Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Setting off early one weekend we decided to visit Nostell Priory on the outskirts of Wakefield in West Yorkshire.  Approaching Wakefield we stopped off for breakfast rolls and coffee at the Union Rooms in Batley which is just around the corner from a Mill Outlet so we had a quick look in there before moving on. …

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Going underground at the National Coal Mining Museum

When researching my family history I discovered that I had numerous ancestors who had spent their working lives as coal miners so I thought it would be interesting to visit the National Coal Mining Museum for England and learn what it was like to work down a coal mine. The museum opened in 1988 and …

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Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

The weather may have been dull and dreary but what better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than to attend a festive event.  When an invitation dropped into my inbox to preview the Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience, I was excited to find out more. The Lotherton Estate is situated in the north of …

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Leeds Light Night

One of the cultural highlights of the year in West Yorkshire is Leeds Light Night when, on two evenings in October, the city is transformed by spectacular light projections, interactive artworks and live music performances. This was the first time that I had an opportunity to attend the event, which has now become one of …

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A fun filled day at the 160th Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show is one of England's premier agricultural events and takes place over three days in July each year celebrating the best of food, farming and rural life.  I hadn't had an opportunity to visit for several years so I was excited to be heading back to spend the day there.  The showground …

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A visit to the Piece Hall at Halifax

It was a long time since I last visited Halifax and hearing about the re-opening of its Piece Hall, I decided to take a look.  The town is located in the South Pennines of West Yorkshire, four miles from the M62 motorway.  It's easily accessible by train, my preferred mode of transport, and lies on …

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Andover and the Mottisfont Rose Garden

I'd seen an article in a magazine about the Mottisfont Rose Garden and how beautiful it was in mid-summer so one sunny day we decided to visit.  The garden is in Hampshire and on our way we stopped in Andover for an early lunch and a little look around the market town. Andover is located …

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Day 3. Continuing the Ceramics Trail in Stoke-on-Trent

It was slightly overcast as we checked out of the Trentham Travelodge which had been an excellent base for touring The Potteries.  We drove into nearby Hanley for breakfast which we enjoyed in the Reginald Mitchell pub named after the inventor of the Spitfire.  The building was once a meat market and its glass roof …

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Day 2. Getting creative at the World of Wedgwood

After a good night's sleep, we set off after breakfast for a visit to the World of Wedgwood in nearby Barlaston. The Wedgwood estate stretches for 240 acres with ample free parking in its grounds.  The modern buildings have huge willow sculptures near the entrance in the shape of crockery.  We planned our arrival for …

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Day 1. Visiting The Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent doesn't always spring to mind for a short break in the U.K. but reading about its industrial heritage as the world capital of ceramics tempted us to spend a few days exploring the city.  Stoke is located midway between Manchester and Birmingham and has direct rail services to London taking only 90 minutes.  In …

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