WELCOME TO AUTUMN. There’s something special about autumn in Yorkshire, the new colours and crunch of leaves underfoot, adds to the allure of our beautiful county. It offers a chance to get wrapped up in your favourite scarf and gloves and enjoy a whole new side of the county. Take a stroll across the rolling hills and drop in on one of the many stately homes and castles on offer. Don’t let the bicycle gather dust though, head out on a ride and relive the Tour de Yorkshire for yourself. However, if the weather leaves you looking for shelter this autumn, then don’t despair. This gives you the perfect opportunity to sample a different aspect of Yorkshire’s culture and heritage. Take in a few of the many museums, galleries and attractions or head to one of Yorkshire’s finest pubs and sample some delightful ale and cuisine alongside a roaring log fire.
Cover images clockwise from top left: Autumn Mist in the Yorkshire Wolds. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. Staithes. Malham Cove © National Trust Images. Cycling in Dalby Forest. Salts Mill.
Whether you’re visiting Yorkshire for the day or longer you won’t be disappointed with the amazing activities on offer. Regardless of the weather, the welcome is always warm and this guide will help to give you a few ideas of how to make the most of your time here. Sir Gary Verity Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire
Clockwise left to right: Newby Hall and Gardens. Wentworth Castle Gardens. Harewood House. Beningbrough Hall. Lotherton Hall. Gisborough Priory.
The weather may have turned slightly cooler, but there are still plenty of fantastic activities to keep the family entertained throughout the autumn months.
Home of Mr and Mrs Richard Compton, Newby Hall is one of England’s finest houses and an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. Enjoy 25 acres of award winning gardens full of rare and beautiful plants, a wonderful children’s adventure garden with a moated fort and water play features, add to that a miniature railway and you have a perfect day out for all ages.
Head to Wentworth Castle Gardens and find romantic follies, 50 acres of tranquil gardens and the award winning restored Victorian Conservatory at an attraction that will delight garden lovers, history buffs and family visitors alike. Younger family members can storm the folly castle to find the dragon, run around a 400-year-old tree or play hide and seek in the mazelike Union Jack Garden.
One of the Treasure Houses of England, the historic Georgian property of Harewood House sits within a “Capability” Brown designed landscape, with remarkable views from the award winning Terraces. With bags of space to run around, a massive adventure playground, farm, penguins, flamingos and parrots, there’s no shortage of adventure for kids of all ages - even the grown up ones!
Set in the Vale of York, the grand rooms at Beningbrough Hall are a perfect backdrop for the rich collection of portraits featuring people who have made, and are making, British history and culture. Outdoors, see what’s in season in the working Victorian walled garden and stroll among luxurious Edwardian borders. The parkland is perfect for longer walks, with plenty of space and a play area for children to let off steam.
Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens in East Yorkshire is a great day out for all the family. Whether you’re interested in the hall, with its magnificent architecture, the beautiful gardens, or the woodland sculpture walk and giant games, you’ll find something for everyone.
Explore the fine Edwardian country home and extensive grounds of Lotherton Hall, home to a deer park, bird garden and nature trails. Take a stroll around the beautiful gardens and keep the kids entertained with a choice of two play areas.
Marvel at the dramatic ruins of Gisborough Priory, located on the top most edge of the North York Moors. Dominated by the dramatic skeleton of the 14th century church’s east end, it is an outstanding example of early Gothic architecture.
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National Railway Museum, York Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history. Explore giant halls full of trains and railway legends. Jump on board awe inspiring locomotives, watch engineers at work in The Workshop and uncover hidden treasures in The Warehouse and let off steam within the outdoor play area.
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The Deep, Hull
Summit Indoor Adventure, Selby
Dive into The Deep in Hull for a fun-filled family day out. Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Watch impressive daily dive shows and animal presentations and visit the newest residents, a colony of Gentoo penguins in chilly the Kingdom of Ice!
A fun filled family day whatever the weather. Whether you’re a complete novice or at home on the slopes, have a go on the adjustable ski simulators, scale new heights in the adventure climb zone or take to the air for the ultimate family thrill with aerial trek. It’s a breathtaking experience high-up in the centre.
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Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster
Old Jack’s Boat Sticker Trail, Staithes
Camp Hill Estate, Bedale
Visit Pixel, Victor and Nissan, at Project Polar, one of the largest Polar bear reserves in the world. Don’t miss the pride of Yorkshire at Lion Country, home to the famous rescued Romanian Lions and meet some of the most beautiful and endangered animals in the world, including Amur tigers at Land of the Tiger.
Step into the shoes of the lead character in the popular CBeebies children’s programme Old Jack’s Boat. Grab a free, fun sticker trail from cafés and shops all around Staithes. A great outdoor activity for youngsters to really immerse themselves in the fictional world of their favourite programme.
Discover active sports such as quad biking and Segways or enjoy a relaxing family activity such as the Woodland Kingdom. There are all kinds of things for the children to enjoy with slides, swings, ropes course, climbing walls, an assault course and a giant treehouse fort. There’s even a sand pit for the little ones.
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When the crisp autumnal sun lights up the Yorkshire countryside with spectacular hues of red, orange and yellow, there’s nothing better than pulling on your wellies, grabbing the dog and heading out to take it all in.
With breathtaking panoramas across the Vale of York and the Vale of Mowbray, you’d be hard pushed to find a better view than that from the top of Sutton Bank. From there, walk along the Cleveland Way towards the pretty market town of Helmsley. For spectacular views and a bracing sea breeze, head to the coast and walk or cycle along the Cinder Track – a disused railway line that runs from Whitby to Scarborough through Robin Hood’s Bay and Ravenscar. Then why not reward yourself with some well-deserved fish and chips by the sea. Further down the coast, discover the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Flamborough Cliffs Nature Reserve, home to flocks of noisy seabirds that swarm around ancient smugglers’ caves and tiny hidden coves. Head inland and explore the stunning North York Moors National Park which is home to around 2,300km of paths and tracks that weave through dense woodland, open countryside and picturesque villages. Start at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby,
where you’ll find everything you need to plan your visit, as well as pushchair and wheelchair friendly woodland trails around the grounds and plenty of picnic areas to sit, relax and enjoy the fantastic views. For grand landscapes and big views try the scenic walk around the Hole of Horcum and Levisham Moor, or head north to Great Ayton and ascend the Yorkshire Matterhorn, Roseberry Topping. Continue on to the iconic Captain Cook’s Monument, or simply have a break at the summit to take in the outstanding panoramic views across Cleveland and North Yorkshire. Walk along the River Swale from Keld to Muker where you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views across the Yorkshire Dales, or for something a little more challenging, try the classic walk to Gordale Scar from Malham, taking in Janet’s Foss and the imposing Malham Tarn.
than 5,000 acres of moorland to explore, there is always something new to see and it is easily accessed by public footpaths and the Pennine Way. How about trying one of Yorkshire Water’s walking routes? The trail around Langsett Reservoir in South Yorkshire, offers charming glimpses of the quiet waters through the trees and unspoilt views over the reservoir. Ramsden Reservoir also provides spectacular views of the South Pennines, while the nearby Digley Reservoir offers an invigorating 4.9 mile walk along lanes, fields and open moorland, while a shorter walk of 1.2 miles is ideal for families. Heading East, the Yorkshire Wolds Way winds for almost 80 miles from Hessle near Hull, to Filey, taking in some of the most tranquil countryside in Britain. Choose your starting point to join the trail wherever you please and enjoy the scenery.
Head to West Yorkshire to take a walk on the wild side and explore the ecological paradise of Marsden Moor – with more
Clockwise from top left: Autumn Mist on the Yorkshire Wolds. North York Moors National Park. Cleveland Trail. Holmfirth. Janet’s Foss © National Trust images. Roseberry Topping. Marsden Moor. Robin Hood’s Bay © Mike Kipling / NYMNPA. The Yorkshire Wolds Way.
PERFECT AUTUMN GETAWAYS If you’re looking for the perfect Autumn getaway, Yorkshire has so much to offer. Whether you FANCY glamping in a forest or being pampered in one of our luxury hotels, you will be spoilt for choice.
Main image: Raithwaite Hall
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Dugdales Barn, Gorgeous Cottages
The Raithwaite Estate
Dugdales Barn is a stunning 2-bedroom luxury holiday cottage tucked away in the vibrant market town of Settle. With its fantastic location just a stone’s throw from the town square, this gorgeous cottage is perfect for those who enjoy having pubs, cafes and shops all within a short stroll.
Nestled in the coastal town of Whitby, The Raithwaite Estate is a grand country retreat comprised of two small luxury hotels and a collection of quaint private stone cottages. Enjoy a relaxing break with beautiful woodland walks at this romantic getaway. there are plenty of activities and always something to see or do.
Built on the former site of a Grade II listed Boys Grammar School, The Leopold is Sheffield’s only four-star boutique hotel. This historic property offers a quirky yet luxurious place to meet, situated centrally in Leopold Square offering an array of upmarket bars and eateries. Afternoon Tea is a true treat and can be served out on the sun terrace or in the bar.
Born out of a love for the outdoors, as well as a taste for the finer things in life, Glampit based in Ilkley offer luxury bell tent accommodation for hire with everything you could need for the ultimate glamping experience. Simply tell them where and when you want to set up camp and all the hard work of pitching and furnishing the tents will be done by Glampit, leaving you to rock up and enjoy.
The Hayloft With breathtaking views over the Yorkshire Dales, the Hayloft is the perfect place to rest your head after a busy day at Land Rover Experience North Yorkshire. Conveniently situated next to their centre at Yellison Farm Barns. If you are looking to extend your visit to Land Rover Experience North Yorkshire, the Hayloft is available for a maximum 2-night stay, allowing you time to explore the local area.
Tickton Grange Hotel Visit Tickton Grange Hotel, a stunning Georgian Country retreat surrounded by gardens and meadows, just outside Beverley. With fabulous food and twenty-one glorious bedrooms furnished beautifully with designer furniture, silk curtains and luxurious throws, it’s the perfect place for a relaxing break.
Top to bottom: The Hepworth Wakefield. Clare Twomey with her installation, manifest 10,000 hours at the Centre of Ceramic Art © Kippa Matthews.
With stunning landscapes and striking skylines, it’s easy to see why Yorkshire continues to inspire artists around the world. From Hockney to Hepworth and Moore to Turner, discover the work of world renowned artists and new emerging talent at galleries across the county. The Tetley in Leeds is a centre for contemporary art and learning in a landmark heritage building, located in the city centre. Housed in the former headquarters of the world-famous Tetley Brewery, this stunning building houses galleries, learning and event spaces and offers opportunities for people of all ages to engage with contemporary art and Tetley’s heritage.
One of Barnsley’s landmark creative spaces, Gallery@ The Civic regularly hosts touring exhibitions from galleries including the V&A as well as creating unique exhibitions. A little further down the road, is Millenium Gallery, Sheffield’s premier destination for art, craft and design. Here you can see some of Sheffield’s unique industrial heritage alongside contemporary art and design.
INSPIRATIONAL Yorkshire is renowned for its association with sculpture, so much so, that the county is home to the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, consisting of four fantastic venues that celebrate sculpture of all shapes, sizes and forms: The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute. With only a 30-minute drive between venues, you can enjoy a full day or leisurely weekend of world-class sculpture.
Having recently undergone an £8 million development, York Art Gallery has been transformed into one of the best regional galleries in the country. There is now more space to display a wide range of works, from Italian Old Masters to the likes of LS Lowry and David Hockney as well as two new first floor galleries which are home to CoCA, the newly created Centre of Ceramic Art.
ART&ROSE provides a beautiful, tranquil space in the heart of the bustling market town of Pocklington where artists and makers can exhibit their work for sale. Set up in 2011 by Art Graduate Emma-Jane Whelan, ART&ROSE aims to showcase the best of local fine art originals, including paintings, prints, photography, illustration, jewellery & silversmithing, sculpture, ceramics, glass and textiles. Situated in the market place of the Old Town area of Bridlington, East Yorkshire, Gallery Forty-Nine occupies two floors of a Georgian listed building and has four exhibition spaces with an exciting range of paintings, sculpture, jewellery and ceramics by contemporary British artists. The Mercer Art Gallery is one of Yorkshire’s most exciting galleries. You never know quite YORKSHIRE.COM
what to expect when you go through the door… great Victorian paintings from the Harrogate collection by famous names such as Atkinson Grimshaw and William Powell Frith or challenging contemporary art. Visitors love the gallery for all sorts of reasons, it showcases all kinds of art, it’s not too big and there are plenty of places to sit down; it can be an oasis of calm, a place for reflection and contemplation, or an arena for excitement. Visit The Robert Fuller Gallery in Thixendale, North Yorkshire. The leading wildlife artist’s highly-detailed painting style has won him the attention of clients such as the National Trust and the RSPB for its authentic beauty. Impressions Gallery is an independent space for contemporary photography, near City Park in the heart of Bradford. From 16 September – 3 December, the first ever survey exhibition of work by Peter Mitchell will be available for everyone to see. Peter Mitchell was an early pioneer of colour documentary photography. In November, wrap up and head to the coast for a stroll with your loved ones and look out for the new 80m long Robin Hood’s Bay mosaic which will be installed on the sea wall. Created by artist Ruth Wilkinson in her studio at Pateley Bridge, the large mosaic will be made up of numerous hand-glazed pottery tiles mounted on boards that will be fixed to the seawall. The official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, Lucy Pittaway captures the essence of the Tour de Yorkshire race and the Yorkshire landscape. View her entire collection of originals and browse through her extensive range of prints at her gallery at Brompton On Swale, near Richmond.
FALL IN LOVE WITH OUR NATIONAL PARKS Visit one of Yorkshire’s three National Parks this Autumn and be prepared to fall in love with some of the most breathtaking landscapes in God’s Own County.
Left to right: The North York Moors National Park. The Peak District. The Yorkshire Dales. The Cleveland Way. Skipton Castle. Cycling in the Peak District.
It’s the moorland that the North York Moors are most famous for and the beautiful heather lies unenclosed and unsurpassed right at the very heart of the park. In summer, this area is turned into a purple carpet that stretches for miles across the open vistas, but autumn gives the area a whole new setting. With the change in the weather and lighting, the moors are exceptionally beautiful and have been known to inspire artists and writers alike.
The newest stretch of the England Coast Path through Yorkshire has recently opened, giving first-time public access to a fantastic new viewpoint of Staithes. It is also part of the Cleveland Way National Trail. The North York Moors coastline forms part of the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast and really is something to behold. High cliffs, rocky shores and nesting seabirds await you here with over 30 miles of clifftop path to amble along. With around 1,600 square kilometres of living landscape, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is truly unique and has a wide variety of attractions for the whole family to enjoy. If history is your thing, then look no further than the Dales’ castles. One of the most complete and well preserved of these is Skipton
Castle, which is over 900 years old. Ripley Castle is slightly younger, but a no less impressive 700-year-old sibling and Bolton Castle is a magnificent fortress still standing in outstanding condition. The Dales are quintessentially Yorkshire and with their spectacular waterfalls and ancient broadleaved woodlands, they truly are stunning. It’s not just views and beauty that make this area special, there is a rich industrial heritage to be explored where visitors can find the scattered remains of former mine workings and rural industries.
Also falling into Yorkshire’s boundaries is a large chunk of the Peak District National Park. With its pretty moorland, rolling hills and leafy forests it is just as beautiful as its two counterparts. There are two contrasting landscapes here, the White Peak which offers gentle, rolling limestone hills and the Dark Peak (of which Yorkshire has a part) consisting of rugged gritstone uplands. Designated as ‘Britain’s first National Park’, it is truly a unique place.
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relax and unwind Take some time to relax and unwind this Autumn and treat yourself with a visit to one of Yorkshire’s more unique hotels and spas. Melt away stress and ease away worries in the soothing surroundings of the spa at Wynyard Hall. Nestled peacefully on the edge of the lake, you will find a true picture of tranquillity. The perfect treat to enjoy with friends, the Spa will leave you feeling entirely refreshed. Discover luxurious beauty treatments, rejuvenating spa experiences and expert hair care in the heart of historic Beverley at Sessions Spa. Soothe your body and mind with a range of blissful relaxation therapies, indulgent beauty treatments and nourishing massages. Whether you’re planning a day out with friends, a romantic weekend or a pamper session all to yourself, you’ll find the perfect spa package here. The Feversham Arms is a secluded luxury retreat that lies in the heart of Helmsley in North Yorkshire. Surrounded by countryside, their awardwinning hotel and spa is hidden away so you can relax, unwind and indulge. Cosy yet contemporary and with artwork to rival a gallery. Outdoors the hotel boasts a unique Mediterranean terrace and outdoor pool while indoors open fires and snugs make guests feel welcome all year round. Set in a beautiful valley in West Yorkshire, My Little Farm Spa is surrounded by far reaching views, big skies and lush countryside, providing a unique and holistic oasis, where nature and the seasons surround.
Yorkshireâ€™s relaxing city spas
Set in the vibrant Devonshire Quarter of Sheffield, Spa 1877 is housed in the original Glossop Road Baths. Elegantly combining Victorian architecture with modern technology, it is a beautiful setting in which you can experience the latest treatments.
THE GRAND HOTEL & SPA York
Overlooking the cityâ€™s historic wall and with stunning views of the world-famous Minster, the Grand Hotel & Spa provides an idyllic setting for a city break in York or a base from which to explore the county in a secluded and tranquil environment.
THE SPA AT OULTON HALL
Leeds Main image: The Feversham Arms. Inset top to bottom: Wynyard Hall. Sessions Spa. The Grand Hotel & Spa.
Discover pure escapism from this world-class spa. Try one of the rejuvinating treatments and ease away the aches of the day with a dip in the stunning pool.
Enjoy the beauty of yesteryear with some inspirational vintage shopping in Yorkshire.
VINTAGE TREASURE CHEST Vintage shopping tips 1
SEARCH Remember to look in every nook and cranny, the best finds can be buried.
CARE Always check the label, older items can need special attention.
If furniture is a bit foisty don’t write it off, half an hour outside and a spritz of freshener can do wonders.
SIZES Don’t pay attention to size labels, remember sizes have changed a lot over the years. STAFF A fountain of knowledge - ask for advice, they might be able to guide you.
Opposite left to right: Sheffield Antiques Quarter. Cocoa, Sheffield. The Oldest Sweet Shop in England, Pateley Bridge.
Whether you fancy a stroll around the fabulous shops or a visit to one of the quarterly vintage markets or monthly community fleas, the Sheffield Antiques Quarter is a buzzing, vibrant hub of friendly faces and creative retail. Here you can find authentic period antiques, affordable traditional furniture, retro collectables, vinyl, vintage clothing, upcycled shabby chic as well as local artwork, handmade crafts, tons of local artisan produce and ‘Made In Yorkshire’ foods and beers. There are architectural and reclamation yards if you are looking for that particular piece to finish off your space as well as interior design services and advice. In addition, most repair, reclamation, clearance or valuation services can be sourced in the quarter using local specialists. Enjoy browsing and buying from the North’s finest antique emporium and discover a wide range of interesting antiques, vintage, collectables and home furnishings. Crimple Hall based on the outskirts of Harrogate is a unique shopping experience nestled in a tranquil oasis offering a seedbed of inspiration for your home and garden. Stop for a coffee or dine at the restaurant, browse plants in their garden centre and source hidden gems in their gift shop or art gallery. Yorkshire’s Farmhouse Furniture is a small family business who take great pride in producing high quality pieces. Their furniture is handcrafted and
constructed using traditional techniques, made from recycled timber, new materials, or a mixture of both, often taking inspiration from items found in a traditional Yorkshire farmhouse. Visit their workshop in Wetherby and be truly inspired. Bluebell Home and Gifts is located in the picturesque Wharfedale Village of Grassington, in the heart of the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park. Their atmospheric shop has a unique, handpicked selection of stylish home accessories, high quality gifts and gorgeous handmade jewellery. So whether you are looking for that perfect gift for someone special, a new candle to fill your home with a delicious scent or just to treat yourself, you’ll find it here. No visit to the Yorkshire Dales would be complete without a visit to the Oldest Sweet Shop in England at Pateley Bridge. For a truly magical and memorable experience, discover row upon row of glass jars filled with handmade traditional sweets, weighed out by the quarter of a pound into old fashioned scales. Bar Farm Antiques near Pocklington has grown from a modest one room shop to a mega-complex of four converted chicken sheds and a giant warehouse stocked with an unimaginable variety of collectables and antiques. You will find a whole building dedicated to vintage/retro clothing.
This boutique is devoted to fashion for both men and women. Enjoy stepping back in time while wondering the grounds making discoveries and explore well-presented items of yesteryear. Cocoa is a chocolate sweet shop and cafe nestled in the hills of Sheffield, dreamt up by two best friends who refuse to grow up. It is an emporium of wonders and delights, with rows and rows of every kind of sweet imaginable in sparkling glass jars overflowing with the tastiest chocolate. People visit from far and wide, just for a little taste of Cocoa’s magic. Adults are transported back to their childhoods, into a nostalgic place. Children will be amazed by the dazzling rainbows of treats and find themselves lost in a realm of deliciousness. The Market Vaults Arcade in Scarborough, under the town’s historic Market Hall, are home to all sorts of fascinating shops and cafes. Since 1853 there have been many treats and treasures to discover inside this historic building. In its current guise since 1993, it now offers cafes, exhibitions and events for all. Established in 1999, Pickering Antiques Centre now boasts over 40 dealers, selling an extensive range of antiques and collectables. A traditional antiques centre with knowledgeable staff; this is the place to be if you want to find a real treasure.
HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS Yorkshire is a county steeped in fascinating history and heritage you’RE GUARANTEED to find lots to see and do! York is one of the most interesting and important historic cities in the world. Wander through quaint cobbled streets and discover the ancient history of this romantic city. Visit The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall and stroll around the beautiful gardens before discovering the rich history of this hall through its remarkable collections of silver, furniture and paintings. From the world’s greatest treasures to the smallest curiosities, York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in the nation’s earliest history. Explore a masterpiece in stained glass and stone, its vast spaces alive with the sanctity and tradition of worship and heavenly music. Or explore the quiet corners revealing unexpected stories and human inspiration, what will you discover? Yorkshire has been the setting of many royal battles and this turbulent history can be seen in the iconic ruins set atop rugged headlands. Head on a tailor-made tour to explore a wide range of periods
from the medieval era through to the industrial archaeology with Roundhouse History Tours. Our ancient coastlines hold a dazzling array of dinosaur fossils and our small fishing towns and villages boast a long standing maritime tradition. Head inland to Rievaulx Abbey located in the North York Moors National Park and visit the brand new museum for 2016. Here you can see previously unseen artefacts from the abbey including elaborate medieval stone carvings, chess pieces and gold coins which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England. Explore the calming surrounds of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden - just one of Yorkshire’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the other being Saltaire in Bradford). Amid the beauty and tranquillity of this magnificent abbey there’s also lots for families to do including den building, pond dipping, deer watching, bike riding and wildlife walks.
Fountains Abbey © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey.
HIDDEN GEMS hidden gems await your ARRIVAL As the last remains of the summer sun wash over the landscape, PAINTING WONDERFUL GARDENS RUBY AND GOLD.
York Gate Garden was created by the Spencer family during the second half of the twentieth century (now owned and managed by Perennial). It is a garden of immense style and craftsmanship, widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period. From walled gardens to small gardens in stately and sedate settings, before the first frost arrives there is still time to visit over 35 of the finest gardens across our county. Discover ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes such as Burton Constable Hall and Gardens, East Yorkshire’s best kept secret. Meander through the historic grounds or uncover the 18th century ‘Cabinet of Curiosities within the grand rooms of this impressive hall. You will fall in love with Brodsworth Hall and Gardens and the ever changing fortunes of the people that lived and worked here. Located just to the north of Doncaster, wander around this gently and beautifully preserved Victorian country house, before taking a turn around the pleasure gardens, spectacularly restored to their full splendour.
Top to bottom: Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. Burton Constable Hall and Gardens.
Enjoy the ever changing palette of colour in the beautiful gardens that surround East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley. Relax in any one of the sheltered spaces and enjoy the tranquillity of the Wild Garden, the scented Herb Border or the Formal Garden.
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COME AND GIVE CYCLING A GO! Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries have an ambition to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike for free. We want to get the whole of Yorkshire cycling, whether it’s learning to ride for the first time, or learning about local safe cycling routes and basic bike maintenance. Not your typical Library, a Yorkshire Bank Bike Library offers loans of bikes instead of 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 on the right track. Each Library is unique, offering bikes to loan alongside different events and activities such as cycling lessons, family activities, guided local rides or bike maintenance lessons.
Visit the website to see what your local Bike Library has to offer.
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. The bikes available to loan have been generously donated and restored to full working order – and we need more bikes! If you have a bike sat 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.
What is it that makes a great pub? Is it the people? The beer? The food? We think it’s all those things and more, and here in Yorkshire you’ll find a pub for every occasion, all with the perfect mix of Yorkshire folk, a great beer and incredible food.
PROPER PUBS AND BRILLIANT BREWERIES The Star@Sancton is the perfect traditional village pub, devoted to sourcing and using local produce from East Yorkshire. Set in the traditional farming village of Sancton, The Star is surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds. In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, visit the award winning Clarendon Hotel, a traditional 18th Century Inn located in Hebden about a mile away from Grassington. The perfect base for a walking or cycling holiday. Cubley Hall is located near Sheffield and offers the ideal location, nestled in the Pennine green belt on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Lose yourself in the surrounding countryside and unwind within the ambience of Cubley Hall’s pub. Located in the small village of Gate Helmsley, the Duke of York Inn offers a traditional Yorkshire pub experience with stone floors, wooden beams and a warm, friendly welcome. It is perfectly located for a relaxing day out with friends and family. From historic breweries with coppers gleaming under oak-timbered ceilings and mystic brews frothing in antique stone ‘square’ to microbreweries with state-of-the-art stainless steel, todays dedicated Yorkshire brewers are
busily producing hundreds of varieties of real ale for the people of Yorkshire to enjoy. The city of Leeds has a great selection of pubs and bars. The Northern Monk Brew Co. in Leeds brews all their ale in house, just like the monks did back in the 7th Century at Kirkstall Abbey. Each of their beers are unique in taste, colour and origins. Set in Masham, North Yorkshire, Black Sheep Brewery produces much loved cask, keg and bottled beers. For a day out with a difference, be sure to book on one of their “shepherded” tours of the brewery. Another well-known Yorkshire brewery is Theaskstons also in Masham, North Yorkshire. You can taste the brews fresh from the cask and smell the hops in the air! Head to their Visitor Centre for a great day out. You’ll always get a warm welcome at the Brown Cow Inn in Bingley, a family friendly pub with open fires and a great atmosphere. Enjoy delicious food and draught beer, and explore over 20 specialist beers, 10 malts and a wine list as long as your arm. Brewed in the shadow of the Abbey, perched on Whitby’s iconic cliff top, Whitby Brewery use only the finest floor-malted barley and whole hops YORKSHIRE.COM
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The Bull Inn, West Tanfield The Bull Inn is an old traditional country inn set on the banks of the River Ure in the picturesque village of West Tanfield, which lies just north of the ancient Cathedral City of Ripon. Restored in 1699, parts of the inn are formed from what was once the ferryman’s cottage and the artist JMW Turner drew scenes of the nearby ancient Marmion Tower on one of his many tours of the county.
The Durham Ox, Crayke
to make some of the best beers about. Alongside traditional ales they sell limited runs of beers from their Experimental Brewery - for those who are looking for something a little different. The Mayfield, in Seamer village just outside Scarborough, is a traditional English pub which serves an extensive range of quality food, a superb selection of real ale and wines, and offers an outstanding line-up of entertainment. Music legends and beer go hand in hand right?! Well they do at the Great Yorkshire Brewery in Cropton. Now one of the fastest growing microbreweries in the UK, the brewery has joined forces with the band ‘Madness’, to produce three new beers. Head over to Brass Castle Brewery, in the centre of Malton. Within two months of opening, Brass Castle won Champion Beer at the York CAMRA Beer Festival. The town centre location means that the brewery is always open to visitors and a tap room opens every second Saturday of the month from 12-8pm, serving freshly-brewed beers.
Situated in the historic village of Crayke, with breathtaking views over the vale of York on three sides. The Durham Ox is a 300-year old pub with original features, in the bar area the original flag stones are still on the floor and on the walls, oak panels fitted by the local woodcarver. With a roaring fire alight in the inglenook fireplace in winter and an outside balcony for summer dining the pub oozes atmosphere.
The Fairfax Arms, Gilling East At the Fairfax Arms, Gilling East, you can be sure of a warm welcome. The open log fires and windows overlooking the garden and stream provide an idyllic dining room setting. The spacious lounge and bar provide a more informal area to dine and relax surrounded by traditional furnishings, wooden beams and the impressive oak bar. The streamside beer garden offers a perfect spot for al fresco dining in the summer months.
autumn activities Activities to take your breath away and warm your belly, be inspired to see some of Yorkshires hidden gems.
1 WALK UP TO WHITBY ABBEY
Whitby, North Yorkshire What better way to wake up than with a walk up to Whitby Abbey. Get up early and wonder up the 199 steps, to watch the autumn mist drift away to reveal one of the most spectacular coastal views in Yorkshire. With the famous gothic Abbey behind you, the town of Whitby below and the North Sea
stretching out in front of you. If you make the journey as the sunrises this will be a morning to remember. Perched high on a cliff, it’s easy to see why the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey were inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of ‘Dracula’. Sink your teeth into years of history, amazing views and a packed events programme, just a short climb away from the picturesque Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby. YORKSHIRE.COM
2 WARM YOURSELF UP WITH A CURRY
Offering traditional cuisine since 1979, Mumtaz in Leeds is the perfect place to warm yo ur very soul this autumn. An institution in Yorkshire and beyond, this is the place to find a warming plate of deliciousness. A craft beer bar in Leeds with an Indian street food kitchen, Bundobust serves vegetarian Indian dishes in a laid back environment.
Or for a real slice of history, visit The Sweet Centre in the heart of Bradford. The oldest curry house in the city, they offer wonderful bowls of spice, perfect for this time of year. Bradford was once again crowned Curry Capital of Britain in 2015, five years in a row! A Bradford curry really is a must when you are visiting this city. Youâ€™ll find award winning restaurants around every corner, from cafĂŠ-style favourites to impressive dining experiences.
3 AYSGARTH FALLS
Known as the Aysgarth Falls, the series of waterfalls on the River Ure in Wensleydale are spectacular, particularly in Autumn after the dale has been drenched in rain. The rush of running water set against the Autumn foliage is truly something to behold. Well known for its starring role in the 90’s classic Robin Hood Prince
of Thieves, this is a well-loved Yorkshire Dales beauty spot. If you head to the upper fall, you can pop into the visitor’s centre, onsite café and gift shop. Aysgarth Falls Tourist Information Centre is perfectly situated to visit the superb waterfalls. The National Park Centre can also point you in the direction of other lovely walks in the area taking in the surrounding woods or heading up to the lovely villages of Carperby or Aysgarth.
4 SUTTON BANK
North York Moors National Park Be at one with nature at Sutton Bank National Park Centre in their new Natural Adventure Park. Children will love getting a little dirty in their mud kitchen or getting creative building their own den. Enjoy two quirky treehouses, a stone castle, three magical stone roundhouses, a large sandpit with a ‘play tree’ in the centre. Have a go at log clambering over the ‘swamp’ just remember to bring some spare clothes, as getting dirty is all part of the fun! Also at Sutton Bank, there is a new walk suitable for trampers/robust wheelchairs, devised with an accessibility expert, it takes in the White Horse before picking up the green Cliff family cycle trail and then coming back along the cliff top with amazing views. Image © Chris J Parker / NYMNPA
5 SPECTACULAR AUTUMN COLOURS
Thorp Perrow and Castle Howard
Leaves turning every shade of red imaginable is one of the most wonderful things about autumn and what better place to enjoy this natural spectacle than in one of Yorkshires arboretums. Visit Thorp Perrow, home to some of the largest and rarest trees in England. Or explore the rolling estate of the historic Castle Howard and 120 acres of stunning foliage. Here you can wander the halls of the great house before getting lost in the beauty of its surroundings. Enjoy the acres of spectacular autumn colours in hundreds of acres of beautiful woodland. Explore nature and tree trails or take a walk to learn about the tree and plant collections, wildflowers and meadows.
DELICIOUS AUTUMN As the chill of winter looms ever near, it’s time to harvest the best Yorkshire has to offer. Yorkshire is famed for its food and drink and this can be found in abundance across the county’s numerous markets, farm shops and restaurants.
The county is also home to three protected foods – when you buy Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese, Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb or Swaledale Cheese you can be assured of their quality and taste. Yorkshire is proud to be home to the largest number of Michelin Starred restaurants than any other county in England outside of London. Discover the gastronomical delights on offer at not one but six of the counties Michelin starred restaurants including The Box Tree, Ilkley; The Black Swan, Oldstead; The Yorke Arms, Pateley Bridge; The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds; The Star Inn, Harome; and The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton. Fine dining is not just restricted to Yorkshire’s Michelin star restaurants.
Clockwise from bottom left: The Yorke Arms. Afternoon Tea at Bettys. Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese.
Quality food with the emphasis on local produce can be found in many of Yorkshire’s fantastic farm shops. Between Leeds and Harrogate, you will find The Local Pantry, providing the perfect meeting place for a coffee and cake alongside some of the best local produce Yorkshire has to offer. It’s not just the seasonal produce or food on offer that keeps visitors returning time and time again to Spuds & Berries in Selby, it is also the warm family welcome and superb service on offer. If the thought of cooking is too much, head to Yorkshire’s stunning seaside resorts for some mouth-watering Fish and Chips. Tuck into some of the best at Quayside in Whitby. Or if it is the heat that you seek, head west. With its vibrant Asian community, historic and contemporary curry houses, Bradford has been crowned Curry Capital of Britain four times. Try Prashad, a family run passionate Indian Vegetarian Restaurant,
Fantastic Farm Shops Fodder
HARROGATE A foodie’s heaven! A combination of farm shop and lovely cafe in the heart of Harrogate. Fodder has something for everyone with one special added bonus – it’s 85% local! With freshly cut meats fruit and veg.
Keelham Farm Shop
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focussed on delivering real Indian culinary excellence matched with knowledgeable, warm and intuitive service. How about a guided food tour? On the Made in Malton Tasting Tour you will also meet the top producers who fly the flag for Yorkshire food. Book a ticket and munch your way around Malton’s charming streets, learning local history and tasting some amazing Yorkshire food and
local produce. Some of the highlights include tasting sweet pastries, Italian delights, coffee, beer, famous pies, fresh ravioli, gelato and even churning your own butter. End your sweet treat to the county with a visit to one of Bettys six tea rooms to try a Fat Rascal, travel to Scarborough and visit Amelia’s Chocolate in Scarborough and see her hard at work making handcrafted chocolates.
Offering exceptional taste with minimal waste. By sourcing local and seasonal food where possible, championing over 400 local producers and farmers.
Granary Farm Shop LEEDS
Discover a dazzling deli counter stocked with delicious cheeses, cold meats and olives as well as their own farm-raised, grassfed beef and lamb as well as artisan preserved produced on site.
SOUTH CAVE Selling all kinds of top-notch produce. Passionate about providing customers with the very best through regular promotions, demonstrations, tastings and seasonal guest produce.
Blacker Hall Farm Shop WAKEFIELD
Local dairy produce, seasonal fruit and vegetables, more than 60 Yorkshire ales, and more than 250 wines from small and passionate, often organic, producers around the world.
WHAT’S ON this AUTUMN Yorkshire’s events and festivals are exciting, unique, innovative and spectacular. Here’s just a taster of what you can expect. For a complete listing, go to yorkshire.com/events
Harrogate Autumn Flower Show Great Yorkshire Showground, 16-18 September 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.
York Food & Drink Festival 23 September to 2 October 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 and hands on workshops.
Masham Sheep Fair 24 -25 September 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, wood competition, music, dancing, entertainment and much more.
Richmond Walking & Book Festival Various locations around Richmond 24 September – 2 October The Richmond Walking & Book Festival is now in its 11th year. Featuring a varied schedule of guided walks, talks and events led by friendly local guides in the Northern Yorkshire Dales.
UK Pro Surf Scarborough, 3 – 4 October This is an extreme sports extravaganza not to be missed, with amazing surfing plus skateboarding, BMX and extreme sports. Also enjoy live music, DJs, performances, drive-in movies and much more.
Ilkley Art Trail 6 - 9 October Great painting, sculpture, and textile from local and regional exhibiting artists. Venues on the trail range from living rooms, working studios, gardens and a church sanctuary to quirky and unusual spaces.
A Centenary Celebration North York Moors National Park 8 October Tackle a strenuous 9 mile circuit and explore locations associated with Alf Wight, aka James Herriot, in the month marking 100 years since his birth.
Oktoberfest The Tetley, 6 - 9 October Leeds will have a little slice of Germany this Autumn as The Tetley transforms into a four day Oktoberfest celebration. Celebrating four days of Bavarian food, bier and music in the heart of Leeds city centre. Raise a stein to celebrate Oktoberfest. The grounds of The Tetley will be transformed with a stunning 2,000 capacity big top Oktoberfest tent, dressed up in authentic German decorations. Inside, there’ll be a slew of bars, traditional food stalls and a stage for an oompah band to play you into the night.
Autumn Glory Harewood House near Leeds, 22 – 30 October Perfect for families and lovers of the outdoors, October half term week at Harewood celebrates autumn in all its glory. Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities and explore the beauty of Harewood in its autumn coat. Why not try your hand at biscuit decorating in the Pastry Room or test your knowledge with their wildlife trails?
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 18 – 27 November This is the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music, including concerts, music, theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film. YORKSHIRE.COM
HALLOWEEN EVENTS There are some frighteningly spooky things going on in Yorkshire, get your teeth stuck into these for starters… we think Bram Stoker would be proud of what Yorkshire has on offer!
Half term Halloween Fun Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster 22 -30 October Join them for frightening fun this October half term with a spooky trail around the grounds. There will be lots to keep the children entertained.
Halloween at York Maze 22 - 30 October Take a ride on Ghostmania to scare aware the cheeky ghosts, descend into the Mystery Mineshaft Maze to discover its spooky secrets and follow the Spooky Trail. You’ll have a hoot meeting the Halloween owls and will you brave enough to hold one of the creepy crawlies? There’s fearful fun for adults too with the terrifying Hallowscream event – not for the faint hearted!! Ten Hallowscream dates throughout October.
Kilnsey Witch 22-30 October, Skipton An action-packed week of spooks and adventure for all the family – in the company of a real-life witch. A special Halloween Trail leads you to the grotto of Nancy Winter - Old Nan - a real-life witch who lived in Kilnsey in the 1700s who was famous for telling people’s fortunes. With pumpkin carving, Christmas decoration making and face painting.
Pumpkin Trail Bolton Abbey, Skipton 22 Oct – 30 October Seek out the pumpkins and witches in Strid Wood. Head down for a spooktacular week of fun. Follow the trail of oversized pumpkins through Strid Wood and discover the mystery doors hidden amongst the trees. Behind each door is a clue to help unravel the witch’s magic spell.
Hunt the witch The Moors National Park Centre Danby, 24 – 30 October Find the missing words for your spell by locating the witches’ ‘wanted’ posters around the grounds. Take care though – some of the witches were pretty dreadful creatures!
Halloween Ghost Trains Kirklees Light Railway, near Huddersfield 28 – 30 October
Illuminated Abbey 26-29 October, Whitby Cast light on a dark history. See Bram Stoker’s inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations. As you explore its gothic splendour, their costumed characters will introduce the darker side of the past with tales of grave robbing and witch trials. You can also experience a live performance of Dracula to complete your visit. Halloween fancy dress encouraged!
Dare you climb aboard the Halloween Ghost Train for an evening of frights to scare even the strongest of souls? Test your nerves aboard the ghost train taking you along their spooky line to the haunted woods! Not suitable for young children.
Halloween Trail Old Coastguard Station, Robin Hood’s Bay 29 - 30 October Join in the Halloween spirit at the Old Coastguard Station where chilling clues lead you to a spooky prize. Meet above the slipway at the bottom of Robin Hood’s Bay village to start your haunted Halloween trail.
Frightwater Valley Lightwater Valley, Ripon 27-30 October Be prepared for full filled spooky day out at the annual Halloween spooktacular. All manner of creepy ghouls and beasties lurk within the Valley, so tread scarefully as they celebrate shocktober in style. Choose from and experience a whole host of mini, mega and ultimate scares but remember… the darker the night the scarier the fright.
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