Fun things to do in Yorkshire this weekend!

Ryedale Grand Prix


First promoted by British Cycling’s Yorkshire Region in 2005 the Ryedale Grand Prix has featured as the National Road Race Championship in 2005, 2008 and in 2012. For 2013 it returns as the finale of the British Cycling Premier Calendar Road Race Series and will once again incorporate the Peter Longbottom Memorial in dedication to the Malton Olympian. Sharing the day will be the finale of the Women’s National Road Series that will also incorporate the National Junior Women’s Road Race Championship.

Widely praised for the new Championship course and venue last year the event will once again be played out on the circuit that passes through the magnificent grounds of Ampleforth Abbey. As with last year two circuits will feature albeit with a slight reduction in the length of first circuit to ensure that spectators gain maximum benefit from the Abbey vantage point.

Since the first edition of the event the promotion has benefitted from the generous sponsorship of Grass Concrete Limited featuring their Worldwide and unique Grasscrete environmental paving system. They return again along with Event Partners and sponsors Ryedale District Council who each year have stepped up to support the race. Once again their support extends into providing visitor opportunities to this magnificent part of Yorkshire, why not make a weekend of it in Ryedale you won’t be disappointed.


From Yorkshire With Love


From Yorkshire…With Love is vibrant shopping event! With over 30 Yorkshire based independent businesses selling contemporary crafts, artisan foods, vintage homeware and affordable art.   The Merchant Adventurers Hall will be absolutely bursting at the seams with locally produced unique, quality, handmade products!


Alongside the gorgeous stalls there will also be a Yorkshire tearoom serving afternoon teas, plus many workshops and seminars running throughout the day.

Learn how to make a beautiful edible un-wired rose from sugar paste without the use of expensive tools or cutters. From the colouring of the sugar paste to the finished bloom, you will leave the workshop with the ability to impress your friends and family.  Workshops at 12:00 and 3:00

Courtesy of Granny’s Sewing Box you will learn the basic skills of lino cutting – creating a simple one colour lino print that you will use to design and make your very own tote bag! You can either use Mikaela’s pre-designed templates or use your imagination and create something 100% unique! It doesn’t come much more bespoke than that guys! Workshops times are 11:15, 12:30 and 14:00

All set in the stunning medieval Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, visitors will be able to marvel in the spectacular ‘Great Hall’ and ‘Undercroft’ voted by Trip Advisor as one of York’s top10 attractions. It’s set to be a wonderful day out for just £1 and there really is something for everyone!


Leyburn 1940’s Weekend


Come and join Leyburn as it returns to the 1940s on the 27th and 28th July, 2013. The town grows in population over the weekend with civvies and ‘armed forces’ from the era along with vehicles and memorabilia.

Over the years the event has not only been great fun – it’s also been tremendously educational and an important reminder that we should try never to forget, the few that did so much for so many!


As always there will be display of vintage and military vehicles from the era along with a number of stalls selling anything from clothing of the era to music. Major Swing will be in the Market Place all weekend playing music and running dance classes.

There will be a dance on the Friday and Saturday night with ‘Major Swing’ DJ aka Tim Handley. Many of the pubs and restaurants in Leyburn will also be offering special themed entertainment over the weekend.

A Service of remembrance followed by a Church parade and commemorative service in the Market Place will take Sunday morning.

The Vintage bus will be running a park and ride service from the railway station in and around town over the weekend. All this plus much more to be enjoyed!


Finale of the Harrogate Festival!


We can’t think of a more fitting finale! Festival favourite, The John Wilson Orchestra make a welcome return for an evening celebrating the music of Frank Sinatra.


Joining them will be guest star Matt Ford, who has previously performed with likes of the Halle Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The critically acclaimed singer was also voted ‘Best UK Male Big Band Vocalist’ by the readers of Big Band World Magazine – a more than worthy vocalist to pay tribute to Old Blue Eyes himself.

The perfect ending to another incredible summer of music. This event is not to be missed!




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