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.
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.
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.
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 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
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, 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.
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.