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Where is Thirsk Band?
By Peter.  Last updated Wed 26 Aug at 8.39pm.

Thirsk and District Royal British Legion Band is taking a break from Thirsk. I am privileged to be with them for a week while they entertain the Austrians. Here you can see them in the gardens of Hellbrunn Palace. Don't worry, they will be back at the weekend to entertain the folks of Thirsk.

New public library for Thirsk
By Peter.  Last updated Thu 13 Aug at 7.59am.

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The new library at Meadowfields opens on Monday 24th August. There are two floors with hundreds of new books and great new facilities for reading, storytelling and more.

The upper floor in particular is full of light and has great views over the town. The whole library is a wonderful place just to come and read a book, use one of the public computers or log in to the free wi-fi.

Regular activities include a weekly storytime for pre-schoolers, a 'code club' for school age children and a film discussion group.

The library opening times are: Mon 10am-5pm, Tue 1pm-5pm, Wed closed, Thu 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm, Sun closed.

Brand new James Herriot drama
By Peter.  Last updated Mon 27 Jul at 11.32am.

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TV classic All Creatures Great and Small is set for a big-budget remake. The smash-hit BBC drama, which pulled in audiences of more than 20m, has been picked up by American production giant HBO, the creators of Sex and the City, Game of Thrones and The Wire.

US bosses see big potential for the show about a vet in rural Yorkshire.

Please read more on the Daily Mirror website and press YES button at the bottom of the article.

Many thanks for your help, we need this to go ahead, it would be fantastic for the area for years to come.

Escape to the Moors on a Sunday
By Mo.  Last updated Tue 21 Jul at 2.27pm.

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Moorsbus Endeavour runs every Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday until 27 Sep. It leaves Thirsk at 11am and 3.20pm for Helmsley and the 11am bus carries on to Rievaulx Abbey, Chop Gate, Stokesley and Great Ayton.

The full timetable is HERE and there is more information at the Moorsbus website or get a free leaflet with the timetable and full details in the Thirsk Tourist Information office.

Mo's diary for Sunday 19th July:

"At 11.10 am today, Sunday 19th July, four other passengers and myself caught the 11 am Arriva bus from Thirsk (there was a 10 minute delay due to a hold up en route). The bus had no trouble getting up Sutton Bank but we arrived in Helmsley just too late to catch the 128 bus.   Everyone got off but me and 5 got on, two of whom were Helen & Eden (of Friends of the Moorsbus).   The 3 other new passengers alighted at the Rievaulx abbey and café stop.  The weather was lovely and the views even more so.

"Helen, Eden and I continued on and arrived at Stokesley at 12.30 pm where we all got off - and it began to rain.   Helen & Eden went to check out a possible Town Walk and I sat by the beck under an umbrella eating my sandwiches.  (H & E are looking into the idea of  walks round various towns en route.)

"45 mins later the rain had stopped and the 3 of us got back onto the bus and travelled to Gt Ayton where Helen & Eden got off to go a walk, I stayed on and another person boarded and the return journey began.   Back into Stokesley at 1.45pm a couple and their dog got on, at 2 pm a man joined us at Bilsdale, then at Rievaulx 2 people who'd been dropped off earlier in the day got back on.   At Helmsley 5 people joined the bus, 2 got off at Sutton Bank, and the bus arrived back in Thirsk at 3 pm where 5 others and I alighted.

"It was a really delightful run and for anyone wanting to see a beautiful part of the North York Moors it is an excellent and relaxing way to do it. I will happily use the Moorsbus again, picking different routes each time."

White Rose Awards announcement
By Peter.  Last updated Fri 26 Jun at 9.49am.

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The Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards is the largest celebration of tourism excellence in the UK and this year Thirsk Tourist Information is a finalist. The winners are announced at an awards ceremony which typically takes place in October or November each year.

Ideal present: Thirsk Calendar 2016
By Peter.  Last updated Sun 21 Jun at 1.36pm.

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James Herriot's town in pictures throughout 2016.

CLICK HERE to see all the photographs of Thirsk, month by month.

The size 15 x 42.5cm (6 x 17 inches) and the calendar is spiral-bound at the top, with a wall-hanging loop. There is a Thirsk picture and a calendar for each month of 2016. See all the months HERE.

You can buy calendars ONLINE or in the Information Office in the middle of Thirsk Market Place. If you buy online we will post it to anywhere in the world.

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.

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.

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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