Discover Yorkshire

Discover Yorkshire

Why Thomas Chippendale is part of the furniture in Otley

He was not yet 20 when he dragged his ball and claw feet out of Otley in search of the bright lights of York and then London, but the town of Thomas Chippendale’s birth is not letting the absence of any of his furniture there interfere with its plans to celebrate his 300th anniversary.

A man tests a new Go Ape night-time zipline experience that will form part of the Dark Skies Festival

Twinkle little stars

The nights are not only getting shorter in February but also harder to see – especially in urban areas where light pollution and the phenomenon of Urban Sky Glow makes the universe seem less dark than it really is.

Angelica Cheung with her family on holiday in Yorkshire

Wish you were here... Millions in China see postcards from Dales

She is said to be a guru among the fashionistas of the far east – for whom the latest fashion accessory is now apparently a holiday snap taken in Yorkshire.

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The Beatles at Abbey Road

Paperback writers – Brontës and Beatles come together in frock-and-roll Top Ten

Kate Bush’s 1970s habitation of Wuthering Heights had already tenuously connected the Brontë Parsonage on the West Riding moors with the EMI studio on London’s Abbey Road in which The Beatles sang of Sergeant Pepper and Eleanor Rigby.

Arts Minister Michael Ellis with Tim Peake's space capsule on show at the National Railway Museum by the venue's director, Judith McNicol. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Minister backs plan to expand ‘tourist jewel’ of railway museum

Britain’s new Arts Minister threw his weight behind the proposed major expansion of the National Railway Museum during a visit to York yesterday.

Every Christmas hamper Fodder sells pays for 10 children to use the showground facilities or 10 farmer health checks

Yorkshire food shop giving something back this Christmas

Big-hearted shoppers can find the perfect local gift this year, while supporting good causes

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Designer Mark Gregory at the Chelsea Flower Show.

A little piece of Chelsea, complete with dairy, that’s forever Yorkshire

TUCKED away between the Thames and the Royal Hospital, the Chelsea Flower Show ground is an oasis in a sea of concrete and parking meters.

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Thixendale in the Yorkshire Wolds

Village focus: Thixendale - as not seen on TV

IT WAS in 1951, with the construction of a 750ft mast in the Home Valley near Huddersfield, that television came to Yorkshire. It was about four years too late to watch the future Queen’s wedding at Westminster Abbey, but in Thixendale, deep within the Wolds, they were kept waiting almost until the nuptials of her youngest son.

The Shambles in York

Why you get more bang for your buck in Britain

TWO generations after cheap charter flights opened up the Spanish Costas to price-conscious tourists, the smart money has moved over to stay-at-home holidays, a leading travel guide concludes today.

Conservation work at Byland Abbey. Picture by Simon Hulme

Medieval mixture replaces 20th century concrete as restorers seize ‘chance of a lifetime’ to preserve Byland Abbey

ITS spectacular rose window was the inspiration for York Minster, but a restoration effort 90 years ago threatened to do almost as much damage as Henry VIII.

Jason White, curator of Britain's first exhibition of contemporary vinyl art, at the Civic, Barnsley. Picture by Simon Hulme

Wall of sound: Barnsley gallery stages record art show

STONE Age man had his cave walls and Michelangelo the Sistine Chapel, but for the last two generations of artist the medium of choice has been the record sleeve.

Andrew Pern of the Star Inn at Harome, top right, Tommy Banks, head chef at the Black Swann at Oldstead, Frances Atkins from the Yorke Arms and some hand-massaged octopus from Michael O'Hare's The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds.

Queues for the £300-a-head restaurant where you have to eat what you’re given

IT IS the sort of restaurant for which, even at £300 a head, you need to book early. The Araki, in London’s Mayfair, has just nine seats and can accommodate only two sittings a night.

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Campaigners rail against plan for old Yorkshire railway line

A DECISION on whether to turn the old rail line between Scarborough and Whitby into a track suitable for high speed bikes will be taken by councillors next month after a heated consultation period that has seen a protest petition signed by more than 7,000 people.

Dave Purvis is one of Britain's leading coracle builders

Ancient crafts on show at Moors festival

IT is the biggest woodland event in the north, with more than 100 artisans demonstrating crafts that date back centuries.

Lady Florence Bell at the original production at Mount Grace Priory near Northallerton, in 1927

How they’re reviving the Yorkshire village fete with a cast bigger than Ben Hur

IT WAS a village show with a cast bigger than Ben Hur.

Ben Wray recreates Reginald Farrer's shotgun technique.  Picture: Charlotte Graham/Guzelian

How one shotgun explorer helped shape the great British garden

IT ISN’T a technique anyone on Gardeners’ Question Time ever advocated, but this is how they once propagated plants in the Dales.

The Harbour at Staithes, out of season. 'Picture by Gerard Binks

Tide turns for all-weather visits to coast

IT SPANS 36 miles along the edge of the North York Moors National Park, and takes in some of England’s most breathtaking scenery.

Victoria: Pinewood, but more posh - film sets fit for a Queen in Yorkshire

Victoria: Pinewood, but more posh - film sets fit for a Queen in Yorkshire

It is Pinewood but more posh - a pop-up film studio inside one of Yorkshire’s grandest residences.

York is a magnet for tourists

Chop sticks but not chips tempt Chinese visitors to Yorkshire

THEY like Harry Potter, afternoon tea and the Premier League, but not fish and chips or the seaside - which makes York and Huddersfield the top destinations for the region’s increasing numbers of visitors from China, according to data from tourism officials.

Curator Robin Diaper with an amplification horn mistaken by one child as a device for making crumpets, on show as part of Bill Bailey's Cabinet of Curiosities exhibition at Hull Maritime Museum.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

Hull museum drafts in comedian Bill Bailey for new exhibition

Today we might write it off as a vanity project, but to Sir William Constable, it was a window of wonder on to everything in the known world.

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