CRAVEN is gearing up for a busy May Day bank holiday with three major events all taking place in and around Skipton.

The three day Skipton Waterway Festival will take place from Saturday, May 4 until Bank Holiday Monday, May 6. The annual event, centred around the Canal Basin and organised by Pennine Cruisers, is a free, family event and will include live entertainment every day, crafts and displays, and on the Sunday, an illuminated boat cruise.

Skipton Races, organised by the Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt, will take place on Saturday, May 4, at Heslaker Farm, off the A59 between Broughton and Skipton.

The thrilling point to point race meeting will see both professional jockeys and amateurs racing in a loop of just over 1.5 miles. First race of the day will be the charity race for amateur jockeys. So far, 11 jockeys have entered for the race, which will raise money for the Skipton based Principle Trust children’s charity. The jockeys, competing on both horses and ponies of all shapes, sizes and breeds, will complete just one loop of the course.

Following the amateur race at 1pm, will be the Tom Bannister Mixed Open Race, which will see jockeys and owners compete for £1,000 in prize money.

Nick Bannister, director of The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa, said: "We are delighted to be supporting Pendle Forest and Craven Hunt's point to point event again this year. Over the years, Skipton Races has grown to be one of the highlights in the Pendle Forest and Craven calendar. Its a fantastic family day out and we're hoping for another great turnout this year."

Admission to the event, which includes stalls and refreshments, is £10 for adults and free for children under 16.

Finally, stage four of the Tour de Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Classic, is due to pass through Craven on Sunday, May 5.