Horse about this weekend all over Yorkshire!

Bramham Horse Trials

Olympic heroes and a plethora of international eventing talent awaits spectators at the 2014 Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials, which are under way at Bramham Park.cci3-thumbnail

Of the London 2013 Team GB silver-medal-winning quintet, seven-time winner William Fox-Pitt will once again be the man to beat.

Almost immediately after scooping the 2012 renewal with Chilli Morning, Fox-Pitt declared his intention to bag an eighth success in 2014 with the Yorkshire-owned Freddie Mac.

New mum Zara Phillips returns with Black Tuxedo in the CCI and High Kingdom in the CIC.

Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson brings Annie Clover and One Two Many, while Kristina Cook and Mary King are on board Star Witness and MHS King Joules respectively.three-day-thumbnail

Kiwi legend Sir Mark Todd rides NZB Campino and Chatsworth CIC winner Amacuzzi, while leading the charge from the continent are France’s Astier Nicolas, Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon and Austria’s Paul Tapner.

With thousands of equestrian fans set to flock to Bramham across the four days. Saturday’s cross-country section is likely to draw the biggest crowd, to see what questions Ian Stark’s course will ask of riders.

But there is a wealth of other elements to enjoy, including today’s Hunter show class, Pony Club mounted games, the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse, Event Horse Breeding and Stock classes, plus the incredible array of stalls and stands in the shopping court.

Daily tickets are available on the gate starting at £12.


North Yorkshire Open Studios

126 artists, designers and makers are throwing open their studio doors and inviting you in to watch, learn and buy. Choose your own route across the 8,654 km2 stretch of North Yorkshire’s moorland, coastline, hills and dales in search of the environments that have been attracting the UK’s creative talent to live and work in.Annabelle-Bradley-Malham-Smithy-need-to-credit

Alongside the artists opening their studios, NYOS also runs a programme of linked events and workshops, these include exhibitions, geocaching trails, arts walks and craft workshops such as paper art, jewellery making & glass cutting. The programme is different every year and the workshops are held across North Yorkshire in a variety of venues and artists studios.

This annual event provides a great opportunity to buy or commission works for you, your home or your garden, as well as to discover the rich seam of culture that runs through North Yorkshire’s breathtaking landscape.

Many workshops details can be found here.

Call 01756 748529 for a brochure or visit for further details.


Sheffield Doc Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for six intense days in June. Now in its 21st Year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is one of the top three documentary festivals and markets in the world.IMG_7329

Doc/Fest it is the perfect platform for anyone with an interest in digital and factual content. Doc/Fest prides itself in supporting and nurturing new talent: in addition to the Festival days in June, Sheffield Doc/Fest presents year round workshops, screenings, labs and mentoring opportunities both in the UK and internationally.

Since 2009 the festival has presented the Crossover Summit which explores new approaches to commissioning content aimed at maximising audience engagement. The Festival continues to be innovative, exciting and different – leading the way in digital and interactive programming.

The 2013 festival presented three Opening Night events, over 100 films and 80 sessions, dozens of networking events and over 2,600 film, TV and digital delegates from 60 countries.IMG_7921_1

Sheffield Doc/Fest offers opportunities for experienced, debut and student filmmakers. It gives new filmmakers the opportunity to learn more about the industry and how to get involved. MeetMarket allows filmmakers the opportunity to pitch projects to commissioning editors, distributors, funders and other executives from the UK, Europe and the world. At Sheffield Doc/Fest you will be able to meet with many documentary EPs, commissioners, broadcasters, distributors and other buyers.

Sheffield Doc/Fest offers in-depth filmmaker masterclasses, controversial discussion panels, incisive interviews and detailed case studies. Guests range from legendary masters of the creative documentary form to presenters of popular factual TV and include representation from all parts of the global doc industry. Sessions include keynote addresses and interviews with some of the world’s leading documentary filmmakers and broadcasters. Go doc-watching and experience our programme of international documentary feature films, showcasing some of the greatest talent working in the genre today.


Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is an annual celebration of funkiness, the art of the handmade and is just sheer fun! The magic happens in three weeks of workshops, open to anyone who wants to make costumes, carryable art or help create giant puppets.

With an ace team of local professional carnival artists, volunteers, guest artists (sometimes from around the world!) and some killer street bands, we create just the occasion for up to 1000 people to dance down the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this.

Scampston Does Vintage

Grab your trilbies, don your best frock, shine up your chassis and put 7 and 8 June 2014 in your diary, as Scampston Does Vintage is back this year even bigger and better! With a Saturday evening of live music and camping to kick off the festivities! Tickets start from £8, click here for more details and to book. Tickets can also be bought on the day.

7 June 18:00 – 22:30
8 June – 11:00 – 17:30

Set in the picturesque lakesaide gardens of the regency Scampston Hall, which is home to the award winning Walled Gardens, this event is set to be the perfect vintage festival!

Expect a fabulous Saturday evening of live music, picnics, vintage cocktails (and a few surprises) within a stunning estate setting!

Followed by a quintessential vintage garden party in the immaculate gardens, playing host to hundreds of stunning classic cars organised by NECPWA, live music from some super vintage acts including Phil Lyons, Harmony Handsworth, the Last Resort and the Four Shadows, Lindy Hop lessons by GI Jive, a vintage tea-tent with gorgeous vintage afternoon teas, vintage-inspired workshops running throughout the day, vintage beauty bar, vintage photo-booth and tandem bike hire to enjoy the wonderful off-road paths with your loved one or friends supplied by Sweet Rides Camper Hire, as well as of an array of the UK’s best vintage stalls to discover. Not to forget children’s entertainment to keep the kids happy while you transport yourself back in time! AND if that’s not good enough lets not forget our vintage bar run by The Bespoke Bartender, vintage ice-cream vans and some lovely themed food and drink stands! Phroar what a day!

The Tour of Infinite Possibility

Hope and Social is a band everyone should know about. This year, they’re heading out on a Yorkshire-wide tour with a big difference – everyone’s invited. Yes, everyone. Firmly believing that anyone can play music, these big-hearted musicians are issuing an open invitation as they march around Yorkshire rehearsing for the finale – 12 shows in 12 magnificent locations along the route of the Grand Depart – on a pedal-powered stage.

They’ll bring brass, bells and ukuleles. They’ll sing their hearts out, and they’ll stop for a chat wherever you are, as they march through Yorkshire to find hundreds of new recruits. No-one is too young or too old to join in – they’ll sing with the WI, rock out with shoppers and beat the drums with the Cubs and the Brownies. The results can be enjoyed at any of their live gigs, or through recordings that Hope and Social will make on the road and release once the tour has finished. Come and join the band. Tell everyone!

Click here for to find out how schools can get involved!

What is the Tour of Infinite Possibility? This film will help explain…

Be Part Of It: In preparation Hope and Social has composed a theme song for the Festivalwhich will be free to download and share. It’s scored for a range a range of instruments including brass bands, children’s choirs and a bicycle orchestra. Visit more information.

Looking for further resources? Check out Hope & Social’s website.

Get your FREE tickets to the performances!

Click here to get your free tickets to any of of the performances taking place along the route.


Blog offer of the week!!!

Keep your eye out on the weekly blog for our “offer of the week” from some of the great attractions within Yorkshire. From spa days, to a trip out with the kids to theme parks and railways – there will be something for everyone!

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What’s it all about? Two attractions under one roof… plus a whole lot more! Xplore promises adventure and excitement for families and children of all ages. Located at Xscape (J32 just off the M62), we’ve got everything for a fun time for all the family. 

Meanwhile, mystery & fantasy combine to create the UK’s first Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf Adventure. Play two heavily themed, UV lit courses full of amazing sights, sounds and even smells. Suitable for players of all ages.

What’s the offer? 2 for 1 Admission – Valid until 30th September 2014

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