The UK’s largest county, and certainly one of the most diverse. Over 14000km2 of beautiful moorland, rich history, stunning coastlines, fascinating creative and cultural industries and some of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities – and we’re lucky enough to call it home. Today – 1 August 2018 – is Yorkshire Day.
Our business focuses on getting people to leave Yorkshire, which on this day of regional celebration seems like an odd concept. We’d therefore like to suggest some places we love for a staycation – that being, an ideal place for a Yorkshire holiday. After all, if it wasn’t for the British weather, would we have any reason to leave?
Robin Hood’s Bay
This beautiful little fishing village along North Yorkshire’s coast attracts hoards of tourists from all over the UK in summer, but Robin Hood’s bay is one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets in the winter. Perfect for a couple of peaceful nights away, a cottage or guesthouse overlooking the bay will, on a clear morning, offer you a sunrise of epic proportions. Winter visitors feel as though they have the town to themselves, with holiday let prices are a fraction of the cost. Wrap up and enjoy a stroll on the beach, relax with a pint by the fire in one of the village’s characterful pubs, or simply curl up with good book next to a picture window to admire the view.
It’s approximately an hour’s drive from each of our stores, and the road network makes it easily accessible from whatever your location in the county. Combining its incredible history with a truly modern style of living, York is undoubtedly one of the finest places we have and the capital and namesake of our beloved land – we simply had to include it, even though we know so many of you are familiar with it. It’s compact and walkable, yet full of surprises. You’ll find contemporary cocktails in 400 year-old buildings. You’ll find designer clothing brands next door to antique toy shops. Enjoy vegan, pan-asian or literally any global cuisine you fancy before ambling the cobbled streets on a historic tour or ghost walk. Regardless of the swarms of tourists and constant flooding, you’ll struggle to find anyone who can fully resist her charms. York is the definition of quirky, and the perfect place for a 1-or-2 night staycation ‘City Break’ – no matter how many times you’ve been before.
Skipton & The Dales
There are few, if any, places in the UK whose beauty rivals that of our Dales. And you can guarantee when meeting fellow Yorkshirefolk, your opinions on the Dales will correlate. This staycation is more of an adventure: Scope out a few good B&Bs, pack up the car with supplies and voila – you’ve got the making of a great few days away. Skipton is an undeniably charming market town and a good place to start your adventure. Arrive in time for lunch, walk along the canal, take a mid-afternoon cake & coffee break, peruse independent shops, or admire the castle – and then grab a pint! Continue your adventure the next day with an early start onwards towards places such as Ayesgarth and Bolton Abbey. Time seems to run differently up here, and there’s no doubt everyone can enjoy the Dales in some way – providing they remember their raincoat.