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If you’re new to Yorkshire see what it has to offer on our Introduction page.

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And below, some of our newest items about Yorkshire issues and events in more detail .......

Hall reopens for Winter Craft Fair

The historic Shibden Hall in Halifax in West Yorkshire has received much attention in 2019 as the home of Anne Lister, who featured in the popular BBC TV period drama series "Gentleman Jack" shown earlier this year. The real-life location was extensively used for the TV drama, written by Huddersfield-born Sally Wainwright.

The historic house has been closed this week for maintenance but opens again this Saturday and Sunday (November 16-17) for a Winter Craft Fair Weekend before continuing to open daily until December 24.

Film crews are due to return to the hall in 2020, so in addition to the usual winter closure up until March 2, there are likely to be periods of closure between June and July and between September and November next year.

Anne Lister managed Shibden Hall between 1826 and her death in 1840, but the long history of the hall itself reaches back to 1420.

You can find out more about Shibden Hall and some of the historic houses of Yorkshire on our Historic houses page. If planning a visit, we suggest you use the links to their websites to check if they open during the winter months. Some of the region's past TV and film locations can be found in our Film locations section.

More information on Shibden Hall and the Winter Craft Fair can be found on this  Calderdale Museums - Shibden Hall web page.

 Film locations   

New page for Thorne

The Market Place in Thorne As we continue to add more pages and new content to Yorkshire.guide, the town of Thorne in South Yorkshire now has its own full page.

Thorne is situated just across the River Don from the village of Fishlake, which has hit the headlines this week as the victim of severe flooding. Thorne, however, is now mostly at a safe distance from the floodwaters at the other side of the M18 motorway, alongside which new business units and distribution centres have sprung up in recent years.

You can access the new page directly by clicking on Thorne links, or if you visit the page regularly, you might like to bookmark Yorkshire.guide/Thorne


10-day international music festival

St Paul's Hall Huddersfield Town Hall Richard Steinitz Building With a reputation as the UK's largest international festival of new and experimental music, the 10-day Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival opens this Friday (November 15) and runs until Sunday November 24.

The annual festival, held in partnership with The University of Huddersfield, includes around 50 events at the university and other nearby venues.

This year is the 42nd festival and includes a diverse range of musical events, including concerts, theatre, talks and multi-media experiences.

Venues include the University's Phipps Hall at the Richard Steinitz building, St Paul's Hall and Heritage Quay and also Bates Mill, Queensgate Market and Huddersfield Town Hall.

Details of the programme are available at the  Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival website.


Add your event to our diary

Are you organising a major event in Yorkshire?
Let us know about it on our new easier to use events diary page.

 Events diary   

The HS2 effect

An HS2 terminus at Leeds will fill connecting commuter trains and create a more difficult change with little or no time saving for higher cost from many destinations With the cost of HS2 now estimated to be at least the official £56bn and now possibly £30bn more than that, the value of a high speed railway to the vast Yorkshire region with its many population centres continues to come under scrutiny, which now includes a government review.

In its submission this October to the review, Transport for the North states that delivering HS2 in full would transform connectivity and support the regeneration of towns and cities.

The design of HS2, however, quite obviously bypasses and fails to provide any useful junctions or stations for most major towns and cities in Yorkshire.

Our Yorkshire.guide study, The HS2 Effect, has for the first time assessed the effect of building HS2 on each of the cities and major towns in the Yorkshire region, including those major centres the current HS2 route design completely ignores.

On each home page for the biggest cities and towns in Yorkshire, we have added one of three simple ratings based on convenience and time saved over present-day services if travelling to London.

See the results near the travel section of our pages for: Barnsley Bradford Doncaster Halifax Harrogate Huddersfield Leeds Kingston upon Hull Middlesbrough Rotherham Scarborough Selby Sheffield Wakefield and York

Read more about our study at:

 The HS2 effect   

Do you know your Yorkshire?

Can you name the seven cities of Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Seven cities
How about the seven largest towns and cities of Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Largest towns and cities
Where are the nine horse racecourses of Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Racecourses
Which were the seven highest-placed Yorkshire football teams in the 2018-19 season?
For the answer see: Yorkshire football
Which are Yorkshire’s 10 busiest railway stations?
For the answer see: Railway stations
How many of Yorkshire’s five highest mountains can you name?
For the answer see: Highest mountains
Where were the eight start and finish locations for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire cycle races?
For the answer see: Tour de Yorkshire 2019
Based on district local authorities, where are the seven largest populations in Yorkshire?
For the answer see: Populations

On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at

If you’re from Yorkshire you will probably recognise our background picture as the Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor, famous as the location of the Yorkshire dialect anthem "On Ilkla Moor Baht ’at". More on Ilkley.

Recent Yorkshire news topics ...


River Don floods: Homes flooded for more than a week.

East Midlands Railway: Further rail franchise for Dutch state-owned railway company.

Northern's new trains: Diesel and electric trains arriving to help Pacer retirement.

Gentleman Jack: The real locations behind the TV drama.

Airport punctuality: Yorkshire airports among best in country

European Parliament election 2019: Six Yorkshire representatives in Europe elected.

Sheffield United promotion: Sheffield United are sole Yorkshire hope in Premier League.

Azuma: New trains introduced on LNER services from Leeds and Hull.

Tour de Yorkshire 2019: Unwavering support for major cycling event.

Election 2019: Results of district council elections in Yorkshire.

Best Places to Live 2019: York continues to impress Sunday Times judges.

Stronger towns: Doubts over welcome £1.6bn boost for towns.

Moors fire warning: Major blaze after unusually high February temperatures.

Congested roads 2019: 'Leeds' congestion is not in Leeds

RL World Cup 2021: Yorkshire to play big part in Rugby League World Cup

Rail satisfaction - Autumn 2018: Dismal performance from Yorkshire rail operators.

Cities Outlook 2019: Seven Yorkshire cities and city-sized towns among national jobs growth top-ten.

News archive 2018: News from 2018.

News archive 2017: News from 2017.

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