Set in the picturesque village of Haworth against the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire moors, the Brontë Parsonage Museum was once the home of the Brontë family from 1820 to 1861 and the place where Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote their great novels. Now the museum houses the world’s largest collection of Brontë possessions. The museum presents a regularly changing programme of exhibitions, contemporary arts events and family activities and this year the museum celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë.
Veiled in a secluded valley, Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal promises to surprise and captivate with its vast Cistercian abbey ruins, Georgian water garden, a medieval deer park, Elizabethan Hall and Gothic church. Open year-round, this National Trust property is fantastic for walks and each season brings its own unique delights to see. Watch wildlife awaken in the springtime, catch the colourful wildflowers during summer, enjoy autumnal splendour by floodlight and wrap up warm to see the atmospheric ruins sparkle with frost as winter returns.
The National Science and Media Museum explores the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impacts on our lives, inspiring the scientists and engineers of the future to see more, hear more, think more and do more. The gallery and exhibition spaces help illuminate world-famous collections in photography, film and television. Along with all of that, there are three cinema screens, including an IMAX theatre allowing the museum to showcase the magic of moving images from around the world in Bradford, the first UNESCO City of Film.
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with some of Britain’s finest Robert Adam interiors Newby Hall & Gardens is home to a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary. With 25 acres of award winning gardens including one of Europe’s largest double herbaceous borders, an enchanting woodland walk and a miniature railway, dollshouse exhibition and the Bear House younger visitors will also enjoy the exciting adventure gardens.
Nestled in the woodland between Leeds and Harrogate is Stockeld Park, the home of adventure. Open during school holidays the park changes between seasons with a huge amount to do. There are themed adventure play grounds, climbing nets, a roller rink (ice during the winter), a yew tree maze, jumping pillows, inflatable slides, pedal go karts, picnic area, gift shop, a cafe serving light bites and an ice cream parlour, an endless amount of fun to be had. The main event is Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure, renowned around the county the event centres around the fabulous Enchanted Forest.
A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises, created in a four-acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales sits The Forbidden Corner. The Temple of the underworld, the eye of the Needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, and extraordinary statues at every turn, there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid, a day out with a difference that will challenge and delight children of all ages. At The Forbidden Corner you are bound to go home with some wonderful memories, having had a great day out.
Enjoy the taste of Yorkshire at The Wensleydale Creamery, set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales market town of Hawes. With plenty to do, start off your day by exploring the interactive ‘Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience’, taking you on a journey through the art of cheese-making including the opportunity to see the master cheese-makers at work. You can discover the entirety of the Wensleydale story in the new Cheese-making Viewing Gallery & Museum while you try the famous cheeses in the much-loved cheese shop offering free tasting of over 20 varieties.