Culture

Stellar line-up for the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

Writers, politicians, historians, broadcasters, and more, will come together for the first ever digital Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival from Friday 23 – Sunday 25 October. It has long been the hot ticket on the national Festival circuit after Harper’s Bazaar picked the event as one of the UK’s ‘best literary festivals’, and this year is no different as the Festival continues to bring to life a programme to delight and inspire. The renowned literature festival, now in its twelfth year has gone online in 2020 due to the current social distancing measures and restrictions in place on live Festival events.
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First group travel visit after lockdown at World of James Herriot

The first group of guests travelling by coach organised by Kirby’s Coaches of Rayleigh, Essex has visited the World of James Herriot, the award-winning attraction in Thirsk after the Covid-19 lockdown. Lockdown prevented group travel due to social distancing rules but now that these restrictions have been eased by implementing mitigating arrangements both onboard the coach and at the attraction which has a new one-way route. Managing Director Ian Ashton says:  We reopened in July with a completely new set of hygiene schedules and a one-way visitor route through the Centre. We are delighted that Kirbys Coaches have been able
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How to make the most of a staycation

Staycations are most definitely en vogue at the moment, although if you are more familiar with holidaying overseas, you might be surprised by some of the differences that come with taking domestic trips with your partner or the whole family. To make sure that your staycation is fun for everyone involved, here are a few tips on how to maximise enjoyment levels and minimise stress. Take entertainment with you The main problem with holidaying in the UK is that the weather can be incredibly inconsistent; bright sunshine one minute, torrential rain and howling winds the next. This means that even
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Shake the City to Premier Online at this Year’s feva

This year’s feva festival in Knaresborough will feature the first reading of a new play called Shake the City. It will be available via a Zoom conference call at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 19 August. The play is set during the clothworkers strike in Leeds, 1970. Four young women, Wendy, Laurie, Heather and Margaret, work at Burton’s Menswear Factory in the city. On the cusp of the new decade they decide to start their own meetings for the women’s liberation movement in the fight for equality and equal pay. The 90-minute play focuses on the new wave of feminism beginning
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Poet Laureate Simon Armitage Graces feva Online

UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage is gracing Knaresborough’s feva online with readings from Magnetic Field, the volume of work focused on Marsden, the village in Yorkshire in which he grew up. Simon had been booked for feva 2020, but as with all planned performances, his appearance was cancelled due to the lockdown. But he has stayed loyal to Knaresborough by contributing his readings which will be aired on www.feva.info during the proposed dates of feva, 14 to 23 August. This is an opportunity to share in the poet’s vision and the depth of his feelings towards his native place. Simon
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Grantley Hall launches new Private Dining Room with Chef Shaun Rankin

As Grantley Hall celebrates reopening, it is proud to launch The Dales Suite, a new Private Dining Room from Chef Shaun Rankin. Set at the heart of the hotel, the elegant architecture, cocooning colour scheme, rich woods and classic art create a timeless space. By day, enjoy far-reaching views across the Yorkshire countryside, or wile away an evening with family, friends or colleagues in the warm glow of candlelight. Up to 20 guests (or a current maximum of 10 to comply with social distancing) may be seated to enjoy their selection from a menu created by the eponymous chef Shaun
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The Cedar Court Hotels Group extends the ‘Tipi on the Stray’

The Cedar Court have said they will be extending the Tipi on Stray. Wayne Topley, Managing Director of Cedar Court Hotels: We have been delighted in the uptake for bookings in our Tipi on the Stray, it was really important to us to do something fun after all the recent unpleasantness. We wanted to offer up something a little different that would put a smile back on people’s faces…and a Tipi seemed a good place to start! The Tipi on the Stray was initially scheduled to only be in place for the month of July, but due to popular demand
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Crime Novel of the Year 2020

Belfast born Adrian McKinty has been awarded one of the UK’s most prestigious accolade in crime writing, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, for his best-selling thriller, The Chain, that sees parents forced to abduct children to save the lives of their own. This phenomenal success comes after Adrian’s family were evicted from their home, forcing him to put down his pen and find work as an Uber driver and bar tender to make ends meet. Persuaded to give his dream one last go, Adrian began writing what would become his smash hit sensation The Chain, now
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Feva organisers launch talent contest “Knaresborough’s Got Talent”

Unable to hold its annual feva Festival, the organisers have instead launched an online talent contest called Knaresborough’s Got Talent. It will be staged online via Facebook and is open to anyone and everyone, says Sarah Ward. “Anyone who has skills they want to put on show is welcome”. Those keen to enter should send in a video of their performance or artwork before 5 August 2020 to fevafestival@gmail.com.These videos will be shortlisted by a panel of judges and posted by the organising committee on the feva website at www.feva.info. The shortlisted entries will be posted on the Knaresborough feva
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In pictures: Harrogate Wetherspoons gets set to open post-lockdown

Harrogate Wetherspoons is getting ready to open on the 4 July 2020. In-line with guidance, they have removed a number of the tables and installed some screening, resulting in an overall reduction in capacity. Drinks can be ordered using an App or there is queuing system to the till points. Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: The Winter Gardens is an extremely popular pub. We are looking forward to welcoming back staff and customers after a lengthy hiatus. We have taken all the necessary measures to ensure that the pub will be safe for staff to work in and for customers
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