Something Different this Spring Bank Holiday in Yorkshire

Something Different this Spring Bank Holiday in Yorkshire

Fancy doing something a bit different this bank holiday weekend? Well Yorkshire is host to some great events this weekend, especially music and food related!

Food

  • Leeds Feast – 28 and 29 May – Belgrave Music Hall: serving a range of the best street food in Leeds, including Honest Crust Pizza, The Cheese Truck, Caribbean Café and more
  • Great British Food Festival – 28-30 May – Harewood House, Leeds: showcasing the best food in the country, there will be something for everyone at this event, set within the beautiful Harewood House and gardens
  • Malton Food Lovers Festival – 28 and 29 May – Malton: the town’s biggest event of the year, where you’ll find the best local produce, and can enjoy music and drinks as well
  • Sheffield Food Festival – 28-30 May – Sheffield city centre: with all these food festivals you’re spoilt for choice, but if you live in South Yorkshire this one is a must visit

Music

  • Slam Dunk Festival – 28 May – Millennium Square, Leeds: a day of amazing music with 40 bands across 7 stages, with special headliners Panic! At The Disco
  • York Fake Festival – 28 May – The Knavesmire: Great tribute acts of all your favourite bands and artists including Queen, Kasabian and Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Grand Northern Ukulele Festival – 27-29 May – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield: A very different music festival, celebrating the best Ukulele players from all over the world
  • Karma Fest – 29 May – Eiger Studios, Leeds: Another unique music festival, brought to you by the psychedelia-loving music promoters who have brought loads of bands to the city

Other

  • Festival on the Moor – 27-30 May – Danby: A weekend celebrating all things folk, with music, dances, workshops and loads more fun activities
  • Environment Photography Exhibit –  all weekend 11-7pm – Roots & Fruits café, Leeds: A unique exhibition from Scarlett Carson showing different aspects of the environment, and enjoy the delicious food and Roots & Fruits while you’re there
  • Bradford Literature Festival – ends 29 May – Bradford: The festival ends this weekend with some great events focusing on Peter Rabbit, the Bronte’s, Jane Eyre, Harry Potter and many more interesting topics and writers
  • 12 Hour Open Mic Night – 30 May – Hyde Park Book Club: A unique open mic night lasting for 12 hours to raise money for Stand up to Cancer, with musical performances as well as poetry and comedians

Village living in Thorpe Willoughby, Selby

Village living in Thorpe Willoughby, Selby

These stunning, newly built two bedroom homes on Privet Drive are perfect for young families, situated in the beautiful village of Thorpe Willoughby near Selby.

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The ground floors of these new homes are well proportioned, with the spacious lounge/diner being the perfect place for your family to eat and relax. This bright, open space leads through French doors into the private rear garden, making it perfect for summer entertaining. The garden has a paved walkway leading to a large shed for storage space. Both the entrance hall and lounge are fitted with carpet for a cosy, homely feel. The contemporary kitchen is finished to a high standard, and fitted with an integrated oven, hob and extractor fan. An under the stairs cupboard also provides extra storage room for your family.img_1006

Upstairs are the two spacious double bedrooms, fully carpeted and with plenty of space for storage. The modern tiled bathroom is complete with a white three-piece suite and shower over bath. There is also a W.C on the ground floor, helping to ease the morning rush, and both bathrooms are fitted with vinyl flooring. The properties all feature parking, are suitable for pets, and are part of our Affordable Rent Scheme.

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Location

The beautiful, peaceful village of Thorpe Willoughby is located just a 10 minute drive to Selby, and close to other villages such as Hambleton, Gateforth, Burn and Brayton. Everything you need is situated within walking distance of Privet Drive; the Village Hall and Green, a post office, convenience stores, primary school, pharmacy, sports association, vetinary centre, White House Farm and The Fox Inn pub. There is also a bus stop right near the development, providing easy access to Selby.Thorpe Will1

If you like the outdoors, Selby Golf Club is just down the round, and you can go for a nice stroll through the Hambleton-Scalm Wood. Whilst you can enjoy the peace of the village life, you will only be a 10 minute drive from Selby which has schools and colleges, supermarkets, a retail park, shops, Selby Abbey and Park, gyms and a train station, which provides easy access to nearby towns and cities, including Thorpe Will5Leeds, Wakefield, York, Castleford and Hull which are all under an hour away by car or train. You can also explore nature with Skipwith Common Nature Reserve and Humberhead Peatlands Nature Reserve both being approximately a 30 minute drive away.

 

Upcoming events

  • Darkfest – 28 May – The Venue, Selby
  • Battle of the Bands Final – 4 June – Selby Town Hall
  • Family Fun Day – 19 June – Selby
  • Kids Fun Day – 25 June – Thorpe Willoughby Sports Club
  • Summer Fair – 3 July – Thorpe Willoughby Childcare Centre and Primary School
  • Village Carnival – 9 July – Thorpe Willoughby Village Green
  • Food Festival – 23 July – Selby Market Place
  • Beer Festival – 30 July – Selby Town Hall

Budgeting & Saving Money for Renters

Budgeting & Saving Money for Renters

It can be difficult to save money and stick to a budget whilst still having a social life, especially when you rent! But there are little things you can do that will help you cut back on your spending and even get some savings behind you!

Budgeting

Budgeting is key to managing your finances. Work out all of your monthly outgoings like bills and rent, but also your phone bill, gym membership, hair cuts, everything! This will help you work out how much money you can save each month, and also where you can make some possible cutbacks.

Having a savings account is essential for saving; it’s much easier than keeping all your money in your main bank account. Online banking is another must as it helps you to track your money so quickly and easily. Also, treat your savings like a bill; when you’ve worked out your disposable income, you can see how much you are able to save each month, then make it like a bill and set up a standing order to your savings account every month. Doing this for the start of your pay month will make saving easier too, as you won’t be tempted to spend it!

However, you can still treat yourself a little when you’re saving; if you restrict yourself too much you’ll end up getting fed up and having a massive blow out! So wait until the end of the pay month (not the start!) and see how much money you have left to get yourself a little something.

Saving tips

  • If you can help it, avoid having a car for a while; they are a massive expense and public transport is so much cheaper, or walk for free!
  • Shop around and look for discounts to get the best deals, and get free loyalty cards for places you shop in a lot
  • Eating out can be pretty expensive, so why not have nights in instead, and cook with your friends instead of going out
  • Be energy smart and cut down your water use, only use heating/air con when you absolutely need it, and make sure you switch off lights and appliances when not in use!
  • Have a shopping list and go just once a week for everything to avoid making extra unnecessary purchases
  • Also plan your meals for the week to reduce cost and waste, and homemade meals are a lot cheaper and nicer than ready meals
  • Some own brand products are not great, but quite a lot are actually pretty much the same, and half the price
  • Try vegetarian meals a couple of times a week to save money on buying meat which can be expensive
  • Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still grow veg and herbs in pots yourself! Read our no garden blog
  • Recycle and upcycle used items with a little DIY and crafts
  • Buy reusable items such as cloths instead of kitchen roll, and water bottles instead if plastic ones you throw away
  • Look for second hand items on eBay and Gumtree to save money, and charity shops in posher ends of town actually have some great designer items for a fraction of the original price
  • Use smaller amounts of cleaning and beauty products; you usually don’t need as much as it says on the bottle
  • Only re-purchase items when you have totally used up the old ones, we bet you have a drawer full of half used products!
  • Take time to think before actually buying something; half of the time you’ll realise you don’t need/want it as much as you thought!

City Centre Living in Leeds

City Centre Living in Leeds

A fantastic one-bedroom apartment situated in the Iceworks development at the heart of Leeds city centre, just around the corner from the Corn Exchange, perfect for those who love city living. 8FrontView2

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The spacious, open-plan living area is the perfect place to eat and relax, with a large floor to ceiling sliding glass door that creates a bright, open space. The modern kitchen is fitted with white high gloss units, with plenty of cupboard space, as well as integrated oven and hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. This room and the hallway are fitted with original wooden flooring, creating a homely feel and also make for easy cleaning!23Kitchen1

The cosy, double bedroom is fully carpeted and features a large walk-in wardrobe, with a fitted clothes rail and sliding door. The clean-finished, tiled bathroom has a white three-piece suite with shower over the bath, as well as fitted mirrors and shelving above the sink. This city centre apartment has gas central heating, a secure door intercom system and communal satellite dish.

Location

This stylish apartment offers the best of city living in Leeds, located just off Kirkgate and around the corner from the Corn Exchange. You’ll be right in the heart of the action, with the Trinity Centre, shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues all within walking distance.

Delve into the delights that the Kirkgate Market has to offer such as fresh food, flowers and fabrics. You’ll have a multitude of restaurants at your doorstep such as Las Leeds02Iguanas, Zizzi, Red’s, Pizza Express and Shear’s Yard, as well as plenty of pubs and bars including Oporto, Chilli White, Smokestack, Fibre and Black Swan, amongst many more. This apartment is also conveniently located down the street from a Co-op, the post office, Leeds bus station and just round the corner from a gym, and a short walk to the train station.

You can shop to your heart’s content with the Trinity Centre on Briggate just a few minutes walk away, with all the shops you need! Leeds city centre also has some great entertainment venues within walking distance of Iceworks, including West Yorkshire Playhouse, O2 Academy, First Direct Arena, Belgrave Music Hall and The Key Club.

If you love Leeds city centre, and want to be in the middle of all the action with everything at your door step, than this apartment is ideal for you!

Bars and restaurants

You are spoilt for choice in Leeds with excellent eateries whatever your taste and budget. Here are some must-visit restaurants within walking distance of the apartment that won’t break the bank. Red’s True BBQ is a must visit for meat-lovers, and just round the corner from Iceworks! Tuck into juicy brisket, succulent ribs or smoked chicken, all drenched in their signature dirty sauce. For a cheap meal head round the corner to Primo’s in the Corn Exchange, serving gourmet American-inspired hot dogs, with a hot dog meal coming to just under £7!

Close to home is also Safran, a Persian restaurant which, despite its modest appearance, serves excellent quality, traditional dishes, and you can get two courses for two people for just £20. If you love Thai food, then My Thai is a must visit, serving South East Asian delights such as Bangkok pad Thai and green curry. Tuck into the best, but reasonably priced, veggie meals in Leeds at Roots and Fruits, or try the Sela Bar for deliciously cheap stone-baked pizzas with an array of toppings. An unexpected choice is that bar/music venue The Wardrobe, which surprisingly serves up some of the finest Caribbean food in the city, with their lunch menu starting from under a fiver.Leeds Guide Photography by Barnaby Aldrick

You’ll never get bored of the Leeds nightlife, and what’s even better is you won’t need a taxi home living at Iceworks! For cheaper drinks, go for the various happy hours such as Friday’s at Distrikt from 5-10pm where selected beers, wines and spirits are half price. Brooklyn offers drinks from £3 between 4-8pm, every day of the week, whilst Cabana has 2-4-1 cocktails from 12-7pm and 10pm to closing every day of the week! Head to the Bavarian basement bar Bierkeller from 4-7pm Monday to Friday for happy hour deals, or Rev de Cuba if you prefer cocktails, which are 2-4-1 from 5-9pm Monday to Friday. Instead of 2-4-1, The Liquorist serves their infamous cocktails for just a fiver each from 4-9pm every day!

Upcoming events

  • Great British Food festival – 28 to 20 May – Harewood House
  • Slam Dunk Festival – 28 May – Millennium Square
  • Love Leeds Cocktail Festival – 6 to 12 June – Leeds bars
  • Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival – 18 June – Leeds Town Hall
  • The Tetley Weekender – 25 to 26 June – The Tetley
  • Gin Festival – 1 July – Leeds town hall

What you miss/don’t miss about living at home

What you miss/don’t miss about living at home

You’ve moved out of your family home and are renting your own home; you finally have your freedom! But as much as you love having your own place, there’s still a few little things you miss about living at home. To celebrate International Day of Families this Sunday, we’re thinking about all the things we miss (and don’t miss) about living at home, and how you can make your new place feel that little bit more like home.

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  • Reliable meals- you’re still trying to get the hang of this whole cooking thing, and are seriously starting to miss your mum’s food, especially Sunday roast
  • Being looked after when you’re sick- lets face it, there’s nobody who can look after you better than your mum. Now you live alone you’re pretty sure you’re gonna die
  • No responsibilities- this paying bills thing is all a bit too much, and you’re wondering if being an adult is really for you
  • Your pets- most apartments don’t allow pets and not seeing yours every day is heart breaking, can animals FaceTime?Family blog1
  • Having clean clothes ready and waiting for you- washing and ironing is such a chore, you have better things to do with your time, you’ll just have to do them looking like a scruff
  • Your siblings- yes you used to hate them and argue all the time, but now you think you’re actually starting to miss them, just a little bit
  • Not have to make decisions- there’s so many things in life now that require making the right decision, and you have no idea what to do. You literally ring your parents for everything
  • Heating- who knew trying to stay warm was so expensive? Wearing 10 jumpers isn’t as comfy as it soundsFamily blog5
  • A full fridge- and who knew food was so expensive, 3 quid for cheese, are you kidding?!
  • Having your dad fix everything and getting rid of spiders- no matter how many times you Google it, you still can’t figure out how to fix things. And since you can’t bring yourself to go near spiders, you’re sure they’ll soon take over your house
  • Being able to spend your money on anything- no more ridiculous purchases, meals out and holidays. You now have your own place, but you literally can’t do anything else!
  • Your parents- they might have done your head in sometimes, but you’re actually sad you won’t get to see them all the time

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  • Having your parents question your every move- where are you going? Who with? What time will you be back? Why do you sleep until midday?
  • Having to be quiet when you come in- it used to be like a minefield every time you came home late to try and make it upstairs and not wake anyone up. And god forbid if you wanted to bring someone back with you… Now you can come and go as you please!
  • Your siblings stealing your stuff- your clothes and hair stuff never goes missing now!Family blog6
  • Constantly being asked what you’re doing with your life- now you’ve moved out you don’t have the constant interrogations about all your life choices
  • Your parents questionable décor taste- you have now turned into an interior designer and your apartment is painstakingly coordinated and sophisticated
  • Being asked to do chores- no you don’t want to unload the dishwasher, sitting and staring at the wall is far more entertaining
  • The area you used to live- you do kind of miss your home town, but there are definitely some people you do not miss!Family blog2
  • Not having to answer to anyone- you finally have your freedom!

 

How to make your new home a bit more like home home

  • Bring as many items as you can take/steal from home so it feels more cosy and familiar
  • Have photos everywhere is nice frames of your family and friends so you don’t forget what they look like
  • Have a housewarming party with your family will create a happy atmosphere in your new home, and you can even have family nights round at yours every so often
  • Have little trinkets from your childhood round your home to make it your own
  • If you really miss your home, and your parents home was nice, nick a few of their décor ideas
  • Play music that reminds you of home and use scents to get that home smellFamily blog4

Even though you love your new home and love the freedom, your parents’ home will still kind of always be your real home. Let us know what you miss or don’t miss about living at home!

 

 

Village living in Sutton-In-Craven, Keighley

Village living in Sutton-In-Craven, Keighley

An amazing two-bedroom duplex apartment, located at the award-winning Spinningfields development in the stunning village of Sutton-in-Craven, situated in Aire Valley between Keighley and Skipton.

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First floor:  This incredible apartment embraces open-plan living, wFlat 16 Spinningfields (1)ith an entrance hall leading into a large lounge and kitchen, with plenty of space for a dining table. A separate W.C is located in the entrance hall, and an airing cupboard provides extra storage space opposite the kitchen. The lounge area has a beautiful feature window with great views, as well as a fitted carpet for a cosy feel. The modern kitchen boasts white high gloss units and sleek black worktops, and includes fully integrated appliances with an oven/hob and extractor, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and dishwasher. The open-plan layout creates a bright, open space that is luxurious and relaxing.

9Spinningfields-printGround floor: In this duplex apartment, a staircase leads down on the ground floor to two spacious double bedrooms, both with large windows, skylights on the ceiling and original beams giving the rooms plenty of character. There is also a brilliant crash space on the ground floor, which can be used as a dressing room, office space, spare room or anything you want! The large bathroom is fully-tiled, including a unique shelving area, shower cubicle and generous bath. This apartment also has allocated parking, making it ideal for commuters.

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Location

This fantastic apartment is situated within a stunning award-winning development in Sutton-In-Craven, located in the heart of Aire Valley, with Skipton to the north-west and Keighley to the south-east. Other surrounding villages Sutton in Cinclude Silsden, Steeton, Cross Hills, Cononley and Eastburn. Sutton-In-Craven is ideal if you love the peace and quiet of rural living, with traditional pubs the Black Bull Inn and the Kings Arms Inn both just around the corner. There is also a lovely green space just across the road from this development, which the Sutton Beck runs through. There are also a number of great schools in the area, as well as independent shops and convenience stores.

Sutton-In-Craven is not far from nearby towns and cities, with Leeds just an hour drive away, Bradford 40 minutes, and Skipton and Keighley both just 15 minutes Sutton in C4away. The development has allocated parking, but there is also a great bus route with a stop across the road, and train stations in Cononley and Steeton. Sutton-In-Craven is also surrounded by beautiful countryside and nature, with the Yorkshire Dales just north of Skipton, adjacent to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Forest of Bowland AONB to the west. And if you fancy going further afield for a day out or weekend break, both Blackpool and the Lake District are only an 80 minute drive away!

What to do

Sutton-In-Craven may be a small village, but it has a great community sprit and is a perfect place for families. There’s a range of wellbeing activities for all ages held in the village. For adults there are:

  • Fitness class, Mondays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • CobraFIT, Mondays 9:30-10:30am & Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • BalletFIT Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm @ Village Hall
  • Pilates, Wednesdays 10-11am @ Village Hall
  • Circuits, Mondays 7-7:45pm @ South Craven School
  • Cheer Fitness (6:30pm) & Street Fitness (7:30pm) Mondays, @ South Craven School for 16+

And for children there are dance classes at the South Craven School on Saturdays, a Rugby Club for 8-11 year olds, and readers’ activity days at the Cross Hills library for 9-11 year olds on May 14th and June 25th. If you have some spare time, you can also volunteer at the library for any role, with an open day being held on June 11th.

The village is also the location of Lund’s Tower which is great for a family stroll with stunning views, especially if you climb up the tSutton in C3ower where you can see for miles! The nearby village of Cross Hills has some great pubs and eateries including Zolsha and The Old White Bear, and is home to the Naylor’s Brewery. A 15 minute drive will take you to Keighley, where you will find historical attractions such as Cliffe Castle Park & Museum, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, and the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Venture up towards Skipton for incredible walks around the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale, or make the journey to Leeds for amazing shops and Sutton in C5restaurants. Sutton-In-Craven is a great central location that gives you access to some of the best cities and countryside in the country!

Yorkshire Pub Walks!

Yorkshire Pub Walks!

The fact that May is National Walking Month, and this beautiful weather we’ve been having, is the perfect reason to get out walking and discover the beauty of Yorkshire. And these routes all include great pub stop offs, even more reason to dust off your walking boots!

The Buck Inn (Malham) – This walk is quite strenuous, 4.5 miles/3 hours, with 400 steps up to Malham Cove to start you off. Treat yourself by taking a 15 minute detour to see the stunning Gordale Scar waterfalls, then through Janet’s Foss, a heavily wooded area. The Buck Inn is a former coach house and one of he most popular pubs in the area, famed for real ale and its bangers & mash.

Malham Buck Inn

 

Black Swan (Ripon) – This walk is much shorter at just 90 minutes, starting and ending at the pub, which serves homemade meals and views over Burn Valley stretching 40 miles. There is also a longer alternative route- 8.5 miles through Fearby and Masham countryside, passing the infamous Druid’s Temple (pictured).

Druids temple

 

Royal Oak Hotel (Settle) – A relaxed walked along the  River Ribble, ending with a train journey on the historic Settle-Carlisle Railway, part of the Pennine Way. The Royal Oak is the first of a number of pubs along this work to stop at,  serving Black Sheep ale and great pub grub.

Settle Carlisle Railway

 

Charles Bathurst Inn (Richmond) – Showing you the beautiful scenery of Arkengarthdale (not a place from Lord of the Rings), this 4.5 miles walk also goes through Longthwaite, and brings you to this lovely pub which cooks with local ingredients to create delicious seasonal menus.

Richmond Bathurst Inn

 

Henry Jenkins (Nidderdale) – An easy walk through Nidderdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and its not hard to see why! The route also takes your through Azeney and Kirkby, with children and dogs both welcome, a great family day out with a stop off at the Henry Jenkins pub for some well deserved food.

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Stone House Inn (Harrogate) – Take a tour of the panoramic views of the Thruscross Reservoir, then a short detour to this cosy pub, with log fires, real ales, pub food and afternoon tea, all enjoyed with great views of the Washburn Valley.

Washburn Valley

 

 

Fox House Inn (Sheffield) – Enjoy the incredible sights of the Peak District with this 3 miles walk near Longshaw Estate, taking you through the well known Hathersage Moors and then to the traditional Fox House Inn for hearty food and a well-earned pint!

Sheffield Hathersage