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New Year’s Yorkshire Resolutions

The start of a New Year is the perfect opportunity to make positive changes in your life. Here are some resolutions and solutions within Yorkshire.

Healthy Eating

There are so many ways of eating healthily, for those with the resolution to cut down on meat consumption, we have a whole host of vegan and vegetarian options listed on our vegan restaurants page.

Healthy eating isn’t exclusively cutting out meat, there are some fantastic options for delicious and nutritious meals across Yorkshire. For those looking to eat out in West Yorkshire, Prashad is a multi-award winning Indian vegetarian restaurant that is well worth a visit. In South Yorkshire The Harewood is a bar-restaurant in Doncaster’s civic & cultural quarter that offer some great healthy options.

For a very special occasion, Michelin starred restaurants such as The Pipe & Glass in East Yorkshire, The Black Swan at Oldstead could be excellent treats for the taste-buds.

Cheaper alternatives are also available for those of us also looking to cut down on spending as well as calories, Yorkshire’s Market Town’s or Farm Shops could be a great place to purchase fruit and vegetables at relatively cheap prices for your own home-cooked recipes.

Spend less money

Keeping on the theme of cutting down spending in the New Year, there’s an abundance of free attractions right across the region. Many of the county’s top museums and galleries don’t cost a penny to have a look around.

Experience Barnsley where visitors can experience hands on, interactive exhibits all about the town and its people. Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery the city’s premier destination for art, craft and design.

Leeds City Museum and Leeds Art Gallery are both free and conveniently placed just a few minutes’ walk from each other, they house an ancient mummy and one of the best collections of British art outside London respectively.

The Hepworth Wakefield is an award winning art gallery overlooking the River Calder, which offers free creative activities for all the family to get involved in, an exciting programme of fairs and markets throughout the year, as well as workshops, talks and tours.

Home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering firsts, the National Railway Museum in York celebrates the past, present and future of innovation on the railways through demos, talks, explosive science shows and real train rides.

If the great outdoors is calling, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a unique place to see world-class open-air art, enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. Explore the spectacular displays, experience the fascinating exhibitions throughout four stunning galleries, be inspired by the natural beauty of the historic estate, and get involved in a dynamic line up of events and activities.

For a slice of religious history, there are stunning abbey ruins in all four corners of the county, with top picks including Rievaulx, Kirkstall, Roche, and Bolton.

We spent a whole year in 2021 highlighting and celebrating the simplest activity that cost no money whatsoever, take a look at the Walkshire page to see how you can fill hours of your day while also achieving the next resolution.

Be more active

Embrace the spectacular Yorkshire scenery with a walk, or borrow a bike for free from one of Yorkshire’s more than 60 Bike Libraries

If you prefer to enjoy sports and exercise indoors and out of the winter chill, try one of the many leisure centres dotted around the county.

Work up a sweat in the community football stadium and cycling studio at Scarborough Sports village, or join one of the many fitness classes on offer – including yoga, pilates, body balance, and body pump.

If you’re feeling particularly brave, Ponds Forge in Sheffield is home to the deepest diving pool in the UK and one of only a handful of 10m diving boards. There’s also an Olympic sized swimming pool, award winning gym, spa, children’s activities, and the International Sports Hall.

For a playful aqua experience, enter the Splash Zone at East Riding Leisure, which features water jets, tipping buckets and two interactive slides – plus there’s a Clip N Climb on site.

At Dare 2 Air, a huge indoor inflatable theme park in Huddersfield, battle through inflatable pillars, wriggle under bridges and wobble or jump over the bouncy floors as you and your friends and family tackle challenges and games galore.

Spend more time with family

All over Yorkshire there are fantastic activities and attractions for you and your kids, making a day out as easy as can be.

The National Children’s Museum, Eureka!, is the only fully interactive museum totally dedicated to children aged 0-11 anywhere in the UK. Nothing is behind a glass cabinet, and there are over 400 interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to inspire enquiring minds to find out about themselves and the world around them.

Another national museum, the Coal Mining Museum, offers a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres into the earth to explore England's last deep coalmine for an unforgettable underground adventure – guided by a miner!

With wide open spaces, wonderful views and endless opportunities for good old-fashioned outdoor entertainment, William’s Den is the perfect place for kids to connect with nature and run wild. Come rain or shine there’s fun to be found, whether it’s in the 475 square metre play barn, or on the extensive outdoor play area.

The award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park is home to one of the largest Polar bear reserves in the world, the famous rescued Romanian Lions, and some of the most beautiful and endangered animals in the world, including Amur tigers at Land of the Tiger and Amur leopards at Leopard Heights.

Sitting in the rolling Pennine foothills, Cannon Hall Farm is waiting to welcome you to a world of animal magic with hundreds of fur and feather covered residents. The farm features one of the biggest and best equipped playgrounds in the north of England and the largest tube maze in Europe. There are hundreds of lambs, goat kids and piglets born each year so there’s always something new and exciting to see!  

With over 35 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is bursting with adventures for the whole family. The Ultimate is Lightwater Valley’s signature ride and provides a thrilling 1.5 mile cocktail of speed, cornering and airtime, and remains the longest roller coaster in Europe with a ride time approaching six minutes.

Even if you think you know water parks, you won’t have seen anything like Alpamare! Featuring a gigantic wave pool, four state-of-the-art long water rides, a 35 degree outdoor pool (complete with whirlpool and bubble recliners), and an onsite spa and wellness centre. Here you’ll find serious adrenaline-fuelled fun and a space to relax all under one roof.

Do more reading

Yorkshire is and always has been home to some of the world’s greatest authors. If your new year’s resolution is to read more, there’s no better place to start than in Literary Yorkshire.

J.B. Priestley, the playwright and author of An Inspector Calls was born in Manningham, Bradford. His Novel The Good Companions featured a young woman from the fictional Yorkshire town of Bruddersford.

The Brontë Sisters were born in Thornton, West Yorkshire and resided in Haworth, where their house is now the Parsonage Museum. Due to the misogyny attached to the publishing industry in the 19th Century the sisters used male pen names to have their work published. Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre under the pseudonym Currer Bell, Emily published Wuthering Heights under the pseudonym Ellis Bell while Anne published The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as Acton Bell. Charlotte and Emily both died in Haworth though Anne died and is buried in Scarborough.