Reasons to Love Yorkshire
There's more to Yorkshire than crispy puddings, pints of best and weather-beaten landscapes this autumn.
From the bustling cities of Leeds and York to the quainter towns of Whitby and Harrogate, the county has a packed calendar of activities guaranteed to sate the appetites of culture vultures and drain the batteries of the most inexhaustible children.
Here are 17 reasons why "God's own county" should be your next staycation destination.
If the late Barbara Hepworth herself is fast ascending to national treasure status, her eponymous gallery in Wakefield isn’t far behind. In July, the Hepworth Wakefield beat stiff competition from London’s Tate Modern and Sir John Soane’s Museum to win 2017’s Art Fund Museum of the Year award – and a fat cheque for £100,000 – for their pioneering and ambitious modern art exhibitions. Their current Howard Hodgkin show is not to be missed.
Any Yorkshire-man with a finely-tuned palate and robust constitution is probably well acquainted with the Michelin-starred dining experience offered by The Star Inn. Those who’ve gone weak at the knees for their ‘cod fillet with lobster nuggets’ will rejoice at the group’s latest opening: a seafood restaurant overlooking the picturesque Whitby harbour. Don’t mullet over, book now to avoid disappointment.
The Aesthetica Magazine Short Film Festival returns to York . Hop from an exclusive viewing in the auditorium of the Yorkshire Museum to an intimate loft gathering in a local café as you navigate one of Britain’s most historic cities through the lenses of international film-makers.
If you missed the recent Leeds West Indian Carnival, fret not, feathered samba dancers once again bring a flavour of the Caribbean to the city as part of Light Night Leeds . See the city in a completely new light as its landmarks are brought to life by specially commissioned illuminations and streets are overrun by pop-up musical performances. Why not swing by the newly outfitted Leeds Art Gallery whilst there?
After 100 years of serving London’s celebrity elite, The Ivy Group is finally creeping beyond the M25 and planting two new brasseries in York and Harrogate. From November, Northern foodies can sample the kind of sophisticated dining made famous by the group’s headline-grabbing namesake restaurant in Covent Garden, a review of which can be read here.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park will commemorate its 40th anniversary this year with a series of events for people of all ages. If its permanent collection – featuring large-scale installations by Ai Weiwei and Anthony Gormley among others – isn’t enough of a pull, events such as ‘Dawn Yoga in the Chapel’, ‘Twilight Art Tour’ and their arts and crafts workshop for ‘little explorers’, should have you running for the hills.
It doesn’t get more quintessentially English than Skipton. But as well as cobbled streets, timeworn pubs and indeterminate weather, the town is officially home to the UK's politest residents, according to a recent poll, not to mention the UK’s best small outdoor market. To witness Skipton in full glory, head t’ market on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday.
Kids endure years of schlepping around ‘boring’ museums at the behest of ‘mean’ and ‘evil’ parents. Not so at the Eureka children’s museum in Halifax. The museum’s mission statement is to "inspire enquiring minds" from ages 0-11, and their superhero weekend (September 23-24) – two days spent flying around the museum’s interactive exhibits accompanied by legends pulled straight from the pages of Marvel comics – looks set to do exactly that.
Ripon Cathedral provides the sublime backdrop to a Classical schedule of opera, ballet and theatre as the Ripon International Festival launches into its 20th year. Festivities start with an evening of Russian opera (September 2), while the world-famous Purves Puppets close the festival with a psychedelic retelling of Stravinsky’s The Firebird (October 7).
The 18th-century Piece Hall had fallen into disrepair, but four years and £19 million since renovation work started, the former merchant’s hall now boasts a rooftop skatepark, bouldering tunnel and recording studio. Older folk might prefer to peruse the on-site museum, or to sample the complex’s parade of restaurants and cafés. Entry is free.
It’s been almost two years since The Jorvik Centre closed following serious flooding but in April the Vikings returned to York thanks to a multimillion pound refit. Fans of the notoriously pungent museum won’t be disappointed – the revamped attraction may have repainted their waxworks with a glossy varnish but the sights, sounds and, most famously, smells of early York remain as vivid as ever.
Gruesome tales will come to light during Yorkshire Abbey Season as English Heritage enlist costumed actors and dynamic light shows to unearth the stories that lie beneath Yorkshire’s medieval ruins. Any particular highlights? How about Dracula being performed in the crumbling surroundings of Whitby Abbey, a ruin often credited as the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Gothic novel.
The Best York Medical Solicitors?
Its certainly true these days that you can select a lawyer from anywhere, you can pick a Solicitor in London to sue another one in Newcastle and the chances are you will never meet either. However, we choose to be a York law firm and keep a Yorkshire based firm of Medical Solicitors. As Solicitors with such a local client base, we can pop round to your house to get things signed. You can drop them off at our office on your way to work, you can come and see us at your leisure, you can even complain to our faces if you want to (we hope you don't have to!). Whilst we target our services at Yorkshire people but anyone can claim through us. We do not discriminate, not everyone can live in Yorkshire and we understand that some other places can be quite pleasant to live in.
A Great many of our clients are in London or their legal actions are (the Court of Appeal has no Yorkshire presence so we have to go to London for it - so does everyone else) we frequently meet London clients at the Law Society meeting rooms in Chancery Lane. If this is you all you need do is request and we will arrange it.
We choose to base our medical negligence claim practice in York and Yorkshire and we choose to be Yorkshire lawyers, for that affords us a great many opportunities. Most of our clients are in Yorkshire towns such as Sheffield, Doncaster, Halifax, Bradford and Leeds but not all. We also know Yorkshire accountants and Yorkshire finance brokers, we know Yorkshire personal trust lawyers and Yorkshire Wills and Probate Lawyers, we also know who are the best Financial Advisers. We can conclude your claim and give you the best chance of securing the money and keeping or investing it if you want, and if you don't we are happy with that too. We aim to provide a high value claim which and a rapidly settled claim for you and we hope that in doing so, you will recommend us to your friends and neighbors if they ever need a lawyer.
We should also state that we know which medical experts are best for you and which are conflicted. We maintain a database of experts who have won cases just like yours and whose views and opinions are most respected by the courts and by the insurance companies.
In short being based in Yorkshire means we know how to be the best york solicitor for you regardless of where you are.
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