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Visiting York in The Half Term

If you are looking for things to do whilst visiting york in the half term here are some exciting suggestions for the kids.

Illuminating York Where York is bathed in digital light shows for tourists and locals alike

Celebrate Halloween at York Maze where the kids can get into ‘the spirit’ of things.

The NRM big fun with little trains

Remember its not just about the History its also about the present. We love York

Start early for Christmas shopping







Around this time we start to think of the kids returning to school and the autumn months ahead. Suddenly we acknowledge that Christmas is just 16 weeks away. Now is the time to start preparing. Don’t get caught out with the snowy weather like last year, start your shopping early.





We have a great solution
We have a regular group of ladies who are sisters but live in 4 separate corners of the UK. They meet up here every year for the weekend. They buy all their Christmas shopping then spend their evenings wrapping all their pressies together in their rooms drinking wine and listening to music laughing giggleing and generally enjoying each others company

What an excellent way to deal with all that Christmas shopping.


If this appeals to you The York Priory has started reducing the prices on our our midweek and Sunday nights leading up to Christmas. It is always best to call the reception team 44 (0)1904 819022 to discuss the availability, rates and make a booking


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Location:York,United Kingdom

Personal Experience of a Personal Trainer

In 2002 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it was raging out of control

I was feeling pretty low and not enjoying life in general. I really knew I had to do something positive for myself.

A couple of years ago I enrolled a personal trainer, Jason Feavers.

I truly felt foolish. I really didn’t want to exercise and was scared and reluctant as to what was going to be expected from me. Jason is absolutely fantastic and explained how the roles of a P.T has changed over the years. No more push push for the burn and more lifestyle coaching. He works with several professionals like Elaine Wilson and Suzanne Brue and believes very strongly research and making positive changes. Jason is very encouraging and uses persuasive instruction. He must be a very clever man because he has actually in succeeded in getting me to exercise without it actually disliking like it. He has a very simple philosophy and that is that the exercise must be something you enjoy. He also works with people who in training for goals like marathons, climbs, events etc. A diverse spectrum.

So far I have tried Nordic walking, power plate, TRX, kettle bells, boxercise. I have started dancing in both ceroc and salsa.

On the positive side, my diabetes management has really improved so much so that I have managed to be taken off 1 of the tablets, and made lots of new friends and tried new experiences.

I would defiantly recommend a personal trainer. Choose your tranier carefully and make sure you are both working towards the same goal. It really can be a positive step.

Selby Abbey and York to Selby Cycle path





I had a go to a meeting in Selby yesterday so it was a good opportunity to visit with my father in Law at Bubwith and then on to Selby. Bubwith is a village between Selby and Market Weighton. Interesting little village with a Nature reserve and a cracking little Deli called Jug and Bottle.

I knew the bridge at selby is closed to cars so we parked up on the otherside and walked over into the town.

Selby is a traditional old market town, famous for its Bank Holiday Monday giant market.

It has a beautiful Abbey there and a great sports centre.

We took a meal just opposite is a lovely restaurant Number 8. I had heard so much about and it certainly lived up to its reputation.

Some guests bought there bikes with them over the Eater break and rode from York to Selby along the cycle path said it had been very enjoyable, its about 14 Miles

Location:Selby

Easter Bank Holiday Monday at Temple Newsam




Bank Holidays are always very quite in the hospitality trade. Its the time we have our bit of R&R after working most of the weekend. Yesterday was no exception. My sister (Acres Dene) and I decided to take the dog for a Nordic Walk at Temple Newsam




What an absolutely glorious walk it is, you can walk miles,uninterrupted totally traffic free, in peaceful countryside. We walked 4.5 miles including bridlepaths, georgous bluebell woods and saw rare breed cattle. Boo our dog just loves it.

A good tip is to take a drink and a snack with you or even a pic-nic you can fill an entire day if you really enjoy the great outdoors.