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

Our A to Y Gazetteer brings information about towns and cities and pinpoints villages on our unique Yorkshire map.

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

Bus timetable changes in West and South Yorkshire

Wakefield will be one of the areas affected by the weekend changes Several bus timetable changes take place in West and South Yorkshire this coming weekend (October 26-27).

In West Yorkshire, services in Leeds and Wakefield and Yorkshire Tiger services in Huddersfield are particularly affected. There are also a number of changes in services around Otley, including the introduction of a Monday to Saturday peak-time bus to the nearest rail station at Menston.

In South Yorkshire only a few timetable changes on routes from Barnsley and Sheffield take place this coming weekend, including a move to a winter timetable on services from Sheffield into the Peak District. More South Yorkshire timetables will be changing the weekend after next (November 7).

Winter timetables for bus services in the Yorkshire Dales have already come into effect from this Monday (October 21) and continue through to next April.

Further details of services can be found on these web pages:
West Yorkshire:
 Metro - Service changes West Yorkshire Combined Authority
South Yorkshire:
 Travel South Yorkshire - Service changes Travel South Yorkshire
Yorkshire Dales:
 Metro - The Dales by bus and train West Yorkshire Combined Authority
 Dales Bus Dales and Bowland Community Interest Company

See also our Bus travel page for other useful links.

Musicport festival goes on tour

Whitby Robin Hood's Bay Following the 20th Musicport festival in the North Yorkshire harbour seaside town of Whitby last weekend, a fringe Musicport on Tour event continues this week (October 21 to 25) as musicians visit venues in the nearby villages of Hawsker and Robin Hood's Bay on Monday, Aislaby on Tuesday, Danby on Wednesday, Glaisdale on Thursday and Lythe on Friday.

Find more information about at the  Musicport website.


Plenty to laugh about in Harrogate

The Harrogate Theatre Royal Hall It may have been a wet week for the recent UCI cycling Road World Championships, but Harrogate will be endeavouring to keep a smile on people's faces as the 11th Harrogate Comedy Festival brings 20 days of laughter in the North Yorkshire town.

The festival was launched on Wednesday October 2 and the fun continues until Tuesday October 22. The event features more than 50 comedians in 27 shows at the Harrogate Theatre and the Royal Hall.

The line-up includes shows from well-known names such as John Bishop, Ruby Wax, Jimmy Carr, Des O'Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck. There is also a Comedian of the Year competition with its final on October 15.

More information at the  Harrogate Theatres website.


Marvellous museums

Yorkshire has hundreds of marvellous museums celebrating the region's rich history, its transport, diverse industries and characters from Yorkshire whose names became known across the globe. Some of the museums are of world-class and national importance. We have a selection of some of the best in Yorkshire on our Museums page with links to their websites so that you can check for winter opening times. You will also find many more museums by looking up cities and towns in our Gazetteer.


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 will now include 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   

Yorkshire airports among best in country

Robin Hood Airport - Third in UK for punctuality Yorkshire airports are among the top five in the UK for minimum delays, according to statistics for 2018 published by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Leeds Bradford Airport - Fifth in UK for punctuality Doncaster Sheffield (Robin Hood) Airport came in third across the whole UK with an average delay of 12 min 1 sec, while Leeds Bradford airport was fifth with an average delay of 12 min 45 sec.

The other airports in the top five were: 1 Belfast (George Best) Airport - 9 min 5 sec; 2 Liverpool (John Lennon) Airport - 10 min 50 sec; and 4 Bournemouth Airport - 12 min 30 sec.


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 ...


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.

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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