Yorkshire goodies Eager to be at the top of the list of British tourist destinations, Yorkshire is hosting a number of events this summer; everything from musical extravaganzas to sporting highlights. The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York Racecourse (August 17 to 20), one of the world's oldest horse-racing events; the Leeds music festival (August 27 to 29), with Arcade Fire, Blink-182 and Guns N' Roses headlining; the York Food and Drink Festival (September 17 to 26) at Newgate Market, offering open-air markets and more than 100 food-making demonstrations; and Scarborough's annual Jazz Festival (September 24 to 26), with a line-up that includes Stan Tracey, Guy Barker and Bobby Wellins; are just some of the county's attractions. More details can be found at www.yorkshire.com . Oasis in the desert The Sahara desert may not spring to mind when planning a kitesurfing holiday, but it's the latest destination being promoted by tour operator Waveriders ( www.waveriders.co.uk ). Apparently, Dakhla base camp, in southern Morocco, is a spectacular kitesurfing spot, having a 25-kilometre flat water lagoon and year-round winds. Bespoke kitesurfing packages are available from GBP699 (HK$8,180) per person (twin-sharing), including seven nights' bungalow-style accommodation, tuition, equipment and transfers. In the evenings, traditional Moroccan cuisine and light refreshments are served. Cold comforts Norwegian Cruise Line is offering travellers on the Norwegian Epic ( www.epic.ncl.com ) a novel way to escape the heat on its Caribbean cruises, with 'the first true ice bar at sea'. The Svedka Ice Bar is set in changing hues of blue, green and purple LED lighting, to simulate the Northern Lights and create an arctic atmosphere. The bar - from the walls, fittings and glasses, to sculptures - is made entirely from ice and temperatures don't rise above minus eight degrees Celsius. Guests are provided with hooded coats and gloves. The Epic will sail alternating seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from the American city of Miami until April 30 next year.