Fun for all weathers

Written by: Elmtree Press

There are lots of great things to do, out and about, over the next few weeks especially now the weather hopefully is brightening up. Check out some of the great events our Yorkshire Attractions have got lined up for you. It might be a good idea to take a raincoat and perhaps a snow shovel with you just in case!!

On April 29th at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, you will get a chance to get that perfect Bird of Prey shot that you’ve been hoping for ! The day begins at 11am, with 90 minutes of photography time, during which their falconry team will fly, pose and perch a range of birds of prey. The team will include birds which are not normally seen and flown, to allow you the exclusivity of getting a shot other visitors can’t.

If you have school age children, you may be interested in an Open Morning at Ampleforth Abbey  on 28th April which will provide a wonderful opportunity to learn more about a traditional English, Ampleforth education and will begin with a brief welcome with tea and coffee, followed by tours of the school where parents can meet and talk to current pupils and staff.  

Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington, seven times consecutive winners of the prestigious Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award, are holding their fifth annual Tulip Festival from 28th April to 12th May. Whilst best known for their impressive National Collection of over one hundred varieties of Hardy Water Lily, which bloom on the two ornamental lakes in the summer, the Tulip Festival attracts many thousands of visitors to Yorkshire’s unique Gardens in the spring.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway are holding a “Behind the Scenes Weekend” on 5th - 7th May, where you will be able to take a sneaky peek at the areas they usually have closed. This event will showcase all the work that goes into keeping the wheels turning. Check out the engine sheds at Grosmont, learn about the infrastructure and bridges at Goathland, and much more. 

The Tour de Yorkshire is whizzing through again this year. Enjoy a day of spectacle on the fourth day 5th May in a number of locations on the route. At the fearsome and iconic Cote de Sutton Bank, you can enjoy the party at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre, including big screen coverage of the entire race, secure cycle parking, kids activities, food and beer tent. The picturesque market towns of Helmsley and Pickering and the pretty village of Scalby both offer ideal settings to see the race, whilst enjoying the inviting pubs and tea rooms.

A cornucopia of taste awaits you at the Yorkshire Post, Scarborough Food & Drink Festival. Your senses will be delighted with some of Yorkshire's finest food and drink on display. This two day event will showcase the finest Yorkshire artisans, with live cooking demonstrations from Michelin Star Chefs throughout the weekend and musical entertainment

Make your day a Day out with Thomas and Friends as they visit the Kirklees Light Railway from the Island of Sodor on the 12th and 13th May! The Fat Controller will be on hand to make sure the engines are all being really useful and behaving themselves and will conduct an opening ceremony each day at 9.45am, assisted by Rusty & Dusty, the trusty platform sweepers!

It is also “ Love Your Zoo and Aquarium week” at May half term, so it is the perfect time to visit The Deep, and find out all all the great reasons that you should love your local attraction. From conservation to events in the community, there is far more to The Deep than meets the eye.