Trains, Books and Artists this weekend in Yorkshire!

Railway in Wartime

Pickering will be turning back the clock 70 years this weekend as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway hosts its annual Wartime Weekend.

The event will see Pickering Station handed over to re-enactors, who arrive at the station on Friday in their vintage civilian and military vehicles to recreate the look and feel of the 1940s.

Visitors will be able to wander around the vehicles in the car park, try out an aircraft simulator and enjoy live entertainment throughout the weekend at stations along the line including Grosmont, Goathland and Levisham.

While ground troops are occupying much of the railway, Grosmont station will be handed over to the fly boys. A replica RAF Battle of Britain Spitfire, and a recreation of a German Messerschmitt cockpit will be on display while volunteers will also be manning a soup kitchen and cake stall.

Visitors will be able to access the Railway in Wartime weekend by buying a ticket for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – advance booking is strongly recommended, either online or from the station booking offices.

Off the Shelf Festival!

Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words is 22 this year!


The festival has grown into one of the UK’s most popular and exciting events attracting some of the best known names in literature and the media.  The festival offers a wide range of events for audiences of all ages including readings, workshops, storytelling, exhibitions, talks, walks, poetry, competitions and more.

The festival has even been endorsed by the likes of Sir Michael Parkinson, who commented that off The Shelf was “One of the most pleasant and enjoyable festivals I have attended – and I’ve been to one or two.”

Guests this year include Roddy Doyle, Kate Adie, Pam Ayres, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Paul Morley, Simon Armitage, Jackie Kay, Lucy Worsley, Chuck Palahniuk, Walter Mosley, Jung Chang, Sally Gardner, Dan Snow, Steve Peters to name just a few.


Settle Story Telling Festival!

Settle Storytelling Festival has got bigger – and this year there will be more than 30 events to entertain.


The four-day festival will be launched at The Folly on Thursday and will once again celebrate the power of imagination through traditional and contemporary stories, laughter, music and walks at various venues in the town.

The festival is embracing new technology. It is staging a digital story trail where festivalgoers will have to use their smart phones to navigate their way around town to watch six short films by filmmaker Glenn Bunn.

Many of the events are family-friendly – there is the chance to get lost in a maze created in the gardens of the Friends Meeting House by visual artist Bryony Pritchard, discover the Starbird with wings that sparkle like jewels, listen to the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s musical adaptation of John Hegley’s story Stanley’s Stick or hunt for the storyteller in the gold hat using magic beans.

To find out more, visit or call 01729 825718.

Ilkley Art Trail!

From the 9th until the 13th October, Ilkley will be saturated with great painting, sculpture, textile art, etc., from local and regional exhibiting artists. Numbered venues and a programme with a useful map accompany the Trail. Venues range from living rooms, working studios, gardens, a church sanctuary and other quirky and unusual spaces.2fe420e9-f4e6-4188-b6e0-3911b38cd368

Recorded footfall in 2012 was 4,000 and £20,000 was generated in Art sales by local and regional participating artists. This helps to move towards a strong and sustainable artist community and facilitates the creation of more great art for us all.

Now in its 3rd year Ilkley Art Trail has had amazing audience and artist feedback and is building on this in year 3.

The programme is free and all venues are free to visit. Although all work will be for sale, and prices will vary from postcard prices right through to several thousand pounds, (so bring your card in-case you are tempted), it is very important that all art here is free to experience, so essentially come along and you need not spend anything, just be inspired.

Meet some artists in their studios and catch their angles on the art-work you experience here, see how they work, smell the paint, eat their biscuits.

Autumn Steam Spectacular at Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Join Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for their Autumn Steam spectacular as the three day steam festival takes place on the historic railway line.

The KWVR like to provide ‘All Action’ events and this is no exception!

Ingrow station will host a variety of vintage road steam vehicles on display throughout the weekend. Sunday will feature a full vintage vehicle display with many vintage cars from around Yorkshire joining the steam engines.

Marvel at the Railways in Miniature with Model Railway layouts on display in the Exhibition shed at Oxenhope station. Groups from around the region will be displaying their varied layouts of different shapes and sizes.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to climb aboard the footplate of one of the steam locomotives. You can chat to the driver and have a good old look at the controls; you may even be able to blow the whistle!

The Railway will run intensively from 0830 each day into the early evening. Stations are gaslit during the evenings and give a night-time glow as your train rolls in.



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