Now the sun is shining brightly we are ever brimming with excitement at a fun-filled summer of local events in the Yorkshire Dales and the chance to discover something new. With last weekend's fabulous Le Petit Depart from Skipton and the fabulous Malham Safari Trail the weekend before, we feel so thankful to have the picturesque Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep and so many fun things to do.
So what is coming up next, and what can we look forward to?
Here are some of the events that spring to mind:
Saturday 11th June - Gargrave Open Gardens
From 11am until 5pm this is a local event not to be missed. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the door. There will be live music throughout the day, with more than 50 performers.
Friday 17th June - Saturday 2nd July - Grassington Festival
15 days of music and arts in the Yorkshire Dales - a fabulous programme with something for everyone. We highly recommend checking out what's on offer and booking in for fun events.
Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July - The Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival, Skipton Auction Mart
The festival aims to promote the 'Field to Fork' ethos, showcasing the finest food, drinks and chefs principally from the Yorkshire Dales region - with Celebrity Chefs including the Hairy Bikers and James Martin. Tickets can be bought online in advance.
Saturday 13th August - Littondale Fete & Road Race / Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August - Art in the Pen, Skipton Auction Mart
Littondale Fete takes place on the Green in Arncliffe in beautiful Littondale, with the 4 mile road race beginning at 1pm.
Art in the Pen is a contemporary art fair that takes place in Skipton Auction Mart, with cattle pens transformed in to miniature galleries. More information here.
Saturday 13th - Sunday 21st August - Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival
"Britain's best Scarecrow Festival" takes place in Kettlewell during a week of the school summer holidays in August. Kettlewell is a picture-postcard Dales village in Wharfedale and it really comes alive during the festival. Visit their website for more information and happy scarecrow-spotting!
Saturday 20th August - Gargrave Show
Our local agricultural show which takes me back to my childhood, entering handicrafts and baking in the children's classes. It is great fun to be involved in the show or simply to go along and take in all that it has to offer. See the show website here.
Tuesday 30th August - Kilnsey Show & Sports
This is a popular all-round family day out and traditional livestock-led agricultural show. There is great fun to be had for exhibitors and supporters alike. Kilnsey Sports take place in the afternoon, with the famous fell race ascending and descending Kilnsey Crag.
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September - Yarndale Festival, Skipton Auction Mart
Described as a "creative festival celebrating all things woolly and wonderful", Yarndale is back for a fourth time this year at Skipton Auction Mart. It really is a unique and vibrant event that is well worth a look if you've never been before. Tickets can be bought in advance. More information is available on the Yarndale website.
Have a happy summer exploring the Yorkshire Dales and discovering new experiences to make 2016 even more memorable. We spotted a whale in the beck at Malham Safari....what will you spot this summer?