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Backing the bid for Yorkshire to Host at the  Rugby League World Cup 2021
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Backing the bid for Yorkshire to Host at the Rugby League World Cup 2021

Sir Gary Verity has backed the bid for Yorkshire to play its part in the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) by saying ‘The county has the pride and passion to give the tournament the biggest reception it’s ever had.’ Two Yorkshire rugby league legends - Keith Senior (former Leeds Rhinos/Sheffield Eagles & England centre) and James Simpson (RLWC2021 Ambassador, Leeds Rhinos and England Wheelchair captain) joined Sir Gary at the Welcome to Yorkshire stand at the Great Yorkshire Show where they showed off the coveted Rugby League World Cup trophy to the public.

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Star chefs launch new Yorkshire food and drink guide
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Star chefs launch new Yorkshire food and drink guide

Two of Yorkshire’s Michelin-starred chefs have launched a brand-new Welcome to Yorkshire food and drink guide at the Great Yorkshire show. It features everything from farm shops to cookery schools, independent cafes to Michelin starred restaurants, tea rooms and coffee shops to the coolest food & drink festivals. The guide has been unveiled by Andrew Pern from the Star at Harome and James Mackenzie from the Pipe and Glass near Beverley.

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Head for the trees this summer at Treetop Nets Ripon
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Head for the trees this summer at Treetop Nets Ripon

Press release: 10th July 2018 Head for the trees this summer at Treetop Nets Ripon Families wanting to make this summer truly unforgettable can head for the trees at Treetop Yorkshire for a treetop adventure like no other. With the annual summer break fast approaching the attraction, set in the mature forest of North Yorkshire, near Ripon, is set to be an all-action family favourite during the school summer holidays and a great way to get the children outdoors! With recent research showing 40% of Brits spend just 15 minutes outdoors each day*, Treetop Nets is a fun-filled antidote to the modern lifestyle of hours spent staring at screens. Treetop Nets offers gigantic treetop trampolines connected by aerial walkways and tunnels weaving up to 60ft high through the tree canopy. The woodland playground is filled with fun features like giant ball zones, climbing tunnels and thrilling slides and the whole play area is surrounded by giant net ‘walls’ so participants are safely encased, with no need for harnesses. Treetop Nets is open to everyone from the age of three and up, so younger siblings can join in the fun and parents and kids can shrug off the stresses of term time and bounce around together in the great outdoors, especially on a warm day when the tree canopy acts as a natural shade from the sun’s rays. Unlike ground level play areas, the treetop course is completely contained so there’s no danger of speedy children running off and getting lost! Treetop Nets offers a brilliant family excursion in the great outdoors. The site has lovely café, serving hot and cold drinks and snacks and the all-important ice creams for the warmer days! Treetop Nets Ripon is located next to Lightwater Valley, Ripon, North Yorkshire. Two hours on Treetop Nets costs £13 for three to four year olds and £20 for everyone else. Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment during the busy summer holidays. Visit https://www.treetopnets.co.uk/ripon for full details of the Treetop Nets experience at Ripon. - Ends -

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Yorkshire Sausage Champion to head to the nationals
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Yorkshire Sausage Champion to head to the nationals

20th - 21st July The Camp Hill Sausage & Beer Festival is back! The 21st July heralds the start of a weekend filled with sausages, beer, live music and fun-filled family activities. This year is more exciting than ever as the festival is to host the Yorkshire round of the famous Champion of Champions Sausage competition. The country-wide competition is hosted each year to discover the nation’s greatest sausage. Yorkshire is in with a fighting chance with 20 local butchers entering their greatest banger at the Sausage & Beer Festival. On the day members of the public will be invited to taste each sausage and cast their vote. Appearance, taste and texture are all considered along with flavour combinations and consistency. Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity DL said: “Yorkshire food and drink is world class and it’s important that we celebrate everything this county produces. I can’t think of many better ways to spend a weekend than sampling some of the county’s most delicious sausages and drinking Yorkshire beers. You’ll even be able to enjoy them in the sunshine as this heatwave continues – bon appetite to everyone attending this brilliant event!” Mark Cockburn, organiser and local butcher, says “It’s a really great event, the whole community comes together to taste the amazing produce this county offers. And of course we enjoy a beer and music, it’s not all hard work!” This year it is even more exciting with the added excitement of a chance to enter the national competition. The Sausage & Beer festival, held 20th – 21st July on the beautiful Camp Hill Estate offers weekend camping and day tickets with activities for all the family – including your four-legged friends! Over 35 local breweries will be on hand to provide you with your favourite tipple and live music will play throughout the day. For the little ones there is a vintage fun fair, face painting and the Woodland Kingdom complete with giant tree-fort to explore.

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Family adventures this Summer at William’s Den
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Family adventures this Summer at William’s Den

Award winning attraction gets families active in the holidays Looking for ways to get the kids outside, active and rosy-cheeked this summer? William’s Den in Yorkshire is an outdoor-meets-indoor play adventure like no other. Focused on bringing children closer to the natural play of yesteryear, at William’s Den you can play together in a magical den adventure, including tree houses, slides, interactive waterfalls and sand play. There are also nets, bridges and a fireman’s pole, while children can even make music on handcrafted musical chairs and learn how to make waves with a water cascade. Outdoors, you’ll find mountains and molehills, mud kitchens, zip wires and climbing boulders and stacks amongst acres of beautiful green Yorkshire Wolds scenery. William’s Den gives families a place for play, have freedom and to make the best memories together, whatever the weather. Tasty food is taken care of, with a new summer brunch menu, wood fired pizzas, home made ice cream and locally sourced ingredients at The Kitchen, William’s Den’s family friendly restaurant. The ethos behind William’s Den is around learning through active play in a natural setting. William’s Den is powered by solar panels, biomass boilers and uses recycled rainwater harvesting for its loos. Christian Carver, co-founder says: “We are thrilled to have won several awards in our first year and recently welcomed our 100,000th visitor. We can’t wait to help more families create amazing memories together this summer.” Tor Carver, co-founder adds: “Children and parents alike leave William’s Den saying they’ve had the ‘best day ever’.” “Do bring a change of clothes, because children might have muddy boots, rosy cheeks and so much fresh air that they’ll sleep all the way home.” Where: William’s Den is set on a hill in the stunning Yorkshire Wolds, within easy access of the M62 close to South Cave. Best for: Active play, fresh air, soundproofed interiors and locally sourced food. The wood fired pizzas, home made ice cream and weekend brunch are excellent. The toilets have also been well thought through, with family loos and plenty of space for extra pushchairs. There’s also an adult hoist. Prices up to £10.50 (children must be supervised at all times) Opening times: Vary throughout the summer season: CURRENT Saturday - Thursday 9:30am - 5:00pm Friday 9:30am - 7:00pm From 16th July - 9th September Monday – Sunday 9.30 am – 7pm Weekend Brunch [Sat & Sun] 9.30am – 12noon Tickets: www.williamsden.co.uk Facebook, Instagram, twitter: @williamsdenplay Editor’s notes: About William’s Den William's Den is an award winning ‘indoor meets outdoor’ adventure attraction. It gives children of all ages the chance to connect with nature and get active, play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn - both inside and out. William’s Den includes a bespoke wooden crafted sensory play zone, bridges, tunnels and climbing nets. This is linked to an expansive outdoor play area with trees, water play, discovery zones, unique play structures, den making materials and space to just run free. William’s Den is set on a hill in the Yorkshire Wolds, within easy reach of the M62. www.williamsden.co.uk / @williamsdenplay #williamsden #wdplay Ends.

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