The Thirsk blog
The Thirsk blog
What is happening on Sunday
By Peter. Last updated Sat 30 Apr at 6.29pm.
In Thirsk events take place throughout Sun 1 May, For a 6-page copy of 'Local Events' (pdf) which you can print and read everything about the Tour de Yorkshire day (and more) CLICK HERE.
It all starts with bacon/sausage buns from the Black Swan in Norby in the morning. The WI will provide refreshments on The Holmes most of the day.
The co-ordination centre will be a big red bus where the taxis usually go (they will be on the opposite side of the road) and Welcome to Yorkshire Tour Makers and Thirsk's information office will be on hand all day to help.
An advance procession of 10 to 14 vehicles will stop for a few minutes in the Market Place about 11.20am to hand out goodies to the spectators and warm up the crowds. Come see the Aunt Bessie's van with a giant Yorkshire Pudding on top!
Rolling road closures will take effect about 12.35pm. The peleton of riders is expected soon after 12.50pm and the roads will be re-opened in Thirsk about 1.35pm.
You can watch almost the whole race on the screen in the town centre with the Thirsk Royal British Legion Band entertaining us. Book for Flag Making at Rural Arts 10am-noon before waving what you've made at the riders. Rural Arts will be open 8am-4pm, serving delicious treats from The Courthouse Cafe and here too you can watch live streaming of the race on a big screen.
Throughout the day the Little 3 in Finkle St has a mini-market, live music and children's activities. Do not miss the textile exhibition at St Mary's Church and the exhibition of work by Yorkshire artists, including Neil Simone, in Thirsk Town Hall from 11am-4pm.
In the evening at 7.30pm you can watch the Battle Mountain cycling film at the Ritz Cinema.
Enjoy your day!
VIPs in Thirsk today
By Peter. Last updated Wed 27 Apr at 5.43pm.
Look what happened to Thirsk!!
By Peter. Last updated Sun 24 Apr at 1.16pm.
The THIRSK YARNBOMBERS were seen at the dead of night on Sunday morning. Be sure to come into Thirsk town centre this week to see the result. The town is decorated by the knitting and crocheting of well over 200 Thirsk people, from toddlers to the residents of care homes.
What's more, almost one mile of bunting is being festooned by Thirsk Rotary and their friends to adorn route from Norby, through the Market Place and down Finkle Street.
Thank you everyone who has had a hand in getting our town ready to celebrate the visit of the Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race next Sunday.
The Big Screen in Thirsk
By Peter. Last updated Mon 18 Apr at 7.35am.
The Big Screen has been ordered for Sun 1 May to show TV coverage of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race. The warm-up procession will arrive in Thirsk Market Place around 11am and the riders just before 1pm.
You can watch the race all day on the Big Screen outside Thirsk'sinformation centre until the final in Scarborough at about 4.30pm.
The Yorkshire Vet is back on TV
By Ted. Last updated Thu 7 Apr at 4.24pm.
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.
A great day out on Sunday 1st May
By Peter. Last updated Thu 31 Mar at 8.48am.
Get ready for a great time in Thirsk on Sun 1 May. We will have festivities all day when the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race comes to this attractive market town. Come see the sprint for a jersey in Norby and Kirkgate.
Team Sky are among those returning after the hugely successful first edition of the race in 2015, along with BMC, Giant Alpecin and Lotto NL-Jumbo.
There is more at http://letour.yorkshire.com/
Tour de Yorkshire times
By Peter. Last updated Mon 21 Mar at 2.59pm.
Timings for this year's Tour de Yorkshire have been announced. On Sunday 1st May the third stage will pass through Thirsk shortly before 1pm. The full list of the times is HERE. It covers the route from Middlesbrough, through Northallerton to Thirsk then up Sutton Bank and over the North York Moors to Whitby and Scarborough.
Picture © Welcome to Yorkshire
The Market Place in 1925
By Peter. Last updated Tue 23 Feb at 5.12pm.
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
Tour de Yorkshire cycle race through Thirsk
By Peter. Last updated Wed 9 Dec at 11.44am.
The Tour de Yorkshire is a UCI-approved 2.1 Europe Tour international cycle race that will be one of the biggest cycle races in the UK in 2016 and an outstanding event in the international cycling calendar, with some of the top international teams taking part. It will be broadcast live on TV in the UK and throughout Europe.
On Sunday 1st May 2016 the riders will pass through Thirsk Market Place on their way to climb 'Côte de Sutton Bank'.
There is more information about the race HERE.
Thirsk Art shop endorsed by famous artist
By Ted. Last updated Sat 28 Nov at 8.53pm.
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.
Thirsk work goes into space
By Ted. Last updated Tue 17 Nov at 9.14pm.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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