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History & heritage

Romans, Vikings, Danes and Celts have all spent time here… Page 10

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CONTENTS Welcome...................................................................................... 09 West Yorkshire is a county like no other!

History all around.......................................................................10 ©NATIONAL TRUST IMAGES/JOHN MILLAR/NATIONALTRUST.ORG.UK; ADOBESTOCK; ERIC’S RESTAURANT; SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; SIMON DEWHURST PHOTOGRAPHY/NATIONAL COAL MINING MUSEUM

West Yorkshire is steeped in history – it’s in the very fabric of the region.

Let’s go there...............................................................................16 Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do in West Yorkshire.

Ten things you must do........................................................... 34 There are loads of things to do here – make sure you don’t miss these.

A taste of Yorkshire – and the world..................................... 36 Top-end fine dining, adventurous independents and a great range of ethnic cuisine means you’ll never go hungry here.

A region at the heart of art....................................................... 44 Oozing creativity and historical heritage, West Yorkshire is second to none when it comes to stimulating art and culture.

Ten reasons to love this region.............................................. 50 There are dozens of reasons to love it here – check out a few of our favourites.

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K WAT C H E S – J E W E L L E R Y – B E S P O K E

Kendall’s is independently owned and headed up by gemmologist and renowned jewellery manufacturer and expert Elaine Lilley F.G.A. Kendall’s specialises in all aspects of jewellery & pre-owned branded watches and stock a varied range of diamonds and jewellery. We also provide bespoke one-off design and manufacture, repairs, renewals, valuations as well as sourcing and dealing in vintage jewellery.

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Property

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Like to shop? You’ll love it here............................................. 52 High street chains, one-off independents and quirky specialists – they’re all waiting for the shopaholic.

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Our sporting life......................................................................... 64 If you’re a spectator or a player, rambler or adrenaline junkie, you’ll find what you need in West Yorkshire.

Welcome to the night............................................................... 66 Whatever pace you like to take your nights out at, this county has something for you.

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You can pack a lot into a couple of days – try this itinerary to make the most of it.

Getting here and getting around............................................ 76 Getting to and around West Yorkshire couldn’t be easier.

Let’s explore................................................................................ 80 You’ll never run short of things to do here – but it’s also a great base for striking out further afield.

We’re open for business........................................................... 82 Major companies have made West Yorkshire their base.

If you’re planning to stay longer............................................ 84 People come here for many reasons – and stay for a lot more!

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Explore beautiful walking, running and world-class bike trails, Go Ape, Dalby Activity Centre adventures and on-site bike hire. Enjoy play areas, picnic sites, 5 miles north-east of Pickering. Parking charges apply. Discovery Pass available. For cafes and BBQ spots, more information call 01751 460295 or visit: fantastic scenery, dalbyforestfc @dalby_forest self-led trails and forestryengland.uk/dalbyforest activity packs.


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hether it’s a weekend break to walk across the breathtaking moors, days out with the children or a taste sensation at a Michelin-starred restaurant, West Yorkshire has got it all. You can get a taste for fine dining at the end of a hard day’s shopping. Browse the local produce at the picturesque market towns offering all the temptation presented by independent retailers. Hear stories of the castles dotted across the rolling landscape or take a trip on a steam locomotive. West Yorkshire is packed with historical interest but, as you’ll see, it’s also a thriving region. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, you can always be assured of finding something exciting to do, tasty to eat or interesting to explore. So whatever you do during your visit to the region, please enjoy – and come back soon! l

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HISTORY & HERITAGE

HISTORY ALL AROUND! West Yorkshire is steeped in history – it’s in the very fabric of the region

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In the 16th century, Yorkshire towns recovered with the wool industry becoming concentrated in West Yorkshire. Wakefield, Halifax and Bradford, big in leather tanning and host to two huge market fairs each year, prospered. Agriculture flourished, again, and the population of Yorkshire grew. Then in 1642, came civil war between king and parliament. Yorkshire’s loyalties were divided. Parliamentarians eventually dominated, defeating the royalists at the battle of Marston Moor. As a result, the royalists lost all of Northern England. In the 18th century, towns continued to grow rapidly on the back of coal and textiles. West Yorkshire was a hot bed of the Luddite rebellion, from 1811 to 1816. Workers smashed new-fangled textile machinery with Enoch hammers, made in Marsden, by Enoch Taylor who had invented the machines. Luddites objected to only the p14

housands of years ago, Yorkshire was covered in thick forests until Stone Age hunter-gatherers arrived. Towns and villages were created and eventually farming took hold, so by the 14th century the forests were largely cleared. The area has been occupied or visited by Romans, who mined lead there, Vikings, Danes and Celts. In the early 14th century, Yorkshire was hit by famine, a long war with the Scots and the Black Death. During the 15th century Yorkshire, like the rest of England, was affected by the Wars of the Roses. Battles were fought at Wakefield in 1460 and Towton in 1461. Towns in the region declined in prosperity and importance. In the 15th century, Robin Hood is reputed to have been in the area. His alleged grave is on a private estate in Huddersfield and can be viewed during annual tours, while Barnsdale Forest and the villages of Robin Hood, Outwood and Stanley, near Wakefield are all linked to the legend.

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Situated near to Halifax railway station and the famous Eureka children’s museum, and next door to the newly renovated Piece Hall, the new central Library and Archive, and Square Chapel, Calderdale Industrial Museum is well placed in the heart of Halifax’s growing ‘cultural quarter’. Gathered together over a number of years this special collection represents a cross section of the wide variety of industries that developed in Calderdale. Some of the machines are the only surviving examples of their type in the country. Several machines are in working order and, where possible, will be demonstrated for short periods during opening hours. Every effort has been made to present the machines as they would have been when first used. The collection covers the last 250 years from the industrial revolution.

CALDERDALE INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM

Square Rd, Halifax HX1 1QG Run and maintained on a voluntary basis by

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Easy access via ramp and stairs, internally there are stairs and a lift to all floors. Disabled Parking is available by prior request

Open every Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Last entry 3.30pm.

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“COALFIELDS WERE ONE OF THE MAJOR SOURCES OF POWER BEHIND THE GLOBAL INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION OF THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES, POWERING FACTORIES, STEAM ENGINES, LOCOMOTIVES AND IRON PRODUCTION”

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owners profiting from mechanisation. Owners took to shooting rebels and the uprising had to be suppressed by the military. In the 18th century, private, toll-controlled, turnpike roads were built, and canals dug. The arrival of the railways, with York at the heart of the industry by the mid-19th century, all meant vastly improved access to the region. Coal, mined in Yorkshire since the middle ages, was in little demand until the Industrial Revolution. West Yorkshire’s coalfields were one of the major sources of power behind the global industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, powering factories, steam engines, locomotives and iron production. The 20s and 30s depression sent traditional industries into decline. Service industries, education, retail and tourism grew. At the end of the 20th century many West Yorkshire towns reinvented themselves and refurbished their centres. By the 1950s, large numbers of West Indian and Asian immigrants had moved to the county making much of West Yorkshire multicultural today. In 1974, the political map of Yorkshire changed. It was divided into four local government areas North, West and South Yorkshire, and Humberside, though the distinct area of West Riding, one of the old Norse thirds of the huge county of York, is recorded in the Doomsday book. l

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Spire Methley Park Hospital Your local private hospital You may be surprised at how much we offer: • Over 100 specialist consultants • Some of the treatments we offer include: »

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• New Gymnasium and Physiotherapy department • Dedicated Day Care Unit which includes a tranquil waiting area, 5 day care pods and a discharge lounge • Diagnostic imaging including MRI and CT • Onsite Pharmacy • Food cooked on-site by our professional chef • Free parking

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DAYS OUT

LET’S GO THERE! Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do here

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n West Yorkshire, the great outdoors is king when it comes to trips out. Green spaces, natural and man-made, cover the county, each with its own special treats from Hardcastle Crags and Sparth Reservoir wild swimming oasis to outdoor lidos and Victorian-walled gardens in the grounds of historic houses, and of course the amazing moorlands. Even the Diggerland kids’ extravaganza, at Castleford, with its theme park persona is basically an outdoor attraction – so bring your waterproofs and some sturdy shoes as the Pennine weather can be unpredictable, and take a day trip on the wild side in West Yorkshire. Hardcastle Crags in Hebden Bridge is a 400-acre National Trust site. Set in a wooded valley, it is home to the hairy wood ant, tumbling streams and glorious waterfalls with stacks of millstone grit crisscrossed with 15 miles of footpaths. At its heart is Gibson Mill, a family-orientated visitor centre telling the history of the valley, over 200 years with interactive displays. Complete your day in Hebden Bridge itself with its Victorian streets, independent shops, cafes and creative culture and neighbouring Heptonstall, where you can find the story of the infamous Cragg Vale Coiners and visit Weaver’s Square, with examples of different types of Yorkshire paving. Shibden Hall Estate, just a mile outside Halifax town centre, is home to the Grade 1-listed historic hall. In the picturesque Shibden Valley, the hall dates back to 1420 and offers visitors a journey through the lives p20

“GREEN SPACES, NATURAL AND MAN-MADE, COVER THE COUNTY, EACH WITH ITS OWN SPECIAL TREATS, FROM HARDCASTLE CRAGS TO THE AMAZING MOORLANDS”

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Go underground in the last deep coalmine in England

• Explore historic colliery buildings • Dig deeper into the history of coalmining • Get to grips with the science of mining • Living history and special exhibitions • Year-round events programme • NEW Adventure Playground • There’s so much to see and do on our 45 acre rural site, whatever the weather

For families, for everyone! A must-see attraction

Find out for yourself why visitors rank us No.1 on Trip Advisor for Things To Do in West Yorkshire!

FREE admission & parking for everyone

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England's highest unbroken waterfall!

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Caphouse Colliery, Wakefield, WF4 4RH T: 01924 848806 | E: info@ncm.org.uk Company Reg No: 1702426 Charity Reg No: 517325

Follow in the footsteps of Turner, Wordsworth and more recently Kevin Costner in 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves'. Tearoom serving homemade cakes, snacks, speciality teas, outrageous coffees and local ice cream. Artwork by D Mark Thompson – his new book ‘Heart of the Dales’ published Autumn 2018. Brass Band Festival always the second Sunday in September, 10am-5.30pm £10 (pay on the gate). Hear up to 12 brass bands playing their own selection of music within the natural amphitheatre.

PLEASE NOTE: entrance to the waterfall is now via the Green Dragon Car Park.

Open daily April – October 10am – 6pm Adults £2.50 Children £1.50 November – March via turnstile £2.50

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XSCAPE FOR THE DAY! WITH SNOWY SLOPES AND TENPIN STRIKES, LASER TAG, TRAMPOLINING AND VERTICAL HEIGHTS.

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DAYS OUT

“BIRD LOVERS AND SERIOUS TWITCHERS CAN ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF FAIRBURN INGS, WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT SITE FOR BREEDING AND WINTERING WILDFOWL”

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of the people who lived and worked there. The surrounding park has beautifully-restored gardens, a miniature railway, boating lake, pitch and putt, walks, orienteering trails and cafe. In Wakefield, visit National Trust-owned Nostell Priory, a Palladian house, built on the site of a medieval monastery. The trust bills it as an 18th-century architectural masterpiece with landscaped park and gardens and Augustinian priory boasting Chippendale-designed state rooms and amazing art and furniture collections. Alternatively, in Wakefield, there is the fascinating medieval ruins of Sandal Castle with beautiful views over the Calder Valley. Fill the day with a trip to nearby Pugney’s Watersports Centre and Country Park for a spot of sailing or a walk on the surfaced paths around the huge lake at Newmillerdam Country Park. For something unique explore the Rhubarb Triangle. Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb is a European Commission Protected Food Name limited to a nine-mile triangle in Wakefield and every year tourists flock to see it growing in the dark and being harvested by candlelight. Parks play a huge part in the county’s recreation, such as Manor Heath Park, Halifax, with its Jungle Experience and water play for youngsters. In

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Wakefield, the 148-acre Thornes Park has beautiful walled gardens and a conservatory, lake, skate park, athletics track, stadium and hosts open air music events and carnivals of all kinds. Similarly, in Huddersfield, Greenhead Park is alive with seasonal events such as Huddersfield’s Caribbean Carnival and has an outdoor gym, tennis, bowls, miniature train, playgrounds, gardens and paddling pool along with the conservatory cafe. Beautiful Oakwell Hall, in Birstall, furnished as a family home in the 1690s, gives an insight into the post English Civil War household and is set in 100 acres of parkland. In Todmorden’s Centre Vale Park, flanked by the town’s wave pool sports centre, there’s a road layout just for junior bikers, bowling greens, skate park, outdoor gym, animal house and fabulous ice cream parlour near the well-equipped playground entrance. Bird lovers and serious twitchers can enjoy the beauty of Fairburn Ings, Castleford, RSPB reserve which has been transformed over the past 60 years from coalface to wild place, and is now an important site for breeding and wintering wildfowl, especially gadwalls, with activities for all ages. For refreshment try the Chequers pub in the pretty nearby village of Ledsham or take a longer drive to delightful Badsworth for sustenance. p24

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STEAM RAILWAY

EMBSAY & BOLTON ABBEY A DAY OUT TO REMEMBER FOR ALL THE FAMILY Steam trains run almost every Sunday throughout the year and up to 7 days a week in the summer www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk embsay.steam@btinternet.com All Enquiries: 01756 710614 Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6AF

Discover inspirational stories, stunning art & heritage at Kirklees Museums & Galleries

• Fascinating exhibitions • Relaxing gardens & parks • Great coffee & unique gifts

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Bagshaw Museum | Batley Oakwell Hall & Country Park | Birstall Tolson Museum | Huddersfield Huddersfield Art Gallery

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James Alfred Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym of James Herriot, became one of the most popular writers of the twentieth century. His books, a series of stories based on his experiences as a young veterinary surgeon working among the farming community of North Yorkshire, sold in their millions throughout the world. Their great success resulted in two feature films in the mid 1970s, followed by a television series, All Creatures Great and Small, which enjoyed global success in the late 1970s and early 80s.

Alfred Wight died in 1995 but his books still sell, the television series is still played throughout the world, and thousands of visitors continue to flock to the World of James Herriot, which was established in 1999 in his hometown of Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

OPENING TIMES 2018 Open seven days a week! Nov to Feb: 10am – 4pm last entry 3pm Mar to Oct: 10am – 5pm last entry 4pm Closed: Dec 25th, 26th, & Jan 1st T. 01845 524 234

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World of James Herriot, 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1PL

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DAYS OUT

“WITH FREE ENTRY, THE MUSEUM HAS AN IMAX THEATRE AND TWO OTHER CINEMAS TO SHOWCASE MOVING IMAGES FROM AROUND THE WORLD”

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Coal mining shaped much of the county, so it’s not surprising to find the National Mining Museum for England at the former Caphouse Colliery site in Overton, Wakefield, full of immersive experiences. The 45-acre rural site has both indoor and outdoor activities with free admission and parking. You can even get kitted out with hard hat and battery lamp and step into the cage to take a trip down Hope Pit. While outdoors reigns supreme, even the hardy Yorkshire folk do head indoors occasionally. The National Science and Media Museum, part of the National Science Museum group, can be found at the heart of the city of Bradford. It explores the science and culture of image and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. With free entry, the museum has an IMAX theatre and two other cinemas to showcase moving images from around the world, in Bradford, the first UNESCO City of Film. Or try the Wonderlab, where you can take part in live sound and light experiments. In Halifax, Eureka National Children’s Museum is right next to the train station, and is especially designed for children under 11, to learn through their interactive exhibits in six zones filled with hundreds of experiences to teach them about themselves and the world around them. Nearby Grade 1-listed building Halifax Piece Hall, where ‘pieces’ of cloth were once traded, is at the heart of the town’s commercial, civic and cultural life. Recent restorations have added a heritage and learning visitor attraction, restaurants and conference facilities to the two storeys of unique retail outlets that flank the central courtyard. It even has its own Escaporium, housing the latest craze for escape rooms. Further investment is transforming The Piece Hall Quarter of Halifax into a new cultural sector. To the north of the county, Haworth is home to the Brontë Trail taking in the Parsonage, Black Bull and Cabinet of Curiosities and a moorland walk to the Brontë waterfall. Make your trip back in p29

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The Gallery at Slaithwaite Looking for a unique hand-made gift, painting or ceramic? The Gallery at Slaithwaite awaits you...

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riginally founded in 2013, the Gallery was opened with the idea of providing a creative space for local people to both exhibit and enjoy art. Today we do exactly that for more than one hundred local artists, crafters and small independent businesses. All of our exhibits bring something new and innovative to the table, covering an unrivalled range of styles and methods. In fact, there’s more than 3,000 square feet of fabulous locally-made products which are at affordable prices. Located in Slaithwaite, which lies in the picturesque Colne Valley, this charming village boasts a beautiful range of other small independent business, offering everything you could possibly need. There are cosy coffee shops, delightful restaurants, busy bars, an artisan bakery, organic greengrocers and some stylish boutiques. And just a mile from the village are some stunning walks. The Gallery is housed in a former cornmill, built in the early 1800s for the Co-operative Society. It’s a wonderful space for the business and the unusual building itself is a must-see for visitors. The space is now divided into four areas, the gallery, the gift shop, the marketplace and the coffee shop. The gift shop is the first area you come to, offering a large collection of hand-made items in

glass, ceramic and wood, plus jewellery, leather goods and an excellent range of greeting cards. The Gallery also has a small coffee shop, where visitors can sit and relax and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Enjoy the lovely calm and friendly atmosphere, the Gallery owners have worked hard to cultivate. Going through a set of double doors, visitors enter the gallery, on the left-hand side there is a wide selection of prints and original art, oil paintings, watercolours and photography. There’s also an excellent range of wire wood and glass sculpture, customers are sure to find something they like. To the right-hand side, there’s a collection of hand-made furniture by local craftsmen, coffee tables, lamps, seating, and shelving, plus on the softer side, home furnishings made from fabric and locally-made and locally-sourced wool. Downstairs on the lower ground floor, there’s the marketplace, which has several retail bays, selling an eclectic mix of vintage, retro, industrial and antique furniture, home furnishings and homewares – all are reasonably priced and very good quality. The Gallery is also dog friendly, so dog walkers are more than welcome to call in.

the gallery the gift shop the marketplace the coffee shop at slaithwaite Opening times Sunday-Wednesday: 11.00am-4.00pm Please quote ‘GA113’ to receive your visitor discount Contact details: Britannia Mills, Britannia Road, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5HE 07867125276 info@the-gallery.shop www.the-gallery.shop


There’s no excuse for staying indoors when you’ve got the amazing Yorkshire landscape on your doorstep! Did you know, West Yorkshire is home to six of our beautiful reservoirs? You can try all kinds of outdoor activities on our land including some of Yorkshire’s finest walks and cycle routes. Here are just a few of the walks available for you to enjoy here in West Yorkshire… Difficulty Rating 1

Digley (4.9 miles) South-west of Holmfirth.

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Ogden (3 miles) (Easy access 1.2 miles) North of Halifax.

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Haworth Moor (4.8 miles) South-west of Haworth, near Keighley.

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Scammonden (4.1 miles) Off the A640 to the west of Huddersfield.

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Widdop and Gorple (4 miles) North of Hebden Bridge.

Pick up one of our free activity packs and find out more at yorkshirewater.com/freetoenjoy


The

Forbidden Corner

...is one of England’s most recent follies

The brainchild of Mr. C.R. Armstrong, C.M.G. OBE, it was originally built as a private folly but due to public demand was subsequently opened.

A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four– acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues at every turn. There are decisions to make and tricks to avoid, a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight children of all ages.

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Freshly made sandwiches, soups, barista coffees and delicious AWARD WINNING PIES & CAKES

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ADMISSION IS BY PRE-BOOKED TICKETS ONLY To reserve your ticket please telephone

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“A fun and interesting day out in the beautiful Pennine countryside” Day Visits Looking for things to do in West Yorkshire? Explore deep beneath the beautiful Pennine countryside, and discover why the Huddersfield Narrow Canal engineers decided to tunnel in such an awkward place, how it helped to fuel canal mania and the industrial revolution. With boats trips, the visitor centre with informative displays, nature reserve and our award-winning café, you will find lots to do when you visit our beautiful site, set in the heart of the Pennines.

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Bradford Museums & Galleries

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

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time complete by using the Worth Valley Railway, a five-mile-long branch line of preserved railway, running between Keighley and Oxenhope, and stopping at Haworth, using vintage steam locomotives. It connects to the national rail network at Keighley where the preserved station’s features have made it regular location for TV and film. Holmfirth, which was for many years home to sitcom Last of the Summer Wine, is a well-known destination and while its town centre is still a lovely day out with its bustling little streets along the banks of the River Holme. Lately neighbouring valley, the Colne Valley, is proving to be a great place to visit with its independent shops, arts, crafts and booming cafe culture. A short hop on the train out of Huddersfield will land you in the centre of Slaithwaite, with antique shops, book shop, stylish furniture maker and local artists’ work in The Gallery, Globe Arts and Slawit Studio. Village pubs like the Commercial and Shoulder of Mutton offer real ale refreshments. Or try the unique Little Bridge cosy cafe wine bar built on to the canal bank, and tucked behind the Commercial, Woody’s Gin Bar, offering more than 70 different gins. Set on the canal, there’s an easy 2.5m tow path walk the next village, Marsden. Cafes are abound in

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the village but as you set off along the picturesque canal bank you’ll come across the Handmade Bakery with its hand-crafted pastries and bread. More challenging walks are available up the sides of the valley or it’s one stop along the train line if you don’t fancy the exercise. In Marsden, catch a canal boat taxi from the station, during holidays and summer weekends, along to Tunnel End, home of Standedge Tunnel, Britain’s longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel. Built in 1811, it cuts a path for boats and trains to pass under the Pennines between Yorkshire and Lancashire. During the season, you can take a trip into the tunnel from the visitor centre and experience exactly what the leggers faced as they propelled the boats through the pitch-black tunnel. From Marsden, it’s easy to discover the Marsden Moor Estate, 5,000 acres of National Trust moorland that separates Yorkshire from Lancashire. Steeped in history, its array of birds and plants make this great expanse of beautiful heathered hills and sparkling reservoirs internationally important. Back in the village there are real ale pubs, cafes, the Magic Box traditional toy shop, historic Marsden Mechanics Institute and Enjoy Art Gallery. For those who like an outdoor dip, on the outskirts of Marsden there is the officially p33

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he Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is the only complete heritage railway in the country. Starting from our main line connection at Keighley we run steam and heritage diesel trains through the Brontë country along a five-mile stretch to the villages of Oakworth, Haworth and Oxenhope in the beautiful Worth Valley, as well as Ingrow and Damems.

Follow on to our station at Oakworth, popular for beautiful scenery and country walks and is the exact shooting location for ‘The Railway Children’. It remains as popular today as it was then. Kept in precisely the condition that it was in the film, see it as it would have been in the summer of 1910 – an English country station from a vanished world.

Famous for being the shooting location of the 1970 film ‘The Railway Children’, our railway is popular amongst enthusiasts and the general public for experience days, viewing our stations, trains and museums and as transport for a day out, where many hop on and off visiting the beautiful surrounding towns to shop, eat out and much more.

Go behind the scenes of the railway with our guided tours, see our workshops and sheds, ride down the line and gain exclusive insights into the lives of our volunteers. In the summer, a vintage bus service is provided linking the station with the village, where the Brontë Sisters wrote their world-famous novels.“Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, is a magical experience. The stations are beautifully preserved and views from the train along the line are breathtaking. The experience offers a fantastic feeling of nostalgia and a trip down memory lane.

Along the line at various stations, we have activities for everyone. At Ingrow, visit the ‘Railstory’, a place where railway history comes alive. Offering you the chance to see two award-winning museums that tell the story of the railway for you to then experience for yourself on a ride through history as they did many years ago on our heritage steam trains.

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is a taste of history and the perfect day out for visitors and families of all ages. Tickets available at all six stations – head to our website for more information.

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further and get closer to nature with the RSPB. Head to the waterfront and visit Queen’s Mill, once thought to have been the largest stone grinding mill in the world with 20 pairs of grinding stones. You might also want to check out Xscape in Castleford which is a must for family fun and an ideal venue for inclement weather offering adventure golf, bowling, a climbing wall and skyride, cinema, a ski slope, trampoline park, shopping and restaurants. And after all that hard work you can choose from a tasty line up of restaurant favourites including Pizza Express, Nando’s, Ask and TGI Fridays. From battles and sieges, starvation and destruction to royal infidelity and the cultivation of liquorice, you’ll be surprised at what has taken place in Pontefract. Since the medieval times the market town of Pontefract has been making its mark on history, housing one of England’s greatest castles. Pontefract Castle, which was once one of the most important fortresses in the North of England, has a new visitor centre and cafe and offer a superb range of fun family events throughout the year. Pontefract town centre is steeped in history. The town’s medieval ‘burgage’ plot street pattern can still be seen in the yards that lead off the market place, and many of the beautiful buildings you can see in the market place today date from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. This beautiful town also offers lively shopping, action-packed horse racing, pretty villages and colourful carnivals, making it a superb choice for a family day out. l

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recognised wild swimming spot Sparth Reservoir, believed to have been used by swimmers for more than 150 years. Signs on site give clear information about wild swimming there. For the more cautious outdoor swimmer, Ilkley Lido with its indoor and outdoor pool designed by artist Frank Sherwin in 1935, offers superb views over Ilkley Moor. As well as permanent attractions West Yorkshire has a rammed calendar of festivals and events from quirky village fetes to huge agricultural shows such as Todmorden, Emley and Honley Shows, 40s weekends in Meltham, Elland and Brighouse and scarecrow festivals galore. There is always something going on! Wetherby is also well worth a visit. This awardwinning floral market town has many attractions to explore including panoramic scenery and historic architecture. An historical trail takes visitors around the town centre and gives them a fascinating insight into Wetherby’s past. Leaflets on the trail are available in the shops and library. Wetherby even has its very own restored cinema, showing the latest films. Sandringham Park has a picnic and children’s play areas, and has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award, giving it national recognition. The historic market town of Castleford offers something for everyone, from rugby league and winter sports to diggers and historic mills. Explore the town centre and discover its Roman roots at the Castleford Museum, browse independent boutiques among high street favourites then explore a little

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[01] GET INTERACTIVE

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The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, part of the national science museum group, is packed with exciting interactive displays to explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies and the impact they have on our lives.

[02] WALK THE MOORS If you’ve never been to West Yorkshire the moors are a must see, flanking the area around Huddersfield, Calderdale and Bradford. Beautiful and a little wild you can opt for a casual stroll with many points accessible by car or train or plan a major hike with lots of cosy spots to break your walk. [03] LEARN ABOUT LOCAL HISTORY The National Mining Museum at the former Hope Colliery is testament to one of the area’s key industries now all but a memory. Being able to get into the cage and go underground is a must-try for all ages. [04] GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL AT YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK Yorkshire Sculpture Park shouldn’t be missed. Its a one-off gallery with its setting and breathtaking art. You can get up close and personal in a way that’s never normally possible with sculpture, while enjoying the outdoors. It is a very special experience indeed. [05] TAKE IN THE CULTURE The UNESCO World Heritage site, provides the best in multi-purpose visitor experiences steeped in history, packed with arts and culture, shopping you won’t find anywhere else and great food.

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[06] GRAB A PIECE OF THE ACTION Halifax Piece Hall is one of a kind. Bohemian and independent shops built into two-tiers around the central courtyard are complemented by a packed programme of events in this amazing setting at the heart of the new Halifax cultural quarter. [07] KEEP THE KIDS HAPPY Not forgetting the youngsters, Eureka in Halifax makes for a fabulous day out which will blow their minds with all the hands-on activities to explore the world around them. Aimed at under 11s it is right next to the train station.

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reliving historical incidents such as the Luddite uprising. [10] GO TO A FESTIVAL It is essential to embrace the West Yorkshire quirky spirit and go to one of the local festivals – from Imbolc and Moonraking to the Rushbearing or Coal Sack Race there’s nothing to beat a great day or night out with the locals when they’re in festival mode. Plan ahead to coincide with one or take what’s on offer, March to October there’s usually something every weekend. l

[08] VISIT THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD The Hepworth Wakefield is a relatively new addition to the region’s arts scene but already has huge acclaim winning the national Art Fund museum of the year award in 2017. Its thoroughly modern building hosts phenomenal exhibitions in its Wakefield industrial heritage and riverside setting. [09] GET SPINNING Colne Valley Museum gives a hands-on look at how the textile industry worked for many years. Walk around the original weavers’ cottages in the old part of Golcar where the streets are still cobbled, have a go at spinning and see the looms in action with re-enactors

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A TASTE OF YORKSHIRE – AND THE WORLD! Top-end fine dining, adventurous independents and a great range of ethnic cuisine means you’ll never go hungry here

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roasting beef, the Longhorn is now classed as a rare breed, but recently with interest in the fine grained, well-marbled meat, small herds are popping up across the North of England. And if a meal with a view is what you want, the Rose and Crown at Cop Hill can’t be beaten for top quality, traditional meals set up high above Slaithwaite, a short drive or invigorating walk out of the village. On the edge of the Colne Valley sits The Bulls Head, at Blackmoorfoot, where Corsican co-owner Anthony Riboutin ensures the changing menu takes in a broad map of culinary styles from regular starters of frogs’ legs, to Thursday speciality main Franceshina, a Portuguese super meat-layered sandwich covered in melted cheese and hot thick tomato and beer sauce. While the Bulls Head offers the very best in traditional beer-battered cod and superb chef ’s choice pies of the day, there are also interesting seasonal fish dishes and meaty delights done to perfection. Diners can take in stunning views over the valley especially from the first floor and enjoy guest ales and a premium wine list with their meals. p38

op rank restaurants offering English and French fine dining, off-set by a host of superb gastro pubs, quirky corners and culturally diverse global feasting spots give West Yorkshire the tools to ignite any set of tastebuds. On the edge of the Pennines, the first restaurant you find heading into the county through the Colne Valley is The Olive Branch, 1830 roadside inn. With its modern English and classic French menu filled with regional produce it is one of the best in the region. The restaurant has four menus served through the week, plus specials. Moving into the centre of nearby moorland village Marsden, there’s highly-recommended Peel One, popular family-owned grill and tapas and Mozzerellas Pizzeria and Wine Bar. Or for a more casual yet top dining experience, try recentlyopened Rumpus Burger restaurant in the next village Slaithwaite. Rumpus offers a cosy casual space with some outdoor seating and artisan burgers using local meat from their own farm’s Longhorn cattle right there in the village. Famed for its excellent

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dining experience with a tapas menu listed as Spanish with a modern British twist, from albondigas, croquetas and squid to braised pigs cheeks and onglet steak. While Mustard and Punch specialises in sourcing its produce close to home, at Punch bar, its menu reflects the special ingredients imported from Spain such as Bellota Jamon and Jabugitos Chirizo complemented with meat and bread from the local butchers and bakers. One of the district’s best-known restaurants sits in the tiny hamlet of Roydhouse, Shelley. In 2018 the Three Acres celebrated its 50th anniversary, with decades of awards and accolades to its name. Today head chef Tom Davies makes market fresh produce, with local and artisan ingredients, but the pub’s first big accolades came in the 90s when Egon Ronay named the Three Acres his Pub of the Year. Since then it’s never looked back as awards keep rolling in and guest lists include Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne. Also in South Kirklees there are top gastro pubs The Golden Cock, at Farnley Tyas, and the Woodman, Thunderbridge, which have been delighting dinners for decades and still won’t let you down. The Woodman in its idyllic woodland setting and the Golden Cock looking out over green fields to Castle Hill have setting, service and menus to make them well worth taking a trip out to. In Huddersfield town centre you can’t beat the Little Chilli, built into a railway arch with its Thai street food menu. The fresh flavours revive any taste buds with favourites old and new on the menu and on-the-day specials matched by the super p41

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“THE FINE DINING LUNCH AND EVENING MENUS FEATURE LOTS OF LOCAL PRODUCE, VEGETARIAN OPTIONS AND GLUTEN-FREE MEALS IN A CLASSIC DINING SET UP, WITH TRADITIONAL AND QUIRKY TAPAS SERVED IN THE LOUNGE”

Between the Colne and Holme Valleys perches Meltham, with a couple of delightful eateries. Quirky II takes the place of its predecessor, the Quirky Corner, in a former church building and now also has a wine and tapas lounge. The fine dining lunch and evening menus feature lots of local produce, vegetarian options and gluten-free meals in a classic dining set up, with traditional and quirky tapas served in the lounge. The Foxhole nestling next door provides another great spot to eat in Meltham. Smaller and with its own compact, relaxed brand of quirkiness the restaurant wins praise all round for its food with special note on catering well for vegetarians and offering fresh-cooked and made-to-order choices. In the Holme Valley, Holmfirth town centre is a bustling evening scene and at weekends it can get very lively. It boasts tapas and Italian among other treats. The Catch fish restaurant comes highly recommended and casual cafe-style eatery Mezze Bar, promises something for all palates with Greek, Turkish, Italian, Cypriot and Middle Eastern dishes in tapas-style portions. Just down the road in neighbouring Honley, the Punch group has set out a firm baseline for quality with its Mustard and Punch bistro in the centre of the village, offering an exciting modern British menu changing with the season and locally-sourced produce including estate-shot game and locallyreared rump stakes. Head chef Will Orme leads the team with everything made in-house, including breads and ice creams. Also in the village, Punch bar offers a more casual

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Simon and Rena Gueller have worked hard to reposition this restaurant back in the top echelons of UK restaurants and since 2004 have forged their part in the story of this iconic restaurant. The Box Tree represents a combination of 21st century efficiency and exquisite good taste, the art and antiques define the style and luxury of which the Box Tree is famed. The front of house team offer a warm welcome in the intimate bar lounge for drinks and canapĂŠs, whilst the kitchens boast the latest equipment and top chefs that deliver great food. With tables available in the fire-side, main or private dining rooms, there is something to suit all types of occasions. The private dining room not only boasts the comfort and luxury you would expect at the Box Tree, but also offers you complete privacy and confidentiality. A private lounge is available for pre-dinner drinks or likewise after dinner coffees and digestif. It hosts private parties from 10 to 50 and can offer exclusive hire and provide bespoke packages to suit your requirements helping to make your special day a memorable one.

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The Olive Tree Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and seasonal afternoon tea, with extensive gluten free options, using fresh local ingredients. Open daily, stunning views and dog friendly. You’ll find The Olive Tree Bistro in the family-run Totties Garden Centre, which offers a large selection of seasonal plants, shrubs and trees, garden supplies, furniture, plus gifts and homeware.

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Kingfisher is a long-established fish and chip restaurant in a busy location, right next to the M1 near Wakefield. When you step into the restaurant you’ll see what sets up apart, the charming and relaxed interior is the perfect place to enjoy fresh and satisfying fish and chips – just as you like it.

RESTAURANT OPENING TIMES 11:30AM-10:00PM (OPEN DAILY)

Whether you’re stopping by for a takeout or arriving en masse for a family gathering in the restaurant, you’re sure to receive a warm welcome, delicious food and quality service. If you bring the kids, they will eat fish and chips for free with full paying adults, in the restaurant.

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friendly service in this tiny restaurant that’s really taken Huddersfield by storm. Book ahead to ensure you get seated. Med One Lebanese restaurant, at the entrance to Huddersfield’s historic Byram Arcade, boasts delights ranging from its novel bread dough topped hearty goulash ‘pie’ and stews to mezze, pizzas and kebabs and has steadily been building a fantastic reputation since it was opened by Syrian-born husband and wife team Khalil and Rojin Khalaf in 2010. The food here keeps diners coming back for more, with vegetarians and vegans also giving the restaurant a thumbs up for choice and quality. Lost Property’s Georgian menu, with tastes

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from the Black Sea area not the era, is a recent addition to the town and has been getting rave reviews all round. Definitely book ahead. Apadana with its Persian cuisine offers choices from Iran’s traditional and modern styles of cooking, while the Nawaab is a stalwart of the Asian food scene in Huddersfield, but its menu never ceases to delight diners with dishes you don’t see every day in a very friendly atmosphere. Moving out to the suburb of Lindley, Eric’s, opened in 2010, is currently North East Regional Restaurant of the Year, as voted by readers of the Good Food Guide. Owner Eric Paxman began his training locally at Huddersfield Technical College, followed by

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working worldwide, including under Marco Pierre White at his London restaurant L’escargot. Eric’s is British fine dining served in a modern setting surrounded by Yorkshire art. For something more casual, try Eric’s new restaurant, also in Lindley, PAX burger. Heading out of Huddersfield towards Wakefield, Restaurant 315 at Lepton promises English dishes with a French influence and their steaks get rave reviews. Dine in the conservatory for beautiful views and there’s also a spa and accommodation Just along the road The Kaye Arms, at Grange Moor, has been a winner with diners for many years. This contemporary gastro pub serves modern British dishes with seasonal changes from local produce. A great place to break a journey or head to, just to be in this lovely rural setting less than two miles from the National Mining Museum. In Wakefield city centre, Hokkaido, a bit off the popular track, gives diners a taste of Japanese excitement with the cooking taking place right in front of you as you order, while centrally-located Qubana tapas and grill, with Spanish and Cuban influences, offers a scintillating taste feast in a lively, friendly atmosphere. The Cow Shed offers modern English dishes, with a meaty menu served in its beamed ceiling, dining room and nearby, is highly-recommended Tet, a contemporary Thai restaurant. Heading out of Wakefield, past the Hepworth gallery is Heath village, a piece of living history with buildings dating back to the 1400s. Among them, the Grade 2-listed Kings Arms, with its maze of cosy rooms and snugs still entirely lit by gas lamp, serving hearty quality meals in the Gaslight Restaurant p42

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with the option to take a walk along the canal to Stanley and back to work up an appetite. Halifax town centre has a variety of venues to eat including Ricci’s Tapas and Cicchetti, with cookedto-order small plates served in a contemporary converted mill setting, with theatre and art gallery on site, and La Luna, with its covered courtyardstyle space, offers fabulous Italian food. A couple of miles out of the centre is former corn and spinning mill The Shibden Mill Inn. With a traditional bar, the 17th-century inn also boasts two AA rosettes for dining and 5-star AA accommodation. There is the elegant Wine Loft private dining space or the characterful, beamed Mill Room all tucked away in the valley bottom, with the menu promising the freshest ingredients from specialist local suppliers and their own kitchen garden, in seasonal offerings, and when the weather permits there is alfresco space in the patio garden. In Hebden Bridge, try the Olive Branch, with Turkish grills and pizzas plus meze platters in a relaxed and intimate candlelit atmosphere, or Kitties Rest, a small, licenced, family-run restaurant serving classic French cuisine with their own flair based on seasonal fine food and a meaty mains menu in a bright and lively setting. The Tapas Bar, in nearby Todmorden, dubbed as a

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little bit of Spain in the Pennines, boasts innovative dishes to complement the traditional stalwarts with Spanish wines, beers and brandies to accompany them. There is also a speciality gin bar. And for something novel yet great tasting try a Mongolian stir fry at the Temujin, Sowerby Bridge, where diners chose their meat, seafood, veggie protein and vegetables to be cooked with rice or noodles and seasonings to be stir-fried to perfection in a flaming spectacle before them. Choices often include interesting options such as crocodile, ostrich, venison, swordfish, kangaroo and zebra. In Pontefract, the two AA Rosette Fleur de Lys Restaurant at the Wentbridge Hotel, offers a seasonally-influenced menu to tempt all tastes and palates. Chefs use locally-sourced produce and the best of British ingredients to create a wide range of delicious dishes with a modern twist. And if you’re a wine lover, you’ll appreciate the restaurant’s award-winning list, which has over 200 possibilities. A trip to West Yorkshire wouldn’t be complete culinary-wise without a curry. While there are many great Asian restaurants around the region, Bradford has a plethora right at its heart from authentic curry cafes opened in the 60s to serve the Asian textile workers to fine dining spots. Famous long-time curry cafe the Karachi will take

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you totally back to basics, no frills but authentic tastes. But for a more up market experience try the Prashad, finalist in Ramsay’s Best Restaurants competition, offering a mix of Asian flavours from Gujarat, Punjab and Southern India. Head a little out of Bradford and in Ilkley you will find The Box Tree with its classic French menu base and its Michelin Star, housed in one of the oldest buildings in Ilkley. It was first opened as a restaurant in Ilkley in 1962 and quickly made its name. Renown chefs Michael

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Truelove, Edward Denny and more contemporarily Marco Pierre White have all made their mark on the restaurant with the kitchen currently under the auspices of executive chef Simon Gueller, who took over in 2004, recapturing the Box Tree’s Michelin Star and reviving its reputation as one of the top places to eat in the North. Bettys Café Tea Rooms in Ilkley – sister venue to Bettys of Harrogate – is a great place for a break from shopping in the town’s boutiques or to recover after a ramble on the moors. While you’re there, be certain to try a Fat Rascal, for the name alone, or of course there is the full afternoon tea menu with optional pink champagne. Its heritage stretches back to the arrival of Bettys’ Swiss founder in the last century, inspiring a menu which offers fish and chips with pea puree and chicken schnitzel in the same breath, with bacon and raclette rosti and Swiss Alpine macaroni, or haddock, salmon and prawn gratin, alongside Bettys Yorkshire sausages and Yorkshire rarebit. It’s a place for a snack and a cake, a feast of afternoon delights or full on meal in all the style that Bettys has become known for. And with West Yorkshire’s cafe culture really taking off quality lunchtime delights are never far away wherever you are. l

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A REGION AT THE HEART OF ART! Oozing creativity and historical heritage, West Yorkshire is second to none when it comes to stimulating art and culture

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here’s the unmissable Yorkshire Sculpture Park and amazing architectural treats from Huddersfield’s St George’s Square to Halifax Piece Hall to feast your eyes upon. While resounding through all the senses are an abundance of amazing festivals and celebrations marking the cultural heritage of each district. Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton is set in 500 acres of fields, hills, woodlands, lakes and formal gardens. In 1949 Bretton College was founded on the site, known for its outstanding courses in art and education. In that time, the first sculpture was added to the grounds and the landscape opened to the public. When the college closed in 2007, the YSP took over the management of the whole landscape and while Bretton Hall, the main building on the site is being transformed into a luxury hotel, the other buildings are home to permanent and changing exhibitions along with many exciting pieces in the grounds. Huge pieces strike you from afar while there are hidden gems to stumble upon. For many of the works, it is fine to succumb to their tactile attractions and touch and caresses them, even sit in or on them. New work is always being added. With a cafe and restaurant on site you can stay all day and there are also places to take shelter with your own picnics and indoor galleries. When it comes to stunning architecture there’s nothing like the great Yorkshire stone buildings of

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The only accredited museum of its kind in the UK, The Peace Museum explores the history and the often untold stories of peace, peacemakers, social reform and peace movements.

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contemporary art with dedicated galleries exploring Hepworth’s art and making processes. As well as its changing exhibitions it is also home to Wakefield’s art collection – featuring modern British art including works by Ben Nicholson, Patrick Heron, L S Lowry, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore as well as significant contemporary artists such as Frank Auerbach, Maggi Hambling, Anthea Hamilton, Martin Parr and Eva Rothschild. Bradford is a true city gem at the north west corner of West Yorkshire. Recent years have seen the centre transformed with scores of galleries and theatres. Catch contemporary and international exhibitions at the Gallery II, in Bradford University, or there is the Dye House Gallery at the Yorkshire Craft Centre and the Impressions Gallery, at Centenary Square and South Square Centre, at Thornton Road while Cartwright Hall Art Gallery has a permanent display dedicated to the work of Bradford-born David Hockney. In the city centre, the area known as Little Germany is worth exploring if you enjoy architecture with its impressive buildings in the heart of the business district and the names of the streets will give you clear indication you are in the area where the German Jewish population arrived and set up business, mostly around high quality textile production. Bradford Cathedral is situated in the heart of the city, on a site used for Christian worship since the 7th century. It is the oldest building in Bradford with a fascinating history Former textile mill, now art gallery shopping

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centre and restaurant complex, Salts Mill, just outside Bradford, boasts a big collection of work by David Hockney including paintings, etchings, drawings and photo collages with changing visiting exhibitions. Along with heritage information about the mill and the history of Saltaire it also has numerous retail outlets stocking arts materials, jewellery, books, designer homewares and gifts, fine art and antiques, cycling and outdoor accessories. The Early Music Shop boasts the world’s largest selection of medieval, renaissance and baroque musical instruments along with sheet music, CDs and accessories. West Yorkshire is awash with performance venues. From Bradford’s Alhambra, bringing big name shows to the region, such as War Horse and The Jersey Boys, to the beautiful Theatre Royal and Opera House in Wakefield, Halifax’s Victoria Theatre and Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre, where a wide range of productions are staged to suit all tastes, plus contemporary settings such as the Viaduct Theatre at Dean Clough Mills and Halifax’s Square Chapel. Huddersfield Town Hall and its Kirklees counterparts are well known for their excellent concert programme, covering classical to chamber music. Every town, and many a village, has its own stage, or two, from Marsden Mechanics Hall on the edge of the Pennines, with its varied programme including music and poetry, to Ilkley Playhouse and the town’s Kings Hall and Winter Gardens in the North. For unusual historical experiences, you could visit the Mental Health Museum on Wakefield’s Fieldhead Hospital site where mental health p49

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IMPRESSIONS GALLERY Visit one of the UK’s leading galleries for photography, overlooking Bradford’s stunning City Park. Be inspired by free exhibitions from international photographers and feed your passion for art in our specialist shop. Centenary Square Bradford BD1 1SD tel: 01274 737843 www.impressions-gallery.com

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problems are treated today, Bradford Police Museum providing a unique insight into the history of policing and the development of crime and punishment in the area from the early 19th century, or Bradford Peace Museum, believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK. The Tolson Museum in Huddersfield paints an intriguing picture of the district from Roman finds, pieces from the Luddite rebellion and items from the Suffragette movement to its famous Bird Room. Ilkley Toy Museum has a collection dating from 350BC and more modern items for a truly nostalgic visit. But for a total immersion in history that built much of the county, try Colne Valley Museum, Golcar, based in a row of weavers’ cottages with working looms and re-enactors. But the county wouldn’t be anything without its celebrations and a visit wouldn’t be complete without taking in one festival or another. Musically there are male voice choirs and brass bands playing regularly, folk festivals and the renowned Marsden Jazz Festival. Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the world-famous Mrs Sunderland competition promise to charm your ears with sounds from two ends of the spectrum. Your tastebuds can be thrilled at numerous food festivals including Todmorden and Huddersfield. While art and literature are cause for big celebration in West Yorkshire too. Holmfirth Art Week and Holmfirth Art Festival are among many across the district and Bradford, Huddersfield and Ilkley are

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among those hosting literature festivals. Huddersfield is also home to the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival. Moor Music, in Ilkley, Hebden Folk Roots, Shepley Spring, Holmfirth Folk Week and Bradford Roots festivals are just some of the opportunities to hear songs of social commentary in the region at the heart of the Luddite rebellion, Chartist movement and suffrage uprising. West Yorkshire festivals are almost always accompanied by a good turn-out of Morris dancers and other folk-dance troupes. Bradford Festival fills the city with music and dance with global influences while Huddersfield Carnival is a glorious celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture and the Rushbearing festival in Calderdale promises a whole weekend of tradition and tomfoolery following the rush cart procession around seven towns and villages. While May Pole celebrations abound across the county, few are accompanied by such a fiercely fought contest as in Gawthorpe, home to the World Coal Carrying Championships. Alongside the charming vision of youngsters weaving coloured ribbons around the village Maypole on Easter Monday, true Yorkshire grit can be witnessed as men carrying 50kg coal sacks on their back heave their way around the villages. And it’s not just for the men, women battle just as hard to lug 20kg sacks round the route from the Royal Oak in Ossett, to the Maypole Green, in Gawthorpe. Just one of the spectacles here not to be missed. Yorkshire folk still like to make their own entertainment and there’s always something going on. l

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[01] ARCHITECTURE

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Wakefield Cathedral and the Chantry Bridge, Huddersfield’s St George’s Square and train station, Halifax Piece Hall name but a few architectural focal points. Keep your eyes peeled for hidden gems in town centres and while out and about for landmarks such as Victoria Tower, on Castle Hill, follies such as Wainhouse Tower, Halifax, Denby Dale’s huge curving skew arch viaduct and the amazing Emley Moor Mast.

[02] FRIENDLY FOLK Wherever you are in West Yorkshire you should be afforded a warm welcome. There’s nothing like a local to give you the low down on their own town. Beware, people will talk to you!

to drink it in. Local brewers such as Ossett, Empire, Golcar, Goose Eye, Magic Rock, Ilkley, Timothy Taylors and Saltaire keep the pumps well stocked. Even for non-ale drinkers, warm welcoming pubs, often with great food are everywhere.

[03] OUTDOORS You are never far from the great outdoors and what a great outdoors it is. Even in urban areas, fabulous green spaces have been created, but in just a few minutes from most centres you can be out on the hills and moors, navigating the canals and fields or taking in the view from a country pub or cafe.

[07] GREAT FOOD Yorkshire Puddings – they’re always best in Yorkshire. But seriously West Yorkshire is a hot bed of culturally diverse food from the Michelin-starred Box Tree, Ilkley, to the tiny Thai taste sensation of the Little Chilli in Huddersfield. Fine dining is on the menu but also top gastro pub grub.

[04] AMENITIES A bustling town or city centre is never far away. Amenities are always on hand with still thriving villages offering everything you need from entertainment to food and shops.

[08] HISTORY From formal museums, with excellent interactive exhibitions such as the National Coal Mining Museum, Shibden Hall and Colne Valley Museum, to the stories woven into the actual landscape and built environment that was shaped by the coal and textile industries, it’s a rich vein of information to be mined for detail or simply absorbed as you enjoy your visit.

[05] ARTS AND CRAFTS If you been searching for a special gift or treat, then West Yorkshire is home to a huge number of artists and crafters whose work is readily available to buy across the region. [06] REAL ALE IN REAL PUBS From big players to micro-breweries West Yorkshire is awash with top ale and real pubs

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“EVEN IN URBAN AREAS, FABULOUS GREEN SPACES HAVE BEEN CREATED, BUT IN JUST A FEW MINUTES FROM MOST CENTRES YOU CAN BE OUT ON THE HILLS AND MOORS, NAVIGATING THE CANALS AND FIELDS OR TAKING IN THE VIEW FROM A COUNTRY PUB OR CAFE”

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[09] LOCATION ‘God’s own country’, as West Yorkshire folk will tell you it is, is right in the heart of the UK so it’s a good spot to get to and it’s a great base for exploring further afield.

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haberdashery and hand-made items for home craft projects such as ribbons and buttons. Family-run The Yorkshire Gallery, an independent contemporary gallery, showcases artists, designers and makers connected to West Yorkshire, including fine art, contemporary jewellery and engaging craft. Jitterbug Jean’s rails show off the quirky styles of vintage Rockabilly including classic swing dresses, brilliant floral prints and shoes from Irregular Choice. Other brands include Hell Bunny, Lindy Boo and Lady Vintage London. As vinyl makes a comeback, Loafers is the place to browse a range of genres and some obscure sounds, all in a setting filled with iconic music artwork. It’s also a chance to try locallyimported Dark Woods coffee. Creative Crystals has been trading in the Piece Hall for 25 years, with a wide range of gemstones, crystals and minerals, and jewellery from around the world, and Gingerbread p57

ith a host of shopping malls and beautiful town centres, with big name retailers and quirky independents, West Yorkshire has all you need for a bit of retail therapy. Wherever you base yourself in the county, there is always somewhere to buy the things you need, but also many opportunities to treat yourself, and many very special places to go hunting for something new and unusual. One unique shopping experience is on offer at the refurbished Halifax Piece Hall. Its huge central courtyard is surrounded by two floors of shops. Quality boutiques, independent and artisan outlets, all live in this one-off setting. There is everything from homewares, jewellery and fashion, to unique gifts, cosmetics and memorabilia. Brown Paper Packages offers gifts and crafts by local and national artisans, with shabby interior accessories, candles and a

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Dress For Less – the largest dedicated womenswear discount store in Huddersfield. Formed 25 years ago to fill a gap in the market for mid to top end discounted fashion – Dress For Less has a great following in its spacious historic Victorian Sunday school in Lindley – 2 miles from Huddersfield. We provide for women of all ages the best brands and most stylish of fashion, shoes, hats, bags, jewellery, accessories and gifts carefully sourced to offer great value at the highest discounts. We have almost seven thousand square feet of shop floor over 2 levels. Our staff are welcoming and helpful but never pushy – bring a friend, take your time and enjoy your visit. As a day out Lindley offers delicatessen lunches, designer florists, other gift shops and fine dining! Day wear • Evening wear • Holiday wear • Knitwear • Shoes, sandals & boots • Millinery Lingerie • Jewellery • Handbags • Contemporary gifts • Greetings cards • Free coffee Free parking on site • Alterations & fitting • Disabled access to the ground floor

We are open 10 until 5, Monday-Saturday. Located 1 mile from junction 24 on the M62 & 2 miles from Huddersfield town centre. E: dressforless@btconnect.com T: 01484 640498 www.theoldsundayschool.com

Discover the taste of Yorkshire At Keelham Farm Shop we believe that food tastes better from the farm. Especially farms in Yorkshire! That’s why our Farm Shops stock food from over 400 local farmers and producers. Find our Thornton Farm Shop between Halifax and Bradford for a real taste of Yorkshire. Keelham Farm Shop Brighouse & Denholme Road Thornton, Bradford, BD13 3S S keelhamfarmshop.co.uk

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The stunning Byram Arcade is situated in the heart of Huddersfield. This unique and beautiful Victorian shopping arcade is split over three floors and offers independent shopping, cafes and restaurants.

ARCADE BEERS Craft beer and liquor shop with tasting room. facebook.com/arcadebeers

INTER-COMICS Huddersfield’s largest independent comic shop. inter-comics.com

ARCADE COFFEE & FOOD Speciality coffee, fresh locally sourced seasonal food. facebook.com/arcadecoffeefood

JOHN WOODS PHOTOGRAPHY Family portrait, event and wedding photographers. Also offers passport photo service. johnwoods.net

CALDER ART SUPPLIES Fine art, graphics and craft materials purveyor. Stocking everything from paints and brushes, to easels and paper. calderartsupplies.co.uk

THE GUILD JEWELLERS Unique artisan jewellery studio, in-house custom jewellery and remodelling. theguildjewellers.co.uk THE LEFT BANK Exclusive limited edition designed clothing and accessories. leftbankism.co.uk

LA FLEUR Flowers with a modern twist for all occasions from weddings to corporate arrangements. lafleurfloralbridal.com

TIMBERWOLF OUTDOOR LEISURE Outdoor clothing and ski equipment. timberwolf.uk.com

CRAFTY PRAXIS Handmade gift shop, unique greeting cards, ceramics, jewellery, art prints and more. craftypraxis.co.uk

MED-ONE Lebanese restaurant, the best taste in town, food freshly made on the premises. med-one.co.uk

URBAN ESCAPE Skincare, nails and grooming centre for men and women. urbanescape.co.uk

DIAMONDS & DUSTERS Professional tattooist, body piercing and laser tattoo removal studio. diamondsanddusters.co.uk

PFE FIRST AID TRAINING SERVICES LTD For all your first aid training courses. pfe-firstaid.com

WESTGATE BARBERS Voted Huddersfield Best Barbers 2018! Old fashioned cut-throat shaves and more. westgatebarbers.co.uk

ENDEMIC Independent skateboard store. Skateboards, footwear, apparel. endemicskatestore.com HIDDEN DELIGHTS Alternative clothing, goods and gifts. Crystals, incense, essential oils etc. facebook.com/hiddendelights

SAMARPAN No. 1 UK seller on Cardmarket. Trading card games/collectibles. samarpan.ecwid.com SQUARE TEN Award winning bespoke nail enhancements. English Hair & Beauty Award Highly Commended 2018. facebook.com/squaretennails

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XTG HAIRDRESSING Unisex hair salon, experts in cutting, colour and hair extensions. xtghair.co.uk YARNTELIER Yorkshire spun cashmere yarns, books and patterns. yarntelier.com


A family-run garden centre and bistro with a large selection of seasonal plants, shrubs and trees, garden supplies, furniture, plus gifts and homeware. The Olive Tree Bistro serves breakfast, lunch, and seasonal afternoon tea, with extensive gluten free options, using fresh local ingredients. Open daily, stunning views and dog friendly.

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Westgate Arcade is Halifax’s very own boutique shopping centre, boasting a range of independent retailers, eateries and salons. Set in a traditional arcade setting, this modern fusion of classical buildings and covered walkways make it the perfect shopping destination in Halifax regardless of the weather. For the kids there’s always something on at the weekend plus they’ll thank you for the free Wi-Fi and phone charging lockers. Plan ahead and visit our website for everything you need to know from parking information, to a list of our stores and much more...

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promises to combine the elegant with the practical in your home, with its eclectic range of antique and vintage pieces, offset by contemporary fabrics and wall coverings. From the classic to the flamboyant, 925’s regularly changing range aims to offer something that’s ‘a little different from the high street’. But fashion is not just for the ladies these days and at Joseph Chance there is an exclusive collection of men’s scarves, ties, cufflinks, belts, hip flasks and leather goods, including belts made up the road in Hebden Bridge. Spogs and Spice is how West Yorkshire folk refer to their sweets, and the shop promises a trip down memory lane transporting you with tastes and smells of childhood. Meanwhile a sumptuous alternative to the fizz and tang of childhood sweets lies in The Chocolate Box, a small family-run business, offering luxury hand-made Belgian chocolates, French truffles, English chocolates and other chocolate gifts. And just as confectionary isn’t just for the kids, neither is Replicar with its emporium of collectable die-cast vehicles. A range of Northern talent can be seen in The Piece Hall Gift Shop, which features crafts and artisan pieces along with books, kits and other gifts, and all profits going back to sustain the Grade 1-listed building. In neighbouring Huddersfield, the town centre offers all the usual suspects with a few surprises, but to really get a taste of something different try the Byram Arcade, Huddersfield’s oldest arcade built in the 19th century. The Byram Arcade is a haven for independent shopping over three floors with

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homeware, fashion, arts, gifts and crafts plus restaurants and cafes, all in this stunning Victorian setting, which is also host to numerous arts and music events making it is a must see while in Huddersfield. Also worth a look are the Imperial Arcade in Huddersfield, and Westgate Arcade in Halifax – smaller but attracting one-off individually-owned shops such as Westgate Wine and Cheese, Emma’s Apothecary, skatewear shop Soi 77 and the gift shop, Diversions. For the big names in high street retailers, Wakefield’s Trinity Walk and Ridings Shopping Malls in the city centre, Huddersfield’s Packhorse, Piazza and Kingsgate shopping centres and out of town retail parks cover all bases with a few unusual extras. Wakefield’s city precincts centre on the huge Wakefield Cathedral and nearby there is Ashworth and Bird menswear and try some Lagenlock clothing at Wakefield’s My Luna store. Out of town in Wakefield, you’ll find the Double TWO factory shop for this heritage brand which specialises in men’s shirts, ties, formal and casual wear just on the outskirts of town by Thornes Park. You’ll also find Double TWO clothes available on the other side of Wakefield at the Xscape snow slope and activity centre, and Junction 32 Outlet shopping, Castleford, where big names such as GAP, Cadbury, M&S, Mango, Next, Nike, Craghoppers, Blacks and Body Shop among others have outlet shops. In Halifax, the Woolshops shopping centre is outdoors and while hosting high street names it also offers a few gems such as independent company p59

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Stylish innovative womenswear in the heart of Wetherby Olivia Grace offers age appropriate fashion but always with a stylish edge. Labels are carefully selected to offer quality, individuality and value. We cherry pick the best pieces from the collections each season to present a versatile array of fabulous fashion, handbags, jewellery and accessories. Our fabulous collections include: • Joseph Ribkoff • Oui • BRAX • Marella • Pennyblack • Repeat Cashmere • Bitte Kai Rand • European Culture • Vilagallo 23 Market Place, Wetherby LS22 6LQ 01937 585 429

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OLIVIA GRACE Situated on the beautiful cobbled Main Street of Haworth, West Yorkshire, WETHERBY Lighthouse Lane aims to offer something a bit different.

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Run by husband and wife team Katie and Howard (with our two young children coming along for the ride!), we design and make a wide range of gorgeous and affordable artwork for your walls and colourful, fun and quirky gifts to treat your home or yourself. We also stock a selection of handpicked products from other independent British artists and designers. We offer a friendly and personal service within our fun and relaxed shop. As we create our own products here in Yorkshire, you’ll find something truly unique to remember your trip. As part of our range, we stock amusing (or so we’re told!) Yorkshire themed gifts and local area artwork.

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Baytree Interiors, in the pleasantly restored and pedestrianised street environment. Round the corner on Rawson Street, Halifax, family-run independent department store Harveys of Halifax, has been around for more than 100 years and is dedicated to stocking items from the very best of brands including Alessi, Emma Bridgewater, Joules Homeware and Orla Kiely. Also away from the town centre, is the delightful suburb of Lindley, just a short drive out of Huddersfield. In the Dress 4 Less outlet store you can roam over two floors amongst mid and top end discounted fashion, with funky and elegant designer wear, aimed at women in their prime. The store also has a handy refuge for the non-shoppers, with free filter coffee and the day’s newspapers in a cosy corner. Along the high street in Lindley, you’ll find lovely cafes, top end homeware stores and a superb children’s bookshop all in easy wandering distance, with free parking. Take in The Children’s Bookshop for a huge range and excellent advice on gifts, or take a short stroll along the high street for hand-made gifts, a designer florists, children’s designer wear at Tickety Boo and Pure Boutique, with its collections sourced from around Europe

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particularly Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands, among other gems. Calderdale has a trio of treats in store with Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Sowerby Bridge, each offering a unique experience of the best in bespoke and bohemian shopping, in Yorkshire mill town settings. In this quaint corner of Calderdale you can wander stone terrace streets, flanked by lush greenery featuring quirky cafes and unique restaurants, alongside one-off individually-owned shops. And Todmorden, Sowerby Bridge or Hebden Bridge could offer a full day out of walking, shopping and eating. Hebden Bridge, along the main Market Street and adjoining roads, hosts shops such as: Element Jewellery, for designer jewellery including wedding, engagement and eternity

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rings, specially selected from bespoke jewellers from around the world; Silly Billy’s independent toy shop not only stocks major brands, but also traditional products, from marbles to spud guns, giving shoppers a real trip down memory lane and Ltd Hebden Bridge’s independent lady’s boutique, caters for all ages and sizes. Hebden’s Visitor and Canal Centre is much more than just a mine of information with locally-produced crafts, arts and souvenir books for sale. Also in Hebden Bridge there is the The Afghan Rug Shop, with hand-made imported rugs, Valley Organics, Juna Moon, the bedroom furniture store with pieces hand-made in Yorkshire, funky footwear at Ruby Shoes Day, or the unusual range of

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women’s clothes and accessories at Bamboo boutique, or browse in the independent book and stationery shop The Book Case. Homely at Hebden offers vintage English and French painted furniture, gifts and accessories, and is an official Annie Sloan stockist, while Hat Therapy offers just that, with bespoke designs by Chrissie King. It’s also a popular stop for boaters on the Rochdale Canal which provides easy walking for those not game for taking to the surrounding hills, who want a break from shopping. In Todmorden, you will see evidence of the nationally-renowned Incredible Edible project growing fruit, herbs and vegetables around the town, available for everyone to share, in a p61

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project designed to bring the community together and promote sustainable living. The Waterstreet Gallery there showcases and sells contemporary art by established and upcoming artists specialising in ceramics, glass and limited-edition prints and jewellery, while Barearts Beer Shop and Gallery is an off licence with a difference, hosting occasional live entertainment and offering the chance to try before you buy. It is adorned with nude art available to buy. It’s owned by Trevor and Kathryn Cook. Kathryn is the artist and Trevor is the brewer who creates the bottle-conditioned triple-dropped ales just half a mile away at Barearts Brewery nestling in the arches close to the famous Gauxholme Viaduct, which carries the railway over the Rochdale Canal. And while Barearts also stocks cheese, pickles etc to complement the beer, you can also pick up foodie treats at several other delis around the town, such as Ham Corner, Junipers and JJs. Picturehouse Antiques offers the promise of something lovely, but old, while Eco-life Gizmos in Todmorden, offers something very new with a challenging range of educational toys, eco toys and solar-powered gadgets, for the playful of all ages. Nearby, Sowerby Bridge has been a crossing point on the Calder and Ryburn rivers since the middle ages, and offers another town centre filled with independent shops and cafes. From delightful streets to something completely different, in North Kirklees stop by at Redbrick Mills, Batley. The huge mill conversion boasts high end homewares over several floors. Contemporary to classic furniture is available at Ice Interiors, European design at UrbanSuite or individually-crafted kitchens at concept17 kitchen design studio. Calligaris iconic Italian furniture brand has its home on the ground floor, along with bathroom ware company BAGNODESIGN, lifestyle accessory and special finishing touches are provided by Funktionalley, and theres’s exclusive designer furniture from Heals, which opened its flagship store in London 200 years ago. SmART Gallery also boasts its own bar, where you can enjoy an Italian coffee, and browse original and limited edition artwork. And while you’re in Batley,

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drive just down the road to The Mill Outlet and Garden Centre, which claims to be the UK’s biggest retail mill with four flours of fashion, furniture homeware and gifts, from independent and designer labels, at permanently discounted prices. There are also four restaurants on site. Just to the north of Calderdale and Kirklees, Bradford city centre’s newest shopping centre, The Broadway, offers the usual department stores, fashion brands and high street chains along with eateries and a six-screen cinema with more well-known high street names at the Kirkgate and Foster Square shopping centres. But for more unusual experiences in the borough, head out to Keighley for a wide range of high street names, mixed with well-loved independent stores. An indoor market and the Royal Arcade – a hidden gem for one-off shopping experiences – along with Cavendish Street covered by its Victorian canopy and the oasis of Cavendish Court, with a range of locally-owned businesses. Heading out into Brontë Country, there’s Howarth and Ilkley, with more boutiques and independent emporiums. Saltaire and Shipley also promise p63

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Wetherby Farmers’ Market is held on Wetherby Market Place on the second Sunday of every month from 9am until 1pm. It is run by Otley Town Partnership as part of the Yorkshire Farmers’ Market Group, which includes the markets in Harrogate, York and Otley. Stalls at Wetherby include jams and preserves, honey, cakes, plants, home-made pies, pork and bacon products, game produce, chocolates, fruit and vegetables, soups, fish and an awardwinning Indian sauce producer. Castleford is also worth a visit for shopping as there’s a good mixture of independents and larger stores. Junction 32 has 80 high street stores including M&S Outlet, Nike Factory Store, Next Clearance and Gap offering huge discounts. There’s everything you need from men’s to women’s and children’s fashions, to homeware, gifts and accessories. And if you’re ready for a well-deserved break, there are a number of places to eat and drink including Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Subway. Finally, don’t miss Carlton Lanes – a covered shopping centre in the heart of Castleford with 45 shops including Boots and M&S. l

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an array of fine experiences with Salts Mill’s fine art, antiques, books and gifts, and in the town centres, treats such as the Saltaire Vintage Shop, Radstudio design and art shop with modern playful and functional gifts and homewares, The Craft House bespoke homewares, from British-based makers, and Salt Pots Ceramic Studio where you can make your own gifts. There is also Louise Perry’s Bridal shop, the Butterfly Rooms art gallery, and Shipley is home to The Triangle beer shop with over 100 craft beers from around the world and first floor art gallery. Wetherby is a shopper’s paradise. The town centre streets offer an excellent selection of independent boutique shops. Delightful stone buildings now house delightful modern shops selling everything from designer clothes to beautiful gifts. Olivia Grace Boutique provides fashionable, unique and comfortable women’s clothing. And, while you’re in the area, if you happen to be a jewellery devotee, then Kendall Jewellers on the High Street has beautiful bespoke pieces to tempt you. There’s superstores, major chains and a weekly market – the market charter dates back more than 750 years.

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jumps. Or for scooter riders, skaters, and BMX bikers enjoy Mags on Ramps indoor skate park, just outside Halifax centre, with lots of outdoor parks around. For a calmer experience, there are the Sustrans routes across the county, or the West Yorkshire Boundary Route offering a taste of the whole region, or for even easier riding chose one of the many canal towpaths or award-winning Spen Valley Greenway, a disused rail-line route. In such a beautiful landscape, it’s hard to resist getting out. West Yorkshire is a great place to go for a major hike or pleasant ramble. Try finding all six Stanza Stones, poetry-embossed stones, on a 50m route between Marsden and Ilkley, or the ancient Swastika Stone on the Woodhouse Crag, Ilkley moor, thought to have been carved in Neolithic times or by occupying Romans. To cover more ground try horse riding with many stables in the district offering hacks for all abilities. You can enjoy outdoor climbing and bouldering on the natural gritstone that rises from the moors at Marsden and Hardcastle crags, or take it artificial at Rokt, Brighouse, with the country’s highest, manmade, outdoor climbing walls at 36m, with endless climbing options inside. At Halifax ski and snowboard centre’s dry slopes and Castleford’s snow slope at Xscape you can even get you on your skis. Golfers also find great courses across the region such as Fixby and Woodsome Hall in Huddersfield. l

irthplace of Rugby League, the county has top flight teams, with Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers among them. Even with a rugby league team in every town there’s still space for rugby union, too. Huddersfield Town is in the premiership, so there’s also first-class football to watch, with Bradford City and Halifax Town in the lower leagues. Come the summer months however, West Yorkshire is cricket mad with Yorkshire playing at Headingley in Leeds for the best of test, T20 and international matches. But wherever you are you won’t be far from a cricket pitch and passions running high, for senior and junior fixtures, weekdays and weekends. For the cycle lovers, West Yorkshire is home to the Tour de Yorkshire. Following the huge response to the 2014 visit by the Tour De France, the county secured its own bike race, attracting more than two million spectators each year over its annually changing route. For those who fancy a go, there is always the Tour de Yorkshire Ride, in which thousands take part for charity and experience the Tour de France legacy. If you fancy claiming your own yellow jersey on the hilly Yorkshire terrain, why not try the Colne Valley Mountain Challenge which takes riders round a tough 30-mile on and off-road route? Also try Havok Bike Park, man-made, off-road, mountain bike trail at Cockhill Wood, Todmorden, with two downhill trails graded red and black and three orange free-ride trails varying in difficulty, and a set of

“BIRTHPLACE OF RUGBY LEAGUE, WEST YORKSHIRE HAS TOP FLIGHT TEAMS, WITH HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS, WAKEFIELD TRINITY AND CASTLEFORD TIGERS AMONG THEM. EVEN WITH A RUGBY LEAGUE TEAM IN EVERY TOWN THERE’S STILL SPACE FOR RUGBY UNION, TOO”

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take you into the wee small hours. In Huddersfield, Camel Club, with its quirky space, and Mavericks 80s Lounge, offer a fun clubbing experience but like most tend to attract a younger audience. Just out of town Harvey’s, at Fenay Bridge, is the place to dress up and take a cocktail or sip some prosecco while the Manor House, Lindley, offers a similar experience. For a chance to take in the locale and some ‘locals’, try the Ale Trail on the rail line from Huddersfield to Manchester. It’s a fabulous way to explore the real ale pubs along the line, but beware of going at peak times as it can be hijacked by hen and stag dos. Try the Head of Steam and Kings Head pubs right on Huddersfield station before hopping one station along to Slaithwaite and then another to Marsden. Extend the experience by continuing over the border into Lancashire, or start out from the marvellous West Riding Refreshment Rooms, at Dewsbury station. Slaithwaite and Marsden are delightful villages to spend time in aside from Ale Trailing. Both have numerous spots to work your way around such as Little Bridge wine bar, Commercial, Shoulder of Mutton and Woodies Gin Bar, in Slaithwaite. In Marsden, walk down from the station to the centre, and enjoy the p68

rom buzzing main centres to relaxed and friendly evenings in the heart of the countryside, it won’t let you down. Huddersfield, Bradford, Halifax and Wakefield provide the sort of busy urban nightlife you’d expect, with gems for the discerning customer, who doesn’t want to fight through crowds of youths to a sloshing bar? Huddersfield is home to a plethora of late-night real ale and music venues that attract a mixed-age crowd. On the station, there’s the Head of Steam and Kings Head, with nearby Magic Rock and Sportsman. Other music venues include the Parish, with its alternative and heavy rock heritage, it attracts big names such as Top Loader using the venue as a warm up for bigger gigs. Or newcomer The Corner, with open mic nights and regular booked acts. Funk, soul, reggae and world music is order of the day at Small Seeds with its side venue, Bar Maroc, a Moroccan-themed oasis, with fabulous vegetarian pizzas and a roof terrace, while Northern Quarter, open until 3am, has resurrected one of Huddersfield’s most famous live venues. Zephyr bar and kitchen is a prohibition-styled restaurant and bar with wines and cocktails by the imposing Huddersfield Parish Church. With so many late bars, you may not need a nightclub to

“THE BUZZING TOWNS AND CITIES OF HUDDERSFIELD, BRADFORD, HALIFAX AND WAKEFIELD PROVIDE THE SORT OF BUSY URBAN NIGHTLIFE YOU’D EXPECT”

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Riverhead Brewery Tap, The New Inn, or Peel One, with cocktails and great food. Honley, in neighbouring Holme Valley, is also in on the gin act with the Krafty Kettle, while along the valley is Holmfirth, with a very busy centre especially on weekends. The Nook, hidden away in a cobbled corner, is a rite of passage for visitors as the best-known pub in town, with its own brewery, great beer, but shoulder-to-shoulder drinking at times. The Picturedrome, Holmfirth, is a unique live music venue with big names of the past always on the schedule, such as Hawkwind and Black Grape, in the setting of the former Holme Valley Theatre. If you really want to spend your evening just you and your friends, the latest pub conversion in Huddersfield looks a riot. Chateau 1803 is the luxury party house in the former Nonts Sarahs pub. With views across the moors, games and karaoke rooms, jacuzzi, dance pole, disco, cocktail bar, personal chefs and live performers it comes in at around ÂŁ200-a-head. Halifax is on the rise again for nights out with new bars in the Piece Hall and Square Chapel arts centre. Elsewhere in town, try The

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Victorian Craft Beer Café or Alexandra Beer House and The Lantern, intimate, independent live music venue open till 1am Fridays and Saturdays. Evokesomm, wine bar and kitchen, has a novel wine dispensing system which allows them to sell speciality wines by the glass. They serve platters of food and host live music in the quaint setting of The Old Arcade. Atik is the largest nightclub in town, offering dancing till 4am with different rooms playing different music catering for a range of ages and tastes. Just out of town, West Vale has the trendy Vine Bar cocktail and wine lounge, with craft ale, open till 1.30am on weekends. Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden are all rammed with pubs and venues. Wander their tiny streets to take your pick. For starters, try Nelson’s Wine Bar, community-owned pub, Fox and Goose or Chapter 17 in Hebden, or the Hogs Head Brewhouse and Firehouse, in Sowerby. In Bradford’s Little Germany, some of the well-preserved buildings house food and drink venues away from the city centre’s busy main drag, a short walk from the city’s transport interchange. North Parade is home to several real ale pubs. For something completely different there try the Record Café, real ales, craft beer, vinyl music and Spanish

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treats at the charcuterie counter. Head into the Victorian tunnels under Sunbridge Wells Road for a raft of pubs and other retail outlets in this funky development or try The Old Bank part of a locally-owned group including the Ginger Goose and City Vaults for a mainstream friendly pub atmosphere with live music and food. There are the usual nightclub suspects such as Flares and Reflex in the city centre, but also hidden live music late night gems such as The Underground, near to New North Parade, if you like your tunes a little ‘off the charts’. Trash is the city’s alternative night club and the Stein Beer Keller opens late with a DJ, and Saturday night Oompah band, for a very lively evening. For a quiet country pub night in the Bradford district, try the village of Addingham, near Ilkley, with a clutch of top ranked pubs including The Fleece, with fine food, wine and ale, and The Crown, just along Main Street. It is a pleasant area where you can take a stroll from pub-to-pub. Ilkley itself has many lovely bars, for starters head to the Flying Duck or Bar T’at, or the popular Gin Lounge. The Flying Duck, a 1709 farmhouse, with many original features, York stone and oak wooden floors, beamed ceilings, exposed stone walls and real fire, is home to the Wharfedale Brewery, which p71

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you can tour or watch from a viewing gallery. For something completely different, head to Wakefield for one of the bi-monthly art walks, where artists, crafters and musicians are invited by local businesses, pubs, even the cathedral to use their space to showcase work, and arts venues including The Hepworth Gallery stay open late. Wakefield city centre is also home to the Long Division boutique festival which annually transforms the centre into a hive of new music and culture. The infamous Westgate Run still tempts drinkers trying to manage a glass of ale in every pub along the main street route. Today many of the original pubs are gone, but you can still see the wonderfully tiled Elephant and Castle at the city end and The Redoubt still exists as the traditional starting point just outside the city centre. As Westgate arrives at the city centre, there is a hub of lively, loud night spots ripe for a riotous night out. They are packed at peak times, but most open late as do the venues along Westgate’s side roads where you will the find Fanny & Bacardi club, another very busy spot, with an open-air terrace, over 21s policy and mainstream hit music spanning the decades.

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Just beyond the top-of-Westgate throng is Wakefield Beer Exchange on the Bull Ring, and there’s Henry Boons, as you reach town, just before the melee of party bars begins. Also worth a visit, just off Westgate, are the busy, but friendly Harry’s Bar and The Old Printworks, with live music nights and real ales. The Priory Bar, a popular little place just off the main drag, offers cocktails, fizz and ales, while The Supper Club, is a contemporary bar in a cosy setting with live music nights, a terrace and much-loved pizzas. Horbury is a small pleasant linear town outside Wakefield, with trendy new bars and restaurants such as Bar 42 complementing the traditional pubs such as Boons. Just outside the centre is The Quarry Inn and The Bulls Head which is also home to Ego Restaurant. Wakefield Jazz, on a Friday night in out of town venue Wakefield Sports Club, is said to be one of the best jazz nights in the country, while Marsden Jazz Festival has world renown for its weekend of jazz that takes over the Colne Valley village with up to 70 gigs. You’re never far away from folk nights, poetry and comedy clubs and classical concert seasons in a region that loves its music. l

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DAY ONE Starting in the north of the county, whatever direction you head in, the amazing countryside will have you hooked as you journey by car or train to Keighley. Step out of reality and into the past on Keighley Station where the preserved ticket office and fittings will sweep you out of the 21st century. All aboard the Worth Valley Railway and immediately the pace of life changes as your steam locomotive chugs through the beautiful landscape. You could go all the way to Oxenhope and return to Haworth if the soothing rhythm has you hypnotised, but eventually step off the train at the home of the Brontë sisters. There walk the cobbled streets and visit the Parsonage where Charlotte, Emily and Anne lived, take some refreshment at the Black Bull pub opposite the parish church where their father Patrick was minister and look in on the quirky Cabinet of Curiosities, once the apothecary where their brother Bramwell bought his laudenum. Then take a good stroll out of town to the Brontë Waterfall and let the moors envelop you. Back aboard the Worth Valley Railway, then head out to Ilkley for a late dip in the rejuvenating 1930s Lido, before preparing for an amazing meal at the Box Tree Michelin starred-restaurant – booked well in advance of course.

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If you have any energy left after, or en route to the restaurant, enjoy the pubs around Ilkley particularly the Flying Duck and Bar T’at. DAY TWO Rejuvenated by the moorland air and refreshing lido waters, head south to Halifax for day two. Trains run directly into town arriving outside Eureka – if you have youngsters with you – where you can busy their hands and minds with the science of life. If not, head straight to Halifax’s new Piece Hall p75

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Cultural Quarter. Wonder at the amazing architecture and shop-till-you-drop around the two-tier colonnaded courtyard full of independent shops. Perhaps you’ve timed your visit to enjoy one of the many events it hosts. Don’t forget to step outside and enjoy the new cultural quarter, or spend some time trying to fathom out the escape room. If you have youngsters, visit the Orangebox which boasts a rooftop skate park and bouldering tunnel. If you can stay late or stay over, catch a show at one of the town’s theatres such as nearby Square Chapel arts theatre with its lovely new bar. Eat at the Shibden Mill Inn or, for a change of scenery, head to Huddersfield by direct train or 20 minutes in the car, and have a taste sensation at the amazing Little Chilli bijou Thai restaurant. Just around the corner enjoy The Sportsman, Head of Steam, Kings Head or Magic Rock bars. Or pop on a local train to the Colne Valley for that buzzing village vibe and make your way around the gin emporium, wine bars and pubs in Slaithwaite and Marsden. l

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and down the country and further afield from within the county. It has a bespoke bus service linking directly to Leeds main train station, while Manchester and Liverpool Airports boast great train links heading straight into, and across West Yorkshire.

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BY CAR West Yorkshire sits in the centre of the UK, crossed east to west by the M62, with the M1 heading from London right into the heart of the county. The A1, on the eastern boundary, is another route into the area from the south, and brings visitors in from the North, where it joins up with the M62 via the M1. The M606 takes travellers off the M62 into Bradford and the M621 urban motorway funnels M62 users into Leeds. There are other options to motorway journeys, with key connections such as the A62 between Manchester, Huddersfield and Leeds, or the A640 New Hey Road and A635 Greenfield Road, giving a scenic route over the moors from Huddersfield towards Manchester. There’s no difficulties crossing the country with many major routes heading East-West and North-South.

BY BUS AND COACH With its central location, West Yorkshire is well served by the coach companies. National Express Coaches make stops in all the major centres and others such as Huddersfield, Brighouse, Halifax, Dewsbury, Wakefield, Bradford, Leeds with Megabus visiting Huddersfield Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield among others.

GETTING AROUND Travelling around West Yorkshire will be a mixed experience public transportwise and it is best to explore what’s on offer when you have specific destinations in mind. There are train links to many of smaller towns and villages but if you want to get off the beaten track in the more rural areas, or visit several places in one day, a car can be useful. Getting into the rural areas and back out from major hubs is usually simple even with public transport, bus and train routes do serve them well. It is just when travelling between the more rural spots by bus for example it is recommended to make more advanced planning. l

BY TRAIN With Wakefield a key hub for North-South routes and Manchester/Liverpool trains proliferating the East-West lines, the region is well served by the rail network for those coming from further afield. Routes into Manchester link well with cross-country services and there are direct trains to the East Coast. Bradford’s transport interchange has all commuters and travellers needs met with rail and bus under one roof. BY PLANE Leeds/Bradford Airport provides flights up

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A636 A637

PONTEFRACT

Ackton Featherstone

39

Netherton

KNOTTINGLEY

41

32

A642

HORBURY

Ferrybridge

Whitwood

A655

Middlestown

Flockton

A1(M)

CASTLEFORD

M62

Warmfield

OSSETT

B6117

A642

A639

NORMANTON

M1 40

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Ravensthorpe

Allerton Bywater

B6135

Bottom Boat Stanley

DEWSBURY

A656

Woodlesford Oulton

Robin Hood

28

Kippax

44

27 A643

A63 B6137

Aire

7 M621

A653

Gildersome

NORTH YORKSHIRE

GARFORTH

M1

4

E

1

A62

2a

3

B6474 A638

Upton HEMSWORTH

A6201

North Elmsall

38

Clayton West Skelmanthorpe

South Kirkby

South Elmsall

A636

Denby Dale A635 B6115

Upper Denby

SOUTH YORKSHIRE


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experience at Burley Road, or for Coronation Street fans, the cobbles can be explored at ITV’s new MediaCity, Salford, location. Cosmopolitan Manchester, home to Manchester United and Manchester City, has its own big indoor venue The Manchester Arena. The Lowry Theatre and Art Gallery is a must, also nearby is the National Science Museum and Imperial War Museum. Spinningfields is the Manchester district to be in for bars and restaurants. Try Albert’s Schloss, German restaurant, Manchester House, the French House, in the Midland Hotel, and Mr Cooper restaurant. Canal Street is at the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village. Running alongside the Rochdale Canal, lined with gay bars and restaurants, it is buzzing day or night with locals and gay and lesbian visitors from all over the world. With a character all of its own, Sheffield, to the south, with its reinstated tramway boasts the Crucible Theatre, home of the World Snooker Championships. Magna Science Adventure Centre in nearby Rotherham explores the wonders of science and technology in four pavilions of Air, Earth, Fire and Water with particular interest in the steel industry. Direct trains run to York where The Shambles and its Jorvik Viking centre take you back in time, there’s great horse racing and the National Rail Museum. Direct trains also run to Scarborough on the East Coast, and west to Liverpool birthplace of the Beatles, with Blackpool up the coast, steeped in English seaside experiences, its annual illuminations and, of course, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. l

or big city nightlife, shopping and culture there’s easy access by train and bus to both Leeds and Manchester from all parts of West Yorkshire. Leeds is a buzzing metropolis, the business and commerce heart of the region and its confident, sophisticated air is apparent. It’s home to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds United Football Club, Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. There’s the fascinating Thackray Medical Museum, the Royal Armouries, Harewood House, Leeds City Museum, Leeds Industrial Museum, Leeds City Art Gallery and next door the Henry Moore Gallery, among many other things, to keep you busy. The Trinity Centre in the middle of Leeds provides covered shopping and leisure activities or there’s the White Rose out of town shopping centre with The Village food and drink courtyard and the 11-screen IMAX cinema. For more out of town, big mall, shopping try Meadowhall towards Sheffield or the newer Trafford Centre, towards Manchester. At the Corn Exchange in the centre of Leeds enjoy bars, food, top-end fashion and other shops, in this very special Victorian setting, and of course there’s Harvey Nichols, in the Victoria Quarter, where you will be spoiled for high end shops, food and drink. For more bars and restaurants, take a stroll and explore Lower Briggate, the Calls, Call Lane, streets off Park Row, Greek Street and their surrounding areas with upcoming Wellington Street. For big name concerts Leeds has the First Direct Arena. Heading out of town there’s Kirkstall Abbey and Emmerdale village, Esholt, with the Emmerdale studio

“DIRECT TRAINS RUN TO YORK WHERE THE SHAMBLES AND ITS JORVIK VIKING CENTRE TAKE YOU BACK IN TIME, THERE’S GREAT HORSE RACING AND THE NATIONAL RAIL MUSEUM”

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BUSINESS

WE’RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Major companies have made West Yorkshire their base, and it also has strong agricultural and creative sectors

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be a leading culture city by 2024. Culture is being positioned as central to the economic and social future of the district. With accolades such as UNESCO City of Film and nearby Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage site, exciting museums and regional gems, it has a good grounding. Huddersfield’s landmark Media Centre has been the place to make it for creative businesses and is home to a thriving mix of digital, media and design enterprises. The town is the third largest manufacturing employment base in the country behind Birmingham and Leeds but with 2,300 businesses in the creative and digital sector it has its finger on the pulse of the future. At the centre of the Northern Powerhouse, Kirklees and Halifax sit between Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield, enjoying the big city benefits without the overheads. Tourism is a big draw in West Yorkshire with many major attractions and sought out areas, heaps of heritage and cultural activities. It is also a first choice for programme makers and film directors. Agriculture is still important and areas such as Keighley, combine a long history of agricultural, commercial and industrial development. Yorkshire has been named as the UK’s hotspot for up and coming innovative young companies by Creative England 2018. Small enterprise, particularly digital, is big news across the county as high speed broadband, albeit all too slowly, makes moving out of the city and working in sought-after rural settings, a commuters dream come true. Look to the MidYorkshire Chamber of Commerce for contacts in the county. l

ut a pin in the centre of the country and you’re in West Yorkshire. Leeds maybe the financial heart of the county, but Wakefield has also attracted many service based industries. Its central location makes Wakefield a hub for industrial parks within easy reach of the M1-M62 intersection and the Wakefield Europort at junction 31 of the M62, designed with high capacity rail links to the Channel Tunnel, in addition to motorway and canal transport. Major companies have also placed their headquarters in Bradford: Morrisons; Yorkshire Building Society; Provident Financial; Hallmark Cards; Arris (formerly Pace); Freemans Grattan Holdings and Yorkshire Water. More than 40 major company headquarters are in the district. Bradford is a centre of innovation and technology with Arris (formerly Pace) and Radio Design headquarters in the region. The city is at the forefront of the UK’s digital sector. The term the World Wide Web was first used in a journal published by Bradfordbased company, Emerald. The Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire, in the new Digital Exchange facility part of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone in the city centre, is rapidly advancing the UKs best digital ideas and small businesses. The area has the largest concentration of advance manufacturing and materials jobs in the UK and as cities go it has the fifth largest number of people employed in manufacturing. It also has the youngest population nationwide with 23.5pc under 16 – a workforce in the wings. Bradford’s 10-year strategy sets out its ambition to

“BRADFORD IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE UK’S DIGITAL SECTOR. THE TERM THE WORLD WIDE WEB WAS FIRST USED IN A JOURNAL PUBLISHED BY BRADFORD-BASED COMPANY, EMERALD”

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PROPERTY

IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO STAY LONGER… People come to West Yorkshire for many reasons – and stay for a lot more!

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est Yorkshire is a county with huge swathes of attractive Yorkshire stone buildings. Delightful Tardis terraces, detached rural oases and fabulous mill and barn conversions cover the Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford districts. For the bohemian and arts inclined, Saltaire, Sowerby Bridge, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge are all self-contained areas, providing all you would need in entertainment and practical terms on the edge of beautiful countryside. Huddersfield’s valleys form similar linear hubs of arts and crafts, with beautiful stonebuilt homes, while busy popular areas of Denby Dale, Kirkburton, Almondbury, Fixby, Farnley Tyas and Lindley have a mixed housing stock including some thoroughly modern properties and older style homes. Huddersfield’s easy access to the M62 and cross-country rail links make it a popular rural haunt for commuters from Leeds and Manchester. In upcoming Colne Valley you can have all the cafe culture, rural settings and arts joys of other areas for a fraction of the price – for now! Developments such as Titanic Mills, with its ground floor spa, offer high end apartment living in a rural setting, just a short train or motorway journey from key centres. While Hebden Bridge is wonderful, it maybe a little rural for some. Nearer to Halifax centre, take a look at the leafy suburb of Lightcliffe, Ripponden and parts of Saville Park. There are also nice spots in neighbouring Elland and Greetland. In Wakefield, the Yorkshire stone gives way to brick built properties with suburbs and towns of Horbury, Sandal, Newmillerdam, Crofton and Walton among the most desirable. Here you’re never more than a short hop off the M1. Moorland areas outside Bradford such as Saltaire, Shipley and Ilkley, and its nearby tiny village of Addingham, for example, offer similar rural aspects to Kirklees and Calderdale, with their self-contained village/ town life. Places like Saltaire, Bingley, Silsden are along a direct train link to the city centre. Queensbury and Shelf are nicely set out into the rural part of Bradford with some parts of Kirklees also handy for Bradford City Centre working, such as Cleckheaton. In West Yorkshire, you benefit from the northern positives of housing affordability, low traffic levels – though you might be forgiven for thinking doubting those statistics at rush

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hour on the M62 into Leeds – low crime rates and fewer people. One of the biggest appeals of West Yorkshire is that it sits at the heart of Britain, so for those working North and South, East and West, travel is easy. You can be walking on the moors in the morning and in your city office anywhere between London and Newcastle or the East and West coasts before lunch with good main route rail links and direct car journeys. Villages and small towns are a treat here with many flourishing. So, once you’re home out of the town or city bustle and built up environment, everything you need is on hand from good pubs and restaurants, the great outdoors to live music, shows and provisions, as well arts, crafts and festivals, and not to forget the friendly folk. l

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“IN UPCOMING COLNE VALLEY YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE CAFE CULTURE, RURAL SETTINGS AND ARTS JOYS OF OTHER AREAS FOR A FRACTION OF THE PRICE”

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Welcome to West Yorkshire  

Unique, beautifully designed, high-quality visitor guide, which is available in leading hotel bedrooms. For those enjoying a break, or stayi...

Welcome to West Yorkshire  

Unique, beautifully designed, high-quality visitor guide, which is available in leading hotel bedrooms. For those enjoying a break, or stayi...