Ryedale Environment Week 23-30 October

Ryedale Environment Group (REG) are running Ryedale Environment Week, starting this Friday. The 16 FREE online events run from Friday 23 October to 30 October.

It begins with a Q and A session with Kevin Hollinrake MP this Friday, and then a couple of events a day (all on zoom) for the week. We think it should be a good and thought provoking week, with lots of practical information and covering a huge range of subjects from hedgehogs to the circular economy. The award-winning documentary “2040 – The Regeneration” will be screened on Saturday evening.

All the online events are free, but you need to book. For full information and to book, go to the Ryedale Environment Group website: https://ryedaleenvirogroup.co.uk/environment-week/

You can also book directly via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ryedale-environmental-group-31306323921

The Ryedale Environment Group also have a Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ryedaleenvirogroup

Visitor Centre and Cafe reopen at Arboretum

The Visitor Centre and cafe at the Yorkshire Arboretum reopen this Saturday, 17th October, from 11am.

They tell us: “The café will continue to offer our seasonal menu with delicious home-cooked food and all your favourite cakes. Our cleanliness measures and one-way flow system remain in place, and the café terrace is still the place to take in the spectacular autumn views while indulging your taste buds.”

Meg Huby’s residency exhibition, ‘The Yearly Trick of Looking New’, is still available to view in the Visitor Centre, with original pieces, prints and merchandise on sale until Tuesday 20th October.

Book your visit at: www.yorkshirearboretum.org/admission-booking

Slingsby Village Shop Closed

The Slingsby village shop is currently closed. As many in the village will have heard, it had to be closed on Monday, until further notice, due to the sad death of Tony Hodgson.

Cafe closure at Yorkshire Arboretum

News just in from the Arboretum that the visitor centre and cafe are closed:

“We are sorry to have to tell our members and visitors that the Arboretum Café and Visitor Centre will be closed for two weeks, following confirmation of two positive cases of Covid-19 among our staff, who are now isolating. We wish them well for a speedy recovery.

We have taken advice from Public Health England, who have advised that we have had robust Covid security precautions in place in the Cafe and Visitor Centre, with no ‘close contact’ being made between staff and customers, ensuring low risk of transmission. We have also been informed that the NHS Test and Trace service do not need to contact our café customers. The small number of people identified by NHS Test and Trace within the arboretum community as a ‘close contact’ have already been contacted by them.

The Arboretum will remain open as usual, with our robust Covid security procedures in place at our reception, and once out into the grounds there is no problem at all in avoiding contact with anyone else. The toilets are open and are being cleaned regularly. We very much hope that you will feel free to visit and enjoy the autumn as usual.”

Please see the website for further announcements, especially for the café reopening date: www.yorkshirearboretum.org

An Illuminated Christmas at Castle Howard

Castle Howard, 28 November to 31 December.

Christmas at Castle Howard Presents ‘Wish Upon a Frozen Star’ A World-Class Illumination Show.

Bolder and brighter than ever, ‘Christmas at Castle Howard’ is set to inspire visitors with a brand-new outdoor concept for this year’s festive event, in partnership with world-class, award-winning illuminated projection specialists, ‘The Projection Studio’.

‘Wish Upon a Frozen Star’ is an epic light and sound extravaganza, transforming the grounds of the Estate into a Winter Wonderland. An immersive experience to delight all age groups, that journeys into the realms of festive folklore, magic and mystery.

Discounts apply for early booking and for Friends. For full information, and for tickets which are on sale now, go to: https://www.castlehoward.co.uk/whats-on/christmas