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Skipton Castle: Civil War Re-enactments From Trayned Bandes, Historia Normannis and John Nevison a famous Yorkshire highwayman!
Skipton Castle: Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle remains one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England. Well worth a visit at any time of year; visitors can explore every…
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Skipton Castle - Trayned Bandes
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Summer Fair & Duck Race
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Skipton Castle - John Nevison the Yorkshire highwayman

Spend Another Day On The Beach....In Leeds City Centre!

The magic of City Beach will be returning this year
The magic of City Beach will be returning this year
The fun and atmosphere of an unforgettable trip to the beach is once again set to transform a popular city centre square next month.

Following a successful debut last year, Leeds own 'City Beach'…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 7:22pm

Family Festivals Celebrate The North York Moors

Guided health walk - photo by Discovery Photography
Guided health walk - photo by Discovery Photography
Two free family festivals top and tail the North York Moors National Park's celebrations for this year's National Parks Week. ParkFest took place on Sunday 27 July and MoorFest on Sunday 3 August

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 1:16pm

Green Fingered Young Designers Hit The Heights Outside Leeds Civic Hall


Talented young artists from schools across the city have seen their flowerbed designs become a reality outside of one of Leeds' most prestigious civic buildings.

Held as part of this year's Leeds…

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Wed 23rd Jul, 2014 | 5:08pm

Try Something New This Summer...Go Fishing!!

Fishing can be fun for all the family
Fishing can be fun for all the family
The Environment Agency is encouraging would-be anglers, young and old, to give fishing a go as National Fishing Month gets underway.

If you or your children have ever wanted to try fishing then…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 7:13pm

Pupils' Art A Real Draw For Bus Passengers!

Competition winners Millie Clarke and Charlotte Tonge
Competition winners Millie Clarke and Charlotte Tonge
Artwork by Rotherham school pupils is putting Stagecoach Yorkshire passengers in the picture when it comes to environmentally friendly travel.

Poster designs drawn by Millie Clarke and Charlotte…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 10:21pm

Mini Chefs In The Making Launch Summerdine At Leeds Shopping Centre

Ricardo with his mini master chefs from Middleton St. Mary's Primary School and centre director James Bailey
Ricardo with his mini master chefs from Middleton St. Mary's Primary School and centre director James Bailey
A host of would-be master chefs complete with chefs hats and aprons, descended on White Rose Shopping Centre this morning (Wednesday 9 July) to help launch the centre's Summerdine campaign.

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Thu 10th Jul, 2014 | 10:16am

Leeds Students Have Work Published After Winning Sky Writing Competition

Ellie Squires (second left) and Maisy Farren (second right) with Curriculum Leader for Journalism, Radio and Sound at Leeds City College, Sarah Robinson, and Sky employee Simon Wilkes
Ellie Squires (second left) and Maisy Farren (second right) with Curriculum Leader for Journalism, Radio and Sound at Leeds City College, Sarah Robinson, and Sky employee Simon Wilkes
Two Leeds students have had an article they wrote about the Tour de France published on the Sky Sports website, after winning a competition set up by Leeds-based Sky Sports Digital Media, in…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 9:10pm

Costumes, Colour And Calypso - It's Scarborough Seafest 2014!


Costumes, colour and calypso will bring a flavour of the Caribbean to the 16th annual Scarborough Seafest.

A pop-up carnival which is an offshoot of Leeds West Indian Carnival, Europe's longest…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 9:26am

I'm Walking For My Daddy

Front row L-R: Lisa Concannon, Lindsay Blackett, Corey-George Blackett, Andrea Blackett, Jamie Evison. Back row L-R: Lisa Evison, Neil Blackett, Jordan Evison
Front row L-R: Lisa Concannon, Lindsay Blackett, Corey-George Blackett, Andrea Blackett, Jamie Evison. Back row L-R: Lisa Evison, Neil Blackett, Jordan Evison
This was the simple sign on a two year-old boy's t-shirt as he and his grandma completed a 10km charity walk in memory of his daddy at the Longshaw Estate in Derbyshire this weekend.

The little…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 9:21pm

Alice's Art Delivers Squeals On Wheels

Lilian Baldwin, Alice Vaughan and David Lishman
Lilian Baldwin, Alice Vaughan and David Lishman
A-level art student, Alice Vaughan, from Addingham, West Yorkshire, has received her first commission from Ilkley butcher, David Lishman, to produce two Tour artworks for the Yorkshire Sausage…

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Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 10:46am

York Castle Museum: When The World Changed Forever


The terror of war and its revolutionary impact on life around the world will be the focus of a major exhibition on the First World War at York Castle Museum this Summer.

1914: When the World…

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Fri 27th Jun, 2014 | 4:23pm

Youngsters Get Arty With Airedale Shopping Centre To Greet Tour De France Riders

Year 5 pupils, Parkwood School,  Sadia Mahr and Raheel Iqbal
Year 5 pupils, Parkwood School, Sadia Mahr and Raheel Iqbal
Youngsters at a Keighley school have created their own mementoes of the Tour de France, thanks to the Airedale Shopping Centre.

Pupils at Parkwood School have made miniature wire sculptures of…

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Wed 25th Jun, 2014 | 9:46pm

Red Cross First Aid Session Saved Baby's Life

Ben with his partner Charley, baby Eddie and Red Cross first aid trainer, Debbie Sanderson who taught Ben his life saving skills
Ben with his partner Charley, baby Eddie and Red Cross first aid trainer, Debbie Sanderson who taught Ben his life saving skills
A father from Leeds is urging parents to learn first aid after saving his 8 week old son's life using skills learnt at a British Red Cross baby first aid session.

When parent-to-be Ben Raybould,…

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Mon 23rd Jun, 2014 | 5:55pm

Izzy McFarland
Fountains Abbey: A Great Day Out
By Izzy McFarland
Correspondent
Fountains Abbey in the sunshine
Fountains Abbey in the sunshine
Perfect for enjoying a day out with the family and regarded as one of the most prominent of the seven Yorkshire Cistercian abbeys, Foundations Abbey was founded in 1132 and is located just 3 miles…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 9:51am

Celebrating Bugs Bright And Beautiful

Lacewing. Photo by Rachel_Scopes
Lacewing. Photo by Rachel_Scopes
Bugs are on the agenda for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust next week as they celebrate National Insect Week across the county.

Yorkshire is jam packed full of creepy crawlies - all different shapes and…

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Tue 17th Jun, 2014 | 1:56pm

Do you have the speed to Beat Badger?

Badger
Badger
The Kirklees Light Railway in Clayton West, near Huddersfield will be the setting for one of the ultimate battles - Human versus Machine! The humans will be the athletes of the Denby Dale…

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Sun 15th Jun, 2014 | 6:56am

Fulneck Fares Well At Performance Arts Festival


Pupils from a Leeds school have won plaudits at the Wharfedale Festival of Performance Arts, including taking the top three places in the Wharfedale's Got Talent class.

Young performers from…

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Thu 12th Jun, 2014 | 3:40pm

Countryside Days at the Great Yorkshire Showground


Thousands of school children from across Yorkshire and beyond converged on the Great Yorkshire Showground to enjoy an action-packed day of fun and education at the annual Countryside Days.

The…

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Wed 11th Jun, 2014 | 4:56pm

Patients And Families Celebrate Birthday For 'Home Away From Home'


Staff, patients and families took part in the 4th birthday celebrations for Eckersley House at Leeds Children's Hospital.

Eckersley House is a 'Home from Home' for many families whose children…

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Tue 10th Jun, 2014 | 11:12am

Child Cruelty Law To Be Updated

photo by Phil Roeder
photo by Phil Roeder
Children will be better protected under new plans to update child cruelty law, Justice Minister Damian Green announced today.

The change will make clear that it is a crime to inflict cruelty which…

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Fri 6th Jun, 2014 | 3:10pm

Silverdale School's S6 Foodbank Challenge

S6 Foodbank
S6 Foodbank
For the second year running the pupils of Silverdale School, Sheffield, collected donations for the S6 Foodbank.

As foodbanks have sprung up across the country, the demand for food donations has…

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Wed 4th Jun, 2014 | 10:02pm

Newcomen Beam Engine Restoration Enters Final Stages


Experts and volunteers are starting the final and crucial stage of conservation works on a remarkable Georgian beam engine built in South Yorkshire in 1795.

The last Newcomen Beam Engine still in…

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Mon 2nd Jun, 2014 | 5:37pm

New Rules To Overhaul Adoption


Building on the successes of 2013, which saw a record 15% increase in adoptions, the changes announced today will reduce delays for black and ethnic minority children and give adopters a much more…

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Thu 29th May, 2014 | 10:11pm

Stuart Cooke
Protecting Your Dog From Heatstroke
By Stuart Cooke
Veterinary Correspondent
Ollie photo by Laurel F
Ollie photo by Laurel F
As summer and the warmer weather approaches it's important for dog owners to keep an eye on their pets to protect them from heatstroke.

Dogs are very susceptible to increased temperatures. They…

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Thu 29th May, 2014 | 4:03pm

Guiseley School Boy Wins Merrion Centre Art Competition

Sam Gulley
Sam Gulley
14 year old, Sam Gulley, from Guiseley School has been crowned the winner of the Merrion Centre's school art competition. In association with Child Friendly Leeds and in celebration of the Merrion…

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Wed 28th May, 2014 | 6:08pm

Wednesdays Are Wild At Roseberry Topping

Hold a scary beast!
Hold a scary beast!
Kids can explore their wild side with the National Trust this summer. Wild Wednesdays at Roseberry Topping on 6 and 20 August, 12 noon to 3pm are packed with free hands on adventures.

This year…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 3:30pm

Child Friendly Leeds Celebrates Major Milestone


More than 300 individuals have signed up as ambassadors for the city-wide ambition to make Leeds the most child friendly city in the country.

Famous Leeds brand Marks and Spencer has become the…

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Mon 28th Jul, 2014 | 12:46pm

Stockeld Park Offers Families Outdoor Fun And Indoor Play Throughout The Holidays


Nestled within ancient woodland Stockeld Park is perfectly situated between Leeds and Harrogate in a beautiful Yorkshire setting.

Stockeld Park offers families outdoor fun and indoor play…

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Fri 18th Jul, 2014 | 9:51am

British Gas And Leeds Rugby Foundation Join Forces To Help Yorkshire Youngsters Become Energy Efficient


Two hundred primary schools across Yorkshire are set to learn about reducing energy use thanks to a new £50,000 partnership between Leeds Rugby Foundation and British Gas, the UK's biggest…

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Thu 17th Jul, 2014 | 2:05pm

Kids Get Bike Savvy with Free Bike Workshop


Every Wednesday throughout August, Halfords is hosting a free bike workshop for kids in Yorkshire at their local store. Over 30,000 kids to date have benefitted from workshops that teach 7-11…

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Wed 16th Jul, 2014 | 7:04pm

Life In The 15th Century With Buckingham's Retinue - Skipton Castle Event


Skipton Castle was founded in 1090 by Norman Baron Robert de Romille, who built a primitive fort with timber ramparts to stop marauding Scots during their frequent raids into the north of England.

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Mon 7th Jul, 2014 | 8:29am

HRH The Countess Of Wessex Opens New Children's Heart Ward

Staff Nurse Louise Murphy; HRH The Countess of Wessex with Preston Winterman; LTHT Chair Linda Pollard and Chief Executive Julian Hartley
Staff Nurse Louise Murphy; HRH The Countess of Wessex with Preston Winterman; LTHT Chair Linda Pollard and Chief Executive Julian Hartley
Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex delighted patients, families and staff at the Leeds Children's Hospital at Leeds General Infirmary this week when she visited to open a new children's…

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Fri 4th Jul, 2014 | 9:52am

Summer Activities at Yorkshire Attractions


School holidays are finally upon us and up pops the age old question of 'how do we entertain the kids this summer?' Well Yorkshire has a wealth of activities and attractions on offer to keep your…

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Thu 3rd Jul, 2014 | 10:26pm

Fairness For Families, Children And Taxpayers As New Child Maintenance System Is Launched

photo by the lesley show
photo by the lesley show
A new child maintenance system comes into force today (30 June 2014) - supporting more families to work together, while maintaining a heavily subsidised service for those who really need it.

The…

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Mon 30th Jun, 2014 | 3:13pm

Chuckle Brothers Launch The Yorkshire Children Of Courage Awards 2014


Headingley Experience played host to the many friends, sponsors, supporters and previous winners of The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards (YCCA) last week as the official launch of the 2014…

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Sat 28th Jun, 2014 | 8:10pm

Sport Sheffield Gets Kids Healthy And Active With New Energy Club


Staff and Leaders from Sport Sheffield, The University of Sheffield's sports department have completed the Energy Club Leader Award; giving them the knowledge, resources and leadership skills to…

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Thu 26th Jun, 2014 | 11:06am

Charity Urges The UK To Tell A Child 'I'm Here For You'


Compassion UK has announced the date for Compassion Sunday as 19th October. Churches around the country will be uniting to raise awareness of poverty and urging people to tell a child living in…

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Tue 24th Jun, 2014 | 1:00pm

Verdict In For Mock Trial Final

The winners - Priory Academy
The winners - Priory Academy
Budding young lawyers took part in a courtroom showdown as they battled it out to be crowned the winners of the 2014 inter-school mock trial competition.

A team of sixth form students from The…

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Fri 20th Jun, 2014 | 4:08pm

Fancy Dress Pram Push Kick Starts Learning Disability Week For Leeds Mencap


The rain held off and fun was had by all as several families who attend Leeds Mencap's Hawthorn Family Centre took part in a fancy dress sponsored pram push to raise money for Leeds Mencap.
At…

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Wed 18th Jun, 2014 | 10:02am

Archaeology Project Investigates First World War Sites


Military memories of the First World War are being brought to life in a special community archaeology project supported by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).

Members of the local…

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Sun 15th Jun, 2014 | 7:01am

Sunny, Poppy And Skye Diddle


They've spent years entertaining their own children and now Holmfirth mums Sally Norton, Lisa Kendall and Zoe Scott are thoroughly enjoying entertaining children across Kirklees and Calderdale.…

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Sun 15th Jun, 2014 | 6:11am

Festival Fun In The Dales


Youngsters have been having fun learning about the wildflowers and insects of the Yorkshire Dales with educational art, craft and singing activities.

The event took place at Settle Parish Church…

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Thu 12th Jun, 2014 | 2:56pm

Gifts In Contemplation Of Death Must Meet Conditions To Be Valid

Kevin Webster
Kevin Webster
A recent case has highlighted the need for those wishing to make gifts in contemplation of their death to ensure they take appropriate legal advice or risk the gift being invalid, says Kevin…

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Tue 10th Jun, 2014 | 8:20pm

Peter Jones
How Prenups Can Help Couples To Pick 'n' Mix Their Assets
By Peter Jones
Lawyer
Project 365 #297: 241010 Give Me A Ring Love...photo by Pete
Project 365 #297: 241010 Give Me A Ring Love...photo by Pete
Prenup agreements are on the rise following plans by the Law Commission to overhaul the divorce system in England and Wales.

Recommendations to make them legal have seen a surge in couples…

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Mon 9th Jun, 2014 | 11:41am

Childcare Help Is Welcome But Wealthier Parents Stand To Gain The Most

photo by Colin Harvey
photo by Colin Harvey
Commenting on the Childcare Payments Bill announced as part of the Queen's Speech today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It's good to see ministers acknowledging that…

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Wed 4th Jun, 2014 | 10:20pm

Tractor Fest Attracts Record Numbers


A record number of exhibitors will be at Tractor Fest this coming weekend.

More than 1,300 enthusiasts have registered with the Yorkshire Vintage Association (YVA), the organisers of Tractor Fest…

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Tue 3rd Jun, 2014 | 2:10pm

Seafest 2014: Bigger And Better!

Circo Rum Ba Ba - Viking Boat
Circo Rum Ba Ba - Viking Boat
The 16th annual Scarborough Seafest is set fair to be bigger and better than ever, thanks to an Arts Council England grant.

The three-day festival, from 25 to 27 July, has landed a grant of…

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Sat 31st May, 2014 | 10:33am

Marie Curie Cancer Care Launches Free Wills Scheme Across Yorkshire

photo by Howard Lake
photo by Howard Lake
Marie Curie Cancer Care has joined forces with solicitors across Yorkshire to launch a free Will writing scheme to people aged 55 and over during May to July. Local firms Schofield Sweeney, RDC…

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Thu 29th May, 2014 | 5:21pm

Dales' Publisher Launches Writing Competition


Talented new writers have been invited by Dales publishing company Hartlington Press to submit a short story for a writing competition.

Grassington Festival, whose theme this year is the power of…

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Wed 28th May, 2014 | 6:38pm

Children's TV star Mr Bloom Was The Star Guest At Stockeld Park On Bank Holiday Monday


Stockeld Park opened again on Saturday 24th for Springtime holiday adventures and on Bank Holiday Monday there was a very special guest with a visit from CBeebies 'Mr Bloom'.

Mr Bloom performed a…

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Tue 27th May, 2014 | 8:02pm

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