Not to be missed this weekend: 22nd-24th June

Here are some fantastic highlights from the calendar for this weekend:

The Olympic Torch returns to Yorkshire on Sunday 24th June. In its first three days in Yorkshire, a staggering half a million people turned out to see the torch and we’re hopeful that we will see even higher numbers on its return. Highlights from the first three days included the torch travelling in style on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, riding into York Racecourse carried on a horse and getting a royal welcome from a princess at Harewood House. An album of shots from the torch in Yorkshire so far can be found on our Facebook page and a full Yorkshire relay map can be viewed on our website.

British Cycling Yorkshire Region again steps up to the mark to organise its third National Road Race Championships, the last occasion in 2008 helping to prepare the ground for the Beijing Olympics. This year sees a change of venue and circuits with a move down the road to Ampleforth. The Championship will take the same long drag up the finish in front of the magnificent Benedictine Abbey. It will also provide an ideal vantage point for spectators with the race passing through the grounds with each lap. Where clustered around the finish will be an event village featuring trade stands and the opportunity for spectators to take part in a Watt bike challenge. Welcome to Yorkshire are proud to be headline sponsor for this race and this picturesque race setting will hopefully showcase why Yorkshire is the perfect place to host the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2016!

York Does Vintage is a vibrant vintage event attracting more than 1500 visitors.  Residing in The Merchant Adventurers Hall, its highlights include:

  • Vintage stalls – 40+
  • Free workshops and demonstrations : (inc upcycling, bunting making workshop and cupcake decorating)
  • Free Lindy Hop dance workshops and demonstrations for all levels and ages
  • Large vintage tearoom
  • Hair, makeup and stylists
  • Vintage Cinema
  • Best dressed competition

York Does Vintage also raises money for two charities; The Alzheimer’s Society and local children’s charity, Snappy.

Halifax Food and Drink Festival is the first ever FREE entry food and drink festival in Halifax, taking place in town centre around Halifax Borough Market. It includes over 60 stalls selling delicious regional fare, hot food, ales, champagnes and cider. On top of this there is a mobile Cooking Bus offering free children’s and adults workshops, cookery sessions and open demonstrations and also a fantastic line up of star-studded chefs in the festival cookery theatre including:

  • Ben Varley of The Rock Hotel, Halifax and former contestant on BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals
  • Lee Marshall of Design House Restaurant, Dean Clough
  • Timothy Bilton of The Butchers Arms, Hepworth and BBC’s Great British Menu
  • Matthew Benson-Smith of The Cooking School at Dean Clough and Former Chef to the Prime Minster
  • The Raman Family – winners of The Hairy Bikers Cook-Off 2010
  • Tom Rennolds 2012 Masterchef Finalist and many more!

And, as always, some useful suggestions from our Twitter friends:

– @MissRavBudwal : going In to Bradford town centre to watch the Olympic touch pass through!! #comeonengland

@jourdmart: Castleford Tigers junior rugby gala on Saturday. Hope the weather picks up!

@annieraynoryoga: teaching #yoga class #Otley saturday 10-11.30 Burras Lane Scout Hut details http://www.northstaryoga.co.uk

@selbywildlife: Hills & Vales, delightful dales, golden beaches, clifftop reaches, ancient places, friendly faces. Just a start!

@heartgallery: please mention @hebdenparade #HebdenBridge and #foodfestival #Halifax – the organisers have worked super hard, thank you x

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