Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
Give your loved one the gift of Yorkshire this Valentine's Day! Here's some nice ideas to get you started:
Who doesn't like a hamper crammed full of Yorkshire goodies? That's right, no one!
Fodder in Harrogate produce a beautiful range of hampers - they've got ones for people with a sweet tooth (Sweeten My Day) through to ones for the beer lovers out there (Beer O'Clock). If you're feeling REALLY generous then their Finer Things in Life hamper has everything you could possibly want in it, from parkin to pickle, cake to chutney.
Lewis and Cooper's gourmet food hampers and luxury gift baskets are packed with fine food and wine selected from the cornucopia of delicacies in their award winning gourmet food store in Northallerton. Their ready made hampers make delicious gifts for all occasions. For a unique and personalised gift, you can even custom build your own tailor made hamper by selecting products from their online Wine, Deli and Food Hall departments - alternatively, take a look through their special Valentine's Day collections for the perfect hamper.
Finally, Wensleydale Creamery produce a selection of tasty hampers for the cheese lover in your life. Cracking!
Just like with hampers, you can't go wrong with a good old box of chocolates.
White Rabbit Chocolatiers, est. 2004, is an artisan chocolate kitchen and shop, which crafts and sells its own luxury chocolate truffles, bars and novelties, using only the finest ingredients. It gets its name from a 14th century stone carving in St. Mary’s Church, Beverley, said to be the inspiration for the White Rabbit Character in ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’; but it gets its reputation from its experienced chocolatiers award-winning flavour combinations, and for allowing customers to become fully immersed in their very own Chocolate Wonderland.
Finally, hidden away from all the hustle and bustle of today's modern living, Cocoa Wonderland in Sheffield is like taking a step into the past. Packed full of treats with rows and rows of every kind of sweet imaginable in sparkling glass jars. And, of course, exquisite chocolate! Their shop was adored by many, young and old, and people visited from far and wide, just for a little taste of Cocoa's magic. Customers would find themselves lost in nostalgia and transported back to their childhoods.
Yorkshire is the unofficial capital of beer in the UK and so therefore treating your loved one to a couple of their favourites beers would no doubt go down a treat.
Masham is known for being a brewing centre of some repute with both Black Sheep and Theakston's hailing from this pretty Dales town. A brewery tour is available at both of these and is a great way to discover more about these fantastic beers. Wold Top Brewery is an award-winning micro brewery that uses traditional methods to produce high quality beers that combine the characters of the Yorkshire Wolds and the East Coast delivering a truly unique & Yorkshire flavour - so this is another great place to explore.
Away from beer, the gin craze is exploding in Yorkshire with a wealth of options available. Spirit of Harrogate deliver not only fantastic gin but brilliant tasting workshops too. Also delivering world class gin are Masons (who have even created a Yorkshire Tea gin!) and Whittaker's, in the heart of Nidderdale, who deliver a beautiful gin too.
If your partner is more of a liqueur, wine or cider person, then you can find some other top suggestions here.
Art for the masses
Home to Northern Ballet, Opera North and Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, Yorkshire has to be the northern capital of world-class performing arts, so it's the perfect time to catch a performance of something with your partner in crime.
The West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds has earned a reputation both nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s most exciting producing theatres. It produces 16 of its own shows each year in its two auditoria and stages over 1000 performances, workshops, readings and community events, watched by over 250,000 people.
The smallest theatre designed by architect Frank Matcham, the Theatre Royal Wakefield was built in 1894 and is not only an architectural gem, it is one of few Matcham Theatres now open for its original purpose. The beautiful auditorium is very intimate and whichever of the 499 seats you sit in, you’re guaranteed a great night!
There's also Scarborough’s local theatre with an international reputation, the Stephen Joseph Theatre. This is a cultural icon of the Yorkshire region, providing the highest possible standard of theatrical experience for audiences worldwide. Widely known for its world premieres of almost all of Alan Ayckbourn’s 75 plus plays, it shows a year-round programme of drama, music, comedy, dance, poetry and more.