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The Ticket Office launches globally inspired food menu
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The Ticket Office launches globally inspired food menu

Ilkley based drinks venue The Ticket Office has launched a casual dining menu inspired by the flavours of Europe, Asia and India. The menu, which is available from Monday 23 April, includes signatures dishes such as oysters and steak frites, sharing boards, sandwiches and seasonal specials including Indian Spiced Lamb and Ginger and Soy Cured Salmon. The menu showcases premium ingredients from both regional and local suppliers and many dishes are available gluten free. Head chef Paul Murphy has been brought in to develop the menu which complements the bar’s selection of premium wines, champagnes, cocktails, spirits, cask ales and craft beers. Paul previously worked at leading dining establishments including The Yorke Arms at Ramsgill and The Timble Inn near Otley. Paul said the menu will provide an opportunity to enjoy flavour-led dishes and premium drinks in stylish surroundings. Ticket Office General Manager Lawrence Doyle said, “Paul has a passion for globally inspired flavours and our new food menu comprises simple, soulful dishes that are perfect for casual, social dining”. The food launch coincides with the opening of Platform 3, a heated outdoor dining and drinks space which extends the bar’s dining capacity to 40 seats. The Ticket Office is open daily from 11am. Food is served daily from 12 noon. For more information or to make a booking call 01943 674455 or visit www.ticketofficebar.co.uk ENDS Editors’ notes The Ticket Office is an independent, premium drinks bar located in Ilkley’s Victorian railway station and specialises in innovative cocktails, premium wines, champagnes and spirits, and craft beers. Through sales of its Rhubarb Triangle cocktail, The Ticket Office is proud to support Ilkley Candlelighters, a group which raises money to fund ongoing research into childhood cancer. Opening times 11am to 11pm Monday – Wednesday 11am to midnight on Thursday 11am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 11pm on Sundays Food served 12 noon to 8pm Monday-Thursday 12 noon to 4pm Friday and Saturday 12 noon to 6pm on Sundays More information/ media enquiries Ros Walker ros@cloutmarketingandmedia.co.uk 07976 609 264 Images supplied L-R fish sharer and meat sharer, part of the new menu at The Ticket Office Ilkley Print media: please credit images to Heidi Marfitt

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CEDAR RETREATS CELEBRATES TOP RATING FROM HOSEASONS
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CEDAR RETREATS CELEBRATES TOP RATING FROM HOSEASONS

A luxury lodge development based in West Tanfield, North Yorkshire is celebrating after it achieved an independent rating of more than 9.4 out of 10 from satisfied customers booking through Hoseasons, making it one of the highest scoring sites in the country. Cedar Retreats, the exclusive rural development with planning for 37 luxury lodges, has been rated based on its location and surroundings, helpfulness of staff, value for money and overall holiday experience resulting in an overall score of 9.4. James Gawthorpe, Managing Director of Cedar Retreats, comments: “We are extremely pleased to have achieved such a high rating from guests that book a break through Hoseasons. The fact that Cedar Retreats is one of the company’s best rated high-end lodge holidays in the UK makes this achievement even more significant for us.” Senior Brand Manager at Hoseasons, Dan Cook, explains why Cedar Retreats is one of the holiday company’s top-rated lodge properties. He said: “It is very rare for a holiday provider to accomplish a score of 9 or above. We have only a handful of lodges listed that achieve this rating and perform exceptionally well. The positive feedback we receive from guests that choose to stay at Cedar Retreats is a real showcase of the commitment of everyone involved at the business. “Ratings are common place and are often a rationale for a customer choosing one location over another. As an independent measure, it’s certainly a way that we can support the decision making process so that we can offer the very best breaks for those who choose to book through us. Cedar Retreats consistently performs well and I’m sure they will be very pleased with the scores they secure.” With the ongoing popularity of the staycation due to the rising costs of holidays abroad, Cedar Retreats has attracted guests wanting a quality UK break, as well as investors looking for increasingly inventive ways to supplement their income. The retreats provide property owners with the chance to purchase a high-end luxury lodge, which can be enjoyed as a holiday home and then rented out to the public for the remainder of the year, earning them a possible return of 9.1% per year. James continues: “We have seen the positive feedback from guests transfer to the sales side of the business with us reporting our best year to date in 2017. Our customers are really impressed by the standard of the lodges and even more by the return that can be achieved.” Benefiting from two very distinct customer types; those who want to become owner occupiers, giving them the work life balance they crave and buy to rent, Cedar Retreats believes that the company will experience further growth over the next 12 months with the high-end lodge trend showing no sign of slowing down. James concludes: “The continued uncertainty surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU and the drop in the pound has contributed to an increase in demand for quality breaks much closer to home. People want to ensure that they are getting value for money, without having to compromise on a well-earned break. The benefit to us and our owners is that as a result we are busy all year round.” The retreat, which surrounds a breath-taking lake and is based just outside of the picturesque village of West Tanfield, roughly six-miles from Ripon and just a short drive from the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is increasingly popular with those that work in neighbouring cities, as well as those living in the South of the country. For further details about Cedar Retreats and for information about the remaining lodges that are available please visit www.cedarretreats.co.uk or call 01677 470284. Ends Notes to editors: Rental figures for the lodges report a return on investment of up to 9.1%, based on year-round letting.

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Material Environments at The Tetley
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Material Environments at The Tetley

During Material Environments The Tetley will become a site not just for the display of artwork but of live production, experiment, making and participation. Five artists have been invited to work across the gallery’s spaces, to experiment with ideas of physical and psychological transformation. The resulting works, which engage with subjects ranging from social media, botany and chemical science to architecture and music, will grow and evolve over the course of the exhibition, operating as installations, workshops or laboratories. Taking as its starting point an interest in the process of artistic research and production; Material Environments makes this visible for the audience to see, experience and be involved in.

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Google Digital Garage on Tour in Yorkshire
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Google Digital Garage on Tour in Yorkshire

Business owners and entrepreneurs are being offered free digital skills training at a workshop in Scarborough. A Google Digital Garage event is set to be held at CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, on May 2. The event, which is the only one in the county, has been organised by Yorkshire in Business and will provide essential information to help businesses succeed online. Training will be delivered by specialist business advisers who will provide digital skills coaching including how to build a digital marketing plan, an introduction to digital advertising and how to use Google analytics.

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 Spring is worth the wait at Thorp Perrow
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Spring is worth the wait at Thorp Perrow

Spring is worth the wait at Thorp Perrow It may have felt like Winter lasted for months, but the poor weather conditions have had spectacular results at Thorp Perrow, near Bedale, where Spring flowers are blooming simultaneously across the Arboretum. The cold Spring with late snowfall held the Daffodils back by almost 3 weeks, resulting in all the varieties flowering together, in what has undoubtedly been one of the best displays the Arboretum has seen. Although a short season, the Daffodils are expected to last into next week. The late flowering Daffodil season is now coinciding with other Spring blooms. Scores of wildflowers carpet the Arboretum floor, including Scilla, Wood Anemones, Fritillary, Violets and Primroses. Looming overhead, coloured mists created by hundreds of flowering trees and shrubs such as Magnolia, Cherry and Forsythia fill the air with delicate scents and colours ranging from whites to deep pinks and bright yellow. Arboretum Curator, Faith Douglas said, “The cold and wet weather has resulted in our spring flowering bulbs, shrubs and trees blooming later than usual and everything has burst into flower at once, creating an explosion of colour throughout the Arboretum!” The season is expected to continue wowing visitors into May as Forget-Me-Nots, Campion and Bluebells creep into the woodland, creating a scenic backdrop to a late springtime walk. Thorp Perrow boasts one of the most spectacular and extensive Bluebell displays in the North. Thorp Perrow is offering visitors the chance to see the Arboretum at its Spring best with guided tours: A Lunch in the House event on 25th April with guest speaker David Alderman, Honorary Director of the Tree Register of the UK and Ireland; and the Curator’s Spring Tour on 13th May. - ENDS - IMAGES: IMAGE 1 Cherry Blossom at Thorp Perrow © Thorp Perrow IMAGE 2 Bluebells at Thorp Perrow © Wendy Pain Photography IMAGE 3 Snakeshead Fritillary at Thorp Perrow © Thorp Perrow For further information contact: Lindsay Fletcher, Marketing Assistant Email: enquiries@thorpperrow.com Phone: 01677 425323 Editors’ Notes: Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, not far from the historic town of Bedale, Thorp Perrow is an exciting place to explore, offering something for everyone, and is home to some of the largest and rarest trees and shrubs in England. There is a mammal and bird of prey centre which has a wide assortment of animals including meerkats, wallabies and ferrets, allowing visitors to get right up close to them all during the regular guided tours and feeding times. The walled garden holds a magnificent collection of birds of prey, offering daily flying demonstrations from Eagles, falcons, hawks and owls. There is 100 acres of woodland walks, nature and adventure trails, a large lake and an extensive children's play area. The newly refurbished Tearoom serves a selection of hot and cold meals using local produce, seasonal specials, and a dedicated Children's Menu. More information about Thorp Perrow can be found on the website: www.thorpperrow.com

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Holmfirth Arts Festival takes on a new direction
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Holmfirth Arts Festival takes on a new direction

Holmfirth Arts Festival is taking a whole new direction this year since the arrival of Festival Director, Bev Adams. This year the festival will run as an action-packed four-day event, from 14th-17th June 2018, and Bev is keen to introduce more community participation in advance of the festival. “We have exciting plans for the festival,” she said. “Holmfirth will come alive with street theatre and free family events and we will be making use of our indoor venues to bring the best quality live music, comedy and theatre to the Holme Valley.

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