Tuesday 22 April 2014

"Another great stay thank you. The Flying Duck pub visited twice. Good beer, well kept and a selection of good bottled beers. No problem with getting a table and bar staff very friendly. The Siam Square Thai was very good. A little expensive, but service and food good. The Wells cafe was lovely, but defintely needed to book which we had before we arrived. The choice was limited, but that's what gives you the quality and excellent. The chef/owner was very engaging, quality food and good value. The wine list was small but reasonably priced. A proper bistro, reasonable priced, small menu, good food, good atmosphere. The Panache which you know anyway, couldn't be faulted. It stood up against the Birmingham curry houses.
Great walks, great food. thanks!"

JB and VB from Shropshire - April 2014

Ilkley Carnival May Day 2014

 (photo Ilkley Carnival)
"The wheels are in motion for another spectacular Ilkley Carnival with the 2014 theme, The Yorkshire Tour" - say the organisers of The Ilkley Carnival

"With a nod to the Tour de France which is careering through our town and some of Yorkshire’s most stunning landscapes in July, you can expect Ilkley Carnival 2014 to deliver another memorable parade as local schools, businesses and local groups reflect and recreate Yorkshire's historic landmarks, destinations, history and culture on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, 5th May.
Ilkley Carnival is embraced by the entire community so look out for an array of stunning shop window displays reflecting this year’s theme. And any child under 16 can join in the fun by entering the Carnival Cover design competition where the winning 2014 themed-design could adorn the cover of the event programmes.  Ilkley Carnival is an entirely volunteer-run event which invests profits made back into the community. Last year's sponsorship, ticket sales and donations raised over £12k for local charities, sports clubs and community groups and this year, beneficiaries will include local schools.

It will be a year to remember for Ilkley with the world's biggest annual sporting event, the Tour de France, racing through our town. May sees Ilkley Carnival kick off a season of unique celebrations and we’re counting on you to join us, join in, help make history and make a difference to our future.
Ilkley Carnival 2014, it's going to be one 'eck of a ride!"
(Ilkley Carnival 2014 website http://www.ilkleycarnival.org/ )

At the time of writing, we have just one apartment vacant for the May Day Bank Holiday 2014 weekend!

Tour de France Team Presentation

Yorkshire’s Grand Départ of the Tour de France is just weeks away and the first major event of this historic occasion is the official Tour de France Team Presentation Ceremony on Thursday 3rd July at the Leeds arena.

For the first time ever the presentation of the teams, featuring some of the greatest names in cycling, will be part of a unique show – making it the biggest in the history of the Tour de France.

Tickets for the Team Presentation Ceremony, held early evening on Thursday 3rd July at Leeds arena will go on sale on Friday 25th April from 9am with ticket prices at £45, £55, £65 and £85 at

For an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets ahead of this, join the thousands of others who have already pre registered by visiting
www.letouryorkshire.com/teampresentation before it closes at midnight tonight (Tuesday 22nd April).

We have accommodation from Friday 27th June or Monday 30th until Friday 4th July, to enable you to be at Le Tour presentations.  Like everywhere, we're full for Le Tour weekend but can suggest local camping (bring own tent) and glamping (posh tent supplied)!
For more on Yorkshire’s Grand Départ see: