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    Beverley Beck

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 14, 2011

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    A short walk out of Beverley , past the Minster and along Flemingate , leads to Beverley Beck.
    The start of the Beck is indicated by a statue of a miller carrying a sack and then a pleasant walk past new housing developments leads to a countryside for a short walk to a small marina and the lock gates that lead the Beck out in to the River Hull and open country from where you can take walks along the river bank.
    The marina is rather scruffy but has a certain charm - there is a good view of the town and Minster from the road bridge that crosses the Beck.

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    Beverley Kite Festival

    by Orbital_ Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kites of all shapes and sizes...

    Held over the May Day Holiday Weekend the Kite Festival is good wholesome fun for all the family, if I can say that without it sounding too cheesy. The focus is of course, Kites, but there's plenty of other entertainment, stalls and things to keep all ages amused for a few hours. Grab a picnic, chill out on the lush grass and be mesmerised by the aerial ballet. As long as there's good weather and a bit of a breeze it's well worth an afternoon of your time.

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    Beverley Minster

    by Britannia2 Written Jul 5, 2010

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    Building work began in 1220 and was completed in 1425. It is generally regarded as the most impressive (architecturally speaking) church in England that is not a cathedral. The design of the Minster formed the inspiration for the design of the present Westminster Abbey in London.
    Ground Floor Tours
    Monday - Saturday from 10.30am onwards
    Tour lasts about 45 minutes
    Roof Tours
    Thursday - Saturday 11.15am & 2.15pm
    Other times are available by appointment - please contact the Parish Centre.
    Charges are (as of February 2009):
    Adults: Ground Floor Tour £4, Roof Tour £5, Ground Floor and Roof Tour £7
    Children (7-16): Ground Floor Tour £2, Roof Tour £2.50, Ground Floor and Roof Tour £3.50

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    Wednesday Market

    by Britannia2 Updated Jul 4, 2010

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    At the end of Toll Gavel shopping precinct is Wednesday Market. As the photos show this is a pleasant square which has been improved in recent years to include new out door seating and the restaurants and the pub all have outdoor tables in the summer. A very pleasant place to sit - traffic is minimal on the main road that passes through and there are a number of interesting shops and restaurants here.
    There is of course a small market here on Wednesdays.

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    St Marys

    by Britannia2 Written Jul 4, 2010

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    Sir Tatton Sykes, the nineteenth century church restorer who was no mean judge of architectural beauty, once exclaimed while contemplating the west front of the Church,
    "Lovely St Mary's, unequalled in England,
    and almost without rival on the continent of Europe!"
    Even though this enthusiastic verdict may owe something to the local patriotism of an East Riding man, it may fairly be claimed that St Mary's holds very high rank among the great Parish Churches of England, and such was the view of both Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and Sir John Betjeman.
    St Marys is indeed a beautiful church - I am no expert on chuches but on occasional visits have never failed to see the beauty and grandeur of this Norman church.
    Open through the day to visitors and the volunteers on duty will gladly answer questions and show visitors through the church.

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    Beverley Westwood

    by Britannia2 Written May 3, 2009

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    Looking across the Westwood to the town

    The Westwood is a large area of wood and pasture land that stands above the town to the west on the York and Walkington roads. Cattle roam at will ( and are quite safe unless bothered) and there is a difficult to play golf course here.
    The well being of the pastures is overseen by the Pasture Masters, a group of men elected from the Freemen of Beverley each March. Although the Pasture Act of 1836 clarified the right of the Pasture Masters to administer and enforce their bylaws, it did not state who ‘owned’ the land. In 1978 the courts decided that the pastures were owned by the then Borough Council; it is now ‘owned’ by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
    Parking is free on just off the road spots and there are catering vans parked along the main road through (but no toilet facilities). A good place to fly a kite or just walk and enjoy the views or sit with an ice cream.

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    Burton Bushes

    by Britannia2 Updated May 3, 2009

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    Burton Bushes in the spring
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    Burton Bushes is a boggy remnant of the medieval wood pasture to the west of the town near the racecourse. There is a small parking spot approximately 250 yards on the left hand side of road just past the course buildings and from here a stile gate leads in to Burton Bushes. There is a path through which winds through the wooded area and then out on to the pasture where good views of Beverley are afforded. The paths can be wet and muddy and an old pair of shoes or boots is recommended.
    Best in the spring or autumn when the colours in the wood are at their best.
    Wheelchair accessible on dry days but quite a bumpy ride and the journey over grass from the car park to the path through the wood is difficult but possible.
    There are a number of seats at various viewpoints that have been donated by local people for those who need to rest as they walk through.
    I am told this is a particularly good place for bird spotters.

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    Beverley Racecourse

    by Piggy73 Updated Apr 28, 2008

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    A Flat racing course that dates back to the 1690's.

    Refer to to the official website for lots of useful information - especially for 1st timers.

    Admission is free for under 16's if accompanied by an adult. Students and senior citizens receive a discount on admission.

    If travelling by train it is worth asking if there are any special offers for rail users. The stations sometimes have vouchers (e.g a free bet) for rail passengers.

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    Army & transport Museum

    by Piggy73 Updated Apr 28, 2008

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    Unfortunately the museum has closed due to lack of funds required for building repairs. Some of the items fromt he museum can be found at Paull Fort.

    The area will eventually be redeveloped and will comprise of residential dwellings and a new campus for East Riding College will be built to replace the current college in the Molescroft area of town.

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    Sports Centre and Swimming Pool

    by Piggy73 Updated Mar 20, 2007

    The local authority operates the Beverley Leisure Complex.

    Check out the website for details of current fitness classes and prices.

    Users of the facility will be given a refund for car parking as charges have introduced to stop commuter parking.

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    Festival of Christmas

    by Orbital_ Updated Dec 16, 2005

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    All manner of festive and quirky entertainment...

    I defy even the most cynical Christmas scrooge to get seasonal upon visiting Beverley's 'Festival of Christmas. Trust me, I'm qualified to say that as usually I'm hardly thrilled by the prospect of Christmas, but after visiting the market I feel that little bit more into the spirit of things. Held on the second Sunday of December each year the festival has stalls selling everything from traditional crafts to foodstuffs and clothes. Many of the high-street shops in the town are also open throughout the day and in this respect compliment the festival rather than compete with it. However it can be a victim of it's own success should the weather hold - cafes and restaurants are packed as are roads into the town, and parking is a veritable nightmare. So much so in fact that a 'Park & Ride' bus services operates from Beverley Racecourse to try and ease pressure on routes into the town. However all this aside, the bustle in town and the Christmas lights twinkling above you can't help but get you in the mood.

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    The Guildhall

    by Piggy73 Updated Oct 25, 2004

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    It was built in 1872. The decorative ceiling of "Justice Unblidfolded" was created by Guiseppe Cortese a Swiss/Italian artist .

    This is currently the base for the development of a Community Museum. Look out for interesting exhibitions & events during the school holidays.

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    Market Day

    by Orbital_ Written Oct 23, 2004

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    The best day to visit Beverley is a Saturday – market day. In the imaginatively titled ‘Saturday Market’ area, at the top of Toll Gavel (the main shopping street), you will find just that. The market is huge and full of everything from fruit, to hats and electronics gear. The town is positively bustling on a Saturday, whatever the weather, and if some good buskers are in town it’s quite atmospheric indeed. Think a small, compact version of York with less unashamed pandering to the tourist £’s.

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    Church of St Mary's

    by Orbital_ Written Sep 23, 2004

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    The gorgeous detail of the exterior

    Often overlooked, because the Minster does kinda’ catch your eye a bit, is the smaller but just as remarkable church of St Mary’s on the corner of North Bar Within & Hengate. Dating from 1120 (only really properly finished in 1530 would you believe), the interior is also notable for intricate wooden carving detail (such as a Rabbit said to have inspired Lewis Carroll) and a rare (in the UK) painted ceiling from the 15th centaury.

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    Beverley Minster

    by Orbital_ Updated Sep 23, 2004

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    Gothic magnificence in a quiet corner of Yorkshire

    Undeniably spectacular, the 13th centaury gothic Beverley Minster is one of the best-kept secrets in the UK. York Minster draws all the fire, but those who make it to this pleasant but bustling little market town are stunned first by the scale of the Minster; its stark, imposing vertical contrast to the rest of the surrounding land. Secondly, by the fact that even at the height of summer it’s refreshingly free of crowds. Unlike say Salisbury Cathedral where you’d be beating other tourists away with a stick (yes, even in a place of worship), unless coach tours of wrinklies are passing through you can have plenty of room and ambient atmosphere to yourself for quiet contemplation and appreciation.

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