York Maze

York Maze

Created from over one million living, growing maize plants, York Maze is not just the largest maze in the UK it’s an award winning fun filled, day out in the country.

With over 20 different rides, attractions and shows to enjoy York Maze offers an amazing fun-filled full family day out.

York Maze is famous for the giant Maize Maze, the largest in Eurpoe, but we also boast many other curious maze based attractions for you to puzzle over.

The giant “maize maze” is a living growing maze made from over 1 million maize plants covering an area larger than 8 Wembley football pitches!! It is the largest maze in Britain, and one of the largest mazes in the world. But the puzzling fun doesn’t end there.

You won’t believe your eyes in the Maze of Illusions, you’ll be on your knees in the Mineshaft Maze, and who knows what your future holds in the Finger Fortune Maze. The mazes are just some of the 20+ attractions at York Maze, there is so much to do, you’ll be “a-maized”.

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Address
York Maze
Dunnington Lodge
Elvington Lane
York
North Yorkshire
YO19 5LT

Website: http://www.yorkmaze.com
Events webpage: http://www.yorkmaze.com/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Yorkmaze
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/York-Maze-125693894151717

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Gavagan Art

Gavagan Art

Gavagan Art is owned by Mary Gavagan, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in presenting exhibitions, and advising on the purchase and collection of modern and contemporary art, having done so for over 25 years.

Mary was Director of the University art gallery at Lancaster University for over 20 years, developing the gallery’s collection and staging fine art and craft exhibitions. These showcased works by internationally recognised artists including Joan Miro, Albert Irvin OBE, David Hockney, Alan Davie, Sir Terry Frost, L. S. Lowry and Andy Goldsworthy.

Exhibitions at the gallery often featured work on loan from national collections including the Art Council, the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum. Having been shown at Lancaster, many of these exhibitions were then loaned to regional museums and galleries.

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Address
Gavagan Art
Town Hall
Market Place
Settle
North Yorkshire
BD24 9EJ

Website: http://gavaganart.com
Events webpage: http://gavaganart.com/index.php/current-upcoming-exhibitions
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GavaganArt
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GavaganArt

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White Scar Cave

White Scar Cave

The cave’s history is a long one. It began with the laying down of limestone deposits, which millions of years later were hollowed out by the action of water. Much later still, in 1923, the cave entered human history with its discovery by Christopher Long.

Since 1925 the cave entrance had been open to the elements. In 2004 the Yorkshire Dales National Park approved the building of a timber structure that would protect visitors on rainy days and from the fierce midsummer sun. The timber is covered with sedum grass, making a living green roof which blends into the natural landscape. The design was stress tested by structural engineers in New York to ensure that it could withstand a hurricane.

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Address
White Scar Caves
Ingleton
North Yorkshire
LA6 3AW

Website: http://www.whitescarcave.co.uk
Events webpage: http://www.whitescarcave.co.uk/local-information/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhiteScarCave
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteScarCave

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Holgate Windmill


Holgate Windmill’s builder and first miller was George Waud. He was born in Barlow near Selby in 1717 and bought the land here on 27th December 1768. By October 1770 the Mill was working and George was living in the Mill house with his family. The Mill was built in open countryside looking over the hamlet of Holgate which was centred around the junction of Acomb Road and Poppleton Road near to ‘The Fox Inn’. These roads provided a direct route for the grain from local farms to the Mill and much of the high quality flour that George produced would have been taken into York. The original horse and cart track to the Mill survives, in narrowed form, as a snicket from Acomb Road.

You’ll find knowledgeable volunteers in the mill who can give you lots of information and answer any questions you may have about Holgate Mill or milling in general.

Flour sales
We are pleased to announce that we are now selling our flour at the mill. We have three sizes for retail sale:
* 500g @ £1.25
* 1.5kg @ £2.75
* 5kg @ £7.50
All flour sold at Holgate Windmill is ground on site using our millstones.

Design and Structure of the windmill
Holgate windmill is a tower mill. This means it is a rigid structure but the top rotates, by means of a fantail which is located on the opposite side of the tower to the sails. This fantail acts like an autopilot and continuously keeps the sails facing into the wind. This type of mill differs from the “Post mills”, so called because they were built on a central pivot, which was originally a post in the ground, so that the whole structure could be moved round. They had to be manhandled to face the wind which involved much more hard, manual labour than the tower mills. A fine example of a restored post mill can be seen at Wrawby, near Lincoln. The fantailed tower mills were less likely to face the possibility of being backwinded (when the wind changes direction and blows from behind the sails). This can be very dangerous in high winds and can cause a lot of damage to the sails.

In 2001 the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society was formed and through the dedication of its volunteers the Mill is now working once more.

Who are we?
Holgate Windmill Preservation Society was formed in November 2001 after some local residents became worried about the condition of the mill. At that stage no work had been done on the mill for a number of years and this resulted in noticeable deterioration to the fabric of this Grade II listed building.

There is no need to book in advance for open days – just turn up during opening hours.

Unfortunately there is no disabled access to the windmill.

There is a WC and shop inside the mill.

For further information regarding the open days please contact Brian Lambert on 01904 799295 or Helen Hoult on 01904 331402.

OPEN DAY DATES
Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th May 2015 (Spring Bank Holiday)
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2015
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2015
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2015
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August 2015
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August 2015 (Bank Holiday)
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September 2015
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2015
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October 2015 (Half term)

OPEN DAY TIMES
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Address
Holgate Windmill
Windmill Rise
Holgate
York
North Yorkshire
YO26 4TX

Website: http://www.holgatewindmill.org
Events webpage: http://www.holgatewindmill.org/openday.htm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HolgateWindmill
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Holgate-Windmill-367895563297970

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