you’re in charge, you’re in control, and other people will be waiting to take their lead from you. Your organisational ability will serve you well, and while other people have no problem seeing the big picture, it is you who will have to deal with all the little details.


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A sport and social gathering that can help boost your confidence? That is exactly what learning a martial art can offer, and now is a great time to take up karate. The York Shotokan Karate Club was established in 1961 and is York ’s oldest karate club, benefiting from expert tuitio n from a former World Champion. New members are always welcome to go along, no matter what your age or level of fitness. Men, women and children (with a minimum age of five years) shou ld high kick their way to St Chad’s Church Hall, near the Knavesmire, on Monday, or Fishergate Primary School on Wednesdays. n Visit www.yorkshotokankarat

Just another manic Monday

Is the weekend over already? The ladies at the West Thorpe Monday Club are calling out for new members of any age to pop in for a cuppa and beat the Monday blue s. The West Thorpe women are seeking fema les to come along and take part in a variety of activities, from meeting and listening to spea kers to watching and taking part in dem onstrations, getting involved in quiz and gam es nights. The club get together on the seco nd Monday evening of ever y month at West Thorpe Church in Dringhouses, and also meet up a couple of times a year to go out for meals. n Call 704615 or 703336.

Bridge the gap

turned to Grand Slams here at When the topic of conversation a bit early to be talking about Your Local Link, we thought it was used in bridge, so if you think Wimbledon. Turns out it’s a term r than ours, why not give a your card game knowledge is bette s at the New Earswick Bridge ladie bridge club a go? The lads and to come and take part in this Club are looking for new members all ages and experience are team-based card game. Players of New Earswick ever y Monday welcome to visit the Folk Hall in 39. evening at 7pm. n Call 7606


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Life, captured Life – funny old thing, isn’t it? You can either let it all fly by you, ignoring it as best you can, or you take time out to try and understa nd and appreciate it. The latter option is what the members of Micklega te Artists are striving to do with pencil and paper. During their life drawing classes, held at Guppy´s Enterprise Club on Nunnery Lane, they attempt to capture the subtleties of the human form and explore our own physicality through sketches and drawings. The group has several vacancies available for amateur artists wishing to participa te in the classes. These are held on Wednesday mornings from 10am until 12.30pm with a relaxed informal feel. n Call 769617.

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It may be a little early for Hallowe en, but that’s no excuse not to dig your teeth into a nail-biting thril ler at the movies. South Bank Community Cinema on Nunthor pe Road will be screening the Grassroots Film Society’s State of Play on 15th March, taking the action from the BBC drama to Was hington DC. The showing will be the perfect opportunity for coup les to re-fuel their romance after last month’s Valentine’s festi vities, with cabaret-style seating around candlelit tables and a fully licensed bar. State of Play will be screened at 8pm, giving viewers the chance to treat themselves to something a little different on a Friday night. n Email info@sbcommunityc


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Raising awareness

globe will hold events to On 21st March, people across the far to rome – but you don’t have to go raise awareness of Down’s Synd Wilf The . York in e renc diffe a ing meet some lovely folk who are mak residential respite and day care for Ward Family Trust, who provide at t on 21st March, from 10am-7pm disabled people, will hold an even t abou ain expl to b, Centre in Acom the Willow Room at the Gateway n’s Dow with le peop t mee to ce chan the condition. Visitors will get the ing anyone invit are “We . them ort supp Syndrome and the people who into Down’s Syndrome itself, and along who would like an insight r, the condition,” says Jonathan Bake the way we support people with ” day! y livel and g estin inter really Cluster Manager. “It should be a 782951. call , tion n For more informa

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Calling all basses and tenors! The Alliance Française de York choir need your support. The group are looking to take on another two or three male singers – at least one more bass and tenor – to balance out the higher number of female voic es in the choir. Although an abili ty to read music and some singing expe rience would be a great advantag e, the most important thing to have is a love of singing and a willingne ss to learn. All of the repertoire is in French so an interest in or know ledge of French would also be a plus. The group is friendly and informal and meets on Wednesday evenings near Clifton Green. n Call or text Mark on 07522 954 158.

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“Who are you... …who who, who who?” sang The Who. They had a point though – do you know who you truly are? A good way to get an idea of where we come from is to look into the past and research our family history. City of York & District Family History Society hold meetings at The Folk Hall, New Earswick, on the first Wednesday of every month, and they invite budding genealogists to pop along and have a chat over coffee. The society also runs a study centre on James Street, open to everyone on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for researching family history. There is always a dedicated volunteer on hand to help and advise. n Visit

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As the weather improves and the nights begin to recede, are your little tykes aching to get back outside and vent some of that steam that has been building since autumn? Here’s an outlet a they might enjoy, while making . time e sam the at ds frien new few Heworth Amateur Rugby League Club are now recruiting for their under eights and under nines teams, for both boys and girls. Training takes place at Elmpark Way in Heworth ever y Sunday at 10.30am.

n If you think you have a r potential little fly-half in you rd wei midst, toss them that shaped ball and call 07957 982826.

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Toy boats for lifeboats Are you awash with gifts and games that flew down your chimney at Christmas that are, as nice as Santa’s intentions were, unwanted? Sure you could stick the excess gifts and presents on eBay, but why not donate them to a cause that genuinely needs them? The Galtres Forest branch of the RNLI urgently requires all your unwanted seasonal bounty, including soft toys, games, puzzles and even wool and yarn. Your donation will go a long way to supporting the vital lifesaving work of the lifeboat charity, and also clear out a bit of space in time for spring.

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mothers’ day! Congratulations go to Sarah Roberts, owner of fantastic floristry shop Dutch Nurseries in Haxby, who is celebrating her third Mothers’ Day in business this month. Sarah has been a busy bee in that time – she’s become an accredited Vera Wang wedding florist partnered with Interflora, and built a portfolio of corporate clients. Sarah is also proud to sponsor the Minster FM Local Hero Awards and the Miss York finale. “Since buying the business, I’ve been working hard to build wedding, corporate and retail sales,” says Sarah. “My plan for the future is to continuing building retail sales and to strive to give customers top quality fresh flowers, with the best customer service and a personal touch.” Well it seems to be working well so far, Sarah.

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A groovy gift Generation Groove had an extra excuse to boogie after raising £500 for Homeless Charity SASH recently. The group, who have been playing for over ten years, perform a wide range of music at various venues in York, and donated the money they raised from their Christmas Concert. SASH work to prevent 16-24 year olds from becoming homeless by offering them shelter in volunteers’ homes. Their network of ‘hosts’ provides emergency Nightstop accommodation, including an evening meal and breakfast for troubled young people. Generation Groove’s bass guitarist Dave Wilson says: “We wanted to support a charity that was helping young people in York. SASH fitted the bill perfectly – we were pleased to be able to help.”


Star pupils York students are a clever bunch – especially, it seems, those who attend York College. Seven of the college’s bright sparks are hoping to head to either Oxford or Cambridge to continue their studies later this year, after receiving offers from the cities’ prestigious universities. Hopefully on course to Cambridge are Dan Kozelko, Jade Cuttle, Oscar Powell and Peter Bock. Eager to be off to Oxford are Emily Freeman, Harriet Gray and Josh Meikle. Miggy Biller, Head of Division for

Maths and co-ordinator of Oxbridge applications at York College, says everyone at York College will continue to support them to ensure they attain their required grades. “Out of the seven successful candidates, six are A Level students and one (Emily) is a vocational student. They have all done extremely well to be selected.” The college has grown to be the largest provider of students to university in the region, with around 900 students sending in UCAS applications this year.

The city of York certainly has a lot to boast about – the walls, the Minster, and now, its contributions to oral hygiene. The ‘Brush DJ’ smart phone app, developed by Ben Underwood from Clifton, has been awarded the ‘Best Dental Innovation Award’, judged by leading figures in the oral healthcare industry. The app uses a timer to play two minutes of music taken at random from the user’s device, aiming to make the mundane task of brushing more fun, and has already been downloaded in 150 countries. Users can also set reminders to prompt brushing, change toothbrushes and book dental appointments. Ben says the award has made his hard work worthwhile, calling it a “great honour.”

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Green-fingered giving Staff at Dean’s Garden Centre on Stockton Lane can give themselves a pat on the back after raising a massive £19,787.53 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Customers and staff helped to raise the funds, which, together with a £3000 donation from the centre’s business partners, made it their biggest charity contribution yet. The folks at Deans ask staff to nominate a charity to fundraise for each year, and the team did so in 2012 by hosting a range of events such as a jubilee party and a brass band concert. Dean’s Garden Centre has chosen York Against Cancer to support in 2013. You can do your bit by contributing to the charity pots around the store, or throwing a few pennies in their wishing well. Look out for upcoming fundraising events! n Visit

Hitching a ride We were really chuffed with ourselves by signing up to a 10K run, but that distance is nothing compared to what a local lass from Haxby is attempting in the name of charity. Sarah Fawcett, student at the University of York, will be hitchhiking to Croatia this month, covering 900 miles and seven countries – in the space of a week. Sarah is attempting to raise cash for LiNK International, a community development charity that provides education and resources for orphans and those affected by HIV/Aids in the poorest parts of Africa. We doff our caps to you, Sarah – good luck! n To help Sarah raise some funds, visit


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All bets are off Writer and comedian Tony Hawks, who will appear at the York Literature Festival, stopped by for a chat about being mistaken for a skateboarder and hitch hiking around Ireland with a fridge. While Tony thought it was rather odd to see someone trying to get a lift with a fridge while in Ireland, his Irish friends didn’t think anything of it – and his English friend insisted that it wasn’t possible. Hence the bet for Tony to cover the circumference of the country, electrical coolbox in tow, in the space of one calendar month. “Bets have been a source of inspiration for my work,” says Tony, who had never written a book before penning Round Ireland With A Fridge. “The trip around Ireland was an uplifting experience. I thought it would be interesting but lonely, but in fact everyone got on board and celebrated what I was doing. It was an exercise in silliness really, which is something the Irish do best.”

Don’t worry, be happy Tony says that the journey made quite an impact on his life. “The trip forced me to stop worrying. If you’re hitch hiking, you’ll drive yourself insane if you worry about getting somewhere for a certain time. I figured, if I’m stuck here waiting for a lift, I might as well smile. I learnt a lot while I was writing the book, when I had to analyse


things. It definitely changed things in a positive way for me.”

Anyone for tennis? Another bet of Tony’s required a trip to Moldova (to challenge the national football team to a game of tennis, naturally), which led to the beginning of something very worthwhile. Tony decided to set up the Moldovan Child Care Centre, which provides care for children with disabilities, as a result of the poverty that he saw during his trip. “I visit every year and stay with the family who run things,” says Tony, who donates proceeds from the sale of his book Playing the Moldovans at Tennis to the centre. “I think it’s important to make a difference in a small way,” says Tony. “I felt like it was only fair to give something back to the place I was writing about.”

Axe to grind If you’re still wondering why we haven’t discussed the best grinding or half pipe technique, that’s because this isn’t the skateboarder Tony Hawk. The comedic Tony Hawks even has a section on his

website that is dedicated to emails he has received from misguided fans, complete with Tony’s “mischievous” replies. “There was a period when I was getting three or four emails a day. One of the most common things that made me laugh was people telling me “You’re my biggest fan.” I’d reply and say “I’m not you’re biggest fan, I don’t even know who you are.” I used to give them ridiculous skating advice like breathing in and leaning to the left a bit more.” n Tony will appear at the York Literature Festival at City Screen on 20th March to present a screening of the film version of Round Ireland With A Fridge from 8pm, followed by a question and answer session. Visit www. or call 0871 902 5726.

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Literally a great festival Congratulations. Due to the fact you’re reading these words and understanding their meaning, you have automatically been invited to the York Literature Festival. From 19th - 24th March the city will be awash with book types, all here for you literary pleasure. Big names like Will Self, Carol Ann Duffy and Tony Hawks (read our interview with the comic writer) will be on hand, speaking about their work and hob-nobbing with us all. The festival also boasts readings, music, comedy and film, as well as literature themed guided walks around the city and a chance to meet Yorkshire poet and author Simon Armitage – ‘book’ your place now. (we know, we’re hilarious) n Get full festival listings at

TakeOver take over It’s back! Once again the Theatre Royal has been handed over to a group of creative young people for the 2013 TakeOver Festival. The aspiring team, all aged between 11 and 25, have a series of plays, workshops and talks planned for the three week festival. Kicking proceedings off will be The Odyssey (19th -20th March) which takes a trip into the ancient journey of Homer’s Odysseus. Also showing is the riotous cabaret show Self-Sevice (20th -21st March) about sexuality and gender. Writer Carol Ann Duffy will also be making an appearance, and they’ll be other exciting, challenging and entertaining pieces of performance. n To find out more and see a full run-down of the festival, visit www.


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Back to nature If you are eager to see the first buds of spring and the stirrings of nature as winter ends, then perhaps a trip to the museum will serve. Although the Yorkshire Museum is better known for displaying animals of a more extinct persuasion, from 7th March visitors will be able to see things a little differently. Until 6th May, the ‘Mark Hearld: A First Book of Nature’ exhibition will display the beautiful illustrations of Mark Hearld and the animal and nature drawings he completed for the massively successful ‘A First Book of Nature’ by Nicola Davies. The display will be complemented with taxidermy from the Yorkshire Museum’s collection and a variety of illustrations, prints, drawings and ceramics from York Art Gallery’s collections. n Visit

Your role in history If you were wowed by the York Mystery Plays last year and now dream of being involved in another of the Theatre Royal’s large-scale productions, you’re in luck. Working in conjunction with Pilot and Slunglow theatre companies, the next production to involve the community will be Blood and Chocolate. This new show will use the city as a backdrop to tell a story inspired by the workers of the chocolate factories during the First World War. Audience members will be led around the streets at night time, hearing dialogue through wireless headsets. n Auditions are set to take place in April, but if you would like to be involved, either as an actor or behind the scenes, register your interest at



The panel show Glass is brilliant. It’s like a wall that you can look through. But staring through the same old uPVC panes all day can be pretty boring – would you prefer to take a look at some glass that was truly artfully created? Such a thing is possible at York Minster, where their domed exhibition The Orb displays panels of medieval glass that have been freshly restored to their former glory. It seems quite a few of us have been intrigued to see the

panels, prior to them being reinstalled in the restored Great East Window, as the Minster recently announced a surge in visitors in the final quarter of 2012. No doubt The Orb, entrance to which is included in the cost of your ticket, has been a contributing factor to the cathedral’s business. Plus The Orb also looks a bit like a space ship, which we’re sure has helped as well. n Visit

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Curtains up! The York Theatre Royal is a landmark building in the centre of the city. Who could miss the blend of gothic arches of the original 18th century theatre, with the modern hexagonal café and bar? Now it seems that there are changes afoot as the theatre recently announced they are well on the way to securing a grant from the Arts Council for yet more improvements. Planned developments include enclosing and glazing the colonnade that currently only serves as a place for commuters to shelter from the rain. This will double the amount of public space within the building, and will also improve access to the auditorium itself. The work will be a part of the Reinvigorate York project, which also sees refurbishment to the Art Gallery, Exhibition Square and St Leonards Place, creating a central cultural hub for the city. The development is set to take place during 2015 with lots of planning and design consultations to happen before that. Let’s just hope they run all this past everyone’s favourite dame first – he’s in charge, isn’t he? n Visit


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After the confirmation that a skeleton found beneath a car park in Leicester is in fact that of King Richard III, we take a look at the life of the last Yorkist king, his involvement with the city and what the future might hold for his final resting place.

August 1485. Richard was killed in battle and Henry Tudor took the throne as Henry VI.

Richard III: A life in facts. • Born 2nd October 1452. Spent much of his childhood at Middleham Castle in Wensleydale.

• Richard’s body was buried in Greyfriars church in Leicester. A body of evidence. Mike Bennet, who created the Richard III Museum in Monkgate Bar, explains why Richard should be brought back to York.

• Richard’s father, The Duke of York, died at the Battle of Wakefield. His older brother was crowned King Edward IV. • Edward IV died in 1483 leaving Richard as Protector of the Realm and guardian of Edward’s sons. Later that year the Lords decided Edward’s children are illegitimate and crowned Richard. • The princes later went missing, leading to the ‘princes in the tower’ mystery. • Richard's son Edward was created Prince of Wales in York Minster in September 1483.


• During his visits to York the king would lodge at the Augustinian Priory on Lendal, where the Post Office stands today. He often chaired meetings of The Council of the North in St. Mary’s Abbey

– a building later destroyed by the grandson of… • Henry Tudor, a Lancastrian claimant to the throne, engaged Richard in battle on Bosworth Field in Leicestershire on 22nd

"The evidence is overwhelming that Richard wanted to be buried at York Minster. There is no evidence that he desired to be buried anywhere else. The king met the Dean and Chapter of the Minster to discuss the building of a chantry (where prayers are said for the souls of the dead). This had already started to be built by the time of Richard's death in 1485. It is difficult to find an explanation for

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“Richard was a great benefactor to York Minster and he also had the top floor of Monk Bar (which now houses the Richard III Museum) built in 1484. There is no real reason why he would want to be buried at Leicester, having no real connection with the place, other than, of course, being killed near it!” Find out more about Richard and his time in York by visiting the museum. A special exhibition allows you to put Richard on trial for the supposed murder of the princes in the tower, letting you decide if you think Richard was guilty or not. Check out A much-loved monarch Contary to the belief that he was an evil king, Richard was clearly very much loved by the citizens of York. Only a day after his death at the Battle of Bosworth, the Mayor of York’s Sergeant of The Mace announced: “King Richard, late mercifully reigning over us, was through great treason piteously slain and murdered, to the great heaviness of this city.” This was a risky thing for a city to

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these plans if Richard had wanted to be buried anywhere other than York Minster.

declare, especially when the victor of the battle was currently being declared king. This statement of loyalty to Richard was a clear indicator that he was extremely well-liked in the city and that the people of York thought of him as ‘their’ king. So regardless of what Shakespeare said, it seemed Richard was, at least in York, one of the good guys. Homecoming? Since the discovery of the remains in Leicester there has been great debate as to what to do with them. Show your support for Richard’s return to York by signing the petition at



businessdiary FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES (YORK BRANCH) Meet on the third Monday of the month at Riverside Farm in Skelton, York YO30 IXJ. Call 629777. YORK BUSINESS NETWORKING 12th and 26th March from 8-10am at Fulford Golf Club. NETWORK NORTH Every Wednesday from 7.30-9.30am a Hotel Du Vin, The Mount. BSYNY Events for new businesses running throughout the month at York Eco Business Centre. WOMEN’S BUSINESS ZONE First Tuesday evening (7-9pm) and the third Thursday morning (11am-1pm) of each month. Holiday Inn, Tadcaster Road. YORK WOMEN IN BUSINESS Business Event, 28th February, 6-8pm at the Food Quarter, First Floor, McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, Fulford.


YORK CHAMBER EVENTS To book visit Speed networking, 4th March, 5pm-7pm. Theatre Royal/ York Citizens’ Theatre Trust Ltd, St Leonard’s Place. Grow your business through effective marketing, 12th March, 9am12.30pm. IT Centre, York Science Park. Easy ways to boost sales results and confidence, 12th March, 1.30-5pm. IT Centre, York Science Park. Pure networking in York, 13th March, 7.30am-9am. National Railway Museum, Leeman Road. Chamber Annual Dinner York, 21st March, 7pm. York Racecourse, The Racecourse. York Property Forum, 26th March, 5pm- 7pm. The Royal York Hotel, Station Road. n If you have a business networking event coming up, please email For more business news visit


Get biz-y If reading last month’s interview with Len Cruddas – Chief Executive of Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce – got you in the mood to get more involved in York’s business world, read on. The Chamber have recently announced that this year's Annual Dinner in York will be held at York Racecourse on 21st March. What’s more, wise and wonderful words will be provided by guest speaker Eve Pollard OBE, broadcaster, TV personality and mother of Claudia Winkleman. A great night is promised, celebrating all the fantastic achievements of local businesses. Tickets are available in tables of ten or individually. n Call 567838.

executoy USB toast. Before you ask – no, normal toasted bread cannot be used to store digital data. But these cute little chaps can. The cool USB flash drives are pretty nice in their own right, but when combined with the toaster USB hub they’ll have your colleagues asking for theirs with butter and jam. The hub also includes a slot for an SD Card. You definitely can’t eat that. n £9.74 Available from

Get to London in an hour and ten? Yep, it could happen. It has recently been announced that York will benefit by the proposed High Speed 2 rail system, currently under development by the government. If the project, which will see more than 300 miles of new track laid, goes ahead, York commuters will be able to travel to London in just one hour and ten minutes, and Birmingham in just an hour. James Alexander, Leader of City of York Council, is fully behind the proposed new system, enthusing that, “York will become an even greater hub for tourism and business.�

Not really a surprise The Cities Outlook for 2013, a report produced by the Centre for Cities, has found that York remains one of the top performing cities in the UK. Out of the 64 cities analysed, dear old Eboracum ranked sixth with employment figures, a fantastic increase on last year. York was also ranked in the top five cities with the lowest JSA claimant count and the only city in the north of England to rank in the top ten for low levels of residents with no formal qualifications. Clever clogs.



Earningwhile learning We spoke to Jordan Phillips who is currently undertaking an engineering apprenticeship at Nestlé. factory, shadowing more experienced technicians during repair and maintenance work on the many complicated machines and systems. “It’s hard work,” he explains, “and the days are pretty long, even the one day each week I’m at York College. But it’s brilliant and I’m really enjoying myself.”

“Every day is different,” says Jordan, 18, as he described his role at one of the biggest chocolate providers in the world. “There could be breakdowns with the machinery or project work that needs completing. It’s great to get hands on and develop my skills.” Jordan is currently mid-way through his four year apprenticeship, spending his time on-site at the


Jordan’s engineering apprenticeship consists of two years of mechanical training, followed by two years on electrical systems. During that time he will not only acquire invaluable experience as a technician, earning an actual wage, but also gain highly regarded qualifications. “I can’t express how much I would recommend taking the apprenticeship route to get into work. Nestlé has an incredible programme – probably one of the best in the country. I’m often at meetings and conferences about apprenticeships and compared with other leading companies Nestlé’s programme is up at the top.” So what does the future hold for Jordan once he completes his apprenticeship? “I’ll be 20 when I finish and I’ll already have four years of experience and all the qualifications I’ll need. It won’t take long until I’m running things around here!” n Find out more about Nestlé apprenticeships at

Apprenti-boost Nestlé isn’t the only employer to offer fantastic apprenticeship opportunities. City of York Council has happily announced that the Leeds City Region Partnership, which York is a part of, has successfully secured £4.6m to support apprenticeships in the region. York will become home to one of eight ‘Apprenticeship Hubs’ where small businesses will be helped and encouraged to employ young people as apprentices. Council Leader James Alexander is delighted with the news. “Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to gain access to a wide range of professions,” says James, “but everyone benefits as every £1 invested in apprenticeships generates £18 back to the economy.” n Businesses who would like to discuss taking on apprentices can find out more at www. or call 07769 640241. 

Council move You might have heard (or indeed seen) that the brand spanking new City of York Council offices on Station Rise are just about ready to open their doors to customers. The old offices on St. Leonard’s Place have now closed and until all departments are relocated to the new purpose built offices, there may be some disruption to normal reception services. During the moving period the Parking Services department will be located in Library Square, along with Council Tax and Housing. The ground floor of York Explore Library, right next door, will temporarily house Planning, Waste and Recycling and other useful services. However, whatever your enquiry, the number to call is still 551550.

All aboard the Partnership Partners Group, the York PR and marketing communications agency, have a lot to shout about this year. Not only will the company celebrate their 25th year of business but they have also recently won four high profile internet clients. Partners have built websites for Trustspan Timber Engineering based at Murton, and Silvery Tweed Cereals, a processing business in Berwick-upon Tweed. They have also worked on creating a brand identity for Fortitude Environmental, a specialist waste treatment company in Leeds, and are redeveloping a website for racehorse training yard Foulrice Park Racing. The Partners Group also announced plans to raise £25,000 during 2013 for two charities – Speakability and Young Carers Revolution. So quite busy then. n Visit



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We don’t know that much about sport – the closest we get to exercise is the daily boxing over the biscuit tin at elevenses – but luckily we know a bloke who does. He tells us about the hottest news in the world of sport in words we can understand, and makes it funny too! Thank you, Dan Tait – here is his column… Ball boy gate Did you hear about Chelsea’s Eden Hazard booting possibly the oldest looking ball boy ever? Naturally, in the same situation Fernando Torres would have tried to kick him and miss, and given the boy was around work experience age he was lucky Ashley Cole didn’t shoot him with an air rifle. It was a far cry from when I was a ball boy for York City, which I was on four occasions (resulting in four wins, I might add). I never lay on top of the ball to time waste, but that was mainly because I could barely move, sporting the one-size-fits-all attire that made a little lad like me to look like I was wearing Rick Waller’s jogging gear, or like I was Tom Hanks at the end of the film Big. Ball boys at Bootham Crescent have become trendier in recent years, and no doubt the ones at York City’s March home games will look more the part than I did. Local rivals and Capital One Cup finalists – and who knows, maybe winners by the time you read this – Bradford City visit


York on 2nd March, before Rochdale arrive for the Tuesday night fixture on 12th March, which is part of a double header as high fliers Port Vale come to town on 16th March. York will then move into the last month of the season as the football league campaign comes to a close in late April, barring a late, resurgent storm up the table into the play off spots.

That’s entertainment One of the biggest sporting events on the calendar so far has been the Super Bowl in America, which lasted some four hours and boasted half time entertainment from the reformed Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé. Some people have suggested that our FA Cup could learn a lot from the added entertainment value. It’s an argument that becomes a bit irrelevant when you see our equivalent reformed pop acts are the likes of Atomic Kitten and Steps. I think we would all prefer miming in this situation.

Pete Goddrick is one of those rare breeds of people; an unsung hero who puts in the hours for the benefit of others. Some 51 years he has been involved in boxing in York one way or another, the only remaining original member of the York City Boxing Club. He currently heads up the newly refurbished York Masters Boxing gym at Layerthorpe, which has recently had a revamp, and trains semi professional boxers. The gym represents the European Boxing Federation (EBF) that gives the opportunity of boxing competitively for everybody, and there is a positive atmosphere present in the gym that serves people from all different disciplines and backgrounds, something that Pete Goddrick is proud of. We think he deserves a medal.

Dummies’ guide to: The Tour de France will come to York in 2014 – but just how does it all work? The TdF is a multiple stage bicycle race that covers about 3200 kilometres, has 21 race days and two rest days. There are usually between 20 and 22 teams that take part, with nine riders in each team. Riders are judged by the time they take throughout the race, though there can be time deductions for finishing well in a daily stage or passing a certain checkpoint first. It’s even possible to win the whole thing without actually winning a stage – this has happened six times. Yep, confusing.

The race was dreamt up by Géo Lefèvre, journalist for L’Auto magazine, in the early 20th century as a way to promote sales of the mag. On 1st July 1903, 60 bikers set out from Montgeron for the six stage race, and only 21 made it to the end. Our Gini isn’t planning any bike-related promotions of this mag though, thank God. Want to enter? You’ll need to be an international U.C.I. road racing licence holder and to be selected by a team that has been invited to attend. Try to get yourself into a U.C.I. ProTour team. Failing that, City of York Council is looking for cycling leaders – check out our Join the Club section for details!



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Gadgets are the future, and what is more futuristic than getting technology to do all the hard work for you? We take a look at some fancy kit that will drag your home into the 21st century. Scholl X-Pop Massager: Of course, we are all waiting for the day when they invent a robot with special Swedish massaging skills. Until that day we will have to settle for the X-Pop Massager – which, according to Nic, is just as good. This cool-looking cushion straps to your office chair and gently kneads and warms your lower back. Nic found it extremely relaxing as the vibrations shook away all her daily stresses. The rest of us found it extremely funny hearing the massager groan as Nic shifted in her chair. It sounded like trumps. £29.99 Gadget rating 8/10. Smartbel: Annoying, isn’t it? Someone’s at the door, ringing the bell, and you’re at the other end of the back garden. The Smartbel is doorbell with a difference. It connects to your home’s WiFi network and sends a message to your phone alerting you to the visitor, no matter where you are. In fact, thanks to the Smartbel’s built-in camera and microphone, you can even chat to the person at your door from the other side of the world. To tell them you’re out. £129.99 Gadget rating 8/10.


Three-way Object Locator: We’ve all heard of the key finder – that handy gadget that attaches to your keys and beeps when you lose them. These days we have so much more stuff that tends to get lost, be it our phones, mp3 players or wallet. The Threeway Object locator saves you having to search for everything, as it includes three colour-coordinated receivers which will make different sounds when you press the appropriate button on the transmitter. Handy for first-time parents as well. Tee hee. £14.95 Gadget rating 9/10.

Rootmetrics. Find out if your mobile network operator has good signal in any particular area, and upload the results to the main website, benefitting others. Zapper. Find out what other apps and functions are draining your phone’s battery and shut them down by zapping them. Minesweeper. The classic PC game that we have all wasted hours of work time on now gets a shiny new makeover. Vine. Create short, looping videos for your family and friends to see, in a fun and simple way. Upload the results quickly to Facebook and Twitter. The Video Cookbook. Access hundreds of easy to follow recipes and cooking advice, on this app made by food industry professionals.

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iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum Cleaner. Welcome to the future. It’s finally here, a time when robots do all the household chores and service our every need. The Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner crawls about your living room carpet, guided by sensors, and sucks up all the bits and bobs. We found that Robert (which is what we named ours) gave a very thorough clean to the office carpets, no doubt aided by the steadily pace the robot takes, allowing more dust to be collected. Included with the vacuum cleaner is a remote control, allowing you take control of the robot, just in case it misses the odd patch of biscuit crumbs. Also included is a charging dock, which, amazingly, the robot will find all by itself when the battery is low. Check out Howard’s column in the Family section to see what his toddler daughter made of it. £449.99 Gadget rating 9/10.

Brush Robot. Of course, not all household robots cost hundreds of pounds and are filled with hi-tech cleverness. The Brush Robot, part of the Science Museum’s fun range of toys, is a great way for kids to learn the basics of robots as they build their own mechanical cleaning pal. The included motor vibrates and the robot waddles along atop a brush. £12.99 Available from Anti-Gravity, Colliergate. Gadget Rating 7/10.


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We love special cars in movies, those that are like characers in their own right. But what happens to film cars after the cameras stop rolling? Here are a few of our favourites.

KITT. Before David Hasslehoff ran along beaches in slow motion with Pamela Anderson, he starred in a TV show which featured bumpers of a different kind. Knight Rider, which was part sci-fi, part modern take on The Lone Ranger, wowed audiences in the early 1980s, mostly due to the talking, jumping, zooming super car, KITT (or Knight Industries Two Thousand). The car, which was a modified Pontiac Trans Am, sold on eBay in 2008 for £14,000 but lacked some of the features from the show. Such as the artificially intelligent computer complete with English accent. We wish TV was real life.

Batmobile. Na-na na-na na-na na-na Batman! Before Christian Bale’s caped crusader battled crime in a big black tank, Batsie rode in something a little more pedestrian. The original batmobile, driven by Adam West in the tongue-in-cheek TV series of the 1960s, was recently sold at auction for a staggering £2.6 million. George Barris, who in 1966 paid just one dollar for the car he would modify into the sleek black hero wagon, is said to be rejoicing after the sale. The car, which is still road legal, features lasers, a Batphone and a Bat-ering ram. The winning bidder was Rick Champagne, a car collector from Arizona. Let’s hope that as he drives it home, it doesn’t get a flat bat-tery.

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DeLorean. How do you travel through time? Easy, you stick a flux capacitor in an Irish sports car and then accelerate to 88mph. Then kiss your mum. We all learnt that from the 1985 film Back to the Future, in which Michael J. Fox travelled back in time to the 1950s. The car he did it in had a less than exciting life after production finished, being parked at the old props section of Universal Studios for years. In fact, a local homeless man even slept in the car for a while. It was acquired by the Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s Foundation in 2011 and raised £400,000 at auction.

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treatment my mum would prefer, but she has tonnes of lotions so I know beauty treatments are of interest! A. Not all women want to get undressed for a massage, and alternative treatments may not appeal to everyone. However, the majority of women will take care of their facial skin with cleansers and moisturisers, so a customised Dermalogica facial is an ideal choice. The therapist will decide the perfect face treatment on the day using the latest face mapping technology to analyse your mum’s skin. Any son would be flavour of the month with this, but if you’re really not sure buy a gift voucher for your mum to choose her own treatment.

and jokes about having something done. I know she really would like to have an antiageing treatment but I don’t want to suggest anything permanent or too expensive, or offend her. A. There is a variety of anti-ageing packages and non-surgical procedures available. A great treatment is an ‘Agera Skin Peel’ and it doesn’t suggest anti-aging in the title so shouldn’t offend! It is a unique treatment that significantly stimulates the fibroblasts deep within the skin to produce new collagen and elastin. After one session your mum‘s skin will look clearer, smoother and brighter and she’ll thank you for it.

would like to buy a reasonably priced treat too. A. For an immediately noticeable look your mum can show off, choose a simple file and nail polish. If like most mums she leads a hectic life, than Shellac nails are a great alternative. Shellac combines the ease of polish with the permanence of gels. It was developed and tested to withstand daily wear with no chipping, and they last around 14 days! For personal and professional advice contact KUKI HAIR & BEAUTY SPA 01904 659007. Or visit our website or email mail@kukispa. com. Find us on Twitter and Facebook.

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mess it up: Messy ballerina buns, low ponytails and tousled locks – the type that actually don’t take you an hour in front of the mirror to achieve – are in. Hurrah! Any trend that does us a favour by letting us have an extra 15 minutes in bed, and still be fashionable, is a trend worth fighting for in our book. Long live the messy do.

torn on the platform: We’ve always been in two minds about platform shoes. Yes, they do add extra inches to our height, and yes, they do so without leaving our feet cut to shreds. However, we have discovered a down side – they make our legs look fat. Without a slimline heel, something wrong happens to the width of our calves. And anyway, we’re not in the 1970s any more.

candy sweet: How do you dress your phone? Let’s face it – they are glued to our hands for about 95% of our waking hours, so they need to look good. Cases have become ever more extravagant, and we’re big fans of designs by one local lass. Francesca McCarthy, owner of DollyMix&CandyKiss, makes phone covers and accessories that are just gorgeous. Seriously, you couldn’t get any more girly. Bejeweled and beglittered, the cases are customized to your specifications, and examples on the website include personal touches such as the Barbie logo and a mini Eiffel Tower, amidst pink pearls and flowers. We adore them! Head to her website to take a look for yourself:


take a dip: We suspected that the dip dye trend wouldn’t last long – it just looks like you’ve forgotten to do your roots. Though unluckily for our Nic, she’d just about grown her roots to a length where she could get away with the ‘it’s dip dyed’ excuse, and now it’s gone out of fashion. Better get to the hairdressers…

There’s no feeling like finding a gem of a jacket or a perfect pair of trousers, when all you have to do is give up something you no longer want anyway. It almost feels like cheating. That’s why we’re so chuffed that the lovely folk at Lush on Coney Street are holding York’s Big Clothes Swap on 19th March from 6.30-7.30pm. It works as a swapping boutique, where keen fashionistas can take clothes they’re fallen out of love with to the store during the week before the event in exchange for tokens. Then, you can have a rummage through the racks on the evening to find some lovely new-to-you items. Entry costs £2, with all proceeds going to charity. Two lucky readers will win free entry plus two tokens each – to enter answ er the following question: What is the name of the event? SImply email your answer to or post it to the address on page five, to reach us by 12th March.


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Dark Arts nail art: This kit has everything you need to create dazzling effects on your talons: a range of varnishes, clever tools such as dotting sticks and tiny tweezers, pretty gems, and instructions on different designs. To get your nails looking as good as the ones as the photo takes a fair bit of preparation, but we reckon it’s the perfect way to spend a girly night in. Plus, if you’re completely useless with a pot of polish, you can cheat with the nail wraps! This kit makes a gorgeous gift too. n £25 Front Cover Cosmetics MUA Fur Effect Nails: Furry nails? Yep, you heard right. All you have to do is paint your nails with clear varnish, then dip them into this powdery stuff while they’re still wet. It takes a few attempts to get your whole nail covered, but there are videos that talk you through it on YouTube. The end result is brightly coloured fluffy nails (no surprises there), and the coverage is good – we were particularly surprised with the staying power, though we don’t recommend plunging your hands into a washing up bowl while wearing it. We think this is a great trend for young nailistas. n £3 Superdrug




“You’ve got to want to quit.” 13th March is No Smoking Day. We asked our financial femme fatal Helen, an ex-smoker herself, how she managed to kick the habit. “I had a reason to stop. I’d decided to run in the Race 4 Life and so needed to improve my fitness. I joined an NHS group, and by working with the counsellors worked out what my routine of smoking was. I discovered that for me it was all about having something to do with my hands, so we worked at giving me something else to fiddle with and to break the associations I had with smoking. It took just three weeks to quit. I completed Race 4 Life, and even went on to do the following two! Above all, I think to be able to do it you’ve got to really want to quit.” Helen, like a lot of us in the office, is now in training for the Jane Tomlinson 10K in the summer. n For help and advice with quitting, visit


On yer bike! York is all about the saddle this month… Don’t mess with him, he’s a cycle-path This month you’ll see a few more bikes on the roads, whizzing to and from schools. That’s because Sutrans, the charity that encourages people to travel by foot, bike or public transport, have launched The Big Pedal – a whole month of cycling fun and challenges. To get set, here are some top cycle safety tips courtesy of iTravel York. • Cycle at a steady pace about one metre away from the kerb. • Be predictable and confident on the road so that all road users are aware of you. • Be heard. Use your bell to let other road users and pedestrians know that you're approaching. • Make eye contact with other road users at junctions and crossings. Make sure that they've seen you. n Find out more about cycling safety at

Going for the century Children’s charity Action Medical Research are looking for people to join their popular York 100 bike ride this summer. On 18th August cyclists will have a choice of two routes; the Classic of around 68 miles, and the Champion at a whopping 102 miles. Both take in some stunning Yorkshire scenery including the Wolds and the Howardian Hills and the brave pedalers will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. n Visit

Free-cycle If you love your bike, but the thought of cycling around the city is a little daunting, then never fear – City of York Council is here. The Active Living team are offering free cycling training sessions for adult beginners and those wanting to get back in the saddle. The next class will take place on 13th March at Dunnington Sports Club on Common Road. There are two levels of training: one for beginners who have never learned to ride and another for people who want to improve their cycling skills. n To find out more call 553377.


Poles apart Have you seen people trekking through the city, poles in hands, striding about happily? No, they are not a group training to climb Mount Everest, nor have they lost their skis – they’re Nordic Walking. Nordic Walking is a craze that is sweeping the nation, and it’s no surprise. By walking with poles, using a technique similar to that of cross country skiing, you can burn nearly 50% more calories, improve posture and strengthen back muscles. If you fancy giving it a go, why not pop along to one of iTravel’s taster days on either 12th or 21st March, at Rowntree Park, 10am-11am n Visit

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Every mum needs a bit of TLC now and again, so what could be a better treat this Mother’s Day than a bit of pampering? Marcelle at Heavenly Nails has just the offer to give your mum the indulgence she deserves, without breaking the bank. For all the deserving mums out there, Marcelle is offering a manicure and pedicure for just £30 – and mum can even enjoy the treatment in the comfort of her own home. Why not book a treatment for yourself too and enjoy some quality time together? Guys, we’re talking to you too – Marcelle offers lots of bloke-friendly treatments, such as massages and pedicures, which are becoming increasingly popular with men. Alongside the fantastic Mother’s Day deal, Marcelle is still offering Shellac fingers and toes for £25, and a full set of acrylics for £20. Alongside these styles, Marcelle can also create Rock Chick toes – a sparkle-fest that we’re falling in love with here in the office, especially as Marcelle uses complementary colours on your fingers to make the whole effect look uber glam. As well as the nail treatments and massages, Marcelle also offers waxing, facials and spray tanning, as well as reflexology sessions – so no matter what your mum is into, Marcelle will be able to make her feel like a queen! n Visit or call 07710 669 945.

Game, set, birthday How about a birthday party with a difference? Gone are the days of boring buns and soggy sarnies – now its rocking racquets, bouncing balls and terrific tennis! Tennis Tykes, where tennis is taught the fun way, have recently launched an exciting range of tennis parties for children celebrating their third, fourth, fifth or sixth birthdays. You and your

friends can enjoy some tennis training and perfect your ball control skills, while having a jolly good time, all supervised by qualified coaches and trained staff. The Tennis Tykes characters, Tommy and Tessa, are also on hand to make it a truly special day for the birthday boy or girl. n Visit

Be the difference The Boy Scouts’ motto may be ‘Be prepared’, but that is a piece of advice that applies to more than just knots and Swiss Army knives. There is no better way to be prepared for any eventuality than to have some first aid training – especially if that training comes from the professionals. Yormed Ambulance Service offers first aid training courses for anyone, delivered by their experienced ambulance practitioners and staff. From their essential three-day First Aid at Work course, to paediatric first aid and CPR and defibrillator training, there is bound to be a course for you. All the training is given at the Ambulance Station on Little Hallfield Road. n To book your place, or to find out more about the courses, call 819018.

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A tailor-made smile Are you considering dentures, or are you dissatisfied with your current set of gnashers? If so you might be interested in meeting the tooth techies at Bespoke Dentures, Woodlands Road. They offer a wide range of services including new complete dentures, partial dentures, relines, soft linings and chrome dentures. The qualified staff have years of experience, and the emphasis the clinic places on using quality materials enables them to offer an excellent, personal service in which most customers leave with their completed dentures after just three weeks! A complete full set of teeth start from only £570, including any aftercare you may require. n To find out more and to book your free consultation, call 789876.

Lace up your trainers Are you a walking or cycling enthusiast? Do you fancy helping others to get hooked too? Now’s your chance to get involved in the City of York Council’s programme of Health Walks and Guided Rides. The York Health Walks scheme, part of the national Walking for Health programme, requires Volunteer Walk Leaders to take the people of York (well, not all of them all at once) on gentle walks, suitable for all ages and abilities. Meanwhile, Volunteer Ride Supporters lead cycle rides around the city during spring, summer and autumn, for people who are new to cycling or need to brush up their skills. Full training and support is provided for both roles, and the commitment required from volunteers is flexible. A training day for Ride Supporters will take place on 27th February, and Walk Leaders can train on 15th March. n For further information, email Sarah Prescott on or call 553377.



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Plenty of us feel a bit bloated every now and again, or lose our appetite – but did you know that if you notice these symptoms, they could be a sign of ovarian cancer? Doctors in the Vale of York are urging women to get clued up on the symptoms as part of the ‘Be Clear on Ovarian Cancer’ campaign. The illness is the fifth most common cancer that affects women, and is more common in ladies over the age of 50 who have been through the menopause. Dr Joan Meakins, GP at Rawcliffe Surgery, Clifton, is a spokesperson for the campaign. She says that it’s vital to catch the disease early. “If ovarian cancer is diagnosed early, the outcome for many patients is good. However, it can be difficult to spot, as symptoms are similar to other, more common conditions. Contrary to popular belief, a smear test for cervical cancer will not detect ovarian cancer either. It's really

important to recognise the symptoms, and get to know your own body. If these symptoms are not normal for you, a visit to your doctor could save your life.” n Call the Communications Team for Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group on 0300 303 8394.

The symptoms: If you suffer from bloating a lot of the time (most days, for longer than three weeks), see your GP as soon as possible. You should also make an appointment if you have the following symptoms: 3 Pelvic and abdominal (lower stomach) pain 3 Needing to pee urgently or more often 3 Struggling to eat and feeling full quickly


Local couple Brydie and Dez Ward loved the Herbal Life plan so much they decided to spread the word! Herbal Life was set up in 1980 by Mark Hughes, who wanted to create healthy, nutritious products for a weight loss plan that would get great results in a safe way. Now, in 2013, it’s a global network. There’s a huge range on offer, including products for sporty types – footballer Messi is a big fan – and weight loss meal replacement shakes. “The most important point is that the shakes are packed with 23 vitamins and minerals, so they’re like a super healthy meal in a glass,” says Dez. “The focus is on the nutrition, so weight loss is just a byproduct.” Brydie says, “We also offer support to customers, and can come to your home to help with weigh-ins and offer advice and tips, as we’ve been there ourselves and know how it all works.” n For more details, call 07725 148863 or visit

A fresh look If the hustle and bustle of a children’s adventure playground is the last place you could imagine being pampered and preened, think again. Fresh – The Hair Studio may be set amongst the excited cries and yells of Creepy Crawlies Adventure Park on Wigginton Road, but the secluded spot and elegantly decked-out salon makes Fresh the perfect place in which to retreat. They’ve recently moved into bigger and better premises and their experienced staff offer a range of beauty treatments, from hair styling to Shellac nail and nail art. n Find them on Facebook and call 691522.

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The Fab Follicle Four Great names in the hair world have joined together in the fight against hair loss. Brothers Gary and Ben Auker founded the successful York Laser Clinic two years ago. This year, they both decided to take the clinic to a higher level by inviting father and son duo David and Ross Charles to join them. Trichologist David Charles has 40 years’ experience in the hair industry. After training in Paris with Doctor Gerard Choquet, he was invited to join the most elite team of Microscopists in dermo-trichology. Meanwhile, son Ross is owner of Ross Charles Hairdressing in York. Well known for his creative work, after treatment he is able to cut and style hair to get the best results. “A good haircut is the icing on the cake,” says Ross. Combined, the team have many years of experience and understanding of different causes of hair loss; they work together using their skills to assess a bespoke course of treatment for sufferers using a laser and topical treatments. This means that now, patients have a far better chance of saving existing hair or growing new hair, because of the options offered to them based on their individual needs. The results can be remarkable. After a free consultation, they offer a choice of payment methods, making laser hair loss therapy affordable. n Call Mr David Charles 07775 567110. Ross Charles Hairdressing, 82 Gillygate, York.



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You spoke, and the City of York Council listened. Last year, the online GeniUS! initiative asked local people to come forward with ideas on how best to help older and vulnerable residents. Your suggestions have been heard, and York now has the city’s first pilot scheme of a show flat that gives older people the chance to try out technology that could help them to continue living in their own homes, safely and independently. Based at Alex Lyon House sheltered housing scheme in Tang Hall, the flat showcases the Telecare helps to manage risk and latest telecare technology in a real support independence by means life home environment. A member of wireless sensors placed around of the Warden Call Telecare Team the home which detect possible at City of York Council will show problems such as smoke, gas, customers around, and will be flood, extremes of temperature able to demonstrate each item. or a person falling. The sensors However, the pilot scheme is only automatically raise an alarm, as running until the end of March well as alerting a carer, key holder before it is reviewed, so make an or a monitoring centre. Devices appointment now. on show include panic buttons, n The flat is open for viewings personal alarm pendants, watches on Tuesdays between 10am-12 and medication dispensers which noon and on Wednesdays between alert carers to missed doses. 1-3pm. Call 551550.

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If you are determined to put a spring in your step and get fit this spring, you might not be looking forward to the long, hard and lonely slog of running around the local park on your tod. If only there was a way to train with a group of friendly, likeminded people, with coaching by experienced professionals. • Wesports offer other There is, foothealth obviously, and its right and here in York. Positive Community wellness options. Sports Development (PCSD) is a new exciting community programme


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The Hospitium, the beautiful medieval building amidst the pretty surroundings of the Museum Gardens, is always a popular venue for brides and grooms to be. But it seems that York’s betrothed are a little superstitious, as tradionally the least popular dates are Friday 13th of September and December, and Saturday 13th in April and July – with couples fearful of what may be an unlucky day to get married. York Museum Trust, who operate the Hospitium, have decided to act against superstition and are offering a fantastic deal on these dates. For just £1313.13 the building can be yours on these days, a massive saving for this incredible venue. Will this be your lucky day? n Call 687671

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If you are busy planning what will no doubt be the highlight of the year – your wedding day – you may want to keep reading. Burn Hall, the beautiful restaurant and hotel in Huby, has recently been taken over by Royal Tulip Luxury Hotels, a world-leading leisure company. The hotel on Tollerton Road can now offer a range of sumptuous wedding packages, all at extremely competitive prices. Burn Hall is well placed in gorgeous grounds and served by

two restaurants and a relaxing bar, as well having its own exercise room for guests, 94 en-suite bedrooms and conference and meeting facilities. What’s more it’s just a stone’s throw from York, Thirsk, Harrogate, the Dales and the North York Moors – so your guests will have no problem getting there. n Call 01347 825433.

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Darn, just as we’d finally perfected our sugarcraft peonies, along comes a new trend for naked cakes. The un-iced, unfussy wedding cakes are basically just three sponges stacked on top of each other, dredged with a little icing sugar and garnished with fresh fruit and flowers. They fit perfectly with the new rustic style, and they’re also great for brides on a budget. But the icing is the best bit!

It’s time to ban the bunting, people! This year’s smartest venues are strung with colourful paper pom poms, like those 1970s Christmas decorations your nan used to put up in her living room. Yes, it sounds as stylish as a pair of polyester flares, but seeing is believing. You can buy paper pom poms online, or make your own (you’ll find loads of instructions on YouTube).

Thanks to Lady Mary and the gang (not to mention the forthcoming Great Gatsby movie), we’re seeing lots of 1920’s styling on the bridal catwalks. Forget the meringue and go for a shorter, tea length flapper style gown embellished with lots of antique lace. Add a string of pearls and you’re good to go. Dress by Sally Lacock –

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It was cute while it lasted, but if we see one more mismatched cup and saucer on a bridal table setting, we will actually scream. Vintage literally is old hat. The smart boho brides are going for rustic luxe instead, with outdoor barn venues, simple flowers, naked cakes (see opposite) and even fancy wellies for wet days. Imagine holding your wedding at Glastonbury, and you’ll get the idea. Bridal from BURN wellies HALL_LOCAL LINK_1-4_DEC

Give them a break, brides! They love you, they’re there for you, they even wore a pink bunny costume for your hen night. Don’t put them through the further humiliation of dressing them in identical pink taffeta. These days smart brides are allowing their bridesmaid to choose their own dress in a particular colour theme, or picking a style of dress and letting the bridesmaids choose their own colour. With bridesmaids often paying for their own dresses these days, it makes sense to let them have something they can wear afterwards.

Who wants to do a quiz about the bride and groom? We’ve come to celebrate your wedding, not take part in an episode of Pointless. And the same goes for those cute postcards where you can write a message to the happy couple. It breaks the ice, we hear you say. But after a few glasses of bubbly and a bit of Gangnam Style that ice will be well and truly broken, 15/2/13 10:38 Page 1don’t you worry about that.

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Joint supplements contain substances which occur naturally in the body that can aid in cartilage production as well as help improve mobility and flexibility. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease, causing restricted movement and joint pain which can result in lameness. A visit to your vet should be arranged if you see signs of stiffness or lameness so that an examination can be carried out and the underlying cause determined. Joint supplements can then be a beneficial part of treatment. Studies have shown that joint supplements can increase the range of joint motion and increase stride length, and therefore improve performance. By offering symptomatic relief to horses and alleviating symptoms of degenerative disease, welfare is also improved. If you have an aged horse showing stiffness, a horse in regular competition or hard training or one that has had previous injury or surgery, then joint supplementation should definitely be considered. However, it is essential to remember that these are often only an aid to treatment and veterinary advice should be sought first to diagnose the primary problem.

Pet owners are more likely to treat their animals and will develop their own feeding routine in line with their pet’s likes and dislikes. Some people may be swayed to home diets due to intolerances that their pet may have, however I would advise you to speak to your vet as there are lots of specific requirements that need to be considered, such as animals that are growing, weight control and pets that are senior. A variety of meat, vegetables, cereals and so on should be used with home cooked meals along with suitable supplements for the specific needs of the pet. Some animals need specific nutrients in their diets for day-to-day living, and removing them from their food may result in illness. However, too much of certain additives can also cause illness. Most commercially prepared foods are made for each life stage, and your vet may be able to offer a range of prescription diets that may also suit your pet’s needs, and in the long term may be cheaper that making a home diet.

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Have a home? These cutie-pies need one. LOLA: This loyal little moggy is beautiful inside and out and is gentle with everybody she meets. After her former owner became too frail to look after Lola any more, this friendly feline is looking for a quiet and loving new home to call her own. FERGUS: Stunning Fergus will charm any willing owners with his shiny black coat and bright green eyes. He may come across a little coy at first, but once he is settled in a loving new home, this handsome young man will become inseparable from his new friends. n If you’re interested in finding out more about these adorable moggies, or any of the cats at York Cats Protection, call 760356. SHEP: This beautiful Border Collie was found wandering by the A64 dual carriageway before being taken to the York Animal Home. He prefers to live with humans than other animals but is a happy and friendly dog who would make a great best friend for a child aged 10 and over. TILLY: Friendly Tilly came to the York Animal Home in a very poor state of health. After some tender loving care she is now looking fabulous and is seeking a loving family with children aged six and over. n If you could give any of these dogs a home call: 01904 654 949 or visit RSPCA, Landing Lane, York


Howard Mosley-Chalk is a father and husband. But more importantly he is a man. As a boy he assumed he would grow up to be Robocop. But at 31 he finds himself writing for Your Local Link. These are his (un)manly words.

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robot had stopped, Ava declared, “Wobot a girl.” I pointed out that it wasn’t a good idea to reinforce gender stereotypes.

If you’ve already seen the Gadget Guide this month, you’ll know that we were sent a robotic vacuum cleaner to test. I was extremely excited about this, having spent most of my childhood dreaming about hanging out with the Terminator. In the dream, we were friends and I’d get him to go to school for me, taking tests in my place. If anyone challenged him about this he would, appropriately, terminate them. So it was with enthusiasm bubbling over that I took the robot vacuum cleaner home – mostly to see what my two year old daughter made of it.

My replacement After the robot had dutifully cleaned the entire downstairs, it toddled back to its charging station, eerily plugging itself in. It waited there, blank black eye staring at me like Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey. I worried that it might be plotting to terminate me at some point, replace me and seduce my wife. But Ava was less concerned. She lay down next to it, saying, “I stwoke the wobot,” which she did before giving it a kiss. Later that night, I’m sure I heard her call it “New daddy.”

Future proof I wanted to introduce her to the future – to the start of an age when robots will do all the housework. And also to show my wife that she can be replaced. Tee hee. Unfortunately, I misjudged the initial meeting, practically throwing the robot at her screaming, “Look Ava, Look! A robot!” The churning of the machine’s brushes and the beeps of its simple mechanical mind terrified her, and she ran behind my wife crying, “No wobot! Wobot back in box!” Wife was not pleased. So we (wife) decided the robot should go to sleep for a while, and I put it on charge in the hallway

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so Ava could get used to its presence. The very next day her first words, which devastated my unconscious mind at half six in the morning, were a demand to “See wobot. See wobot now.” So I set it going on the living room carpet with Ava watching, albeit cautiously, from behind the door. Once the room had been sucked clean and the

Will technology like this be common place when Ava is older? Will the robot that she brings home to her children (probably with less terrifying enthusiasm) be able to cook the dinner and do the dishes, as well as hoover up? Will Ava be having full blown philosophical debates with her cyborg friends in 30 years’ time? I asked the vacuum cleaner what it thought about existentialism. It answered, “EMPTY DUST COMPARTMENT.” Deep.

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On 23rd and 24th March the NRM will host Robots Live! Not satisfied with a robot that can do the hoovering, I wanted to modify it to Robot Wars standards. Growing up, I loved the BBC show where radio controlled monsters did battle and, in my continuing struggle to come up with interesting TV show pitches, I wondered what it be like if such a robot was to take on a teething toddler. I planned to add a home-made flame thrower to the robot vacuum cleaner, using a can of Lynx deodorant and an oven lighter. I’d then give Ava the oven gloves and told her there was chocolate inside the robot. And also that it said she was stupid. My plan was to let them duke it out on the drive and charge the neighbours to watch. My wife said no. Gutted. I’ll just go to the show instead. Visit

Playground, revisited Hopscotch: The first player tosses a stone into the first square. They must hop into each square until they get to the end and then turn around and hop back. They must miss out the square that the stone is in, hopping over it. The stone is then thrown into the next square. If their stone does not land on the next consecutive square, or if they make a mistake while hopping, they are out. The winner is the first person to successfully complete all ten turns. Not just for the girls, hopscotch is enjoyed around the world.

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May Day, May Day…

Crafty? If you’re a dab hand at making and fancy selling your wares then we have the event for you. Celebrating its 23rd year, the Copmanthorpe Street Fair returns again this year on 6th May, and the organisers need you to pitch your stall. The May Day fair, which opens at 12 noon until 4pm, will take over Low Green in the pretty village of Copmanthorpe and, as in previous years, draw huge crowds of visitors looking for the kind of unique items you can never find in shops. If you would like a stall, or to find out more about the fair, email

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You’ll remember that in our January issue we announced that we’ll be publishing our favourite stories from the competition we ran last year as an ebook – well, it’s ready! The collection features 14 terrific tales by you, the people of York, that evoke all manner of reactions – from funny to scary, and intriguing to touching, the stories cover a wide spectrum of genres and topics. There are surprising twists galore, too! We see York at different stages through its history – from medieval times through to the

future – and follow a variety of both loveable and loathsome characters. The stories are all beautifully illustrated by local artist Tony Brook, and have Harry Gration’s seal of approval. Proceeds from the sale of the anthology will go to wonderful local charity S.N.A.P.P.Y., who provide activities and play provision for children and young people with special needs. Head to our website to see where you can buy your copy! n Visit

Extra (special) Curricular It seems that the girls of Queen Margaret’s, the beautiful private school in Escrick, have had a busy first term of 2013. Pupils have competed in the Maths Challenge National Finals in London, skied in Quebec over half term, toured Scotland with the Lacrosse team and performed in York Minster during Music Festival Week – as well as enjoying many more fun and educational activities. Queen Margaret girls also participated in the second annual Model United Nations event, spending two days in mock debates surrounding international topics. n Now is a great time to see what the school is all about, so find out about the next informative open day by visiting

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You do the mathS It’s World Maths Day on 6th March. If that statement is enough to spread fear and confusion down your child’s spine, worry not – these numbers look pretty good. Leading education provider Kumon fully support the global initiative, in which children across the world come together to focus on the importance of maths and to increase the speed of their mental arithmetic. The Kumon Centre in Fulford celebrated its 10th year of offering local children support with their maths and English studies. There have been hundreds of children supported on the Kumon maths and English programmes in the local area, and Kumon Instructor Jenny Scanlon says they are delighted to support World Maths Day. “At Kumon, we focus on developing students’ ability to work quickly, accurately and independently. We firmly believe each and every child has the potential to become great mathematicians and contribute to the global community.” Each year the centre celebrates students’ successes with an awards ceremony, which in 2012 saw a Year 8 pupil collect their award for A Level equivalent maths. n Visit yorkfulford

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Don’t let the information revolution pass you by. If you want to start getting to grips with computers, you need Computer Start. The company, now in their third successful year, have helped many of the young at heart master their computers, laptops and iPads. With careful and descriptive one-to-one tuition Computer Start will have you Googling, checking emails, chatting with overseas relatives via Skype and typing up angry letters to the editor. Be it in the comfort of your own home or in one of the workshops at Auden House, Computer Start are sure to get you confidently exploring the world wide web.

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Noses are red… We can’t wait for Red Nose Day, taking place on 15th March. Check out these fun ways to raise funds.

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Mothering Sunday might have its origins in visiting your ‘mother’ church, but these days we prefer to have a bit more fun with the old gal. Here are some ideas that won’t cost a mother’s ransom. B&B. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Breakfast in bed is the classic way to show your mum you love her, and it doesn’t have to be a slap up, full English affair. A couple of toasted croissants and coffee will always solicit a smile. No dosh? Don’t worry – simply get creative. You’re mum will love something hand-made, particularly if it tugs at her heart strings. Techheads could make a DVD slideshow of photos of themselves and siblings throughout the years, or what about a photo collage?

Tea for two. How about a lovely jaunt into town for elevenses? A pot of tea and a few cakes will see dear mum happy and very proud of her little munchkin (you). Usually a lot cheaper than going out for afternoon tea, elevenses can be combined with an amble about the city.

Musical laughter The University of York is doing its bit for Comic Relief this month by inviting members of the public to an afternoon of music on Red Nose Day. The University Baroque Ensemble and Chamber Choir have teamed up with BBC Radio 3 for a live lunchtime broadcast, playing a concert featuring the music of Purcell, Biber and Hely-Hutchinson. The concert will take place from 1-2pm in the Sir Jack Lyons Music Hall on 15th March, and is free and open to all. n To find out more about how to set up your own Red Nose Day event, visit Culinary relief Get down to Revive Hair Design in Heworth. Until15th March the hair and beauty experts are encouraging their customers to buy cakes, buns, scones and cupcakes – of which have been lovingly baked by the staff. All proceeds from the sales will go straight to the charity, so book your appointment today. n Call 430612.

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In the run up to Easter, we become egg-sperts and look at different ways to decorate eggs. Painting bunnies and chicks? Pah, we’re more adventurous than that. Egg-xactly. Thread wrapped. Paint the egg a bold pastel colour and then, with a very light coating of PVA glue, wrap a length of contrasting thread around.

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Glitter. Dip the egg in glue, sprinkle on glitter or sand, then paint in a bright colour. Alternatively, cover the whole surface in coloured glitter glue. Collage eggs. Collect images of Easter, or even postage stamps from the cards you receive, and stick them onto painted eggs. Dab on some PVA and leave to dry.

Weed a storwy We all love a good story. Excitement, adventure, mystery – and that’s just from Spot’s New Ball. It’s no surprise then that babies love stories too, especially when read to them by their mummy or daddy. Susan Stern, a voice coach working at the York Theatre Royal, knows this to be true and also that being read to can be massively important for language development. Starting in March, you and your under 12 month old baby are invited to join the Parent and Baby Book Club at the theatre, where together, through play and stories, your child will develop a love of reading. The club takes place on 14th, 21st and 28th of March, at 10.30am.

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To celebrate National Science and Engineering Week (15th24th March) we don our lab coats and get experimenting. Here are some you can try at home. Bear in mind, you might need to live in a cathedral for the first one, or at least have high ceilings. Actually, best to go outside. Coke and Mentos Fountain. Open a two litre bottle of Diet Coke. Using a cardboard tube as a funnel, drop in an entire pocket of Mentos mints. Now stand back. A fountain of foam will erupt from the bottle, sometimes as high as 16 feet! This is because of a process called nucleation, where the carbon dioxide in the Coke is attracted to the Mentos. That creates so much pressure that the drink goes flying. Plastic Milk. Heat a cup of milk on the hob, but don’t let it boil. Pour the hot milk into a bowl and add four teaspoons of white vinegar. Stir the mixture for about a minute and then stain through a sieve. Left behind in the sieve should be a few lumpy blobs. When cool press the blobs together into any shape you want and leave to

harden for a few days. You’ve just made casein, which occurs when the protein in milk meets the acid in vinegar. Lava Lamp. Fill an empty plastic bottle about a fifth of the way up with water. Slowly pour vegetable oil into the bottle until it’s almost full. Wait a few minutes for the water and oil to separate. Add a few drops of food colouring. This will sink to colour the water at the bottom. Drop half an Alka-Seltzer tablet into the mixture. This will also sink and start to fizz, pushing up the coloured water through the oil – just a like a real lava lamp. This works because of intermolecular polarity (a good term to use at parties) meaning that oil and water molecules don’t get on and never mix.

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Wheeling next door The Work Shop, your one-stop motorbike shop for repairs, services and tuning, is moving. But worry not petrol-heads, you won’t have to go far to get the same level of professionalism and expertise. That is because The Work Shop is moving next door, from 2 Oakwood Business Park, Upper Poppleton, to number 1. n Give the boys a bell, on 07881 798445.

Full steam ahead Public transport users may find themselves getting around York and its surrounding villages a lot quicker in future, after a meeting was held last month to discuss the potential re-opening of Haxby Railway Station. The meeting, which took place at Wigginton Recreation Hall, was the first in a campaign run by Railfuture Yorkshire, a group who aim to promote better railway services and transport links for passengers and freight. The campaign was not the first of its kind for Haxby, following initial plans in 2010 which were abandoned after a withdrawal of funds. Railfuture hope to see the £7.4m plans go ahead, and say the station would “Bring some relief to Haxby’s heavily congested road network.”

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Children these days, eh? You’d be forgiven for thinking all they want to do is get on the X Factor – there’s more to stage presence than just belting out ballads, kids! It’s a notion that concerned performer and teacher Rosanna Johnson, so much so she established Charcoal Children’s Physical Theatre Workshops. She believes that the body has enormous expressive capabilities, which can be lost if we only pay attention to the words when performing. Rosanna offers performance workshops for children that are unlike any others, placing emphasis on physicality, collaboration and having lots of fun. There is also a crafty aspect, with life drawing creating a hands-on approach that inspires children to take an active interest in performance art, as a spectator, director, performer and artist. Challenging and fun, Charcoal Physical Theatre will thrill your children.

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Given the chance to shine Launched last year as a way of rewarding young people in the city who were making a difference, the Shine Awards are designed to inspire positive engagement within the community. The first ever awards ceremony was recently held at the Mansion House, in which 12 local youngsters were honoured for their hard work. The winners, who were al aged five to 14, included Daniel Saywell who helped run art exhibitions, Ben Robinson who organised an after school table tennis club and Ruth Hindle who operates a book club. The Lord Mayor of York, Keith Hyman, said he was honoured to present the awards. “These young people have each shown hard work and commitment to helping their community.”

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chalk it up: Seeing as we’re easily bored, we reckon blackboard paint is the way forward. That way, we can create a pretty new picture whenever we feel like it, or just use it to gently remind our families to buy milk in large neon lettering. Our Howard has a patch of his living room painted with blackboard paint, and littl’un Ava loves it. Her favourite thing to draw is ‘pengins’. Awww. We reckon we might end up doodling something similar, but just without the ‘pen’ bit. £5.95 Wilkinsons


Brick by brick: Nowt says chic like a bit of exposed brickwork, especially with a splash of cream paint or a classy design (we’re thinking oldfashioned signs like the Bile Beans one on Lord Mayor’s Walk rather than full on neon grafitti – though maybe not the phrase ‘Bile Beans’ now we come to think of it…) . Much as we’d love to rip the plaster off all of our walls, we reckon it might make the place a bit on the chilly side. A feature wall should be enough to make an impact. If the thought of scraping all the

plaster off fills you with dread, get a professional in – check out our classified section for a bunch of local plasterers who will be only too happy to help! Big spots: No more do we want piddly little spots – now nothing less than a polkadot on steroids will do. We love the boldness of this trend, and it looks especially good in kitchens – we adore it on crockery and accessories. This drinks tray from The Range encapsulates the trend perfectly.

Go Gallic: We’re channelling Marie Antoinette this month with our choice of furniture. The crisp white paint and the ornately carved design of the antique French style is perfect to freshen up your home in time for spring. We especially adore the look on dressing tables, with cute little drawers and large oval mirrors creating an instantly feminine feel in any boudoir. Oui, oui.

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Nights in fright satin: Speaking of boudoirs, one look that makes us feel more ‘non non’ than ‘oui oui’ is the satin bed sheet. You might think that satin sheets screams romance. If you do, then please see a doctor as soon as possible and tell them you’re suffering from an affliction that leaves you with the tastes of the 1970s. Nic’s boyfriend once surprised her with some brand new satin sheets in leopard print. She thought they were wonderfully kitsch, for about five minutes, and by the morning when she awoke with the pillowcase attached to her cheek she had decided she hated them.

Pod people: We love the 1960s look, but we draw the line at hanging chairs. They might be okay for modeltypes, but we can just imagine the structural damage to the ceiling if we sat in one after a particularly biscuit-heavy day. We’ll stick to polka dots, thanks.

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Mantique Roadshow If you lust after items from a by-gone era and long to fill your home with objet d’art, read on – antiques are getting a lot more playful recently. A growing trend for ‘mantiques’ is seeing collectors show particular interest in objects and curiosities that were originally designed to entertain chaps. Vintage cricket kits, writing desks with secret compartments,

beautifully crafted Victorian boys’ toys and even British fighter jet ejector seats – all are currently in big demand. The themes are of adventure and discovery, drawing upon the tradition of young rich lords touring the world prior to taking up their position as landed gentry. So how about a stuffed giraffe for the hallway?

The home office No, not a branch of the government, or a chance to work from home, but rather the place your next home might be. Thanks to forthcoming changes to planning laws, disused buildings that had previously been used only to house businesses and retail companies could soon be transformed for residential use. Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles has announced that the easing of planning rules will soon take place, resulting in a boom

If they winter has left you chilly and gloomily awaiting a massive bill from your energy company, fear not – City of York Council can help. The Green Deal, the government’s new initiative to encourage people to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, recently started. As part of the scheme homeowners will be able to claim back cash for energy saving improvements they install through the package. The types of measures available to residents include loft and cavity wall insulation. n Find out more at

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She bakes, she makes, she decorates…frankly there’s nothing our very own Rachel doesn’t know. Every month she’ll be passing on some of her favourite money and time saving tips… k Packed in tight Keep your onions from going bad by storing them in a pair of old tights. Tie a knot between each onion and you’ll find your veggies keeping for up to eight months! Plus, it also makes for a very funky wall hanging… k A softer side Remove stubborn dried-on food from pots and pans with this easy tip. Simply fill with water and place a fabric softener sheet inside, allowing to soak overnight – the food will wipe right away. k Cutting-edge Save yourself hours of bother by using a tin opener to slide along and unseal that tricky plastic packaging.

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Meet the advertisers We find out a bit more about a couple of our lovely customers. Steve Mills from Building Services Tell us a bit about your business. We take building projects from concept to completion. We’re old fashioned − we work hard, stay until the job is finished, keep the site clean and give a fantastic end result.

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Dummies’ guide to:

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Electrical expert Matt Todd makes it easy to understand the latest technology. The simple fact is that as manufacturers strive to make their televisions thinner and thinner the sound has become a bit thin as well. With smaller loudspeakers comes a real lack of any bass and very little mid-range, which can mean a very lacklustre performance. The answer, simply put, is to add extra speakers to your TV, and fortunately there are now a host of neat and cost effective answers. First up, a product made by Q Acoustics. They make a speaker that literally bolts to the back of your flat screen TV. There are no unsightly wires and it sounds great thanks to a revolutionary design of flat subwoofer. The QTV is child’s play to use as it plugs straight into the headphone output of your TV, and you can use your TV remote to control it.

Secondly, there are many and various soundbars to choose from. They nearly all have a separate subwoofer to beef up the bass noise and the better ones have a wireless link between sound bar and sub so there’s no need for a cable strung out across the room. If you match up the soundbar make with that of your TV you can use one remote to operate both. Of course, for those who want to really recreate that cinema experience at home you will need more speakers – but you can hide the cables or even the speakers themselves with in-wall and in-ceiling speakers now more affordable than ever. There’s a sound solution for everyone so get down to your local electrical store and hear what you are missing out on!

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Spring is on its way, and now is the time to prepare yourself for a green-fingered season with these gorgeous tools and accessories. Potty for paisley:

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Dig for victory: This vintage seed box both protects against damp and provides an encouraging message to vegetable gardeners. £7.99 The Contemporary Home

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gardening Sowing the seeds. How are your spring preparations going? Got everything you need for the garden – or have you got too much? Creating Co-operative Communities need you, as their next produce sharing event is set for 2nd March, this time with an emphasis on sharing seeds. Haxby & Wigginton Methodist Church will be awash with keen green-fingered locals, there to share excess seeds and plants and also to pick up some more. Interested in encouraging more locally grown food, CCC believe in a better use of resources and in promoting a lower carbon community. All are welcome along, from 10.30-11.30am. n Call 760659.


The next step. So thanks to the sharing event you now have plenty of seeds ready to sow, and bags of enthusiasm. But what do you actually do? York Rotters can help, and their free events will reveal how to get the most out of your garden or back yard and the benefits of producing your own compost. Jane Thurlow of York Organic Gardeners Association will be there to offer advice on growing fruit and vegetables. There are courses on 9th and 18th March and The Rotters are also able to offer compost bins at half the normal price! n To get your bin, and to book your place on a course, call 412861.

Forgotten your lunch? Pop down to Grape Lane. You may notice some changes taking place to the outsides of El Piano, Oscars and Kennedy’s Bar – changes of a green and tasty variety. Incredible Edible Walls, a community interest company, are working toward creating just that –walls that are edible. Incredible. Installing specially designed panels on the walls in The Quarter will allow crops to grow, some ornamental, others edible and all available for public consumption. Not only will this provide a bit of green for your ham sandwich at lunch time, the vegetation will also improve air quality, protect the listed buildings on which they grow and provide a truly beautiful and interesting touch to the city centre. If you have questions about the project get down to El Piano on 18th March between 10am and 10pm to quiz the organisers. n Find out more at

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Makes sense. United Response, the nationwide charity that helps people with mental illnesses, learning disabilities and physical disabilities, are hoping to give their Huntington Road care home a touchy-feely new makeover. Dean Theaker of United Response is planning to create a sensory garden – a safe haven of interesting and simulating plants and objects – for the benefit of their autistic residents. He is asking for people to donate whatever they can to make the project become a reality – from spades and topsoil, to stimulating ornaments and decorations to hang from trees. n If you have something to give, call Dean on 07876 502274.

Garden Watch – March

Reclaim your garden this month –there’s a lot to see. Plants. Snowdrops. The first sign of life after the cold winter, snowdrops can sometimes appear as early as New Year’s Day. They truly come into their own in March however, with the flowers themselves popping up in white glory. Animals. Song thrush. Song thrushes begin to get noisy at this of year, with the males boasting loudly about how great they are to their prospective mates.

This particular species of garden bird is interesting as it can mimic other sounds, be they animal or human. If you hear what sounds like a telephone ringing at the top of a tree, it’s probably a song thrush. Growing Orchids If you fancy growing your own beautiful orchids then you should get to Askham Bryan College on 19th March. A practical talk entitled “Growing Orchids” will be given by Ray Creek, focusing on growing, feeding and pruning. n Call 707208.

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The botanical boffins at Dean’s Garden Centre give us the low-down. Over the last couple of years there has been a resurgence in the popularity of growing your own fruit and vegetables. By growing your own you can ensure a constant supply of fresh, tasty fruit and vegetables, and save money at the same time. You don’t need a lot of space. Staggering the sowing and planting of small batches two weeks apart ensures a regular supply, without a glut of produce all at once. Growing any of the plants below is an incredibly satisfying and rewarding experience and much easier than you may think. Varieties for limited space: Beetroot: Sow in March with 10cm (4in) spacing. The young leaves can be cooked in the same way as spinach, or in salads. Follow these with quick-growing crops of late summer salads. Carrots: Seeds can be sown from early March and small finger carrots will be ready to harvest in around eight weeks. Salad leaves: Sow from February aiming for 5cm (2in) between plants. Rocket, coriander, lettuce, chicory and spinach are tasty choices. Pick by pinching off the top few leaves, leaving a stump to re-sprout for followon crops.

Radish: Again, sown in small quantities from early March. Early sowings take around six weeks to be ready for picking, later sown batches can be harvested in as little as three weeks. Lettuces: Mini lettuces, such as Little Gem and Tom Thumb, spaced at 15cm (6in) can be planted out from March. Salad onions: Sow from February onwards, and thin out the seedlings as they grow. Pull when they get big enough. Early sown batches take around ten weeks to reach maturity, and later batches take six weeks. Spinach: Sow from February aiming for 10cm (4in) between plants. Tomatoes and peppers: These classic Mediterranean fruits look amazing in containers. They will grow fairly well outdoors – tomatoes especially – on a sunny patio or other warm sheltered site. They can be planted outdoors from early June onwards. Potatoes: Easily grow in large pots filled with compost, and are ready for harvesting around ten weeks after planting. Again by staggering planting you can ensure continuity of supply.

For the slightly larger patios, many varieties of top fruit are now grafted onto dwarf rootstocks to control their size while still giving good crops of fruit, making them ideal for container growing. Family apple trees are a great idea, consisting of three different varieties grafted on to one trunk, so allowing three different varieties in the space where traditionally only one variety was possible. Gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and blueberries can all be grown in pots, and strawberries are great in hanging baskets. Lots of varieties of herbs including parsley, mint, rosemary, sage, chives and oregano can easily be grown in pots on the patio or balcony.

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Open Gardens

Every spring and summer the National Garden Scheme offers a wealth of beautiful gardens open to the public – here’s what’s on offer in March. Hotham Hall, Hotham, YO43 4UA: Hotham Hall offers a stable block, clock tower and Arboretum island walk in a parkland setting. This beautiful garden boasts a Victorian pond, displaying spring flowering bulbs and mixed borders with a children’s play area and garden games. Open 14th and 21st of March from 11am-2.30pm. Goldsborough Hall, Goldsborough, HG5 8NR Goldsborough Hall was a former residence of Princess Mary and boasts an 11-acre garden with formal landscape grounds in a parkland setting. Featuring 120ft herbaceous borders, a rose garden and 50,000 naturalised daffodils, the hall maintains the royal theme with its quarter mile lime tree walk, as planted by members of the royal family in the 1920s. Open 24th March from 12-4pm. Ellerker House, Everingham, York, YO42 4JA Ellerker House offers foliage new and old with plentiful spring bulbs and mature trees amongst five acres of garden on sandy soil. With woodland walkways, a traditional thatched breeze hut and herbaceous borders, visitors can view the garden from its many seating areas. Open 30th March from 12-5pm. n Visit or call 01483 211535.

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GROW YOUR OWN with Debbie Pendle from Brunswick Organic Nursery Growing your own fruit and veg is rewarding, good for the planet – and your pocket. Here’s how…

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The most popular home grown crop, without a doubt, has to be the tomato. Most of us have enough space to grow a couple of plants and the smell and taste of a freshly picked tomato is one of life’s simple pleasures. John Atkinson at Brunswick has skilfully perfected the craft, and has been awarded the top prize in the prestigious Soil Association Organic Awards for the highly coveted variety ‘Brandywine’. The right conditions Tomato plants are very tender and delicate and need the right conditions if they are to grow into healthy productive plants. Early crops can be achieved with a heated glasshouse where a temperature of 15˚C can be maintained. If you have an unheated glasshouse, hold off until the weather warms up. Even then, you will need to keep an eye on night time temperatures and provide extra protection when necessary. Select a plant that is suited to the conditions it will be grown in. Some varieties have been bred for the glasshouse and others have been bred specifically to grow outside. Disease is an important factor if you are growing organically, so look out for varieties that offer good resistance.

Fertiliser and watering John grows his tomatoes in polytunnels, planted directly into soil that has been well prepared with the addition of farmyard manure. As this is not an option for most gardeners, a growbag is the best alternative. Feed once a week with an organic liquid fertiliser when the plants start to flower. Water regularly as tomatoes are thirsty plants and can dry out quickly on hot days. Irregular watering can cause fruit to rot or split prematurely.

JOBS FOR MARCH 3 Chit seed potatoes 3 Direct sow broad beans or into

9cm pots to plant out later 3 Sow glasshouse crops such

as peppers, aubergines and cucumbers 3 Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers 3 Lift any remaining leeks and

Indoor and glasshouse: Sakura f1: An indoor cherry variety with excellent taste and colour. Diplom f1: Another one for the glasshouse with good size fruit and good disease resistance. Yellow Submarine: Yellow cocktail tomato with tasty small fruits. For growing outdoors: Koralik is ideal for growing in pots and has good blight tolerance. Gardeners Delight: Still the most popular tomato plant and has the flexibility to be grown outside or under glass.

If you don’t have a glasshouse, why not let Brunswick do the hard part? Pop by in late spring or early summer and buy a plant that’s ready to pot up and grow on.


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Stately beauty Confucius, the Chinese philosopher, compared the pleasure of seeing good friends to entering a room full of fragrant orchids. It is that sense of beauty and tranquillity that the team at Burton Agnes Hall, near Driffield, are hoping to foster during the Orchid Festival. On the weekend of 2nd-3rd March, the Elizabethan Great Hall will be filled with some of nature's most intriguing flowers. There will be magnificent displays of vibrantly coloured and gently fragrant flowers as well as expert advice available should you fancy growing your own at home. Visitors can also buy plants from the widest selection in the area, and other orchid related goods, from stalls around the hall. n Visit

A new bloom

Aside from chucking our winter coats to the back of our wardrobes (for probably no longer than about a week), we think the best thing about springtime is the new bloom of flowers to feast our eyes on. Luckily for us, Kelk Garden Club in Driffield will showcase a fine range of floral delights at the Spring Plant Fair on 24th March. If you think you know your fuchsias from your freesias, pop along to the Driffield Showground in East Yorkshire from 9.30am3.30pm. Admission is free for little ones and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also be something for canine fans with the R.S.P.C.A Fun Dog Show. n Call 01262 488530.

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Market Days

8th-9th March. An Ethical York – Fair Trade Market. Celebrating Yorkshire’s status as the first Fair Trade region in the UK, this market on Parliament Street will be selling Fair Trade food and drink, crafts, clothes, bags, jewellery and accessories. 22nd March. Parliament Street Farmers’ Market. Taking place on the last Friday of every month (date changed this month due to Easter Fayre below), this market showcases local goods produced within 40 miles of York city centre. 28th-30th March. A Crafty York – Easter Fayre. This market will give visitors the opportunity to get involved in the arts and crafts taking place, as well as viewing other works of art. The fayre will also host York Chocolate Festival, showcasing some of York’s finest artisan chocolate products. See our guide in the events section. Newgate Market. Proudly boasting 110 stalls selling fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, clothing, accessories and arts and crafts, Newgate Market is open every day from 9am-4pm, 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday. n All dates correct at time of going to press. For more information visit


Who ate all the pies? It’s British Pie Week from 4th-10th March this month – celebrate by satisfying your crusty craving with this delicious steak and ale pie, topped off with a blue cheese crown. Method: Brown the meat in stages in a casserole dish with a little oil. Remove meat and then brown the onions and mushrooms. Add meat and flour and stir for one minute. Gradually add the ale and simmer. Cover and cook for two hours. Roll the pastry to the thickness of a 20p piece. Sprinkle the blue cheese over one side, fold and roll out again. Heat the oven to 200°C. Tip the steak mix into four individual pie dishes. Top with the pastry, trim the edges, brush with a beaten egg and poke a hole in the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Ingredients: 3 500g braising or stewing steak 3 Olive oil 3 Two sliced onions 3 250g halved or quartered mushrooms 3 One tbsp seasoned plain flour 3 350ml dark ale or stout 3 350g puff pastry 3 50g crumbled Stilton cheese 3 One egg, beaten

Number-crunching Talking of pie, did you also know that it’s National Pi Day on 14th March? You’ll probably remember the figure (the one that starts 3.14) from school, but did you ever love it as much as Ukranian Pi enthusiast Andrey Larionov? He’s working on a mosaic based on 100,000 of the irrational number’s infinite digits. He’s not the only fan: students in Washington created a Pi rap, a parody of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ (In The Digits!) The mind boggles…

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Grand celebrations

To celebrate a special occasion you need a special venue, and they don’t come much more luxurious than the Cedar Court Grand on Station Rise. The five star hotel and spa is currently offering an incredible package for those of us about to celebrate an occasion that requires remembering. Be it a birthday, anniversary, graduation or baby shower, at just £45 per person you’ll be leaping at the offer. Included in the price is a glass of wine on arrival and a three course set menu, all served in your own private dining room which will be dressed for the occasion with chair covers, candelabras, balloons and table confetti. n Call 380038.

Pie high Excited about National Pie Week? If you can’t be bothered to make your own (check out our pie recipe opposite) then worry not – you can buy some awardwinning pies right here in York. Wilsons of York, Huntington, are celebrating after being given the top prize at The Yorkshire Show for their steak pies. The incredible news is that the gold award-winning pie wasn’t even created especially for the show, but was in fact just taken from the shop’s shelves. This means that for only £1.30 you could be feasting on the best steak pie in Yorkshire. That should keep you hap-pie. n Call 621835

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Some mothers do ‘ave ‘em Take the old gal out for lunch on Mothers’ Day. After all, she did carry you in her tummy for nine months. These are good places to treat her:

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Fun Mothers’ Day facts Get your mum under starter’s orders, as York Racecourse is geeing up for a Mothers’ Day to remember. She’ll be chomping at the bit to get down to the Knavesmire to enjoy a three course carvery lunch. What’s more every mum will be presented with a complimentary raceday ticket. Nay? Yep, it’s true. n Call 638971. So Mum is spending the 10th in Australia with your brother, or is with your sister who is a missionary in Somalia – never mind, cheer up. When she does manage to drag herself to York to see you, take her to The Dean Court Hotel on 28th March. They are hosting a special evening of Laurent Perrier tasting, where you and mumsie can sample the very finest in champers and wines. n Call 625082.


If your mum is a bold bird who flies in the face of tradition, maybe you should look for an alternative Mothers’ Day meal. The Mulan, a restaurant that provides a scintillating taste of the Orient, will offer a Chinese lunch special with two courses. Find their advert in the magazine, cut out the coupon and enjoy 20% off your bill. Your mum will be proud of your shrewdness. n Call 692268. If Mothering Sunday is being spent in the heart of the city, with your mum dragging you around the shops highlighting greeting cards that she would have preferred to the one you got her, stay bright. Lead her on a merry dance to Micklegate and Silvano’s. Enjoy fine Italian dining in gorgeous surroundings, but book early – mothers tend to flock to this place come that special Sunday. n Call 622737.

3 The ancient Greeks worshiped Rhea, the mother of all other Gods, by giving honey cakes at dawn. Sounds like the first ever breakfast in bed! 3 Last year we spent £57.2 million on Mothers’ Day cards. The average cost of a card was £1.87. Cheapskates. 3 Anna Jarvis, the American creator of Mothers’ Day, was once quoted as saying: “A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”

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Mothering Sunday:

A day with two origins

What are you celebrating – Mothering Sunday or Mothers’ Day? Believe it or not they are two separate holidays, with two very different beginnings. We look at the history of both. Mothering Sunday This religious festival started in Europe during the 16th century when people would return to their ‘mother’ churches – the main church or cathedral of the area. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone ‘a-mothering’, and for servants of the Victorian gentry, this was often the only day their whole family had off together. Although many people still attend church on Mothering Sunday, the celebration has been largely superseded by…

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Mothers’ day The celebration that many of us will recognise today was started in 1908 by an American woman called Anna Jarvis. She held a memorial for her own mother and then petitioned to have the day declared a national holiday, for people to honour their own mothers. However, by 1914 Anna herself had already become annoyed at how commercialised the holiday had become with greeting card companies quickly jumping on the band wagon. Don’t believe us? Check out her quote opposite. As with a lot of popular American holidays, Mothers’ Day quickly spread around the world as a day to give thanks to mothers and maternal figures.

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Long flared lover We chat to the incredibly lovely (seriously, nicest guy ever) Jimmy Osmond, who will be visiting York as part of the Boogie Nights tour.

What was it about Boogie Nights that made you want to return? I was in the play in 2004, so I thought it would be pretty much the same this time around, but this is more of a concert version, which is pretty cool. It’s the music that made me want to do it again. People of all age groups have come to the show, and the music gets them all rocking out. I’ve never seen such a reaction for a musical. The cool thing about it is that the show isn’t about any one artist. People just come out of there boogying. I’m excited to return to York, I love the history. I’ve been before when I was performing in the musical Chicago. I’ve been to Betty’s, and done the ghost tour, but I just love walking the streets, it’s really cool. How did your brothers get involved? They approached me actually! Jay loved the show and when he found out I was going to be in it again, he asked if he could join in. Then Merrill said “Well, I wanna play too!” The producers were really cool about it and just booked bigger places! Our role is playing some dodgy guys named The Osmonds. We’re playing in the club where Roddy, the main character, wants to try out to be the opening act. It’s pretty cool playing yourself. You’re still credited as being the youngest singer to reach number one in the UK – what was it like being on stage so young? I started at the age of three and never stopped, though I probably should have done! I didn’t know that I held


that record until fairly recently, when my daughter was flicking through The Guinness Book of Records and said “Daddy, is that you?” It was cool to find out that way. We never had any gold records on the wall or anything like that at our house while we were growing up. I think our parents were worried we’d end up being idiots. It was very much a team effort, so nothing was taken personally, which saved us and kept us grounded. What’s refreshing is that the cast of Boogie Nights are all really humble and lovely, I’m making some good friends. What are your most treasured memories of your time in the band? When I look back at all of the cool stuff I was allowed to do, and that I didn’t deserve – I was just a rubbish kid who came along – I think how on earth did I manage to do that? I just made the most of whatever was on my plate at the time. My family have a saying – tragedy plus time equals humour. It’s the difficult times that I cherish the most, like when we were stuck in an airport prison because we didn’t have our visas, or when we were all so ill that we threw up on the front row. There were some crazy times. I cry big tears of laughter with my brothers when we talk about it. It’s the times that are hard to get through that make you who you are. n Jimmy will appear in Boogie Nights at York Barbican on 24th March, starting at 7.30pm. Visit or call 0844 854 2757.

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After six months, a £2 million re-build and the donning of many thinking caps, York Dungeon will relaunch with a brand new look on 29th March. We were invited for a behind the scenes sneak preview. It’s been a long wet winter for York Dungeon – the Ouse just wouldn’t leave the poor building alone. However, instead of sitting feeling soggy and sorry for themselves, staff have worked tirelessly to create a brand new experience for visitors to enjoy when the attraction opens its doors once again this month. Chilling changes So, what can you expect? Well the sets and scripts have been given a makeover, as have the characters themselves, to make the whole experience more authentic. The old scars and boils are gone, with make up from MAC Make Up Pro and Sam Norman, Make Up Artist from film Pirates of the Caribbean. Meanwhile, a new wardrobe has been created that more accurately reflects the fashions of the time – consultants included a team from West End producer Bill Kenwright, who has worked on productions such as Scrooge. Professional writers have been working on the scripts to make them more theatrical and witty (potential lines for Dick Turpin include “Your carriage awaits me” and “Some faces just stop traffic”), and builders have been busy creating new room layouts. Rebecca Hamilton, Marketing Director for the Dungeons, says that the changes have been made in response to feedback from guests. “We know from extensive research and feedback that our guests love actors, laughter and performance, so we’ve really concentrated on polishing that for our re-opening. Visitors can expect something really quite different and very special.” Swapping floods for Fawkes But what if it floods again? Well, they’ve thought of that – as you’d expect them to after 700 cubic metres of water had to be pumped out of the building after the first flood, and floods two and three reached about 150 cubic metres. Laura Strangeway, Marketing Executive at the York Dungeon, says that the new flood defences, comprising a pump system and changes to the walls and floor levels, have already been tested by the good old British weather – and they’re working well. “The builders have been great, and seeing the scenery go up has been like watching magic at work,” says Laura. “The scenery and props that we’ve got are fantastic – we’ve had to grubby them up a bit though! It’s been a huge job to overhaul the building after being four and a half feet under water.” Laura adds that the Dungeon was a strange place to be without visitors. “When all of the noises had stopped, and there were no more screams or sound effects, it was really eerie,” says Laura. “The smells lingered for about three months too, which was weird!” The launch of the new look York Dungeon will see the fresh characters roam the streets of the city in a parade, and there’s lots to look forward to this year – a ‘Summer of Stink’, plus Halloween events and birthday packages. Visit

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Spring has sprung - hurrah! Let’s celebrate with these fantastic events EVERY DAY



NEWGATE MARKET, 9am – 4pm (4.30pm Sat and Sun). 110 stalls including a wide variety of goods, fruit and vegetables, as well as a good selection of fresh fish and meat. Call 07887 754455.

SELBY MARKET. The whole family will find something within the beautiful market town. The Selby Farmers Market is also held on the first Wednesday of every month. Call 07808 768186.

UNTIL 8TH APRIL: PHYSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP, Space 109, Walmgate, 4pm-5.30pm. Charcoal Physical Theatre present a theatrical workshop for youngsters between eight and 13. They also offer a workshop for three to seven year olds until 14th April. Visit

YORKWALK, from Museum Gardens Gates, daily at 10.30am and 2.15pm (weekends only during January). Entertaining historical walks. Visit

EVERY NIGHT GHOST TRAIL OF YORK, West Doors of York Minster. Dare you cross the centuries and discover York’s spinechilling history? Visit www. or call 633276. MUST SEE

TOY STORIES, York Castle Museum, 9.30am-5pm. Visitors will rediscover bikes, bath toys, computer games and beautiful hand-made dolls that are among the toys on show from the last 150 years. Visit www.

CAPITAL OF THE NORTH, Yorkshire Museum, 9.30am-5pm. Featuring some of the most prestigious medieval objects ever found in Britain, this exhibition tells how York once ruled the North. Visit www.yorkshiremuseum.


UNTIL 3RD MARCH: SNOWDROP SPECTACULAR, Burton Agnes Hall, 11am-4pm. Wander through a wonderful blanket of snowdrops in the woodland walk and enjoy warming meals in the café as well as new stock in the gift shop. Call 01262 490324.


1ST+ 3RD SATURDAY (10AM), 2ND + 4TH FRIDAY (5PM) OF EACH MONTH: BEYOND MONOPOLY, Railway Institute. Beyond Monopoly is York’s friendliest board game club for adults wanting to play modern board games. Visit www.

UNTIL 24TH: JORVIK VIKING FESTIVAL, across York. The annual Viking festival returns with an exciting mix of activities and events. Combat displays, archaeological talks and demonstrations and educational fun for all the family will give an insight into our Viking ancestors and how they lived in the city. Visit

UNTIL 24TH: A VERY VICTORIAN VENTURE, Beningbrough Hall and Gardens. Step back in time to a period of contrasts, from the poor paupers to the wondrously wealthy. Enjoy games, trails, tours, art, stories and much more for all the family. Call 472027.

UNTIL 24TH: BIG FUN WITH LITTLE TRAINS, National Railway Museum, 10am-6pm. Get hands on in the play areas and workshops and enjoy rides of all shapes and sizes. Call 08448 153139. 23RD FEBRUARY, 9TH + 30TH MARCH: CHOCCY AND SWEETIE TOUR, Museum Gardens Gates, 10.30am (23rd Feb, 30th March), 2pm (23rd Feb, 9th Mar). Join YorkWalk on a delicious tour of the city. Call 622303. 21ST: MUSIC NIGHT, St Mary’s Church, Haxby, 7.30pm. An eclectic mix of student bands and ensembles from York St John University, offering something for everyone! Light refreshments provided. Call 765167.

22ND: GHOST TOUR AND DINNER, Treasurer’s House, 6pm. Visitors can join an exclusive candle lit evening ghost tour of the house and cellar, followed by dinner. Call 624247. 22ND: MINSTER OF MYSTERY, York Minster, 3pm. All will be revealed from recent archaeological excavations in York Minster’s Undercroft! Join lead archaeologist Ian Milsted from the York Archaeological Trust in a family-friendly talk about his discoveries in York Minster. Call 0844 9390011. 22ND: COMEDY NIGHT, York Racecourse, 7pm. Let Geoff Boyz knock your socks off and split your sides during a night of raucous comedy and fine dining. Call 638971.


23RD: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES, York Racecourse, 7pm. A story-telling tribute to the films of Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia, Saturday Night Fever and Grease is sure to thrill music lovers young and old, male or female. Includes a delicious three course carvery meal. Call 638971.

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WHAT’S ON Tues 26 February | 7.30pm

Tues 19 March | 7.30pm

Thurs 14 March | 7.30pm

Thurs 21 March | 7.30pm

Yiddish Twist Orchestra

Martin Carthy & Peter Robinson

Mugenkyo June Tabor Drummers present The Way of the Drum

St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate,York

Box Office

01904 658338 @yorkearlymusic yorkearlymusic




Lambing Day


Sunday 10th March 2013 • 10am -4pm


5, Adults £ ’s 6 1 r Unde Free

A FAntAstic DAy out For All the FAmily!

Meet the lambs with their mums and maybe even see a lamb being born. Take a look around our working farm. Watch the cows being milked. Free Children’s Activities.

Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR T: 01904 772277 E:

2 - 6 APRIL 2013 0844 847 2322 *subject to availability, booking fees may apply

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easter Weekend FUn *subject to availability, booking fees may apply

Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2013

Traditional Easter Fair | Themed Woodland Trail | ‘Meet’ Molly the Rabbit | Face Painting | ‘Lamb National’ Sheep Racing | Sheepdog Displays | Children’s Illustrated Trail Booklet | Adventure Playground All activities included in the admission price. Open daily from 10am. Telephone 01653 648333 Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

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23RD: OPEN DAY, Bedern Hall, 1am-12 noon. The Gild of Freemen invites you along to learn more about them and to see how you go about joining the group. A great chance to meet the members and enjoy some refreshments. Call 423878.

23RD: YORK GUILDHALL ORCHESTRA, York Barbican, 7.30pm. The York Guildhall Orchestra welcome an up-and-coming young cellist, Jamie Walton, who is well known for his work for the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival. Call 0844 8542757. 23RD: SELBY ABBEY’S GREAT WEDDING SHOW, Selby Abbey, 10.30am-3.30pm. This gorgeous venue will host a fantastic best collection of wedding products and services. Call 656622. 23RD: GENERATION GROOVE BIG BAND CONCERT, Salvation Army Citadel, Gillygate, 7.30pm. The Rotary Club of York present a night of music from the 1940s to the present day in support of the Wateraid charity. Call 794402.

23RD: TALK ABOUT WOMEN’S LAND ARMY, Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, 1.30pm. As part of the lead up to their new exhibition, Dr Nicola Verdon will consider social attitudes to women working on the land. Call 489966.



26TH: YIDDISH TWIST ORCHESTRA, National Centre for Early Music, 7.30pm. The Yiddish Twist Orchestra is an all-star East End band with irresistible, bold and brassy musical fusions guaranteed to have the audience all doing the Yiddish twist. Call 658338.

26TH: SPORTS MOVEMENT DEVELOPMENT, Strensall Village Hall, 5.30-6.30pm. Improve speed, balance and core fitness during a variety of exercises. Call 07864 515425. 27TH: JAMES GILCHRIST, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York University, 7.30pm. James Gilchrist is an incomparable tenor and will wow audiences at this concerts. Call 322439. MUST SEE

27TH: TASTER DAY, Askham Bryan College, 1.30-4.30pm. For students currently in Years 10 and 11 at school who would like to find out more about the college experience. Students will have an opportunity to meet with course tutors and try an activity in two subjects of their choice. Call 72277.

1ST MARCH UNTIL 3RD NOVEMBER: BENINGBROUGH AT WAR, Beningbrough Hall. A major new exhibition remembers some of the tales and histories of the men and women who stayed at Beningbrough during the Second World War. This new project for Beningbrough will uncover histories, but also provide a new schools programme, family workshops, events and opportunities to get involved. Visit uk/beningbrough

1ST: WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, Friends Meeting House, Castlegate, 2pm. A service led by Rev. J Nattress. Call 705479.

2ND-10TH: YORK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S WEEK, across the city. See our listings special.

2ND: IT’S IN THE BAG GIFT FAIR, The Guildhall, St Helen’s Square. Expect an excellent range of gifts, crafts, ladieswear and childrenswear – all under one roof. Call 07889 899958. 2ND: FOCUS ON SEED SHARING, Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church, 10.30-11.30am. Share surplus seeds and plants. Take your surplus or just come along and share some of other people’s. Visit www. 2ND: LATE MUSIC, Saint Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, 7.30pm. Richard Casey will wow you on the piano while Nicholas Cox will be playing the clarinet. Visit www. 3RD: EXCLUSIVE WEDDING FAIR, Castlegate House, opposite Fairfax House. York’s newest venue offering exclusive products and services in a beautiful Georgian building. Call 656622. MUST SEE

4TH: JAMIE AT HOME, Hotel Du Vin, The Mount, 7.30pm. Come along and find out more about the beautiful Jamie Oliver JME Collection, see the products and learn all about the opportunities available. Call 703834.

6TH + 20TH: COMEDY OPEN MIC, The Gillygate, 8.30pm. York’s only open mic night dedicated to standup comedy returns to The Gillygate. Go along and see some quality new acts, or even give it a go yourself! Visit 7TH: OPEN EVENING, Askham Bryan College, 5.30-7pm. A drop in session where tutors will be available from each of the college’s departments. Potential students can talk through the courses they wish to study and discuss any additional requirements such as accommodation, travel, finance and scholarships. Visit

7TH: KNOCK KNOCK COMEDY, The Post Office Club, Marygate, 7.30pm. The comedy club welcomes The Brethren of Levity, as well as other great acts. Visit KnockKnockComedyPresents 8TH-9TH: AN ETHICAL YORK, Newgate Market. An opportunity to buy some green, ethical produce, from the ever popular market in the heart of the city. Call 551355. MUST SEE

2ND – 3RD: ORCHID FESTIVAL, Burton Agnes Hall, 11am-4pm. A stunning collection of orchids centred around the Great Hall, along with sales and advice on growing your own orchids. Call 01262 490324.

5TH: WALK FROM MONK BRIDGE TO HAXBY, meeting at Monk Bridge, 10am. A walk of about 4.5 miles led by the River Foss Society. Call 764702. 6TH: EBOR LECTURE, York Minster, 7pm. Lecture by Dr Giles Fraser, the Priest in charge of St Mary’s Newington and a columnist with The Guardian. Booking is required. Call 876474.

9TH – 10TH: DIESEL ELECTRIC SHUNTER WEEKEND, National Railway Museum, 10am-6pm. chance to get up close to the railway workhorses that carry out the hard jobs behind the scenes. Climb on board, take a ride in the cab and have a go at driving. Visit

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11TH-12TH, 17TH18TH: 197TH SPRING EXHIBITION, The Guildhall, St Helen’s Square, 12noon-4.30pm. The latest exhibition by members of the York Art Society. Visit www. 9TH – 24TH: THE FESTIVAL OF THE PASSIONS, York Minster. The story of the Passion of Christ will be told through a series of special musical concerts. Including the York Minster Choir’s powerful performance of Bach’s sacred oratorio, St John’s Passion on 23rd March. Call 0844 9390011. 9TH-10TH: BLACK MAGIC 80TH ANNIVERSARY, York’s Chocolate Story. Explore the elegance of Black Magic in Chocolatier-led demonstrations especially for the occasion. Visit www. 9TH: THE SCOTTISH FIDDLE ORCHESTRA, York Barbican, 7.30pm. Scotland’s foremost traditional fiddle orchestra promises a lively evening of jigs, reels and strathspeys. Call 0844 8542757. 9TH: YORKSHIRE TERRIER 10KM, Newburgh Priory. The Notorious Night Run Series is a collection of off-road running events that take you beyond your comfort zone, and into notoriety! Visit www. 9TH: BACH’S ST MATTHEW PASSION, York Minster, 7.30pm. York Musical Chorus and Orchestra will perform. Call 0844 9390015. 10TH: STOKE ROCHFORD HALL AND AYSCOUGHFEE HALL COACH TRIP. For Yorkwalk’s first visit of the year the group head to Stoke Rochford Hall and Ayscoughfee Hall. Call 622303.


13TH: UNIVERSITY CHOIR AND YORKSHIRE BAROQUE SOLOISTS, York Minster, 7.30pm. University of York Choir perform Haydn’s The Creation – the supreme example of Haydn’s ability to restore faith and hope in mankind. Call 322439. 14TH: THE WAY OF THE DRUM, National Centre for Early Music, 7.30pm. Experience the thundering and exhilarating rhythms of Taiko in a dynamic and engaging show, and gain a unique insight into the enthralling world of this powerful art form. Call 658338. 14TH: THE CHOCOLATE CITY TASTING LUNCH, Dean Court Hotel, 1-3.30pm. Learn about chocolate with this gorgeous two course meal and tutored chocolate tasting. Visit www.

15TH: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, Wigginton Recreation Hall, 2pm. Haxby and Wigginton U3A present a talk by Malcolm Smith. Email

15TH: PASCAL ROGÉ, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, 8pm. BMS York present Pascal Rogé, one of the great interpreters of French piano music. Visit 16TH-17TH: THE GREAT ANTIQUES FAIR, Wetherby Racecourse, 8am-5pm (9am5pm Sun). This great fair is set in the fabulous Bramham Hall Exhibition Centre and Millennium Grandstand. Visit 16TH-17TH: YORKSHIRE CRAFT FAIRS, St Williams College. An arts, craft and gift fair set in the evocative surroundings of the medieval hall. Call 01274 835588. 16TH: PICTORIAL HISTORY OF WIGGINTON, Wigginton Old School, 10am-1pm. Haxby and Wigginton Local History Group present a visual walk-through of the history of their local area. Call 768516.


15TH: SMOKIE, York Barbican, 7.30pm. The internationally successful British pop group Smokie are incredibly popular, so tickets are sure to go fast. Call 0844 8542757.

16TH: EASTER COFFEE MORNING, Haxby memorial Hall, 10am-1pm. Haxby Memorial Hall Fundraisers are holding a coffee morning with light refreshments on sale as well as gift stalls. Email joyce.


16TH: MUSIC AND READINGS FOR PASSIONTIDE AND EASTER, The Bar Convent, 7.30pm. The Stamford Bridge Singers present this concert which will include a feast of music by well-known composers. Call 643238. 16TH: FUN QUIZ, York Railway Institute, 7.30pm. Tickets available from the Railway Institute, RSPCA Animal Home on Landing Lane and RSPCA shop, Gillygate. Call 654949. 17TH: JEWISH HERITAGE TRAIL, from Museum Gardens Gates, 10.30am. A walk by Yorkwalk recalling the Jewish contribution to York’s history, visiting sites connected with medieval and modern Jews. Call 622303.

17TH: ANTIQUES AND COLLECTORS FAIR, Driffield Showground, 9am4pm. A great mix of stalls, offering everything a potential treasure hunter could wish for. Call 01377 254768. 19TH: MARTIN CARTHY & PETER ROBINSON, National Centre for Early Music, 7.30pm. A rare chance to see two unique talents on stage together, fusing storytelling and music to great effect. Call 658338.

19TH – 24TH: YORK LITERATURE FESTIVAL, Across York. The York Literature Festival offers a range of diverse events for adults and children at venues all over the city. Highlights this year include events with Carol Ann Duffy and Will Self, and Tony Hawks will appear live at City Screen on 20th March. Visit www. yorkliteraturefestival. Read our interview with Tony Hawks in the Culture Column!

22ND – 23RD: THE GREAT YORKSHIRE MOTORHOME AND CARAVAN SHOW, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, 9.30am-4.30pm. This show will provide a huge range of both new and preowned models. Visit www. greatyorkshiremotor 22ND: COMEDY NIGHT, York Racecourse, 7.30pm. The evening’s line-up includes Markus Birdman, Mickey Sharma and Sy Thomas.A great night out with curry and comedy. Call 638971. 23RD – 24TH: ROBOTS LIVE, National Railway Museum, 10am-6pm. Celebrate National Science and Engineering week with a weekend of action-packed science events. Visit www. For more robotic ruckus have a look at the Gadget Guide and Howard’s column!

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23RD: HALF PRICE COMPOST BINS, York Environment Centre, St Nicholas Fields. Free compost is great for your garden. Bins must be pre-ordered by 15th March. Call 412861. 23RD: THE ART OF WINTER, The Rogues Atelier, Fossgate, 12noon5pm. People recovering from mental health illnesses have been brought together to learn skills such as drawing, painting and print making. Call 07541 070785. 23RD: MEDIEVAL SCIENCE, DIG, 1.304.30pm. A chance for visitors to DIG to speak to a medieval scholar, whose ideas on medicine, magic and the cosmos will enlighten and surprise you! Visit www. 24TH: SPRING WEDDING FAIR, The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate, 11am-3pm. Visit the stunning hall and be inspired for your special day with a variety of wedding experts. Call 654818. 24TH: UK BOWLS CHALLENGE GRAND FINAL, New Earswick Bowls Club. World number one bowler Greg will appear to help inspire a new generation of bowlers. Call 750230. 26TH: EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK COURSE, Ambulance Station, Little Hallfield Lane. Yormed Ambulance Service teach essential first aid knowledge. Call 819018. 27TH: HERITAGE OF CATHOLIC YORK, The Bar Convent, 7pm. A talk by John Rayne-Davis about his recently published book. Call 643238. 28TH: TERRYS REUNION, South Bank Social Club. Everybody who has ever worked at Terrys is welcome to attend. Call 656523.



28TH: INTRODUCTION TO CHOCOLATE MAKING, York Cocoa House, 11.30am-1.30pm. Learn how to make your own chocolate! Visit www. 29TH MARCH – 14TH APRIL: RAILWAY DETECTIVES, National Railway Museum, 10am6pm. Learn all about railway crime past and present. Visit MUST SEE

29TH MARCH-14TH APRIL: EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA, Piglets Farm Park, The Farmer’s Park, 10am5.30pm. Piglets Farm Park will open for the 2013 season with the annual Easter Egg-stravaganza running throughout the Easter holidays! Call 499700.

29TH MARCH – 1ST APRIL: YORK CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL, across the city. See our listings special.

29TH MARCH - 1ST APRIL: EASTER WEEKEND FUN, Castle Howard, 10am. Castle Howard’s popular Easter fair returns with vintage rides, sweet stall, face painters and Molly the Rabbit is back with an enchanting woodland Easter trail. Visit www.

29TH MARCH – 1ST APRIL: EASTER WEEKEND FUN, Newby Hall, Ripon, 11am-5pm. Visitors can enjoy Easter fun and games as well as a spring plant fair on Sunday and Monday. Visit www. newbyhallandgardens. com

29TH: GRAND REOPENING, Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park. The museum reopens after the winter break with an exciting new exhibition ‘Feeding the Nation: A Celebration of the Women’s Land Army’. Visit www. 29TH: THE NEW DUNGEON, York Dungeon. After being closed for several months due to flooding, the Dungeon is back – complete with a makeover, new costumes, sets and scripts. See our feature! Visit 30TH MARCH – 1ST APRIL: YORK MODEL RAILWAY SHOW, York Racecourse, 10am5pm. 120 stalls as well as demonstrations by modelling experts. Call 01469 531954 30TH-31ST: RIPLEY ANTIQUE FAIR, Ripley Village Hall, 9am-4pm. A quality fair with decorative antiques, pottery and porcelain. 01423 899163. 31ST MARCH – 1ST APRIL: EASTER COURTYARD CRAFT AND PRODUCE MARKETS, Castle Howard, 10am-4pm. Browse stalls selling a range of handmade crafts and local produce. Visit

31ST MARCH-1ST APRIL: EASTER EGG TRAIL, The Balloon Tree Farmshop, 9.30am-4.30pm. Children can learn about the various fruit and vegetables grown onsite as they take a walk around the farm. Visit 31ST: GIANT CAR BOOT SALE, Home Farm, Wigginton, 7am-1pm. A massive car boot sale offering new and used items. Call 768463.

6TH: LATE MUSIC, Saint Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel, 7.30pm. Robert Rice, will perform alongside William Vann. Visit www.latemusic. org 13TH: AUCTION OF PROMISES, St Edward the Confessor’s Community Hall, Tadcaster Road, 7.30pm. Raising funds for major refurbishments to the hall. Promises and goods will be auctioned and light refreshments will be available. Call 709111.

31ST: EASTER FAIR, RSPCA Animal Home, Landing Lane, 11am-3.30pm. Meet the animals and enjoy stalls, a raffle and home-made cakes. Call 654949. 31ST: CHILDRENS TREASURE HUNT, Sutton Park, Sutton-on-the-Forest, 11am-3pm. Enjoy a treasure hunt, a bouncy castle and a barbeque. Call 01347 810249.

31ST: PLAGUE, POVERTY & PRAYER, Barley Hall. An exhibition of A Horrid History with Terry Deary opens. Visit

APRIL 1ST: KIDDIES FUN DAY, Beechwood Close Hotel, 12noon-6pm. Including a bouncy castle, games and an Easter egg hunt. Call 658378. 2ND; EASTER FAMILY FUN DAY, New Earswick Bowls Club, 10.30am, 1.30pm & 6.30pm. Free fun taster sessions to encourage families to take up the sport Call 750230. 4TH: KNOCK KNOCK COMEDY, The Post Office Club, Marygate, 7.30pm. Sarah Pascoe headlines. Visit KnockKnockComedyPresents

17TH; EBOR LECTURE, York Minster, 7pm. A lecture by Professor Keith Ward of the University of Oxford. The title is ‘The Rise of New Atheism’. Booking is required. Call 876474.

20TH: A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES MUSICAL TRIBUTE, York Racecourse, 7.30pm. The perfect night out for movie buffs and fans of some of the greatest musical movies of all time. Enjoy their musical tribute to the films Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia, Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Call 620911. 21ST: VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT DAY, North York Moors Railway, Pickering, 10am. NYMR need volunteers to run the heritage railway. Call 01751 472508. 27TH: CHARITY BALL, Royal York Hotel. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner, casino, drinks reception and live entertainment from Paula Rendall as Dame Shirley Bassey. Call 780880.

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National and local dealers attending, including some of the biggest names in the north Superb choice of new and used motorhomes and caravans – all conveniently in one place! Thousands of outdoor accessories, gadgets and gifts available Some of the best deals you’ll find at a motorhome and caravan show - all budgets catered for

PARKING AND SHOWGUIDE Exhibition opening times Friday 9.30am-4.30pm Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm Sunday 9.30am-4.30pm On the day admission prices Adult £6.50 Child (5-15yrs) FREE

For more information on Yorkshire’s biggest motorhome and caravan sale, visit or call 01778 391123 (Mon-Fri 9am-5 9am-5pm)

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2 FOR £10

This voucher entitles the bearer to day visitor admission to the Great Yorkshire Motorhome & Caravan Show at the discounted rate of £10.00 for two adults. Normal price is £6.50. Please present the voucher at the paygate when purchasing your ticket. Only one voucher per couple. Maximum discount is £3.00. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.


The 2013 Takeover Festival kicks off on 19th March.


Find out more in our Culture Column

The Rocky Horror Show (8th – 13th April)

Theatre Royal To book call: 623568.

The Woman in Black (25th February – 2nd March)

Check out our review online!

Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, The Woman in Black combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. The formula delivers an evening of unremitting drama, transporting the audience into a terrifying and ghostly world. In the show a lawyer engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but as they reach further into his darkest memories the borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep...

OLIVER (5th – 16th March) The York Light Opera Company presents the classic tale that puts a musical ‘Twist’ on the Dickens story. This promises to be a raucous riot of delightful singing and dancing that will leave you wanting more!

The 39 Steps (26th – 30th March) This blissfully funny show follows the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.

Grand Opera House To book call: 0844 8713024.

THE WINTER’S TALE (19th – 23rd March) The Royal Shakespeare Company returns with one of the bard’s best loved plays. Leontes has everything a man could want: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But inside he harbours a bitter jealousy that drives him to destroy all he holds dear.

Save The Last Dance For Me (2nd-6th April) The show will take you back through the ‘music and magic’ of the early 60s, a time when each passing week brought another rock ‘n’ roll classic. Featuring the unmistakable music of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.


The Rocky Horror Show (8th – 13th April) Follow squeaky clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they’ll never forget, with the scandalous Frank ‘n’ Furter, rippling Rocky and vivacious Magenta. Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity in this thrilling production of Richard O’Brien’s classic original script!

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Tour (13th-18th May) Priscilla is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of.

Friargate Theatre To book call: 613000.

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, KID (22nd March) This two hour show features a collaboration between Helen Burke, poet and playwright, Richard Ormrod, a multi-instrumentalist and Peter Spafford, a Leeds poet and musician. This will be a fantastic show, featuring words, music and anecdote, poetry and jazz.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre Blithe Spirit (7th – 9th March) The Rowntree Players present this tale of Charles Condomine, a successful novelist who wishes to learn about the occult for a book he is writing. He arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. To book: 07927 026071.

Return To The Forbidden Planet (21st – 23rd March) Prepare to blast off for the greatest toe-tapping, all singing, all dancing, musical of 2013. Join Flying Ducks Youth Theatre as Shakespeare’s Tempest meets 1950s science fiction film Forbidden Planet – with a large dose of rock n roll thrown in! Call 768963.

TRIAL BY JURY (6th April) Jorvik Gilbert & Sullivan present the classic show, along with a selection of Gilbert & Sullivan favourites. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser. To book: 623568.

ME AND MY GIRL (9th-13th April) This lively and fun rags-to-riches tale from York Musical Theatre Company follows cheeky and loveable cockney Bill Snibson as he discovers he’s the heir to an earldom. To book: 623568.

York Barbican To book call: 0844 854 2757.

Rapunzel (7th-8th April) Come and join Rapunzel and her Prince in this wonderful, all new, professional production of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy-tale.

Prepare for blast off! Fancy winning tickets to the Flying Ducks Youth Theatre production of Return to the Forbidden Planet? The musical extravaganza, which sees Shakespeare’s The Tempest mixed with 1950s sci-fi film Forbidden Planet, will feature rock ‘n’ roll hits such as Wipe Out, Great Balls of Fire and Good Vibrations! Find out more about the show at For a chance of winning four tickets for the Thursday evening or Saturday matinee performance, all you have to do is answer this question: Which Shakespearean play is the show based on? Send your answer (along with your name, address and daytime contact number) on a postcard marked ‘Valentine’s Competition’ to the address on page five, or via email to The competition ends on 15th March, so don’t delay. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck!

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desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur, the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated. We’re hoping for something as visceral as Boyle’s most famous film, Trainspotting.

Jack the Giant Slayer.

Oz: The Great and Powerful. Prequels are very popular these days. We’ve had rubbish ones for Star Wars and recently a confusing one for Alien. But The Wizard of Oz? Seriously? Seems so, as James Franco plays Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician who is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he’s hit the jackpot; fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and


Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Mmm, but will there be songs? We’ll wait and see…

Trance. Hot from directing the opening ceremony to last year’s London Olympics, Danny Boyle returns to the medium for which he was famous, with a brand new film. Trance follows a fine art auctioneer (James McAvoy) who gets mixed up with a criminal gang and joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between

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Speaking of Trainspotting, Ewan McGregor has come on leaps and bounds. Gone are his heroin-addict portraying days as now he’s mostly concerned with giants. A spin on the fairy-tale Jack and the Beanstalk, this Bryan Singer-directed fantasy sees a long-standing peace between men and giants threatened, as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess. The film also stars Warwick Davis and Ian McShane.

Robot & Frank. Continuing our obsession with robots in this month’s mag, here’s a film about a robot and an old man. Who, together, commit crimes! Set in the near future, the story centres on aging exconvict Frank (Frank Langella), whose

son buys him a robot companion (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), which is programmed to be Frank’s butler. Frank, however, has other plans for his mechanical mate. Susan Sarandon and Liv Tyler join the cast for a film which takes a look into a technology-filled future which refreshingly lacks any dystopia or moral undercurrent. We might try to pull a scam with our new robot vacuum cleaner (see Gadget Guide) but doubt it will be as much fun as this film.

The Croods. A prehistoric comedy animation that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime. When their cave is destroyed, Grug (Nicolas Cage) must travel across a spectacular landscape with his family, voiced by actors including Catherine Keener and Emma Stone, to discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures. They encounter Guy (Ryan Reynolds) a prehistoric genius who has some pretty revolutionary ideas. Such as fire. Get him.

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The Balloon Tree Farmshop, Gate Helmsley. The award winning farmshop and cafe have been growing soft fruit and vegetables for over 20 years. Pick your own or buy ready picked. 01759 373023. PIGLETS ADVENTURE FARM PARK, The Farmer’s Cart, Towthorpe Grange, 10am-5pm. Animal petting, crazy farm golf, obstacle course, ride-on tractor rides, pedal go-carts and much more. 499183. QUILT MUSEUM AND GALLERY, Peasholme Green. Britain’s first museum dedicated to quilt making and textile arts. 613242. SIGHTSEEING TOURS BY BIKE. Explore York by bike, with all equipment provided. www.scootcyclingholidays. 720003.

Days Out and attract ions Fancy a day out in York or further afield? These attractions are very attractive.


CLIFFORD’S TOWER, Eye of York, Open daily, 10am-6pm. Set in the heart of York, this imposing tower is almost all that remains of York Castle, which was originally built by William the Conqueror. 646940. DOG WALKS, throughout Yorkshire. Your guide to dog-friendly walking in the Yorkshire countryside. Edge Events Function Rooms, Wentworth College, The University of York. Open to members of the public looking to book a private party venue to celebrate that special event without breaking the bank. Call 323012. F1 Racing, JMD Raceway, Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross. Racing and go-kart hire throughout the day – perfect for old and young speedsters. 673555. FAIRFAX HOUSE, Castlegate. Unlock the splendour of the finest Georgian town house in England. 655543.


The York Cocoa House, Blake Street. Chocolate workshops are suitable for all ages and abilities. THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM, Leeman Road, 10am-6pm daily. This free family attraction is the biggest railway museum in the world. Lots to see and do. THE BAR CONVENT, Blossom Street. England’s oldest convent, founded in 1686,w now a museum. 643238. YORK CASTLE MUSEUM, Eye of York. One of Britain’s leading museums, it shows how people used to live by recreating rooms, shops, streets – and even prison cells. www. 687687.

BARLEY HALL, 2 Coffee Yard, off Stonegate. A stunning medieval house. 610275. Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, Beningbrough. Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, Beningbrough. A spectacular stately home, with fun for the whole family.

TREASURER’S HOUSE, Minster Yard. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through this historic house before you relax in the tearooms. 624247.

YORKSHIRE MUSEUM AND GARDENS. Museum Street. The ten-acre botanical Museum Gardens, GODDARD’S, Tadcaster Road. Visit the around the Yorkshire Museum. www. former home of Noel Goddard Terry, of 687687. the famous York chocolate-making firm, YORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUM, Elvington. Terry’s of York. The largest independent air museum uk/goddards in Britain and is also the location of HOLGATE WINDMILL, Windmill Rise, Holgate. Open some weekends to visitors. JORVIK, Coppergate. Experience life in Viking York as you meet the inhabitants on your journey through reconstructed Viking streets inspired by the famous dig of the 1970s. www.jorvik-viking-centre. 543403. MERCHANT ADVENTURERS’ HALL, Fossgate. Set in beautiful gardens in the centre of historic York, the hall is a fully functioning museum, wedding and hospitality venue. 654818. MURTON PARK, Murton. A thriving 16 acre site with events and activities throughout the year. 489966. NEWGATE MARKET. Everything you could every possibly need – all at incredible bargain prices. 07887 754455.

The Allied Air Forces Memorial. www. 608595.

YORK COLD WAR BUNKER. Acomb Road. Enter the blast-proof doors and investigate the more unusual side of York’s heritage. 646940. YORK DUNGEONS, Clifford Street. Reopening at Easter with fantastically frightening new sets and attractions. 632599. YORKWALK, Museum Garden Gates, Museum Street. A wide range of tours with several taking place every day. Special autumn walks now available. 622303. york MANSION HOUSE, St Helen’s Square. Regular house tours lasting around an hour run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm between March and Christmas. 552036.

YORK MINSTER. Deangate Learn about the Minster’s Eight Wonders and discover what makes the iconic structure so magnificent. wonders. 0844 9390015. YORK’S CHOCOLATE STORY, King’s Square. See chocolate come to life and hear generations of chocolate secrets. 08454 989411. YORK RACECOURSE, Knavesmire Road. More than just a racecourse, they also host regular music and comedy nights. 620911. YORK CITY SIGHTSEEING, Exhibition Square. Enjoy a live guided Heritage Tour, Family Fun and Multilingual Tours and travel on Terrible Tales – the grisly stories of York. 634296. YORK BOAT, Lendal Bridge Landing, throughout the day. An entertaining and informative river cruise. Treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar and rest your feet. YORK GLIDING CENTRE, The Aerodrome, Rufforth. Learn how to fly, or book a special glider ride gift for a friend of family member. Call 738694.

EVERY NIGHT GHOST TRAIL OF YORK, West Doors of York Minster. Dare you cross the centuries and discover York’s spinechilling history? 633276. YORK TERROR TRAIL, Starts at The Golden Fleece Inn. A tour of the historical horrors of York’s 1900 year history, told by an array of colourful characters.

EVERY SUNDAY GIANT CAR BOOT SALE, Wigginton. Established for 22 years. 768463.

EVERY MONDAY SELBY MARKET, Selby town centre. Bargains galore at the well-established market. 07808 768186.

HELMSLEY BYLAND ABBEY, Coxwold. Byland Abbey is the perfect place to stop if you’re walking or cycling in the North York Moors National Park. 01347 868614. DALBY FOREST DRIVE AND VISITOR CENTRE, Low Dalby. Activities and events running throughout the year. DUNCOMBE PARK, Helmsley. The spectacular gardens are open to visitors, as is the surrounding parkland. www. 01439 772625. NUNNINGTON HALL, Helmsley. Picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions. 01439 748283. RIEVAULX ABBEY, Helmsley. Learn about the monks in medieval times and how they devoted their lives to spiritual matters. 01439 798228.

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THE TIME MACHINE, Beech Avenue, Harrogate. The largest and best indoor play and party centre in Harrogate. 01423 816111.

RIPON CAMP HILL, Kirklington, Bedale. The north’s leading and award winning Corporate Event and Outdoor Adventure destination. www.camphill. 01845 567788.

YORKSHIRE DALES BOLTON CASTLE, Leyburn. One of the country’s best preserved medieval castles. 01969 623981. BEECH END INTERACTIVE MODEL VILLAGE. Commercial Square, Leyburn. Unique amongst model villages, it combines fascinating visual detail with interactive fun. 01969 625400.

FOUNTAINS ABBEY AND STUDLEY ROYAL, Ripon. Every day there are tours and demonstrations of what life was like in the medieval abbey. 01765 608888.

SCARBOROUGH BETTON FARM VISITOR CENTRE, East Ayton. A thriving little farm and working community dedicated to your pleasure and interest. 01723 863143. PEASHOLM PARK, North Bay, Scarborough. Take a boat trip around the beautiful surroundings of Peasholm Park. 01723 383636.

English garden. www.falconrycentre. 01845 587522.

MALTON CASTLE HOWARD. The magnificent house and gardens at Castle Howard contain many surprises. Enjoy tours on a variety of subjects, including architecture and restoration. www.castlehoward. 01653 648444.

SCARBOROUGH CASTLE, Castle Road. With over 2,500 years of turbulent history behind it, Scarborough Castle is a great day out. 01723 372451.

THIRSK MONK PARK FARM VISITOR CENTRE, Bagby, Thirsk. A varied collection of both outdoor and indoor Feeding Areas where you can see lots of animals. 01845 597730. THE WORLD OF JAMES HERRIOT, Kirkgate. Step back in time and experience the life of James Herriot. 01845 524234. THE BIRD OF PREY CENTRE, Sion Hall Hill, Kirby Wiske. Eagles, falcons, hawks and owls will swoop and dive around you as you sit in a beautiful

THE YORKSHIRE LAW AND ORDER MUSEUMS, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon. The story of the Liberty Courthouse, Prison and Victorian Workhouse. www. 01765 690799. ROBIN HOOD’S BAY, Near Whitby. There is much more to Robin Hood’s Bay than initially meets the eye. www. 01947 880021. THE DRACULA EXPERIENCE, 9 Marine Parade, Whitby. A unique tour through the Dracula story and the connection to Whitby. 01723 501016.

SCARBOROUGH ART GALLERY, The Crescent, Scarborough. An exciting mixture of treasures including paintings and exhibitions. 01723 374753.

THE ROTUNDA MUSEUM, Vernon Road, Scarborough. Dinosaurs in Yorkshire? Get hands on and learn geology skills. uk 01723 374839.

NEWBY HALL, Ripon. An enchanting woodland walk and a miniature railway, and the exciting adventure gardens. 0845 4504068.


SCARBOROUGH SEA LIFE CENTRE, Scalby Mills Road. All kinds of sealife from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. 01723 376125.

STAINTONDALE SHIRE HORSE FARM VISITOR CENTRE, Staintondale. The farm is set in 40 acres of idyllic coastline and is enjoyed by people of all ages. www.shirehorsefarm. 01723 870458.

LIGHTWATER VALLEY, North Stainley. Escape to Lightwater Valley and discover the excitement of a day bursting with thrills. www. 0870 458 0040.

EDEN CAMP, Malton. One of the largest and most comprehensive museums covering British military and social history. 01653 697777. FLAMINGOLAND, Kirby Misperton, Malton. Enjoy a day out at the theme park and animal sanctuary. 0870 7528000.

HARROGATE RHS GARDEN HARLOW CARR, Crag Lane, Harrogate. A garden dominated by water, stone and woodland. 01423 565418. RIPLEY CASTLE, Harrogate. A fascinating and entertaining day out in a beautiful location with memorable surroundings. 01423 770152. ROYAL PUMP ROOM MUSEUM, Crown Place, Harrogate. Relax whilst exploring Harrogate’s spa history on the site of Europe’s strongest sulphur well. 01423 556188.

WHITBY ABBEY. Abbey Lane. Set on a headland high over the popular seaside town, Whitby Abbey is the perfect choice for a great value day trip. 01947 603568.

PICKERING NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY, Pickering Station. The steam train takes the tourists on a journey from Pickering to Grosmont. www. 01751 472508. NORTH YORK MOORS NATIONAL PARK. Superb natural history and a variety of unique places to visit. www. 01439 770657. RYEDALE FOLK MUSEUM, Hutton le Hole. A beautiful open-air museum and a wonderful place to visit. 01751 417 367. PICKERING CASTLE. Castlegate. Discover how this splendid 13th century castle was used throughout the 01751 474989.

THE FORBIDDEN CORNER, The Tupgill Park Estate, Coverdale. The Forbidden Corner is full of strange things. 01969 640638. THORP PERROW ARBORETUM, Bedale. 100 acres of beautiful woodland walks, trails and glades to explore. www. 01677 425323.

SKIPTON SKIPTON CASTLE. High Street. Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England. www. 01756 792442.

FILEY CRESCENT GARDENS, The Crescent, Filey. Stroll through the Crescent Gardens as you take in the stunning views across the bay. 01723 383636. GLEN GARDENS, West Avenue, Filey. These fantastic gardens offer the perfect retreat for family picnics. 01723 383636. THE MEMORIAL GARDENS, Murray Street, Filey. These gardens are in an ideal location to relax with lunch as you watch the world go by. 01723 383636.

HULL THE DEEP, Hull. This award-winning visitor attraction is home to over 3,500 fish including spectacular sharks and rays. BLACKTOFT SANDS, near Goole. Spectacular wildlife at the start of the Humber estuary. 01405 704665.

FURTHER AFIELD DIGGERLAND, Castleford. Diggerland allows both adults and children to go crazy with mechanised madness. 0871 2277007.

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