Our Top 6 | Christmas Present Ideas – Yorkshire Experiences
Struggling for present ideas? Sick of bath bombs, slippers and booze? Fear no more! We’ve compiled our Yorkshire gift guide – the best Yorkshire experiences, activities and tours for all those tricky-to-buy-for people in your life.
For the Foodies
Yorkshire Food Finder tours are the perfect gift for your foodie friends. Launched in 2012, Yorkshire Food Finder showcases some of Yorkshire’s finest artisan food and drink producers and some pretty spectacular restaurants, including The Star Inn at Harome and the Michelin starred Pipe and Glass Inn.
These escorted gourmet food trails explore how some of Yorkshire’s quality foods are created, bred or grown and give you the chance to meet the chefs who turn their food into celebrated feasts of Yorkshire’s abundant bounty.
For more info CLICK HERE
For the History Buffs
Real Yorkshire Tours are the ideal experiential present for anyone interested in local history, Yorkshire lovers, or those wanting something a little more special this Christmas. Real Yorkshire Tours are run by the amazing Blue Badge Guide, Tim Barber and there is huge choice of interesting chauffeur-driven guided Yorkshire tours to choose from, including great Yorkshire days out, walking trips, experiences or exciting family adventures.
Tim’s tours get right under the skin of proper Yorkshire, revealing the incredible history of God’s Own County. Tim’s storytelling powers are captivating and his tours are always informative and intriguing.
Find out more HERE
For the Petrol Heads
What better way to see, feel and experience the stunning Yorkshire Dales at their very finest, seated onboard a ‘Billy Connolly’ style Boom motor trike with Yorkshire Trike Tours. Yorkshire Trike Tours puts visitors in touch with God’s Own County in a way that cannot be achieved in a closed vehicle. The owners, Judith and Jason, are professional, enthusiastic and committed to ensuring everyone has a superb time on tour – and we can vouch, it’s bloody brilliant.
Carefully chosen refreshment stops, wet weather clothing and in-helmet commentary from knowledgeable driver tour guides, plus the fun of an unusual mode of transport make for an unforgettable trip. Even the en route toilets have been thoroughly researched!
For the Budding Photographers
Walking Photography classes are a really unique idea for anyone who loves snapping. Learn to take better photos with engaging and inspiring photography workshops led by an award-winning photographer, Rich. The best way to learn is in a practical, active and fun environment and that’s what lies in the heart of all Walking Photography events. Not to mention, you get to explore the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
CLICK HERE for more info.
For the Booze-Lovers
This is the ideal gift for any gin or beer lovers in your life and will be much more appreciated than a bottle which will inevitably be finished on Christmas Day. Brewtown Tours features some of Yorkshire’s best-kept beer and gin secrets. With their wealth of local knowledge, and passion for quality brewing and distilling by independent producers, Brewtown aim to connect curious drinkers with local makers. Explore the inside of a working brewery and sample some of the most delicious beers in the UK as Mark drives you from bar to bar. On every tour you get to enjoy a selection of local beers and drink in the sights of God’s own county – quite literally.
If gin is more your thing, then opt for the new Gin Tours. You will have the chance to visit three small, independent gin distilleries, each with a unique approach to distilling and their own signature flavoured gins, including the famous Yorkshire-favourite rhubarb gin.
For the Adventure-lovers
Alfresco Adventures offers a wide range of outdoor activities in some of the most amazing countryside and areas of outstanding beauty that Yorkshire has to offer. Activities include rock climbing and abseiling, canoeing and kayaking, bushcraft and shelter building, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, gorge walking, archery, and much more! Definitely one for any adrenaline-junkies or families wanting something a little different to the piles of plastic crap that are long-forgotten by New Years Eve.
Check it out HERE
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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.
“THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!” my friend Kat yelled to me over the sound of a gently bubbling still with a massive gin grin on her face. For me, it probably doesn’t quite trump my wedding day or the birth of my babies, but it’s not far off! We became master mixologists, creating our own gin recipes before distilling ‘Madam Geneva’ in our own miniature stills.
It’s a fun filled day out for the whole family. There are stacks of outdoor play areas, which the kids cannot get bored of, but also some really good indoor/sheltered activities that means even on your typical autumnal Yorkshire day you can have a really good day out.
Hidden in the heart of the East Village, part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and just a stones throw from Stratford station, are a handful of restaurants and bars. And right in the middle is Darkhorse bar and restaurant. It’s described on their website as a ‘modern European restaurant with Italian and Spanish influenced food wrapped in a British attitude’.