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Out and About: A day trip to Hull

Continuing our occasional series of things to do and see in the local area, we are delighted to have a guest contribution from Veronica Pearson. Following in the footsteps of Newcastle and Liverpool, Hull has been named the UK’s City of Culture 2017. Hull was first mentioned in 1193, founded by the monks of Meaux […]

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Out and About: heather, lovely but time limited

Continuing our occasional series of things to do and see in the local area The heather is out! And has been for some time, one of the best displays for some years, so pop out and enjoy it while it lasts, because it won’t last much longer. The National Park website describes what is special […]

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Out and About: by train round the beautiful northeast

Continuing our occasional series of things to do and see on a day out. Recently we spent a day taking a train journey from York to Leeds, Leeds to Carlisle, Carlisle to Newcastle, and Newcastle back to York. On hearing of our plan, a friend asked “Whatever for?” If that’s your reaction, return to the […]

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Out and About: Ampleforth Abbey

Continuing our (very) occasional series of things to do and places to go. I’ve always known that Ampleforth Abbey was there of course, but assumed that it was, by its very nature, an other-worldly sort of place that did not encourage – if not actually forbid – visitors. Quite wrong! The Abbey welcomes visitors and […]

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OUT and ABOUT: York Quilt Museum

Clocks have gone back, and although it’s unseasonably warm we can’t depend on that lasting, so it’s time to think of where to go to avoid the rain and wind. York has so many beautiful places that it ought not to feature in our series, which is largely devoted to spreading the word about attractions […]

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OUT and ABOUT: Markenfield Hall

The sun has shone once or twice recently and it seemed like a good time to resume our occasional series of less well known things to do and see.  I didn’t expect to be posting this item on such a wet and miserable night, but the sun will shine again.  So… Markenfield Hall? I confess […]

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Rare opportunity to visit Scotch Corner Chapel

The John Bunting Chapel at Scotch Corner will be open to the public on Saturday September 14, as part of Heritage Open Days. John Bunting was born in London in 1927, evacuated to Yorkshire in 1939 and studied at Ampleforth College. There he met Robert Thompson, whose trademark mouse is on furniture throughout the school, […]

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OUT and ABOUT: Mount Grace Priory

Continuing our occasional series of less well known things to do and see: contributions welcome. Mount Grace Priory is a monastic ruin often overlooked for a day out because at first sight it doesn’t compare with the grandeur of Fountains or Rievaulx. It’s worth a closer look. The first pleasure of Mount Grace is getting […]

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OUT and ABOUT: Selby

Continuing our occasional series of local things to do and see. This one is for ‘church-crawlers’ only, because sadly Selby doesn’t have anything much to offer for a day out other than a magnificent church. But if magnificent churches are your thing, read on… Even the journey to Selby (about 45 miles) is uninspiring: round […]

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OUT and ABOUT: Roaming in the gloaming

Continuing our occasional series of local things to do and see. This time, not so much about where as when. For years, I thought ‘gloaming’ (you know, as in “roaming in the gloaming wi’ a lassie by my side”), was a place, or perhaps a topographical feature, like the “banks and braes o’ bonnie Doon”. […]

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OUT and ABOUT: Beverley

With the advent of summer, at long last, we are resuming our occasional series on places to go and things to see: contributions welcome. The sun shone, the sky was blue, and we decided it was time for a day out, a gentle meander without too much pressure. The choice of destination fell on Beverley, […]

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Spring is here, gardens are open

Well the snow cleared pretty quickly, temperatures are rising, and somehow spring seems to be in the air.  And confirming that, I saw today that the 2013 guide to gardens open for charity under the National Garden Scheme is now available, and what’s more, the first opening of the year is this weekend, and within […]

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OUT and ABOUT: Pottering in Pickering

Continuing our occasional series of less well known things to do and see. So we’ve put back the clocks, the days get shorter, the weather gets worse, and we are thinking of the occasional quick trip out on a sunny afternoon, rather than taking off for the whole day.  If you’re still looking for time […]

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OUT and ABOUT: Bridlington

Continuing our occasional series of less well known things to do and see this summer.  Bridlington? Bridlington?? I went there recently to get my sewing machine repaired and what I saw didn’t inspire me to linger. However, this was intended to be a contributory series, so I’m copying this piece from an article on today’s […]

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OUT and ABOUT: Rievaulx Terrace

Continuing our occasional series of less well known things to do and see this summer. Rievaulx Abbey is one of the great romantic ruins of Britain, and on any must-see list for visitors to our area. Rievaulx Terrace is very much in its shadow (although actually above), and visited much less, but does repay a […]

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OUT and ABOUT: Shopping in Whitby

Continuing our occasional series of less well known things to do and see this summer.  “Shopping?” I hear you say, “we thought this was about a nice day out!” And so it is. Whitby is becoming increasingly touristy, and that means lots more of ye olde gift shoppes, tacky ‘souvenirs’, candy floss and ‘kiss-me-quick’ hats. […]

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OUT and ABOUT: Bransdale

Continuing our occasional series of less well known things to do and see this summer. Beautiful Bransdale is right on our doorstep, but seems to be much less visited than its neighbours Farndale and Rosedale. Admittedly Bransdale is a place to ‘be’ rather than ‘do’, but it rewards exploration. At its simplest, just take the […]

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OUT and ABOUT: archaeology store in Helmsley

The first of our occasional series of less well known things to do and see this summer. On the outskirts of Helmsley, down Riccal Drive and up an unmade road to the back of the old railway station, sits a huge warehouse which houses archaeological remains from English Heritage sites all over the north of […]

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OUT and ABOUT

Having a holiday at home this year? (Environmentally friendly, very fashionable, inexpensive and relatively stress-free.) Or maybe you’re having visitors, again, and need to entertain them. We live in a brilliant area for attractions of all kinds, but if you’ve seen all the ruined abbeys and castles, the stately homes, gardens and theme parks, the […]

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