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 recently took a visit to Hawes in Wensleydale and visited three great areas. The videos are split into three 1) Hawes town, 2) Wensleydale Creamery and 3) The Yorkshire Dales Museum.
Part 1, this shows off some of the great spots to come to, and the stunning views.

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

 

Part 3, in the Yorkshire Dales Museum where it shows off the history of the Dales and shows some impressive finds and 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.

Beverley- East Ridings of Yorkshire

Beverley is a market town in the East Ridings of Yorkshire. There is a lot of tourist attractions to discover including the famous Minster, the racecourse and the Beck.

 

Beverley Westwood is a great for families to enjoy and is 4.5 miles long, and you get some scenic views from the town and the racecourse.

Shopping around Beverley has everything from your high street chains, to independent and they hold a market here two days a week selling local produce.
The Georgian quarter is great for shopping too and have some nice restaurants and pubs.

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If you do want to stay in the town, there are plenty Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, places for camping and Glamping.
There is also the opportunity to have a tour on some boats which you can hire from Beverly Beck, and it’s only a short walk from the town centre.
The town host some great events here too, and I fully recommend that Beverley is worth the visit.

Skipton, North Yorkshire

Skipton is a town in North Yorkshire that has a historical castle, cobbled streets and the Yorkshire Dales on its doorstep. There are so many things to enjoy and you can easily spend all day here exploring.

Skiptons Castle is a must visit and is one of England’s best-preserved Castles. You can explore around the grounds and inside and in medieval times, you would have had to cross over a bridge to get to it.
Once you have finished exploring the Castle, Skipton’s Castle woods is a great walk and spot for a picnic. The views of the castle from here are amazing and the paths through the woods are great for families.

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The town is a market town and has an amazing market held for four days in the week, selling local produce to hand crafted gifts.
It also has its own museum and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Station isn’t far away and is another great attraction.
You also can’t visit Skipton without going to their famous canal and taking a tour on the boats.

Goathland, North Yorkshire

Goathland in North Yorkshire is a very popular tourist destination for more than one reason.
It has been attracting people as early as the 19th century and for possibly slightly older viewers it’s because of the popular TV series Heartbeat. It was filmed here in Goathland and was set in the 1960’s. It followed the lives of the villagers, police and medical staff and the set is still visible to see around the village.

The other tourist attraction that is a must see, is the train station. It was used in the Harry Potter film as the station at Hogsmeade and the station is still in working order and you can take regular trips on their steam trains to places like Whitby.

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That’s not all that Goathland has to offer, sat on the North Yorkshire Moors, there are plenty of great walking trails including one to Grosmont, which is a 3-and-a-half-mile hike, and you can even find Mallyan Spount’s 70 ft. waterfall.

There are also some lovely shops, pubs and cafes to visit along the tour of Goathland, and they even host some great events in the year.

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