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Money raised for endangered Madagascan species
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Money raised for endangered Madagascan species

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre in North Anston, Sheffield, would like to thank visitors for raising £1156 in donations for the Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group (MFG). The MFG are a dedicated group whose main aim is to conserve the native species of Madagascar. One of these species is the lemur, 94% of which, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), are threatened with extinction, making lemurs the world's most endangered mammals.

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Treetop Nets Ripon goes green with ‘plant a tree’ party gifts
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Treetop Nets Ripon goes green with ‘plant a tree’ party gifts

Children enjoying birthday celebrations at Treetop Nets near Ripon can now be given living gifts from the forest instead of plastic-filled party bags, encouraging them to cultivate tree saplings for many birthdays to come. In support of the global movement to reduce plastic waste, Treetop Nets has sourced a selection of hardy saplings from The Woodland Trust including fruit bearing trees and species designed to attract wildlife. The young trees are being cultivated by the green-fingered team at the attraction, which is set close to Lightwater Valley, for children to plant in their garden, school or community area. Native saplings are a fitting gift for Treetop Nets parties, as the attraction is built within 2000 square metres of beautiful woodland. Treetop Nets takes climbing trees to a whole new level with trampolines, tunnels, slides and ball zones all suspended up to 60ft above ground in the tree canopy. Each area is connected by aerial walkways, all enclosed by high net walls, giving treetop adventurers the freedom to slide and bounce their way round without harnesses. Treetop Nets offers party packages for groups of children and supervising adults with up to two hours of birthday bouncing. The site has partnered with local pub The Staveley Arms (just a five minute drive away) for peckish partygoers to decamp and enjoy a special menu of hot mains, desserts and a drink for just £5 per head. Parents can also book the Treetop Nets outdoor covered picnic area for one hour free of charge and bring their own party food. In a further bid to reduce waste, Treetop Nets asks party planners to send invitations by email and take all litter home at the end of their visit. The party bag saplings cost £3 per child and come with guidelines on how to care for them at home. School trips to Treetop Nets will also receive a free sapling to take back to class. The Treetop Nets team is hoping the woodland gifts will contribute to the ‘Northern Forest’ campaign to plant 50 million trees across northern England in the next 25 years. Treetop Nets parties are available all year round for groups of 10 or more, from ages three upwards. Admission is £11.50 for ages three to four, and £18 for ages five plus, with one FREE adult pass per three children under seven. For more information visit www.treetopnets.co.uk/ripon or call 01539 447186. - Ends - Notes to editors: 1. For further information, interviews, and images please contact Nici Hewitson at One Little Bird via nici@onelittlebird.co.uk or 01900 826633. 2. The Staveley Arms is located in North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT. For party bookings call 01765 635 439, payment for food is to be made directly to the pub and numbers need to be confirmed 24 hours before the party. 3. Treetop Nets caps (£6) and buffs (£5) are also available as party gifts.

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MALTON FOOD LOVERS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP
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MALTON FOOD LOVERS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP

YORKSHIRE’S FOOD CAPITAL CELEBRATES THE FESTIVAL’S TENTH BIRTHDAY WITH LINE UP OF YORKSHIRE MICHELIN-STARRED CHEFS The tenth annual Malton Food Lovers Festival will be hosted this year on the 26th and 27th May, in Malton’s picturesque town centre, located within the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Every year, the Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors – and this year is set to be the busiest yet with four of Yorkshire’s own Michelin starred chefs headlining festival activity, where they will host cookery demonstrations, talks and interviews. The late Antonio Carluccio, the man behind Carluccio’s restaurants, hailed Malton as Yorkshire’s Food Capital in 2015 and the town’s reputation has continued to grow year on year. Most recently, Malton was named in The Times’ Top Places to Live in Yorkshire and the Sunday Times’ Best Places for Food Lovers. The four local chefs set to bring their Michelin-star flavour to the Festival include Tommy Banks, winner of The Great British Menu 2016 and 2017 and owner of The Black Swan in Oldstead. Joining Banks is Andrew Pern, owner and Michelin starred chef at The Star Inn at Harome, James Mackenzie, owner and Michelin starred chef at the Pipe & Glass Inn and founder of the Yorkshire Chef Certificate Award. They’ll be joined by BBC Great British Menu and Masterchef star, Michael O’Hare, owner of the Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds. The Black Swan in Oldstead was named Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the World 2017 on Trip Advisor, and head chef Tommy Banks has appeared on Saturday Kitchen, Sunday Brunch, The Apprentice and also as a mentor on Masterchef. His first cookbook, Roots, is out now. Whitby-born Andrew Pern has owned the Star Inn at Harome since 1996, when he was only 25. He has always championed local, seasonal produce, and quickly built a reputation for the Star Inn as an award-winning eatery – it has held Michelin star status for 15 years of Andrew’s tenure and in 2017, it was voted the UK’s number one Gastropub for the third time. Andrew now also operates The Star Inn The City, York, and The Star Inn The Harbour, Whitby, as well as Mr P’s Curious Tavern, located near the Shambles in York. James Mackenzie, owner of the Pipe & Glass Inn, grew up in Filey and began his first job in the kitchen at just 13 years old. He later trained at Scarborough Technical College, and in 2006 acquired the Pipe and Glass in South Dalton with his wife, Kate. In 2010 the Pipe and Glass became the worthy bearer of East Yorkshire’s first Michelin Star, an accolade it has retained ever since. Michael O’Hare, former head chef at the Blind Swine in York, opened his own restaurant, The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds in 2014, which is the only Michelin Star restaurant in the city, followed by The Rabbit in The Moon in Manchester in 2017. He’s well known from starring in high profile cooking shows including BBC’s Great British Menu, Saturday Kitchen, Masterchef and Yes Chef. Also appearing this year are the Pigott Brothers from the popular BBC programme, Family Cooking Showdown, and stars from BBC’s Further Back In Time For Dinner. The Festival’s Main Stage will now take pride of place in the heart of Malton, adjacent to St Michael’s Church, while a brand new Indoor Market will take place in the Milton Rooms. For those wanting to eat al fresco, a newly designated street food and picnic area will be set up in next to the Milton Rooms and Taverner’s Yard will be open for the first time as part of the festival offering a range of Yorkshire’s finest alcoholic drink stalls. The Malton Food Lovers Festival began in 2008 as part of an initiative to support the thriving food town of Malton, home to an impressive array of independent, artisan food and drink producers. A decade on, Malton now hosts monthly food markets on the second Saturday of the month from February to December, the Harvest Food Festival in the Autumn as well as Street Food Sundays – a twice monthly event hosted throughout June, July and August. The Malton Food Lovers Festival will take place on the 26th and 27th May 2018, with the Festival Bar opening on the 25th, run by local brewery, Brass Castle, Orchards of Husthwaite Cider and Yorkshire gin producer, Sloe Motion. Entry is free throughout the weekend. For more information, visit www.visitmalton.com.

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Bronte Society celebrates growth as 2017 figures announced
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Bronte Society celebrates growth as 2017 figures announced

The Brontë Society, which administers the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, saw its admissions income grow by over 20% during 2017. This follows an increase of over 15% in 2016 over 2015. 2017 also saw visitor numbers increase from just under 80,000 in 2016 to almost 88,000 in 2017, an increase of just under 10%. Analysis of visitor data indicates that approximately 25% of visitors to the Museum were from overseas and 25% were from Yorkshire, with the remaining 50% travelling to Haworth from other parts of the UK.

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Local Walking Football Team Stride To Victory
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Local Walking Football Team Stride To Victory

A LOCAL walking football team scored a win at the FA’s national football centre; claiming a hotly contested victory in the People’s Championship tournament. The Leggy Mambos, who are based in Hoyland, enjoyed a day of sporting triumph at St George’s Park as they battled their way to the top; playing five-a-side teams from all over the country including West Ham, Preston, Luton, Bristol, Bath and Fulham. Martin Prest, who works as a facility manager at leisure operator BPL’s Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre and Dearneside sites, enjoyed the experience with his team mates and was particularly impressed with the facilities and service provided by the venue. He said: “We were delighted to be asked to participate in the competition. The tournament was very well organised; we felt very privileged to be involved.’’ Martin received great amounts of support from the opposing teams on the day, showing true sportsmanship and camaraderie. The Leggy Mambos have been competing in regional and national events for the past six years and their most recent achievements include winning the Yorkshire Champion of Champions competition. Notes to Editors BPL promote all aspects of the sport, currently supporting and providing facilities for the FitReds football association, Barnsley Football Club, the Women’s League and other local teams. Walking football is becoming more and more popular and is now a growing sport; anyone looking to participate should visit the official Walking Football Club Website at https://thewfa.co.uk. Here you can search local teams in your area and find out all there is to know about the sport. If your looking for a venue, BPL offer a wide range of football facilities, including the brand new 3G Pitch located at Dorothy Hyman, for enquiries and booking information, call 01226 710736. BPL is a not-for-profit social enterprise and charitable company that was established in July 1999. We seek at all times to provide affordable, value for money health, sport and leisure facilities and activities. We operate a diverse portfolio of sports and leisure facilities across Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Mansfield and Pontefract. Our unique venues include multi use leisure centres, public golf courses, school out-of-hours amenities, and standalone health and fitness facilities. We also operate the Metrodome Leisure Complex, an award-winning regional attraction in Barnsley, South Yorkshire that houses Calypso Cove Waterpark, Metrodome Bowling, Rigby Café & Lounge, the Metrodome Arena and Fitness Flex Metrodome. Our mission statement is ‘Working together to enrich lives’ and we are proud of our diverse and exciting portfolio of health, sport, and leisure facilities. This press release was issued by Script Media on behalf of Barnsley Premier Leisure. For more information please contact Amy Nolan via bpl@scriptmedia.co.uk or 01226 734 690.

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Famous Yorkshire welcome at Leeds Bradford Airport
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Famous Yorkshire welcome at Leeds Bradford Airport

Passengers flying into Yorkshire via Leeds Bradford Airport are getting the warmest and brightest of welcomes thanks to some brand-new artwork from Welcome to Yorkshire. An airbridge has been fully decorated with multicoloured versions of the famous “Y” logo. It’s been installed just in time to greet riders and visitors arriving into the county via the airport for the biggest and best Tour de Yorkshire ever which gets underway next week.

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