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Moorsbus Thirsk to Helmsley, Rievaulx Abbey this summer
By Peter.  Last updated Mon 25 May at 4.22pm.

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Good news! From Thirsk we can visit the North York Moors by bus on Sundays this summer. Go to Sutton Bank, Helmsley, Rievaulx, Chop Gate, Stokesley, Great Ayton and places in-between. The service runs Sundays from 5th July to 27th September 2015 and on Monday 31st August. English Concession Scheme bus passes are accepted.

Many thanks to Friends of Moorsbus and Moorsbus C.I.C for their voluntary work raising donations and doing the organising.

You can download the timetable from (select Moosbus 2). See more information at

James Herriot's Yorkshire
By Peter.  Last updated Mon 4 May at 9.25pm.

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"Walking face on to the scented breeze, I felt the old tingle of wonder at being alone on the wide moorland where nothing stirred and the spreading miles of purple blossom and green turf reached away until it met the hazy blue of the sky." James Herriot in 'Vet in Harness'.

James Herriot lived in Thirsk. He wrote 'All Creatures Great and Small' and many other books about his life as a country vet in Thirsk, which he called Darrowby.

Thirsk is between the North Yorks Moors and the Yorkshire Dales so is an ideal place from which to explore both. What's more, in Thirsk you can visit the 'World of James Herriot', housed where he worked and lived.

10% off Thirsk Medieval Festival tickets
By Peter.  Last updated Mon 6 Apr at 9.46am.

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On Saturday 13th June 2015 Thirsk will celebrate the 800th anniversary of sealing of Magna Carta with a Medieval Festival on the racecourse. There will be everything medieval including re-enactments. In advance the tickets are 10% cheaper than at the gate and you can buy them now Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm from Thirsk Tourist Information in the middle of the Market Place as well as from elsewhere, see HERE.

Bring yourself and your family and have a fun day out. See Medieval Knights; Falcons; jester; juggler; coin making; archery, etc. plus stalls, food vendors and rides.

Examine a copy of Magna Carta and learn about Thirsk's connection with it HERE.

James Herriot statue unveiled (video)
By Peter.  Last updated Sat 28 Mar at 3.27pm.

Ian Ashton, manager of The World of James Herriot introduces James Berresford, CEO of VisitEngland who unveils the statue of Alf Wight (aka James Herriot). Then Jim Wight, a vet like his father, tells what it was like living with a budding author.

A regular Farmers' Market for Thirsk
By Peter.  Last updated Wed 18 Mar at 2.09pm.

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Thirsk will get it's own Farmers Market every fourth Saturday of the month. Northern Dales Farmers Markets are starting one up at Thirsk Auction Mart. There are 17 confirmed stalls so far but with the support of the public the market will hopefully grow as the venue could accommodate a lot more.

The market is held in the fresh air in the hard standing area outside the auction mart and there will be ample free parking available for customers. There will be a good range of products for customers because of a fairly strict policy on stalls not being duplicated. So far confirmed are a fish stall, dexter beef, free-range eggs, free-range pork, home-made spices combinations for currys, plants, game, bread, rapeseed oil, preserves, cakes, preserves and buffalo meat.

The first market starts at 8:30am on Saturday 28th March.

Thirsk Picnic in the Park
By Peter.  Last updated Fri 22 May at 9.58am.

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Saturday 11th July 2015 – 10 years of Picnic in the Park
JK as Robbie Williams
plus supporting act Jake & Elwood Blues Brothers
& local supporting act Citizen Smith

Early Bird Tickets on sale 1st to 31st March
Tickets: Adult £22 (Early Bird £18)
Young Person (12-16yrs) £14 (Early Bird £10)

You can buy tickets now ONLINE at and at
Thirsk Tourist Information – Tel: 01845 522755 ,
Zillah Bell Gallery – Tel: 01845 522479,
CB Furnishings branches in Thirsk & Northallerton – Tel: 01845 525575 / 01609 772916
Calverts Rug Shop, Castlegate, Thirsk – Tel: 01845 521644

If paying by card you can buy tickets either online or at Calverts Rug shop.

100 years from the start of WW1 in 1914
By Peter.  Last updated Mon 4 Aug at 11.23pm.

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At 11am today Thirsk residents and visitors turned out in force to remember those killed in the First World War and subsequent conflicts. Thirsk Royal British Legion were there and after the one minute's silence a member of the Brass Band played the Last Post.

Until Friday there's a free exhibition at the Quaker Meeting House in Kirkgate (opposite Herriot Centre). The 'Your Choice in 1914' exhibition shows the options everyone faced. Many of the displays are by Thirsk schoolchildren.

Tonight at 10.30pm there was a Candlelit Vigil in Thirsk Market Place to mark when war was declared 100 years ago. It was organised by Churches Together in Thirsk.

Free WiFi in the Market Place
By Peter.  Last updated Wed 30 Apr at 8.57pm.

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Free WiFi is now available in Thirsk Market Place.

To log in, connect to 'Thirsk Free WiFi'. A few seconds later on a tablet or smartphone a notification to complete the WiFi connection might appear, otherwise open the browser. Accept the Terms & Conditions, complete a simple form and you are connected.

The free WiFi is a collaboration between Telecom Yorkshire, Thirsk Tourist Information, Hambleton District Council and the Thirsk Business Association. It is being provided at almost no cost to the ratepayers.

In addition, many of the Market Place shops and coffee bars provide free WiFi.

James Herriot's favourite view
By Peter.  Last updated Fri 7 Feb at 9.02pm.

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The view over the Vale of York from the top of Sutton Bank was loved by Alf Wight, the James Herriot of 'All Creatures Great and Small' and other books about his life as a country vet. At this time of year in Winter you can see the multiple shades of green and purple.

County third in the World for Tourists
By john.  Last updated Wed 13 Nov at 9.42am.

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Its now official, Yorkshire is one of the best destinations in the world for tourists.

The county's travel guide listed it as one of the top ten in the world. Only Sikkin in India and the Kimberley in Australia, were ahead of Yorkshire in the Lonely Planet`s Best in Travel guide for 2014

Endorsements rarely come much better than this, from a guide that has a worldwide reputation across tourism and informing visitors.

Listing the county as one of the best regions in the world for visitors in the coming year is in recognition of it being a fantastic all-rounder: with some of the most stunning scenery in the country, dynamic cities, friendly people and a burgeonning food scene.

In 2014 this welcoming region of rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs will be able to hold its head even higher when the Tour de France begins it Grand Depart  

Thirsk Morning newspaper
By Peter.  Last updated Fri 22 Mar at 5.12pm.

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Thirsk Morning is a single sheet newspaper for
visitors to Thirsk and for local residents.

It gives you vital information in planning a day out. Included are the weather forecast from the BBC and a snapshot of Thirsk Market Place. Both are less than an hour old whenever the newspaper is printed.

Following the weather and picture are two articles about fascinating places to visit. These articles change so that you will see new interesting stories every day.

Lastly there is a list of events happening today and, if there is space, some events for tomorrow.

If you will be travelling to North Yorkshire please print the newspaper in the days before you come.

Click HERE to see the latest edition of Thirsk Morning, produced less than an hour ago.

Please print the sheet rather than viewing it online.

Thirsk Shopping Week in 1930
By Peter.  Last updated Thu 28 Feb at 4.59pm.

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In 1930 Thirsk organised a 'Shopping Week' to promote local businesses. At TTI we are helping with 2013's promotions. In 1930 the equivalent of this website was a booklet you will find HERE and the following is a taster from it. We have different events now but things don't change too much in Thirsk!

Saturday, May 31st, 2 p.m. Opening speech by T. J. Lynch, Esq., Chairman of the Thirsk Parish Council. Spotting and Error Hunting begins. The Thirsk & Sowerby Prize Band will give two Concerts in the Market Place, at 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.

Monday, June 2nd. Spotting and Hunting will be in full swing. Display judging by the public should take place,and entries sent in for the Safety First Driving Competition.

Tuesday, June 3th. Spotting and Hunting continues. In the evening the Safety First Driving Competition will commence at 6-30 p.m., from the Market Place, and continue for several hours. Be there to see the starters, and watch for the finishers.

Wednesday, June 4th. The Athletic Club are co-operating with the Chamber of Trade in arranging a pleasant time at the Athletic Club Ground. A Special Cricket Match between Thirsk 1st and York Revellers, will take piace in the afternoon. Tea will be served in the grounds. In the evening the T. & S. P. S. B. will play Dance Music.

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