Happy New Year everyone! If you’re back to work and looking forward to achieving your resolutions in 2018, we’re on the same page. One of our main resolutions (along with our continued quest to find the best pork pie accompaniment – we just can’t stop finding different combinations that we love!) is to complete our Yorkshire bucketlist – with so much to see and do around our beloved county, here’s what’s on our list:
If you’re into literature or Yorkshire’s history, there’s no doubt you’ll have heard of the Brontë sisters – Emily, Charlotte and Anne. Whether you’ve not visited yet or are planning a return visit, there’s so much to see around the Brontë Parsonage Museum and Howarth itself. During January, there’s Movie Monday between 1pm and 3:30pm to show Wuthering Heights to celebrate the bicentenary of Emily Brontë.
With so many beautiful and historic theaters throughout Yorkshire, it’s a shame to not visit them, especially to see the talent that comes through Yorkshire! With more and more West End productions being shown in our theaters, it’s worth having a look online to see what’s going on! One show we’re looking forward to is Wicked the Musical at Leeds Grand Theater – touring from London’s Apollo Victoria Theater, it’s arriving with us in June and we’re wickedly excited (couldn’t resist sorry!)
We’re big into the craft beer here in Yorkshire and the sixth annual Brewdenell Beer Festival will be with us from Friday 12th-Sunday 14th January 2018 to brighten up our January! In April, for two nights, Cocktails in the City will be on at Leeds Town Hall for over 20 bars to show us their best cocktails, it’s also promised there will be cocktail masterclasses, tasting experiences and unexpected adventures in the Victorian prison cells – sounds fun!
We’re big fans of museums and Yorkshire has a bunch we’re looking to visit this year. From a wander around Yorkshire Sculpture Park (perhaps when the weather is warmer so we can take a picnic!) to the Eureka! museum in Halifax, there’s so much variety and there’s something suitable for all ages and interests. We’ve been to Eden Camp in the past so it’s a repeat bucketlist tick, but one worth mentioning for anyone with an interest in the Second World War, with Eden Camp being one of the largest museums covering British military and social history from 1914 onwards.
With so many world famous athletes from Yorkshire, including the Brownlee Brothers and Jessica Ennis-Hill, it’s no wonder that year after year we get the sports bug – especially when we have events in the county such as the Tour de France and consequently, Tour de Yorkshire. The Tour this year will be from the 3rd- 6th May, so get practicing if you’re going to take on the route yourself on the weekend! On the 10th June, in Roundhay Park in Leeds, you’ll also be able to attend the ITU World Triathlon Leeds as the world’s best athletes go for gold in the 8 race series. It kicks off in Roundhay park for the swim, moves into the city center on bike and then they’ll complete their laps on foot – we’re exhausted even thinking about it, but the Brownlee Brothers have taken gold and silver in 2017 and 2016 so it’s an event you won’t want to miss.
Forget Glastonbury, all you need is our famous Leeds Fest, Cocoon in the Park and Slam Dunk which show Leeds’ vibrant music scene, there’s so many events around Yorkshire which cater for every music taste. With the Opera scene becoming more and more popular, there’s The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics where the 50 piece Orchestra of Opera North and Back to Basics come together to rework dance classics. It was popular in 2017 and is one we’ve been told not to miss when it returns in July 2018.
When you’re out on a country walk in Yorkshire, it’s easy to see why they call it Gods Own County. The scenery can range from the seaside to ancient scenery carved for us by the ice age to the Yorkshire Dales which themselves are a treasure trove of finding new and exciting places (and have fabulous dairy farms which often make their own ice cream – yum!) There’s one place that we find ourselves returning to time and time again and that’s Malham Cove. The Cove is a limestone formation just north of Malham village in North Yorkshire and was formed by a waterfall carrying water from the melted glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age over 12,000 years ago. You can walk to the top of the Cove up around 400 irregular stone steps (watch your step!) but the view from the top is more than worth it. Looking out at the stunning Dales scenery, you’ll want to sit and marvel at it for a while, so remember your flask of hot tea and a hearty pork pie lunch!
If you like to be beside the sea, we’ve got beaches too! One seaside we’ve not been to in a while and plan on making a trip to in 2018 is Saltburn-by-the-Sea. As with all our seaside resorts, there’s a story behind them, Old Saltburn is no different and was the original settlement and a center for smugglers. The Saltburn Cliff Lift is something you’ll see on a postcard or Google search before you visit, and is one of the world’s oldest water-powered funiculars. So get a lift on it down the steep cliff down to the Grade II pier from the town and enjoy walking down the promenade as it’s the only pleasure pier on the whole of Northeast England and Yorkshire coast! The miniature railway will delight all ages, as it has done since opening in 1947, it’s a 15 inch gauge railway running south from Cat Nab Station close to the beach for 1/2 a mile inland to Forest Halt – where there’s also a woodland walk and Italian Gardens to enjoy.
We’ve got a busy year ahead to fit it all in, but spacing the events throughout 2018, we want to get out there and see more of our incredible county – from the expanding arts scene to the stunning nature right on our doorstep that’s calling out to be explored, it’s bound to be a fantastic year ahead. We will, of course, be packing a picnic for many of our events – what’s better than looking forward to a delicious pack up at lunch time. In our trusty lunchbox, we’ll of course have a Yorkshire Vale of Mowbray pork pie, along with some condiments and perhaps a bit of soup from a flask to warm us up!