York Viking Festival 2018

The York Viking festival is well underway this week, as it celebrates the Viking history in the city.

Around the city centre, you can visit the Viking Camps, battlegrounds and learn about how they lived and invaded York.

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Apparently, we owe a lot to the Vikings, from their language which is where some of York’s Street names are from, their advanced boats and the invention of the hair comb.

The week-long festival ends on a march through the town leading to the final battle.

A Night to Remember 2017

ANight to remember is an amazing charity event which helps four charities in York, St.Leonards Hospice, Dementia Projects in York, Bereaved Children Support York & Accessible Arts & Media.

I had the opportunity to create this video from some of the great support from around the city.

 

 

Hosted by Big Ian & featuring Jess Steel, Heather Findlay, Chris Helme(ex-Seahorses), Boss Caine, Graham Hodge, Beth McCarthy, Annie D, Kieran O’Malley, These Jaded Streets and Las Vegas Ken. The show has an all star house band led by MD George Hall, featuring the songs of The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Dolly Parton, The Carpenters and Sam Smith.

Best of 2017

2017 has brought me such amazing opportunities that I am so thankful for. I have met the loveliest people and businesses and have had the chance to film at some of the most exciting and beautiful places. Thank you for everyone’s support and I can’t wait for 2018 to bring even more opportunities. Happy Christmas and Happy New Year.

York Balloon Fiesta 2017

The last weekend in September York had the experience of seeing the York Balloon Fiesta.

Over 50 hot air balloons took to the sky over three days. The programme had morning and evening flights and live music, stalls and a fairground during the day.

The event also helped raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Despite the rain over the weekend, it didn’t stop people from watching the spectacular event.

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Saturday evening saw thousands of people watching the Talk Talk ultra-optic fibre night glow which lit up the sky’s and the balloon pilots showed off their talents by lighting the balloons to a sequence to music which wowed the crowds.

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There is always lots of new ideas and activities every year in York. I have recently filmed York’s new dementia-friendly gardens and new project Spark York and a hidden street along the way.

 

The Homestead in York has created a new Dementia friendly garden with a spherical centre water feature, circular seats and flowers.

Along the way, I also found one of York’s hidden streets called Lady Peckitt’s Yard which was named because of Lord Mayor John Peckitt in 1702 and his wife lived here.

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Spark York is one the city’s newest attractions. It is currently getting built and will be home to new bars, restaurants, retail units and a garden. The first containers have already arrived and the building is underway to bring together the units.

Wensleydale, Yorkshire

I took a visit to Hawes in Wensleydale and visited three iconic areas. The videos are split into three separate ones,

1) Around Hawes town,

2) The making of Wensleydale Creamery,

3) The Yorkshire Dales Museum.
Part 1, is the center and shows you some of the great spots to come to, and the stunning views around the town including walks and waterfalls.

Part 2, is at Wensleydale Creamery. I was lucky enough to enter the factory and find out how they make this famous cheese, why thousands of people come here every year and how to identify the right Wensleydale Cheese.

Part 3, is at the Yorkshire Dales Museum where it shows and teaches people the history of the Dales and displays some impressive finds including hands-on activities.

 

York’s Micklegate Soap Box Racing 2017

August Bank holiday Monday saw thousands of people take to the streets of Micklegate to watch the spectacular Soap Box event.

The streets were full of support by local media from the area to host and document the event and the many volunteers who dedicated their time to make this year so successful.

The safety of everyone at the Micklegate Run was also accounted for. Dave Wilson who is the training manager and operations crew of the York Rescue Boat and his team were on the river side to make sure everyone had a safe day.

 

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And the quickest time wins the race. New to this year, the 51 teams had to go through the splash pit where they also get a helpful push along. Then onto the next ramp, heading towards the finish line. The winner of this year’s race was York Digital Image.

Ripon, North Yorkshire

My latest journey has taken me to Ripon. It is between the Yorkshire Dales and The North York Moors and there is plenty to do to make a day out of it.

 

The market town has three museums, The Work House, Prison and Police and The Court Room museum. It is also famous for the cathedral where people have been coming here for over 1300 years and it is said that Lewis Carroll, writer of Alice in Wonderland, was inspired by the medieval interior.

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Only a five-minute walk from the centre, there is The Spa Gardens, which has live concerts held every Sunday through the summer. It also has some impressive Alice in Wonderland wood carvings.

There are other walking trails to go on as well, some leading to Fountains Abbey and along the canal. If you want to stay in Ripon, there are plenty of bed and breakfasts and camping plots too.

Ripon also has its own race course and a theme park nearby, and there are plenty of shops bars and restaurants.

Skipsea- East Ridings Yorkshire

Skipsea is in the East Ridings of Yorkshire and is a place for people who enjoy the more quieter holiday and days out experience.

It is in-between Beverley and Bridlington and you can spot the other bays from the beach such as Flamborough.

 

Skipsea Castle dates back to 1086 and the mound and a few ruins are only what’s left of it, and it dates back to the Iron Age. The site is 278 feet and the mound is 2,500 years old.

There are lots of haunted tales around Skipsea such as the white ghost who haunts the castle grounds, and the headless horseman

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The beach is narrow, but it allows you to walk to other bays around the area and there are opportunities to try fishing.

For keen walkers, there are lots of trails sign posted, and when you are finished, the town has a local fish and chip shop.

Skipsea also has lots of camping and caravan plots, if you plan to stay longer.

 

Moorlands and Beningbrough

 

Moorlands and Beningbrough, two of my favourite places to visit.

Moorlands is a nature reserve and it’s a great place to take your children. You can discover the local wildlife on the trail and check out the treehouse. Around the reserve, you can see some great tree carvings too.

 

 

Beningbrough is more known for Beningbrough Hall, but it offers some great walking trails too. It is 370 acres long and is very dog-friendly. One of my favourite times of year to come is October because it’s great for conker picking.

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The best thing about these places is they are absolutely free to visit, so if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to spend the holidays, I would recommend these.

Hole of Horcum- North York Moors

The Hole of Horcum is on the North York Moors and there are so many legends and tales as to why it exists. It is 400ft deep and there are lots of tracks to take, such as a five-mile trail to levisham Moor.

 

The Moors are also full of ancient remains from different eras of history. Along one of the tracks, you can spot the steam trains from levisham. For wildlife lovers, there are all sorts of animals hiding in the heather such as Stoat, Wheatear, Adders and Curlew.

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The Moors became a national park in 1952 and there are hundreds of trails such as A Mediaeval Adventure and the Royal Forest of Pickering.

This is only part 1 of my trails around the moors, so look out for the next tale and trail I discover.

 

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A City that is surrounded by history, attractions and heritage, and there is so much here to discover.
The York Bar walls were mainly built in the 13th century and if you want to walk the whole stretch it may take you a few hours, but in my view, it’s the best way to see and get to know the City.

Shopping in York is great because you can shop in your independent stores from the streets of Stonegate to the Shambles, and your more highstreets chain lovers, Coney Street is for you.
If you’re into museums, York has plenty, from The Castle Museum, The Yorkshire Museum, The Jorkik Viking Centre, to the Army Museum, just to name a select few.

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York also has a daily market called the Shambles market, where you can buy a huge range of things from gifts to local produce. There are lots of places to stay overnight in York and they have some great bars and restaurants.

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