Welcome to our news page


We're a small family run business. With our girls - Alice and Annie - and our great team, our aim is to send you home feeling relaxed and recharged after your stay.

We're always getting news and comments about Ilkley and Wharfedale - where to go, what to do, where to eat and sometimes where not to eat! So our blog is all about finding a place for all those titbits that could be of interest to guests and folk with a fondness for this beautiful part of The Yorkshire Dales.

Do contribute, or better still, come and stay! Visit our website - click here If you have difficulty in posting a comment, just e-mail us at welcome@ilkleymoorcottages.co.uk and we'll sort things out.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Late availability deals 8th June

Although we're FULL for the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, we have cut prices for stays at the end of the week.  So, with most children not returning to school until Monday 11th June, why not grab yourself a discounted weekend stay? 

Ilkley Lido Opens for Summer 2012

Ilkley Lido is one of the last surviving outdoor pools in the north of England.  Now a Grade II Listed structure, lidos became hugely fashionable in the 1930s, which is when ours was built. 

There's nothing better on a hot summer's day and it's less than 5 minutes drive away or a 20 minute walk.  There are changing rooms and a cafe plus a picnic area, water slide and fountain

Saturday, 19 May 2012

June is a great time to stay!

The upland hay meadows will be coming alive with wild flowers, insects and small mammals.   Ilkley Moor will start to look spectacular.  The Grassington Festival will celebrate the best in music and the arts and they'll be lots of local celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee, with the double Bank Holiday to enjoy!

First Yorkshire Show of the Year

Saturday 19th May sees the season of shows get underway with Otley Show. Well worth a visit with loads of things to see and do!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Hundreds Participate in Ilkley Moor Filming!



Hundreds of people turned out on a gloriously sunny Ilkley Moor this morning to play their part in the filming of the new Yorkshire Anthem - On Ilkley Moor Bah't 'at. 


The filming is the latest part in the making of a new video song about our famous Moor.  Brian Blessed has already recording some of the lyrics (see below) as have several local choirs.  Soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment joined the town crier and local residents throwing their hats in the air and singing along.  Funds raised will go towards the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.  


More news about the release soon!  

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Ilkley Carnival time!

It's Ilkley Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday (7th May). There are still a few vacancies just up the hill here at Ilkley Moor Cottages at Westwood Lodge (www.westwoodlodge.co.uk). There's a street parade with local school children and floats, a fabulous fun fair and traditional competitions and stalls.

The chosen theme for 2012 is 'The Summer Of Celebrations'. Over the last 25 years the carnival has raised money that has been given back to the community to help fund local projects, organisations, sports clubs and help enhance local facilities for everyone.