By / 6th February, 2020 / News / Off

We apologise for being quiet on the blog front, but we are back with a bang, as we tell you all the latest goings on and upcoming activities and attractions to visit this Half Term and beyond, in glorious Yorkshire!

Dark Skies Festival – 14th Feb – 1st March

The stunning dark skies of the National Park are so free from light pollution and are one of its very special qualities.

To celebrate, the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks – together with Nidderdale AONB – are teaming up to hold their fifth annual Dark Skies Festival, with loads of great activities for all to enjoy.

Find the full programme on the special dark skies website

36th Jorvik Viking Festival – 15th – 23rd February

Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe; visit York this February 2020 for an exciting programme of events, including; living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances.

Whether you’re well-versed in the sagas or looking for a thrilling half-term break, there’s something for everyone at JORVIK Viking Festival.

This year’s theme is the Voyages of the Vikings – just like the Norse in the 9th century, journey to York in February half term to discover their extraordinary stories!

Tickets for highlight events are on sale now, with the full programme released in 2020. You can find out more at our dedicated festival website: https://jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk/

Witch & Wizard Festival – 14th & 15th February

Step inside the world of sorcery as your favourite fictional universes come to life at the Witch and Wizard Festival. Leave the boring ‘real world’ behind, grab your wands and join us for a spellbinding session of fantastical escape.

Fun for all ages, the event packs in a host of activities to keep you entertained and amazed during your visit. Dress as your favourite fictional character and we will award prizes for the most creative costumes.

For sorcerers who have long since graduated from Spellman’s Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry, we offer an Adult-only evening where you can enjoy themed cocktails, beers, drinks and live music. Take part in our potions class and learn to make your own, boozy magical concoction.

Session times:

Friday

6.30-10pm – Adults Only (Spellman’s Academy will be closed, but Potions classes will still run) 18+

Saturday

10am-1.30pm

2.30pm-6pm

7-10.30pm – Adults Only (Spellman’s Academy will be closed, but Potions classes will still run) 18+

Snowdrop Days – Sunday 9th February, Sunday 16th February and Saturday 22nd February

Enjoy Snowdrop Days at Goldsborough Hall, where their famous collection of snowdrops features over 100 varieties of snowdrop – some so rare they haven’t even been named yet!

Visitors can enjoy access to the grounds of this private former Royal residence, also taking in delicate hellebores and carpets of winter aconites.

They can enjoy a stroll down the quarter-mile Lime Tree Walk, which was planted by royal visitors to the Hall during the 1920s. Plaques on the trees show the dates when dignitaries including King George V and Queen Mary planted them.

Price & Opening Times:

On Snowdrop Days, Goldsborough Hall’s gardens will be open from 10am – 4pm (last admission), adults £5 and children under 16 go free.

Refreshments will be available in the Orangery.

Please wear warm clothes and bring flat shoes or suitable footwear for the weather conditions. Parking is limited so please travel in groups if possible. Dogs are allowed if they are kept on a lead.

Rhubarb Festival – 17th – 23rd February

Foodie lovers, why not take a trip over to Wakefield for their whopping Rhubarb Festival!

This year’s food and drink market is a gastronomic gala. There are a whopping sixty-seven chalets offering a dizzying array of delights, including plenty of fresh, local products – many with a rhubarb twist.

This year’s markets sees the introduction of a brand new element: arts and crafts. With ten gazebos (find them at Trinity Walk), visitors can choose from a huge range of charming, unusual and independent products, including handmade jewellery, homewares, art – and even rhubarb bath bombs!

2020 also sees the return to the food and drink market of Deliciously Yorkshire. #RhubarbFest veterans, the festival wouldn’t be complete without them.

This year, they’ve got five whole gazebos showcasing the best culinary fare that God’s own county has to offer. Look for their distinctive green and black livery in front of the entrance to The Ridings Shopping Centre.

This is a FREE event!

Spring Quilt Festival Harrogate – 21st – 23rd February

Spring Quilt Festival Harrogate 2020 returns to the Yorkshire Event Centre this month.

This popular patchwork, quilting, craft and needlework show featuring displays from well known quilters and textile artists.

You can shop for all your new supplies and even attend one of the daily workshops for new inspiration and ideas!

Demonstrators are on hand across the 3 day show, sharing techniques and offering advice.

Opening times

Friday & Saturday 10am – 4.30pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm

Admission

Advance: Adults £7, Seniors £6, Children (8-16 years) £2

On the door: Adults £8, Seniors £7, Children (8-16 years) £3

Advanced tickets are available online from January – 7th February 2020. For more information please contact 01406 372 600

Fountains Abbey

Fun for all the family this Half-Term at Fountain’s Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden, including;

Pick up a welly wander trail – Saturday 15 February (until Sunday 23 February) 10am-4pm

Get crafty in Swanley Grange – Visit these old grange buildings to learn more about its past and all the different types of wool and even have a go at some wild and woolly crafts for yourself!

Make a friendship band for someone special – Tuesday 18 February (also Thursday 20 February) 1-3pm

Create a winter scene – Saturday 15 February (until Sunday 23 February) 11am-3pm

Visit their website for more activities this Half-Term and throughout the year – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden/whats-on

Gorge Walking – How Stean Gorge

Finally, we give you one for the adrenaline junkies!!

This half day Yorkshire Gorge Walking (often known as Ghyll Scrambling) experience starts with an exhilarating 45ft free hanging abseil into the depths of the Gorge. The only one of its kind in UK!

From this moment, your adrenaline will be pumping as you fight your way upstream against the water. You will be climb over boulders, swim through channels, plunge into deep pools then slide down waterfalls and explore the beauty of hidden caves.

Your highly experienced instructor will guide you on this half day Gorge Walking / Ghyll Scrambling activity, which will be completely tailored to your requirements. So if you are up for a challenge, this activity is the one for you.

All jumps and slides are optional so there is no pressure, this is your experience and we want you to leave your Yorkshire Gorge Walking / Ghyll Scrambling experience buzzing with excitement.

Being cold is not an option….. How Stean Gorge are the only provider in Nidderdale that provide full 2 piece Canyoning wetsuits which are the warmest on the market. You will also the provided with Neoprene sock and gloves.

This Abseiling, Gorge Walking & Ghyll Scrambling activity is suitable for ages 7 + (we have had children from 5yrs when booking sole use of Instructor)

Visit Yorkshire Gorge Walking & Ghyll Scrambling page here to book – http://www.howstean.co.uk/activities/gorge-walking/