2014 was an epic year in Yorkshire’s history. Not only was this great and gorgeous land the recipient of a host of heavy-weight tourism awards, it also hosted the biggest sporting event in the world. Said by some to be the grandest grand depart in the history of Le Tour de France!
So what of 2015? What delights does Yorkshire have in store for us this year? Actually, quite a lot. There are thousands of fun family events happening across the region this year. We’ve cherry picked just a few – enough I think to persuade you to book a little trip to God’s own country this year…
10 Reasons to Holiday in Yorkshire 2015
#01 Tour de Yorkshire | 1-3 May
Following on from last year’s phenomenal success, and building on the back of a tidal wave of interest in cycling in the UK, Yorkshire is hosting the first ever Tour de Yorkshire in May of this year. This international cycling race is expected to become a flagship cycling event, and all cycling enthusiast will be flocking to Yorkshire once again to watch the riders tackle some of Yorkshire’s most punishing routes. Full details can be found on the official website letour.yorkshire.com
#02 It’s showtime!
You don’t have to be a gardening enthusiast to enjoy one of the country’s grandest flower shows. Harrogate’s annual Spring & Autumn Flower Show is open to one and all and really has something to entertain everyone, from the kiddywinkles to the adults. Just some of the fabulous shows and events hosted at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate in 2015. And of course don’t forget the iconic Great Yorkshire Show itself orthe countless other Country Shows and Fairs happening throughout the year!
#03 Sensational seasons
You haven’t lived if you haven’t seen the meadows of Swaledale transform with wild flowers every Spring. And every year, around the start of summer until early Autumn, the heather moorland in the North York Moors turns a stunning shade of purple. For miles all the eye can see are hills and valleys covered in a soft purple haze. It’s really quite beautiful, and worth making the trip to see.
#04 Festival frolics
Yorkshire plays host to lots of fantastic festivals throughout the year including the excellent Swaledale Music Festival, the uber cool Burton & Agnes Blues Festival and the super-family friendly Galtres Festival in the North York Moors. There are way too many to mention, but rest assured whatever time of year you visit, there will be a festival happening somewhere in Yorkshire. www.gorgeouscottages.com/yorkshire-festivals-2/
#05 Yorkshire fine foods
Did you know Yorkshire has more Mitchelin-starred restaurants than any other place in the UK outside of London? From the gorgeous Star Inn at Harome to the elegant Box Tree in Ilkley, there are plenty of excellent eateries across the county. And of course let’s not forget about the hundreds of fantastic gastro pubs, like the stunning Provenance Inn range. www.gorgeouscottages.com/blog/yorkshires-michelin-starred-restaurants/
#06 Landscape pick & mix
The beauty of Yorkshire is that there is such a huge variation in the landscapes here. Fabulous city-scapes in Leeds, York, Sheffield & Hull as well as dramatic scenery in the Dales and stunning coastlines to the east. Stay for a few nights in the Moors before taking in some sea air at Sandsend. Or head for cream tea in Bettys Harrogate before venturing out for a walk in gorgeous Nidderdale. The options are endless…
#07 New Luxury Cottages to try
Every year Yorkshire’s standard of accommodation just gets better and better. We’ve added a host of new luxury cottages to our collection this year including the stunning Hare Cottage in Wensleydale and the handsome Yellison in the Yorkshire Dales. And as with all of Gorgeous Cottages accommodation, the standard is impeccably high… Take a look at our Yorkshire Cottages here
#08 Your doggie will love it!
If you like to holiday with your furry friend then as always Yorkshire is the perfect destination in 2015. As well as miles of dog-friendly walks in the Dales, Moors and Coast there is a host of dog-friendly pubs ready to welcome you in and of course lots of lovely dog-friendly Yorkshire Cottages to stay in.
#09 Keeping the kids happy
Yorkshire is blessed with hundreds of fantastic family-friendly attractions, from the weird and wonderful Forbidden Corner in the Dales and the magnificent Bolton Castle to the many stunning country houses dotted across the region like Castle Howard; perfect for taking the kids along with its adventure playground and acres of woods and gardens to explore. www.gorgeouscottages.com/family-holiday-ideas-in-yorkshire/
#10 Recommended by the Lonely Planet
Hot on the heels of being awarded the Top Destination in Europe at the World Travel Awards last year, Yorkshire was also listed number 3 in the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 places to visit. Citing Yorkshire’s ‘rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs’ as key factors in awarding this accolade.
So what are you waiting for? Come and see what all the fuss is about!