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The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival

Sample the very best of Yorkshire at the Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival 2017

Taking place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July at Funkirk Farm in Skipton, The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival offers a fantastic opportunity to sample the very best in local food, drink, fun and entertainment.

Featuring demonstrations by celebrity chefs John Torode and James Martin, this year’s festival is a wonderful day out the whole family will enjoy. There’ll be a huge range of stalls and suppliers selling delicious food, drinks and treats, from pork pies and curries, through to artisan coffee, sweets and luxury ice creams. A tempting selection of hot and cold food, drinks and snacks will also be available, including, pizza, curry and locally produced cider to name but a few.

The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival is a shopper’s paradise and with exhibitors selling everything from stylish kitchen equipment and gadgets, through to furniture, wine and liqueurs. There will also be a wide range of interesting demonstrations and workshops, including cocktail making, cider and wine tasting, cupcake making and flower arranging.

There are plenty of free activities for kids too, including a petting farm, biscuit decorating, Punch & Judy show, sand art and birds of prey. For a small fee kids can have their faces painted or enjoy the rides at the Festival’s vintage fun fair.

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So if you’re looking for a fun day out the whole family will love, why not pay a visit to The Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival in Skipton? We’re just a short drive or bus ride from the festival so if you’re staying with us this weekend, a visit to the festival is a lovely way to enjoy the very best of Yorkshire food and drink against the gorgeous backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales countryside.

For further information on The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival or to book tickets, please visit their website.


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A great day out in the heart of Yorkshire

Stay with us and visit the beautiful Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is a great place to visit throughout the year but a particular highlight of the summer months is the wide range of agricultural shows which take place throughout the area.

A tradition which dates back hundreds of years, agricultural shows are great places to enjoy a day out in the stunning surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Packed with lots to see and do for the whole family, country shows offer the perfect opportunity to find out more about the people and animals who life in this beautiful part of the world.

The agricultural show calendar is always pretty full during July and August and whilst there are too many shows to mention in just one blog post, we thought we’d highlight some of the most popular.

Gargrave Show takes place every August and because it’s held in the grounds of Eshton Hall which is in easy reach of Skipton, is an ideal day out if you’re staying at the Rendezvous! Offering everything from farm animals and horticulture through to handicrafts classes, sheep dog trials, fell running and show jumping, this show is hard to beat.

The setting for Kilnsey Show is incredible as it’s located under the famous Kilnsey Crag. Featuring all the usual farming exhibits plus horticulture, fell and harness racing, plus dry stone walling, Kilnsey show is held every year towards the end of August.

Masham Sheep fair is always incredibly popular and is held each year at the end of September to commemorate times gone by when up to 70,000 sheep were sold every year. With lots of sheep-related entertainment for the whole family, Masham Sheep makes a great day out in the Yorkshire Dales.

Book your Yorkshire Dales holiday at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton

Thanks to our fantastic location on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Rendezvous Hotel is the ideal place to stay for a short break or holiday in this beautiful part of the world. If you would like to find out more, or to make a reservation, why not get in touch today?


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Why cycle in the Yorkshire Dales?

Cycling holidays in Yorkshire

Our answer to the question of why cycle the Yorkshire Dales is why not! Offering stunning scenery, many hundreds of miles of road and mountain bike cycling routes, the Yorkshire Dales is a fantastic place to come and enjoy some world-class cycling opportunities.

There’s no denying that the Yorkshire Dales boasts one of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in the country. From meadow-filled valley bottoms, criss-crossed by dry stone walls, through to windswept, dramatic heather moorland and impressive natural limestone pavements, the Yorkshire Dales is truly a feast for the eyes.

Cycling offers an unbeatable way to enjoy the gorgeous landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. Travelling by bike makes it easier to see more whilst appreciating the natural beauty of your surroundings and because you’ve had to work hard to get there, what better excuse could there be to stop and enjoy a pint or a cup of tea and a slice of cake?

The Yorkshire Dales offers a diverse range of cycling routes, with options to suit families and inexperienced cyclists, through to incredibly challenging long distance routes and steep hill climbs. Whether you’d like to put together your own route, or would prefer to follow a way marked route, cycling in the Dales offers something for all cyclists.

Cycle-friendly accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales offers a wide range of cycle-friendly accommodation and here at the Rendezvous we’re proud to be a hotel which welcomes cyclists. It’s our aim to provide accommodation to meet the unique requirements of our cycling guests, from packed lunches on request, through to advice on cycling routes, secure bike storage and full use of our swimming pool, gym and fitness facilities.

Contact the Rendezvous Hotel to make a reservation

If you would like to find out more, or to make a reservation, why not get in touch with our reservations team today?


Our Convenient Drive-Up Cash Machine

Just a little reminder to our customers and local Skipton residents that we have drive-up ATM machine situated outside the hotel. This enables customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicle. It is ideal for anyone having difficulty visiting cash machines either because they have children in the car or find parking difficult.

The drive-up cash point is easy to use and very convenient because customers can pull in, get their cash and drive off without leaving the comfort of their vehicle. ~Things have certainly moved on a bit since actor Reg Varney opened the first one 50 years ago! The cash point is open for anyone to use, whether resident at the hotel or not.

Petal Children Cancer Research Ladies Lunch

20th July 2017

We will welcome another very interesting speaker who also has a great story, Olivia Slack. Sister of Lydia Slack, who endeared us with her very amusing stories of life in the Derbyshire hills with her farming family. We have also had Lydia’s dad Peter who was equally as amusing!

Olivia is 19 years old, unfortunately her mum Judith passed away after fighting her personal battle with cancer in December of 1998. Her mum was Peter’s sister, so having two children of their own Peter and Sylvia Slack took Olivia in aged 2 years old and brought her up as their own. As a consequence, and quite rightly, they call her their daughter and Olivia calls them mum and dad.

After completing her A Levels she joined young farmers and soon started entering competitions! Olivia won the National Young Farmers Junior Public Speaking Competition in 2015. She loves speaking and has a similar determination to aim high and do her very best, just like sister Lydia.
She has actually got through to the National Final of the Senior After Dinner Speaking Competition to be held on 1st July so fingers crossed for her! Dad Peter says very modestly ‘she’s very good’!! He must be very proud of his girls. Lydia now has an agent for her speaking engagements.

For bookings and more details on the lunch, please contact Karen Weaving on 01756 700100