I live in Beverley, a market town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The town is probably best known for its Minster (which is used quite frequently as a TV setting), the Westwood (a fabulous expanse of land to the west of the town, North Bar (a 15th-century gate) and the Racecourse. You may not know that it inspired the naming of Beverly Hills in California. Well now you do!

As well as its racecourse and markets, Beverley is known in for hosting various food and music festivals throughout the year. These include the Early Music Festival, Folk Festival, Chamber Music Festival, Food Festival, Literature Festival and the Festival of Christmas.

There are lots of restaurants in Beverley; the amount of eating establishments in the town keeps growing at an exponential rate. Most of the restaurants are independent but there are quite a few "chain" restaurants. Scattered along the side town's narrow cobbled streets are lots of cozy cafe's and interesting pubs, some of which date back hundreds of years. If you're in town for the day or the night, I'd recommend visiting Nellies (the White Horse pub) which has lots of character.

The markets here are also worth a visit. There are two of them, one at either end of the main shopping street. They're called Saturday market and Wednesday market. No prizes for guessing why. There are lots of small independent retailers in the town. The antiques centre is worth checking out as its a real step back into the past. Also, just outside of the main centre is the Flemingate centre, which has lots of shops - mainly chain stores such as Debenhams.

Here are some interesting facts about Beverley:

  • Originally known as Inderawuda, the town was founded around 700 AD by Saint John of Beverley.
  • Beverley is home to the oldest state school in England, in the form of Beverley Grammar School.
  • Mike Score, the lead singer of A Flock of Seagulls, was born here.
  • Lewis Carroll got his inspiration for the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland from a carving of a rabbit inside St Mary's church.

This quaint market town also has a theatre, a cinema and, if you like walking, there are lots of walks around the area too. So if you're up this way, why not pop in and see what Beverley has to offer. I'm sure you'll be impressed.


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