Yorkshire days out at a stately pace

York Press:

8:00am Saturday 25th April 2015

Yorkshire has some of the finest stately homes, historic castles and formal gardens in the country. If you’re looking for a great day, you’re spoilt for choice, says STEPHEN LEWIS.

A trip to Disneyland Paris

York Press:

8:00am Saturday 25th April 2015

MAXINE GORDON heads to Disneyland Paris with her tweenager and discovers the legendary magic has no age barriers.

Meet the parliamentary candidates for York Outer

York Press:

10:10am Friday 24th April 2015

In the second of two ‘meet the candidate’ spreads, we invited the five parliamentary candidates standing for York Outer to introduce themselves.

More city archive secrets revealed

York Press:

9:41am Thursday 23rd April 2015

An 1857 escape attempt from York Castle prison, a catalogue of weapons held in Clifford’s Tower after the civil war and details of the Archbishop of York’s underwear in the 1870s: it’s all there in recently catalogued material in York’s city archives. STEPHEN LEWIS reports.

The bloody battles that shaped Yorkshire's history

York Press:

3:47pm Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Some of the most important, yet little known, battles were fought in Yorkshire during the Middle Ages. MATT CLARK meets a York historian who is about to shed light on them.

We’ve turned into fragrance flirts...

York Press:

2:28pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

Maxine Gordon finds that nowadays women like to flirt with fragrance rather than sticking with their old favourite.

Do you love wild plants and flowers? If so, botanists need YOU to start keeping a record of wild plants in Yorkshire

York Press:

2:33pm Monday 20th April 2015

CAN you tell your bee orchid from your wood cranes-bill? How are you at spotting a rare pasqueflower or the gloriously-named melancholy thistle?

Winners of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust wildlife photography competition revealed

York Press:

1:31pm Saturday 18th April 2015

Yorkshire has some great amateur wildlife photographers, as the winners of this year's Yorkshire Wildlife Trust wildlife photography competition reveal, says STEPHEN LEWIS. And if you think you can do better, the Trust will be repeating the competition at the end of this year...

Discovering the birthplace of Impressionism during a visit to Normandy

York Press:

1:50pm Saturday 18th April 2015

So this is where it all began. One of the greatest and most popular movements in art started here among the half-timbered houses and by the picturesque harbour of Honfleur, when a teenage Claude Monet was invited by local artist Eugene Roudin to come and paint landscapes out of the studio, 'en plein air.'

World Book Night: Free books to be handed out in York and region

York Press:

1:00pm Saturday 18th April 2015

LOCAL poets Don Walls and Anneliese Emmans Dean will be joining the string quartet from the York Music Centre for an evening of live music and poetry at York central library to mark World Book Night on Thursday.

Meet the parliamentary candidates for York Central

York Press:

10:44am Friday 17th April 2015

In the first of two York ‘meet the candidates’ spreads, we invited the seven parliamentary candidates competing for York Central to introduce themselves.

York's Mansion House undergoes a £1.5m restoration

York Press:

11:50am Thursday 16th April 2015

York’s historic Mansion House will be closed for a year from this summer while it undergoes a comprehensive £1.5m restoration. STEPHEN LEWIS finds out how the money will be spent.

York Art Gallery prepares to stand on its own two feet as council cuts back on its funding

York Press:

11:02am Wednesday 15th April 2015

In the year of her retirement, York Museums Trust chief executive Janet Barnes has announced that York Art Gallery will charge for entry once it reopens. She tells STEPHEN LEWIS why – and also looks back on her 13 years in charge.

Take a look at York's new Italian ice cream parlour

York Press:

2:15pm Saturday 11th April 2015

MAXINE GORDON meets the man bringing the taste of Italian gelato to the heart of York.

Glass fragments throw light on Rosedale's dark history

York Press:

11:28am Friday 10th April 2015

In the 16th century Rosedale was a hive of black-market glass-making. England’s only surviving furnace from the period is on show. MATT CLARK discovers its secrets.

Taking measures to improve safety along the banks for York's rivers

York Press:

11:53am Thursday 9th April 2015

City of York Council has made almost £100,000 worth of river safety improvements along the banks of the Ouse and Foss following a spate of drownings last year. With summer approaching, STEPHEN LEWIS joined river safety campaigner Jackie Roberts on a tour of inspection.

York airman John Beisly recalls German raids 70 years on

York Press:

12:51pm Wednesday 8th April 2015

It was the Second World War cause célèbre and still provokes heated debate today. MATT CLARK meets an airman from York who flew on the infamous Dresden raid of 1945.

Hannah is off to join the Norland Nannies

York Press:

9:59am Tuesday 7th April 2015

MAXINE GORDON meets the York teenager heading for an elite college that breeds nannies fit for the royal family.

First solo exhibition for doctor-turned-photographer Allan Harris

York Press:

1:30pm Monday 6th April 2015

Retired Haxby GP and keen amateur photographer Allan Harris is to get his first ever solo exhibition. He spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS.

Shambles market opens for business following its £1.6 million refit

York Press:

8:00am Saturday 4th April 2015

Shambles Market in York is open again for business and hoping for a great Bank Holiday weekend following its £1.6 million refit. STEPHEN LEWIS went along to find out what stallholders and customers think of the new look.

A weekday night on the whisky

York Press:

12:18pm Saturday 4th April 2015

JULIAN COLE fails to keep a clear head as he heads to a whisky tasting in York

A taste of Easter on a plate

York Press:

8:00am Saturday 4th April 2015

Star Inn chef ANDREW PERN has a delicious suggestion for your Sunday menu.

A festival dipped in chocolate

York Press:

11:43am Friday 3rd April 2015

It’s Easter and that means one thing; eggs, dozens of them, and you can learn how to make your own at this weekend’s chocolate festival in York. MATT CLARK offers a taste of what to expect.

Here they are - the spectacular gems that will be on show after York Art Gallery’s £8m facelift

York Press:

10:19am Thursday 2nd April 2015

York Art Gallery has chosen Yorkshire Day for its long-awaited return. STEPHEN LEWIS takes a look at some of the stunning and important pieces we’ll be able to see for ourselves soon.

Family bond tells a political tale

York Press:

2:10pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

Local politics will be a hot topic in York households in the run-up to the election, none more so than in the family of Lord Mayor Ian Gillies. He’s a staunch Tory; his daughter’s a left-winger. STEPHEN LEWIS set out to find if they could share some common ground...

Putting York on the style map

York Press:

11:54am Tuesday 31st March 2015

York is about to put fashion first for a weekend of fun events, reports MAXINE GORDON

Why is it that everyone loves playing trains?

York Press:

1:41pm Monday 30th March 2015

MATT CLARK explores an exhibition that should appeal to young and old alike.

York’s former Army and Navy Stores transformed into new bar and restaurant

York Press:

1:33pm Saturday 28th March 2015

York’s former Army and Navy Stores has been transformed into a new bar and restaurant with a quirky war theme. MAXINE GORDON marches there in quick time for an inspection.

Artists set to open their doors for York Open Studios

York Press:

1:04pm Friday 27th March 2015

Take a walk around the city next month and you will find paintings and prints, sculptures and ceramics, furniture and fabrics, jewellery and glass, all behind the doors of York Open Studios. JO HUGHES reports.

A tour around Goddards, the former home to the Terry family

York Press:

1:43pm Thursday 26th March 2015

MATT CLARK looks around the Arts & Craft house in York that was once home to the Terry family, and discovers how a young volunteer came up with the Art of Design theme running until June.

Revealing the secrets of Merchant Adventurers’ Hall's archive

York Press:

3:39pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

From April, the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is offering half price admission to YorkCard holders. MATT CLARK delves into the building’s archive and finds an incredibly detailed account of its early history.

York chocolatier makes treats with a twist

York Press:

11:12am Tuesday 24th March 2015

Fed up with Easter eggs, then how about a chocolate welly or giant cupcake? MAXINE GORDON visits a York chocolatier making treats with a twist.

The Major Series: Down deep in dirt on UK’s leading trail race

York Press:

11:55am Tuesday 24th March 2015

“KEEP moving those legs otherwise you’ll get stuck and I’m not coming in to get you,” joked one of the British Military Fitness (BMF) team members.

A vivid voice all the way from Waterloo

York Press:

3:19pm Monday 23rd March 2015

This year is the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, and retired York teacher Stephen Gavin is sharing the extraordinary diary of a relative who was there. JOHN WOODCOCK reports.

VIDEOS & PICTURES: New exhibition by wildlife artist Robert Fuller to showcase the home-building habits of birds

York Press:

12:40pm Saturday 21st March 2015

The first hint of spring heralds the start of the nesting season. Wildlife artist Robert Fuller is preparing an Easter exhibition about the home-building habits of birds. He shows STEPHEN LEWIS birds in action around his Wolds home.

Who said journalists don't have poetry in their souls?

York Press:

1:20pm Saturday 21st March 2015

Former Press and Gazette & Herald journalist James Kilner has just published his first volume of poetry. He spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS.

11 things you might not know about Richard III

York Press:

12:55pm Friday 20th March 2015

King Richard III will finally get a proper burial next week - in Leicester. STEPHEN LEWIS digs out some lesser-known facts about the king who wanted to be buried in York.

The 2015 eclipse - and how to observe it safely

York Press:

12:33pm Thursday 19th March 2015

Don’t panic tomorrow morning if the sun begins to look as though it has had a bite taken out of it... it will just be the moon getting in the way. STEPHEN LEWIS reports on the 2015 eclipse.

From devastation to a £6.5 million swimming pool

York Press:

12:40pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington officially opens Selby’s new leisure centre on Saturday, three years after the old one was gutted by fire. STEPHEN LEWIS reports on the centre which rose from the ashes.

Healthy choice for food blogger Sophie

York Press:

12:56pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

Teenage food blogger Sophie Bradshaw is followed by thousands and knows at first hand the link between good grub and wellbeing. MAXINE GORDON reports.

5 wonderful old pictures from York galas and other celebrations

York Press:

3:25pm Monday 16th March 2015

EVEN today, there is something exhilarating about hot air balloons.

Tender traits suggest a different story of early man

York Press:

2:46pm Monday 16th March 2015

Was early man really a killer ape? MATT CLARK meets a York academic whose research may change our view of human evolution.

Artist Gerard Hobson furnishes a new venture

York Press:

12:58pm Saturday 14th March 2015

York printmaker Gerard Hobson brings the outdoors indoors with his colourful wildlife prints. Now he’s moving into soft furnishings too. MAXINE GORDON pays a visit to his home and studio.

How author Matt Haig learned to see a way through depression

York Press:

1:09pm Saturday 14th March 2015

York author Matt Haig will talk openly about his battle with depression at this month’s York Literature Festival. He spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS.

Exploded fragment of War of the Roses gun goes on show at new Richard III exhibition

York Press:

12:50pm Friday 13th March 2015

A new Richard III exhibition in York shines fresh light on the King’s reign. And it features a remarkable artefact that has changed the way historians interpret the War of the Roses. MATT CLARK reports.

The Pennine Way reaches a golden anniversary

York Press:

9:48am Thursday 12th March 2015

The Pennine Way is 50 years old in April. To mark the occasion, the BBC has made a four part documentary, to be presented by Arctic explorer Paul Rose. He spoke to STEPHEN LEWIS.

Students harrowed by stories of the Holocaust

York Press:

2:58pm Wednesday 11th March 2015

It is one of the most infamous places in Europe – the death camp where the Nazis murdered more than a million people. DAN BEAN joined a group of York teenagers on a visit to Auschwitz.

Riders pedalling to put homes crisis in spotlight

York Press:

3:46pm Wednesday 11th March 2015

A national gathering will be held outside Parliament next week lobbying for the UK’s housing crisis to be taken more seriously. A relay to that rally has passed through York. Matt Clark reports.

Lord Mayor recalls his Mini adventure

York Press:

2:17pm Tuesday 10th March 2015

FIFTY years ago this week, Castle Howard was in the middle of a Hollywood invasion. It had been chosen to film an MGM blockbuster, Lady L, starring Sophia Loren as an 80-year-old aristocrat looking back on her life and loves.

Online gallery fills the gap for art lovers

York Press:

3:04pm Monday 9th March 2015

Until York Art Gallery reopens this summer, art lovers can only see its treasures online. In our second dip into its online gallery, MATT CLARK discovers a Reynolds, a painting by York master William Etty and a great landscape showing the old Ouse Bridge.

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Columnists

Good TV has power to move

York Press: Stuff I like

10:59am Friday 24th April 2015

TELEVISION, for better or worse, is a near-constant in our lives, with flickering boxes in at least one room of most houses, waiting rooms and offices around the country.

But are minds changed at all?

York Press: Julian Cole

10:07am Thursday 23rd April 2015

SO IS this election thrilling you, boring you half to death or passing you by? This contest more than most seems to have generated an amazing amount of heat and noise as it struts and frets across on the political stage.

Enjoy the day not the data

York Press: Photograph of the Author

2:24pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

ON ONE of my many visits to PC World (laptop screen cracked by careless daughter who is footing the repair bill), I became fascinated by a device that you use when playing sport.

Readers' letters

The law is too wrapped up in politics

York Press: York Crown Court - zxc

8:00am Saturday 25th April 2015

YOUR correspondent Dave Matthewman suggests (Letters, April 23) that the recent pistol ruling shows the stupidity of our ‘judicial’ system. Not so.

Offices would make a good museum

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:00am Saturday 25th April 2015

I HAVE noticed for a few years now the difficulty of selling the old council offices and presume that the reason it has not been developed is off-road parking.

Lycra men herald arrival of spring

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:00am Saturday 25th April 2015

I HAVE not heard the first cuckoo yet, but my wife saw two cyclists going in opposite directions on the new cycle track alongside the ring road between Haxby and Wigginton, which must be a rare notable event. Presumably, spring has arrived.

We need a statue of York City saviour

York Press: Letters - zxc

8:00am Saturday 25th April 2015

FOLLOWING on from Roger Marshall’s excellent letter to The Press of April 18, I would like to commend his suggestion of some lasting tribute to be placed at the new community stadium.

Fundraising Fun

Sports teams support 5k men-only cancer run

York Press:

9:40am Saturday 25th April 2015

YORK’s sports clubs have officially launched this year’s men-only 5k race to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

Hannah to take on Great North Run in memory of grandad

York Press:

9:42am Friday 24th April 2015

UNIVERSITY student Hannah Crosbie is starting a fundraising drive to thank Marie Curie nurses for the support they gave to her grandfather.

History

13 more old Acomb photos (1970s-90s)

York Press:

10:00pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

HERE are 13 more images of Acomb from The Press archives, dating back to the 1960s.

6 wonderful old pictures of York

York Press:

3:11pm Monday 20th April 2015

SOME more great photographs from reader Bryan Thornton to start off with today.

Old York photos: Check out our most recent galleries

York Press:

See all our recent nostalgia features and galleries in one place....

Health & Wellbeing

Living with dementia

York Press:

2:25pm Monday 20th April 2015

PAUL Moynihan was diagnosed with early onset dementia at 54-years-old. His wife Helen talks to Kate Liptrot about their experiences of living with the condition.

Food for thought: Taste of summer with two healthy desserts

York Press:

2:20pm Monday 20th April 2015

SUMMER seems so near after a set of sunny Easter days... In El Piano restaurant we hear people talking of their holidays and inevitably of wanting to get fitter, slimmer and just generally prepare themselves for being out and about doing, instead of being stuck indoors sitting. So they think about reducing fat and sugar... El Piano founder, Magdalena Chávez takes us through a couple of great healthy desserts that bring all the taste of summer, with no added sugar and hardly any fat...  

Body, Mind & Soul: Growing your own goodness

York Press: Sally Duffin nutritionist (9028376)

2:15pm Monday 20th April 2015

The beautiful weather we’ve had recently will have gotten many of you out in your gardens tending to spring blooms and seeds for the coming summer months.

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