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Harewood
Hartshead Moor
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Headingley
Hebden Bridge
Holmfirth
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Ilkley
Jackson Bridge
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Kirkburton
Knottingley
Leeds
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Liversedge
Marsden
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County Town: Leeds
Population: 2,079,211
Area: 783 sqm - 2029 sqkm
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Food Legends:Pontefract Cakes
Denby Dale Pie
Dock Pudding
Black Beer
Rhubarb Triangle
Folk Customs:
Denby Dale Pie
Lee Fair
Midgley Pace Egg Play
Minden Day
The Devils Knell
Haunted Britain:
Riddlesden Hall’s Starved Lovers
Wycoller Hall’s Weird Hunter-Killer
Cultural Britain:
Bronte Country
Delius's Bradford
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Natural Britain:
Colne Valley
Hardcastle Crags
Ilkley Moor
Marsden Moor
River Aire
River Calder

Events

January
Normanton & Pontefract Model Railway Exhibition
The Christmas Adventure @ Stockeld Park

March
Brighouse Art Circles Annual Exhibition
Easter Eggstravaganza
Huddersfield Green Fest

April
Brighouse Art Circles Annual Exhibition
Byram Arcade Vintage Fair
Dock Pudding Championship
Marsden Cuckoo Day
Midgley Pace Egg Play

May
Brighouse Art Circles Annual Exhibition
Gawthorpe Maypole Procession
Golcar Lily Day
Leeds Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale & Coffee Morning
Live at Leeds
Love Leeds
Pennine Spring Music Festival
Yorkshire Game Fair

June
Fun Run
Great Northern Leisure and Adventure Show
Halifax Food and Drink Festival
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Honley Agricultural Show
Long Division
Miners’ Gala
Pennine Spring Music Festival
Temple Newsam Steam Fair

July
Boston Spa Festival
Family Summer Fun
Garforth Arts Festival
Halifax Festival
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Holmfirth Artweek
Land Rover Show
Leeds Shakespeare Festival
Miners' Gala
Opera in the Park
Party in the Park

August
Bingley Music Live
Carling Weekend - Leeds
Emley Agricultural Show
Girls Aloud at Harewood House
Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival
InFest
Leeds Festival
Leeds Flower, Vegetable and Craft Show
Leeds Shakespeare Festival
Midgefest
Mirfield Family Agricultural Show
Shadwell Flower Show

September
Bite The Mango Film Festival
Damnation Festival
Heritage Open Days
Heritage Open Weekend
High Heel-a-thon
Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival
Ilkley Literature Festival
Leeds Bradford Guitar Show
Leeds to Skipton Canal Walk
Rag Rugs
Saltaire Festival
Sowerby Rushbearing
Wakefield Rock n Wrestle Festival

October
Ilkley Literature Festival
Marsden Jazz Festival
Spooktacular Halloween!
The Christmas Adventure @ Stockeld Park
Wetherby Festival

November
Animation Festival and BAF! Awards
Autumn Fair
Children In Need Lantern Launc
Contemporary Music Festival
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Huddersfield Victorian Christmas Fair
Leeds International Film Festival
Santa Underground Grotto
Stockeld Parks Fireworks Spectacular
The Christmas Adventure @ Stockeld Park
Thought Bubble Festival
Wetherby Festival

December
Carols for a Choral Future
Christkindelmarkt - German Christmas Market
Christmas at Eureka!
Reindeer Run for RNLI
Santas Grotto
The Christmas Adventure @ Stockeld Park
The Cross Keys Christmas Market
Unique Gift Fair
Wetherby Christmas Evening Carol Concert

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Principal towns: Leeds Bradford Halifax Huddersfield Wakefield
Though the county of West Yorkshire contains cities and many important towns, it is not just an urban environment; its most famous attraction is surely the land of “wild and windy moors” associated with the Bronte sisters. Likewise, though it has the booming and ultra modern centre of Leeds at its heart, it also contains ancient buildings that will transport the visitor back to times past. And though landlocked, the county has plenty of waterborne activity to attract travellers.

West Yorkshire then is a county with breadth and depth, a county with a huge amount to offer businesses and tourists. Leeds dominates the county in terms of employment, and also nightlife. With thriving universities giving the city a youthful verve, and redevelopment that has radically altered the centre for the better, Leeds has real dynamism. It is neither textiles nor engineering that lead the economy now, but services – there are more major law firms in Leeds than anywhere else in England other than the capital. With service industries come the amenities their workforce requires: Leeds has a terrific restaurant and club scene, and is a renowned shopping centre, proud to have Harvey Nicks at its heart. Bradford sits next door to Leeds, indeed they share an airport and many features including the benefits that come from a vibrant student scene and the colours and tastes that the Asian-British have brought to the area. The twin cities have rival attractions too: Bradford with its National Media Museum probably wins on points, with its five storey IMAX screen, film festivals and exhibitions combining to make a fabulous draw. Leeds has had the Royal Armouries Museum since 1996, a slightly more traditional place, though its own exhibitions are presented with imagination and many innovations. West Yorkshire contains the vast majority of Bronte Country. Those who have read the novels will have a good idea of what to expect from Haworth, where the parsonage that was the family home is a museum dedicated to the Bronte sisters. Thornton where all three novelist sisters were born is close to Haworth too. Perhaps the best way to get a feel for the country is to walk the 43 mile Bronte Way, though a briefer hike up to the moors to Top Withens, model for Wuthering Heights, is a short cut to history. Within a couple of miles of Haworth is Keighley , with the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway another time travel device for visitors, and a rather more leisurely way to enjoy some of West Yorkshire’s countryside than the Bronte Way trek. There are too many attractions to list here, but citing just a few gives a flavour of the possibilities the area offers. The model town of Saltaire, built by Victorian philanthropist Sir Titus Salt, is something that should not be missed, as its status as a UNESCO heritage site would indicate. And a very short distance from Saltaire is another Victorian gem, the Shipley Glen Tramway, a cable-tram system taking people up to a beauty spot above the Aire Valley. Rather more ancient sites abound in the county too: Harewood House is one of the nation’s architectural jewels; Kirkstall Abbey just outside Leeds tells the vivid story of the power of the religious orders in medieval times, and the loss of that power under Henry VIII ; and Sandal Castle near Wakefield is where one of the great battles of The Wars of the Roses took place. For a complete contrast Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton would be hard to beat. Here some of the greatest pieces by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth – both natives of the area - can be seen in dramatic surroundings. Or maybe Walton Hall, the world’s first nature reserve is a still greater contrast, away from the man-made and into the natural. Most of those visiting the county will travel by car, but there is an excellent and more relaxing alternative available: the waterways that cross the county and pass through some of its most beautiful scenery and its industrial and engineering heritage often within a few miles of one another. The Aire and Calder and the Calder and Hebble Navigations; Huddersfield ’s Broad and Narrow Canals, the latter with the famous Standedge Tunnel; and the mighty Leeds- Liverpool Canal. They have all been or are being redeveloped to make the most of waterside life, and are a great way to travel, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy Yorkshire’s long renowned beers along the way, and nowadays to take in the foodie boom in the county: modern British cuisine, Asian restaurants, and plain substantial Yorkshire fare all sitting comfortably together.

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