Newsletter: Friday 17th May 2024

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This curved poetry bench was designed by artist Angus Ross, made with a poem by John Wedgwood Clarke, and is the destination of the Huggate Poetry Bench Circular Walk.

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Yorkshire News Round-up

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s 2024 dining train initiative combines a nostalgic journey through West Yorkshire with a varied culinary experience, featuring new and traditional dishes served in the historical ambiance of 1950s and 60s railcars.


The upcoming Castleford Roman Festival, part of “Our Year Wakefield District 2024,” is a free event celebrating Castleford’s Roman heritage with interactive and educational activities, artisan crafts, and ancient skills, promising an engaging experience for history enthusiasts and families alike.

Bradford Cathedral’s celebration of Pentecost 2024, spanning two Sundays starting May 19, promises a vibrant blend of cultural and spiritual events, including an international celebration.

Dewsbury is set to host its inaugural Worldwide Food Festival on June 1st, 2024, featuring a diverse array of international cuisines, live entertainment, and family activities.

The May 2024 edition of Bradford’s local guide highlights a diverse range of activities including relaxation, culinary experiences, film festivals, historical tours, and previews of upcoming summer events, promising enjoyment and cultural enrichment for residents and visitors alike.

Reignite returns for its fourth event, “The Next Generation,” on May 30th at York St John University, featuring presentations from successful York graduates and showcasing work from 60 graduating artists, aimed at leveraging York’s UNESCO Media Arts designation to support and retain local talent, create jobs, and boost the city’s economy.

The Holmfirth Arts Festival returns in 2024 with the theme “FLOW,” offering a diverse lineup of events from June to September across the Holme Valley, celebrating the interplay between the environment, community, and artists.


Chris Kamara MBE has been awarded the Freedom of the City of Wakefield for his outstanding charitable services and contributions to the city, recognized in a ceremony by Mayor Josie Pritchard.

Harrogate will host a crucial Premier League meeting on June 6 to vote on the potential abolition of the VAR system, highlighting the town’s growing status as a significant venue for high-profile events.

Bude Park is undergoing significant upgrades to its football facilities, including the construction of a new changing pavilion, improved drainage for the pitches, and expanded car park amenities, with the project supported by Hull City Council, Hull Esteem, and the Football Foundation.


Wood Hall Hotel & Spa, part of the Hand Picked Hotels collection, has been nominated for the 2024 Good Spa Guide Awards in the ‘Best Boutique Spa of the Year’ category.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Hex Wildlife Hotel has won the prestigious TripAdvisor 2024 Traveller’s Choice Award, solidifying its status as a top lodging destination in the region.

Dakota Hotels was recognized in The Sunday Times’ ‘Best Places to Work’ for 2024, ranking as one of the top 10 ‘big’ organizations in the UK and winning an award for being a top workplace for LGBTQIA+ employees, highlighting its commitment to employee satisfaction, inclusivity, and excellence in the hospitality industry.

Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café in North Yorkshire, a family-run business emphasizing local agriculture, has been shortlisted for the Family Business of the Year at the 14th National Family Business of the Year Awards.

Investment and improvements

San Carlo Flying Pizza in Leeds is set for a grand reopening on May 24th after a £2 million renovation.

The historic clock on Hull’s Maritime Museum, dating back to 1871, has been restored to working order with a new automatic winding system.

The Grove Lane Park play area in Hemsworth has been revitalized with £29.5k worth of inclusive new play equipment, funded by Wakefield Council’s Town Centre Regeneration Fund, to improve local facilities and enhance community engagement.

Hull is set to highlight its investment potential as Yorkshire’s only waterfront city at the upcoming UK Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF) in May, backed by the dedicated efforts of the Invest Hull team from Hull City Council.

…and finally

The Sunday Times Rich List 2024 reveals a mixed picture of wealth in Yorkshire & Humber, featuring prominent figures like Malcolm Healey and the Shepherd family.

Ricky Gervais employs a blend of humour and candid reflection on alcohol’s effects in his unconventional promotional campaign for Dutch Barn Orchard Vodka – based in Yorkshire.

A look at the history of Hoober Stand with Dr Emma Wells

“commanding extensive views from its 100-foot summit, this strange yet pleasing pyramidal-shaped folly is lean and blackened…”

What’s happening in Yorkshire?

A round-up of the upcoming concerts and events in the region – including Bryan Adams, Richard Herring and The Kooks (as part of Live at Leeds in the Park):

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