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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Living in Ackworth, Pontefract

Living in Ackworth, Pontefract

Do you want to live in a brand new home but don’t think its affordable? We have several stunning new build, two-bedroom homes in the village of Ackworth near Pontefract for only £480pcm!

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Property

Through from the entrance hall, which features a storage cupboard and WC, you’ll find the spacious living area which makes the most of open-plan living, with a modern kitchen fitted with stylish units, oven/hob and extractor fan. This leads through into the lounge area which boasts a set of patio doors, letting in plenty of light and opening out into the enclosed rear garden.

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Upstairs, the property comprises of two double bedrooms, both featuring two windows creating a bright open space, fitted carpet and plenty of room for storage, with the front bedroom additionally benefitting from a built-in cupboard. The modern tiled bathroom is complete with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. These lovely homes feature carpet and vinyl flooring throughout, built-in storage, off-street parking and spacious gardens.

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Location

The stunning new Elegance development is located in the lovely village of Ackworth, situated just 10 minutes from the centre of Pontefract, 20 minutes from Wakefield city centre, and 30 minutes from Leeds city centre, offering the best of both city and rural living. The village has great transport links with regular buses and the Fitzwilliam train station only 10 minutes away. Ackworth is the perfect setting for families, with local amenities such as shops, schools, restaurants and pubs nearby, as well as Fitzwilliam Country Park and Hemsworth Water Park & Playworld both just a short journey away.

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Local amenities

  • Schools – Bell Lane Academy, Ackworth School, Mill Dam School, Oakfield Park School and Howard C of E School.
  • Pubs/bars – The Anvil, The Angel, Boot & Shoe, Masons Arms, Beverley Arms and Brown Cow.
  • Restaurants – Ego Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar, Ash’s Balti and The Rustic Arms.
  • Parks – Fitzwilliam Country Park, Vale Head Park, Hemsworth Water Park & Playworld, Nostell Priory & Parkland and Purston Park.
  • Pontefract – Pontefract Castle, Pontefract Valley Gardens, Pontefract Park

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Christmas Events in Yorkshire

Christmas Events in Yorkshire

The holiday season is officially upon us, so get into the Christmas spirit with these fantastic festive events across Yorkshire. From theatre shows to Thor’s Tipi, Christmas markets to magical lantern displays, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Meet Santa 

Santa’s Grotto – from 17 November – Trinity Walk, Wakefield

Santa’s Candy Cottage – from 24 November – Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Huddersfield

Santa’s Grotto – from 3 December – outside York’s Chocolate Story

Breakfast with Santa – 3 December – The Broadway, Bradford

Santa’s North Pole – from 3 December – Weston Park Museum, Sheffield

500 Years of Christmas – 10 and 11 December – Temple Newsam House, Leeds

Father Christmas Visit – 17 & 18 Dec – The Hepworth, Wakefield

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Theatre/Shows

Sleeping Beauty – 24 Nov to 31 Dec – Wakefield Theatre Royal

The Nutcracker Live Broadcast – 8 December – Rex Cinema, Elland

Cinderella – 8 Dec to 28 Jan – York Theatre Royal

Snow White – 9 Dec to 8 Jan – Sheffield Lyceum

Christmas Comedy Cellar – 13 to 15 December – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

The Snowman – 15 December – Sheffield City Hall

The Snowman & Other Tales – 18 December – Leeds Town Hall

It’s A Wonderful Life– 23 to 24 December – Hyde Park Picture House

Best Ever Christmas Show – 28 December – Leeds First Direct Arena

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Crafts & Outdoor

Crafty Christmas Decorations – every Sunday – The Hepworth, Wakefield

Thor’s Tipi Bar – 18 Nov to 31 Dec – Victoria Gardens, Leeds

Thor’s Tipi Bar – 24 Nov to 31 Dec – Peace Gardens, Sheffield

Christmas Teepee – December – The Mustard Pot, Leeds

The Magical Lantern Festival – from 25 Nov to 2 Jan – Roundhay Park, Leeds

Ice Trail – 10 and 11 December – York city centre

Enchanted Christmas Garden – 16 to 23 December – Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster

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Markets/Fairs

Leeds German Christmas Market– 11 Nov to 18 December – Millennium Square

Sheffield Christmas Markets – 16 Nov to 24 Dec – Sheffield City Centre

Made in Yorkshire Festive Fayre – 24 Nov to 18 Dec – The Guildhall, York

Victorian Christmas Market – 3 and 4 December – Kelham Island Museum

Art, Craft & Gift Fair – 10 December – Byram Arcade, Huddersfield

Leeds Hidden Christmas Market– 16 to 22 December – Kirkstall Abbey

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Christmas experiences/Days out

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, Leeds: Twelve Days of Christmas Walk, Elf Village, Secret Fairy Hideaway

Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure, Wetherby: Breakfast with Santa, outdoor activities, theatre, illuminations, Santa’s Grotto

Santa Steam Specials, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway: 10 mile train journey with santa and pixies, festive music, decorated train carriages, Christmas food, presents

Santa, Elves & Sleigh Bells, Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield: Santa’s Grotto, sleigh ride, Farm Barn Nativity Scene, Elf Workshop, Christmas crafts

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York Designer Outlet: outdoor ice rink, vintage funfair rides, Santa’s grotto, live entertainment, Christmas shopping

York Christmas: stalls, music, carols, fairs, lights, food and more!

Christmas Eve wind down – December 24 – Nostell Priory, Wakefield: relax with wintry walks in the gardens, a cosy cafe and festive treats

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