The last weekend in September York celebrated the York Balloon Fiesta for the second year. 90 hot air balloons were flying over York in all different shapes and sizes.
The event took place over three days and attracted 40.000 visitors. Lots of local food and drink stalls were involved in the event as well as a funfair, charity stalls, local radio Minster FM and live music as well.
The balloons took to the sky twice a day, one in the early morning and the second in the afternoon and the spectacular night glow on Friday and Saturday night with a firework display on the Saturday, which in my opinion were some of the most amazing fireworks I have seen and were shown as the balloons were displaying their show as well. Here is the video from the night glow…
It’s such a fun event to attend and it’s completly free and very family friendly. This is something I look forward to now every year and I cannot wait until next year to see what they have in store.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway recently celebrated their 60s festival at their railway stations.
Live music and car shows were sign amongst the stations and people took tours around them on the famous Steam Trains.
I was even lucky enough to climb aboard the steam train and see how hard it is and how extremely hot it is to make the Steam Train Run.
Lots of people came to the event and dressed up for the occasions. And personally, I love the excitement of peoples faces when the Stream train approaches the station sounding its whistle.
I have returned to Helmsley for the third time, and this time I took a visit to the Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool.
The Pool I would call a Hidden Gem on a summers day in Helmsley, you not only have the pool but the backdrop of the North York Moors behind.
I also got to meet Helen De Meyer who is swimming in every Lido in the UK and Helsmely was her 74th.
When you have finished cooling off, take a trip to the town, which has a lot of offer from historic castles, walled gardens and shopping.
Fraisthorpe Beach is a perfect place to visit if you enjoy the quieter and calmer experiences.
It’s just off the coast of Bridlington and is perfect for dog walkers who also share the beach with horses and their riders.
You can walk for many miles on the coastline and on a perfect sunny day, you can see Bridlington and even walk to it.
When you are at the top of the cliffs you can see some amazing views of the bay. To park is only three pounds for the whole day, and is less than two minutes away from the sand.
For people who want to stay longer, there is a caravan park next door. There is also a large dog-friendly cafe if you need a bite to eat.
This year residents in York were celebrating St Patricks Day for the 4th time in the city. The marque sat in St Sampson Square where people could listen to live Irish music and dancing.
The celebrations showed the culture and Irish traditions who welcomed all ages to join them. People could take part in ceilidhs, Irish food and drink and face painting.
As the celebrations ended with the band, The Flying Donkeys, I’m sure the people in York are looking forward to whats in store for next years 5th festival.
The Yorkshire Museum has opened their latest exhibition, Yorkshire’s Jurassic World which features collections and the latest technology which takes visitors back to the Jurassic period, it was opened by a very special guest, Sir David Attenborough.
There are all sorts to see including virtual reality, rare fossils, teeth and claws from the Megalosaur (Yorkshire’s top predator) baby ichthyosaurs and the famous fossilised sea dragons.
This exhibit doesn’t just show the famous Jurassic past, but as David Attenborough highlights, it also makes people aware of the importance of the future.
The coastal village of Runswick Bay is definitely one of my top beaches in North Yorkshire. The village is picturesque with narrow type alleyways leading you through it and onto the scenic views of the beach.
Fossil hunting is a must here as they are so easy to find and families will love finding them and exploring the rock pools.
You can also join the Cleveland Way National Trail here, which is 109 miles long
This seaside village is great for families and dog walkers. Its just off Whitby, and you can get local busses to the next town.
I took another trip to the popular seaside town of Scarborough. Instead of using a camera with a tripod the whole way, I decided to use a selfie stick and take you on a personal journey of the town.
The town has some great spots to see, from parks, to historic castles and their four lovely beaches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.