Ceilidh at the Expanse Hotel Bridlington

We played a rather wonderful Ceilidh at the Expanse Hotel Bridlington. Fantastic dancing from an enthusiastic crowd and lots of fun. The organiser of the ceilidh was over the moon with the event and said “The band was fantastic and made it a truly remarkable occasion that everyone enjoyed”.
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If you would like more information about the band, where we are playing or booking enquiries, please use the contact form below or ring 07891 590111.

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House Party with traditional Irish, English or Scottish Folk Music

Planning a House Party with traditional Irish, English or Scottish Folk Music?  We can help playing a variety of lively up tempo tunes and even arranging a traditional singer if required. We’ve played in gardens, front rooms and drawing rooms throughout East Yorkshire. Please note usually we play unplugged for house parties.

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Wedding Ceilidh at Saltmarshe Hall

We played a truly beautiful wedding Ceilidh at Saltmarshe Hall near Howden last night  for Nick and Suzanne – it was a joy to be a part of the celebrations in such a fantastic setting and with such a delightful couple.  If you are planning a party or wedding celebration give Pip a call on 07891 590111 and she will advise you on availability and pricing. Saltmarshe Hall Wedding CeilidhHere are some more pictures of the venue and first dance – unfortunately we have no pictures of the Fish and Chip supper which was ace – yes there were mushy peas!

 

Our Hurdy Gurdy player and guitarist Quentin Budworth is headlining at Hull Folk festival

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Our Hurdy Gurdy player and guitarist Quentin Budworth is headlining at Hull Folk festival on saturday night as he says ‘Get yer dancing shoes it’s party time in Hull – Hull’s best kept secret – Celtarabia are headlining on saturday night at Hull Folk Festival here are the details The GMB Main Stage, 10.00pm – 10.45pm, Saturday 16th July 2016. The stage is just outside The Minerva Pub in the marina. This gig is free to the public so bag a bargain!’

Wedding Ceilidh at Fruit Hull

We played a fantastic wedding Ceilidh at Fruit in Hull a fab venue for a wedding reception with a great relaxed and youthful  feel – great dancing and lots of fun, Here are some pictures from a very special occasion. If you are planning a party or celebration this summer or autumn give Pip a call on 07891 590111 and she will advise you on availability and pricing.

 

Skidby Ceilidh

We had a really fantastic ceilidh on friday night in Skidby Village Hall – a leaving do with lots of children under 12 and some fantastic dancing all round. Have a look through the photos to get a flavour of the fun, If you are planning a party or celebration this summer or autumn give Pip a call on 07891 590111 and she will advise you on availability and pricing.

Ceilidh in the park for a month of Sundays in Howden

We had a fantastic gig in the park on sunday in Howden – a truly appreciative audience, some dancing on the Ashes lawn and beautiful weather to boot. A lovely time was had by all. It really doesn’t get any better than this weather wise in June!  If you are planning a party or celebration this summer or autumn give Pip a call on 07891 590111 and she will advise you on availability and pricing.

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From Mark Rodger the event organiser for Howden Live:

‘The final concert in the 2016 Howden Live Month Of Sundays season with The Hessle Ceilidh Band. 60 or so souls were treated to a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine listening to, and in some cases dancing to, a wonderful selection of traditional tunes. Once again our grateful thanks to Howden Town Council, Drax, Howdens Joinery Longs Corner Garage and the Ashes Trust without whose invaluable support the Month Of Sundays would not have been possible’

Photos below by Mark Rodger of Howden Live.

 

 

Coniston Ceilidh

The pictures say it all! The weather was lovely and a great time was had by all at this rather wonderful wedding Ceilidh in Coniston Village Hall. If you are planning a party or celebration this summer or autumn give Pip a call on 07891 590111 and she will advise you on availability and pricing.

 

A splendid East Yorkshire ceilidh in Hornsea

Golden memories – A rather splendid event last saturday, a fantastic occasion in which family and friends were reunited and a 30th, 70th birthday and a wedding anniversary were celebrated in fine style. We had duelling pipers, a highland fling and some fantastic dances in the lovely Hornsea Parish Hall. ! If you are planning a party or celebration this summer or autumn give Pip a call on 07891 590111 and she will advise you on availability and pricing.

Live Music At Rudstone Walk

A rather splendid Ceilidh last night for the Police Officers Club at the Rudstone Walk Hotel – everyone danced all night and the band played notes like kisses – a win all round! The view from the venue is stunning – in other news by jove it rained!
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One Hull Of A Ceilidh

If you are planning ‘One Hull of a Ceilidh’ sometimes called a barn dance is a great way to get your friends and family together and have a really great time. Ideal for birthdays, weddings, engagements, retirements and community events The Hessle Ceilidh Band are East Yorkshire’s busiest ceilidh band. Call Pip on 07891 590111 to make a booking.
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May Day Festivities In Hull & East Yorkshire

A plethora of May Day activities are on offer this weekend from seeing the sunrise on Beverley Westwood to dancing around the Maypole at Pickering Road Orchard and in West Park in Goole:

Sun 1st May, Dawn on Beverley Westwood at the Black Tower. (5.25am)
Monday 2nd May 12 noon, Pickering Road Orchard, Hull May Day Event.
Monday May 2nd from 11am – 4pm – Bank Holiday Monday West Park, Goole. Maypole dances on the hour every hour. Our Hurdy-Gurdy player is playing with Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond of the renowned ‘Hut People’ at this event.

Sebastian_18A Ceilidh is a great way to celebrate at a Party – it brings people together, young and old, and it is a great way to make your party a memorable and fun event.
Why choose a Ceilidh? – Well firstly it’s really good clean energetic fun with a broad appeal to all age groups. The nature of a Ceilidh makes friends of strangers and is a great ice breaker. Give Pip a call on 07891 590111 and she will advise you on availability and pricing.

 

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Congratulations!

Congratulations to all the winners of the BBC 2 Radio  folk awards from the Hessle Ceilidh Band:

Folk singer of the year – Rhiannon Giddens
Best duo – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Best group – The Young’uns
Best album – Mount The Air, The Unthanks
Horizon award – Sam Kelly
Musician of the year – Andy Cutting
Best original track – Mackerel, The Rheingans Sisters
Best traditional track – Lovely Molly, Sam Lee
Young folk award – Brighde Chaimbeul
Lifetime achievement awards – Joan Armatrading and Norma Waterson
Good tradition award – John McCusker
Hall of Fame inductee – Sandy Denny

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If you would like more information about the band, where we are playing or booking enquiries, please use the contact form below or ring 07891 590111.

Wedding & Function Ceilidh / Barn Dance Band For Hire in Yorkshire

If you are planning a wedding or function in Hull or the East Riding and  are looking for great entertainment a ceilidh or barn dance maybe a great way to go. Throw in a hog roast or buffet and the job is almost done. Give Pip a call on 07891 590111 to make a booking with the Hessle Ceilidh band to book East Yorkshire’s busiest Ceilidh and Barn Dance band.

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Planning a summer garden party?

If you are planning a summer garden party in Hull or the East Riding and are looking for great entertainment a ceilidh or barn dance maybe a great way to go. Throw in a hog roast or buffet and the job is almost done. Give Pip a call on 07891 590111 to make a booking with the Hessle Ceilidh band.

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Hessle Ceilidh Band Logos

Here are our new logos keep your eyes peeled for amazing barn dances and ceilidhs in East yorkshire. Specialising in Barn dances and ceilidhs we guarantee that we provide a great way to get your friends and family together and have a really good time. Ideal for birthdays, weddings, engagements, retirements and community events The Hessle Ceilidh Band are East Yorkshire’s busiest ceilidh band. Call Pip on 07891 590111 to make a booking

18th and 21st Birthday Party Ceilidhs and dances

A Ceilidh is a great way to celebrate at an 18th or 21st Birthday Party – it brings people together, young and old, and it is a great way to make your party a memorable and fun event – we can compere the event and even play special tunes like ‘Happy Birthday’.

Why choose a Ceilidh? – Well firstly it’s really good clean energetic fun with a broad appeal to all age groups.  The nature of a Ceilidh makes friends of strangers and is a great ice breaker!

Once you’ve booked the band and explained the arrangements for the day, mentioning any special announcements or musical moments that you want us to create, you can relax knowing that we can provide provide the perfect entertainment for your special occasion.

Give Pip a call on 07891 590111 and she will advise you on availability and pricing.L67A1526

 

 

‘You are the best entertainment we have ever had on any of our medical balls!’

A great time playing for medical students at Lazaats on Friday near Cottingham. The dancers were so enthusiastic the dance floor developed waves – quite alarming but amusing never the less! Quote of the night ‘You are the best entertainment we have ever had on any of our medical balls!’ Which was a great endorsement – if not taken literally in which case it is quite rude…

Fantastic Burns Night Celebration In East Yorkshire

A top night in Lund, East Yorkshire last night celebrating Burns Night in fine style delicious Macsween Haggis, their enormous Chieftain Haggis copped it, dispatched by a Sgian Dubh (Sgian Dhu) whiskey galore, bagpipes and dancing past midnight – here are some pictures …

To book the Hessle Ceilidh band call Pip on 07891 590111 so we can put a date in the diary!

Recommended Wedding Band Yorkshire

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Here’s what our wedding clients say about The Hessle Ceilidh Band:

“Just wanted to thank you all for the part you played in making our daughter’s wedding such a special day for us all.  So many people commented on how they enjoyed the band” Sue and Gary

“Sorry we took so long to post our sincere thanks to the Hessle Ceilidh Band for making our wedding celebrations all the more memorable. They were fantastic, what an amazing sound. They created an truly magical atmosphere and the bagpipes were the icing on the cake!!!’
We didn’t want the ceilidh to end.
Everyone commented on what a fantastic time they had.
Thanks again folks, we would really urge anyone wanting great music and dancing for their special occasion to HIRE THIS BAND!’ Jayne & Craig

“A super band who came highly recommended and one I will now happily recommend.” Steve & Julie

“We have had lots of messages today from our guests to say how much they enjoyed the evening. Everyone is exhausted and taking today to recover!!!” Frank & Annie

“Our sincere thanks to the Hessle Ceilidh Band for making our wedding celebrations all the more memorable. They were fantastic, what an amazing sound. They created an truly magical atmosphere…” Jo & Ian

“…we would really urge anyone wanting great music and dancing for their special occasion to HIRE THIS BAND!” Douglas & Francesca

“Just wanted to thank you all for the part you played in making our daughter’s wedding such a special day for us all.” Pete & Mary

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To book the band call Pippa on 07891 590111 or email hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk .

 

 

Wedding Band East Yorkshire

Wedding Ceilidh Sledmere-6410A Ceilidh is a great way to celebrate a Wedding – it brings people together, young and old, and it is a great way to make a  wedding reception a memorable and fun occasion – we can compere your event and even play special tunes‘Here Comes the Bride’.

Why choose a Ceilidh for your wedding? – Well firstly it’s really good clean energetic fun with a broad appeal to all ages and more importantly the nature of a Ceilidh makes friends of strangers and is a great ice breaker!

Once you’ve booked the band and explained the arrangements for the day, mentioning any special announcements or musical moments that you want us to create, you can relax knowing that we can provide provide the perfect entertainment for your special occasion.

To book the band call Pippa on 07891 590111 or email: hessleceilidhband@yahoo.co.uk .

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Wedding Ceilidh at Sledmere House

We played an amazing wedding Ceilidh in the barn at Sledmere House last night – here are some pictures… to book The Hessle Ceilidh Band call Pip on ring 07891 590111

Hessle Ceilidh Band are based in the East Riding of Yorkshire near Hull.  We are a five piece band including a dance caller. We play whistle, fiddles, recorders, melodeon, guitar, bass, piano, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy and various percussion. Our gigs are vibrant and fun – but not for the faint of heart who don’t like a good old knees up!

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Burns night in East Yorkshire with the Hessle Ceilidh Band

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Two amazing Burns Night Ceilidhs and enough Haggis to sink a battle ship! What an amazing weekend! Liz kicked up a storm on the Highland border pipes and the band played with great gusto. Big Thanks to everyone who danced with such enthusiasm and joy! By way of a thank you here is the translation of ‘Tam ‘O’ Shanter

When the peddler people leave the streets,
And thirsty neighbours, neighbours meet;
As market days are wearing late,
And folk begin to take the road home,
While we sit boozing strong ale,
And getting drunk and very happy,
We don’t think of the long Scots miles,
The marshes, waters, steps and stiles,
That lie between us and our home,
Where sits our sulky, sullen dame (wife),
Gathering her brows like a gathering storm,
Nursing her wrath, to keep it warm.

This truth finds honest Tam o’ Shanter,
As he from Ayr one night did canter;
Old Ayr, which never a town surpasses,
For honest men and bonny lasses.

Oh Tam, had you but been so wise,
As to have taken your own wife Kate’s advice!
She told you well you were a waster,
A rambling, blustering, drunken boaster,
That from November until October,
Each market day you were not sober;
During each milling period with the miller,
You sat as long as you had money,
For every horse he put a shoe on,
The blacksmith and you got roaring drunk on;
That at the Lords House, even on Sunday,
You drank with Kirkton Jean till Monday.
She prophesied, that, late or soon,
You would be found deep drowned in Doon,
Or caught by warlocks in the murk,
By Alloway’s old haunted church.

Ah, gentle ladies, it makes me cry,
To think how many counsels sweet,
How much long and wise advice
The husband from the wife despises!

But to our tale :- One market night,
Tam was seated just right,
Next to a fireplace, blazing finely,
With creamy ales, that drank divinely;
And at his elbow, Cobbler Johnny,
His ancient, trusted, thirsty crony;
Tom loved him like a very brother,
They had been drunk for weeks together.
The night drove on with songs and clatter,
And every ale was tasting better;
The landlady and Tam grew gracious,
With secret favours, sweet and precious;
The cobbler told his queerest stories;
The landlord’s laugh was ready chorus:
Outside, the storm might roar and rustle,
Tam did not mind the storm a whistle.

Care, mad to see a man so happy,
Even drowned himself in ale.
As bees fly home with loads of treasure,
The minutes winged their way with pleasure:
Kings may be blessed, but Tam was glorious,
Over all the ills of life victorious.

But pleasures are like poppies spread:
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow fall on the river,
A moment white – then melts forever,
Or like the Aurora Borealis rays,
That move before you can point to their place;
Or like the rainbow’s lovely form,
Vanishing amid the storm.
No man can tether time or tide,
The hour approaches Tom must ride:
That hour, of night’s black arch – the key-stone,
That dreary hour he mounts his beast in
And such a night he takes to the road in
As never a poor sinner had been out in.

The wind blew as if it had blown its last;
The rattling showers rose on the blast;
The speedy gleams the darkness swallowed,
Loud, deep and long the thunder bellowed:
That night, a child might understand,
The Devil had business on his hand.

Well mounted on his grey mare, Meg.
A better never lifted leg,
Tom, raced on through mud and mire,
Despising wind and rain and fire;
Whilst holding fast his good blue bonnet,
While crooning over some old Scots sonnet,
Whilst glowering round with prudent care,
Lest ghosts catch him unaware:
Alloway’s Church was drawing near,
Where ghosts and owls nightly cry.

By this time he was across the ford,
Where in the snow the pedlar got smothered;
And past the birch trees and the huge stone,
Where drunken Charlie broke his neck bone;
And through the thorns, and past the monument,
Where hunters found the murdered child;
And near the thorn, above the well,
Where Mungo’s mother hung herself.
Before him the river Doon pours all his floods;
The doubling storm roars throught the woods;
The lightnings flashes from pole to pole;
Nearer and more near the thunder rolls;
When, glimmering through the groaning trees,
Alloway’s Church seemed in a blaze,
Through every gap , light beams were glancing,
And loud resounded mirth and dancing.

Inspiring, bold John Barleycorn! (whisky)
What dangers you can make us scorn!
With ale, we fear no evil;
With whisky, we’ll face the Devil!
The ales so swam in Tam’s head,
Fair play, he didn’t care a farthing for devils.
But Maggie stood, right sore astonished,
Till, by the heel and hand admonished,
She ventured forward on the light;
And, vow! Tom saw an incredible sight!

Warlocks and witches in a dance:
No cotillion, brand new from France,
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels,
Put life and mettle in their heels.
In a window alcove in the east,
There sat Old Nick, in shape of beast;
A shaggy dog, black, grim, and large,
To give them music was his charge:
He screwed the pipes and made them squeal,
Till roof and rafters all did ring.
Coffins stood round, like open presses,
That showed the dead in their last dresses;
And, by some devilish magic sleight,
Each in its cold hand held a light:
By which heroic Tom was able
To note upon the holy table,
A murderer’s bones, in gibbet-irons;
Two span-long, small, unchristened babies;
A thief just cut from his hanging rope –
With his last gasp his mouth did gape;
Five tomahawks with blood red-rusted;
Five scimitars with murder crusted;
A garter with which a baby had strangled;
A knife a father’s throat had mangled –
Whom his own son of life bereft –
The grey-hairs yet stack to the shaft;
With more o’ horrible and awful,
Which even to name would be unlawful.
Three Lawyers’ tongues, turned inside out,
Sown with lies like a beggar’s cloth –
Three Priests’ hearts, rotten, black as muck
Lay stinking, vile, in every nook.

As Thomas glowered, amazed, and curious,
The mirth and fun grew fast and furious;
The piper loud and louder blew,
The dancers quick and quicker flew,
They reeled, they set, they crossed, they linked,
Till every witch sweated and smelled,
And cast her ragged clothes to the floor,
And danced deftly at it in her underskirts!

Now Tam, O Tam! had these been young girls,
All plump and strapping in their teens!
Their underskirts, instead of greasy flannel,
Been snow-white seventeen hundred linen! –
The trousers of mine, my only pair,
That once were plush, of good blue hair,
I would have given them off my buttocks
For one blink of those pretty girls !

But withered hags, old and droll,
Ugly enough to suckle a foal,
Leaping and flinging on a stick,
Its a wonder it didn’t turn your stomach!

But Tam knew what was what well enough:
There was one winsome, jolly wench,
That night enlisted in the core,
Long after known on Carrick shore
(For many a beast to dead she shot,
And perished many a bonnie boat,
And shook both much corn and barley,
And kept the country-side in fear.)
Her short underskirt, o’ Paisley cloth,
That while a young lass she had worn,
In longitude though very limited,
It was her best, and she was proud. . .
Ah! little knew your reverend grandmother,
That skirt she bought for her little grandaughter,
With two Scots pounds (it was all her riches),
Would ever graced a dance of witches!

But here my tale must stoop and bow,
Such words are far beyond her power;
To sing how Nannie leaped and kicked
(A supple youth she was, and strong);
And how Tom stood like one bewitched,
And thought his very eyes enriched;
Even Satan glowered, and fidgeted full of lust,
And jerked and blew with might and main;
Till first one caper, then another,
Tom lost his reason all together,
And roars out: ‘ Well done, short skirt! ’
And in an instant all was dark;
And scarcely had he Maggie rallied,
When out the hellish legion sallied.

As bees buzz out with angry wrath,
When plundering herds assail their hive;
As a wild hare’s mortal foes,
When, pop! she starts running before their nose;
As eager runs the market-crowd,
When ‘ Catch the thief! ’ resounds aloud:
So Maggie runs, the witches follow,
With many an unearthly scream and holler.

Ah, Tom! Ah, Tom! You will get what’s coming!
In hell they will roast you like a herring!
In vain your Kate awaits your coming !
Kate soon will be a woeful woman!
Now, do your speedy utmost, Meg,
And beat them to the key-stone of the bridge;
There, you may toss your tale at them,
A running stream they dare not cross!
But before the key-stone she could make,
She had to shake a tail at the fiend;
For Nannie, far before the rest,
Hard upon noble Maggie pressed,
And flew at Tam with furious aim;
But little knew she Maggie’s mettle!
One spring brought off her master whole,
But left behind her own grey tail:
The witch caught her by the rump,
And left poor Maggie scarce a stump.

Now, who this tale of truth shall read,
Each man, and mother’s son, take heed:
Whenever to drink you are inclined,
Or short skirts run in your mind,
Think! you may buy joys over dear:
Remember Tam o’ Shanter’s mare.

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Queen Victoria and her Consort Prince Albert’s Victorian Christmas celebration and market at Hull Museums

Our Hurdy Gurdy player is up to something unusual in Hull this saturday read on he’s playing at Queen Victoria and her Consort Prince Albert’s Victorian Christmas celebration and market at Hull Museums, in collaboration with Heritage Learning, Hull BID and Trinity Open Market. Immerse yourself in Victorian traditions as you step into Christmas past!
He’s really l looking forward to playing some victorian music on Hurdy Gurdy and Hammer Hammered Dulcimer with renowned historical musicians The Grinnigogs at this event on saturday. I think they will be hitting the christmas repertory with gusto!

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Remembrance Events

A quiet weekend for the Hessle ceilidh Band this Remembrance weekend but an exceptionally busy one for our band piper – Liz Wainwright who played for commemoration events throughout East Yorkshire. She played at Hull City Hall on Friday, Wenlock Barracks on saturday night and at Remembrance parades in Bilton and Hessle on Sunday. managing to fit in an impromptu piping session in the Hase Pub on Sunday Lunchtime.

Liz is piping for the NHS parade this coming saturday in Hull and playing whistles and pipes with The Hessle Ceilidh Band in the evening.

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Ian’s 60th Birthday Celebration Ceilidh In Bielby Near York

We played an absolutely wonderful 60th Birthday Ceilidh in Bielby neat York – plenty of energetic lively dancing, drink and good cheer – all taking place in a marquee towards the end of October. Here are some photos from the celebrations… We were joined by Heather Wainwright from the incredible Hase Waits as Liz was playing the bagpipes for the firemen of Hull in London. All the photos were taken in low light on the iphone but give a real sense of the occasion.

Without a doubt Ian and his friends danced the liveliest Cumberland Square Eight of the year and on grass too! Hats off and congratulations to all!

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So remember if you are planning a wedding. party or good old fashioned Yorkshire knees up get in touch on 07891 590111 and we can book a date in the diary

Ruby Wedding Celebrations

We played a fantastic Ruby Wedding Anniversary Ceilidh on saturday at Driffield Community Center – Juliette from Minster Stray Morris guested with us and called a couple of dances, Nottingham swing and circle waltz.. Minster Strays and Makara Morris danced in the break – there was sequence dancing and a good time was had by all.
So remember if you are planning a wedding. party or good old fashioned Yorkshire knees up get in touch on 07891 590111 and we can book a date in the diary.

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Apple Tree Festival

Charlotte Richardson wrote in The Yorkshire Post – ‘Forget Glastonbury and music worshipping festivals, this weekend an East Yorkshire village will celebrate the English apple in all its forms at a special one-day festival.  Long Riston’s Applefest is now in its third year and while it’s still small scale the popularity of this family-friendly celebration is growing year on year. People from across the East Riding and further afield will descend on Manor Farm later today for the annual celebration of all things apple’.To read the whole article click here  http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/rural/farming/a-fruity-celebration-at-applefest-1-6877452 .

Although the weather wasn’t great this year we had a lovely time here are some photos from the day…

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