Monday, 7 May 2018

Cycle the Tour de Yorkshire 2018!

What a fantastic stage finish we had here on Ilkley Moor!  Thousands lined the route to cheer the cyclists up to The Cow and Calf Rocks and the finish line of this challenging stage.  This was the scene more than an hour before the stage finish!

The caravan procession of sponsors was greeting with big cheers as goodies were handed out!

The famous Cow and Calf Rocks were adorned with Yorkshire flags 

Finally, the riders came storming up the gradient for the first ever climb finish of the Tour de Yorkshire.  The women's event had followed the same route for most of the day and was equally as exciting! 

Find out more and watch the highlights at

Why not book your stay with us and cycle part (or all!) of the stage?

Friday, 13 April 2018

Tour de Yorkshire Information - 4th May 2018

The Tour de Yorkshire returns to Ilkley for an exciting stage finish on Friday 4th May 2018.  Whilst it will be a great day, all departing and arriving guests, plus visitors, deliveries and staff need to be aware of ROAD CLOSURES that will affect getting to/from Westwood Lodge on the Friday. The following information is from the Council official website and offered in good faith. In brief: access to us is likely to only be possible (5am to 10pm) from the A65 and then via any of the "back roads" such as Victoria Avenue or Westville Road/Eaton Road, Parish Ghyll Drive, Princess Road and Queens Road round to us. Even then, the junction of the A65 and Brook Street will be closed as each race comes through. 

From 5am to 10pm the following roads will be closed:

  • The Grove
  • Cowpasture Road
  • Brook Street
  • Springs Lane (from Tesco to Station Road)
  • Station Road
  • Keighley Road (green lane over the moor)
Ilkley Lido will be closed throughout the event 
The women's race has an estimated arrival time (on Denton Road) of 12.15pm with an estimated latest finish time of 12.45pm. We expect that the A65 junction with New Brook Street and Brook Street will be closed between 11.45am and 1.15pm
The men's race has an estimated arrival time (on Denton Road) of 5.40pm with an estimated latest finish time of 6.10pm. We expect that the A65 junction with New Brook Street and Brook Street will be closed between 5.10pm and 6.40pm

Race publicity caravan

The Tour de Yorkshire publicity caravan will pass along the race route on the day of the event. Confirmed location and approximate timing for the caravan to get to the finish line is 4.57pm.

Race timing

An interactive map detailing the race routes can be found on the official Tour de Yorkshire website as follows:

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

2018 Winter/Spring Refurbishment Complete!

We've had a hectic time since New Year!  Our major project has been the complete stripping of the roofs of Coach House, Applebarn and part of Orchard Cottages.  These were built in 1890 and have NEVER had any insulation or major work.  The original slates were all taken down row-by-row, timbers treated (little was needed) and new Gold Insulation installed.  The original slates were then all relaid using modern rust-proof nails to replicate exactly how it was before.  However, at the same time, the leaning Victorian chimney was taken down and rebuilt using modern mortar and without the lean!

 The leadwork is very impressive
The finished dormers are very much late-Victorian
 The fretwork at the gable ends has all been restored including the finials
 The chimney has been rebuilt to how it was in about 1901
Various modern windows had been inserted over the years and these were all removed.  Handbuilt, hardwood double glazed windows have been used, replicating the original style and finish, by local craftsmen.  The lead finish on the dormers is particularly commendable.  A full redecoration, new boilers etc completed the work just in time for Easter. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Tour de Yorkshire 2018 returns to Ilkley!

It has just been announced: ILKLEY will host the end of stage 2 (Barnsley to Ilkley) on Friday 4th May of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire 

This time the route will come from Otley via Askwith, Denton, past Ilkley Lido, up Brook Street, Cowpasture Road and a summit finish at The Cow and Calf Rocks.
First stage: 3rd May - Beverley to Doncaster
Stage two: 4th - Barnsley to Ilkley
Stage three: 5th - Richmond to Scarborough
Stage four: 6th - Halifax to Leeds
The route was announced by Sir Gary Verity from Welcome to Yorkshire at a packed launch. 

Ilkley is undoubtedly the best base to view Tour de Yorkshire 2018  and we have made all our remaining accommodation available for May Day weekend breaks arriving Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th May. 

Find out everything about Tour de Yorkshire here

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Ilkley Literature Festival Back in town!

The Ilkley Literature Festival this year runs from Friday 29th September until Sunday 15th October. There are over 250 events including Alan Bennett, Sarah Millican, Richard Osman, Shami Chakrabarti, Judy Murray, Richard Dawkins, June Sarpong, Daljit Nagra, Alan Hollinghurst and many more.

The Children’s Festival is headlined by BBC Radio 1’s Greg James and Chris Smith and includes fantastic events for anyone ages 3-12 including Ben Faulks, Nadia Shireen, Robin Stevens and Festival favourites tutti frutti. Young People have the chance to meet some of their favourite authors including Alex Wheatle and Samantha Shannon. Plus there are workshops and masterclasses with leading writers and the Festival Fringe.  

Monday, 7 August 2017

Ilkley Summer Festival 2017

Ilkley Summer Festival is now underway and offering some great events!  The Ilkley Jazz Festival is a key part of the programme with some excellent musicians. 


Find out more at:

Friday, 31 March 2017

Tour de Yorkshire 2017 comes back to Ilkley!

Total stage length: 194.5km
8 King of the Mountain Climbs: Silsden, Haworth, Leeming, Shibden Wall, Deepcar, Wigtwizzle, Ewden Height & Midhopestones
2 SprintsBrighouse & Stocksbridge
Total ascent: 3,517m
On Stage Three The riders roll out of City Park in Bradford and take in Salts Mill before the start flag is lowered. The action then briefly joins the 2014 Tour de France route at Burley-in-Wharfedale before passing into the Yorkshire DalesSkipton is the next town on the agenda, with the first of eight categorised climbs being contested on the Côte de Silsden. The next ascent comes on the cobbled rise up Haworth’s picturesque main street and another climb at Leeming must also be tackled before they face the infamous Côte de Shibden Wall. This cobbled brute could see splits form before the final intermediate sprint in Stocksbridge. The riders then embark on a torturous 22km finishing circuit that features no less than four categorised climbs at DeepcarWigtwizzleEwden Height and Midhopestones before the race reaches its climax at Fox Valley.

Thursday, 13 October 2016


Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire:
"We are delighted and honoured to announce that Yorkshire has been chosen to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships." 
The sensational news was announced today by UCI President Brian Cookson OBE live from Doha, Qatar which is currently hosting the 2016 UCI Road World Championships.
And the celebrations have already begun. Tonight will see first direct arena Leeds, English Heritage’s Clifford’s Tower in York and Trinity Leeds shopping centre lit up in the colours of the famous UCI rainbow band while the bid film was broadcast on big screens on Millennium Square in Leeds.
Yorkshire you never fail to disappoint with your unstinting support for major events and today is the beginning of another incredible chapter.
The collegiate bid was submitted by Welcome to Yorkshire, British Cycling, UK Sport and the Department of Culture Media and Sport. The UK Government has guaranteed to underwrite the full cost of the event and back it with £24 million of investment.

Yorkshire has shown it can host world class events with the Grand Départ, the Tour de Yorkshire and now the county has been chosen to host the UCI Road World Championships in 2019. This will be 12 races over eight days in this nine day event. We have got the scenery, we have got the warm welcome and we know we can bring the crowds.
We will put on an event to remember - the 2019 UCI Road World Championships will be one to go down in history!

Fact file
The UCI Road World Championships is one of the most prestigious events on the professional cycling calendar. 
Future UCI Road World Championships:
o   2017 - Bergen (Norway)
o   2018 -  Innsbruck (Austria)
·   1,000 of the best male and female riders from around 75 countries around the globe compete for the chance to win the iconic rainbow jersey.
·  The event takes place over nine days and includes individual and team time trials as well as full road races for Under 18, Under 23 and Elite riders.
·   6,000-7,000 national federation members, delegates, technicians and journalists set to be in attendance. 
·   A predicted global televised audience in excess of 300 MILLION.

·   The full route of the race in Yorkshire will be announced over the coming months.
Stay up to date
Twitter: @Yorkshire2019 
Hashtag: #Yorkshire2019

Friday, 30 September 2016

Ilkley Literature Festival 2016 Starts Today!

Ilkley Literature Festival 2016 kicks off tonight with legendary screenwriter Andrew Davies talking about his work adapting classics such as Pride and Prejudice and War and Peace.

There are tickets still available for over 120 Festival events and this weekend you could see Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, former BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams and a celebration of the life of JB Priestley with guests including Barry Cryer and Margaret Drabble. Plus we have the opening of the Festival Exhibition, Tom Phillips's A Humument and lots of exciting FREE Fringe events.

Book Online:
(up to 48 hours before events)
Book by Phone: 01943 816 714
(10am - 4pm Mon - Fri, 10am - 1pm Sat)
Or buy tickets on the door!

Event Updates

Event 83. Damon Hill: Watching the Wheels

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been moved to Monday 17 October at 7.30pm at the Kings Hall.

The Box Office will contact all ticket holders with more details. We apologise for any inconvience or disappointment caused.

Tickets for this event are still available and can be booked online here.

Cancelled events: Events 15 and 36: James Kelman, Event 46: John Gribbin and Event 59: Juno Dawson have been cancelled.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Rio Heros!

Rio Homecoming Parade
Wednesday 28th September
Join us in Leeds city centre to welcome back our Rio Heroes!
Welcome to Yorkshire in association with Leeds City Council are excited to welcome back Yorkshire’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes with a special homecoming parade.
On Wednesday 28th September, a carnival atmosphere will take hold of the city as the
athletes are welcomed home in true Yorkshire style. A host of athletes have confirmed their attendance, including triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee; World, European and Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft MBE; diver and gold medallist Jack Laugher and rowers
Andy Triggs Hodge and Paul Bennett who both claimed gold.
There will be a lively parade, with samba bands, brass bands, colourful performances and of course open top buses and vehicles carrying the athletes.
Parade celebrations will commence at 5.15pm, and we would love to see the people of Yorkshire come out in force to line the city centre route and cheer on these inspiring men and women.
Help us make this a party to remember!

Please click here to see the route.
For full information, please go to

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Ilkley Literature Festival 2016

It's that time if year again, as the exciting programme for this year's Literature Festival has been launched. Big names this year include Ken Clarke, Nick Clegg, Alastair Campbell, Alan Titchmarsh and Sian Williams, plus Sir Tony Robinson Jenni Murray and John Simpson. There is also a fabulous fringe festival as well as lots of children's events. 

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 30th August. Headline events tend to sell out very quickly! Further details can be found at 

If you're unsure about whether you'll be able to secure tickets, you may book your stay with us on Monday the 29th. Exceptionally, we will hold your booking provisionally for 24 hours until you've applied on Tuesday 30th. If you're not successful, we will refund your payment. 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Ilkley Summer Festival!

Ilkley Summer Festival 2016 a Feast of Musical Entertainment and supporting Events

further details of events here

WEEK 1 - AUGUST 6TH                  

Cabaret on The Grove featuring:
Dominic Halpin & The Honeybees
supported by The Two Rivers Concert Band and ILKLEY ROCKS POP CHOIR

WEEK 2 - AUGUST 12TH, 13TH & 14TH  
To support the market it is hoped to showcase local talent on the Bandstand on each of the days

         WEEK 3 AUGUST 16TH TO 21ST 
          Modern Jazz, Jazzdance , avant-garde , cool, bebop, progressive, chromatic and melodic jazz      

WEEK 4 AUGUST 27TH                           
Traditional ‘Last Night of the Proms’ entertainment organised by the Ilkley Parish Council 
This year with a Jazz Flavour
featuring "Two Rivers Swing Band"
plus the return of "Gerry Soulful"
with the finale  by the Marsden Silver Prize Band, with rousing flag waving and singing of patriotic songs, typifies this always over subscribed and highly popular evening event to round off the Ilkley Summer Festival in Ilkley for 2016

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Music at the Museum
Cliffe Castle Museum
Join us at Cliffe Castle this Spring and Summer for our series of FREE musical events.  

The programme celebrates the musical history of Cliffe Castle, and the abundance of local musical talent with a varied mixture of historical and contemporary music.

For February 2016,  you can look forward to the following:
14th February - Den Miller
Den Miller is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumental musician and entertaining solo performer. Den's songs mix the silly and the serious, often in the same song, but always with his trademark mission statement of a strong melody plus intelligent lyrics.
28th February - The Haworth Band

The Haworth Band is a long-established and celebrated brass band. They strive to serve the local community and to provide a forum for musicians of any age who enjoy playing music in an ensemble, and endeavor to encourage the development of new players by providing instruments and musical tuition.

Concerts are held 2pm-3pm on Sunday 14th & Sunday 28th February  
No booking required, although spaces may be limited.
Cliffe Castle Museum
Spring Gardens Lane
West Yorkshire
BD20 6LH

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Ilkley Film Festival 2016

Now in its third year, the Ilkley Film Festival is turning into a much bigger event. This year sees an increase in documentaries, local films, previews and independent cinema productions as well as using the new Ilkley Cinema as an additional venue.


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 Routes Announced!

Welcome to Yorkshire announces details of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire
  • STAGE 1 on Friday 29th April will start in Beverley and finish in Settle - 185km
  • STAGE 2 on Saturday 30th April will start in Otley and finish in Doncaster - 135.5km
  • STAGE 3 on Sunday 1st May will start in Middlesbrough and finish in Scarborough - 198km
Stage One begins in Beverley, home to one of England’s finest Minsters, before the peloton races to Tadcaster and on to Knaresborough which was the scene of some of the biggest crowds for the Tour de France in 2014. Taking in some of the Grand Départ 2014 route, a series of climbs takes the riders past Brimham Rocks before a finish in Settle.  

On Stage Two, men and women will face exactly the same stage which starts in Otley, home of the current women’s road World Champion Lizzie Armitstead. From Otley riders travel south, on roads not raced on in the Tour de France or Tour de Yorkshire, towards Conisbrough Castle and on to Doncaster.

Stage Three will be familiar to those who raced in 2015, starting in Captain James Cook’s home town of Middlesbrough, then into Herriot Country before tackling the infamous Sutton Bank, the first of six King of the Mountain points in just one stage. Riders then head over the North York Moors and down towards Scarborough for what promises to be a thrilling finale and a race to the very end.
View the Tour de Yorkshire routes maps:
In addition to the professional races, the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride will give amateur cyclists the chance to ride many of the roads ridden by the pros in a newly designed sportive route, which will start and finish in Scarborough on Sunday 1 May. The sportive route will follow parts of Stage 3 of the men's race whilst also taking in several alternative roads to allow for all 6,000 participants to finish in their own time. 
A highlight of the sportive will see amateur riders finishing with a 1km sea-front sprint finish and crossing the very same finish line as the professional riders with the same support from the waiting crowds. There will be three distances for riders to choose from; 40km, 85km and 115km.  The sportive sold out in a matter of hours in 2015 and those hoping to secure a place in the 2016 ride can register their interest and be first to hear when this year's event opens at

You can keep up to date with all the latest information about the Tour de Yorkshire here:

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Christmas Markets and Lights Switch On

Here's the news about the local lights switch on and Christmas markets - courtesy of Ilkley Chat. 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Hen Boot Camp!

We get some great - and some wacky - ideas for activities here. This weekend, our ever so slightly hungover hen group invited a personal trainer to organise a fitness boot camp! They got soaking wet in the rain but a good time was had by all - before returning to warm up in front of The Main House Aga! 

Monday, 31 August 2015

Ilkley Literature Festival Box Office OPENS 9am TUESDAY!

Tickets Go on Sale from 9am, Tuesday 1 September!

Book Online:
By Phone: 01943 816 714
From Wednesday 2 September the Box Office is open 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 1pm on Saturdays for phone bookings.
You can book online at anytime.

Online booking:
If you booked online last year or already have an online account you will be able to login using your username and password.

If you choose to book online for the first time this year you will need to create an account. To do this click here. We recommend doing this now in order to save time once ticket sales open.

Jenny Eclair Joins the Festival Line Up!

Event 235: Jenny Eclair: Moving

Jenny Eclair is an extremely popular broadcaster, comedian, actor and writer. She is one of only two female comedians to have won the prestigious Perrier Award, and often features on BBC radio and television, best known for her roles in Grumpy Old Women and Loose Women.
Moving – Jenny Eclair’s fourth novel – reveals a writer at the height of her powers. Gripping, heart-breaking and laced with black humour, it is a novel of family secrets, shocking betrayals and most of all, of home. Edwina Spinner has lived in the same house for over fifty years. It used to be a busy, crowded family home but now Edwina lives alone and it has grown too big for her. She has decided to sell it.
Sunday 11 October, 12,30pm, Kings Hall, £12/10

Two more new events also recently added to the programme as well:

Event 233: One Night of Love
One Night of Love, starring Geraldine Woodhouse, Nick Pennington, Jan Thomas, James Kingsley and Lucy Campbell, explores every aspect of love through the medium of poetry. Some of the poems are very well known, others less so; some are old, others bang up to date. An entertaining evening guaranteed!
Devised by local author, Alan Hall, and directed by Moira Ferguson.
Friday 2 October, 7.30pm, Ilkley Playhouse, £6/4

Event 234: The Science of Everyday Life with Marty Jopson
Have you ever wondered why ice floats and water is such a freaky liquid? Or why chillies and mustard are both hot but in different ways? Or why microwaves don’t cook from the inside out? In this fascinating scientific tour of household objects, The One Show presenter and all-round Science Bloke Marty Jopson has the answer to all of these, and many more, baffling questions about the chemistry and physics of the everyday stuff we use every day.
Monday 12 October, 7.30pm, Ilkley Playhouse, £6/4

Tickets for these event will go on sale on Tuesday 1 September when general booking opens.

Programme Updates

Time Changes:

The History of the Reader: Frank Furedi (Event 17) will now take place at 7.30pm on Monday 12 October, at Ilkley Rugby Club
Vince Cable - After the Storm (Event 115) will now take place at 2.30pm on Sunday 11 October at the Kings Hall.

Event Cancellation

Unfortunately, due to unforseen circumstances, The Book of Tokyo (Event 140) has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.

For full details of changes to the programme please click here.
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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Westwood Lodge and Ilkley’s historical links with Poland

Guest post by Dr Sarah Dietz


A group of Polish visitors from the town of Marki near Warsaw have made a pilgrimage to Ilkley to seek out their historical roots. Their fascinating story began in 1883 when three Bradford industrialists: Edward Briggs formerly of Westwood Lodge, John Briggs of Hebers Mount and Ernst Posselt long-resident of Victoria Park, Shipley built a large worsted mill and workers’ community in Poland, which the Bradford Observer described in 1886 as ‘a second edition of Saltaire’. (Saltaire is a nearby Victorian woolen village built by Sir Titus Salt and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

The last Markians to visit Yorkshire were 100 Polish girls, sent by Briggs-Posselt partnership to learn factory skills in 1883. Among this week’s group of Marki town councillors and history aficionados was Marek Borkowski whose grandmother was among those early workers at the Polish ‘Bradford Mills’ near Warsaw and Antoni Widomski, president of Marki’s Volunteer Fire Brigade (inspired by the British industrialists’ Fire Watch est. 1884), along with volunteer fireman Dariusz Chmielewski. The visit to Yorkshire was instigated by town councillor and esteemed Marki historian Zbigniew Paciorek and the leader of Marki’s town council, Tomasz Paciorek. The group was guided by Ilkley resident, Dr Sarah Dietz, who will talk about her book British Entrepreneurship in Poland: A Case Study of Bradford Mills at Marki 1883-1939(Ashgate: 2015) at the Ilkley Literature Festival in October.

The Polish party began their visit to Yorkshire with a tour of the Briggs’ Bradford factory, Briggella Mills, by the current owner Chaker Chamsi-Pasha. The Victorian mill is one of very few in the city still producing worsted cloth for a thriving export business today. Members of the Saltaire History Club warmly welcomed the Marki delegation on Wednesday when Trevor Hart showed the group round the World Heritage Site and Maggie Smith talked about her research Polish Journeys which explores the lives of Saltaire’s Polish employees. Finally, joined by Kate Brown of Ilkley Civic Society, Tim Edwards welcomed the group to Westwood Lodge in Ilkley, the former home of Edward Briggs; founder of their Polish town.

Marki has a street named after the Briggs brothers (Braci Briggsów) and the Poles were keen to compare Westwood Lodge with their own ‘Little Palace of the Briggs’ (Pałacyk Briggsów) which has its own fascinating history not only as the industrialists’ residence, but also as a strategic military base during the Battle of Warsaw in 1920 and latterly as a school. They were delighted by the spectacular views of Ilkley from Westwood Lodge’s roof terrace and showed their warm appreciation for the delicious afternoon tea provided by Paula Hunt by singing some traditional Polish songs.

The people of Marki have always cherished their historic links to Ilkley and Bradford, now town councillors, Tomasz and Zbigniew Paciorek hope very much to revitalise the connection and show that the spirit of cooperation and shared history between Yorkshire and Poland dates from long before the war.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Aegeon Ilkley Tennis trophy

The Aegon Ilkley Trophy event is to be held at Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club  from 13th - 21st June





The Schedule

  • Saturday 13th June - men's qualifying
  • Sunday 14th June - men's & women's qualifying
  • Monday 15th June - final qualifying and main draw
  • Tuesday 16th - Friday 19th June - main draw
  • Saturday 20th - men's finals and women's semi-finals
  • Sunday 21st - women's finals

Tickets for all days from Monday 15th onwards (there will be no charge for qualifying weekend) will be for sale to the general public on the Ticket Factory website at £5 per person (concessions available) for a ground pass which will allow access on a first-come-first-served basis to the seats in the stands. This is not including the Friday and final Saturday and Sunday where tickets will need to be purchased at £15 per person (concessions available) for allocated seating.

There is currently self-catering cottage availability at Westwood Lodge Ilkley Moor.
For more details of the event go to

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