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Aegon Ilkley Trophy

The Aegon Ilkley Trophy

The highest ranking tennis tournament ever to be held in Yorkshire is coming to Ilkley from 13th – 21st June, and we’re very proud to be hosting some of the players here at the Rendezvous Hotel.

The Aegon Ilkley Trophy will feature over 100 matches over 9 days and over 100 players and coaches will attend the tournament. Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club enjoys a fantastic position next to the river in the Wharfe valley with views all around of the famous Ilkley Moor.

The Yorkshire Dales are a fabulous place to enjoy all sorts of sports, so you can use the Rendezvous Hotel for a base to enjoy everything from cycling, hiking, running and canoeing (for the more energetic amongst you) to rugby, hockey and tennis for those of you who like watching (but not necessarily doing)!

Tickets for the Aegon Ilkley Trophy are now available on general sale and are available via the Aegon Ilkley Trophy website.

If you want to get ahead, get a hat!

On Friday the 18th March, Welcome to Yorkshire brought 6 Chinese journalist who were on a tour around the North of England to the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton.

Accompanied by their Guide Alan Rowley, from Yorkshire True Tours and a Visit Britain escort, they had dinner bed and breakfast enjoying some true Yorkshire Hospitality.
They had previous stayed throughout the North of England Starting in Cheshire and making their way through to Blackpool, the Lake District and Cumbria, Durham, Whitby and York and after Rendezvous onto Bronte Parsonage before going to Leeds.

Whilst they were at the Rendezvous they were presented with a gift bag from Malcolm Weaving, proprietor, with some fabulous Yorkshire goodies including some Yorkshire Tea and Copper Dragon Beer. But, their favourite by far was the Traditional Yorkshire Flat Caps, from the Flat Cap stand on Skipton Market. Quote from Malcolm “I take my hat off to the Flat Cap stall holder for his cooperation, I will be presenting a picture to the stall holder of the journalists wearing his Flat Caps, to have on his stall”

They all got into the spirit of things, trying on their caps and wearing them in different ways, like old Yorkshireman would. They were so delighted with the caps that they even wore them to dinner in the Restaurant, to the delight of other diners, and to breakfast the next morning. They thoroughly enjoyed their stay and loved the food.

All in all it was a memorable visit and will hopefully highlight Skipton and Yorkshire to the emerging Chinese Tourist market.

In March this year I had the pleasure of being a driver/guide to a group of Chinese journalists touring the North of England. We all agree that the highlight of the 9 day tour was the time spent at The Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton. The welcome from owner Malcolm Weaving was outstanding, a genuine heartfelt Yorkshire welcome, from a man who clearly enjoys what he does and he does it very well. There is a genuine feeling of contentment when you enter the Rendezvous, and the whole place has a really great atmosphere. Happy smiling staff perform their duties with style and a willingness to please. Dinner was a combination of great food, generous Yorkshire portions of quality local produce and Malcolm’s company, a very gregarious man who kept the table entertained with stories, jokes and recommendations from the various menus. After a good night’s sleep in a very well presented room, we again enjoyed Malcolm’s presence at the best breakfast I have ever eaten in a hotel anywhere. A simple dish like scrambled eggs never tasted this good anywhere but the Rendezvous, tomatoes again a simple dish but how do they get them to taste so good? The Rendezvous was in the middle of our tour and we were still talking about the place on our last night, the Rendezvous should be on everyone’s list of places to stay.

Alan Rowley, Yorkshire True Tours.

Children’s cancer research charity ball – huge success

It’s just over a week since the Petal charity Ball at the Rendezvous Hotel Skipton where the group welcomed over 200 guests to enjoy a 70’s theme evening. The event was a huge success and the generous guests present raised an amazing £20,000 for Cancer Research UK’s research into childhood cancers at the Leeds Cancer Centre.

The Skipton fundraising group, were absolutely delighted with the response from the local community and have already booked the date for next year’s event which will be held on Saturday 11th February.

The next Petal Fundraising event is the Craven Police Quiz on Friday 4th March at 7pm at the Rendezvous Hotel and the next charity luncheon is scheduled for 21st April. For further details please contact Karen Weaving on 07790 026343 or karenweaving@rendezvous-skipton.com

Photo attached is the amazing Petal Fundraising Group who fund local research into childhood cancers.

“Thank you, me and my wife Julie had a great time on Saturday night !
It was an excellent event and very well planned… we could not believe how much
You raised in 1 night… well done, you are all doing a brilliant job very much appreciated”

“Everything was great as usual& as I have said before always an uplifting experience.
Your warmth & hospitality is second to none.”

“Just a quick email to say how much we enjoyed ourselves at the ball last night. It was a great evening and we had lovely company.”

Half term fun in the Yorkshire Dales

The beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park is the perfect place to spend the half term break and whether you enjoy nothing better than a long walk in gorgeous surroundings, or exploring castles and museums, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

The Rendezvous Hotel is in a fantastic location right on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and within easy reach of all the attractions that this wonderful part of the world has to offer. There’s so much to do in our corner of Yorkshire that unfortunately we haven’t got space (or time!) to mention everything so here are just a few of the things you could do with the kids this half term:

  • Bolton Abbey steam railway is just a short distance from the Rendezvous Hotel and a whole host of special trains and events are run during half term and throughout the year, including the ever-popular Thomas the Tank Engine train service.
  • The Forbidden Corner near Leyburn can be easily reached by public transport or car and is well worth a visit. The perfect day out for kids of all ages, The Forbidden Corner has secret chambers, tunnels and labyrinths to explore.
  • Lightwater Valley boasts the longest roller coaster ride in Europe – perfect for adrenalin junkies – and rides suitable for all ages.
  • History buffs will love Skipton Castle which is within walking distance of the Rendezvous Hotel, or Fountains Abbey, Bolton Castle, Bolton Abbey and Jervaulx Abbey which can all be reached by public transport or car.
  • Active families have a choice of almost limitless walks taking in the spectacular landscapes of the Dales, including wooded valleys, wild moorland, beautiful rivers and impressive gorges. Some of the most popular include White Scar Caves, Malham Cove, Ingleborough and Aysgarth Falls.

So rather than sitting at home this half term, why not book a break at the Rendezvous Hotel? We’re proud to be one of the most popular Yorkshire Dales hotels and we offer a range of family-friendly accommodation, including family rooms and self-serviced apartments.  If you would like to make a reservation, please call our friendly booking team on 01756 700100.

Exploring the Dales on two wheels

The Yorkshire Dales offers a wealth of incredible cycling routes and whether you’re an experienced cyclist or are about to get out and about on two wheels for the first time, here at the Rendezvous we think our corner of Yorkshire is pretty hard to beat.

Cycling has always been very popular here in Yorkshire but since the success of the Yorkshire Grand Depart back in 2014, we’ve been gripped by cycling fever! A great way to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National park, cycling is something which can be enjoyed by cyclists of all abilities.

Book a cycling break at the Rendezvous

We take great pride in offering a warm welcome to cyclists at the Rendezvous and provide high quality hotel accommodation at special rates for individual cyclists and private cycling groups alike.  We know that taking your bike on holiday isn’t always easy but thanks to our secure bike storage and drying facility, it’s our aim to take the strain out of a holiday on two wheels!

Alongside bed and breakfast, our cycling packages cyclists also include a delicious dinner in our restaurant, along with access to our leisure facilities and physio treatments should you need them.

Why cycle in the Yorkshire Dales?

The Yorkshire Dales is one of the most beautiful areas of England and features a range of gorgeous scenery from wild open moorland, through to incredible limestone pavements and lush green meadows. With lots of pretty villages and bustling market towns to explore on route, the Dales has long been enjoyed by cyclists.

A huge and diverse range of cycling routes are available and whether you’d like to re-create some of the routes taken by the 2014 Tour de France, or prefer to go off-road on your mountain bike, we can guarantee that you’ll find the Yorkshire Dales provides some of the most memorable cycling in the UK. For further information on cycling in the Yorkshire Dales, why not visit http://www.cyclethedales.org.uk/ or http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/visit-the-dales/get-outdoors-dales/mountain-biking to find out more?

Contact us to find out more

Spring is definitely on the way and with warmer weather just around the corner, what better excuse could there be to book a cycling break in the Yorkshire Dales? If you would like to find out more, or to make a reservation, why not get in touch with our reservations team on 01756 700100?