WELCOME TO WEST YORKSHIRE
outstanding rocky outcrop that will give you 360° views of this arresting vista. Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre is the highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel in the country. Take a guided boat trip, have a bite to eat in the café or let the kids run free in the playground and wildlife gardens. Visit one of the multi award-winning spas, including Titanic Spa and Alexandra House Spa, perfect for relaxing and recharging your batteries. Gourmets can get back to basics at Coddy’s Farm in picturesque Holmfirth, a family-run venture that lets you experience a full on tour and learn new skills with seasonal cookery and butchery courses. Let someone else do the cooking and check in to the Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival, a world showcase of edible eats and delectable drinks. If you’re feeling more arty than peckish, Huddersfield’s portfolio of festivals won’t disappoint, with the Contemporary Music Festival (an international mix of new and experimental music), Marsden Jazz Festival (one of the most established and wellloved events in the UK) or the Huddersfield Literature Festival, a celebration of big name authors and local talent. Carry on the culture theme with a trip to The Hepworth Wakefield, an award-winning art gallery atop Wakefield’s historic waterfront. Named after famed local artist Barbara Hepworth, the venue hosts some of the world’s leading exhibitions of international modern and contemporary art. Not too far away stands the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, one of the world’s leading open-air galleries. Set amongst 500
acres of ever-changing, beautiful countryside, visitors can share world-class contemporary sculptures with one or two Yorkshire sheep. Be sure to add the Yorkshire Sculpture International to your diary for this year, a collaboration between the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery and the forementioned galleries to present the UK’s largest event celebrating sculpture and the first of its kind in Britain.
Images left to right: Saltaire was a former hive of industry. Cartwright Hall in Bradford. Man on the moors, Kirklees © Gary Stevenson. Bouncing on a giant tongue at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax.
Rhubarb rooters will enjoy the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb where the city centre streets will be bursting with colourful market stalls selling speciality food and drink with an abundance of tasty samples to try. Step inside the demonstration marquee and watch talented chefs create delectable rhubarb dishes. Having recently undergone a £3.5 million restoration thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Pontefract Castle is a great place to go for those seeking historical enlightenment. A 19th century barn is now a state of the art visitor centre and gift shop, offering regular dungeon tours and family activities. Known as the liquorice capital of the country, the liquorice for the first Pontefract Cakes was probably grown within the castle grounds, though you can now enjoy it beyond the walls as part of the Pontefract Liquorice Festival, an annual event dedicated to the popular confection.
NEARBY Feeling lucky? Head to Pontefract Racecourse with the longest flat, circular course in Europe. Racing has taken place in the town since 1648. They host three evening meetings and three Sunday meetings each year. The superb racing is matched by great family entertainment.
End your day in one of West Yorkshire’s many incredible hotels, apartments or B&Bs, from the heavenly Holdsworth House in Halifax, a 4-Star 17th century Jacobean manor to a hotel with its own lake, Waterton Park Hotel in Walton.