Programme

Here is our current programme of events.

Please note that for privacy, we do not show contact details on this webpage. If you are interested in attending an event, please contact us.

December 2023 – May 2024

Sunday 10th December — TASK & CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION    — Brimham Rocks
Our traditional Christmas visit to Brimham, with a morning task followed by a shared (Christmas-themed) buffet and plenty of festive cheer. Fingers crossed for a frosty, sunny day. Contact Steve for more details if you’d like to come along.

Monday 1st January 2024 — NEW YEAR’S DAY WALK
The New Year’s Day walk will be at the popular venue of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal again this year. We will meet at the visitor centre from around 10am for those that would like a tea/coffee or sustenance (the bacon butties can be recommended) before starting the walk at around 11am. Stephen will be leading us on a walk of around 6 miles (a couple of hours or so), through the deer park and into the surrounding countryside, ending back at the visitor centre (the exact route will be decided nearer to the day, weather and conditions dependent). Contact Stephen if you would like to join us.

Sunday 14h January — TASK — Nostell Priory
It is becoming traditional that our first task of the new year is at Nostell. At this time of year, woodland work is often the order of the day in the parkland of the impressive house. To come along, contact James & Lesley.

Sunday 28th January — TASK — Brimham Rocks
Fingers crossed for a crisp frost and sunny day to help the work along and light up the views from the moor far along Nidderdale. Could well be birch removal, maybe a bonfire to warm us up. Contact Andy if you’d like to join us.

Sunday 11th February — TASK — Nunnington Hall
Our annual visit to Nunnington Hall in Ryedale. The grounds at this property are small in area but very varied and there is often a range of jobs on offer. The task may involve general tidying work, or construction in preparation for the new season; path maintenance is often needed. Contact Stephen to take part.

Sunday 25th February — TASK — East Riddlesden Hall
Another of our smaller properties, but there is always plenty needing to be done at this time of year. Come along and help finish off the winter’s work and prepare the grounds for the new season. Please contact Helen if you’d like to join us.

Friday 1st March — MEAL — The Inn at Scarcroft (formerly The New Inn) 7pm start.
Celebrate the (meteorological) first day of spring with a meal in the company of friends. We shall be visiting the pub now known as The Inn at Scarcroft for our meal out in this programme. To book your seat at the table, please contact Pete. More information on the venue & directions.

Sunday 10th March — TASK — Beningbrough Hall *Moved from 24th March*
Beningbrough Hall has extensive gardens and also parkland going down to the River Ouse; we may be working in either area. There is sure to be plenty to do, usually including some lighter jobs. The spring bulbs display should be at its best now. Contact Stephen Geoff and Margaret if you’d like join us.

Sunday 24th March — TASK — Upper Wharfedale Estate *Moved from 10th March*
Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, Upper Wharfedale is noted as one of the finest valleys in the country. Tasks here are as varied as the landscape – moorland, woodland or river bank. In March we could have the first shoots of spring, or winter snow. Whatever the weather, the scenery is magnificent and the work invigorating. Contact Sue if you’d like to take part.

Sunday 7th April — TASK — Malham Tarn Estate
Spring comes late to these upper Dales properties, so we may be seeing the first green shoots on this visit. Stretching from the high moorland to the Tarn itself and on towards the village below, the property encompasses farmland, woodland, a wetland nature reserve and even a walled garden. To join us at this popular property, contact Jude.

20th–21st April —WEEKEND TASK— Borrowdale (Northern Lakes)
The Northern Lakes is possibly our most extensive property, with very varied upland landscapes, Derwentwater shores and islands. Brandelhow, a wood pasture on the western side of the lake, was the National Trust’s first Lake District property, acquired in 1902. Join us either for the full weekend or come for the day on Saturday. Contact Steve for more details and to put your name down to take part.

Saturday 4th May — CANAL BOAT AFTERNOON TEA CRUISE — Meet by 2.30pm for a 2.45pm start
To celebrate the group reaching its 40th anniversary, we are having an afternoon tea party – on a canal boat. The cruise along the Leeds-Liverpool canal will last three hours, starting and ending at Skipton. We have sole use of the boat, which is fully crewed by Skipton Boat Trips, with afternoon tea provided.
There are two main tea choices – regular or savoury, with various options:

  1. Regular afternoon tea:- assortment of sandwiches on white and brown bread which usually includes cheese & pickle, ham, egg mayonnaise, cream cheese & cucumber; freshly made scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream; selection of cakes; tea or coffee.
    The ‘regular’ tea is also available in Vegetarian, Gluten Free/Coeliac (£3 extra), and Vegan (£3 extra) options.
    Other ‘regular’ options are: all cheese, all ham or all beef and onion sandwiches. All sandwiches can be made with or without butter / spread.
  2. Savoury afternoon tea:- sandwiches either just ham, just beef and onion or just cheese, with or without butter; an award-winning pork pie and sausage roll from Stanforth Butchers; fruit scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream; tea or coffee.

The total cost is £17.50 per person (£20.50 if the Gluten Free or Vegan options are chosen). General details of the trip and directions to the starting point. Please contact Pete by Saturday 20th April to book your place and with your choice of meal.

Future tasks

  • May 19th – Nostell Priory
  • June 2nd – Hardcastle Crags
  • June 16th – East Riddlesden Hall
  • June 30th – Brimham Rocks
  • July 21st – Hardcastle Crags
  • August 11th – Malham Tarn Estate
  • September 1st – Beningbrough Hall
  • September 15th – East Riddlesden Hall
  • September 29th – Brimham Rocks
  • October 13th – Upper Wharfedale
  • October 27th – Ormesby Hall nr Middlesborough, North Yorkshire
  • November 9th&10th – Cragside Estate, Northumberland
  • November 24th – Rievaulx Terrace
  • December 15th – Brimham Rocks

Full details will be provided in the next programme.