10 Great Days Out Across Yorkshire
Looking for inspiration for your next day out in Yorkshire?
The Emmerdale Village Tour
Home to the stars of Emmerdale during the week, these exclusive weekend tours take you behind the scenes of Yorkshire’s popular soap opera, Emmerdale. The 90-minute, fully guided walking tour will lead you around The Woolpack, Café Mainstreet and David’s Shop and there’ll be plenty of photo opportunities along the way. One for the ultimate Emmerdale fans – book a Star Tour and bag the opportunity to meet a mystery cast member. You can grab snacks and souvenirs before boarding the coach back to The New Inn.
From The New Inn Pub, Eccup Lane, Leeds LS16 8AU
Mother Shipton’s Cave & The Petrifying Well
Always an enchanting day out, Mother Shipton’s Cave is the birthplace of the famous prophetess, next to the Petrifying Well – England’s oldest visitor attraction where objects turn to stone (yes, really). For centuries people believed the water had miraculous healing powers because the water ‘petrifies’ objects that it touches (once thought to be witchcraft). You can see ‘petrified’ items donated by celebrities and TV programmes in the museum, and buy ‘stone’ bears in the shop. Don’t forget there’s a new adventure playground too. Tickets for the Pirates and Mermaids summer event will be released soon.
Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD
York’s Chocolate Story
While some of Yorkshire’s cities are proud of their wool, steel and coal heritage, York remains the UK’s home of chocolate. Chocoholics won’t want to miss a fully guided tour through 4,000 of years of chocolate history. At York’s Chocolate Story you’ll unwrap the secrets of chocolate making while learning more about the Willy Wonkas of our time, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. There are samples to try along the way too – take full advantage of them before taking your pick from a selection of the finest chocolates in the country (think Choc-affair, Charbonnel et Walker, Rococo and Guppy’s in the café and shop). Hot drinks and chocolate pots are served until 5pm every day. Upgrade your tour with a hands-on truffle rolling experience where you’ll be taught how to roll, dip and decorate four chocolate truffles to take home and tuck into later. As an extra special treat for Father’s Day, York’s Chocolate Story are giving away a free chocolate bar to every Dad taking part in the tour on 18th June.
King’s Square, York YO1 7LD
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Set in 500 stunning acres, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) offers a unique day out for everyone. YSP is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture and the largest in Europe. You can enjoy both indoor and outdoor collections, as well as a year-round temporary exhibitions programme which include some of the world’s leading artists. Under 25s enjoy free entry to the Park, with many other concessions available. Adult entry is just £9.
West Bretton WF4 4LG
Scare the family silly at York Dungeon. This adventure takes you through the city’s gory 2,000 year history, with actors and special effects bringing it to life with fun but frightening facts. There are 10 different shows covering everything from the Vikings to Guy Fawkes and everyone’s favourite highwayman Dick Turpin, as well as the city’s ghosts. Not for the faint-hearted, adult-only late night dungeon tours are also available. The question is, are you brave enough?
12 Clifford Street, York YO1 9RD
Fancy following in the footsteps of Victorian explorers? Step inside Ingleborough Cave to go on a journey through 450 million years of geology and history. The Cave was once the outflow for the streams that flow through the world-famous 17 km Gaping Gill cave system, but now a concrete path allows you to travel over half a kilometre into the hillside. This is one of the country’s natural wonders at the gateway to the UK’s finest limestone scenery so don’t forget your camera.
Clapham LA2 8EE
Turkish Baths, Harrogate
Perfecting the art of relaxation since 1897, all the Turkish Baths’ services are designed with relaxation and luxury in mind. Britain’s most fully restored Victorian Turkish Baths truly are a sight to behold – unwind surrounded by Islamic arches and screens, glazed brickwork, arabesque painted ceilings and terrazzo floors in pure luxury and choose from a menu of hand-picked treatments from around the world. The Turkish spa body ritual is inspired by traditional Mediterranean and Eastern bathing culture, encouraging an overall sense of wellbeing and vitality. For a more intensive body treatment, try the Montalcino thermal mud wrap, using products made with the thermal water from Montalcino in Tuscany. With many more luxury treatments to choose from, why wouldn’t you want to spend a whole day here?
Parliament Street, Harrogate HG1 2WH
York Minster, one of the UK’s most magnificent cathedrals, is still a key place of worship for many, but its exhibitions and events attract visitors from around the world. The museum, the library and the archives at York Minster hold around 300,000 items, some of which date back almost 2,000 years, including such treasures as the York Gospels and The Horn of Ulf. Visiting with the kids? Little Explorer Backpacks can be borrowed for free, and they’re packed with helpful gadgets for exploring the Minster including an I-Spy challenge, a compass and map and a magnifying glass to take a closer look at the hidden details. The Minster is hosting various exhibitions, including Light, Glass & Stone: Conserving the St Cuthbert Window, which tells the story of one of Northern England’s most significant saints; Sculpting the Sovereign, which offers a behind the scenes look at the making of the recently unveiled statue of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Majesty: Monarchy and York Minster exploring the cathedral’s connections with the monarchy in celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III (all of which you can read more about at livingnorth.com). Don’t miss out on the Hidden Minster tours where you’ll discover the Minster’s hidden architectural gems.
Deangate, York YO1 7HH
Pontefract Liquorice Festival
It’s time to satisfy your sweet tooth as Pontefract Liquorice Festival returns on Sunday 9th July 2023, and what a bumper crop it is this year! Enjoy non-stop street entertainment and live music whilst exploring the renowned food and drink market. Expect tasty treats to tempt the tastebuds and quirky gifts that you just won’t find anywhere else. Why not bring the whole family? Kids will love the array of free sweet-themed workshops and activities taking place across the festival.
Pontefract Precinct, Pontefract WF8 1BD
Northallerton’s The Treadmills is now home to a new luxury four-screen cinema. As part of the final phase of this exciting restoration project, Everyman’s 39th venue has taken pride of place just 100 metres from the town’s High Street. This venue has 274 seats and state-of-the-art projection technology. There’s a full schedule of blockbuster films, documentaries and live screenings, as well as an extensive food and drink menu (everything from hand-stretched pizzas to small plates) and refreshments which you can order directly to your seats, and the bar stocks specialty wine and beer, cocktails and a range of alcohol-free drinks, including milkshakes. There are three membership levels to choose from to take full advantage of their screenings.
The Treadmills, East Road, Northallerton DL6 1NW