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Malcolm Hanson - Skipton tourist guide

Malcolm Hanson

 

 

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Malcolm Hanson is available for talks, formal speeches and personal appearances. 

Below is a selection of the most requested.   

 History of Skipton

From the “scandalous” statue of Sir Mathew Wilson to Henry VIII’s favourite niece, the beautiful Lady Eleanor Brandon of Skipton Castle; and from the great dynasty of the Clifford's to lowly “Piggy Sam” and his hovel of forty pigs, Malcolm relates events spanning 500 years.

Supernatural Skipton (featuring the Ghosts of Sheep Street)

Skipton must have more ghosts per square foot than anywhere else in the world! Two years of investigations have revealed enough strange stories to fill several books and here Malcolm recounts the very best of them.

Confessions of a Tourist Guide

"Cock-ups" and "pratfalls" a-plenty. All the things that could go wrong - and DID go wrong in the first five years of being a tourist guide, public speaker and school lecturer on local history. You will LAUGH until you fall over. This talk has been described as "...a real tonic for the cold winter nights - book him now!"

That W.I. Film - My Part in its Downfall!

In the spring of 2002 Harbour Pictures came to the Dales to take the story of the Rylstone W.I. “Calendar Girls” and turn it into a major film. Malcolm was an “extra” in the film, playing the part of a reporter. However, four days “on set” threw up some hilarious situations, all quietly  observed by the watchful eye of the local tourist guide.

My Life as a Maverick

From his childhood days on the hills near Wuthering Heights, to the wildness of the Rock and Roll years. As a musician, writer, recording artiste, and latterly creator and promoter of the National Battle Of The Bands competition and the MANO-NOMA International Music Festivals of the late 90s.  

The Skipton Experience

If you can’t do the walk, then Malcolm brings the walk to you! Through words and descriptions, Malcolm will take you on an oral tour of Skipton, visiting all the points of interest on his guided walk “The Skipton Experience.”

The Dark Side of Haworth

Again, if you can’t do the walk, then Malcolm brings the walk to you! Through words and  descriptions, Malcolm will take you on an oral tour of “The Dark Side of Haworth” with strange tales of murder, ghosts, highwaymen and one or two ‘very dodgy people!’

Malta 's First True Ghost Walker

Who would ever think that you can leave these shores for a holiday, then return just four weeks later as a nation's 'ghost walker'? Well, I did, when, in December 2005, I took four weeks off to escape the English winter for some Maltese sun. Want to know how I did it? Let me tell you! (see The Valletta Ghost Walk).

Heritage Walks - the way forward

The idea of creating Heritage Walks, tailored to local schools, came about in 2003, when I first helped Church School , Barnoldswick, and Kildwick School, near Keighley, to establish trails. Since then I've worked at several schools in Skipton, the same at Keighley, and others on the outskirts of towns such as Denholme, Cowling and Sutton. The process is fascinating and quite often unlocks a whole new world of wonder for the children involved.

Fees for the above are negotiable. Ring, email, or write for further details Contact Us

A cordial invite awaits all

 

"...thank you for the very interesting & entertaining guided walk..."

 

"...without exception everyone has enthused about the evening & how much they enjoyed your description & delivery..."

 

"...we all learned a great deal about the history of the town & its people through your lively & humorous commentary..."

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