It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet

James Herriot (photo by James Herriot World)

I have lived in Yorkshire for many, many years and have never once visited James Herriot World.

James Alfred Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym of James Herriot, became one of the most popular writers of the twentieth century. His books, a series of stories based on his experiences as a young veterinary surgeon working among the farming community of North Yorkshire, sold in their millions throughout the world.

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A Tale of Mystery and Intrigue

With Halloween not too far away, stories of strange goings on are often told to local children. In the village of Giggleswick, not far from Rathmell, there is a tale of Sarah Birbeck that not many people know.

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If Settle could not go to the theatre…

Settle Victoria Hall – England’s oldest surviving Music Hall

There are many very interesting old buildings in Settle. One of the most notable is Settle Victoria Hall. It is a Grade II listed Victorian concert hall in Kirkgate, Settle and is England’s oldest surviving music hall. Built in about 1852, on an old school site and designed by Sharpe and Paley, the Hall opened as Settle Music Hall on 11 October 1853.

Settle’s National School was built on the plot in 1816. The National School remained there until 1853, when it moved to Upper Settle to new school buildings erected there by the Reverend John Robinson.

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Eggstraordinary Girls

There’s nothing nicer than a home produced bright yellow egg for breakfast, and my ‘girls’ do a wonderful job in providing Layhead guests with delicious fresh eggs. Sadly, hens don’t last forever and I am now down to ten hens, so I think I shall have to plan a trip to the ‘hen man’ to replenish the stocks. Last time I went I selected a wide variety of breeds.

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6 Helpful Hints to Hiring a Holiday Cottage

Holiday cottages have become more and more popular, certainly over the last twenty-odd years we’ve been providing accommodation for our guests. If you’ve never hired a cottage before, here are 6 helpful hints to consider when booking.

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Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival: 23 to 30 September

Throughout the year there are many festivals and shows celebrating all aspects of Yorkshire Dales life. So… how about a cheese festival? The Yorkshire Dales National Park are organising  The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival: 23 to 30 September 2017 showcasing cheese and other local produce.

Throughout the seven days of the festival from Saturday 23 Sept there will be loads of  events happening all over the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale AONB, giving you the opportunity to visit different places and experience some amazing food.

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No-one will be taking the hump today!

At one of our local agricultural shows you would expect to see cows and sheep but camels?  This year at the Nidderdale Show, Pateley Bridge, there is a special appearance by… JOSEPH’S AMAZING CAMELS! This is racing with a twist.  There will be thrills and excitement as the camels and jockeys, specially trained by Joseph & Rebecca Fossett, race round the main ring in their fantastic Arab colours. The camels will also be on display all day so come along and meet these marvellous animals and learn all about them!

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