Towns & cities you MUST visit in Yorkshire

Towns & cities you MUST visit in Yorkshire

In this two part blog series celebrating the best place in Yorkshire for English Tourism Week, were looking at the best town and cities you need to visit!

Leeds

Quickly becoming one of the most popular cities in England, Leeds has something for everyone. You have amazing new shopping centres such as Trinity Centre and Victoria Gate, alongside traditional places including Kirkgate Market and Corn Exchange. The city has a fantastic range of restaurants and bars, in the centre as well as in the suburbs, which have  just as much to offer. As well as the glitz and glam, you have many beautiful parks and green spaces in the suburbs such as Horsforth Hall Park, Otley Chevin Park, Rodley Nature Reserve and so much more. Leeds also offers a unique and diverse range of events throughout the year including live music festivals, food shows, independent film screenings and many more special events.

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York

Known for its rich history and culture, York is definitely one of the top picks for a day out or weekend away. It not only has a fantastic selection of independent eateries, bars and shops, but there’s so much to see such as York Minster, the City Walls, Monkgate Bar and The Shambles. There is also a whole host of museums and galleries to explore including York Castle Museum and Gardens, Jorvik Viking Centre, and the York City Art Gallery. Whether your going as a couple, a group of friends or a family, there’s plenty to do for everyone!

York City Walls

 

Hull

Named as the UK City of Culture 2017, Hull is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in Yorkshire. With a jam-packed events schedule for the whole year, you’ll find plenty of reasons to go and visit, from dance performances to real ale festivals, live music to cultural celebrations, and everything in between. As well as a range of events, there’s loads of famous attractions including the Humber Bridge, The Deep, the Maritime Museum and Victoria Dock. And with ferries over to the Netherlands and Belgium, its the perfect stop off point!

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Sheffield

The infamous Steel City may be small but its definitely mighty! Being close to the Peak District and named the Outdoor City, Sheffield has plenty to do for the sport and nature lovers, whilst also having so much more to offer. Known for its great live music scene, it is home to the notorious Tramlines festival and many legendary venues including Leadmill, Corporation, The Harley and West Street Live. For more peace and quiet, there’s many lovely green spaces such as the Botanical Gardens, Peace Gardens and Winter Gardens, as well as Weston Park, Ponderosa and Norfolk Heritage Park. For culture and history you have the Lyceum and Crucible theatres, Kelham Island Museum and the Millennium Gallery.

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Harrogate

Although not quite a city, the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate is filled with charm and elegance. Known for its quaint town centre with a selection of unique shops, cafes and restaurants, Harrogate is the perfect destination to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life whilst still having plenty to do and see. Must visits include the Valley Gardens, the RHS Garden Harlow Car and the Great Yorkshire Showground, host to many major events throughout the year. And continuously voted the best place to live in Britain, its definitely worth a visit to see what all the fuss is about!

Harrogate

 

Ilkley 

A perfect base for exploring the Dales, the traditional spa town of Ilkley has the finest tea rooms and breath-taking countryside, as well as being home to the Cow and Calf Rocks. This town is a must visit if you love all things outdoors, as there’s plenty of walking and hiking to do in the Ilkley Moor and further afield in the Dales. Whilst its the perfect town for activities, it also ideal for relaxing with White Wells Spa Cottage, Ilkley Lido and many traditional hotels and pubs.

Ilkley

 

What’s happening in Yorkshire 2017: Part 2

What’s happening in Yorkshire 2017: Part 2

This week in our series on what’s happening in Yorkshire this year, we’re focusing on the Sheffield and Wakefield areas.

Sheffield

Outlines Festival is the new music festival from the creators of the infamous Tramlines, with an impressive line of up and coming artists from all genres, with after parties being hosted at Sheffield’s top venues. 3 & 4 March.

To celebrate Sheffield’s unique identity as The Outdoor City, The Outdoor City Weekender is back in 2017 with headline events including the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, Climbing Works International Festival, The Magnificent Seven hill climb challenger, and plenty more outdoor activities. 17-19 March.

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You can never have too many food festivals, and the Sheffield Food Festival is another one you don’t want to miss. Try the very best that Sheffield has to offer including produce, ales, fine dining, street food, bakery and cookery. 27-29 May.

A favourite in Sheffield’s event calendar, the ever popular Doc/Fest is back this year, with an even more impressive line up comprising of international screenings, alternate realities, inspirational talks and debates and guest speakers. 9-14 June.

Tramlines festival needs no introduction or explanation. The music festival is still going strong, with the 2017 line up coming soon. If you’ve never been before, you should definitely check it out! 21-23 July.

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This years Special Olympics Great Britain’s National Summer Games, the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities, is being held in the city of Sheffield! There will be around 2,600 athletes competing in 19 different sports. 7-12 August.

Off The Shelf, Sheffield’s twist on the literature festival, is a city favourite, attracting some of the best known names in literature and media. There will be writers, historians, artists, scientists, journalists and musicians helping you to immerse yourself in the written and spoken word. 1-31 October. 

Wakefield

Whether you are an avid theatre goer or a first timer, Cathy, a thought-provoking play exploring homelessness, is a must see this year at Wakefield Theatre Royal. 8 February.

An event highlight in Wakefield, the Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb is back in 2017! The festival showcases local food and drink, and celebrates the districts unique tradition of rhubarb growing, with a mix of live cookery demonstrations, street entertainment, workshops and taster sessions. 17-19 February.

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Take a look back in history through photography and explore the stunning imagery at the Views of Pontefract exhibition at Pontefract Museum. Ends 18 February.

The Hepworth Gallery’s popular Print Fair returns this year, alongside a programme of events, including talks and workshop, which celebrate the art of printmaking. If you’re interested in the arts, or just want to try something a little different, this is the perfect event for you. 3-5 March.

Join Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the annual Museums at Night celebration, where you get to see the park after hours. Events includes tours, twilight lake walks and watching the sunset at the park’s Skyspace. A truly magical evening for the whole family. 19 May.

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Enjoy a summer day of top quality live music at Ossett Fake Festival, with fake bands this year including The Killers, Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys. 1 July.

Yorkshire’s longest running community supported, free music festival is back for its 26th year. The Clarence Park Music Festival boasts a mixture of local and national talent including rock, pop, dance, hip-hop and indie. 29 & 30 July.

Where to Eat, Drink & Go in Sheffield

Where to Eat, Drink & Go in Sheffield

We have a number of modern apartments in a stylish city centre development in Sheffield to suit every lifestyle. You’ll be located near the centre of the famous Steel City, which offers traditional pubs, swanky bars, an eclectic array of eateries and a varied events scene.

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Situated in a modern, gated development, the Foster apartments are ideally located for those who love city living, being just on the edge of Sheffield city centre. The apartment overlooks the River Don, with local convenience stores, bars and eateries nearby including Craft & Dough, The Fat Cat and The Riverside pub. You’ll also be a short walk from the train station and the vibrant city centre, with an array of great shops, bars and music venues to offer. Sheffield is also home to Centertainment, Meadowhall, Motorpoint Arena, Botanical Gardens, Peace Gardens and the incredible Peak District.

Where to DRINK

Revolucion de Cuba – lively Cuban vibe, expert cocktail makers, globally-sourced rums, ever-expanding drinks menu.wick

The Wick at Both Ends – cosy night out, intimate setting, friendly atmosphere, range of beers, wines and cocktails.

The Old House – Gin Thursdays, 69 delicious gins, cask ales and cocktails too, friendly bar, quirky art work adorns the walls.

The Great Gatsby – classy bar, amazing cocktails, craft beers and wines, lively yet elegant atmosphere, candle-lit tables, music venue upstairs.resize

Daisy’s – The Great Gatsby’s sister bar on the top floor, exclusive venue, only open Friday and Saturday nights, impressive cocktail list.

The Riverside – nestled on the banks of the River Don, perfect beer garden for a summers day, great craft beers and cocktails.

Cubana – Latino heaven, exotic vibes, Spanish wines, Cuban cocktails, amazing salsa nights, authentic tapas dishes.

The Forum – great beer garden, original and quirky interior, local artworks, DJ at night, monthly cocktail making sessions.

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Craft & Dough –mouth-watering pizzas, adventurous and unusual toppings, all pizzas under £10.

Nourish – collaboration between a chef and nutritionist, fresh, imaginative and healthy food, particularly great breakfasts.

Anchorage Bar – American East Coast-style cuisine, comforting surroundings, excellent service, American beverages.

The Street Food Chef – Mexican food, takeaway or sit down lunch, fresh vegetables, tangy salsas, delicious pulled pork.timthumb

Couch – eclectic menu from tasty tapas to hearty pies, comfort is key, cosy armchairs, relaxing coffee and cakes, quirky and colourful décor.

Lokanta – delicious and authentic Turkish food, freshly prepared, exclusively Turkish wine list, perfect spiced lamb meatballs.twisted-burger-company

Marco at Milano’s –perfect combination of contemporary and old-fashioned, elegant décor, classic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist, al fresco dining.

Twisted Burger Company – located in the Harley pub, melt-in-your-mouth incredible burgers, extravagant toppings and sides, amazing house BBQ sauce.

Upcoming EVENTS in Sheffield

Apartments

These stylish one and two bedroom apartments all boast a spacious, open-plan living area Flat 5 Foster (1)with large windows creating a bright space perfect to relax in, and are complete with laminate flooring for easy cleaning. The modern kitchens feature high gloss units and are complete with a stainless steel oven/hob, washer/dryer and fridge/freezer. All the apartments benefit from double bedrooms boasting a fitted double wardrobe, and the part-tiled bathrooms include a white three-piece suite with shower over bath, as well as bathroom cabinet with mirror and a small light above. One of the two bedroom apartments additionally benefits from being complete with furniture, as well as an ensuite in the master bedroom.Flat 5 Foster (4)

The apartments are within a gated development with intercom access, have parking spaces available for just £45pcm, and you will also get your water included for only £26 a month. The one bedroom apartments are both just £520pcm, the two bedroom apartment is £544pcm, and the furnished two bedroom property is £610pcm.sam_0713