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Discover Yorkshire

Five golden rings: Yorkshire’s poshest Christmas trees

When Kelly Smith says she makes two guys from building services attend bauble- hanging classes before they get near one of Castle Howard’s Christmas trees, she’s not entirely joking. While the workshops aren’t formal, Kelly, who is known as Fairy Christmas around the North Yorkshire stately home, has certain rules that must be obeyed.


‘When, not if’: Tour de France will return to Yorkshire, promises director

TOUR DE France director Christian Prudhomme says it is a case of ‘when, not if’ the greatest cycling spectacle in the world returns to Yorkshire.

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Video: Full route for 2017 Tour de Yorkshire cycle race

Two Unesco World Heritage sites, four corners of the county and a famous bridge damaged in the floods of last Christmas will all play a role in the third annual Tour de Yorkshire cycle race next April.

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Sue Fisher, Director of Development at Ampleforth Abbey and College  walking by the abbey

As its monks win £3m from the lottery, Downton’s creator says it all started at Ampleforth

IT IS one of Yorkshire’s most significant abbeys yet also, perhaps, its most secluded. But an injection of nearly £3m from the national lottery could soon change that.

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Enid and Peter Nutland (l) from the Blackpool Church return the ancient cross to Canon Barry Pyke, Canon for Rural Engagement and Education and Ripon Cathedral Dean, The Very Rev. John Dobson (s).

Back in Yorkshire! Ripon Cathedral return for ancient Saxon stone

Ripon Cathedral held a special service to mark the return to the city of an ancient Saxon stone, which had been housed for many years in a Lancashire church.
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The Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman to visit Worth Valley

The World-famous Flying Scotsman is to make an appearance at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway next year.

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Inside the Standedge Tunnel

Legging it across the Pennines: Engineers descend on Standedge Tunnel

Britain’s longest and deepest canal tunnel, along a three-and-a-quarter mile path beneath the Pennines, is getting its annual “health check”.

Mark Ellis with the tools of his trade. Picture: Tony Bartholomew

Dry stone circle: Lost art of the labyrinth

In a forest on the edge of the North York Moors stands a stone circle, its entrance marked with standing stones aligned to the midsummer sunrise. The circle is part of something bigger – a vast maze, full of tricks and blind endings and features with mysterious sounding names such as smout holes, moon gates, bee boles and squeezer stiles. The walls are too high to see over, but when you look closer you see they have been inscribed by hundreds of people, who came to leave their mark in stone, as long ago as... well, 2016 actually.

Parts of Cliffords Tower which have been unseen for decades will be revealed once more after planners approved an ambitious English Heritage project to transform the visitor experience

Hidden York: Revamp will open up ‘lost’ parts of Clifford’s Tower

PLANS for a radical revamp of one of Yorkshire’s oldest and most popular tourist attractions have been given the go-ahead.

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Investment in attractions in the likes of Scarborough has helped put Yorkshire in the tourism spotlight this year, Sir Gary Verity said, as new figures showed VisitBritain had secured record-breaking tourism spend from international and domestic visitors.   Picture: Ceri Oakes

Why everybody’s flocking to Brexit Britain

BRITAIN’S future economic strength may well depend on progressive post-Brexit government policy but one of the economy’s great pillars of strength already offers encouraging reassurance for this new era.

Tea, Toast and Post, a quirky cafe in Robin Hood's Bay, is quickly becoming a top music venue. Picture: Ceri Oakes

How a cafe in Robin Hood’s Bay became a top music venue

In one of the streets that lead down to the beach in Robin Hood’s Bay there’s a cafe. It’s called Tea, Toast and Post and it serves up fish finger sandwiches in doorstep bread, homemade scones and some say the best coffee in town.

From the series Annals of a Life Threatening Postcode (working title), 2016.

After 40 years in obscurity meet Britain’s most overlooked photographer

Is Peter Mitchell our most overlooked photographer? Martin Parr certainly thinks so. Sarah Freeman met the man who has spent 40 years finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Chef Andrew Pern

Starfish: Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern opens new restaurant in Whitby

WHITBY, famed for its ice cream and fish and chips, will now be the location for a signature restaurant by one of Yorkshire’s leading chefs.

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To launch the Yorkshire Festival in 2014, a unicycle disply team performed in front of fountains which had been turned yellow, in Sheffield's Peace Gardens.

Exclusive: Question mark hangs over Tour de France festival legacy

TOURISM LEADERS have maintained that an international arts festival staged as a legacy to the Tour de France in Yorkshire will continue despite concerns that funding has yet to be secured.

The British Art Show at the Leeds Art Gallery, last October. Picture by Simon Hulme

Why Leeds is Yorkshire’s new tourist destination

TOURISM leaders have pledged to build on a boom in millions of visitors who have booked stays in the wake of a succession of international sporting and music events in a Yorkshire city.

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The pier at Cleethorpes is up for sale. Picture by Simon Hulme

End of the pier: Restored Cleethorpes gem goes under the hammer

FOR SALE: One 143-year-old pier, lovingly restored and crammed with priceless childhood memories.

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Janet Senior with The Lord Mayor of Bradford Geoff Reid and Lady Mayoress Chris Reid at City Hall, Bradford
Picture by Simon Hulme

New book provides a window into Bradford’s history

THEY ARE monuments to some of the great and the good of Bradford - but the inclusion of some family shields on the windows of Bradford City Hall are puzzling historians, despite a two-year investigation into the artworks.

Laura Good and Lisa Morrison inside the Woolpack. Pictures by Simon Hulme.

It’s much smaller than it looks on the telly! Your first look inside the Emmerdale Studio Experience

THE WOOLPACK has been the scene of many dramatic moments in the 44-year history of Yorkshire’s much-loved soap, Emmerdale.

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Linda Barker with Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull 2017.

The party’s at your place! Hull folk ‘should throw open doors to visitors next year’

CHANGING ROOMS made her a household name. And now Linda Barker is encouraging people in Hull to do up a spare bedroom for some of the 1m visitors expected for City of Culture next year.

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Children Rhiannon, seven, Hannah, nine, and Gabriella, 13, rolling down the hill by Ray Wood at Castle Howard.

Roll up! Castle Howard designates UK’s first ‘downhill rolling zone’

AS warning signs go, it is among the more unusual you might expect to come across in the grounds of one of Yorkshire’s finest historic houses.

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