Your essential guide to the Great British Food Festival Yorkshire

If you live in Yorkshire and you’re something of a foodie, there’s one weekend that you’re definitely going to need to put in your calendar. This May Bank Holiday weekend, between 23rd and 25th May, is the Great British Food Festival Yorkshire, back for 2015 with a jam-packed roster of events.

This fantastic event, held at Harewood House near Leeds, is one of the most high profile food festivals in Leeds. Spread out over three days, there’s lots going on – from cooking demos by top local chefs to live music and cookery classes for all ages. It’s a treat for the senses, with lots to taste, smell and savour, and plenty of activities for families to enjoy together.

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Why gift vouchers make a great gift

We all have far too much stuff, cluttering up our cupboards and every available inch of attic space. That’s why, when it comes to buying gifts for friends and loved ones, it might be a good idea to avoid giving just more ‘stuff’ and actually give something that will prove useful.

Instead of desperately hunting around for something to wrap up, which will only end up being neglected or re-gifted, why not give a gift voucher? It takes up no space, fits inside a card and is essentially ‘free’ money for the recipient to spend on whatever they want.   A voucher also takes the guess work out of present buying, so you no longer have to be a mind-reader to find the perfect present for someone special in your life.

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Back to the basics: How to plan a conference that encourages audience participation

Sitting in a conference listening to a speaker drone on about an arduous topic for what seems like eternity is not synonymous with a memorable, engaging and effective meeting. On the contrary, it all but gives the audience a ticket to switch off and fall asleep.

One of the keyword phrases in planning a successful, effective and enjoyable conference is ‘audience participation’.

Audiences don’t just want to be talked at and remain passive, they want to take action themselves. But how does the planner of a conference create an engaging event that encourages plenty of audience participation?

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A Take That tribute night at Weetwood Hall

If you’re a fan of the revived 1990’s boyband Take That, but you can’t quite stretch to the eye-wateringly expensive ticket price to see them in concert – visit Weetwood Hall in Leeds this May for the next best thing, and we really do mean the very next best thing!

Rule the World are not only the UK’s best and most popular Take That tribute act, but they have also been given the thumbs-up by Take That frontman Gary Barlow himself, who described them as “brilliant”.

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Yorkshire moves into top gear: Tour de Yorkshire 2015

The next couple of weeks are set to be hugely exciting for Yorkshire, as it will host the first ever Tour de Yorkshire. There only a matter of days left before this cycling event, modelled of course on the world-famous Tour de France, kicks off in Bridlington.

Here’s a quick guide to each stage of this thrilling 3-day event, with routes taking in some of the very best and most scenic spots for cycling in Yorkshire:

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