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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.

WOW! What a July it’s been!

WOW! What a July it’s been!

Just haven’t been able to catch up this month with all the happenings in the glorious Yorkshire Dales and a little further afield this month. The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate; Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally; Leyburn 1940’s Weekend all of which will need little introduction. We enjoyed a wonderful concert in Askrigg church by the Wensleydale Chorus singing Mozart’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria; there were Open Gardens galore, we had a lovely, lovely day strolling round Newbiggin in Bishopdale.

What’s going on in the Yorkshire Dales?

What’s going on in the Yorkshire Dales?

There just seems to be so much happening in the glorious Yorkshire Dales at the moment that it’s difficult to fit everything in or even to go to in some cases. Open Studios, concerts galore in our wonderful churches, agricultural shows, open gardens, art and craft events, plus much that we have missed or not mentioned here. Joanne and I went to Crafted by Hand held in Masham Town Hall in Masham this last Sunday, it was a two day event but Sunday was the best day for us.

Dippers in Walden Beck, West Burton WOW!

Dippers in Walden Beck, West Burton WOW!

Thank you to Sandra for sending me this wonderful photo of the dippers in Walden Beck, just amazing. Sandra is one of our lovely property owners, Beck Side and Bridge View in West Burton, both overlooking Walden Beck, A truly magical place to stay, come and see if you can spot the dippers too!

Open Gardens and Specialist Plant Fair - Coverham Abbey, Coverdale - 30 July 2017

Open Gardens and Specialist Plant Fair - Coverham Abbey - 30 July 2017

Coming up on Sunday 30 July, 11am until 4pm, Open Gardens and Specialist Plant Fair at #CoverhamAbbey in #Coverdale in the glorious #YorkshireDales. A private garden rarely open to the public, a peaceful place with time to ponder on the knot garden, explore the wilder areas, gaze upon herbaceous borders. There will also be a plant fair featuring top specialists and growers so you won't be going home empty handed!

Askrigg, Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales

Askrigg, Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales

Askrigg is known to many still by its association with the very popular television programme All Creatures and Small. A village of many parts you could say, historic St Oswald’s seemingly placed in the centre for all to admire – you could also take a look at the new clock face! Tall, terraced buildings give an air of elegance with more traditional dales cottages sprinkled in amongst. New developments too are here too helping to keep this village a lively, living community.

Swaledale Festival 2017 comes to a close

Swaledale Festival 2017 comes to a close

So sad the Swaledale Festival for this year has come to a close, a magical two weeks of music, art exhibitions, workshops, talks and poetry held in some interesting venues and guided walks in breath taking countryside in Swaledale and Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales. Famous artists and not so famous all added to an exciting and entertaining mix for us all to greatly enjoy. For me the highlight was a small intimate concert held in the Cloisters in the Gardens Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn.

Great views and an unusual find near Harmby

Great views and an unusual find near Harmby

New footpaths to walk and new sights for us to find whilst walking on this wonderful day in the Yorkshire Dales. Setting off from Leyburn walk in the direction of Bellerby and take the narrow, steep public footpath opposite Woodside. Follow a well walked path and come out onto the main road, A6108, cross over and walk to Cow Close. It seems such an elevated place here with views to the North York Moors on a clear day. Turn right and continue on the lane until you come to Harmby. The terrain is quite different with wheat and barley growing (I think I’m right with this).

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