The best mill conversions in Yorkshire

The best mill conversions in Yorkshire

In celebration of National Mills Weekend, we’ve put together a list of the most impressive mill conversions in Yorkshire. These historic mills have been given a new lease of life as vibrant new leisure and entertainment spaces, whilst still retaining and celebrating their past.

Armley Mills, Leeds

Housed in what was once the world’s largest woollen mill, Armley Mills Industrial Museum showcases a wealth of gems located on the River Aire.  Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing, to printing, engineering and locomotives.

Armley Mills

Canal Mills, Leeds

Given a new lease of life, Canal Mills on Brandon Street has been converted into a vibrant space for art, music and food, hosting many events all year round. They describe themselves as “a constantly evolving space for all mediums of creative output, from exhibitions, pop-up restaurants, live and electronic music events to fashion shows and theatre projects.” This weekend they are hosting ‘Grill at the Mill’ as part of Leeds Indie Food, and have a host of summer parties coming up.

Canal Mills

Thwaite Mills, Leeds

One of the last remaining examples of a water-powered mill in Britain, Thwaite Mills is a full restored working mill situated on the River Aire. Nestled on an island, the area is a rich wildlife habitat with areas of water, woodland, scrub and gardens attracting many species. You can take a wander round the museum to find out all about the mills past and present.

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Dean Clough Mills, Halifax

Painstakingly converted, the impressive Dean Clough Mills in Halifax is now a space for art exhibitions, unique shops, a mix of delicious restaurants and bars, leisure facilities and flexible work areas. They also have a hotel on site, and are set to add apartments to their already fantastic conversion.

Dean Clough Mills

Salts Mills, Saltaire

A brilliant addition to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Salts Mills provides a creative space for arts, dining and shopping, as well as independent businesses, in the beautiful town of Saltaire. They have numerous galleries, one currently showing a large David Hockney exhibition, unique independent stores, and a superb dining space.

Salts Mill

Caddies Wainright Mill, The Hepworth, Wakefield

Already a fantastic art gallery, The Hepworth in Wakefield converted Caddies Wainright Mill, a 19th century former textiles mill on the River Calder, into a contemporary art space adjacent to their main gallery. Named The Calder, the space opened in summer 2013 and has since been host to many inspiring exhibitions and events.

The Hepworth Mill

Fountains Abbey Watermill, Ripon

Amongst the many wonders at the Fountains Abbey Estate, you’ll find the Fountains Mill, built in the 12th century and one of the oldest buildings on the estate. Today the mill is an interactive exhibition where you can see historic objects discovered in the restoration, have a go at grinding some corn, and see the water wheel in action.

Fountains Abbey Mill

 

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Halloween in Yorkshire

Halloween in Yorkshire

Halloween is quickly creeping up on us, and its the perfect excuse to have some fun and dress up for a night! Here we have a round up of all the best Halloween events in Yorkshire, whether you’re looking for a fun family event or a crazy night out, there’s something for everyone!

Family-friendly fun (half term week)

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Nights Out (all 29 October)

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Film Showings

Art & Heritage in Yorkshire

Art & Heritage in Yorkshire

The Staithes Art and Heritage festival this weekend has inspired us to discover what arts and heritage the rest of Yorkshire holds. Yorkshire is home to many museums, art galleries and historical landmarks, so why not explore the wonders of this fascinating county!

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Arts

  • The Hepworth, Wakefield – renowned, world-class gallery offering a vibrant social space and a programme of film screenings, talks and events
  • The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds – the ultimate gallery for sculpture in the heart of the city
  • The Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax – a stunning complex of converted nineteenth century mills now home to 6 amazing galleries
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield – an international centre for modern and contemporary art, with 500 acres of landscape and 60 outdoor sculptures
  • Ashley Jackson Art Gallery, Holmfirth – illustrating the life and works of the country’s leading and most successful landscape watercolourists
  • York Art Gallery – enjoy a fine display of paintings and ceramics plus a busy events and exhibitions programme
  • Gallery Forty-Nine, Bridlington – a fascinating range of paintings, sculptures, jewellery and ceramics by contemporary British artists
  • The Civic, Barnsley – one of the town’s landmark creative spaces hosting design-led touring exhibitions from National Galleries, as well as creating unique exhibitions
  • Millennium Gallery, Sheffield – the city’s prestigious destination for art, craft and design where you can explore Sheffield’s heritage including it’s famous metalwork
  • Woodend Art and Craft Gallery, Scarborough – a contemporary venue featuring edgy and thought-provoking exhibitions, with free entry for all

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Heritage

  • Ripley Castle, Harrogate – set in a beautiful location, this historic attraction hosts numerous events year round including archery, falconry, classic car rally, concerts and plays
  • Scarborough Castle – discover it’s 2500 years of history defending a prominent headland between two bays with sheer drops to the sea
  • Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley – one of the most complete and impressive abbeys in the country with an interactive museum, surrounded by stunning moorland
  • Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon – Yorkshire’s finest Cistercian Abbey ruin with over 10 historics buildings spanning over 800 years of history
  • York Minster – the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps, with traces of every age from the Roman occupation
  • Beverley Minster – a Gothic masterpiece with a long and dark history, home to tombs that attracted pilgrims from far and wide
  • Eden Camp, Malton – transports you back to wartime Britain, house in an original prisoner of war camp
  • Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield – showcasing the infamous steel city’s industrial story, from early industrialisation to modern times
  • Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Keighley – enjoy a ride on The Railway Children’s railway through the heart of Brontë Country
  • Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Bridlington – set in 50 acres of 19th century parkland on a dramatic cliff-top position, with stunning views, award-winning gardens and the heritage of the grand hall

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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!

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