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Sat 19 Apr

Aquatic Finatics, Thirsk Rd. Northallerton, DL6 3SB. Easter Fun Day. Enjoy a fun filled day at Aquatic Finatics this Easter. Featuring the Great Chick Challenge. Also feed the goats; play all our Easter Games; and even wash the pigs. We also have delicious Easter refreshments throughout the day. 12noon - 4pm. tel: 01609 780475 web: http://www.aquaticfinatics.co.uk

Sat 19 Apr

Lotherton Hall, LS25 3EB. Dawn Chorus Walk. Adults £7.50, Children £5, inc. full English Breakfast. tel: 0113 3782966 tickets: Must be booked in advance

Sat 19 Apr

The Chantry Hall, Bedale. Easter Craft & Gift Fair. 10-3pm. free, light refreshments available.

Sat 19 Apr

The Education Centre, Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PR. Alpine Flower Show, plant sales, refreshments etc. 12noon to 4pm. £2.50, free to AGS members. tel: 01386 554790 email: ags@alpinegardensociety.net web: http://www.alpinegardensociety.net

Sat 19 Apr

The Troubadour, Star Precinct, Northallerton. Tribute to T Rex & The 70s. 10.30pm. Members £5, Guests £6. web: http://www.thetroubadour.co.uk

Sat 19 Apr

White Rose Bookcafe, Thirsk Market Place. Celebrate the Bard’s Birthday! Come & enjoy a Shakespearean experience, to commemorate his 450th Anniversary, with our roving Shakespearean character who will give you a Sonnet if you so desire!. Noon-3pm. tel: 01845 524353 web: http://www.whiterosebooks.co.uk

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 Sun 20 Apr

Harefield Hall, Pateley Bridge HG3 5QE. Harefest: Real ale and music festival. tel: 01423 711429 / 01423 715840 tickets: Book by phone.

Sun 20 Apr

Kiplin Hall. North Yorkshire Vintage Machinery Society display items from their collections. 10am-5pm. usual admission prices. tel: 01748 818178 web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Sun 20 Apr

Thirsk Market Place. Come & celebrate Easter Good News, Words & Music, organised by Churches Together. 3pm.

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 Mon 21 Apr

Dalby Forest Bike Barn, Dalby Forest Courtyard, Low Dalby, YO18 7LT. Easter Fun at Dalby Bike Barn. An Easter Treasure Hunt with a difference; Build a yellow Tour de France Bike; all day every day during the Easter Holidays. Also get the kids searching the new Ellerburn Trail to discover what treasures are hidden there & they will be rewarded with eggstravagant treats!. Free with bike hire or £2 per child when you bring your own bike. tel: 01751 460049 web: http://www.dalbybikebarn.co.uk

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 Mon 21 Apr

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon, HG4 3DY. Easter Egg Trail. Follow the clues & find the hidden giant Easter eggs on our Cadbury's Easter egg trail, then claim your chocolate Egghead prize. Start at Visitor Reception. £2 per child. tel: 01765 608888 email: fountainsabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountainsabbey

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 Mon 21 Apr

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. Easter Fun for Families. Hunts, mask making, colouring & more. Fun in the gardens & Play Ship. Come in your Easter hat; bring a hard boiled egg to decorate. Gardens from 10am, Hall from 2pm, closes 5pm. tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

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 Mon 21 Apr

The Bull Inn, Church Street, West Tanfield, Ripon. Kids' Easter Egg Hunt (under 11s) Easter Pizzas! Kids' "Design a Pizza" competition and, weather permitting, own home made pizzas in the garden. £15.50 (3 course Easter Sunday Lunch). tel: 01677 470678 web: http://www.thebullinnwesttanfield.co.uk

Sat 19 Apr to
 Mon 21 Apr

Lightwater Country Shopping Village, Ripon. Easter Festival. Choc Fest, gifts market and fun activities. 10am-4pm. Free entry. tel: 01765 635321 email: leisure@lightwatervalley.co.uk web: http://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk

Sun 20 Apr to
 Mon 21 Apr

Duncombe Park, Helmsley. Easter Craft & Gift Festival, over 50 Craft & Gift Stalls, free parking, refreshments, admission to House & Parkland included. 10am to 4.30pm. £4, under 16 free. tel: 01274 835588 (Yorkshire Craft Fairs)

Mon 21 Apr

Hrap field, Knayton, Thirsk. Car boot sale. Sellers 7am, public 9am. tel: 01845 524609

Mon 21 Apr

Sowerby Parochial Hall. Sequence Dancing - In support of Yorkshire Cancer Research - Please bring a supper to share. 7.30pm - 11pm. Admission on the door £4. tel: 01845 523743

Wed 23 Apr

Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington, YO42 2QF. Special Children's Day, Bigger Bertie's Burnby Bound, arrival of Yorkshire's Giant Rocking Horse & other activities. 10am to 5.30pm, arrival of Bertie 11.30am. Adults £4.80, Seniors £4.10, Children (5-15) £2.60, Families £13.65. tel: 01759 307125 email: info@burnbyhallgardens.com web: http://www.burnbyhallgardens.com

Wed 23 Apr

Fairfax House, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN. 'Keep the Home Fires Burning' Re-live the world of women in World War 1 through words & song, poems, letters & diary extracts. 7pm. £20/ Members & friends £18/ ch. £12. inc wine & hot supper. tel: 01904 655543 email: info@fairfaxhouse.co.uk web: http://www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk

Wed 23 Apr

Thirsk Library, Finkle Street, Thirsk. Meet author Alfie Crow on World Book Night. 7pm-9pm. £2. tel: 0845 034 9510 tickets: Library web: http://www.thirsk.library@northyorks.gov.uk

Wed 23 Apr

Town Hall, Northallerton DL7 8QR. Farmers' Market. 8.30am-2pm. web: http://www.ndfm.co.uk

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 Thu 24 Apr

Ritz Cinema, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Grand Budapest Hotel (15). The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars. 7.30pm (& 2.30pm on Wed 23rd). £5 (Monday & matinee £4), Under 15 and Seniors £4. tel: 01845 524751 web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Thu 24 Apr

Meet Great Ayton, NZ 556 107. Northallerton Ramblers: 7 mile walk including Langeaurgh Quarry on good field paths. 10am. tel: 01609 776720 web: http://www.northallertonramblers.org.uk

Thu 24 Apr

Meet Warcop village, NY 748 155. Northallerton Ramblers: Eden Valley 8 mile ramble on good paths and tracks. 10am. tel: 01325 466948 web: http://www.northallertonramblers.org.uk

Thu 24 Apr

Thirsk High School, Topcliffe Rd YO7 1RZ. Phoenix Dance Theatre. REfinded is a mixed programme packed with solos, duets, trios and quartets plucked from some of Phoenix's most popular pieces from the last five years. 7.30pm. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: book online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

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 Sat 26 Apr

Boroughbridge & the Lower Ure Valley Walks. Easter Walking Festival. Walks, Talks, Music, film, Dance. These walks are for everyone - no need to book - just turn up. For full programme see website. web: http://www.boroughbridgewalk.org.uk

Sat 19 Apr to
 Sat 26 Apr

St. Mary's Church, Thirsk. Easter Flower Exhibition & Easter Garden created by the children. Easter Monday Organ Recital 12.15 - 12.45. Refreshments in the Crypt. 10 am - 4 pm daily except Easter Sunday 12noon -4pm. Free admission, but Donations welcome.

Tue 22 Apr to
 Sat 26 Apr

Darlington Civic Theatre. See How They Run starring Warwick Davies. A funny much loved farce, heightened by the fact that the cast are all under four feet tall. 7.30pm (& Thu 2pm). £20, £21, £22.50, £24.50 (+£1 restoration levy). Thu matinee all seats £17. tel: 01325 486555 tickets: Box Office web: http://www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk

Sat 26 Apr

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York. 'The Gondoliers' - Jorvik Gilbert & Sullivan Company. 7.30pm. £10 adults, £9 concessions, under 16s free. tel: 01609 623568 tickets: York Theatre Royal Box-office

Sat 26 Apr

Lightwater Country Shopping Village, Ripon. Tabletots Sale. Indoor table top sale for nearly new baby and tots items. 11am to 3pm. £2. tel: 01765 635321 email: leisure@lightwatervalley.co.uk web: http://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk

Sat 26 Apr

Rural Arts Centre, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. iPad for Beginners. Workshop with experienced tutor, Claire Ford, provides an opportunity to learn & explore the potential of your iPad. iPads can be provided if necessary. £15 for one session, £25 for two sessions. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Sat 26 Apr

The Troubadour, Star Precinct, Northallerton. We Love the 90s. 10.30pm. Members £5, Guests £6. web: http://www.thetroubadour.co.uk

Sat 26 Apr

Thirsk Auction Mart YO7 3AB. NCT Nearly New Sale Top quality children's clothes and equipment. 10.30 - 12.30 (members 10am). £1 in aid of NCT charity. email: hambletonnns@nct.org.uk web: http://www.nct.org.uk/in-your-area/hambleton

Thu 24 Apr to
 Sun 27 Apr

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ. Harrogate Spring Flower Show. 9.30am-5.30pm (4.30pm Sun). £12.50 to £17. Students £8. tel: 01423 546158 tickets: online or phone email: info@flowershow.org.uk web: http://www.flowershow.org.uk/

Thu 24 Apr to
 Sun 27 Apr

Scarborough. Books by the Beach: A heady mix of top authors, broadcasters and historians. tickets: Scarborough TIC: 01723 372075 email: heather@booksbythebeach.co.uk web: http://www.booksbythebeach.co.uk

Thu 24 Apr to
 Sun 27 Apr

Not Mon Tue Wed. Various venues in Scarborough. Book Festival. "Books by the Beach" - many famous authors at various venues plus writing workshops Sat. 26 & Sun 27 Apr. tel: 01723 372075 tickets: Scarborough Tourist Information Centre web: http://www.scarboroughbookfestival.co.uk

Sat 26 Apr to
 Sun 27 Apr

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP. Galloway Antiques & Fine Art Fair. Nationally known Antiques & Fine Art Dealers. 10am-4.30pm. £5 children under 16 free. tel: 01423 522122 or 07966528725

Sun 27 Apr

All over UK. All owners of historic vehicles are encouraged to take to the roads on 'National Drive it Day'. Look out for historic and other interesting machines. web: http://www.fbhvc.co.uk

Sun 27 Apr

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. Alvis Owners' Club Meeting. Pre & post war classic & vintage cars on display. 11am-4pm. tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Sun 27 Apr

Middleham Key Centre. Antiques & Collectors Fair. Refreshments available. 10am - 4pm. tel: 01969624002/624502 email: office@middlehamkey.co.uk web: http://www.middlehamkeycentre.co.uk

Sun 27 Apr

Scotch Corner Chapel,Near Olstead. Open Day of Scotch Corner Chapel, talk to relatives of artist and sculptor John Bunting map ref SE 526 814. 12noon to 4pm. Free. web: http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/events

Wed 30 Apr

Thirsk Athletic Club, Newsham Road, Thirsk. Quiz for Ritz Cinema. Teams of four. Cash prizes. Hot supper included. 7.30pm. £10 each. tickets: Thirsk Tourist Information & Ritz Cinema Kiosk during opening hours.

Fri 25 Apr to
 Thu 1 May

Ritz Cinema, Thirsk YO7 1QS. The Zero Theorem (15). A computer hacker whose goal is to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted. Management sends a lusty love interest to distract him. 7.30pm. £5 (Monday £4), Under 15 and Seniors £4. tel: 01845 524751 web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Tue 29 Apr to
 Thu 1 May

Only Tue & Thu. Thorp Perrow Hall. Lunch in the House- Tour of the Hall (not usually open to the public), home of Sir John & Lady Ropner, two course lunch and guided tour of private gardens and Arboretum. 12.30pm. £35, RHS members £30. tel: 01677 425323 tickets: by telephone or at Thorp Perrow reception

Thu 1 May

Meet Middlesmoor SE 091 742. Northallerton Ramblers. Meet Middlesmoor to walk on good field paths to How Stean Gorge & Lofthouse. 7 miles. 10am. tel: 01845 574883

Thu 1 May

Thirkleby Village Hall. Thirkleby Local History Society present a talk by Allan Green; The First World War. Please bring along a few items of WW1 memorabilia for display. 7.30pm. Annual subscription £10, Visitors £2. tel: 01845 501375 tickets: On the door web: http://www.thirklebylocalhistorysociety.wordpress.com

Fri 2 May

Helmsley Walled Garden. 'From Garden to Table'. tel: 01439 771427 web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Fri 2 May

Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall. The Fab 60's: A pulsating live show that captures the exciting performances of The Beatles, Stones, Searchers, Swinging Blue Jeans & more. 7.30 - 10pm. £10. tel: 01845 571457 tickets: The Artist's Palette, Millgate, & on door. web: http://www.thefabs.co.uk

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 Sat 3 May

Zillah Bell Gallery, Kirkgate, Thirsk, YO7 1PQ. Jon Booth & Brenda Wright. Paintings, Etchings & Ceramics. tel: 01845 522479

Sat 3 May

Rural Arts Centre, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. iPad for Beginners. (2nd session) Friendly iPad workshop with our experienced tutor, Claire Ford, provides an opportunity to learn & explore the potential of your iPad. iPads can be provided if necessary. £15. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Sat 3 May

The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton. Playing for a Cure, in Aid of Cancer Research UK featuring music talent from North East of England. Doors open 6.30pm/7pm start. £10. tel: 07792709111 / 01845 587543 email: playing4ac@gmail.com

Sat 3 May

Thirsk racecourse YO7 1QL. Flat racing: totepool Thirsk Hunt Cup Meeting. First race 5.40pm. tel: 01845 522276 web: http://www.thirskracecourse.net

April

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 Sun 2 Nov

Not Mon. Beningbrough Hall. Exhibition 'Royals - Then & Now' in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery. Noon-5pm. Normal admission charges & times. tel: 01904 472027 email: beningbrough@nationaltrust.org.uk web: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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 Sun 11 May

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, YO7 2EH. Photography of the North York Moors by Donald Nesham. 10.30am-4pm Mar, to 5pm Apr & May. Free. tel: 01845 597426 web: http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/events

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 Sun 11 May

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. Landscapes for a Dark Summer, exhibition by Peter Hicks, renowned landscape artist. 10am-5pm each day. Free. tel: 01439 772738 web: http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/inspiredby

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 Tue 2 Sep

Dalby Forest. 'Gruffalo Comes to the Forest'. Dalby Forest will be getting its very own Gruffalo Trail in the woods for children to search for the character. tel: 01751 472771 web: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest

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 Fri 27 Jun

Only Fri. White Rose Bookcafe, Thirsk Market Place. Pre School Storytime, suitable for children up to 5 years. Every Friday 10-10.30am,. Free. tel: 01845 524353 web: http://www.whiterosebooksnews.com

May

Thu 1 May to
 Mon 5 May

Northallerton. May fair.

Fri 2 May to
 Mon 5 May

Harrogate International Centre. Harrogate Antique & Fine Art Fair raising money for Disability Action Yorkshire. 11am-6pm Monday 11am-56pm. £5. tel: 01823 323363 web: http://www.harrogateantiquefair.com

Fri 2 May to
 Thu 8 May

Ritz Cinema, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Muppets Most Wanted (U). While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper. 7.30pm (& 2.30pm on Sat & Sun). £5 (Monday & matinee £4), Under 15 and Seniors £4. tel: 01845 524751 web: http://www.ritzcinema.co.uk

Sat 3 May to
 Sun 11 May

Burnby Hall, Pocklington, York YO42 2QF. Tulip Festival - a kaleidoscope with over 30 varieties spread over nine acres of gardens. 10am-5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm). £4.80 & concessions. tel: 01759 307125 email: info@burnbyhallgardens.com web: http://www.burnbyhallgardens.com

Sat 3 May to
 Mon 5 May

Leyburn, Wensleydale. The Dales Festival of Food & Drink. Yorkshire Dales Real Ale Festival & Farming for Food. 10am-5pm each day. Adult £8-3 day ticket £14. Under 16s free. web: http://www.dalesfestivaloffood,org

Sat 3 May to
 Sun 18 May

Markenfield Hall, Nr Ripon, HG4 3AD. Open Days 2014. 2pm - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm. £5 (children & concessions £4). tel: 01765 692303 or 603411 web: http://www.markenfield.com

Sat 3 May to
 Mon 5 May

Tanfield Village Hall. Sale of original artwork by local artists. Homemade Refreshments, Raffle, plenty of car-parking. free. tel: 01765 640437

Sat 3 May to
 Mon 5 May

The Chantry Hall, Bedale. May Bank Holiday Craft & Gift Fair. 10am-3pm. free, refreshments available.

Sun 4 May

Helmsley Walled Garden. Essentials of Vegetables - spend the day learning how to get the best from your garden. More information from the Garden Office. £55. tel: 01439 771427 web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Sun 4 May

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. 'Italian Memories'. North Country Theatre gives an interactive interpretation of Bridget Talbot's work during the first World War, including her time in the hostile conditions of the bitter fighting on the Italian-Austrian front. 2 - 5pm. tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Sun 4 May

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. Inspired Music, Sarah Dean plays her 29-stringed 'Stoney End' Celtic harp. 12noon & 2pm, lasting 45 minutes each session. Free but donations welcomed. tel: 01439 772738 tickets: Book in advance if you wish to be seated web: http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/inspiredby

Sun 4 May

Thirsk Auction Mart. North Yorkshire Guitar Fair- new, vintage and used guitars plus accessories and live music. Full catering. 10am-3pm. £3 (under 12's free if accompanied by adult). tel: 0797 458 2011 tickets: on door email: kendixon34@hotmail.com web: http://www.b-visible.co.uk/mojoguitars

Mon 5 May

Cattal Moor Lane, Tockwith YO26 7QH. Food, Flower and Fun Day. 11am-4pm. £4, under 16s free. web: http://www.tockwithshow.org.uk/diary

Mon 5 May

Hillside Rural Activities Park, Knayton, YO7 4AN. Car Boot Sale. Sellers from 7am. Buyers from 9am. £5 car. £10 large van. tel: 01845 524609

Mon 5 May

Lotherton Hall, LS25 3EB. May Day Garden Party- live music, dancing, games & activities. 11am - 3pm. web: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall

Tue 6 May

Lotherton Hall, LS25 3EB. War and Peace- a varied programme of songs and songs celebrating bravery and courage from the Two World Wars. 2pm-3pm. £5, season ticket holders free. tel: 0113 378 2966 tickets: Booking required

Tue 6 May

Meet Sutton Bank Visitor Centre YO7 2EH. Northallerton Ramblers. 6 mile walk. 10am. tel: 01347 868577

Wed 7 May

Thirsk Garden Centre. Bus trip to Bridlington, Filey & the Wolds. 9.1- 5pm. £12.99.

Thu 8 May to
 Sat 10 May

Bedale Hall. Bedale Art Group's Spring Art & Craft Exhibition. Preview evening 8th May.(Charge for Refreshments ). Refreshments available on 9th & 10th. 9am - 4pm. Free admission. tel: 07749 812965

Thu 8 May

Black Lion, Thirsk. Charity fundraising 3-course dinner & table quiz in aid of Thirsk Community Care. 7.30pm. £23.50. tel: 01845 523115 web: http://www.tscca.org.uk

Thu 8 May

Meet Bowlees car park NY 908 282. Northallerton Ramblers. 12 mile walk in Upper Teesdale to Cronkley Fell and High Force via moor and river paths. 10am. tel: 01642 710974

Thu 8 May

Meet Swinton SE 210 793. Northallerton Ramblers. 7 mile walk to Hackfall Woods and Swinton Common, on field and wood paths. 10.30am. tel: 01677 425537

Thu 8 May

Rural Arts, The Old Court House, Westgate. 'States of Verbal Undress', RASA Theatre. Who do you think you are? Would your identity change if you moved to the next town or across continents?. 7.30pm for 8pm. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: book online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Fri 9 May to
 Sat 10 May

Bedale Hall, Bedale. Spring Art Exhibition by Bedale Art Group, raffle of original paintings, homemade refreshments, donations to Northdale Horticulture. 9am to 5pm. Free entry.

Fri 9 May

Helmsley Arts Centre. The Thankful Village, play by Kate Bramley, by Badapple Theatre Group. tel: 01439 771700 web: http://www.badappletheatre.com

Fri 9 May

Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall. Country Music Followers: Shania Twain. Licenced Bar. £6. tel: 01845 522791/ 07811943686

Sat 10 May

Galtres Centre, Market Place, Easingwold YO61 3AD. Eric Knowles, What's it Worth, meet the expert and enjoy his one man show (pre-show valuation in Sports Hall from 6.30pm). 7.30pm. £18. tel: 01347 822472

Sat 10 May

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York. Grand Gala Concert in aid of St.Leonard Hospice by pupils, past & present, of Margaret Berg School of Music. A Magical evening of popular songs & a selection of musical theatre hits from such shows as Les Miserables, the Sound of Music & Oliver. 7.30pm. £12 (concessions - children & OAPs £10). tel: 01904 449838/ 766227 tickets: Margaret Berg School of Music.

Sat 10 May

St John and All Saints Church, Easingwold. The Easingwold Singers: 'We Will Remember Them'. 7-30pm. £9, conc. £8, students and child £4. tel: 01347 822258 tickets: Tempo Easingwold and White Rose Books Thirsk web: http://www.easingwold-singers.co.uk

Sat 10 May

Thirsk Farmers' Auction Mart. Antique Fair - free charity stalls available. 9.30am - 3.30pm. 60p - to charity. tel: 01642 711036 email: antique@fsmail.net

Sat 10 May

White Rose Bookcafe, Thirsk Market Place. Find out about ‘Silly stuff’ with author Andy Seed, and see the valuable yellow helmet worn by last year’s Tour de France race winner, Chris Froome. Andy will be launching his new children’s book ‘The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff’. 10.30-11am. tel: 01845 524353 web: http://www.whiterosebooksnews.com

Sun 11 May

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. 'We'll Meet Again' - recalling the Second World War. Dress-up & join in. RAF re-enactors, Leyburn Band & singing duo Malcolm & Carole Brown. Gardens from 10am, Hall from 2pm, closes 5pm. tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Mon 12 May

Ripon cathedral, HG4 1QS. The Zelkova String Quartet. Haydn, Bridge & Bartok. 7.30pm. £17, £14 under 40, students £5, children free. tel: 01765 635244 web: http://www.riponconcerts.co.uk

Tue 13 May

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall, Thirsk Road, Northallerton. Northallerton & District Local History Society: President's Evening, Dad's Army, Napoleonic style. Dr Winifred Stokes. 7pm. email: heritage@sandison.me.uk

Tue 13 May to
 Tue 28 Oct

Only Tue. The Chantry Hall, Bedale. Craft and Gift Fair (NB, not on Tuesdays after Bank Holiday Craft Fairs). 10am-3pm. free- light refreshments available.

Wed 14 May

St.Oswald's Church, Sowerby, YO7 1JG. Film: 'The Stones Cry Out': the story of the Palestinian Christians. For more than 60 years Palestinians, Christians & Muslims, have suffered displacement, expulsion, wars, occupation & oppression - this film gives voices to the Palestinian Christians. 7.30pm. Free, donations welcome. tel: 01845 524308 web: http://www.stoswaldsowerby.org.uk/#stonescryout

Thu 15 May

Helmsley Walled Garden. Meet the Bees - Look into our hives here in the garden & work with our bee-keepers. Bee suits & refreshments provided. Limited to 4 people. 4pm (session lasts for 2 hrs). £20. tel: 01439 771427 web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Thu 15 May

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. Kiplin by Candlelight. Tour the house by candlelight. Music & readings in the Library & Long Gallery. Tea Room open. 6.30pm - 9.30pm. £5 per person. tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kkiplinhall.co.uk

Thu 15 May

North Yorkshire County Records Office, Malpas Rd.Northallerton. Archives at Dusk. Come & explore the historic clubs & societies of North Yorkshire. Meet the Good Humour Club in their 18th Century Coffee House. See how County Hall was transformed into a hospital during the 2nd World War. View dramatic photographs of early caving & climbing exploits. Find out about self- help societies from cow clubs to the sailors sixpence, & lots more. 6 - 8.30pm. Free. tel: 01609 777585 email: archives@northyorks.gov.uk web: http://www.northyorksgov.uk/archives

Fri 16 May

Northallerton. Take part in one of five volunteer-led cycle rides suitable for all the family. email: david.earl@hambleton.gov.uk web: http://www.hambleton.gov.uk/tdf-whatson

Fri 16 May

Rural Arts Centre, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Life Drawing with artist Kim Coley. 10 am - 4 pm. £45 per day including materials. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Sat 17 May to
 Sun 18 May

On A169 south of Pickering: YO18 8EA. Game and Country Fair & UK Tractor Show. 9am - 5.30pm. £8, with concessions & family tickets. Free parking. web: http://www.outdoorshows.co.uk/pickering-game-and-country-fair.html

Sat 17 May

St Oswalds church, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JG. Recital: Adelia Myslov, violin & Craig White, piano. 7.30pm. £10 in advance, £11 on door. tel: 01845 518001 tickets: White Rose Bookcafe or online email: tickets@sowerbymusic.org.uk web: http://www.sowerbymusic.org.uk

Sat 17 May

Thirsk racecourse YO7 1QL. Flat racing: Irish Day. First race 2.15pm. tel: 01845 522276 web: http://www.thirskracecourse.net

Thu 22 May

Parochial Hall, Sowerby. Sequence Dancing in support of Arthritis Research. Please bring supper to share. 7.30pm - 11pm. £4. tel: 01845 523743 tickets: On door

Fri 23 May

Rural Arts Centre, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Life Drawing with artist Kim Coley. 10 am - 4 pm. £45 per day including materials. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Sat 24 May to
 Sun 25 May

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate,HG2 8QZ. The Yorkshire Antiques & Art Fair. Up to 350 stands. 10am - 5pm. £5. tel: 01274 588505 web: http://www.antiquesfairs.com

Sat 24 May to
 Sat 7 Jun

In and around Swaledale. Swaledale festival. web: http://www.swalefest.org

Sat 24 May to
 Sun 1 Jun

Lotherton Hall, LS25 3EB. Half term fun- Teddy Bear Trail. 11am-4pm. web: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall

Sat 24 May to
 Sun 25 May

Malton YO17 7LX. Malton Food Festival celebrates of the best of Yorkshire produce and cooking with over 160 food stalls, famous patrons and delicious Yorkshire street food. Free except for special events. tel: 01653 692849 web: http://maltonyorkshire.co.uk/portfolio-items/malton-food-lovers-festival

Sat 24 May

Rural Arts Centre, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Garden Fairy Lights with artist Joanne Coupland. 10am - 5pm. £50 + £5 materials. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Sat 24 May to
 Mon 26 May

The Chantry Hall, Bedale. Spring Bank Holiday Craft & Gift Fair. 10-3pm. free, light refreshments available.

Sun 25 May to
 Mon 26 May

Lightwater Country Shopping Village, Ripon. Home & Garden Weekend
Stunning ideas for your home and garden. 10am-4pm. Free entry. tel: 01765 635321 email: leisure@lightwatervalley.co.uk web: http://www.lightwatervalley.co.uk

Sun 25 May to
 Mon 26 May

Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure HG4 5AJ. Yorkshire Game Fair. Hunting, Shooting, Fishing and love for the countryside. 9am-6pm. Adults £10.50, Child £5 (4-16), Family £25 (2 Adults,3 Children). tel: 07557 948785 email: yorkshiregamefair@hotmail.co.uk web: http://www.yorkshiregamefair.co.uk

Sun 25 May

Rural Arts Centre, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Latin Jazz Workshop. Workshop for young musicians who play an instrument & would like to develop their improvisation skills with professional musicians, culminating in a short performance. 10.30am - 3.30pm. £5. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Mon 26 May

Duncombe Park, Helmsley,YO62 5EB. Country fair. Adult £7, Child £3, Conc £5. tel: 01653 668313 web: http://www.dpcountryfair.co.uk/

Tue 27 May

Rural Arts Centre, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. 'Upcycle Workshop'. Workshops using recycled materials (!including bicycle parts) to create art. 10am - 12 noon or 1pm - 3pm. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Wed 28 May

Helmsley Walled Garden. From Garden to Table. tel: 01439 771427 web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Wed 28 May

Lotherton Hall, LS25 3EB. Teddy Bears' Picnic. 12noon-3pm. web: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall

Wed 28 May

Nidderdale Llamas. Llama Walks around Brimham Rocks. Pre-booking essential along with pre-payment. 10am-4pm. £3.50. tel: 01423 711052 /  07743 690770 email: suzanne@nidderdalellamas.org web: http://www.nidderdalellamas.org/book-a-trek/treks/mini-walks-at-brimhamrocks/

Thu 29 May

Helmsley Walled Garden. Meet the Bees. Come & see how honey bees work to provide us with honey. Look into our hives here at the garden & work with the bee-keepers. Refreshments provided. Limited to 4 people. 4pm (session lasts for 2 hrs). £20. tel: 01439 771427 web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Thu 29 May

Rural Arts Centre, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. 'Upcycle Workshop' (2nd session) Use recycled materials (!including bicycle parts) to create art. 10am-12.00 & 1pm-3pm. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Fri 30 May to
 Sun 1 Jun

Bedale - several venues. BAMfest Acoustic Music Festival. web: http://www.bamfest.co.uk

Sat 31 May

Rural Arts Centre, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Make your own Porcelain tea-light holder with Anna Whitehouse.1. 10 am - 4 pm. £50 + £10 materials. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

June

Thu 5 Jun

Thirsk Garden Centre. Bus trip to Heart of West Yorkshire. Howarth & Hebdon Bridge. 9.30am - 5pm. £12.99.

Sat 7 Jun

Dalby Forest. Gruffalo's 15th Birthday Celebrations. The Gruffalo is coming to Dalby Forest to celebrate his 15th birthday. Sign up now to get your free Gruffalo pack to get involved. tel: 01751 472771 web: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest

Sat 7 Jun

White Rose Bookcafe, Thirsk Market Place. Author Andy Seed will be signing copies of ‘All Teachers Bright and Beautiful, the third and final book in the best-selling All Teachers trilogy. 10.30-11.30am. tel: 01845 524353 web: http://www.whiterosebooks.co.uk

Sun 8 Jun

Alne, York YO61 1RY. Street Fayre. Noon-4.30pm. web: http://www.alnestreetfayre.co.uk/

Sun 8 Jun

Pickering showground YO18 8EA. Yorkshire Modified Car Show. 9am-5pm. £8, family £20. tel: 01751 200839 web: http://www.outdoorshows.co.uk/yorkshire-modified-car-show.html

Tue 10 Jun

Northallerton & District Local History Society, Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall, Northallerton. The Backhouse Bankers of Darlington. Dr John Banham. 7.00pm. email: heritage@sandison.me.uk

Sat 14 Jun

Great Ayton. Village fete. email: clerk@great-ayton.org.uk

Sat 14 Jun to
 Sun 29 Jun

Markenfield Hall. Open Days.

Sat 14 Jun

Northallerton town square DL7 8QR. History of the Cycle: a display of vintage and veteran cycles. 10am-4pm. tel: 01609 771109

Sat 14 Jun

Ripon Racecourse HG4 1UG. Tastes of Yorkshire food & drink family festival. £5 children free. tel: 01765 600400 web: http://tastesofyorkshire.co.uk

Sat 14 Jun

St Oswalds church, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JG. Yorkshire Young Musicians Showcase. YYM brings on the very best talent to university and conservatoire level under the careful and holistic guidance of a large staff headed up by Penny Stirling. 7.30pm. £10 in advance, £11 on door. tel: 01845 518001 tickets: White Rose Bookcafe or online email: tickets@sowerbymusic.org.uk web: http://www.sowerbymusic.org.uk

Sun 15 Jun

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. Plant, Book & Craft Fair. Stalls in the Walled Garden. 1pm - 5pm. Adults £1.50 Children free. tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Sun 15 Jun

Northallerton town square DL7 8QR. Le Tour de Northallerton. Grand Depart of Boneshakers, Penny farthings, Trycycles, Loop frames, High cycles and others. tel: 01609 771109

Sun 15 Jun

Otterington Hall, DL7 9HW: on A167 ½ mile north of South Otterington. North Yorkshire County Show. From 8am. Adult £8, Child/Student/Seniors £6, under 5s free. tel: 07521 485060 tickets: Thirsk Tourist Information email: jandrew152@btinternet.com web: http://www.northyorkshireshow.co.uk

Wed 18 Jun

Helmsley Walled Garden. From garden to table - a free 2 day course to gain practical skills in growing vegetables, herbs & salads, & preparing tasty meals from them. For over 19s not in full time employment. Part 2 is on 25th June. 9.30am. tel: 01439 7714271 email: info@helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Wed 18 Jun

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. Join the head gardener for a guided walk around the gardens. Learn of their development, decline & rebirth during this lively tour & visit the new Garden Museum. 10.30am-1pm. £15 inc coffee. tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Thu 19 Jun to
 Sun 22 Jun

Hillside Rural Activities Park, Knayton, Thirsk, YO7 4AN. Willowman Festival weekend. A long line up of groups including The Blockheads, & loads more going on. Accoustic Stage & children's entertainment. Camping. See website. tel: 01609 258085 tickets: Online or Flash Floors 58 High Street Northallerton. web: http://www.willowmanfestival.co.uk

Sun 22 Jun

Helmsley Walled Garden. Learn how to make your garden a haven for wildlife. The day is a mix of theory & practice & is suitable for those who have never gardened before, or who have done some gardening but would like to extend their knowledge. £55. tel: 01439 771427 web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Sun 22 Jun

Norton Conyers (between Hutton Conyers & Wath) 4m north of Ripon. Open Gardens in aid of St. Michael's Hospice. Home mead teas with musical accompaniment. Games on the lawn/children's activities. Wheelchair access. Dogs on short leads welcome. 2pm - 5pm. £5 (ch. under 16 free).

Wed 25 Jun

Helmsley Walled Garden. From Garden to Table. tel: 01439 771427 web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Sat 28 Jun

Thirsk Farmers' Auction Mart. Antique Fair - free charity stands available. 9.30am - 4.30pm. 60p - to charity. tel: 01642 711036 email: antique@fsmail.net

Sun 29 Jun

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. North East Rolls Royce Enthusiast's Club. Display of range of models of classic Rolls Royce & Bentley motor cars up to 80 yrs old. 11am - 4pm. Included in admission to Hall. tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Sun 29 Jun

Scampston Park, Ryedale (4½ miles East of Malton). Malton Show. 8am - 5.30pm. £10, conc £7. tel: 01653 693382 web: http://www.maltonshow.com/malton-show.html

July

Fri 4 Jul

White Rose BookCafe, Thirsk YO7 1ET. Bloomin’ Words French Cabaret. hosted by the effervescent Kate Fox, the evening will ramp up the excitement for Le Tour Yorkshire! C’est Magnifique!. 7pm. £7. tickets: White Rose Bookcafe web: http://www.whiterosebooksnews.com

Sat 5 Jul

Grand Depart of the Tour de France day 1. Starts in Leeds, goes through the outstanding scenery and breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere of Yorkshire Dales finishes in Harrogate,. web: http://letour.yorkshire.com/

Sat 5 Jul to
 Sun 6 Jul

Duncombe Park, Helmsley,YO62 5EB. Steam and vintage rally. tel: 0870 777 4324 web: http://gytec.weebly.com

Sat 5 Jul

The Chantry Hall, Bedale. Craft & Gift Fair. 10-3pm. free, light refreshments available.

Sun 6 Jul

Grand Depart of the Tour de France day 2. Starts in York. A blend of iconic climbs and countless, short, sharp climbs, finishing in Sheffield. web: http://letour.yorkshire.com/

Tue 8 Jul to
 Thu 10 Jul

Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ. Great Yorkshire Show. £25 (£24 in advance). Child, concessions & family tickets available. web: http://greatyorkshireshow.co.uk/

Thu 10 Jul

Helmsley Walled Garden. Meet the Bees. Come & see how honeybees work to provide us with honey. Look into our hives & work with our bee-keepers. Limited to 4 people. 4pm (session lasts for 2 hrs). £20. tel: 01439 771427 web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Sat 12 Jul to
 Sun 13 Jul

North Yorks Moors Railway. Classic Cars and Vehicles Weekend. tel: 01751 472508 web: http://www.nymr.co.uk

Sat 12 Jul to
 Sun 13 Jul

Skipton. Skipton Clogfest. web: http://www.clogfest.org

Sat 12 Jul

Thirsk Hall. Thirsk Picnic in the Park - Rod Stewart Tribute Show plus supporting acts. In aid of Action Medical Research & local charities. Gates open at 5pm. Adult £20 (Early Bird £16) Young Person £12 (EB £8). tel: TTI 01845 522755, Calverts 01845 521644 tickets: Thirsk Tourist Information, Zillah Bell, CB Furnishings or Calverts Rugs web: http://www.thirskpicnicinthepark.co.uk

Sun 13 Jul

Helmsley Walled Garden. Essentials of Flowers - Learning how to get the best from your garden. The day is a mix of theory & practice & is suitable for those who have never gardened before, or who have done some gardening but would like to expand their knowledge. £55. tel: 01439 771427 web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Sun 13 Jul

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. Sc.ottish Dancing in the Gardens with the Northallerton Caledonian Society. 2pm - 5pm. tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Wed 16 Jul

Driffield YO25 9DN. Driffield Show. Adult Advance tickets. £13, senior £11, child £5. On gate £16/£13/£6. tel: 01377 257494 web: http://www.driffieldshow.co.uk

Thu 17 Jul

Thirsk Garden Centre. Bus trip to Barnard Castle & Richmond.(Teesside & Swaledale). 9.30am - 5pm. £12.99.

Fri 18 Jul to
 Sat 19 Jul

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. 'Blame it on Bartle'. Open air spectacular with actors & musicians from the Dales. Trolls, trials & tribulations & Wensleydale's own version of the Wicker Man. 7.30pm from 6.30pm or book a pre-theatre supper. £12 adult £8 child (booking advisable). tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Fri 18 Jul

Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall. Country Music Followers: Elvis & His Band. Licenced Bar. £10. tel: 01845 522791/ 07811943686

Sat 19 Jul to
 Sun 20 Jul

Hampsthwite. Hampsthwaite Feast, Scarecrow Trail & Show. web: http://www.hampsthwaite.org.uk/249

Sat 19 Jul to
 Sun 20 Jul

Masham HG4 4PB. Masham Steam Engine & Fair Organ Rally. £9 & concessions. tel: 01765 689569 web: http://www.mashamsteamrally.co.uk

Sat 19 Jul

St Oswalds church, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 1JG. Passacaglia Enlarged - Glories of the Baroque. Bach, Telemann, Handel. 7pm (not 7.30pm). £16 (£17 on door). tel: 01845 518001 tickets: White Rose Bookcafe or online email: tickets@sowerbymusic.org.uk web: http://www.sowerbymusic.org.uk

Sun 20 Jul

Dishforth Airfield SatNav YO7 3EZ (new location). Aldborough & Boroughbridge Agricultural Show. £6 Adults, £5 Concessions, 5-16´s £1, under 5´s free. tel: 01423 339062 web: http://www.boroughbridgeshow.co.uk

Thu 24 Jul

Helmsley Walled Garden. Meet the Bees. Come & see how honey bees work to provide us with honey. Look into our hives & work with our bee-keepers. Limited to 4 people. 4pm (session lasts for 2 hrs). £20. tel: 01439 771427 web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Fri 25 Jul to
 Sun 27 Jul

Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Thirsk. Deer Shed Festival: Johnny Marr, British Sea Power and Stornoway. Independent festival “run by a family for families” on three stages in the countryside. 10am each day. Adult £99, child £30. tickets: book online email: tickets@deershedfestival.com web: http://deershedfestival.com

Sat 26 Jul

Birstwith, Harrogate. Birstwith Show. noon-5pm. £5, under 16s free. tel: 07783 728476 web: http://www.birstwithshow.com

Sat 26 Jul

Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough TS7 8AR. Cleveland Show. tel: 01642 312231 web: http://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2802

Sun 27 Jul

Sutton Park 8 miles north of York, YO61 1DP. Huby and Sutton Show. web: http://www.hubyandsuttonshow.org.uk

Sun 27 Jul

Town Hall, Westgate, Thirsk YO7 1QS. Thirsk and District model railway group exhibition. 10.30am - 16.30pm. £3.50 Child/OAP £2 Family (2+2) £9. tel: 01845 578273 web: http://expo-thirsk.co.uk

Sun 27 Jul

Weeton LS17 0AN. Weeton Show. tel: 01423 733404 web: http://www.weetonshow.com

Tue 29 Jul

Welburn Park, Kirkbymoorside YO62 7HQ. Ryedale Agricultural Show. Gates open 8.30am. £8, child 11-16 £7, 5-10 £3, Seniors £7. Free parking. tel: 01653 697820 web: http://www.ryedaleshow.org.uk

Wed 30 Jul

Hillside Rural Activities Park, Oaktree Bank South, Knayton, Thirsk YO7 4AX. Borrowby Show. tel: 01845 537557 email: info@borrowbyshow.org.uk web: http://www.borrowbyshow.org.uk/

Thu 31 Jul to
 Sun 3 Aug

Pickering. Traction Engine Rally. web: http://www.pickeringsteam.com

August

Sat 2 Aug

Home Farm, Thimbleby, Northallerton DL6 3PY. Osmotherley Show. 9am-4pm. Adult £5, under 12 £3. tel: 01609 882752 web: http://www.osmotherleyshow.co.uk

Sat 2 Aug

The Chantry Hall, Bedale. Craft & Gift Fair. 10am- 3pm. free, light refreshments available.

Sun 3 Aug

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. 'Italian Memories' - North Country Theatre repeat their interactive interpretation of Bridget Talbot's war work during the First World War. 2pm - 5pm. Included in admission to the Hall or Gardens. tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Sun 3 Aug

Tockwith YO26 7QH. Tockwith & District Agricultural Show. 9am. tel: 07702 264715 web: http://www.tockwithshow.org.uk

Wed 6 Aug

Rural Arts Centre, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. 'Fondant Fun' Come along & create & decorate Summer-themed goodies. Drop-in workshop. 10.30am - 1.30pm. £3 per biscuit/item. tel: 01845 526536 tickets: Online web: http://www.ruralarts.org

Thu 7 Aug

Helmsley Walled Garden. Meet the Bees. Come & see how honey bees work to provide us with honey. Look into our hives & work with our bee-keepers. Limited to 4 people. 4pm (session lasts for 2 hrs). £20. tel: 01439 771427 web: http://www.helmsleywalledgarden.org.uk

Thu 7 Aug

Kiplin Hall, Nr Scorton, Richmond, DL10 6AT. Teddy Bears' Picnic. Dress up & bring your favourite bear to a day of family fun in the Hall & Grounds (all indoors if wet) Children & bears must be with an adult. 11am - 4pm. £4 adut or child (under 2's free). tel: 01748 818178 email: info@kiplinhall.co.uk web: http://www.kiplinhall.co.uk

Sat 9 Aug to
 Sun 17 Aug

Kettlewell. Scarecrow Festival. Follow the scarecrow trail & find clues to find the hidden word. Prizes for children & adults to be won. Home baking in the Village Hall. A good day out for all the family. web: http://www.kettlewellscarecrow

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