Christmas Shopping in York


York is one of the UK’s prettiest cities for Christmas Shopping with its winding streets , beautiful architecture and unique and unusual shops. Add to this the many special festive festivals taking place  and the great deals on midweek stays over the next few weeks and a Christmas Shopping trip to York is bound to be  real pleasure. Save 25 % on midweek stays ( Monday – Thursday)at The Owl Barn Cottage – just £150 for 4 nights for up to 4 people. To find out more e mail

Cosy Country Cottage for Christmas, nr York


More Weekends has found the perfect country cottage for Christmas still available – ideal to get away from it all with log burner and hot tub – yet only 8 miles from York – one of the UK’s prettiest cities at Christmas time.


Save 25 % on brand new holiday cottage near York


The Owl Barn Holiday Cottage ( 8 miles from York) is due to open its doors in early November and to celebrate there are some great deals on 4 night midweek stays – Mon – Thurs during Nov and early Dec, saving up to £50. For more information contact

SAVE 5 % On UK Holiday Cottages …in Jan 2011


Book your UK holiday cottage anywhere in the UK –  England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland before the 31st January and SAVE a massive 5%. Choose from cosy country cottages close to York, holiday cottages in the heart of Devon & Cornwall, coastal cottages in Wales or rural retreats in the Scottish Borders, wherever you want to take a Holiday Cottage in 2011, More Weekends have great savings on holiday cottages across the UK. More Info

Murder Mystery Breaks in December


What better way to celebrate the festive period that making your xmas party theme, based on a Murder Mystery Weekend Break. After all most of us would like to murder our boss at some time or another !

Why not combine your xmas party and Murder Mystery Weekend Break with a visit to historic Stratford on Avon and do some Christmas shopping too, that is what Tony and his friends are going to do.

Two night Murder Mystery Breaks in Stratford on Avon are available on both Friday the 10th & Fri 17th December.



All Inclusive Weekend Breaks in York


I am thinking of creating some All Inclusive Breaks in York , intereted? Blog back.

June events in Easingwold and North Yorkshire






·         Easingwold Market – The Marketplace – Fri 4th  – 10.00

Fresh Local produce at great prices


·         St Monicas Gadren Party – St Monicas –  Sat 5th – 14.00

Raffle – Tombola – Town Band – Stalls.


·         Air Ambulance Tractor Ride – Market Place – Sun 6th – 10.00

Organised by The Commercial


In Yorkshire …


·         Newby Hall Craft & Food Fair – Newby Hall & Gardens, Nr Ripon – Fri 4th  – Sun 6th    10:00 to 16:00  .Discover a wonderful selection of crafts and regional food at this traditional fair set in the beautiful grounds of the Newby estate. 10.00 – 16.00.More Info 01423 322583


·         Whitby 60’s Festival -Whitby Pavilion Complex –  Fri 4 – Sun 6 Jun

Three days, five shows featuring Herman’s Hermits, Shakers, Ivy League, Persuaders, Amen Corner with Chip Hawkes, Steve Ellis, Merseybeat Legends, Pinkertons Colours, Marmalade, Union Gap, Dreamers and Beat Club. With tributes to The Shadows, Ricky Nelson, Billy Fury, Bobby Vee, Gene Pitney, the Beatles, Elvis and Cliff Richard. Individual show tickets available Great shows – Great Value! More Info : 01947 820625


·         Mint Weekend – Yorkshire Lavender – Sat 5th Sun 6 th –   10:00 to 17:00 

Join us in a celebration of ‘Mint’, designed to encourage people to grow their own and pick up useful tips. Learn about its history, its medicinal uses and its culinary uses. Expert advice and help will be available throughout the weekend. Lots of varieties of mint will be on sale in our specialist Plant Nursery. Mint is a delicious-tasting herb that is used for a variety of dishes and drinks. Try some new and exciting ‘mint’ recipes in EJ’s Tea Room/Restaurant. More Info: 01653 648008



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Events in Easingwold, York, Yorkshire and further afield




The Weekender – 23-25th April


Make the most of this weekend and enjoy what is left of April !


On the doorstep …  


·         Easingwold Market – The Marketplace – Fri 23rd  – 10.00

Fresh Local produce at great prices


·         UK Riders Dressage & Show Jumping – Thornton Hill Farm – Fri 23rd – 18.00

Prelim 18 / Novice 21.


·         Table Top Sale – Newton on Ouse Parish Hall – Sat 24th – 10.00 – 16.00

In aid of the Parish Hall. More Info 01347 848578


·         Easingwold Friends Club Meeting  Chapel Rooms – Sat 24th -14.30

Tea & entertainment.


·         T Rex – The Galtres Centre – Sat 24th April – 20.00

A celebration of Mark & Mickey. More Info – 01347 822472


·         Plant Sale– Husthwaite Village Hall  – Sat 24th – 10.00

Organsied by Husthwaite & District Village Hall.


·         Easingwold Races – Rising Sun Farm – Sun 25th – 14.00

7 Races. York & Ainsty Meeting. Bookies, Bar and trade stand.


Coming Soon


·         Cake Bake – Home of Betty Rockliff – 2, Station Lane, Tollerton – Fri 30th – 14.00 – 16.00. In aid of MS. Cakes, Tombola etc. More Info 01347 838489.


In Yorkshire …



·         Whitby Goth Weekend Spring 2010 –  Whitby Pavilion Complex – Thru 22nd – Sun 25th One of the most popular gothic events in the world, attracting all generations from across the UK and around the world.

Most of the events are held at the Whitby Pavilion including the Bizarre Bazaar Goth Market,


This year’s band line-up is as follows: Abney Park, The Last Dance, Elusive,

Diary of Dreams, The House of Usher and Razorblade Kisses. More info 07988 241486


·         Skipton Beer Festival – Skipton – Thu 22 nd  17:00 to 22:00 

Fri 23, Sat 24 Apr 2010  11:00 to 22:00  Serving a wide range of British real ales, cider, perry, foreign bottled beers, fruit wines and soft drinks. Many local breweries will be represented as well as beers not usually seen in Skipton. More Info 01756 798706


·         Intermediate Level Mountain Bike Ride – Sutton Bank National Park Visitor Centre Sat 24th – 13:00 to 16:00 

Come and try mountain biking in the North York Moors with Ranger Simon Bassindale the day before the world’s elite race at Dalby Forest. A leisurely 15 mile route from the Sutton Bank National Park Centre from quiet roads to woodland single track. Blue/Red mountain bike route rating. More Info 01439 772738


·         St George’s Dragon Family Fun Trail – Clifford’s Tower, YorkSat 24 & Sun 25 – 10:00 – 18:00. Calling all dragon hunters! St George needs your help to find all the mini dastardly dragons before they distress the damsels. Your dragon hunting skills will be rewarded with a fun sticker. More Info 01904 646940





Weekend Events in Easingwold, York , Yorkshire & further afield




The Weekender – 15-18th April


On the doorstep …  


·         Easingwold Market – The Marketplace – Fri 16th  – 10.00

Fresh Local produce at great prices


·         Bright Star – The Galtres Centre – Fri 16th April – 14.00 & 19.30. A great film suitable for the whole family programme. More Info – 01347 822472


·         Come Salsa Dancing – Stillington Social Club – Fri 16th – 19.30

     Organised by The Friends of Alne Hall. Bar and Refreshments.

      More Info 01347 810476


In Yorkshire …


·         Scarborough Literature Festival – Venues in Scarborough  – Thu 15th  – Sun 18th  Festival fever is guaranteed with the line-up for Scarborough Literature Festival.Murder, intrigue, gothic horror, nostalgia, wildlife, fantasy and laughter with Yorkshire tales from Gervase Phinn and Mike Pannett. Reginald Perrin TV script writer, David Nobbs. The Beano, Ex head of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington. Historical crime-Lindsey Davis and P.C. Doherty. Literary lunches-contemporary novelist, Salley Vickers and biographer, Helen Rappaport. Chick Lit-Kathy Lette and Adele Parks, Comic fantasy-Tom Holt and Adam Roberts. Wild life photographer Michael Leach. More Info  08450349516


·         Hideaway in the Woods’ Day Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Sutton Bank, Thirsk –  North York Moors National Park – Fri 16th The Centre is also offering an action packed ‘Hideaway in the Woods’ day Trying different forms of camouflage, children can try to ‘disappear’ from the rest of the group. They’ll also get to build a weatherproof shelter from materials found in the woodland which will be tested to see how watertight they are! The day costs £15 and is suitable for children aged 9 to 14. More Info 01439 772738


·         York Open Studios City Of York –  Fri 16th  – Sun 18th

The ninth annual York Open Studios weekend, when many of York’s best creative practitioners open their doors and invite the public to enter their working world. Artists will be showing their latest work in studios, homes, schools and community centres, and with fifty-five participants this much anticipated event will be the best yet, offering an exciting opportunity to talk to the artists and to see how and where they work.As always there will be a wide variety of work for sale – paintings, prints, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, furniture, photography, sculpture and more.


·         Thirsk Races Opening Weekend – Thirsk Racecourse – Fri 16th and Sat 17th

Thirsk Racecourse offers an extensive racing programme on various dates from April to September.


Further a field … in June –Great concerts and iconic events.


There are some great concerts and top events happening in June. Too much hassle or sort out – why not choose a ready made weekend – which includes an event ticket and hotel. All you have to do is get there !!


·         Leona Lewis live at the O2 – June 12th, 14th & 18th

Rising to fame as the 2006 winner of the X Factor, Leona Lewis is Britain’s most successful female musical export. Her debut album Spirit took the world by storm, selling over six million copies globally, with the single ‘Bleeding Love’ reaching number 1 in over 30 countries.

Event ticket & 3* hotel from £127pp


·         Rod Stewart live at the O2 – June 1st & 3rd

Best loved for his unmistakable voice and distinctive interpretations, Rod Stewart’s career has spanned over four decades, making him one of the music world’s most famous and longest serving artists. Event ticket & 4* hotel from £179pp



·         Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Tournament  21st June – 4th July

Enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime – not only can you experience the unique atmosphere of Wimbledon, but also watch and support some of the exciting tennis matches taking place including the final days of The Championships. Event ticket & 3*hotel , £155pp







Weekend Events in Easingwold,York, Yorkshire and London



·         Ale House Rock – Live Music – The Commercial , Easingwold – Fri 26th


·         Karpenters – The Galtres Centre –Sat 27th March – 20.00

The Top of the World Tour. More Info – 01347 822472


·         Call My Bluff– Wine tasting – Husthwaite Village Hall – Sat 27th – 19.30

Bring your lie detector. More Info 01347 868247


·         Easingwold Friends Club  Meeting – Chapel Rooms – Sat 27th – 14.30   

     New members always welcome


Next Week


One week only !  Easingwold Country Market will be open 9.30 – 11.30am in the Parish Rooms – just past the library – on Maundy Thursday April 1st instead of the usual Friday market on April 2nd – Good Friday. Orders can be taken and refreshments available as usual.



In Yorkshire …


·         York Farmers Market Parliament Street  – Fri 26th 09:00 to 16:00 

Farmers’ markets take place regularly on Parliament Street in the city centre.

Farmers, growers or producers from within a 40 mile radius of York city centre sell their produce, direct to the public. Advantages include cutting out the “middle man”, reducing the distance that the produce has to travel to reach the consumer and giving customers the opportunity to deal direct with the producer.


·         Orchestra of Opera North Leeds Town Hall  – Sat 27th 19:30 

     Hannu Lintu – conductor & Amanda Roocroft – soprano More Info 0113 224 3801.


·         Planet on your plate – Harlow Carr , Harrogate – Sat 27 & Sun 28th 11:30 to 12:30 13:00 to 14:00  FIND OUT HOW WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR PLATE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD! Dr Marty Jopson, BBC One Show scientist presents a fun and interactive show full of surprising demonstrations, things to taste and even some wriggly worms!More Info (01423) 565418.


·         12th Annual Spring Plant Fair – Driffield Showground  – Sun 28 th –   09:30 to 16:00  Christine Walkden and the Gardener’s Question Time Team.Refreshments Available. More Info 01262 488350






























Further a field … in May


Visit London in May and enjoy some special May events …


·         Chelsea Flower Show  – 25-29 May 

     The world’s greatest flower show comes to London.


·         Camden Crawl 2010  – 1-2 May 

     North London’s legendary weekend music festival.


·         London Sevens Rugby – 23-24 May 

     Watch top rugby players and enjoy the carnival vibe.


·         Vaisakhi in London – 2 May 

     Join the Vaisakhi celebrations for Sikh New Year in London.


·         Premier League Darts  – 23 May

    Watch Premier League Darts at London’s Wembley Arena