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The Guide ~ March 17th - March 23rd

Hello and welcome to The Guide, a list of handpicked ideas of things to do and places to go this weekend....... National Science Week, The Rotunda, Scarborough, March 19th & 20th


There's a bumper weekend of scientific fun on offer at The Rotunda this weekend as part of National Science Week - and it's all free. The activities are for a range of ages and include the chance to test your skills as an astronaut; bring along your own fossils to get them identified; try your hand at a construction challenge; enjoy some sound science singing and listen to stories about dinosaurs. Then why not round off the day with fish and chips on the sea front? Or step back to the 1950s Milk Bar and head to Alonzi's Harbour Bar for a scoop or ice cream or two.

The Rotunda, Scarborough, March 19th & 20th, 10am-5pm, free

Walk the walls, York


Spring is a great time to walk York's historic walls - the daffodils create a cheerful display of colour and lets face it who isn't ready for a walk without being knee deep in mud? At over two miles long, the walls are the longest Medieval walls in England. One of the most iconic views is from the walls that end at Lendal Bridge. As you walk from Micklegate Bar past the station, York Minster come into view so have your camera at the ready. There are plenty of nice cafés to head to afterwards, especially along Micklegate, Gillygate and along Bishopthorpe Road.

York Walls, free

Humorous cartoons exhibition, Nunnington Hall, March 19th - April 25th


I'm always impressed by the high quality art exhibitions that Nunnington Hall displays in its attic gallery space. Their latest offering is a lighthearted comical exhibition of humorous illustrations by a range of artists including Bill Stott, Matthew Pritchett, Sally Artz, Peter Brookes and more. Aside from the changing exhibitions, Nunnington Hall is a fascinating manor house with plenty of history within its rooms. Lovely gardens and a tea shop too.

Nunnington Hall, March 19th - April 24th 11am-5pm, free with National Trust admission

The Workshop - For the Would-be Creative, various dates


The Workshop used to run at a lovely venue in Ebberston before the team recently retired after 10 years'  dedicated service to crafts. But, fear not, before you put away your needle and thread, the good news is that The Workshop is now an online creative hub that points you in the direction of the type of course you're looking for in this area. From sewing and textiles, to culinary and floral crafts the workshop has a huge range of courses including dressmaking, a regular crochet club, wirework, willow weaving and flower arranging,

The Workshop, Tel 01723 867925, email: the_workshop@btconnect.com

Also York Literature Festival continues until Wednesday with a family fun day on Sunday, March 20th including author events and Lego and Minecraft activities York Library. And you can still get along to see The Flying Scotsman in action along the North York Moors Railway until Sunday, March 20th.

And something to look forward to...

Books By the Beach, Scarborough Book Festival, April 13th-17th


Books by the Beach which was The Scarborough Book Festival returns for its regular April slot with a mix of best-selling novelists, biographers, historians. Authors include Alison Weir, Janet Ellis, Joan Bakewell, Alice Roberts, Tracy Chevalier, Melvyn Bragg, Vince Cable, Joanne Harris amongst others. For something a bit different how about a Sherlock dinner or a Tudor lunch? Events for adults and children.

ps the books in the photo are not representative of the authors at the festival just in case I trigger a stampede of kids dashing to Scarbs to meet Jeff Kinney....

Books by the Beach, Scarborough Literature Festival, April 13th-17th.

Have a lovely weekend, however you decide to spend it.....

Adventures on South Landing beach

The scratch of vinyl at The Inkwell