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Forthcoming Events -

Thursday, 22 November 2018 - Ten Pin Bowling and China City Chinese Buffet Restaurant 6.30pm - Excape and Castleford

The date for this event has changed to 22nd November

Ten Pin Bowling

Join us for some ten pin bowling at Xscape and dinner afterwards at the China City Buffet Restaurant Castleford.

Always an interesting night and then a convivial meeting for dinner at the China City buffet restaurant.

Two games bowling costs £15.90 and dinner at China City is £12.90 plus drinks.

To reserve you place email

Sunday, 2 December 2018 - Grassington Dickensian Festival and Christmas Market 9.30am - Grassington

The date for this event has changed to one week earlier to 2nd December


Grassington's legendary Dickensian Festival at Christmas: The most magical time of the year.

The picturesque village of Grassington is nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire dales.

Come and be transported back to the time of Dickens.

Shopkeepers, villagers and visitors will be dressed in Victorian costume.

Soak up the festive atmosphere, see the cobbled streets.

Next to the festive glow of an open brazier you can partake of warming mulled wine or hot chocolate.

There is a full entertainment, with bands, buskers and Victorian street entertainers, come and witness the torch lit nativity procession.

A traditional Christmas Market in the village square offers a fantastic festive shopping experience with the shops brimming with stunning Christmas gift ideas.

You will be spoilt for choice with the delicious food served by the pubs, cafes, hotels and outdoor stalls.

Come along and join us a fabulous day out in Grassington.

We will be car sharing and meeting at The Evesrsley Park Centre at 9.30 am.

If you intend to join us please email with Grassington in the subject line.


Grassington Dickensian Festival and Christmas Market will operate a Park and Ride throughout the day on 9th December. The park and ride costs £10.00 per car and will be well signposted from all main routes. Postcode BD23 5NX

For more travel information, just click here

Programme of Events


  • 11.00            Town Crier officially opens the Festival
  • 11.05-11.35 BD1 Brass Band
  • 11.40-12.10 Same Differeence Arts - Victorian Character Singers
  • 12.15-12.45 Upper Wharfedale Performing Arts
  • 12.45-13.00 Town Crier – heralding the day’s events
  • 13.00            Santa’s procession – leaving the Main Square for Santa’s Secret Workshop
  • 13.00-13.40 Boombike Bourree - folk music
  • 13.45-14.15 Upper Wharfedale Performing Arts
  • 14.15-14.40 BD1 Brass Band
  • 14.45-15.15 Same Differeence Arts - Victorian Character Singers
  • 15.30-16.00 BD1 Brass Band
  • 16.00            Lantern procession leaving the Main Square for a round-up of the village ending with Community carol singing by the Bandstand led by the Knaresborough Silver Band


Entertainment and Food/Gift Stalls

  • All day - Barrel Organ
  • 11.30-12.00 Punch & Judy
  • 12.00-12.30 Boombike Bourree - folk music
  • 12.30-13.00 Same Differeence Arts - Victorian Character Singers
  • 13.00-13:30 Punch & Judy
  • 13:30-14:00 Same Differeence Arts - Victorian Character Singers
  • 14.15-14.45 Boombike Bourree - folk music
  • 14.45-15.30 Duncan - the 'One Man Band'


14:00-15:30 Go back in time and listen to the history of Christmas traditions plus stories with carols


Local fayre, quaint shops, cosy pubs and cafes, Dickens characters, street performers, shoe shine boys, Traditional Christmas Market, Santa’s Grotto, braziers, buskers, chestnut sellers. Refreshments available in Church House and the Town Hall, which also hosts an indoor Christmas Craft Market.

Saturday, 15 December 2018 - Jazz in the Spa 7.00pm - Boston Spa


Jazz at Boston Spa is always a great evening with outstanding performances

Tonights act is:the Harlem Hot Stompers and it is a Christmas Party Night

Harlem Hot Stompersthe whole fun filled celebration driven along at a cracking pace by the Harlems with their special guests - Bill Smith on cornet and Mike Pembroke on trombone. A fitting end to a wonderful year of wonderful sounds!

Bring your own bottle and nibbles, glasses are provided.

If you would like to join us, then let us know by sending an email to

January 2019 - Visit to a local Gin Distillery - Gargrave, Skipton

Details to follow


We conduct visits for groups up to a maximum of 15 people and a minimum of 12.

These visits are available on Tuesday evenings only.

The visits start at 7 pm and last for approximately two and a half hours. There is a small charge for the visit; this money goes into a public account that funds welfare opportunities across the Station.

We currently have a huge demand for visitors and our programme is fully booked well in to 2020.

You have been added to our waiting list.

Please consider the following restrictions placed on visitors:

1.The SSPAR may cause issues for visitors who use hearing aids; any such person should
be advised to seek advice from the manufacturer/supplier.

2.Proximity to the SSPAR will cause issues for anyone fitted with a pacemaker and as such
unfortunately we cannot accept anyone who uses one for health and safety reasons.

3.The SSPAR is a multi-storey building with approximately double the amount of stairs
between floors that you would find in the average domestic dwelling. In the event of emergency
evacuation these are the only routes out. Therefore visitors with mobility problems will not be able
to join the visit for health and safety reasons.

4.Your group details will be required approximately 8 weeks before any visit and cannot be
changed at a later date.

5.For security purposes we do not permit mobile phones, cameras, laptop computers,
recording devices or any other form of electrical equipment to be brought into the SSPAR.

Please be aware that visits can be cancelled at short notice due to operational commitments.

Group Leader(s)

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  • Alex Svenson
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 683514
  • 07712 649886
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  • Wendy Harvey
  • Mail Address
  • 01977 689338

Reports on past meetings -

Saffron - August 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Saffron - May 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

University Challenge recordings - April 2018 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Jazz in the Spa - April 2018 (report by Alex Svenson)

Temperance Seven at Jazz in the Spa - October 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

So you want to be in films? - October 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

60's big Night Out - April 2017

Saffron - April 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Beverley & Hearing Dogs Centre or Burnby Hall - March 2017 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Houses of Parliament tour - February 2017 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Guided Tour of Selby Abbey - February 2017 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz in the Spa - November 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Whitby Goth Weekend November 2016 - November 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Saffron Restaurant - October 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

International Fire Training Centre and Transporter Bridge - October 2016 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Sherburn Aero Club Talk and Lunch - September 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

The Thai Sunshine Restaurant - August 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Ten Pin Bowling and China City Chinese Buffet Restaurant - July 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz in the Spa - July 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Saffron Restaurant - June 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Walking Tour of York - May 2016 (report by Wendy Harvey)

West Yorkshire Astronomical Society Rosse Observatory at Carleton. - March 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

MANCHESTER - November 2015 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Jazz at the Spa - November 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz at the Burnside - November 2015

Bond Night at The Bon - October 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

War Weekend - October 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz in the Spa - August 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz in the Spa - July 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Jazz in the Spa - May 2015 (report by Alex Svenson)

Caving - July 2014 (report by Silvia Mileham)

Castle Howard - December 2013

Ossett Brewery - October 2013

Hull Ale Trail - June 2013

Quiz Night 2013 - May 2013

Grand Kashmiri Buffet at Jinnah - April 2013

Jazz In The Spa - March 2013

Wetherby Treasure Hunt - September 2012

Jazz In The Spa - June 2012

Segway - June 2012 (report by Auto)

Ten Pin Bowling And Flaming Dragon - May 2012

Dawn Chorus - May 2012 (report by Di Sewell)

Itv Studios Salford Countdown March 2012 - March 2012 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Itv Studios Salford - February 2012 (report by Wendy Harvey)

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