Heritage, nostalgia, food, drink and so much more this weekend!

Dales Festival of Food & Drink


Over 10,000 visitors are expected to descend upon a Dales town this weekend for The Dales festival of food and drink.

The festival, based just outside Leyburn, is one of the largest events in the Yorkshire Dales calendar.slide-fun

The main attraction is the giant Food Hall, which will host over 80 stalls of local food products, including many new vendors.

On Saturday, writer Neil Hanson, author of The Inn at the Top, recounts tales of life running Tan Hill pub, the highest in Britain.

Gary Verity, of Welcome to Yorkshire, visits on Sunday to explain how the Tour de France Grand Depart came to Yorkshire and on Monday award-winning author Gervase Phinn will reminiscence about his time as a schools inspector.slide-music

Also on Monday, Swinton Park’s chef director Stephen Bulmer will host a foraging-themed demonstration and will cook up treats using ingredients from the Swinton Estate.

A beer festival with many small breweries and award-winning beers and wines will be served in the drinks marquee.

Six hours of live music each day from local brass or jazz bands and traditional sword and morris dancers provide additional entertainment. For young people there are a range of rides and attractions.slide-food

A farming from food area sees livestock and small animals, along with talks and demonstrations of traditional agricultural skills such as sheep shearing and wood turning.

For details visit www.dalesfestivaloffood.org or follow @DalesFoodFest on Twitter.

It takes place from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, May 3 until Monday, May 5 on the A684 just outside Leyburn, approaching from the east. Post code DL8 5SG.


North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Spring Steam Gala

The 2014 Spring Steam Gala is over two extended weekends, namely, April 25th, 26th & 27th AND May 2nd, May 3rd, May 4th & May 5th.

For the Spring Gala of 2014 you can enjoy lots of steam action on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Pie & Peas Service

The Dame Vera Lynn Fundraising Group will be running a Pie & Peas service on the following scheduled services:

Friday 25th April
• 1627 Pickering Departure
• 2035 Pickering Departure
• 1904 Grosmont Departure
• 2210 Grosmont Departure

Visiting engines will include: the fastest engine in steam preservation Class A4 Pacific No. 4464 ‘Bittern’. Jinty 47406 from the Great Central Railway, LMS Class 5 4-6-0 Black 5 No. 44871 (first weekend only), LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 Black 5 No. 45407 ‘Lancashire Fusilier’ (first weekend only), Peppercorn 5P6F 2-6-0 K1 No. 62005 (first weekend only). The home fleet will feature: Lambton Tank No 29, Standard Class 4 4-6-0 ‘Green Knight’ No. 75029, Thompson B1 61264, NYMR’s newest addition to its home fleet, newly lined black LMS Class 5MT Locomotive 44806.

Also coming back this year is Scarborough & District Railway Modellers with Model Railway Layout displays in the Learning Centre at Pickering Station on both Saturdays & Sundays.

Have a look atthis video of last weekend’s action!

Check out the website for lots of pictures and further information


Filey Folk Festival 2014!

Filey Folk Festival is one of the mainstays of this North Yorkshire seaside town’s musical year. Expect a broad range in styles of folk, blues, country and acoustic performers and bands, and a very warm welcome and a famously friendly atmosphere. You can catch acts performing live at the participating venues and perhaps also busking around town. Pub gigs run all weekend and admission is free for everyone.

This web space will keep you posted on festival updates and programme announcements as we head towards the 2014 festival. Simply click on the links to the venues on the left of each page to see the schedule for that venue

Festival Open Mic & Busking

Along with the scheduled performances detailed on the venue pages, Filey Folk Festival offers some open mic events where you can turn up and play, and the town is also a great place to busk.

Open Mic
– The Station, Imperial, & Bonhommes will be hosting a few festival open mic sessions over the weekend.

– Buskers are always very welcome at Filey. Murray Street, Glen Gardens Park, Giant Fisherman, Coble Landing & Promenade are just a few of the excellent places to throw your hat down!

This is some great action from last year at Filey Folk Festival!


Wath Festival 2014


Wath Community Festival of Song and Dance is organised by a Committee which runs the annual “Wath Community Festival of Song and Dance”


The May Day Bank Holiday weekend events begin with the ‘Eric Sampson Memorial Concerts’ which take place at Wath’s ‘Montgomery Hall’ on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings prior to the May Day weekend. Eight local schools participate in the concerts and each lasts for around two hours.390610_10151621021600491_1879059450_n

The main ‘Community’ events take place in, and around, Montgomery Square on the Saturday of the Festival weekend. The events begin around 9.00am with a short procession setting out from Wath’s All Saints Parish Church and ending up in Montgomery Square. The procession is usually led by a Samba Band and many of the festival performers, and the public, take part. The official opening ceremony follows.

There’s a huge range of other activities going on over the festival period including workshops, ceilidhs, ‘sing-a-rounds’ Real Music Bar concerts which are aimed at encouraging young performers.


Burnby Hall Tulip Festival


Our second annual Tulip Festival will be a truly spectacular time to visit the Gardens. Over 14,000 bulbs of more than 30 varieties have been planted throughout our 9 acre gardens.beb6f32f-78ca-4599-8942-86b4b787f4bc

Bloms Bulbs are an internationally renowned company and were proud Gold Medal winners in 2012 for their display of Tulips at Chelsea Flower Show.

Bloms will be on site during the second week of our Tulip Festival from 3rd to 11th May. During this period, they will display cut flowers and take orders for bulbs. We can also take orders in advance of this from 26th April to 2nd May via our Visitor Centre (01759) 307125.

Burnby Gardens, more well known for our National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies have won a Gold Award in the Yorkshire in Bloom competition for the last three years so this partnership promises to be a spectacular show.



First World War Remembered – Brodsworth Hall


Visitors to Brodsworth Hall this Bank Holiday weekend can join the household to catch a glimpse of the changes afoot in 1914 as the British Army recruited to its ranks. Many young men left their jobs at the Brodsworth household, gardens and estate to serve in the First World War, some never to return.14643be0-8441-493b-a9fa-363b4a045e53


A cast of actors together with re-enactment soldiers from the Manchester Regiment bring the many stories of the Brodsworth community to life, together with drills, training, obstacle courses and a whole host of family friendly activities aimed at highlighting such an interesting and relevant time in our history.


The Duty Calls exhibition inside Brodsworth Hall continues this year, displaying many interesting artefacts such as letters and photographs from both World Wars. New this year is a memorial plaque, or ‘Death Penny’ sent to the families of the deceased, together with a letter from King George V. Over one million bronze plaques were sent from 1919 to the 1930s to the families of those whose death was attributed directly to service the Great War and yet these ‘pennies’ are not common today, and rarely survive together with their scroll and letter like this group.


All events tie in with the Heritage Lottery Funded exhibition inside the Hall, ‘Duty Calls: the Country House in Time of War’.



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