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A great time to visit the North York Moors
By Peter.  Last updated Sat 23 Jul at 9.54pm.

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The heather is starting to flower and the bilberries (wild blueberries) will be ready soon. The town of Thirsk is situated between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors so it is a good central place to be to visit both areas.

Yorkshire Vet writes new book
By Ted.  Last updated Thu 21 Jul at 6.17pm.

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One of the Yorkshire vets, Julian Norton, has written his first book, 'Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs' which is due out in September. It charts his life and experiences since deciding to become a vet. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, warm and compassionate dealing with many varied animals and humans!

You can buy and have it signed by the author if you go to White Rose Books in Thirsk on Sat 17 September between 11am and 1pm.

Thirsk Day photographs
By Peter.  Last updated Fri 24 Jun at 4.07pm.

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Wednesday 22 June was Thirsk Day at Kings Cross Station in London. Three organisations - Thirsk Tourist Information, The World of James Herriot and Grand Central Trains - presented the delights of a short break in Thirsk away from the Big City from a stand in the middle of the main indoor concourse.

You can see photographs of our day HERE.

In addition to this, Grand Central Trains' engine 'James Herriot' was re-dedicated in honour of the 100th anniversary of Alf Wight who wrote 'All Creatures Great and Small' and other stories about his life as a country vet in Thirsk.

Sunday bus to the North Yorks Moors
By Peter.  Last updated Sat 4 Jun at 5.34pm.

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The Moors Endeavour bus will run every Sunday from 3 Jul to 25 Sep plus Mon 29 Aug. There are two buses each Sunday between Thirsk & Coxwold/ Byland/ Ampleforth/ Helmsley/ Rievaulx/ Chop Gate and connections with through ticketing to Kirkbymoorside & Pickering on the 128 bus. Concession cards are valid. Buses leave Thirsk at 10.50am & 15.30pm.

These buses are operated by a commercial company, but organised and made possible with funding raised by a very small voluntary group of people.

The full timetables and fares are at http://www.moorsbus.org

VIPs in Thirsk today
By Peter.  Last updated Wed 27 Apr at 5.43pm.

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Christian Prudhomme, French director of the Tour de France (left) and Sir Gary Verity, head of Welcome to Yorkshire (right), and were in Thirsk today. The former organisation (ASO) is also in charge of the Tour de Yorkshire and other international cycling races.
 
They met children from East Thirsk school at the World of James Herriot, the Thirsk Yarnbombers at Yorks tearooms and the volunteers who run Thirsk's information centre.
 
The Tour de Yorkshire cycle race comes to Thirsk next Sunday on its third day.

The Yorkshire Vet is back on TV
By Ted.  Last updated Thu 7 Apr at 4.24pm.

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The “Yorkshire Vet” is back on TV

A new 10 part series starts on Tuesday April 12th at 8pm on Channel 5.

Herriot Country returns to TV once again as Julian, Peter and the rest of the team at Skeldale in deal with a whole new cast of creatures "great and small".

The series once again showcases Thirsk and surrounding area with some friendly faces making a welcome return to the programme which was seen by over 1.5 million people per week last year.

Keep an eye out for places and people you may know.

The picture shows the Yorkshire Vets Julian & Peter with some of our volunteers at the White Rose Awards presentation last November, when Thirsk Tourist Information was chosen as the best information centre in Yorkshire.

The Market Place in 1925
By Peter.  Last updated Tue 23 Feb at 5.12pm.

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We have a hand-drawn plan of Thirsk Market Place as it was in 1916 to 1925. To see what shops were available then click here. Note that some, like the three independent butchers, are still serving the people of Thirsk today.

Picture © Don Nesham

Thirsk Art shop endorsed by famous artist
By Ted.  Last updated Sat 28 Nov at 8.53pm.

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Internationally acclaimed artist Norman Ackroyd RA CBE is featured in this month's Artists & Illustrators magazine on the "My Favourite Things" page. When asked to name his favourite art shop he replied (quote) "There's a wonderful little art shop in Thirsk called The Artist's Palette" What a great endorsement!
Mr Ackroyd favours Thirsk a lot (Zillah Bell Gallery often have the honour of launching his exhibitions over the Royal Academy) and he loves shopping in our lovely friendly town.

The rector who was friends with Turner & Ruskin
By Peter.  Last updated Tue 17 Nov at 9.09pm.

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William Towler Kingsley 1815 to 1916, former rector of South Kilvington, was once a famous figure in the Thirsk area. Friends with Turner and Ruskin; an extraordinary polymath whose talents and interests embraced geology, gardening, photography, drawing, astronomy, organ building and wood carving, he is now almost forgotten.
After years of research, Helen Crawford has written a booklet outlining his interesting life, including such unforgettable episodes as the failure to discover Neptune thanks to a cup of tea; and the unhappy death of a prostitute in Cambridge which led to William being labelled a murderer by the newspapers.
From every sale, one pound is donated to the fund for the restoration of St. Wilfrid's, South Kilvington, Thirsk. Email for details.

Thirsk work goes into space
By Ted.  Last updated Tue 17 Nov at 9.14pm.

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From the Yorkshire Post today Monday 16th November: Mr Dan Aldred, Thirsk Schools Head of Computing, inspired a group of his pupils. As a result they won a national competition and were chosen to send computer code to the International Space Staion which prompts it to displays the national flag of the countries it is flying over. As a result he has been chosen to appear in "Your Future Their Future" campaign by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTI) to recruit new teachers into the profession.

Best TIC in Yorkshire
By Peter.  Last updated Tue 10 Nov at 1.22am.

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The thirty volunteers who operate Thirsk Tourist Information were surprised and delighted to be awarded the Visitor Information Award, sponsored by BBC Yorkshire, at the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards on Monday.

The award follows five seasons of growth since Thirsk Tourist Information became independent of Hambleton District Council in April 2011.

Harry Gration from BBC Look North presenting the award to Peter Rush said: “And what's amazing, they are all volunteers“.

We are a welcoming group of volunteers with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for Thirsk and the surrounding region. We are currently open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm.

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.

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.

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 5 Jun at 9.36pm.

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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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