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Discover The UK's Only Combined Theme Park, Zoo And Holiday Resort.
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EASTER ZOO TRAIL AT FLAMINGO LAND RESORT YORKSHIRE
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Easter fun at Yummy Yorkshire!
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Easter Eggspress
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Bunny Comes To Burnby
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Royal Armouries Jousting Tournament
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Easter Family Fun Days at Newby Hall
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Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Hammerson Teams Up With Leeds Kirkgate Market For International Food Tours

Leeds Kirkgate Market
Leeds Kirkgate Market
Retail property specialist and developer of Victoria Gate, Hammerson, has teamed up with Leeds Kirkgate Market to deliver a series of interactive school tours, aimed at celebrating Leeds as a…

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Wed 16th Apr, 2014 | 6:32pm

The Perfect House Mates - Only A Speed Date Away?

Housemate speed dating
Housemate speed dating
Leeds-based student letting agency, Parklane Properties, has solved the age-old challenge of finding compatible housemates, with the launch of "housemate speed dating" - putting a new twist on the…

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Wed 9th Apr, 2014 | 3:03pm

Rainbow Flag To Be Flown On Whitehall


The rainbow flag will fly above the Cabinet Office and Scotland Office this weekend. The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has asked for the flag to be flown to mark the historic milestone for…

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Sat 29th Mar, 2014 | 1:03pm

Big Garden Birdwatch: All Change For Yorkshire

Greenfinch protecting food. Photo by Keith Ellwood
Greenfinch protecting food. Photo by Keith Ellwood
Almost half a million people who took part in this year's RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch have discovered some interesting changes among our most popular garden birds, with some species that benefit…

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Thu 27th Mar, 2014 | 12:13am

Add More Joie De Vivre To Mother's Day This Year!


Bored with buying the same old smellies and chocolates? This year treat your mum to a Mother's Day gift with a real difference at the 2014 Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

Rated Britain's best…

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Sat 22nd Mar, 2014 | 7:00am

Growing Number Of Centenarians Underlines The Danger Of Budget Pension Changes

photo by IvanLian
photo by IvanLian
Commenting on new figures published today (Friday) from the Office for National Statistics on the growth in the number of 'very old' people, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"It is good…

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Fri 21st Mar, 2014 | 11:28am

Treat Mum To A West End Break

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Give your mother a special treat from Show & Stay

Once a year we celebrate a very special lady in our lives and attempt to show our appreciation for all her love and hard work over the years. This…

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Thu 20th Mar, 2014 | 8:58pm

Calling All Singers


Harrogate Ladies' College Chapel Choir are seeking singers to join them for a special performance. The HLC Come and Sing Rutter's Requiem takes place on Sunday 30th March at 1pm in the HLC Chapel…

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Sat 15th Mar, 2014 | 8:03pm

Paul Blomfield MP Welcomes New Payday Lender Investigation

photo by Match Financial
photo by Match Financial
Paul Blomfield MP has welcomed today's announcement from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that it will investigate the debt collection practices of payday lenders. Paul Blomfield, who…

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Wed 12th Mar, 2014 | 5:20pm

Yorkshire Shoppers Search Out Designer Delights At Cancer Research UK Stores

Cancer Research UK shop photo by HowardLake
Cancer Research UK shop photo by HowardLake
YORKSHIRE shoppers have a chance to bag a designer bargain as part of a charity treasure hunt launching this week (Monday 10 March). Designer creations from some of the biggest names in the…

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Mon 10th Mar, 2014 | 11:27am

Pensioners Face 55% Tax Penalty For Saving Too Much

photo by TaxCredits.net
photo by TaxCredits.net
Public sector workers will be hit by 'retirement tax'
Act now or pay later, says ACCA

People who are too successful in saving for their retirement through a pension will penalised with a 55…

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Thu 6th Mar, 2014 | 10:20pm

Barnsley Project Picks Up Pace With Business Support

Team Activ Founder Darren Padgett and his team walk in Barnsley
Team Activ Founder Darren Padgett and his team walk in Barnsley
A new project to encourage people to walk more and take the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle has bolted for success with over 50 Barnsley-based companies signing up.

Walk Barnsley is a…

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Thu 27th Feb, 2014 | 4:55pm

The Colonel
Exercise Myths Busted
By The Colonel
The Colonel's Journal

Some days I can't help but shake my head at some of the crazy things I hear as I am walking round the gym. Some are just silly and others I have to interject and offer my take on the discussion. I…

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Tue 25th Feb, 2014 | 3:00pm

Stephen Hart
The Reason Why I Have Decided To Shrink My LinkedIn Network
By Stephen Hart
Correspondent

The other day I downloaded my connections list from LinkedIn and exported it into Excel. There is a new service being launched by Edenchanges in March specifically for recruiters and I wanted to…

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Fri 21st Feb, 2014 | 6:14pm

Swap 'n' Shop Until You Drop


Imagine having a new spring wardrobe for less than half the price, or even better, for free. Most girls would dream of getting rid of that musky grey jumper that doesn't quite sit right at the…

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Tue 18th Feb, 2014 | 3:07pm

Post January slump: Top Motivational Tips to Keep You Going


We all made New year's resolutions, some of us decided to get fit, others to stop smoking or maybe you decided eating better was for you this year? Regardless of your New Year's resolution this…

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Fri 14th Feb, 2014 | 3:46pm

Leeds Met Students Get Tuned Into Money Advice Week

make sure you have a TV licence - photo sharlenemac
make sure you have a TV licence - photo sharlenemac
TV Licensing's community relations team helped to demystify the TV Licence for students this week as part of Leeds Metropolitan University's launch event for National Student Money Week.

TV…

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Wed 12th Feb, 2014 | 7:26pm

Heart's Content

look after your heart - photo: seyed mostafa zamani
look after your heart - photo: seyed mostafa zamani
February is National Heart Month and organizations and charities like the British Heart Foundation (BHF) are asking everybody to pay attention to their hearts and start living healthier lifestyles.

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Fri 7th Feb, 2014 | 2:54pm

Scarborough, Whitby, Filey Visitor Guide

Virginia Rees
Virginia Rees
This year's visitor guide for Scarborough, Whitby and Filey is winging its way around the country.

Seventy-five thousand copies of the 2014 guide, which for the first year ever has been written by…

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Thu 6th Feb, 2014 | 5:57pm

Say It With The Harrogate Spring Flower Show


Nothing says romance better than flowers and nowhere does flowers better than Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

With stunning displays by over 100 leading plant nurseries and the UK's biggest…

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Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 | 9:23pm

Are You Britain's Next Top Knitwear Designer?

photo by Matt Seppings
photo by Matt Seppings
An online knitting store, is joining forces with fashion colleges including London College of Fashion and Central St Martin's to find knitting's next big talent. Whether you're a design student,…

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Sat 1st Feb, 2014 | 1:11pm

Spectacular Romantic Breaks From Show & Stay

The Bodyguard - Show & Stay
The Bodyguard - Show & Stay
Perfect Valentine's theatre breaks with tickets and hotels in London

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and the romantics among us will inevitably have an outrageous, overblown gesture for…

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Fri 31st Jan, 2014 | 9:41am

Team Activ Wins Two Year Walk Barnsley Contract

Team Activ Founder Darren Padgett and his team walk in Barnsley
Team Activ Founder Darren Padgett and his team walk in Barnsley
Award-winning social enterprise Team Activ is to support Barnsley Council as it launches a new initiative to get more people walking in the town.

Funding for the two-year Walk Barnsley contract…

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Tue 28th Jan, 2014 | 4:14pm

Women Doing What They Do Best - Making Friends

Helen King - Founder of togetherfriends.com
Helen King - Founder of togetherfriends.com
New website launches in Yorkshire that brings women together for fun, friendship, interests and adventure.

It is well known fact that women love to have friends. Just look at the coffee shop…

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Mon 20th Jan, 2014 | 9:15am

'When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade' And Beat The Blue Monday Blues

photo by Takashi(aes256)
photo by Takashi(aes256)
Next Monday, 20th January, is heralded to be this year's 'Blue Monday'. The date when, according to researchers, the weather conditions, debt levels, failed New Year's resolutions and the length…

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Fri 17th Jan, 2014 | 6:00pm

Living Streets Encourages People To Take To Their Feet For National Walking Month


Living Streets is encouraging people to hit the streets and swap four wheels for two feet for National Walking Month in May.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to put their best feet…

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Wed 9th Apr, 2014 | 9:46pm

Get Gardening Safely This Spring

Spring Daffodils - photo by Tejvan Pettinger
Spring Daffodils - photo by Tejvan Pettinger
Now that the clocks have gone forward, for many people this is the start of Spring, giving us an extra hour of daylight at the end of the day - which means that there's more time to spend in the…

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Sat 5th Apr, 2014 | 10:22pm

Mother-In-Law Welcome On Holiday... As Long As She Looks After The Kids

photo by tillwe
photo by tillwe
Despite the stereotypical jokes and jibes, a new survey in the lead up to Mother's Day from a holiday rental site has revealed that over half of people would happily go on holiday with their…

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Fri 28th Mar, 2014 | 12:53pm

Yorkshire Charity To Benefit From Tandem World Record Attempt

Dominic Irvine, and our National Director, Barbara Harpham, with the tandem bike
Dominic Irvine, and our National Director, Barbara Harpham, with the tandem bike
530 mile "training ride" is all in a weekend's work for tandem record hopefuls

Yorkshire-based national charity Heart Research UK will benefit from a tandem world record attempt when endurance…

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Wed 26th Mar, 2014 | 9:44pm

Over 149 Million To Be Repaid To Bank And Building Society Customers Following OFT Action

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Seventeen banks and building societies have agreed to repay over an estimated £149 million in interest and charges to around 497,000 customers, following OFT action.

The money is to be…

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Fri 21st Mar, 2014 | 6:10pm

Pensions Changes Go In Wrong Direction

photo by Images_of_Money
photo by Images_of_Money
Commenting on the changes to pensions announced in the Budget, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:

"Pulling big announcements out of the Budget hat is not the way to make pensions policy,…

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Fri 21st Mar, 2014 | 10:51am

The Daffs Are Out, The Lambs Are Frolicking, So Welcome-In Spring With A Stunning Short Break


Surely there's no better way to treat the entire family than with a break to remember in your very own luxurious lodge. Whether you choose to get away with friends for a weekend break or whisk the…

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Wed 19th Mar, 2014 | 6:40pm

Peter Foley
March Gardening
By Peter Foley
Gardening Correspondent
Hamamelis mollis (Witch Hazel)
Hamamelis mollis (Witch Hazel)
Bewitching Witch Hazels that flower throughout the coldest months of the year must be one of nature's miracles. In our garden they started flowering just before Christmas and all through the…

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Fri 14th Mar, 2014 | 1:41pm

Joel Herbert-Wright
How Banks Really Work
By Joel Herbert-Wright
Economics Correspondent
Bank of England photo by George Rex
Bank of England photo by George Rex
Banks are institutions that we use almost every single day, whether it be Santander, Barclays, Lloyds TSB or Natwest. They control the supply of money, and almost every aspect of our lives depends…

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Wed 12th Mar, 2014 | 2:55pm

Axing The Independent Living Fund Is 'Catastrophic' For The Disabled


The quality of life 18,000 disabled people currently enjoy will be seriously eroded by today's (Thursday 6 March) announcement that the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will be axed in June 2015.

Unit…

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Fri 7th Mar, 2014 | 1:38pm

Labour MEPs Are 'Sticking With Foncho' This Fairtrade Fortnight!

Labour MEP Linda McAvan
Labour MEP Linda McAvan
This year's campaign is asking people to 'Stick with Foncho', a banana farmer from Colombia who is travelling to the UK to ask business secretary Vince Cable to investigate unfair supermarket…

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Thu 6th Mar, 2014 | 1:33pm

Kit Johnson
Silicon chip inside her head is switched to overload!
By Kit Johnson
Correspondent
photo by Andrew Cavell
photo by Andrew Cavell
Beware cod psychologists!!

Yet here I am about to espouse my own thinking on how to manage Bipolar! My excuse? - well I've seen no end of shrinks and have had the condition 45 years, so I'm…

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Tue 25th Feb, 2014 | 3:24pm

Changing Room Nightmares!

photo by goldberg
photo by goldberg
Top of the list of complaints are the cramped conditions and the poor lighting to be found in many high street stores.

New research suggests that the number of women returning to buy the same…

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Sat 22nd Feb, 2014 | 5:32pm

Local Garden Designer in London Gallery

Jamie Dunstan
Jamie Dunstan
miNiATURE the new garden show created to provide a platform for new garden design ideas has announced the full list of designers that will be exhibiting at the show in March.

Taking part from the…

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Tue 18th Feb, 2014 | 5:03pm

Am I Spending My Money Wisely

Money photo by Images_of_Money
Money photo by Images_of_Money
The theory of supply and demand is a cornerstone of modern economics. We humans have an infinite number of wants, but only a limited amount of resources. We can only produce so much to meet those…

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Sat 15th Feb, 2014 | 12:20pm

Government Fires Starting Pistol To Tackle Physical Activity

running to keep fit - photo by garryknight
running to keep fit - photo by garryknight
The Government and Mayor of London have today launched a team effort to promote physical activity across the country - ensuring it is a lasting legacy of London 2012 and part of a long term vision…

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Thu 13th Feb, 2014 | 4:37pm

Mediation Is Better - Couples Told As Divorce Rate Rises


Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has called on more parents and couples to use mediation rather than face the stressful experience of going to court following the publication of the Office of…

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Sat 8th Feb, 2014 | 7:24pm

National Library Day - Will Sheffield Council Be Celebrating?

photo by CCAC North Library
photo by CCAC North Library
Campaigners from across the city will unite to mark National Libraries Day this Saturday 8th February with a celebration of their local libraries and protest against their closure

15 library…

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Thu 6th Feb, 2014 | 6:26pm

Project Celebrating Rich Textile Tradition Of Leeds Launched

(L-R-) Amy Jenkinson, Assistant Curator of Industrial History, Leeds City Council, Tom Bridges, Chief Economic Development Officer, Leeds City Council, Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Susan Gaunt, Textile Designer and Suzy Shepherd, Yorkshire Textiles.
(L-R-) Amy Jenkinson, Assistant Curator of Industrial History, Leeds City Council, Tom Bridges, Chief Economic Development Officer, Leeds City Council, Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Susan Gaunt, Textile Designer and Suzy Shepherd, Yorkshire Textiles.
A new micro manufacturing project which will celebrate the rich textile heritage of Leeds and Yorkshire has been launched at a city museum. Bringing together a unique mixture of expert skill and…

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Wed 5th Feb, 2014 | 11:53am

1 In 3 Breast Cancers Are In Women Over 70


One in 3 women diagnosed with breast cancer in England each year are aged 70 or over. This age group also accounts for more than half of all breast cancer deaths annually, latest figures show.…

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Mon 3rd Feb, 2014 | 1:25pm

Lotherton Hall Set To Become Home Of New Fashion Galleries


One of the city's most popular museums has been awarded £150,000 of funding to refurbish its exhibition spaces and become the home of the new Fashion Galleries.

Awarded from the Department…

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Sat 1st Feb, 2014 | 12:44pm

Rehabilitation Team Improves Aftercare Of Cancer Patients


A new four-strong team based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals are providing integrated aftercare for patients in Leeds affected by head and neck cancer.

Funded by Macmillan Cancer Support as an…

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Thu 30th Jan, 2014 | 2:03pm

Extra Fire Vigilance Needed At This Time Of Year

photo by Ody5iu5
photo by Ody5iu5
The dark, cold winter evenings are a time of year when we all need to be extra vigilant due to the increased risk of fire.

From Christmas and New through the remaining cold winter nights we are…

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Tue 21st Jan, 2014 | 10:47am

Hawes and Curtis: History Of The Shirt


The humble shirt. It's a staple of every man's wardrobe, as well as the majority of women's too, and comes in endless different style, colours, patterns and fits.

Everyone has at least one shirt…

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Sat 18th Jan, 2014 | 12:46pm

Policy Exchange Wrong To Call For State Interference In How Single Parents Raise Children

photo by Kelly Crabtree Photography
photo by Kelly Crabtree Photography
Commenting on the report published today (Friday) by Policy Exchange, which calls for state intervention to encourage single parents with pre-school children to work, TUC General Secretary Frances…

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Fri 17th Jan, 2014 | 9:33am