Dales Events

The Wensleydale Railway Christmas Events for 2018

The Wensleydale Railway Christmas Events for 2018

There seems to be so much happening on the Wensleydale Railway end of November and into December that I thought it was well worth a mention on its own. Follow the link for full information The Wensleydale Railway but here’s just taster.

Santa calls on 1 December at 12 noon and there after during the afternoon and lots of dates in December until Christmas Eve, so miss him!

Great things happening in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounds in the lead up to Christmas 2018!

Great things happening in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounds in the lead up to Christmas 2018!

There’s always fun and excitement in December, as everywhere, with Christmas trees appearing, along with the usual Christmas decorations. Carols wafting on the breeze as you wander round the towns and just a general hum getting louder as the big day approaches! To get in to the spirit things there are always Christmas markets to be found. Harrogate Christmas Market, always very popular with over two hundred stalls of food and drink, crafts and Christmas gifts. Santa and his reindeers will be making an entrance and there will be a children’s funfair.

The Work of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

The Work of the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust

As mentioned in a previous email we were invited to a Supporters Lunch at the Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and as you can imagine there was a brief talk about the work of this small charity. Joanne and I, and as I’m sure perhaps a lot of you would think, that they just raise money to plant trees, this as we found out is not the case at all, find out more here https://www.ydmt.org/how-we-work.

Classical Concerts at St Andrew’s Church in Aysgarth

Classical Concerts at St Andrew’s Church in Aysgarth

What a truly wonderful concert the other Saturday at St Andrew’s church in Aysgarth, part of the Wensleydale Concert Series which are held every month from March to the end of September.

And there’s more – The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 15 until 23 September 2018

And there’s more – The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 15 until 23 September 2018

If you love cheese, or even if you don’t, you’ll enjoy this event celebrating everything cheesy.

To start this wonderful event the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes will be hosting a two-day celebration of the Dales rich-cheese making heritage, with market stalls, cheese tasting, pairing and grading and cookery demonstrations on 15 and 16 September. There will also be family fun activities for you all to get stuck into.

‘Tis the season for festivals and agricultural shows in the dales!

‘Tis the season for festivals and agricultural shows in the dales!

It would seem so, 14 July saw the Hawes and District Gala, plus the Party in the Park held at Catterick Racecourse following a very successful first event in 2017, the Leyburn 1940’s weekend 21 and 22 July, Richmond Live 3 and 4 August, GeorgeFest 18 until 27 August, Leyburn Agricultural Show on 25 August and Reeth Show 27 August. Kilnsey Show 28 August and the Nidderdale Show 24 September marking the last of the year’s agricultural shows just a few of the events going on in the dales.

The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate 10 until 12 July 2018

The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate 10 until 12 July 2018

The Great Yorkshire Show has been held in Harrogate annually since 1838 making this year’s the 160th. No wonder it’s such a popular and long standing event with over 1200 trade stands and 2000 competitions, enough to keep anyone amused for three days or more! The finest livestock are brought here to be judged including cattle, sheep, pigs and pigeons. If you’re into tractors and agricultural machinery you won’t be disappointed, this is where the latest state of the are machinery is showcased and displayed.

Leyburn 1940’s Weekend - 21 and 22 July 2018

Leyburn 1940’s Weekend - 21 and 22 July 2018

We’re all getting very excited about the next annual event coming up in Leyburn, Wensleydale in the glorious Yorkshire Dales on 21 and 22 July 2018 which is the Leyburn 1940’s Weekend! Held in the market place, Thornborough Hall and throughout the town, there’ll be fun, laughter, music, singing, dancing, stalls, military vehicles, vintage cars, farm machinery. This annual event, now in its 11th year, is not only a great day out but educational too and an important reminder of what happened in late 30’s and 40’s.

Dales Festival of Food & Drink 2018 Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June!

Dales Festival of Food & Drink 2018 Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June!

Did you know that since 2002 the Dales Festival of Food and Drink held in Leyburn has generated surplus funds of over £154,000 which has been distributed to local community organisations around the dales. Organised by the Leyburn & Mid-Wensleydale Partnership Ltd we can say a large thank you to them and also for all their hard work in making this event such a superb and varied affair along with the support of local businesses in and around Leyburn, volunteers and members of the Partnership itself.

The Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn, Wensleydale

The Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn, Wensleydale

Have you been to The Garden Rooms yet for lunch? To be found in Leyburn at Tennants. Next time you’re here make a date. For something special try the restaurant, always best book, or after a walk in the hills perhaps a bite to eat in the café or afternoon tea even. Geoff and I went there a couple of weeks ago, we can’t resist always a good experience, food delicious, nice atmosphere and there’s usually an exhibition going on upstairs and if you come on a Friday its viewing day in next doors auctions rooms or on a Saturday there is almost always a sale.

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