Autumn & Winter
Top to bottom: Relaxing at the Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa. Dramatic bike rides. The changing colours of Thorp Perrow Arboretum. Bettys Café Tea Rooms. The Temple of Fame, Studley Royal Water Garden © National Trust Images/John Millar. Cosy fires at the Shibden Mill Inn near Halifax.
Welcome This is a special time of year for Yorkshire, when log fires are lit and the landscapes take on a layer of comforting colour. With a newfound crispness in the air, it’s time to wrap up in your favourite scarf and gloves and enjoy the great outdoors. Take a stroll across rolling hills or enjoy the grounds of one of our many historic homes and castles. However, let’s not kid ourselves. Sometimes the weather can be against us, and even the hardiest of souls are reluctant to brave the elements. But don’t despair – it’s the perfect opportunity to soak up some culture and heritage at one of the county’s many galleries, museums and attractions. If you’re visiting for the day, or here for a bit longer, you won’t be stuck for something to do no matter what the weather. So embrace this time of the year, experience something new or old, and see Yorkshire in a whole new light. Gary Verity Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire
Cover images clockwise from top left: The Deep, Hull. Malham Limestone Pavement © National Trust Images. Cycling days out in East Yorskhire © VHEY. The Victoria Quarter in Leeds. Streetlife Museum of Transport in Hull. Beningbrough Hall © National Trust Images.
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A pint of Yorkshire best Yorkshire is famous for its ales, northern hospitality and wonderful pubs full of nooks, crannies and cosy fires. Find your way to the excellent ales around the county by visiting our top 10 pubs, as voted for by the public in the ‘Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub’ competition run by Welcome to Yorkshire. In the pretty village of Sawdon on the edge of the North York Moors, you will find The Anvil Inn. A working forge from the early 1700s until 1985, this beautiful stone building retains much of the charm of days gone by. Sit yourself down on the old pew and enjoy a pint of real ale or a glass of wine after a refreshing walk. A cosy stone-built traditional village pub, The Bull Inn also has a sense of contemporary elegance. Set in the picturesque village of West Tanfield near Ripon, this Cask Marque accredited inn has an informal, welcoming atmosphere, good pub food, and a selection of well-kept, cask ales. On sunny days, the beer garden here is not to be missed, with its stunning setting on the banks of the River Ure. Dating back to the 16th Century, The Craven Arms in Appletreewick, serves traditional cask ales and great food accompanied by real log fires. Traditional gas lamps provide an ambient light that reveals stone flagged floors and oak beams. Outside, a beer garden offers views of the dale and the attached heather thatched cruck barn. The pub is an ideal base for walkers, with some of the most picturesque scenery in the Dales in close reach. The Crown and Cushion in Welburn specialises in high quality food, drink, service and surroundings; including a traditional bar, tap room and three separate dining areas. The classic British menus use only the best produce available from carefully selected suppliers; complemented by an extensive range of wines and cask ales. In summertime, grab a table on the large outdoor tiered terrace, boasting stunning views and an idyllic setting. The Fleece Countryside Inn at Barkisland offers locally brewed cask ales, lagers, stouts and ciders and a rather good wine list too. What’s more, their wines were selected with a little help from award winning merchants, House of Townend. Their
modern style of cooking uses the freshest, seasonal produce from Yorkshire, and the interior offers a blend of old and new, creating a luxurious yet traditional feel. The outside terrace boasts stunning uninterrupted views across the Ripponden Valley. For fabulous food, friendly yet attentive service and a relaxed overnight stay, The Royal Oak in Ripon is the perfect choice. Housed in a beautifully renovated 18th century coaching inn, the soul of their drink line up is always the beer, after all they’re a Timothy Taylors pub and it is essential that the cask ale is served in top condition in all its award winning glory. For over 350 years The Shibden Mill Inn has been at the heart of life in West Yorkshire’s Shibden Valley. It’s a magical place where generation after generation have enjoyed time well spent with friends and family. The Inn’s reputation for warm hospitality, premier gastro dining and first class accommodation draws people from far and wide and you’ll find a wonderful selection of Cask Marque accredited real ales and an extensive wine list. A traditional village pub for drinking and dining, the Star @ Sancton serves local, high quality food in a relaxed atmosphere. You can pop in for a pint of local micro brewed beer and a hand-raised pork pie, call in for lunch, or spend the evening there and dine in the restaurant or bar. The Flying Duck is a traditional Yorkshire Dales real ale and fine wine bar in Ilkley, and is the town’s oldest pub. It incorporates its own brewing facilities with the new Wharfedale Brewery located in a barn at the rear and retains many of its original features. As an independent, award winning, traditional real ale pub, The Woodman Inn at Kirkburton has an excellent selection of local ales to tempt you and they’re particularly proud to have just been awarded the Cask Marque; the sign of a quality real ale pub. YORKSHIRE.COM/PUBS
Clockwise from top left: The Royal Oak. The Fleece Inn. The Crown & Cushion. The Craven Arms. The Flying Duck. The Shibden Mill Inn.
Historical hotels Steeped in history and tradition, Yorkshire’s hotels offer guests a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Sympathetically restored both inside and out, Middlethorpe Hall in York boasts a variety of grand and public rooms for guests to enjoy, in addition to the sumptuous guest rooms and suites. The large entrance hall features a stunning oak staircase and chequered marble floors, whilst the panelled Dining Rooms, Library and elegant Drawing Room are decorated with antiques and fine pictures reflecting the history and opulence of the 17th century. Nearby you’ll find Monk Fryston Hall, a picturesque country house hotel dating back to the 12th Century. A refurbishment in the 1950s transformed the property into a luxury hotel that offers guests charm and tradition alongside excellent service. The hotel is set amongst 30 acres of manicured lawns, flower-carpeted woodland waterways and romantic bridges.
Clockwise from top left: Monk Fryston Hall. The Old Deanery. Views over Robin Hood’s Bay, location of the Victoria Hotel. Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel. Whitley Hall. Cosy fires and afternoon tea at the Old Swan in Harrogate. Incredible interiors at Swinton Park. Middlethorpe Hall in York.
In the centre of York you’ll find The Grange Hotel, a classic Regency townhouse restored to its former glory by celebrated Swiss designer Christophe Gollut, who designed the dining room at the House of Lords. One of York’s finest hotels, The Grange celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, and continues to shine with its 4 star rating and 2 AA Rosette standard restaurant. The reputedly haunted Hazlewood Castle hotel near Tadcaster is a former monastery and retreat, built and fortified in the late 13th century. Full of history, the site overlooks the battlefield for the Battle of Towton. Heading to West Yorkshire you’ll find Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel, just a few miles from the historic Roman town of Pontefract. Dating from 1610, the hotel is a wonderful rural retreat, with stylish rooms, glorious surroundings, an impressive lawned garden
and an inviting Jacobean Pub all adding to the calming atmosphere. The extensive Walton Hall grounds near Wakefield house the prestigious Waterton Park Hotel. This Georgian hotel sits proudly on an island surrounded by its own lake and offers a variety of leisure activities like golf, swimming in the lake or pool, a well-equipped gymnasium and spa, and fly fishing. Previously the ancestral home of Charles Waterton an eccentric 19th century traveller and naturalist, Walton Hall is one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the UK. Award winning Rudding Park in Harrogate, is a luxury Regency House Hotel with spa and golf course. The Grade I listed building incorporates 21st-century comforts by fusing modern design with traditional elegance. Dine in the contemporary 2 AA Rosette Clocktower restaurant, and relax in the airy conservatory alongside the striking 400 year old olive tree. Dating back to the 16th Century, Whitley Hall Hotel retains an historic elegance with a boutique twist. Tudor architecture marries perfectly with contemporary design – all in the middle of South
Clockwise from top left: Middlethorpe Hall. The Black Swan in Helmsley. The Grange Hotel is a restored Regency townhouse. Swinton Park’s famous tower and turrets.
Yorkshire’s rolling countryside. Tread in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots in the West Wing or admire the view of the lake from your Juliet balcony in the recently opened Parker Wing. Don’t forget to say hello to the resident peacocks! On the coast and dating back to the 17th Century is Ruswarp Hall Hotel. Situated in its own grounds just a short walk from the River Esk in Ruswarp near Whitby. The Hall boasts many 17th century features, including an original staircase typical of the Jacobean period, with minstrel gallery above. Located in Robin Hood’s Bay, the Victoria Hotel offers luxury accommodation, a friendly atmosphere and great Yorkshire cuisine. This purpose built Victorian hotel has retained many of its original period features and boasts one of the most stunning panoramic views on the Yorkshire heritage coast.
Top to bottom: Hazelwood Castle. Tickton Grange. The Old Swan in Harrogate. Waterton Park Hotel.
On the edge of the North York Moors National Park stands the Black Swan Hotel. As graceful as the bird it’s named after, the hotel has stood for centuries in the market town of Helmsley as a landmark of warmth and hospitality. Once a traditional coaching inn with a history dating back over 500 years, it’s now a stylish boutique hotel. The Old Swan in Harrogate is famed as the hiding place for Agatha Christie during her disappearance in 1926! Today this hotel boasts contemporary styled bedrooms, some with four poster beds. Nearby, The Old Deanery has luxurious, well-appointed accommodation in the charming market town of Ripon. It dates from 1625 and there have been many tasteful alterations over the years to this Grade II red star listed building. Head north of Harrogate to Masham for your chance to stay at the stunning Swinton Park, an exclusive 31 bedroom luxury castle hotel. This lavishly furnished Grade II listed building dates from the 1600s. A unique opportunity to enjoy a stately home experience in one of Yorkshire’s highest rated hotels. Head to the east to Beverley for a true taste of history at Tickton Grange. A combination of former landowners’ suites, servants quarters, renovated stables, workshops, Victorian cottages, even the original pump room and schoolroom, the bedrooms here are a million miles away from formulaic sameness. Each one offers a blend of historic appreciation and quality comforts.
In the frame
From mighty sculptures to quaint independent art galleries in our market towns and cool exhibition spaces in the urban centres, there’s a visual feast waiting to be found. Discover a gallery designed by acclaimed British architect David Chipperfield and Yorkshire’s landmark gallery for visual arts at The Hepworth Wakefield. Wakefield’s collection of Modern British art features some of the most significant British artists of the 20th Century. You won’t believe the range of things you can do at ArtisOn in Masham! They offer a huge range of art and craft skills and workshops in the Yorkshire Dales. Try anything from painting to stained glass and from crochet to blacksmithing.
Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery is the city’s premier destination for art, craft and design. Here you can see some of the city’s unique heritage, including the metalwork which made Sheffield world famous. Graves Gallery is the home of Sheffield’s visual art collection and is a peaceful haven for visitors to enjoy the city’s art and a programme of temporary exhibitions. Over in Barnsley, pay a visit to The Cooper Gallery, a vibrant creative art-space in the heart of the town centre, with a regular programme of contemporary exhibitions and exciting events. In Hull you will find Studio Eleven, which offers specialist studio space for printmakers and ceramicists, and holds regular events such as artist talks and workshops. In Pocklington, ART&ROSE Gallery provides a space for skilled local artists and makers to exhibit their work, aiming to showcase the best of local fine art originals. In Bridlington’s Old Town, Gallery Forty-Nine occupies two floors of a Georgian listed building and has four exhibition spaces. The newly re-developed York Art Gallery now boasts 60% more display space, major exhibitions, new gardens and a Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA). Not to be missed. In the picturesque town of Hebden Bridge, The Snug Gallery has a reputation for some of the most significant design-led contemporary craft in the UK from some of the most prominent UK designers. Dean Clough in Halifax has supported a free gallery programme since the mid 1980’s, and provides rentfree accommodation for some 20 artists and for major theatre companies.
Leeds Art Gallery is a lively city centre art gallery adjoining the internationally renowned Henry Moore Institute and boasting a stunning café in the Victorian Tiled Hall. See nationally acclaimed prints, watercolours, paintings, sculptures, photography, and contemporary art. Part of the library at the University of Leeds, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery is a real hidden gem. With free entry, the Gallery offers innovative contemporary exhibitions including stunning examples of European and British painting, drawings and prints, dating from the 17th century up to the present day. On the coast, you can buy the very best fine art and craft from the gallery at Woodend Creative Workspace in Scarborough. It supports a diverse range of artists and craftspeople, offering a range of original art works and a unique assortment of hand made products. Nestled in the idyllic village of Grosmont just six miles outside of Whitby, The Geall Gallery offers a relaxed and informal space that’s well worth a visit. Known for his panoramic palette knife paintings of the Yorkshire Moors and coastline, Chris Geall works from the gallery and is always happy to have a chat. Inspired By… is the name of the new gallery at The Moors National Park Centre at Danby, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park. It’s a magnificent showcase for local arts and crafts. In the middle of of Harrogate you will find a true gem called The Dove Tree Art Studio - a converted 19th century coach house beautifully modernised in the French Atelier style. It is a working art studio, as well as gallery, where artist and owner Anita Bowerman paints and displays her wide selection of work.
Left to right: The award winning Hepworth Wakefield. Snug Gallery in Hebden Bridge. Claire Twomey with her installation, manifest 10,000 hours at York Art Gallery.
Simply delicious Yorkshire is famous for the finest local produce and foodie gifts. Sweet treats
For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to multi-award winning White Rabbit Chocolatiers is essential! Tucked away in the historic market town of Beverley, the chocolates are handmade in a micro-kitchen above the shop, using only the finest ingredients. Another must-visit is The Little Chocolate Shop in Leyburn. Using the finest Belgian Chocolate, they create a luxurious taste that’s not to be missed. Visit the factory and watch the chocolates being made by skilled local craftspeople. Fancie are a Sheffield based independent bakery, specialising in cupcakes, savoury muffins and other tempting treats. They offer home delivery to selected postcodes, making it all too easy to order cake straight to your door! Also in Sheffield you’ll find Cocoa Wonderland, an independent chocolate shop & café dreamt up by two best friends who refuse to grow up. An
emporium of wonders & delights, you’ll want a taste of everything you see! There are lots of sumptuous gifts on offer.
Sykes House Farm in Wetherby is proud to be able to track its meats from producer to plate. Originally supplying the county’s best restaurants and hotels, their newly built shop was specially created for those who don’t want to dine out to eat well. Hinchliffes Farm in Huddersfield have something for everyone. From their restaurant and farm shop packed with fresh local produce, to their open farm where you can visit their micro pigs and pygmy goats! A delicious day out for all the family. Puckett’s Pickles in York are wholesomely natural and offer seasonal produce, bright fresh herbs and rich whole spices. Flavours on offer include Spicy Tomato, Beetroot and Orange and Pear and Apricot – something for everyone!
Clockwise from left: Cosy afternoon teas from Lewis and Cooper. Chocolate shoes by The Little Chocolate Chocolate Shop in Leyburn. Cocoa Wonderland in Sheffield. The Wensleydale Creamery. White Rabbit Chocolatiers in Beverley. Fancie bakery in Sheffield. Puckett’s Pickles.
Lewis and Cooper offer tasty treats galore, from their gourmet food hampers and luxury gift baskets, to a broad selection of everything from salami to cider, biscuits to beer. Visit their Northallerton store or order from a vast range online.
Cheese board heroes
Discover the heritage of Yorkshire cheese at its finest at The Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. The cheese is lovingly handcrafted, creamy, crumbly and full of flavour. Watch the making process in the museum before visiting the shop or enjoying a light bite whilst you take in the stunning views of the Dales from the coffee shop or restaurant. With four shops across West Yorkshire, Cryer and Stott is renowned for introducing lesser known cheeses to the good people of Yorkshire! Their latest venture is a fantastic urban food hall at Allerton Bywater, combining superb Yorkshire produce with an emphasis on supporting small local businesses. Shepherds Purse Artisan Cheeses use milk from cows, sheep and buffalo to craft delicious cheeses on the family farm in Thirsk. Try Katyâ€™s White Lavender or Mrs Bells Blue â€“ delicious! YORKSHIRE.COM/DELICIOUS
Walk the walk Yorkshire is the perfect place to pull on your walking boots and get out in the open air. Whether you want a challenging trail or a gentle stroll, our undulating hills and rolling fields offer the opportunity to stretch those legs and explore the county. With its award winning walks, softly undulating chalk uplands, secret valleys and time forgotten villages, the Yorkshire Wolds is one of the UK’s rambling hot spots. It’s also one of those serene destinations where you can wander all day if you fancy without meeting a soul. One of the most popular routes is the famous Yorkshire Wolds National Trail. Winding for almost eighty miles, the trail passes quietly through some of the most tranquil countryside in Britain. Choose your starting point and join the trail wherever you please. How about trying one of Yorkshire Water’s walking routes? The trail around Digley Reservoir, near Holmfirth, is an invigorating 4.9 mile walk along lanes, fields and over open moorland or a shorter walk of 1.2 miles long, ideal for families. Alternatively the 4 mile circular loop around Ramsden Reservoir close by also provides amazing views of the South Pennines. Within a few miles of its centre, Sheffield fades into the magical Peak District with a series of reservoirs
such as Damflask, Agden and Dale Dike built to quench the thirst of workers and industry. These also offer wonderful walking opportunities by their waterside or climb the contours for a magnificent view of Boots Tower, above Strines Reservoir. On foot, under your own steam, out on the trail... is there any better way to experience the North York Moors than heading out for a walk? Enjoy magnificent views from Sutton Bank before seeing the iconic hillside landmark, the White Horse of Kilburn on the 3 mile White Horse Walk. Take the 7 mile country walk from Helmsley to the tranquil ruins of Rievaulx Abbey - it never fails to delight and inspire! Or enjoy the panoramic 5 mile walk from Saltergate, on the Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum and be prepared for grand landscapes and big views. Whether you’re a novice out for a stroll, or an experienced hill-walker, the Yorkshire Dales have got something for you. Discover an area of YORKSHIRE.COM/OUTDOORS
Clockwise from left: Yorkshire Wolds National Trail. Family fun in Malham. Art on the Yorkshire Wolds Way. Looking over the North York Moors National Park. Rievaulx Abbey. Sutton Bank. Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.
ancient limestone pastures, upland hill farms and the beautiful Malham Tarn on the Malham Tarn uplands farm 4.5 mile walk. Discover remnants of the lead mining industry set within the diverse landscape of Upper Wharfedale; from upland hill farms and hay meadows along the River Wharfe to wild moorland and far reaching views at Buckden Pike on this 7 mile walk. Perfect for a gentle walk, Rievaulx Terrace in Ryedale, boasts views across the Hambleton Hills and down to Rievaulx Abbey, a walk along the Terrace will give you unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside and, if you’re lucky, a glimpse of the wildlife that makes this Georgian landscape its home. The Meltham Way in West Yorkshire is a 9 mile circular route taking walkers through sites of scientific and scenic interest including Royd Edge, Blackmoorfoot Reservoir and Honley Wood. The Standedge Trail is close by. A challenging 10 mile YORKSHIRE.COM/OUTDOORS
circular trail covering open moorland, this route gives you an insight into the county’s industrial heritage and follows some of the original roads across the moor. The Stoodley Pike Hike is a challenging 6 mile circular walk starting at Hebden Bridge. It takes in beech woods, a TV mast, open fields and a stream before heading back down in to the town. The 121 foot high monument of Stoodley Pike is visible from miles around. The Brontë Moors Walk takes you out of Haworth, the village where the Brontë sisters lived and wrote, along pathways they walked and through the moorland that inspired them. Beginning near the church that holds the family vault, you walk up to the Brontë waterfalls, then up again to Top Withens, the supposed setting of Wuthering Heights. The Pennine Way is followed for part of the return and the walk ends at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
VISIT BARNSLEY FOR DAYS OF DISCOVERY AND WONDER
Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens A Georgian country house set in stunning parkland and gardens. Worsbrough Mill A 17th Century working water mill producing organic flour for sale set in a tranquil country park and home to a nature reserve.
The historic village of Elsecar - where a dynasty was built. Now bustling with shops and cafes, home to the Newcomen Beam Engine. Donâ€™t miss the award winning museum Experience Barnsley and the exciting art space Cooper Gallery.
For more information about Barnsley Museums please visit www.barnsley-museums.com or call 01226 772 500
National parklife Clockwise from bottom left: Gunnerside in Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales. Looking over the Peak District. North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Limestone Pavements in the Yorkshire Dales. The North York Moors National Park in full bloom.
Yorkshireâ€™s three National Parks offer more than 3,200 square kilometres of beautiful landscapes and seascapes - all just waiting to be explored. The Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors, and a big chunk of the Peak District National Park can be found within Yorkshireâ€™s boundaries. 22
The North York Moors National Park is the place where nature and history inspire each other and will inspire you too. Its contrasting landscape has a long imprint of human activity: prehistoric remains, vibrant villages and breathtaking abbeys. Ancient trees, towering coastal cliffs and rolling heather moorland provide habitats for a wide range of wildlife and its wide open spaces and breathtaking vistas bring a sense of peace and tranquillity. As the evenings draw in, take advantage of the clear, dark skies for a spot of star gazing. Take a leisurely ramble through swathes of woodland to admire the rainbow of colours found in the turning leaves. In winter wrap up warm for a walk across the snow-dusted moors or along the spectacular coast before seeking out the warmth of a roaring fire and lively local tales. Ruined abbeys and towering coastal headlands provide atmospheric locations to catch the colours of winter sunsets and sunrises. YORKSHIRE.COM/OUTDOORS
rich hay meadows, and show how the area has been shaped over thousands of years by the people who have lived and worked here. Spectacular waterfalls and ancient broadleaved woodland contrast with the scattered remains of former mine workings and other rural industries which remind us of the area’s rich industrial heritage. Together, nature and people have created a special landscape of immense beauty and character. A big chunk of the Peak District National Park also lies within Yorkshire’s boundaries. It’s a unique landscape of millstone grit, heather moorland, limestone dales and desolate blanket bogs. There are two contrasting landscapes: the White Peak offers gentler rolling limestone hills, while the Dark Peak, including Yorkshire’s part, consists of rugged gritstone uplands.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park has around 1,600 square kilometres of impressive hill country and moorland, fields and meadows, and gentle valleys, a rich sense of heritage, an abundance of wildlife and countless opportunities for outdoor adventure. The Yorkshire Dales landscape has many moods; it can be wild and windswept or quietly tranquil. It includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, from crags and pavements to an underground labyrinth of caves. Each valley or ‘dale’ has its own distinct character, set against expansive heather moorland tops. Stone-built villages sit amongst traditional farming landscapes of field barns, drystone walls and flowerYORKSHIRE.COM/OUTDOORS
From pretty moorland, rolling hills and dales to scented meadows and leafy forests, the Peak District is home to some of the country’s finest scenery - deservedly designated as Britain’s first National Park! As well as natural wonders, the area is steeped with culture and award-winning attractions, from historic houses to world-class theme parks and some of the finest restaurants in the country.
Xxxxx Yorkshire has the highest concentration of stately homes, castles and gardens in England and this ensures that there are a whole host of ideas for great days out with something to suit everyone. Inside the beautiful Victorian country house of Brodsworth Hall, time really does stand still. Almost everything has been left exactly as it was when it was still a family home. Visitors can share lazy summer Sunday afternoons enjoying the sounds of local brass bands, while children can let off steam in the adventure playground.
World heritage Yorkshire is extremely lucky and proud to have not just one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal in Ripon and Saltaire in Bradford. By being given the status of World Heritage Sites, these places are protected and preserved to ensure their beauty and importance are preserved for the enjoyment of many generations to come.
Amid its beauty and tranquillity there’s also lots for families to do here – den building, pond dipping, deer watching, bike riding and wildlife walks are just some of the fun activities on offer.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden was designated a World Heritage Site in 1986. From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks - the atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world.
The village of Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001, as an exceptionally preserved industrial village of the 19th century. Built by philanthropist Titus Salt to house the workers for his alpaca mill, the village offered a stark contrast to the other ‘dark satanic mills’ of the age. The town planning and social welfare ideas introduced by Salt were hugely influential and changed the course of manual labour reform.
Impressive gardens, follies, statues and buildings were added over time – the romantic ruins always staying at the heart of this stunning site. Of particular note is Studley Royal Water Garden - a breathtaking vision of John Aislabie and his son William, who inherited the grounds in 1693. Together they turned the wild and wooded valley of the River Skell into one of England’s most spectacular Georgian water gardens.
Salts Mill itself is Grade II listed and was designed by architects Lockwood and Mawson. The building was intentionally impressive and was known as ‘The Palace of Industry’. Striking to this day, the Mill now houses the artwork of Bradford born artist David Hockney and sells an interesting and eclectic collection of books, jewellery, homewares and food. YORKSHIRE.COM/HERITAGE
Clockwise from left: Visitors at Fountains Abbey © National Trust Images/John Millar. The Water Garden at Fountain Abbey & Studley Royal. Fountains Abbey Cellarium. Saltaire Roberts Park. Salt’s Mill. David Hockney at Salt’s Mill.
There’s lots to see and do in the village - take a trip on the volunteer run Shipley Glen Tramway, which was built in 1895 and is the oldest working cable tramway in Britain. At nearly a quarter-mile in length, the woodland ride provides a pleasant alternative to the steep walk to the glen! Enjoy a stroll around the 14 acre Roberts Park, where you can find a statue of Sir Titus Salt, with the majestic Mill and the village he created behind him, and visit the stunning Grade I listed United Reformed Church, built in the 1850s. Italianate in style, the church has the appearance of a temple with Corinthian columns.
has seen the city put into action an ambitious and inclusive plan to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy even more participation and enjoyment of the arts in many different forms. Major projects include an international programme of cultural festivals showcasing Media Arts.
The mazes of streets named after Salt’s family members give an impression of what would have undoubtedly been a very close knit community. Saltaire is also home to many independent shops, pubs, bars and restaurants where you can pause for a bite to eat before you continue your explorations of this uniquely historic village.
In 2009, Bradford was announced as the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, beating off the likes of Los Angeles, Cannes and Venice. This permanent title bestows international recognition on Bradford as a world centre for film because of its rich film heritage, including classics such as Room at the Top, as well as the city’s persona as ‘British Bollywood’. The city of York has recently been named the UK’s first UNESCO City of Media Arts, and a member of the global Creative Cities Network. This designation YORKSHIRE.COM/HERITAGE
Clockwise from top left: Stained glass detail at Rotherham Minster. Beverley Minster. York Minster. Selby Abbey. Ripon Cathedral.
Sacred spaces From tiny chapels and medieval market town churches, to magnificent Minsters - Yorkshire has it all. These impressive and inspirational buildings offer a warm welcome to visitors and an insight into the areaâ€™s rich cultural heritage Ripon Cathedral is a wonderfully atmospheric building that inspired the likes of Lewis Carroll and Wilfred Owen, with a history stretching back almost fourteen centuries. Founded in 672 by St Wilfrid, the churchâ€™s ancient Saxon crypt - one of the oldest in the country â€“ survives to this day. You will find many other interesting features, including medieval woodcarvings that decorate the choir stalls. York Minster dominates the skyline of this historic yet vibrant city. It is the largest medieval gothic cathedral north of the Alps, has traces of every age from the Roman occupation of York, and is home to over 800 years of stained glass. Iconic architecture and a vibrant local community make Selby Abbey the place it is today. The church has served the community for over 900 years, and
is often called the hidden gem of Yorkshire due to its impressive size, age and beauty. Bradford Cathedral is a jewel waiting to be discovered. Set in tranquil gardens, the Cathedral boasts 13 centuries of history, all to be found in the heart of Bradford. Halifax Minster is a great place to begin a visit to Halifax and its many attractions, with its medieval font cap, stunning Victorian east window, 18th century marigold window and unique Reformation box pews. For over 1000 years people have been gathering at Wakefield Cathedral. Located right in the centre of the city and surrounded by shops and businesses, the Cathedral is truly the heart of this community. YORKSHIRE.COM/HERITAGE
Leeds Minster is a Grade I listed Victorian building. At its opening in 1841, it was the largest church to have been built in England after St Paulâ€™s Cathedral. The Minster is full of history and is a sight to behold â€“ an awe inspiring piece of architecture. With a long and glorious choral history, the Minster Choir sings daily choral services. Leeds Minster also boasts one of the finest Bell-ringing bands in the country. Rotherham Minster has stood at the centre of the town for over a thousand years. Surrounded by the landscaped lawns of the churchyard, the tower and spire are a prominent landmark throughout the town and beyond. The Minster is partnered by The Chapel of Our Lady on the Bridge - one of only four surviving medieval bridge chapels in the country. Dating from 1220, Beverley Minster welcomes tens of thousands of visitors a year, and is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in Europe. At 333 feet in length, the Minster is larger than a number of English cathedrals. Sheffield Cathedral is the oldest building in the city still in daily use. It tells the story of the area from the early 12th century when William de Lovetot built the first church on the site and established the township of Sheffield. Visit the Cathedralâ€™s on-site Heritage Interpretation Centre and learn about the history of the Cathedral and the city. Take a guided tour or enjoy one of the regular heritage talks. YORKSHIRE.COM/HERITAGE
BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS The Churches Conservation Trust is a national charity saving historic churches at risk. They have saved over 345 beautiful buildings, keeping them open and in use at the heart of their communities. Properties range from virtually untouched medieval gems in idyllic rural settings, to ornately impressive Victorian masterpieces in busy town centres. To volunteer, find a church to visit, or find out more go to www.visitchurches.org.uk
Borrow a bike for
Discover your world on a bike There’s an exciting new scheme for Yorkshire with an ambition to give every child in the county access to a bike. A legacy project from last year’s Grand Départ, and sitting alongside this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries scheme hopes to encourage cycling for all generations and abilities. Not your typical library, a Yorkshire Bank Bike Library offers you the chance to borrow bikes rather than books! Perhaps you’ve never been on a bike and would like to learn how? Or you’d love to get out on the open road with your family, but haven’t got bikes? Your local Yorkshire Bank Bike Library is on hand to put you in the right direction. Each Library is unique, offering bikes to borrow alongside different events and activities such as cycling lessons, family activities, guided local rides or bike maintenance lessons.
Let someone new love your old bike Each Yorkshire Bank Bike Library is not for profit and aims to give back to the local community. If you have a bike in your garage that doesn’t get used, or perhaps your child has grown out of their current bike, we’d love to take it off your hands. Visit the website to find your nearest donation station, and help get Yorkshire cycling.
Visit the website to see what your local library has to offer.
Playful past Visit Yorkshire’s museums to explore the county’s long history on an educational day out with the family. The Brontës are the world’s most famous literary family and Haworth Parsonage was their home from 1820 to 1861. The beautifully preserved Brontë Parsonage Museum has been opening its doors to visitors for over 75 years.
Located in the historic market town of Barnard Castle, The Bowes Museum is a unique cultural icon. This French-style chateau has a wonderful history and outstanding treasures having provided inspiration and entertainment since 1892.
Yorkshire Air Museum is the home of the Allied Air Forces Memorial in the UK and the largest independent air museum in Britain. A former World War II RAF Bomber Command Station at Elvington near York, today it includes award winning gardens, a large NAAFI style restaurant and shop, 15 top class exhibitions and over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles.
The Yorkshire Museum in York houses some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe. From prehistory to the city’s medieval splendour, see the whole story in their fantastic galleries. Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor, kneel at St William’s medieval shrine and see the monsters of the deep that swam when Yorkshire was beneath the sea.
Housed in an original Prisoner of War Camp, a visit to the unique and award winning Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum near Malton will transport you back in time to wartime Britain. Experience the sights and sounds and even the smells of both the Home Front and Front Line in a series of expertly recreated scenes and tableaux.
Showcasing Sheffield’s industrial story from early industrialisation to modern times, Kelham Island Museum is a great family day out full of nostalgia and innovation as the interactive galleries follow the growth of the Steel City, from light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production.
Clockwise from left: Yorkshire Air Museum. National Coal Mining Museum for England. The Yorkshire Museum in York. Demonstrations at Kelham Island Museum.
South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum @ Aeroventure in Doncaster exhibits a collection of aircraft from the first air show in Britain at Doncaster Racecourse. You can also see modern fast jets and civil light aircraft.
Experience the underground world of a real ironstone mine and explore the skills, customs and life of the Cleveland miner at the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum. It was those miners that helped to make Cleveland the most important ironstone mining district in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. The Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby houses a superb collection of original exhibits about Yorkshire’s most famous son, James Cook. See letters in Cook’s own hand, original paintings and drawings, ship models and maps, and strange objects from newly discovered lands. Closed NovFeb, though visits can still be arranged during this time by calling to book. Explore the National Coal Mining Museum for England near Wakefield to discover the hidden world of mining through the centuries. Visit the galleries and see how miners lived, worked and relaxed, from the Victorian age through to modern day. Get kitted out with your hard hat and battery lamp, then descend 140m underground to discover the harsh realities of coal mining. YORKSHIRE.COM/HERITAGE
Take a trip back to the 17th Century at Worsbrough Mill, a working water mill set in 240 acres of tranquil Country Park near Barnsley. Learn about the traditional methods still used to make organic artisan flours – and then take some home! Climb aboard at the Streetlife Museum of Transport in Hull and enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells of the past. Experience 200 years of transport history as you walk down a 1940s high street, board a tram or enjoy a carriage ride. Near York, the Yorkshire Museum of Farming is a thriving 16 acre site with events and activities throughout the year. Explore how animals were kept through the ages and see the various tools and equipment associated with farm livestock. The museum also has a playground, picnic area, nature trail, animals, and a permanent Heritage Lottery funded exhibition ‘Feeding the Nation: A Celebration of the Women’s Land Army’. Based in the heart of Richmond, North Yorkshire, The Green Howards Museum tells the 300-year story of this illustrious regiment using a unique collection of military artefacts and intensely personal items.
Hot and cold Whether you want to embrace the winter and take part in some ‘cool’ activities, or escape the cold and have fun at some of our inviting cosy attractions, Yorkshire has got it all. Chill out
Take an imaginary trip to Alaska with Pesky Husky Trekking, in Scarborough! Try out the unique experience of trekking with these beautiful animals, as you drive your own team of dogs on a twowheeled scooter. Get your skates on and visit the UK’s first and only split-level Ice Rink at Doncaster Dome. Skaters of all abilities can enjoy a unique experience – including regular events such as foam parties and UV paint parties! Open until 1st November, Harewood House in Leeds is home to some interesting characters - a flock of eight Humboldt Penguins! Get up close and personal by helping the keepers to feed them – spaces are limited for this unique experience so book early to avoid disappointment.
Visit Tropical World in Leeds where you can take a trek through the rainforest and stop off briefly in the outback of Australia before a quick excursion through the desert all in the same morning! Stay the night at Ashmount Country House – rooms have private patios with hot tubs and saunas. With an on-site restaurant serving breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner, there really no need to step foot outside! Indulge yourself this winter at The Verbena Spa at The Feversham Arms, Helmsley. The spa has an extensive Heat Experience including aromatherapy room, saunarium, monsoon shower and foot spas. Relax in the outdoor heated swimming pool and brand new Jacuzzi – and have a treatment or two whilst you’re there – bliss!
You can also get your waddle on at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, home to Penguin Island, SEA LIFE Europe’s only penguin walkthrough feature, where you can walk alongside your new feathered friends. Another World Adventure Centre offers a range of activities whatever the weather, however if snow falls you can find yourself snowboarding high on the hills in Halifax. If the weather stays fine, try their no-snow grass sledging and tobogganing among many other fun things to do. Pay a visit to The International Centre for Birds of Prey in Helmsley for a night to remember. Their Winter Owl evenings enable you to see the owls flying free in the darkness. You’ll also see a flying demonstration of their tiny owls by candlelight.
Escape the cold and pretend you’re in the tropics at Calypso Cove, located within the Metrodome Leisure Complex, Barnsley. A great place for a family day out, whether you are sliding down one of the flumes or floating amongst the waves. Encounter the exotic at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, near Sheffield. Discover an indoor rainforest paradise with butterflies, birds, creepy crawlies and reptiles in their Tropical House – no coats required!
Enjoy a day trip on the LeedsLiverpool canal with Hapton Valley Boats. Get cosy by the wood burning stove and experience Yorkshireâ€™s landscape and industrial heritage from a different viewpoint. Their 50ft day cruiser Ruby has seven large picture windows, bringing the outside in, so you can escape the chill and enjoy the journey.
Clockwise from top: Youâ€™ll have a hoot at the international Centre for Birds of Prey. Going down the Kraken Flume at Barnsley Metrodome. Penguins at Harewood House. Pesky Husky Trekking in Scarborough. The heated pool at the Feversham arms and Verbena Spa.
Visit one of the oldest traditional pubs in England. Nestled in the picturesque village of Ledsham near Selby, The Chequers Inn offers regional ales and a menu full of locally sourced produce. Warm up after a country walk next to the roaring open fires, and pull up a seat in one of the nooks and crannies of the cosy rooms.
Yorkshire’s events and festivals are exciting, unique, innovative and spectacular. For a complete listing, go to yorkshire.com/events
Ladbrokes St Leger Festival Doncaster Racecourse 9 - 12 September 2015
Doncaster Racecourse plays host to one of the most prestigious race weeks of the British horse racing calendar. Enjoy a unique blend of history, top-class horse racing and fabulous live entertainment during the fourday extravaganza.
11 - 20 September 2015 Saltaire Village The entire heritage village of Saltaire comes to life for this extravaganza. There is something for everyone – from food and drink, classic cars, live music, stand-up comedy and more.
Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage
12 - 13 September 2015 This annual festival celebrates the village’s fishing and arts heritage, bringing pop up art, culture and tearooms to this picturesque coastal location every September.
York Food & Drink Festival
18 - 27 September 2015 The festival will offer day and evening events, wine tastings, a taste trail offering samples from delis and restaurants throughout the city, talks and food tastings, cookery demonstrations, hands on workshops for adults and children, plus much more.
Harrogate Autumn Flower Show
Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, 18 - 20 September 2015 Featuring beautiful show gardens, stunning plant nursery displays, live expert demonstrations and great garden shopping - everything you need to plan and perfect your outdoor space.
Hebden Bridge Steampunk Weekend
19 - 20 September 2015 Various locations across Hebden Bridge
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy literature and art that commonly features an element of steam powered machinery. This festival celebrates all things steampunk with a varied mix of events.
Left to right: Claire Balding at the Ilkley Literature Festival. Staithes. St Leger Festival at Doncaster racecourse. The Autumn Steam Gala at North Yorkshire Moors Railway © Alan Pratt. Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. Ilkley Art Trail. Skipton Puppet Festival.
Autumn Steam Gala
North Yorkshire Moors Railway 25 - 27 September 2015 Enjoy all the delights of a trip along the NYMR against the backdrop of the beautiful autumn moorland, on a selection of vintage steam trains.
Rugby World Cup 2015
26 - 27 September 2015 Leeds United Football Club Elland Road Stadium has been named as one of 13 venues to stage fixtures when the Rugby World Cup 2015 comes to England. This third largest global sporting event will see the top 20 international teams compete for the game’s biggest honour – the Webb Ellis Cup.
Masham Sheep Fair
26 - 27 September 2015 Now in its 30th year. Famous for its large market square and historical sheep trade, this annual country fair gets better every year. Enjoy a Sheep Show, Sheep Racing, Craft Market, Fleece Stalls, YORKSHIRE.COM/EVENTS
Wood Competition, Sheepdog Demonstrations, music, dancing, entertainment and much more.
Beverley Literature Festival 1 - 10 October 2015
The festival has played host over the years to many of the UK’s leading writers and has a significant reputation in the literary world.
Skipton International Puppet Festival Venues across Skipton 2 – 4 October 2015
The streets will once again be filled with puppets as this International Festival returns for its sixth outing. Mixing traditional and more experimental puppetry with performers from around the world, as well as plenty of homegrown favourites. Featuring a Puppet Parade through the town centre, alongside workshops and special performances.
Ilkley Literature Festival
2 - 18 October 2015 Various locations across Ilkley Featuring authors, poets, politicians, historians, scientists and commentators which in the past have included Alan Bennett, Clare Balding, Michael Portillo, Carol Ann Duffy, Jeremy Paxman, Simon Armitage and Michael Palin. Spread the word!
Magna Oktoberfest 3 – 4 October 2015
Raise a stein to celebrate Oktoberfest! With German food, beers, entertainment and ever important oompah band.
MARTINO GAMPER: POST FORMA Part of Hayward Touring’s British Art Show 8 Leeds Art Gallery, 9 - 11 October 2015 Hepworth Wakefield, 24 - 25 October 2015 Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 26 - 27 October 2015 To celebrate the British Art Show 8 launching in Leeds artist and designer Martino Gamper brings Postforma, a major new work, to Yorkshire. Commissioned by Yorkshire Festival and Hayward Touring, in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle and Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.
Richmond Walking & Book Festival 2015 Various locations around Richmond, 25 September - 4 October 2015
Featuring a varied schedule of guided walks, talks and events led by friendly local guides in the Northern Yorkshire Dales.
Ilkley Art Trail
7 - 11 October 2015 30 different venues across Ilkley open their doors and invite you to come and see the work of 45 skilful Yorkshire artists. Chat with the artists themselves, and if you like what you see, take an original piece home for yourself.
Autumn Glory at Harewood 21 October – 1 November 2015 Harewood House
Celebrates autumn in all its glory. Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities and explore the beauty of Harewood in its autumn coat. Try your hand at biscuit decorating in the Pastry Room or test your knowledge with our wildlife trails.
Black Dyke Band
Whitby Goth Weekend
Enjoy music from the world renowned brass band.
Founded in 1994, Whitby Goth weekend brings thousands of people to the town year after year for a weekend of music, dancing and shopping.
Sheffield Salvation Army Citadel 22 October 2015
Harrogate History Festival 22 - 25 October 2015 Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Celebrating the authors and genre of historical writing, this unique weekend allows readers and writers to meet, discuss and discover historical writing from fact though to fiction.
Halifax Comedy Festival 23 - 31 October 2015
50 fabulous events, hosted in 14 unique Halifax venues, over 10 days. Venues include the Victoria Theatre, Square Chapel, Dean Clough and Halifax Minster.
Illuminating York: Castle Howard Ablaze 28 – 30 October 2015 Castle Howard
To commemorate its 75th anniversary, a visual spectacular will recreate the drama of Castle Howard’s fire of November 1940.
30 October – 1 November 2015 Various locations across Whitby
2015/16 with a maritime theme. Welcoming local Mezzo-Soprano, Beth Mackay to perform Elgar’s magnificent Sea Pictures, a cycle of five songs for Mezzo- Soprano written at the request of Dame Clara Butt in 1899.
Black Dyke Band
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Halifax Victoria Theatre, 3 December 2015
The UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music, including concerts, music, theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film.
Ilkley Film Festival
20 – 29 November 2015
Hull Philharmonic Orchestra 28 November 2015 Hull City Hall
The Hull Philharmonic Orchestra will open their 134th Season in
Enjoy music from one of the oldest and best-known brass bands in the world. 17 – 21 February 2016
Now in its third year, this fast growing festival has a varied programme of events including previews, local cinema, foreign cinema, documentaries and live music events.
Clockwise from top left: Autumn at Harewood House. Andy Hamilton at Halifax Comedy Festival. Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival © Paul Greenwood. Whitby Goth Weekend. Castle Howard. Colourful Goths. Family fun at Harewood this autumn.
HALLOWEEN EVENTS Home of Halloween
17 October – 1 November, York Dungeon Don’t miss York Dungeon’s spine-chilling new show ‘Body Snatchers’. Watch out for John Hodgson, the local body snatcher who is morbid, cruel and gruesome, and has no remorse for digging up the dead….expect jumps, screams and ghastly fun!
Mother Shipton’s Cave Eerie Extravaganza! 24 – 31 October Mother Shiptons Cave
Dare to creep along our popular and FREE Halloween spooky trail! Join in the eerie activities and ghostly fun for all the family!
Halloween at York Maze 24 October – 1 November York Maze
Dare you go in the haunted maze? Or take a ride on the spooky ghostmania ride? Visit Kernel Kernel’s Haunted House of Cornfusion or get a makeover in the spooky salon. There’s fearful fun for adults too with the terrifying Hallowscream event – not for the faint hearted!
Half Term Pumpkin Carving
24 October – 1 November, Castle Howard Children can reveal their inner artist with pumpkin carving and creepy crafts daily throughout half term. Carve out a ghoulish face or a masterpiece, or for younger children draw on the scariest face you can.
Wizard and witch training
26 October - 30 October, Stockeld Park Leave your little ghouls for a workshop to learn how to become a certified wizard or witch. Each graduate will receive a certificate, real broomstick and voucher to enter the forest to practice their new skills. Just one part of Stockeld Park’s Halloween Adventure Season.
Ragwart’s Revenge – A Witches Tale 26 - 31 October, Worsbrough Mill
Ragwart has put a spell on Worsbrough Mill to protect her hidden gold. Are you brave enough to sneak through the mill collecting the clues to break the curse and find her golden hoard?
SHOCK-late Halloween 26 October – 1 November York’s Chocolate Story
Join us for spook-tacular shock-olate tasting sessions. Courageous visitors can test their nerve by taking part in the tastiest trick or treat challenge ever. Guests will test
their luck by spinning the ‘wheel of fortune’ to receive either a deliciously tasty treat or a revolting rotten trick chocolate.
28 October – 1 November Bolton Castle, nr Leyburn Dare you enter the Spooky Castle and meet the ghosts and ghouls within? With spooky potion making, pumpkin Chinese lantern making, witch and wizard hat making and two spooky trails there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Hex Factor
30 October, Nunnington Hall As darkness falls we will draw the curtains, put out the candles and prepare for an eerie evening ahead. In a haunted house, who know what might happen? Features carved pumpkin competition and children’s spooky fancy dress competition.
30 October - 1 November Lightwater Valley, Ripon All manner of creepy ghouls and beasties lurk within the Valley, so make sure you tread scarefully! Choose from and experience a whole host of Mini, Mega and Ultimate scares but remember... the darker the night, the scarier the fright!
Pontefract Ghost Walk
31 October, 13 and 27 November 2015 Pontefract Castle The Ghost Walks of Pontefract Castle take you back in time to meet the ghosts of those who have resided and died within its walls. Through their re-enactors you will meet with kings and queens. Some of you may even be lucky enough to escape alive!
Creatures of the night
31 October, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby Mark the end of British summer time with children’s crafts, dark forest walks, lanternmaking, track identifying, shadow fun and stargazing activities. Don’t forget a torch!
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YORKSHIRE BY SEA Ferry services to Hull and Newcastle link Yorkshire with Holland, Belgium and Germany. P&O Ferries operate overnight services to Hull from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. YORKSHIRE BY ROAD Britain’s biggest and fastest highways cross Yorkshire from north to south and east to west, making getting here by car or by coach very simple. For details of the quickest (or the most scenic) driving routes see the AA or RAC websites www.theaa.com and www.rac.co.uk YORKSHIRE BY AIR Leeds Bradford International Airport is our busiest air gateway, with UK flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, Exeter, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Isle of Man, London Gatwick, Southampton and many more. You can also fly into Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, Humberside, Durham Tees Valley, Newcastle and Manchester airports.