What's on - in and around the City of York 2012

AUGUST 2012

Longer Term events/exhibitions etc Currently Running
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7th April -
31st December
2012

York 800 Festival - In 2012 it will be 800 years since the city was granted a Royal Charter by King John in 1212, allowing York to take charge of its own affairs by electing a council, creating the post of mayor, and giving a voice to its people. In celebration of the anniversary, there is a special programme of events running from January to December 2012.

New medieval exhibition for 2012 - When King John granted a royal charter to York almost 800 years ago, in 1212, it marked a pivotal moment in the history of the city.

Gaining independence from the Crown meant that York could regulate its own affairs, collect its own taxes and even appoint a mayor. This paved the way for the success that was to flourish here over the following centuries. In effect; it was the making of the city.

To commemorate the 800-year anniversary of York’s independence, The Yorkshire Museum are planning a new exhibition, set to open at Easter, called 1212: The Making of the City. Set amongst the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, our medieval gallery is perfectly placed to tell the story of medieval York and celebrate the people, places and events that have contributed to the city’s medieval heritage.

The Yorkshire Museum’s medieval collections will still take centre stage, with the York Helmet, Middleham Jewel, Sapphire Ring and St William’s Shrine all given pride of place. Original manuscripts and a fantastic array of paintings and works on paper from York Art Gallery will add real richness to the stories we will be telling.

By flooding the exhibition with colour, sound and film, we hope to capture the vibrancy of the medieval city and celebrate the imagination, creativity and skill of its people.




Yorkshire Museum

21st July -
2nd September
2012

Time Travellers Go…Royal.

Become King for a Day – Children can dress up as medieval nobles in splendid costumes and hats, including a medieval crown. Step forward and discover medieval etiquette and sit on the throne – Parents bring your camera for this Time Traveller taster event every day during school holidays. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Cliffords Tower

30th July -
3rd August
2012

Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends.

Discover a whole range of myths and legends, from St George to King Arthur. Magical stories, dressing up and hands on activities. Take part in Arthurian sword practice or medieval hobby-horse jousting training.


Whitby Abbey

30th July -
5th August
2012

"My Last Car" - A theatrical performance each day exploring peoples relationships with their car.

Ryedale Folk Museum

Future Events and Attractions


2nd August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

To coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop.

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


2nd August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Jewish Heritage Trail.

A walk recalling the Jewish contribution to York's history, visiting sites connected with mediaeval and modern Jews. Finishing at Clifford's Tower, the site of the dreadful massacre of the Jews in 1190. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk

2-5th August
2012

Pickering Traction Engine Rally 2012 - visit website for further details.

Pickering Traction Engine Rally

2-27th August
2012

York Mystery Plays 2012 - Written by Mike Kenny; Directed by Damian Cruden & Paul Burbridge.

The medieval cycle of York Mystery Plays has been told by the people of York for hundreds of years and is deeply embedded in the City’s cultural heritage.

From the Creation to the Last Judgement, the history of humanity so far is undoubtedly the greatest story ever told. Drawing inspiration from the authentic Biblical texts this eternal battle between good and evil forces will be presented on an operatic scale under summer York skies and the brooding cosmos beyond.

In summer 2012 this bold and dynamic new production sees the plays return to The Yorkshire Museum Gardens, for the first time on this scale since 1988. A 1400 seat bespoke theatre is being built around the ancient walls of St Mary’s Abbey to house this international event, which celebrates the York 800 City charter birthday and the Cultural Olympiad.




The Yorkshire
Museum Gardens

York Theatre Royal






3rd August
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Scarborough Flyer'.

What could be better than spending a beautiful summer's day aboard the "Scarborough Flyer"? This special train runs from Crewe to York and Scarborough and will be steam hauled in both directions using one of our pool of three magnificent steam locomotives. The train travels through the contrasting, yet splendid scenery of the Pennine Mountains and the Vale of York. Passengers can choose to visit either York or Scarborough. The "Scarborough Flyer" leaves Crewe at around 07:30 and heads north to Wilmslow and Stockport where it stops to pick up more passengers. Later, the train passes through Stalybridge, with its famous Buffet Bar which first opened in 1885, and climbs into the Pennines through Standedge Tunnel. It descends to Huddersfield, where it stops to pick up further passengers, and then follows the route of the old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to Wakefield Kirkgate. Here there is a stop for more passengers before the train continues through Castleford to York, where our steam locomotive takes on water.

Those passengers who choose to alight at York will be able to make the most of the time in this fascinating city by visiting such sights as the Minster, The Shambles, the Jorvik Viking Centre and, of course, the superb National Railway Museum.

On departure from York, we take the Scarborough line and immediately cross the River Ouse, with lovely views of the Minster. We should have a fast run through the Vale of York before slowing for the curves that follow the River Derwent past Kirkham Abbey. We continue through Malton and Seamer to our final destination at Scarborough, the most popular seaside resort in Yorkshire and perhaps the whole of the East Coast. It has everything you would expect from an established seaside resort, with two stunning sandy bays and a host of things to do and see.

The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" Princess Coronation Class 'Pacific' 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, for use on express passenger trains now in B.R.Green livery. No. 45305 Black '5' 4-6-0, built for the LMSR by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" Britannia class 'Pacific' 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

Departs York 12.00 noon.






'The Scarborough Flyer'.

3/4th August
2012

Thirsk Races 2012 - Thirsk Summer Cup.

Thirsk Racecourse


4th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

A tour to coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop.

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


4th August
2012

First Saturday Lunches - A longstanding tradition at Melton's, they are very popular and booking is necessary. Todays' theme - SHELLFISH.

If you are not at the Olympics then come and cheer yourself up with this!

- Flash Fried Squid with Garlic and Chilli
- Scallops with Minted Peas
- Half Lobster with Summer Vegetables and Hollandaise
- Tart of Seasonal Red Fruit - Champagne Sorbet


Meltons Restaurant
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4th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'The Bloody Execution Tour'.

See turrets where heads were impaled on spikes; hear of Dick Turpin's last hours, public hangings, floggings, brandings and duckings. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk




4th August
2012

The Late Music Concerts are a unique series of concerts devoted exclusively to the work of living composers who create the diverse and exciting sound world of today's contemporary classical music. Today - Paul Carey Jones (baritone) & Ian Ryan (piano).

David Lancaster: Memory of Place
David Power: Eight Evening Songs
Peter Reynolds: Adieu to all alluring toys
Sadie Harrison: New Work WP William Rhys Meek: Winter is a Slow Death Waiting
Michael Parkin: Four Songs
James Else: New Work WP
Richard Whalley: Six Songs of Old Japanese Wisdom
Tom Armstrong: Opened Spaces
Tim Raymond: Three Songs WP
Roger Marsh: Lullaby
Steve Crowther: Songs for Don



The Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts


4/5th August
2012

The Knight's Tournament.

Come and marvel at our Medieval Knights as they take part in the Tournament of Foote.

Watch these four brave armoured Knights and their squires, representing the North South East and West as the compete in archery and the fantastic Crest Melee.

In between the competitions enjoy a display of  poleaxe combat ,and browse the authentic Living History Encampment. Listen to period music and laugh out loud to our own medieval Jester! Plus Time Traveller hands on medieval fun and activities for children from dressing up to medieval dancing. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Richmond Castle



4/5th August
2012

'Dracula' & Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends.

Bram Stoker's classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life with a cast of 4 actors.

The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, journeying from England to Count Dracula's crumbling, remote castle.

From here the story reveals, a shipwreck, a large black dog and vampires. Our tale is told as a promenade performance within the ruins of Whitby Abbey, itself the author's inspiration for the setting of this tale.

2012 is also Bram Stoker's centenary. These performances are suitable for children aged 8 and above. Performances at 11.30 am, 1.30 pm & 3.30 pm.

Plus there will be hands on activities throughout the day based on King Arthur, St George, Dracula and other myths & legends, with our Time Travellers Go... Myths & Legends Big Top.


Whitby Abbey


4/5th August
2012

Warrior Weekend - Could you make it as a medieval Knight or noble Lady?

Meet our costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight. Junior knights can take part in sword practice and see hand-to-hand sword fighting. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Scarborough Castle



5th August
2012

Tockwith Show - Tockwith show is a Traditional Country Show with a County-wide reputation for its displays of Working Rural Crafts, Farmers’ Market and wide range of attractions. We also boast one of the largest Farriers’ competitions outside the County Show circuit.

The show offers great value for money, with a full and varied day of entertainment and education. There are a huge range of classes to enter. There are trophies and money prizes for the lucky winners. As well as the traditional classes, there’s a Children’s section, Fancy Dress and Poetry, and a number of classes for Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association members.

Tockwith Show is very popular both with the local community and visitors from farther afield. As a result there can be quite a delay parking your car and entering the Show itself. To ease congestion two new schemes have been introduced -
Buy advance tickets online - you can purchase tickets on this website up to two weeks before the show, thus avoiding the queue of people waiting to pay for entry on the day.
Special car parking facilities for Friends of the Show- become a Friend of Tockwith Show and you will have access to a special reserved area of the car park, close to the main entrance. Membership includes tickets to the Show and many more benefits.


Tockwith Show






5th August
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Waverley'.

This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in Britain. There is also the option of visiting the Cumbrian market town of Appleby or the border city of Carlisle.

We have two steam locomotives available for these trains, types that were regularly seen on this route in the 'days of steam'.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton, in the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales.

From Leeds to Carlisle there's scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs high above valleys, over bridges and through more dramatic tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Then, the dramatic peak of our journey, we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1,169 feet of it! We travel high above the valley at Mallerstang and then drop down through Kirkby Stephen to Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

Passengers who choose to continue to Carlisle will enjoy a swift downhill run through the Eden Valley and arrive in the 'Border City' at around 14:00. There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On departure we climb almost continually for just under 50 miles back up to Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. We stop, en route, at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. From Ais Gill our locomotive can 'take a breather' as it rushes back down the hill. We stop again for our locomotive to take on water before continuing to our setting down points at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds, and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

One of the two following steam locomotives will be used on this day trip: No. 44932 class 5 ('Black 5') 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 46115 "Scots Guardsman" rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains. Possibly LMS Jubilee Galatea.

Departs York 9.00 am.






'The Waverley'.


5th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Historic Toilet Tour.

A unique saga of convenience through the ages from Roman sanitation to the 18th Century 'Sugar' House and 19th Century attempts to prevent 'nuisance' and promote public decency. And, of course, the opportunity to sample the dubious comforts of mediaeval garderobes! Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


5th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

A tour to coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop.

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk


5th August
2012

Sunday Afternoon Band Concerts.

Hear the best local bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and picnics for an afternoon of superb music. 3.00 - 5.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall


6th August
2012

The Monthly Monday Meal - A longstanding tradition at Melton's, they are very popular and booking is necessary. Todays' theme - SHELLFISH.

If you are not at the Olympics then come and cheer yourself up with this!

- Flash Fried Squid with Garlic and Chilli
- Scallops with Minted Peas
- Half Lobster with Summer Vegetables and Hollandaise
- Tart of Seasonal Red Fruit - Champagne Sorbet


Meltons Restaurant
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6th August
2012

Ripon Races - Ripon Racecourse commonly known as the Garden Racecourse is suitably located in one of the country's most beautiful and quaint cities. With the market town being one of the oldest cities in England it is a great place to visit.

Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse known widely for its picturesque surroundings was fittingly presented with the Gold Rose Award by the Yorkshire in Bloom; the county's regional body representing the national Britain in Bloom campaign.



Ripon Racecourse


6-10th August
2012

Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends.

Discover a whole range of myths and legends, from St George to King Arthur. Magical stories, dressing up and hands on activities. Take part in Arthurian sword practice or medieval hobby-horse jousting training.


Whitby Abbey



7th August
2012

Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show - Egton Bridge, eight miles from Whitby in the North York Moors National Park, is the setting for the oldest surviving gooseberry show in the country, established in 1800.

The show is held on the first Tuesday in August each year by the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society.

The 2009 show was truly a record breaking event. Champion grower Bryan Nellist took the R. Harland Challenge Cup with a record breaking berry. Coming in at exactly 35 drams (2.19 oz or 62.0 grams) the Woodpecker berry is the heaviest ever shown in the United Kingdom, beating Kelvin Archer’s previous record by just over 2 grains or 0.1 grams. It has now been recognised as an official World Record.

The 2011 show saw a host of Society records broken, seven in all. Although growing conditions had been trying in the months before the show many growers managed to excel with J. Hart from Cheshire taking both Champion Berry and Champion Grower titles.

The 2012 show will be held on Tuesday 7th August and it is open to the public from 2.00 pm. The band will be playing from 5.30 pm and the prize giving will begin at 6.30 pm.



Egton Bridge
Gooseberry Show

7th August
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse


8th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'Inaccessible and Hidden York' - A series of several different walks to places not open to the public.

Today - Mansion, Cellar and Priest Hole - Visit parts of York off the beaten track going into a mediaeval house off Micklegate and a chance to visit the hidden chapel and priest hole at the Bar Convent. We also visit a magnificent Georgian Town House, not open to the public, and explore its cellars, attics and state rooms. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


8th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

A tour to coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop.

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk

8th August
2012

Pontefract Races - Ladies Day

Pontefract Racecourse


10th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'Inaccessible and Hidden York' - A series of several different walks to places not open to the public.

Today - Henry VIII Trail - Follow in the footsteps of this obese, diseased & constipated Monarch on his state visit to York and see the havoc he wrought on the monasteries and hospitals. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk






10th August
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Scarborough Flyer'.

What could be better than spending a beautiful summer's day aboard the "Scarborough Flyer"? This special train runs from Crewe to York and Scarborough and will be steam hauled in both directions using one of our pool of three magnificent steam locomotives. The train travels through the contrasting, yet splendid scenery of the Pennine Mountains and the Vale of York. Passengers can choose to visit either York or Scarborough. The "Scarborough Flyer" leaves Crewe at around 07:30 and heads north to Wilmslow and Stockport where it stops to pick up more passengers. Later, the train passes through Stalybridge, with its famous Buffet Bar which first opened in 1885, and climbs into the Pennines through Standedge Tunnel. It descends to Huddersfield, where it stops to pick up further passengers, and then follows the route of the old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to Wakefield Kirkgate. Here there is a stop for more passengers before the train continues through Castleford to York, where our steam locomotive takes on water.

Those passengers who choose to alight at York will be able to make the most of the time in this fascinating city by visiting such sights as the Minster, The Shambles, the Jorvik Viking Centre and, of course, the superb National Railway Museum.

On departure from York, we take the Scarborough line and immediately cross the River Ouse, with lovely views of the Minster. We should have a fast run through the Vale of York before slowing for the curves that follow the River Derwent past Kirkham Abbey. We continue through Malton and Seamer to our final destination at Scarborough, the most popular seaside resort in Yorkshire and perhaps the whole of the East Coast. It has everything you would expect from an established seaside resort, with two stunning sandy bays and a host of things to do and see.

The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" Princess Coronation Class 'Pacific' 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, for use on express passenger trains now in B.R.Green livery. No. 45305 Black '5' 4-6-0, built for the LMSR by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" Britannia class 'Pacific' 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

Departs York 12.00 noon.






'The Scarborough Flyer'.


10th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'Inaccessible and Hidden York' - A series of several different walks to places not open to the public.

Today - Guildhalls & Secret Passages - Visit parts of York not open to the public including some of York's fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden Crypt. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk


11th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

To coincide with the epic Theatre Royal York Mystery Plays Production. We first visit the St Marys Abbey set.

Then we turn to the original plays and discover how they were produced following their exact route and by looking at mediaeval art & stained glass. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


11/12th August
2012

The Medieval Year – Lammas.

Meet the medieval townsfolk as they show us some of tasks, customs and celebrations of the medieval year. Celebrating the harvest and Lammas, these costumed performers present life in the 15th Century with a day of presentations and living history. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Rievaulx Abbey



11/12th August
2012

'Dracula' & Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends.

Bram Stoker's classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life with a cast of 4 actors.

The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, journeying from England to Count Dracula's crumbling, remote castle.

From here the story reveals, a shipwreck, a large black dog and vampires. Our tale is told as a promenade performance within the ruins of Whitby Abbey, itself the author's inspiration for the setting of this tale.

2012 is also Bram Stoker's centenary. These performances are suitable for children aged 8 and above. Performances at 11.30 am, 1.30 pm & 3.30 pm.

Plus there will be hands on activities throughout the day based on King Arthur, St George, Dracula and other myths & legends, with our Time Travellers Go... Myths & Legends Big Top.


Whitby Abbey


11/12th August
2012

Warrior Weekend - Could you make it as a medieval Knight or noble Lady?

Meet our costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight. Junior knights can take part in sword practice and see hand-to-hand sword fighting. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Scarborough Castle






12th August
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Waverley'.

This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in Britain. There is also the option of visiting the Cumbrian market town of Appleby or the border city of Carlisle.

We have two steam locomotives available for these trains, types that were regularly seen on this route in the 'days of steam'.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton, in the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales.

From Leeds to Carlisle there's scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs high above valleys, over bridges and through more dramatic tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Then, the dramatic peak of our journey, we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1,169 feet of it! We travel high above the valley at Mallerstang and then drop down through Kirkby Stephen to Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

Passengers who choose to continue to Carlisle will enjoy a swift downhill run through the Eden Valley and arrive in the 'Border City' at around 14:00. There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On departure we climb almost continually for just under 50 miles back up to Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. We stop, en route, at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. From Ais Gill our locomotive can 'take a breather' as it rushes back down the hill. We stop again for our locomotive to take on water before continuing to our setting down points at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds, and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

One of the two following steam locomotives will be used on this day trip: No. 44932 class 5 ('Black 5') 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 46115 "Scots Guardsman" rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains. Possibly LMS Jubilee Galatea.

Departs York 9.00 am.






'The Waverley'.


12th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Graveyard, Coffin & Crypt Tour.

Visit the hidden city of the dead; descend to a secret crypt, sample Roman and mediaeval coffins and visit plague sites. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


12th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

A tour to coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop.

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk




12th August
2012

Ripley Agricultural Show.

We have classes for:-

Heavy and Light Horses (showing & jumping)
Dogs
Sheep and Cattle
Vintage Machinery
Yorkshire's largest and finest display of Vintage Tractors
Horticultural, Produce and Handicrafts

Plus The Ripley Boar Chase - The Ripley Boar Chase run will be held on the same day as the show, and is a fantastic and challenging run of approximately 7 Kms. on paths and tracks on the picturesque Ripley Estate.


Ripley Castle Park
nr Harrogate

Ripley Agricultural Show.


12th August
2012

Sunday Afternoon Band Concerts.

Hear the best local bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and picnics for an afternoon of superb music. 3.00 - 5.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall




12th August
2012

Open Air Theatre - 'Pride & Prejudice' by Jane Austen; Adapted by Laura Turner.

Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company as we meet Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters. Whilst their interfering mother engineers various courtships, sisters Elizabeth and Jane must pursue their own quest for true love.

Amongst misunderstandings, mistakes and miscommunications, the two girls must fight for the men they love until Elizabeth can finally surpass her prejudices to see past the proud exterior of the enigmatic Mr Darcy. After all, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife…

Picnic with family and friends in the magical surroundings of beautiful gardens and enjoy a wonderful evening of theatre under the stars. Bring your chairs, picnics, wine and friends and enjoy an enchanting evening of outdoor theatre at its best. Gates open 6.45 pm, Performance starts at 7.30 pm.


Mount Grace Priory


12-25th August
2012

The North Yorkshire Moors Chamber Music Festival.

The concept is to provide the highest level of chamber music within historical buildings which themselves celebrate the rich history of the moors, one of our country's most stunning and panoramic landscapes. Simplicity and accessibility both in terms of repertoire and of price have been contributory factors in the festival being such an immediate phenomenon. This also erases any hint of elitism, we believe such music should be for everyone and the festival environment strives to demonstrate this; the potential power of music to bind locals and visitors together regardless of religion or politics is also a great motivation and many have commented on the friendly yet passionate atmosphere. As Ted Hughes so poignantly observed: “The moors are the stage for the performance of Heaven.”



Moors Chamber Music Festival

13th August
2012

Thirsk Races 2012 - Summer Jazz Night Evening Meeting.

Thirsk Racecourse


13-17th August
2012

Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends.

Discover a whole range of myths and legends, from St George to King Arthur. Magical stories, dressing up and hands on activities. Take part in Arthurian sword practice or medieval hobby-horse jousting training.


Whitby Abbey


15th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

To coincide with the epic Theatre Royal York Mystery Plays Production. We first visit the St Marys Abbey set.

Then we turn to the original plays and discover how they were produced following their exact route and by looking at mediaeval art & stained glass. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


15th August
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - Curators Talks.

Clive Head.

12.30 pm

York Art Gallery

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
Opens as pdf file

15/16th August
2012

Beverley Races

Beverley Racecourse


16th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

A tour to coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop.

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


16th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'Inaccessible and Hidden York' - A series of several different walks to places not open to the public.

Today - Mediaeval Stained Glass - An expert guided tour of the finest mediaeval stained glass of York's parish churches, some in quiet backwaters of the City. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk






17th August
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Scarborough Flyer'.

What could be better than spending a beautiful summer's day aboard the "Scarborough Flyer"? This special train runs from Crewe to York and Scarborough and will be steam hauled in both directions using one of our pool of three magnificent steam locomotives. The train travels through the contrasting, yet splendid scenery of the Pennine Mountains and the Vale of York. Passengers can choose to visit either York or Scarborough. The "Scarborough Flyer" leaves Crewe at around 07:30 and heads north to Wilmslow and Stockport where it stops to pick up more passengers. Later, the train passes through Stalybridge, with its famous Buffet Bar which first opened in 1885, and climbs into the Pennines through Standedge Tunnel. It descends to Huddersfield, where it stops to pick up further passengers, and then follows the route of the old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to Wakefield Kirkgate. Here there is a stop for more passengers before the train continues through Castleford to York, where our steam locomotive takes on water.

Those passengers who choose to alight at York will be able to make the most of the time in this fascinating city by visiting such sights as the Minster, The Shambles, the Jorvik Viking Centre and, of course, the superb National Railway Museum.

On departure from York, we take the Scarborough line and immediately cross the River Ouse, with lovely views of the Minster. We should have a fast run through the Vale of York before slowing for the curves that follow the River Derwent past Kirkham Abbey. We continue through Malton and Seamer to our final destination at Scarborough, the most popular seaside resort in Yorkshire and perhaps the whole of the East Coast. It has everything you would expect from an established seaside resort, with two stunning sandy bays and a host of things to do and see.

The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" Princess Coronation Class 'Pacific' 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, for use on express passenger trains now in B.R.Green livery. No. 45305 Black '5' 4-6-0, built for the LMSR by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" Britannia class 'Pacific' 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

Departs York 12.00 noon.






'The Scarborough Flyer'.

17th August
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse




18th August
2012

York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-

Yorkshire beef, lamb & pork;
Organic vegetables;
Free range chicken & eggs;
Fresh handmade bread & cakes;
Pastries;
Fish;
Sausages;
Soups;
Preserves & much more...

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.





York Auction Centre
Murton, York
York Farmers Market


18th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

A tour to coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop.

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk

18th August
2012

Ripon Races - Ripon Racecourse commonly known as the Garden Racecourse is suitably located in one of the country's most beautiful and quaint cities. With the market town being one of the oldest cities in England it is a great place to visit.

Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse known widely for its picturesque surroundings was fittingly presented with the Gold Rose Award by the Yorkshire in Bloom; the county's regional body representing the national Britain in Bloom campaign.



Ripon Racecourse

18/19th August
2012

Games in the Park - Dance performances, demonstrations and public participation in historic games from around the world.

Ryedale Folk Museum


18/19th August
2012

'Medieval Castle Clash'.

The mighty castle of Conisbrough becomes the stage for the pageant of the Knights. See Escafeld re-enactors gather for courtly pursuits of archery and dancing, presentations of arming a knight and then witness the dramatic conclusion of a tournament of Knights. Main combat at 3.00 pm. 12.00 noon - 4.30 pm


Conisbrough Castle



18/19th August
2012

'Dracula' & Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends.

Bram Stoker's classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life with a cast of 4 actors.

The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, journeying from England to Count Dracula's crumbling, remote castle.

From here the story reveals, a shipwreck, a large black dog and vampires. Our tale is told as a promenade performance within the ruins of Whitby Abbey, itself the author's inspiration for the setting of this tale.

2012 is also Bram Stoker's centenary. These performances are suitable for children aged 8 and above. Performances at 11.30 am, 1.30 pm & 3.30 pm.

Plus there will be hands on activities throughout the day based on King Arthur, St George, Dracula and other myths & legends, with our Time Travellers Go... Myths & Legends Big Top.


Whitby Abbey


18/19th August
2012

Warrior Weekend - Could you make it as a medieval Knight or noble Lady?

Meet our costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight. Junior knights can take part in sword practice and see hand-to-hand sword fighting. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Scarborough Castle






19th August
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Waverley'.

This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in Britain. There is also the option of visiting the Cumbrian market town of Appleby or the border city of Carlisle.

We have two steam locomotives available for these trains, types that were regularly seen on this route in the 'days of steam'.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton, in the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales.

From Leeds to Carlisle there's scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs high above valleys, over bridges and through more dramatic tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Then, the dramatic peak of our journey, we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1,169 feet of it! We travel high above the valley at Mallerstang and then drop down through Kirkby Stephen to Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

Passengers who choose to continue to Carlisle will enjoy a swift downhill run through the Eden Valley and arrive in the 'Border City' at around 14:00. There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On departure we climb almost continually for just under 50 miles back up to Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. We stop, en route, at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. From Ais Gill our locomotive can 'take a breather' as it rushes back down the hill. We stop again for our locomotive to take on water before continuing to our setting down points at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds, and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

One of the two following steam locomotives will be used on this day trip: No. 44932 class 5 ('Black 5') 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 46115 "Scots Guardsman" rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains. Possibly LMS Jubilee Galatea.

Departs York 9.00 am.






'The Waverley'.


19th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

A tour to coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop.

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk

19th August
2012

Pontefract Races - Family Day

Pontefract Racecourse


19th August
2012

Sunday Afternoon Band Concerts.

Hear the best local bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and picnics for an afternoon of superb music. 3.00 - 5.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall

19th August
2012

Open Air Theatre - 'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare.

Rain or Shine Theatre return to Belsay with a brand new production of one of Shakespeare's classic comedies. Bring your chairs, picnics, wine and friends and enjoy an enchanting evening of outdoor theatre at its best. Gates open 6.45 pm, Performance starts at 7.30 pm.


Mount Grace Priory

20th August
2012

Thirsk Races 2012 - Family Day Meeting.

Thirsk Racecourse

20-24th August
2012

Home on the Range - Cooking on a traditional range, come and see the cottages light up with traditional cooking on the open fire.

Ryedale Folk Museum


20-24th August
2012

Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends.

Discover a whole range of myths and legends, from St George to King Arthur. Magical stories, dressing up and hands on activities. Take part in Arthurian sword practice or medieval hobby-horse jousting training.


Whitby Abbey


22nd August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

A tour to coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop.

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


22nd August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Richard III Trail.

Follow in the footsteps of this much maligned monarch, still revered in York. At the end visit the Richard III museum and vote on whether or not he really did murder the Princes in the Tower. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk


22nd August
2012

Egton Horse and Agricultural Society Show 2012.

The 123rd Egton Show will be held on Wednesday 22nd August 2012, at Egton, North Yorkshire. This year we will have a wrought iron and farrier display, a farmers market, plus all the usual horse, cattle, sheep, goat, ferret, fur and feather classes. There will also be the bee keeping, produce and handicraft and the children's sections.

The showground is open from 8:30 am, with the first judging in the main ring at 8:45 am through to 5.00 pm.


Egton Show




22-25th August
2012

York Races - The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.

York's oldest, richest, fastest, and most famous races provide sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days.

Discussions are under away with Fashion on the Field about a return for 2012. Last season’s racegoers had even more reason to show off their race outfits, as Fashion on the Field, a unique event in association with Debenhams, was here for all four days which included fabulous prizes for the most stylish. Keep up to date with the website on next year’s plans.

The traditional highlight of the season on the Knavesmire will commence on Wednesday 22nd August and run for four days, finishing once again with the Betfred Ebor on Saturday.

Wednesday 22nd August - Juddmonte International

The prestigious Group One Juddmonte International will remain as the highlight of the opening day, a contest ranked in the top ten middle distance contests in the world and won in 2009 by Sea The Stars, considered by many as the best thoroughbred for a generation. Last year’s winner was, Twice Over, a four time Group One winner.

For many racegoers the opening day of the festival is the day when they catch up with friends and look forward to a week of shared enjoyment. Form followers will watch the sportingbet.com Great Voltigeur with particular interest as this York Group Two has already produced thirteen winners of the final Classic of the year, the St. Leger. The racecourse team looks forward to this day and everything is fresh and exciting.

Thursday 18th August - Darley Yorkshire Oaks & Ladies Day

On all four days there will be a real sense of fashion, plenty of hats and sharp suits mixed with those sporting more relaxed summer clothing, however for many there remains an extra special feel about Thursday as it is Ladies Day, complete with the chance to win a trip to Dubai courtesy of Marriott Hotels. The sporting action attracts the best fillies as the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks and Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes are highly treasured titles.

Friday 19th August - Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes

Friday offers the chance to race into the weekend, perhaps enjoying a short break in historic York or the wider White Rose county. The fastest race of the season, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, often decides the accolade of leading sprinter and is a blur of colour that needs to be seen and heard to be believed. The smile on the faces of connections of Borderlescott, the 2007/2008 dual champion, trained locally by the Bastiman family is one of the great memories of recent years. Last year’s race saw Margot Did take the title, making Hayley Turner the first ever Lady jockey to win two Group One races.

Saturday 20th August - Betfred Ebor Day

The feature race of the Saturday will become the Betfred Ebor, the oldest, probably most famous race at York and the richest handicap in Europe. The excitement that this famous handicap generates has been constant since the 1840s; Mudawin a winner at over 100-1, Sergeant Cecil, a victor who became horse of the year, a local triumph for Brian Ellison with Moyenne Corniche last season, Purple Moon who landed a nationwide gamble and then headed down under and very nearly became the first British trained winner of the Melbourne Cup - and that’s just in the last decade! The buzz about the racecourse on Ebor day is infectious as groups of friends enjoy, relax and hopefully unravel the puzzle to find the winner of the Betfred Ebor.




York Racecourse






24th August
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Scarborough Flyer'.

What could be better than spending a beautiful summer's day aboard the "Scarborough Flyer"? This special train runs from Crewe to York and Scarborough and will be steam hauled in both directions using one of our pool of three magnificent steam locomotives. The train travels through the contrasting, yet splendid scenery of the Pennine Mountains and the Vale of York. Passengers can choose to visit either York or Scarborough. The "Scarborough Flyer" leaves Crewe at around 07:30 and heads north to Wilmslow and Stockport where it stops to pick up more passengers. Later, the train passes through Stalybridge, with its famous Buffet Bar which first opened in 1885, and climbs into the Pennines through Standedge Tunnel. It descends to Huddersfield, where it stops to pick up further passengers, and then follows the route of the old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to Wakefield Kirkgate. Here there is a stop for more passengers before the train continues through Castleford to York, where our steam locomotive takes on water.

Those passengers who choose to alight at York will be able to make the most of the time in this fascinating city by visiting such sights as the Minster, The Shambles, the Jorvik Viking Centre and, of course, the superb National Railway Museum.

On departure from York, we take the Scarborough line and immediately cross the River Ouse, with lovely views of the Minster. We should have a fast run through the Vale of York before slowing for the curves that follow the River Derwent past Kirkham Abbey. We continue through Malton and Seamer to our final destination at Scarborough, the most popular seaside resort in Yorkshire and perhaps the whole of the East Coast. It has everything you would expect from an established seaside resort, with two stunning sandy bays and a host of things to do and see.

The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" Princess Coronation Class 'Pacific' 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, for use on express passenger trains now in B.R.Green livery. No. 45305 Black '5' 4-6-0, built for the LMSR by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" Britannia class 'Pacific' 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

Departs York 12.00 noon.






'The Scarborough Flyer'.


25th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Choccy & Sweetie Tour.

A delicious tour - hear the history of Terrys & Rowntrees, visit Choccy and Sweetie shops and taste free samples. Walks start at 10.30 am and 2.00 pm


Yorkwalk


25th August
2012

Malham Show - Malham Show is held annually in the heart of beautiful Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales on August Bank Holiday Saturday. Under the shadow of Malham Cove this traditional agricultural and family country show has been taking place for over 100 years.

Events and attractions on the show field all day: with some judging and horse events starting at 9.00 am, main ring events start at 12 noon.

Heavy Horse Championship
Showjumping
Punch & Judy
Vintage Tractors & Historic Vehicles
Working Hunter Classes
Farmers Market
Children's Sports & Fancy Dress
Tug o War Competition
Dry Stone Walling
Handicrafts, Horticultural & Floral Exhibits
Falconry Display
Art & Photography Exhibits
Senior & Junior Fell Race (Start 3pm)
Trade stands & On-field Catering
Trailquest - Mountain Bike Orienteering Event
Additional main ring attractions & side stalls


Malham Show


25th August
2012

The 2012 Wensleydale Agricultural Show - Wensleydale Agricultural Show is a traditional dales show, located close to Leyburn, North Yorkshire in the heart of Wensleydale, with an extensive range of competitive events for livestock such as sheep, cattle, horses, plus horticultural and handicraft classes and will feature poultry classes which were successfully reintroduced in 2010.

There are over 60 classes ranging from large fowls to true bantams and an egg section.

Dry Stone Walling and Wensleydale Sheep competitions reflect local aspects. Ring displays continue throughout the day, many trade stands offer a wide range of products and produce, brass bands play, and quoits competitions can be entered on the day. At the 2012 show (25th August 2012) the main ring event will be the impressive ‘Inch Perfect Trials Display’ motorcycle stunt display team.

The Show includes:

Cattle
Sheep
Ponies
Poultry
Heavy Horses
Carriage Driving
Handicrafts
Homecrafts
Vintage Tractors
Vintage Cars
Vintage Steam Machines

Flower and vegetable show
Walking Stick competitions
Sheep Dog Trials
The Tennants Wensleydale Open Quoits Competition
Dry Stone Walling Competition
Leyburn Band
Childrens Fun Fair
Bouncy Castle
Face Painting
Hounds & Beagles and over 100 Trade stands.


Wensleydale Agricultural Show

25-27th August
2012

A Multi Period History: Re-enactors demonstrating on site all weekend, covering different periods and demonstrating their traditional ways of living.

Ryedale Folk Museum



25-27th August
2012

Myths & Legends Weekend - A weekend brimful of myths and legends brought to life.

St George & the Dragon, Dracula and medieval legends all come together for a weekend of drama, costumes and living history. Bram Stoker's classic Victorian gothic tale Dracula is brought to life with a cast of 4 actors as a promenade performances within the ruins of Whitby Abbey, itself the author's inspiration for the setting of this tale. Performances at 11.30 am, 1.30 pm & 3.30 pm. These performances are suitable for children aged 8 and above.

Plus there are performances of a splendid mounted St George and his horse with a pageant play of his legendary battle against the dragon. And the Armourial Knights present scenes from the 14th Century of medieval legends.

There is also hands on activities throughout the day based on King Arthur, St George, Dracula and other myths & legends, with our Time Travellers Go.. Myths & Legends Big Top.


Whitby Abbey


25-27th August
2012

Warrior Weekend - Could you make it as a medieval Knight or noble Lady?

Meet our costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight. Junior knights can take part in sword practice and see hand-to-hand sword fighting. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Scarborough Castle






26th August
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Waverley'.

This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in Britain. There is also the option of visiting the Cumbrian market town of Appleby or the border city of Carlisle.

We have two steam locomotives available for these trains, types that were regularly seen on this route in the 'days of steam'.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton, in the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales.

From Leeds to Carlisle there's scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs high above valleys, over bridges and through more dramatic tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Then, the dramatic peak of our journey, we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1,169 feet of it! We travel high above the valley at Mallerstang and then drop down through Kirkby Stephen to Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

Passengers who choose to continue to Carlisle will enjoy a swift downhill run through the Eden Valley and arrive in the 'Border City' at around 14:00. There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On departure we climb almost continually for just under 50 miles back up to Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. We stop, en route, at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. From Ais Gill our locomotive can 'take a breather' as it rushes back down the hill. We stop again for our locomotive to take on water before continuing to our setting down points at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds, and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

One of the two following steam locomotives will be used on this day trip: No. 44932 class 5 ('Black 5') 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 46115 "Scots Guardsman" rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains. Possibly LMS Jubilee Galatea.

Departs York 9.00 am.






'The Waverley'.


26th August
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - In the Steps of the Mystery Plays.

A tour to coincide with the epic York Mystery Plays 2012 production by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre and York Museums Trust, we start by visiting the 1400 seat auditorium set which uses St Marys Abbey as a backdrop.

We then turn to the mediaeval plays and discover how they were produced following the exact route used by the original Guild wagons on which the plays were presented in the middle ages, looking at mediaeval art and stained glass. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk

26th August
2012

Beverley Races

Beverley Racecourse


26/27th August
2012

Bank Holiday Afternoon Band Concerts.

Hear the best local bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and picnics for an afternoon of superb music. 3.00 - 5.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall




27th August
2012

Yorkshire Air Museum - The “Golden Era” Vintage Motorcycle Run.

Nostalgic gathering of pre 1931 motorcycles which will include the road-run and return for public display.

YAM is the largest original RAF Bomber Command Station open to the public, this year being the 70th Anniversary of the commencement of operations with 77 Squadron. Halifax bombers of No. 77 Squadron RAF were the first to be stationed here in 1942, followed by the only two Free French Heavy Bomber Squadrons of the Second World War 346 Guyenne and 347 Tunisie. This was the only base to be operated by French personnel – a close history which continues to this day.

The collection at YAM includes the famous Halifax Bomber and Mosquito Nightfighter plus aircraft from the early 1900's through both World Wars and the Battle of Britain right up to the jet-age with examples of Meteor; Javelin; Lightning; Harrier and Tornado.


Yorkshire Air Museum
York

27/28th August
2012

Ripon Races - Ripon Racecourse commonly known as the Garden Racecourse is suitably located in one of the country's most beautiful and quaint cities. With the market town being one of the oldest cities in England it is a great place to visit.

Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse known widely for its picturesque surroundings was fittingly presented with the Gold Rose Award by the Yorkshire in Bloom; the county's regional body representing the national Britain in Bloom campaign.



Ripon Racecourse


29th August
2012

Yorkwalk History and Heritage Coach Tours - Explore parts of England other visitors miss. Guided day long visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Astley Hall and Hoghton Towers (Lancashire).

Astley is among the top 100 in Simon Jenkins Best Houses as a superb example of an Elizabethan & Jacobean mansion. It has fine plaster ceilings and is furnished in the 17thC style; it includes a priest hole and the sumptuously decorated ‘Cromwell’s Bedroom’.

After lunch we shall move on to Hoghton Towers, which was first built in the 12th C. The present romantic castle-like mansion was built in the mid 16th C by Thomas Hoghton, the ancestor of the present owner. It has a rich history, including the knighting of a loin of beef as ‘Sirloin’ by James I in 1617. We shall have a private guided tour of the mansion, and there will be time to explore the gardens, as well as having afternoon tea, with a selection of cakes or scones.




Yorkwalk


29th August
2012

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens 2012 Workshop Series - We have some fantastic workshops for you this year at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. All courses include coffee and biscuits and the opportunity to look at books and leaflets of interest. ALL WORKSHOPS INCLUDE GARDEN ENTRY. Pre-booking is Essential.

Today - Garden Walk with Vanessa Cook.

This is an opportunity to tour the garden and vegetable plot with its creator Vanessa Cook and learn about its development and maintenance with particular reference to the plants that are at their best in each particular month. It is a great opportunity to have some expert advice and the tours are tailored to the needs and interest of each group.

Runs from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens





29th August
2012

Reeth Show is a traditional Dales Agricultural Show and has always been a great family day out in the beautiful Dale of Swaledale.

The show boasts a great selection of trade and entertainment stands for all the family, from candyfloss and bouncy castles to tractors and a licensed bar. The show gets underway when Reeth Brass Band parade through the village, headed by the Show Committee and Judges, to finish in the showground where the band entertain the crowds for the day.

The show's largest marquee contains the hugely well attended horticulture and produce classes as well as walking sticks, handicrafts, handwriting, paintings and photography competitions. Other marquees hold the popular poultry classes and an array of gifts and craft stalls. Around the show field trade stands from the Dales and around the county offer plenty of opportunity for purchasing something original from rural crafts to excellent food.

The main show ring hosts large numbers of the customary horse and pony classes throughout the day including the more colourful categories of Open Driving Competition and Mounted Fancy Dress. Every year this main show ring also hosts a special feature. Elsewhere in the show field the sheep section showcases the best quality sheep breeds in the Dale, next to which there is a display of vintage tractors competing for best in show and during the day open quoits and dry stone walling competitions take place.

One of the main events of the day is the fell racing competition. The race traditionally goes up Fremington Edge overlooking the show field. The competitors are part of the British Open Fell Runners Association with races for all classes. Each year a prize is offered for breaking the course record.





Reeth Show

29th August
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse






31st August
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Scarborough Flyer'.

What could be better than spending a beautiful summer's day aboard the "Scarborough Flyer"? This special train runs from Crewe to York and Scarborough and will be steam hauled in both directions using one of our pool of three magnificent steam locomotives. The train travels through the contrasting, yet splendid scenery of the Pennine Mountains and the Vale of York. Passengers can choose to visit either York or Scarborough. The "Scarborough Flyer" leaves Crewe at around 07:30 and heads north to Wilmslow and Stockport where it stops to pick up more passengers. Later, the train passes through Stalybridge, with its famous Buffet Bar which first opened in 1885, and climbs into the Pennines through Standedge Tunnel. It descends to Huddersfield, where it stops to pick up further passengers, and then follows the route of the old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to Wakefield Kirkgate. Here there is a stop for more passengers before the train continues through Castleford to York, where our steam locomotive takes on water.

Those passengers who choose to alight at York will be able to make the most of the time in this fascinating city by visiting such sights as the Minster, The Shambles, the Jorvik Viking Centre and, of course, the superb National Railway Museum.

On departure from York, we take the Scarborough line and immediately cross the River Ouse, with lovely views of the Minster. We should have a fast run through the Vale of York before slowing for the curves that follow the River Derwent past Kirkham Abbey. We continue through Malton and Seamer to our final destination at Scarborough, the most popular seaside resort in Yorkshire and perhaps the whole of the East Coast. It has everything you would expect from an established seaside resort, with two stunning sandy bays and a host of things to do and see.

The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" Princess Coronation Class 'Pacific' 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, for use on express passenger trains now in B.R.Green livery. No. 45305 Black '5' 4-6-0, built for the LMSR by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" Britannia class 'Pacific' 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

Departs York 12.00 noon.






'The Scarborough Flyer'.

31st August
2012

Thirsk Races 2012 - Family Day Meeting.

Thirsk Racecourse

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