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Opening races of new season abandoned at Beverley

Beverley RacecourseWhat should have been the opening meeting of the new season at Beverley Races this Wednesday (April 17) has been abandoned.

Part of the East Riding course has been flooded after recent rain. Beverley Races is now hoping conditions will improve for its next planned meeting on Thursday next week (April 25).

More information at the  Beverley Racecourse website.
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Explore Yorkshire's three National Parks in discovery fortnight

The Buttertubs in the Yorkshire Dales National ParkThe Pennine Bridleway in the Yorkshire Dales National Park which is 70 years old this yearMauley Cross in the North York Moors National ParkCarl Wark and Higger Tor in the Peak District National Park in South YorkshireDiscover National Parks Fortnight takes place from April 2 to April 18, encouraging people to get outdoors and explore nature in these areas of outstanding countryside.

Three of the UK's 15 National Parks can be found in Yorkshire and are ideal places to follow the National Parks Fortnight theme this year of "Do something new and share your story".

The newest of Yorkshire's National Parks celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. The Yorkshire Dales National Park began its life on 16 November 1954, after a public inquiry in May that year, to become Britain's eighth National Park.

The park's original 684 square miles were originally within the boundaries of historic Yorkshire's West and North Ridings, but after those boundaries had themselves been frayed by Government changes, the park boundaries were also extended in 2016 from following the old county boundary to include areas of Lancashire and what was then Cumbria, now Westmorland and Furness.

Among the natural attractions to discover in the Yorkshire Dales are Yorkshire's mountain peaks, beautiful river valleys, attractive villages and some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK.

Two years earlier, in November 1952, Britain's sixth National Park had been established — the North York Moors National Park. The National Park is entirely within Yorkshire. Its 554 square miles offers some amazing natural scenery, from its wide expanse of heather moorland to its dramatic Heritage Coast. The park has many other heritage features, from ruined abbeys to the longest of Yorkshire's heritage railways.

Britain's first national park was The Peak District National Park, which has many square miles within Yorkshire. The Peak District was designated a National Park 73 years ago on April 17, 1951. It followed the Government's National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act two years earlier, which paved the way to the formation of National Parks. The Peak District offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor discovery in some isolated and sometimes challenging moorland landscapes.

Find out more on our dedicated pages for the three National Parks:

 Yorkshire Dales    North York Moors    Peak District   

Nature theme at 18-day literature festival

Several festival events are at the Lawrence Batley TheatreThe award-winning Huddersfield Literature Festival offers a huge range of events in and around the West Yorkshire town from Thursday April 11 to Sunday April 28.

This year the festival has the theme of Nature, but nevertheless attracts writers and artists covering a diverse range of subjects.

The annual festival was established in 2006 and offers more than 70 events at accessible venues around the town and online to bring major names and emerging talent to the town at book launches, talks, workshops, poetry events and other arts performances.

The University of Huddersfield has events in several locations around the campusThe Civic in Holmfirth is a festival venueMarsden Mechanics Hall is the venue for an award-winning nature writers's book launchThe Head of Steam at Huddersfield Station hosts a poetry nightThe 18 days of the Literature Festival open at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Thursday (April 11) with poetry from Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and music from his band LYR. A festival tipi opens in the courtyard of the theatre from Wednesday April 17 to the end of the festival.

Venues also hosting festival events include the Small Seeds bar and venue at the corner of New Street and Castlegate, the University of Huddersfield, the John Smith's Stadium, Tolson Museum in Ravensknowle Park, The Civic in Holmfirth, Marsden Mechanics Hall and at Kirklees libraries.

More information at the  Huddersfield Literature Festival website.


'From the Earth' shows natural world in art

Nunnington HallEast Riding Artists celebrate the ever-changing natural world with a range of media from paintings to pottery in their "From the Earth" exhibition at Nunnington Hall, a Yorkshire manor house managed by the National Trust. The exhibition is open to visitors of the hall in the village of Nunnington in North Yorkshire, situated between Helmsley and Malton in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

East Riding Artists is a group run by volunteers which supports and encourages visual artists in the East Riding through events, exhibitions and networking. Their exhibition at Nunnington Hall began on March 30 and continues until May 12.

Find out more at the  East Riding Artists and  National Trust - Nunnington Hall websites.

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Rail work continues to disrupt some lines in Yorkshire

Trans-Pennine rail services are scheduled to be back to normal this week after another weekend line closure at Huddersfield where work was carried out on Saturday and Sunday to remove part of the station canopy roof.

But next week there will be weekday disruptions between Huddersfield and Leeds from Monday to Friday (April 22-26). Huddersfield station will be open but a reduced service towards Leeds will be diverted on a longer route via Wakefield Kirkgate. Intermediate stations between Huddersfield and Leeds will be served by replacement buses with considerably increased journey times. A replacement bus stopping at usual stations can take around one-and-a-half hours from Huddersfield to Leeds. Trains towards Hull will begin at Leeds.

Before that, this coming Saturday and Sunday (April 20-21), there will be no trains reaching Hull. Northern Trains will be replaced with buses beyond Selby and Goole while trains from Scarborough will only reach Beverley. TransPennine Express trains towards Hull will only reach Selby. Hull Trains will get as far as Brough before bus replacement while LNER trains from London will only reach Doncaster.

Two line closures after landslips in West Yorkshire continue:

Work following a landslip between Pontefract and Knottingley continues to close a line there, impacting on Northern and Grand Central services and now with estimated completion further extended to the end of Monday May 6.

Journeys between Bradford and Ilkley continue to be disrupted by a blocked line at Baildon following a landslip in February. The expected completion date has again been revised and was recently given as Sunday June 30.

Goathland station Yorkshire's heritage railways also have to carry out repairs and while a full timetable of trains will continue to steam on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby during work on a bridge, the station at Goathland in the North York Moors National Park will be closed from Friday April 5 until Friday April 19 with passengers unable to board or alight there. The bridge needing repair carries the road to the station across Eller Beck and doesn't impact on train services other than passengers not being able to access Goathland station, a location famous as Hogsmeade station in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Passengers are advised to check journey planners on the day of travel and to allow extra journey time. Bus replacement journeys in West Yorkshire generally take two to three times normal journey times by train.

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May 2 elections include largest area of mayoral control in the UK

Although the date of the next General Election is still not known, it will come after elections being held in administrative areas across most of Yorkshire on May 2.

They include a completely new election where voters will have to have one person in mind to be suitable to control the largest area covered by any one mayor anywhere in the UK, taking charge of housing development, transport, boosting skills and education as well as police and fire services across more than 700 individual communities in a region of 3,214 square miles.

Voting for a new elected mayor takes place at North Yorkshire polling stations in MayThe new mayor will be for the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority. This was set up in December, eight months after the government abolished the seven district authorities in North Yorkshire to leave the vast area of  North Yorkshire as a unitary authority together with the  City of York unitary authority.

The two unitary authorities will now have a combined authority running some functions under the elected mayor as part of the government's so-called "Devolution deal" which ties the availablity of funding to the new governance arrangements.

The government's devolution deal brings an average of £18m a year for an elected mayor to spread across the City of York and North Yorkshire from Richmond to Selby and Skipton to Scarborough (pictured)The mayor will have control of an area with two cities, dozens of towns and around 700 villages. He or she may have chance to visit many of these over a term of four years in which the mayor becomes a figurehead for the region and has powers over housing development, transport and boosting skills and education. The elected mayor will also have to take on the role and functions of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for all these places. Many of the latter responsibilities may be delegated to a Deputy Mayor who is an appointee of the Mayor.

The hamlet of Booze, one of the more remote locations of the York and North Yorkshire mayor-domThe York and North Yorkshire elected mayor will have control over a Government investment fund of £540 million spread over 30 years. That brings an average of £18 million a year to be spread across the vast York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority area which includes parts of all of Yorkshire's historic West, North and East Ridings.

There are six candidates for the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority mayoral poll.

The US-style elected mayors have become increasingly popular with the Government since the first was introduced in London in 2000, but in recent years the role has been applied to larger areas than Greater London — in West Yorkshire in 2021 and now in York and North Yorkshire, which covers more than five times the area of Greater London. A mayoral election for Hull and East Yorkshire is due to take place in 2025.

Also taking place on May 2 this year is a West Yorkshire mayoral election. Government legislation at the time of the first mayoral election, when Tracy Brabin was elected in 2021, provided a three-year first term for the post and subsequent four-year terms.

In South Yorkshire there will also be a mayoral election. There Oliver Coppard was elected for a four-year term in 2022 but a Government decision to incorporate Police and Crime Commissioner functions into the mayoral role has caused a new election this year, just half-way into that term.

There will be a mayoral election for the Tees Valley Combined Authority this May. The current term has been a three-year one after postponement of an election from 2020 to 2021 during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Tees Valley Combined Authority includes  Middlesbrough,  Redcar & Cleveland and  Stockton-on-Tees unitary authorities, together with Darlington and Hartlepool. Voters in these areas will also have an election for the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner.

The mayoral elections will now have a first-past-the-post voting system rather than the supplementary vote system which gave first and second choices.

There will also be local council elections for all councillors in  Rotherham metropolitan district and one-third of the council seats in  Barnsley,  Bradford,  Calderdale,  Kirklees,  Leeds,  Oldham,  Sheffield and  Wakefield metropolitan districts,  Hull unitary authority and  Pendle district.

The  East Riding of Yorkshire will not be left without an election. There voters will be taking part in the election of the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner together with the voters of  Hull,  North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Voting for Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner will take place in  Pendle and  Ribble Valley districts, while the poll is for the Cumbria Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in the Westmorland & Furness unitary authority area.

If you're in part of the former North Riding of Yorkshire which is now in the Durham County unitary authority area then you have chance to vote in the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner election and the election of a mayor for the North East Mayoral Combined Authority.

As for the General Election, the date is still unknown but must be no later than January 28, 2025.

Brighter days ahead at the Yorkshire seaside

FileyA puffin on the Flamborough headlandWhere better to plan some family time this spring and summer than at the Yorkshire seaside.

The resorts on Yorkshire's coast boast four international Blue Flag beaches, a dozen places with Seaside Awards and a village which was judged to have Britain's Best Beach in 2020.

And with some vast stretches of beaches, seaside villages and coastal paths there is plenty of space to be enjoyed away from the main town centres.

Find out more on our Seaside page.


Bus station in Bradford remains closed for months

No buses are currently running from Bradford InterchangeBradford Interchange bus station will be closed until at least June as further surveys are carried out to determine the viability of its future.

The bus station was closed on Friday January 5 because of damage of falling concrete linked to bad weather.

1,200 buses a day normally run into the bus station and these are now being run from around 45 stops on various streets in the city.

Details can be found at this page at the  Metro website.

The bus station adjoins the Bradford Interchange railway station, but this is not affected by the closure.


Yorkshire mixture

Here are links to a few favourite pages at Yorkshire.guide:

Cities Largest towns and cities Population Gazetteer Abbeys Castles Film locations Heritage Coast Heritage railways Highest mountains Historic Houses North Pennines North York Moors Museums Peak District Racecourses Seaside York Yorkshire Dales Yorkshire football Railway stations

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.

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