Thursday 28 June 2012

Special July and August Deals!

All summer weeks are now available for short breaks and full week stays with some big reductions - even during peak season! Click the Special Offers link to see what's available!

July is a favourite time to come with The Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate. It's the best time to spot bats flying up to the eaves at Westwood Lodge. Or head to Malham Cove to spot the peregrine falcon or Harewood House to see red kites. Ilkley Lido is open daily.

August is the time for the smaller traditional agricultural shows such as Kilnsey and Malham. They'll be fell races, hay bale competitions, sheepdog trials and sheep and cattle judging. Don't forget the Ilkley Summer Festival throughout August and the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival too!

Sunday 24 June 2012

Olympic Torch comes through Ilkley!

After all the excitement, there were great crowds lining the streets through Ilkley this afternoon. At exactly 4.46pm - right on schedule - the procession, having arrived from Skipton, started from the town boundary, just west of Victoria Avenue and headed through Ilkley town centre towards Leeds. Huge traffic jams occured in both directions as those foolish enough to try to drive, were diverted into the back streets and inevitably to a standstill. Everyone had a fantastic time, cheering and waving the flame - carried intitially by 38 year old Richard Milner - on its' way!

Sunday 17 June 2012

White Rose Classic Sportive

White Rose LogoTim donned his Lycra and joined 1000 other cyclists for the revival of the White Rose Classic sportive cycle ride.  Tim undertook the "medium" course - that's 130km and 7,800 feet of climb!  Others completed an even longer route at 180km!  The medium route still took in Otley, Greenhow, Grassington, Halton Gill, Settle, Burnsall and Bolton Abbey. 

Sunday 10 June 2012

1000 Women Run Race for Life in Ilkley!

More than 1,000 women signed up and ran the women-only 5k event in Ilkley on Sunday 10th June 2012.  They hope to raise upwards of £50,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Jenny Key, event manager for Race for Life in Yorkshire, said: “We are thrilled that so many women entered. It helped create a fantastic atmosphere on the day and raised crucial funds".

“The battle against cancer never stops. Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes take part in Race For Life. They motivate and inspire each other to complete the course.”

Paula, Alice and Annie from Westwood Lodge all ran in the event, alongside many friends and with sponsorship from family, friends and guests. With a close friend (who also lives in Ilkley) currently being treated against cancer, the race had a particularly special meaning this year.  She still managed to complete the course and - like all the other runners - crossed the line with a smile!