Set in the dramatic landscape between the northern Peak District and the South Pennines, and not too far from Bronte country, Yorkshire enjoys absolutely stunning scenery.
Our immediate area is a walker’s dream. There are numerous marked trails in the vicinity, including the Pennine Way, the Colne Valley Circular Walk, the Holme Valley Circular Walk, the Bronte Way and the Spen Valley Heritage Trail. Ask at the bar for maps and tips.
We’re just a 30-40 minute drive to the Meadowhall Shopping Centre near Sheffield, an indoor shopping mall with more than 290 stores, including high-street names, a cinema complex with 10 auditoriums, restaurants and extensive free parking.
Leeds City Centre is a similar distance away, with fantastic shopping including designer brands in Harvey Nichols and the Victoria Quarter, and well-known high street names and boutiques in the new Trinity Shopping Centre, which also houses a cinema complex and restaurants. Look out for the new Victoria Gate complex due to open in 2016, which will house the new John Lewis store, restaurants, designer shops, cafés and a casino.
Historic Huddersfield town centre also has a good selection of high street names in the Kingsgate Centre, and is just a 20 minute drive away.
The countryside surrounding the Woodman Inn is a great place to go for a run, or Huddersfield Leisure Centre and the Stadium Health and Fitness Complex in Huddersfield (both a 20 minute drive away) have a number of sports facilities.
For indoor winter sports, Xscape at Castleford (a 40 minute drive away) has a “Snozone” with a 170m long main slope, covered with more than 1700 tonnes of fresh snow and 2 poma lifts. There is a dedicated slope for beginners and novices to build their skills and confidence and an area for family fun activities such as sledging and ice sliding. The complex also
has a climbing wall, and skyride, gravity trampolining, bowling alley and cinema as well as restaurants and cafés.
There are a number of sports stadiums if you’re a football or rugby fan. Check out Huddersfield Town and Halifax Town Football Clubs, Leeds United and Bradford Bulls, or Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants or Halifax RLFC, and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. We take no responsibility for how the clubs are performing in the various league tables!
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is just eight miles away, featuring seasonal displays and special exhibitions throughout the year in its open air park and underground gallery. Admission to the park is free but parking charges apply.
Alternatively, 30 minutes away is Yorkshire’s award-winning Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield – the largest purpose-build exhibition space for fine contemporary art outside London.
In Leeds, you will find the Leeds City Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Foundation, featuring works by this Castleford-born artist and sculptor.
Bradford Alhambra is regarded as one of the North’s premier touring venues, and stages a number of big name shows. Its sister venue, St George’s Hall is a more intimate venue for smaller audiences.
Leeds boasts the Grand Opera House, which often entertains West End musicals, ballet and music shows, while its sister is the more intimate Victorian Leeds City Varieties. The West Yorkshire Playhouse is a modern theatre which has a packed schedule of plays, ballet, children’s theatres and activities.
Last of the Summer Wine
Quaint Holmfirth, the famous film location of BBC’s “Last of the Summer Wine” is just under five miles away.
The town has some quirky and interesting shops, Nora Batty’s house, and the café made famous by the sitcom. You’ll also find the gallery for renowned Yorkshire artist, Ashley Jackson, famous for his beautiful landscapes of Yorkshire.
For the Kids
If you love ice-cream (and who doesn’t?), then a trip to Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream Parlour is just a 10-minute drive away. Enjoy artisan ice-cream freshly made on the farm and featuring a selection of deliciously natural flavours. There’s also an on-sire farm shop for Mum and Dad.
Canon Hall Farm, 20 minutes away, has farmyard animals and a large adventure playground, for a perfect family day out. There’s also a farm shop for fresh seasonal food.
Halifax is home to Eureka – the National Children’s Museum. This is a fun-interactive museum for the children to play and learn.
If you looking for an active day out then Xscape at Castleford has a big variety of fun pursuits for all the family - see Sports.