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Parkrun every Saturday at Fountains Abbey. Getting ready for the off!

Parkrun every Saturday at Fountains Abbey!

Are you a ‘parkrunner’? Have you heard of parkrun? I didn’t until just a little while ago when my daughter Joanne started entering into the spirit of parkrun. She now takes the grandchildren and they all love it! If you’re a seasoned parkrunner then have you joined the one at Fountains Abbey near Ripon? A picturesque route, running in the ancient grounds of Fountains Abbey with the abbey nearly always in sight.

Visit Masham, an interesting town of the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale AONB

Visit Masham, an interesting town of the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale AONB

Have you ever visited Masham? Situated just on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it’s a visit not to be put off any longer! If you’ve been you’ll know all about the delights to be found here, nearby and otherwise. Artisan shops, pubs, eating houses, a couple of breweries, galleries, two weekly markets and all well within a comfortable five or ten minute walk from one of our cottages. Park in the market square if you’re a little further out and have a stroll or bring your walking boots and set off along the side of the River Ure.

Film Festival at The Leyburn Arts and Community Centre! 27 and 28 October

Did you know we have a little cinema in Leyburn? Only showing films on Fridays, matinees, 4.30pm/5pm and evening 7.30pm and the first Tuesday of every month but in October there will be a special treat at The Leyburn Arts and Community Centre in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. On Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October they’ll holding a film festival which will be a celebration of cinema in its many different forms. Making start will be The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, followed by A Selection of Laurel and Hardy and to finish off the day on Friday, A Man Called Ove.

Arts and Crafts in the glorious Yorkshire Dales!

Arts and Crafts in the glorious Yorkshire Dales!

Have you ever thought about doing an Arts and Crafts trail in the dales, fancy title I know, you could just say you were going round the galleries, workshops and studios. So many places to visit, all completely individual, these small businesses are a treasure to behold and well worth seeking out.

Bainbridge in Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Bainbridge in Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Bainbridge in Wensleydale, just four miles east of Hawes, goes back to Roman times, and probably beyond, with traces of these times still visible with a roman fort, the outline of which can be seen even though the stones are now covered, and a track leading over Stake Fell to the high ground in Wharfedale, running for some eight miles, can be enjoyed as a bridle way. Known then as Virosidum it now gets its name from the River Bain, the shortest river in England with its source at the magnificent Semer Water.

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival 12th until 20th August 2017

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival 12th until 20th August 2017

Well, what a wonderful afternoon we all spent at the Scarecrow Festival in Kettlewell, Wharfedale, an annual event with all proceeds going to the Church, Village Hall, School and local projects to benefit the whole community. Totally organised, considering how many people were there, parking was easy, volunteers were so helpful, made sure we had our route sheet and quiz, places to eat along the way round.

Coming up soon! Wensleydale Agricultural Show in Leyburn Saturday 26 August

Wensleydale Agricultural Show in Leyburn Saturday 26 August

A traditional agricultural show set in a stunning location in Leyburn in glorious Wensleydale. The Punjab Lancers will be entertaining you in the main arena this year with their tent pegging skills. The cavalry sport, which is around 2500 years old, originated from lifting ‘tent pegs’ from the ground with a sword or lance on horseback developed by Asian armies who relied on their skill with the lance to defeat their enemies. Today’s peggers are competitive, though a little less bloodthirsty!

The Three Inch Fools playing Shakespeare in Constable Burton Hall Gardens

The Three Inch Fools playing Shakespeare in Constable Burton Hall Gardens

Nearly forgot our excellent evening watching The Three Inch Fools playing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the wonderful setting of Constable Burton Hall gardens. The perfect evening, we took a picnic, managed to sit at the front and had a most enjoyable and entertaining evening. They are also doing Twelfth Night and touring the country throughout August, check out dates and venues at http://www.threeinchfools.com/

feva! Knaresborough Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts Friday 11 until Sunday 20 August 2017

feva! Knaresborough Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts Friday 11 until Sunday 20 August 2017

Don’t really know where to start with the Knaresborough Festival, there’s so much going on, 10 full days and evenings of music, street entertainment, spoken word, activities, theatre and dance and events. A lot of the events are free, some you need to book but all information can be found on www.feva.info. Friday kicks off with Bob’s Your Uncle in the Market Place at noon and throughout the afternoon with some riotously entertaining magic, great fun for all the family.

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