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Weekend Events in Easingwold, York and Yorkshire – 19-21st March




The days are getting longer and the weather warmer. Time to get out and about and make the most of your weekend


In Easingwold …  


·         Greek Night – The Sidings – Il Treno, Shipton –Fri 19th


·         The Best of the Eagles  – The Galtres Centre – Sat 20th March  – 20.00

Presented by Talon Music. More Info – 01347 822472


In Yorkshire …


·         Malton and Norton Folk Festival-  Malton  – Fri 19 & Sat 20th  

A concert at Suddaby’s with Pete Coe – a one man folk industry. The Happy Cats – a superb mix. Two Black Sheep and a Stallion – three well blended voices. At St. Peters (Norton) – an afternoon Folk Dance with Ruth Thompson-Van Gogh and Pugwash Convention plus around the Towns – Musicians Sessions, Workshops, Meet and Greet and Singarounds. More Info 01653 696226


·         Behind Enemy Lines Lecture – Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington –  Sat 20th

If you have ever wondered what life was really like for those airmen taken as Prisoner of War during WWII, or the harrowing exploits of those that managed to evade capture, then the forthcoming lecture taking place at the Yorkshire Air Museum on will answer all your questions.


Neil Galloway, from 90 Signals RAF Leeming, will also be discussing the recent re-enactment of the 1945 ‘Long March’ of POW’s across Poland, which was undertaken by RAF personnel from across the country.


In addition, a fantastic line up of other veterans, all either POW’s or Evaders, and all with their own amazing tales to tell has been gathered and all of the veterans will be joining in the Question and Answer session and memorabilia signing opportunity that will take place after the lunch break. There will be book, print and model sales available More Info 01904 608595


·         Elgar the Kingdom-  Ripon Cathedral – Sat 20th    19:30 


Ripon Choral Society perform – Elgar The Kingdom.

Ripon Choral Society, under its conductor John Dunford and accompanist Greg Smith performs three or four concerts each year in the magnificent setting of Ripon Cathedral. The Society, with over 200 singing members, is one of the largest in Yorkshire. Lynne Dawson, Margaret Macdonald, Charne Rochford (pictured) and Jeremy White are the soloists. More Info 01969 624965



Further a field … over the Easter Weekend


Some more special Easter events … why not take a weekend break and try a spot of Easter Egg hunting ..


Beatrix Potter Easter Egg Hunt (Cumbria) 31st  March -10.00

One of the North of England’s biggest Easter Egg Hunt. 100 unique Peter Rabbit eggs will be hidden across Cumbria, thanks to The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. At 10am on 31 March 2010 a map will be unveiled on the website below giving clues and location tips to help you to find the eggs. Eggs may be be hidden in villages, gardens, by lakes or on the top of hills.


Lyme Park (Cheshire) 4-5 April 11.00 -16.00

Set your scamps running off across the grounds of ‘Pemberley’ – where Darcy meets Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice – while you take in the sheer beauty of this moorland paradise or indulge in a little retail therapy at the house shop.


Clumber Park (Nottinghamshire) 2-5 April – 11.00 -14.00

Follow the trail around the pleasure grounds and hunt for hidden Easter eggs along the way. All entrants are awarded with a yummy Cadbury’s Easter Egg prize.


Burghley (Lincolnshire) – 4 April

Think you can sniff out chocolate? Take part in the hunt around the Sculpture Garden and the Garden of Surprises and see if you can be the first to find the reward. Afterwards why not let someone else do the running around, treat yourselves to an Easter Sunday Lunch in the Orangery Restaurant. Admission to the Easter Egg Hunt is included in the price of a House and Gardens or Gardens ticket.


For details on hotels, guest houses and places to stay, call 0845 158 1412 or visit


Make more of next and every weekend in 2010.






Tickets for the Grand National still in demand …


The Grand National is still in great demand from both novices  and  race enthusiasts alike. Famous for its jumps, Aintree provides its horses and jockeys with inspirationaly named obstacles to negotiate including The Chair and Beecher’s Brook, adding to the drama and suspense filled atmosphere!  Weekends which include a ticket for The Grand National and an overnight stay at a nearby  3* hotel are available from £145pp

half term holiday cottages hit the spot


I have never known so many people decide to stay at home for half term than this year – for sure everyone is cutting back on their precious family leisure time  – opting for outdoor activities and picnics rather than expensive trips overseas. Demand for family holiday cottages in rural locations is through the roof , where family walks and fresh air is fun and good value. For a wide choice of holiday Cottages in the Yorkshire Dales , Lake District , Wales or the North East click here.

mountain bike activity better than sex


It came as a revelation to me but mountain biking is better than sex ! I was recently told by my outdoors health and fitness freak friend Mark. I know you do Activity Breaks – do you have any deals on mountain biiking anywhere he asked? I get such a buzz out of it I can’t tell you… Well I fixed him up with a selection of activity breaks which I thought might be even more of an adrenalin rush –  Surfing and Coasteering in Newquay,  Mountain Biking in the Lakes or Quads and Honda Pilots in Perthshire–  but better than sex ..well ! Share with me ..the activity you prefer to Sex..


hotel or B & B in Helmsley for Duncombe Park steam rally


Our steam mad friends rang up again from deepest Kent. When is the steam rally at Duncombe Park, we want to come up for it if possible? Only this time we are not going to drag the caravan up the motorways we are going to stay in style in a hotel or guest house in Hemsley or close by, can you recommend somewhere? Well you have a wide choice from the stylish chic boutique style hotels to cottages and bed and breakfast’s – how rich are you feeling Iventured ? i acme up with a 17th century inn The George and Dragon , Kirbymoorside -only a short scenic drive from Helmsley yet away from the rally chaos.

dirty weekend in edinburgh for millennium virgin


My mate SJ has not had a man since the start of the millennium according to her! So imagine my surprise when she called me today to arrange a dirty weekend in Edinburgh. I have finally found a chap I want to do it with  she enthused and he works and lives in Scotland. Convenient I said when you live in Leeds but hey !  I want a really swish hotel centrally located with funky themed rooms in case we want to get kinky – too much information – handcuffs and whips whirling through my brain. I sorted her out with The Scotsman – one of the nicest central hotels I know and gave her the address of the nearest adult gifts shop and wished her well. Do you have advice for SJ to make her dirty weekend go with a bang? Do post back but keep it clean.!!

fathers day gift – weekends activity break


Jules rang – now rather than the usual cigars and whisky i want to do something different for dad for Fathers Day! He is into guns and the paranormal – so either some kind of haunted thing or clay pigeon shooting would be good. I thought the three of us would make a break of it – Dad, ( obviously) my bro and me, ideally any of the weekends in July / August. Well says I Murder, Mystery weekends are still really popular and “Good Fun” or I can do Clay Pigeon Activity Breaks – in a range of places. Why not do the Edinburgh/ Perthshire Activity Break and then you can combine it with some time in Edinburgh – perfect said Jules see what you can do. If you have some great ideas for something different for Fathers Day then reply back I would love to hear them

fathers day treat for dad…


I would like to treat “dad” for fathers day said the teenage daughter of some of our close friends and wondered if you could help? He would have to pay of course, but it is the thought that counts! Kids don’t you just love them! OK Becky so what do yo have in mind. We….ll she said something that he will think is really cool but that we will enjoy too. I was thinking some kind of activity break .

Easy thinks I with a wide range of Activity Breaks available throughout the UK, everything from White Water Rafting in Wales to Karting, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Rock Climbing and Abseilling to newer sports Sphereing , Coasteering and Surf Ski-ing. OK what do you fancy, where do you want to go and when…

Do you have a favourite Activity Break to share .. then post a reply.