Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News


6 Aug 2019 by Rebecca Reeve-Burnett

Beat the jams and travel in style to Yorkshire’s must see event of the summer

Forget stressful driving on congested country lanes – North Yorkshire’s CastleLine bus service is ready to take fans of BBC One’s Countryfile on an exciting journey to meet the stars of the show … live at Castle Howard!

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A packed programme of events and the chance to rub shoulders with popular Countryfile presenters, including Matt Baker, John Craven and Ellie Harrison, is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the beautiful stately home near Malton across four days from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 August.

And with roads in the area likely to be very busy throughout the four day event, CastleLine bus operator York and Country is ready to provide the easiest way to the heart of the action, with money-saving fare deals to reward those who leave the car at home.

York and Country CEO Alex Hornby said: “This amazing event brings BBC Countryfile Live to the North of England for the very first time. It’s been held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire since 2016, attracting over a quarter of a million people – so all roads leading to Castle Howard are bound to be busy!

“We’re providing a relaxing alternative to driving with our dedicated CastleLine buses, which link York and Malton directly to Castle Howard’s entrance, with no extra walking for our customers – we go straight to the doorstep! Our day return from York to Castle Howard is just £10, and we also have money saving fare deals for groups and families from our drivers and on our Transdev Go mobile app.

“BBC Countryfile Live promises to be a celebration of all that’s great about Yorkshire’s countryside – it’s the county’s must-see event of the summer. Taking our CastleLine bus helps to protect the special environment which draws thousands of visitors to the White Rose County every year – including on our Coastliner buses on Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route. And with our smart and comfortable buses, travelling in style won’t break the bank.”

BBC Countryfile Live at Castle Howard will feature dedicated zones to explore and enjoy, including the Countryfile Experience hosted by the TV show’s presenters on the main stage. Visitors can find out how some of the BBC’s best loved programmes are made, and there’s even a pub quiz hosted by John Craven – in the Craven Arms!

Those in search of gentler rural pursuits can relax on a village green including brass bands, maypole and Morris Dancing – there’s also a food market showcasing Yorkshire’s finest produce, and a wildlife zone where visitors can learn more about caring for our native British species.

Full details of CastleLine bus times and bargain fare deals for travel to Castle Howard are online at: http://www.yorkbus.co.uk and via the free to download Transdev Go mobile app. More details about the BBC Countryfile Live event are also online at: https://www.countryfilelive.com/castle-howard.