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Cheaper food in Thirsk

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During August you can get up to £10 off a cafe, pub or restaurant sit-down meal. It must be a participating place and it must be a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

A £4 coffee and snack bar will cost £2,  £20 meal will cost £10 and a £40 meal will cost £30. The difference is made up to the proprietors by the Government' 'Eat out to help out' scheme. Even children get the up-to-£10 discount, but note that alcohol beverages are not included.

We know that these establishments in Thirsk are making this offer:

The Old Oak Tree, South Kilvington

The Angel, Topcliffe,

White Rose Books,

Bianco Ristorante,

The Old Barn Coffee Shop, Balk

The Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk,

Racha Thai Bistro,

The Three Tuns (Wetherspoons),

Tea Time cafe,

Upstairs Downstairs,

White Horse Cafe,

Bliss Cafe,

Black Lion,

Uno Momento,

The Golden Fleece Hotel.

Summer Activity Days

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Due to the July popularity, Carlton Lodge, Thirsk, has arranged more dates for August and September. For full information check the website:

To book places please use the link below. Please don’t email or call the office. The link will take you to an Eventbrite page where you can check prices, availability and ticket options:

Young people aged 8 to 14 are offered the chance to work in groups of up to 6 with one instructor. There is a mixture of  Archery, Challenge Course, Bushcraft, Climbing Wall, High Ropes Bridges, High Ropes - Crate Stack, Climbing Tree, Problem Solving and Orienteering. Not every activity will take place each day but they will fit as many in as they can.

The day starts with a drop off at 9.00 for a 9.30 start and you can pick them up between 4.30 and 5.00. You will need your own packed lunch and to follow guidance.

Northallerton cinema

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The Forum cinema has reopened. Your safety is the first priority and there are relevant safety measures in place: social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitisers, additional cleaning and training & PPE for staff.

Film times will be staggered to reduce customers crossing paths with other customers going in or out and to prevent a build-up of crowds in the Foyer. At the end of a performance customers will be advised by the House Manager on the exit procedures to maintain social distancing.

Tickets can only be purchased by telephoning the Box Office Monday and Friday mornings 9:30am to 12:30pm or 1 hour before each scheduled performance. on 01609 776230
24/7 online booking is available at
If you are booking cinema tickets for your family online, you will still be able to sit together even though when you click on the first seat you will see that the seats around you have been blocked out in blue circles (please see the image), but if you click on the next seat it will allow you to book that seat as well.

Note that from 8 Aug 2020 it is the law that face coverings be worn in cinemas.

You might have a 'Credit Note' just sitting there, gathering dust from the start of the lock-down. If so you can call the Box Office (as above) and see a film.


The film schedule is:

THE CALL OF THE WILD (PG) Fri 7 Aug, 8pm; Sat 8 Aug, 5.30pm; Sun 9 Aug, 5.20pm.

MILITARY WIVES (12A) Fri 7 Aug, 2.30pm; Sat 8 Aug, 8pm; Sun 9 Aug, 8pm.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (PG) Fri 7 Aug, 5.30pm; Sat 8 Aug, 2.30pm. Sun 9 Aug, 2.30pm.

Information centre open

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The Thirsk information centre is open, now expanded to Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays – 10am to noon and 12.30 to 2.30pm. On Tue & Wed phone a volunteer working from home on 01845 522755

It is the place to get walks and visitor attraction leaflets. There are Yorkshire and Thirsk souvenirs as well as maps, books, flags and postcards. The stamp books will save your time queuing at the Post Office counter.

At any time view the Market Place webcam at www.visitthirsk.uk/webcam or find what you need to know on Thirsk's enormous website www.visitthirsk.uk

If you send us your up-to-date information we will make sure everyone knows news@visitthirsk.org.uk

Convenient conveniences

Tthe public toilets in Millgate, Thirsk, are now open from 8am to 6pm every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).

Rural Arts opening soon

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Rural Arts has announced almost 100 events and activities to take place at The Courthouse in Thirsk following its reopening on Tue 11 Aug, including the café. The opening hours will be Tue to Sat, 10am to 3pm.

Rural Arts is also working to reintroduce its outreach programme that brings professional performance to village halls, but indoor live performance is not permitted yet.

The new season at The Courthouse, titled 'Following An Unprecedented Pause', is a blend of rescheduled activity from March – July 2020, plus brand new visual arts workshops, exhibitions and screenings of live performance. The season's title is inspired by local teenager Millie Dunning, whose winning entry to the Thirsk School and Sixth Form College Community Art and Photography Competition graces the front cover of the season's brochure. See

Thirsk’s leisure centre upgrade

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A £3.8million scheme to upgrade and extend Thirsk’s leisure centre has been given the green light. It includes creating a 24 hour gym and enlarged studios for exercise classes and cycling stations. In addition to the planned changes with the plant and roof at Thirsk, the project will include a 60 station 24/7 gym, 30 person studio and a 25 person cycling studio. It is expected that the work will take around 26 weeks to complete during 2021.

From Holy Rood House, Sowerby

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Holding Real Hope - our Zoom online events for body, mind and spirit. Led by Helen Warwick.

Our Zoom events are proving helpful and popular, 'uplifting and inspiring' as one guest mentioned, and 6 more have been planned for the Autumn term (with 6 repeats).

We welcome you to experience these holistic sessions on topics related to Holding Real Hope - exploring creatively, relevant to these unprecedented times.
They will be on Zoom with Helen offering ideas, wellbeing, poems and prayers.

Tuesdays from 10-11.30am with a repeat from 6-7.30pm
September series: Finding the Way through Unease:

 – 8th September – Naming and Noticing

 – 22nd September – Being and Belonging

 – 6th October – Routines and Resources

The suggested donation for each event is £10 - £15. Maximum number of 12 guests for each event. To apply please email <18>enquiries@holyroodhouse.org.uk

Do not wait

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The symptoms of coronavirus are high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change to the sense of smell or taste. Anyone who is showing these symptoms should book a swab test on the NHS website. People without internet, or who have difficulty online, can ring the special number 119 to book their test. Do not wait - ask for the test as soon as you or someone you live with has symptoms. Book at the NHS website:


Essential workers and members of their household should register for a coronavirus test on the Government website:

Testing is done using a home kit or use of the drive-through testing facility at York's Poppleton Bar Park and Ride.