It’s not the destination, it’s the glory of the ride, according to artist Edward Monkton’s Zen Dog.
And there can’t be anything more glorious than ripping through the Dales on a Yorkshire Boom Trike.
What a blast!
Wind tearing at your clothes, surrounded by the sites and smells of the beautiful countryside, this is an experience NOT to be missed.
The trike, affectionately named Lottie, is owned by Yorkshire Trike Tours – a brand new company setting up in Ilkley.
It’s owned by Ilkley born Jason Richards and his wife Judith who will be offering thrill-seekers a choice of up to 25 breath-taking journeys through the Dales aboard their trusty Trike.
We meet outside Ilkley Library, where Jason takes us through a list of safety procedures before we climb aboard.
The Trike doesn’t go unnoticed. All around us passers by point and stare -they can’t help it – ‘Lottie’ is a looker and she knows it. In fact she has even caught the eye of celebrities – Nick Baines (Peanut from the Kaiser Chiefs) was one of the first to take the tour.
Jason hands us our very own bandanna (Sons of Anarchy style) before giving us our über cool helmets – complete with Bluetooth so that we can chat to each other throughout the ride.
We are to be taken on Tour 3, Jason explains, through the town centre to Addingham Moorside, following the line of Rombalds Moor, dropping down into Airedale, passing Silsden, Riddlesden, before travelling over to East Morton, through Eldwick and back down past the Cow and Calf into Ilkley.
It has been said that driving a car is like watching a film, whereas riding a motorbike is like being in one.
Now I know exactly what that means. We are only minutes into the tour when we turn up at Addingham Moorside and I suddenly catch a whiff of what smells like home cooking.
“That’s the wild garlic,” explains Jason – “It’s powerful stuff isn’t it?”
Further up the hill I sense a less fragrant aroma coming off the fields – but it’s all part of the experience (and besides I can’t exactly roll up the window). [Read More...]
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Prepare to be entertained by a volley of memorable one-liners and comical capers in this female version of Neil Simon’s classic American comedy The Odd Couple.
Audiences will no doubt be familiar with the classic film of the same name, which starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, but how many of us know that Simon rewrote the play in the 1980s, following pressure from actresses who wanted to play this type of comic role?
On the evidence of last night’s opening performance, an accomplished directorial debut by Rachel Conyers, this female version works very well, with plenty of visual and verbal hilarity to entertain and amuse us.
The Odd Couple in question are Olive and Florence. The pair are old friends but complete opposites: Olive is easy-going, untidy and given to forthright views, while Florence is uptight, obsessively house-proud and emotionally inhibited. When Florence’s husband unexpectedly dumps her, kind-hearted Olive invites her to stay – and the scene is set for a series of hilarious situations as their personalities clash. [Read More...]
Disney today announced that its award-winning production of THE LION KING will play the Bradford Alhambra. Woohoo!
Disney’s THE LION KING will play for seven weeks in Bradford, as part of the show’s record-breaking UK tour.
Four years in the making, this truly international production brings together a cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers, from 17 different countries, supported by a backstage team of over 100 people.
The touring production is the biggest musical production ever to tour the UK. With hundreds of masks, puppets and more than 700 elaborate costumes representing 26 different types of animal, 21 giant trucks are used to transport everything across the country. In total, the touring production will visit 10 cities across the UK & Ireland over two and a half years, with further dates and locations to be announced.
Disney’s THE LION KING is based on the Academy award-winning animated film which was handed over to Director and Co-Designer Julie Taymor to adapt for the stage. [Read More...]
And missing out on this incredible production by BrassNeck Theatre would definitely be one of them.
If you haven’t yet secured your tickets for the Andrew Lloyd-Webber hit then do so fast – it’s a belter.
Raw energy exudes from this show the second it begins, for it is, after all, a show full of passion.
For those of you familiar with the original film set in Lancashire - try to keep an open mind. I wasn’t convinced by Webber’s decision to move it to south America either but thanks to a powerful score and engaging script it works.
The production opens with a church scene in deep Louisiana. The townsfolk, encouraged by their local minister (Simon Monte) burst into song with an incredible force, immediately revealing the strength of talent among the cast.
The story revolves around three children, Swallow (Rebecca Ferrin) Brat (Sophie Downham) and Poor Baby (Jack Downham). [Read More...]
And judging from the line-up we wont be disappointed.
Yorkshire born Tom Wrigglesworth will have you begging for more when he takes to the stage at Ilkley Playhouse on June 1.
Tom became a national have-a-go hero when he rescued a little old lady from the jaws of Virgin train bureaucracy (only to be arrested for begging!)
His subsequent sell-out show ‘Open Return Letter to Richard Branson’ bagged him a Chortle Award for Best Show in 2010 and a nomination for the main Edinburgh Festival award.
He recently won a Sony Award for his Radio 4 series ‘Open Letters’. A 2nd series will be broadcast later this year.
Ilkley comedy lovers will be given a preview of his latest Edinburgh Festival show ‘Utterly at Odds With the Universe,’ and just to be clear how good he really is, he has five star reviews in Time Out, The Scotsman, Edinburgh Guide and the Edinburgh Evening News and four stars in the Daily Mail, The Guardian, Sunday Times, Times and Daily Telegraph.
Phew! That’s a lot of stars. We’re feeling a bit dizzy! [Read More...]
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