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This area is also famous for some very distinctive and well-loved flavours. Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb is grown locally and celebrated at the city’s Rhubarb Festival each February. While at Pontefract Liquorice Festival in July you can discover the roots of the humble Pontefract cake and sample the delights of liquorice food and drink! Scenic Calderdale is home to Halifax whose dramatic location accentuates the stunning architecture of The Piece Hall. This epic construction, resembling a Venetian piazza, is a beautifully restored legacy of the town’s Georgian cloth industry. Today, between the countless columns you will find a collection of boutique shops, a fascinating visitor centre and a year-round programme of events and festivals. Whilst here, inspire young minds with a visit to Eureka! the National Children’s Museum. The captivating and interactive exhibits make this a magical place to explore and learn. Animal adventures are aplenty at Ponderosa Zoo, Heckmondwike, from adorable lemurs to rare Scottish wildcats, families will adore meeting its furry residents.

Made famous in the recent BBC drama Gentleman Jack, Shibden Hall and Estate is the home of the noted 19th century diarist Anne Lister. The beautiful Grade II listed hall set within glorious parkland is truly charming. Enjoy the boating lake or ride the miniature railway as well as exploring the hall and the tales of those who lived there. Just down the road is the multiple award-winning Shibden Mill Inn. A charming 17th century inn offering sumptuous accommodation and exceptional food by roaring log fires. Soak up outstanding nature at Hardcastle Crags where rocky ravines, tumbling streams, woodland and upland meadow all combine. You can enjoy exploring this stunning environment on superb walking routes which also take in the atmospheric Gibson Mill. If you have a head for heights, then ROKT Climbing Gym in Brighouse is not to be missed. Taller than the Angel of the North, the ROKTFACE is the UK’s highest manmade outdoor climbing wall and is certain to get adrenaline pumping. The open landscape around Huddersfield is teeming with trails. Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy the dramatic moorland of the National Trust’s Marsden Moor Estate or amble the picturesque three mile section of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal between the beautiful Colne Valley villages of Marsden and Slaithwaite. Come October each year, Marsden is alive with the sound of music when the Marsden Jazz Festival arrives in town. Here you will also find Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre where, with a hard hat on, you can

sail through Britain’s longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel, hidden deep beneath the Pennine countryside. An alternative way to experience the local surrounds is to take a nostalgic ride aboard a small steam train at the award-winning Kirklees Light Railway. Dating back to the 1690s, a visit to Oakwell Hall and Country Park is a step back in time to a postEnglish Civil War household and its extensive park has new mountain bike tracks that snake through woodland plantations. The unique collections at the fascinating Tolson Museum paint a vivid and intriguing picture of the area from prehistory to present day and at Huddersfield Art Gallery you can enjoy incredible paintings and sculptures by internationally renowned artists like LS Lowry and Francis Bacon. With an idyllic backdrop of the Peak District National Park, the cobbled streets of quaint Holmfirth are a joy to explore. You can find delightful independent shops, a local vineyard and a thriving arts scene. In fact, Holmfirth Artweek is one of the UK’s largest open art exhibitions. Experience the best of farm produce at Coddy’s Farm participating in muddy boot farm tours, as well as cookery and butchery demonstrations. When it is time to relax, check in to Titanic Spa, the eco-spa that places equal emphasis on the well-being of both guests and the environment.

Main picture: Marsden Moor Estate © National Trust images. Opposite: Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The Hepworth Wakefield. Above: Eureka! The National Children’s Museum. Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre. Left: Gibson Mill. Right: The National Coal Mining Museum for England.