FOUNDER & EDITOR
Hi there, I’m Lyndsey!
I’m mum to Teddy and Ferne, wife to Mr T, domestic goddess and a tourism marketing and communications entrepreneur.
I was born in the West-Yorkshire city of Bradford in 1980 to a working-class family. My parents divorced (very messily) when I was 14, and a very bitter relationship with my dad lead me to elope to London with nothing but a suitcase of clothes at the tender age of 18. “We’ll give you 12 months before you’re back” were the words from many – those words made me even more eager to stay put in The Big Smoke and make my own successful way in life.
A girl from Bradford, with no university degree or a decent education, COULD make it… and I did.
Through hard work, grit and determination I carved out a career that saw me quickly climb the career ladder into senior roles and jetting off all over North America for 10 years for a London-based tourism marketing agency with over 50 offices globally. I really did have the dream job for a decade – working for some of the world’s leading tourism brands to include ILoveNY, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kennedy Space Centre and Ontario Tourism.
An example of an average day in my office was hanging off the CN Tower in Toronto!
I went on to start my own Tourism Marketing Agency in 2016 when I moved back to my home county of Yorkshire – around the same time as I started my blog. In 2018 I was awarded a £90,000 grant from The Visit England Fund / Visit Britain to develop luxury Yorkshire holidays for the US market.
I also continue to represent the extraordinary little Canadian city of St. John’s and the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador. I oversee all their sales and marketing activity on their behalf in the UK – it’s an extraordinary small corner of the world where icebergs float by and whales breach around the shores and it’s only a 5-hour flight from the UK!
I refer to my husband as Mr T – and not because he looks like Mr T from the A-Team.
We met speed dating can you believe? Long before Tinder and all that online dating malarkey. But proof that these crazy singles nights can work so don’t be defeated girls. He is out there.
Iain is my soul mate (a rather scruffy one who likes to sleep far too much), and in June 2018 we celebrated 10 crazy years of marriage – highlights being a wild and life-changing 12-month back-packing adventure around the world together followed much later by our two beautiful, crazy children – Teddy and Ferne.
He’s a southerner who I eventually managed to convince to move to Yorkshire. He’s fallen in love with beautiful Yorkshire too and together we are re-discovering the county that we all now call home. If my kids want to elope to London at 18 as I did, I’ll support them, but for now, they are just fine breathing in Yorkshire’s fresh air, climbing Yorkshire’s mountains, swimming in Yorkshire’s rivers and swinging in Yorkshire’s trees.
In 2016 I started my blog – Girl About Yorkshire and three years later I’ve used my extensive tourism marketing and communications experience and my entrepreneurial spirit, took a chance, and created something that has the potential to be much much bigger. And Girl About was born.
I’m driven by success, travel and adventure – not money and things.
I’ve travelled the world, sky-dived over Yorkshire and we spend our weekends’ hiking, and more recently, biking. I love photography too.
My blog – Girl About Yorkshire – was my escape. A platform where I channelled my thoughts and shared my experiences. I love to write – it’s very therapeutic and restorative and I know the more I write, the more I evolve as a person.
I am super excited to be able to open up my platform to women across the UK.
It’s no longer just about me, it’s about ‘WE’.
I hope you’ll come along for the ride!
Brands We Love
I’m a primary school teacher and I’m a mum to a beautiful, bright and bubbly six-year-old. I witness the ups and downs of wellbeing in children every day. Every parent faces the same dilemma – how to ensure the wellbeing of our children – particularly from a mental health perspective in a world that is more pressured than ever in more ways than one.
The Peacock at Rowsley offers fine dining done properly. The historic building houses an elegant, refined setting for a special meal. The sumptuous menu is based on the finest, seasonal, local produce and is presented with refreshing creativity.
Before I move onto the impeccable five-course tasting menu, it’s only fair to mention that Grays Court is the only hotel in York with private access to the city’s mediaeval city walls and the view of the Minster from some of the hotel’s well-appointed rooms is incredible. There’re only 12 rooms making this little piece of 12th century Jacobean real-estate more like a rather large and rather plush family home than a hotel.
Food trucks offering an epic selection of food flavours from across the world hosted under the iconic railway arches of Glasgow Central station. This place ticks all my boxes – kid-friendly, dogs welcome, great food selection, beer to keep the hubby happy (including a microbrewery within), play area to burn off some toddler energy – but not compromising on style, decent wine if required or cool location.
Thyme Café is the perfect balance between eating in a nice establishment, without feeling awkward for taking small children. Great food, where the standard does not drop for the kid’s menu.
Loads of tasty choices on the menu, enough to keep you wanting to go back several times over!!
Pumpkins… once as exotic as a coconut, now littering fields across the UK. A ubiquitous symbol of Halloween, and also it seems, an opportunity for farmers across the land to cash in.
In fairness through, there is something quite fun and rather rustic about dredging through a muddy field with a wheelbarrow looking for the perfect pumpkin.
Sadly, most of my experience of pregnancy has been strongly associated with grief and loss. I have experienced three pregnancies and yet I only have one daughter who I can physically cherish. For me, pregnancy has become a worrying, anxious time with excitement constantly tainted with fear.
Authentic, delicious and independent, Stuzzi offers Italian cuisine in a relaxed, friendly environment. This small eatery in the heart of Harrogate has an almost tangible passion for incredible ingredients and amazing Italian recipes.