Even England has some beautiful and wild beaches

My South-West Country Road Trip

Having visited the picturesque and fairytale-esque lands of western England once before, many years ago, I was highly anticipating revisiting the area, with its endless beaches, sunny temperament, friendly locals and fresh food and drink.

Even England has some beautiful and wild beaches

Beautiful beaches – salty air whipping along stretches of golden sand as seagulls squawk and the sun beats down on sunbathers and surfers…..
It sounds like an idyllic description of a far-flung and distant destination but surprisingly it’s the memory of somewhere a whole lot closer to home.

Bournemouth

The memories of these stunning seaside views are amongst some of my happiest – a summer spent travelling along England’s South West coast exploring some of the country’s most stunning coastline.
Pulling into our first port of call I can remember being shocked at the huge selection of beautiful accommodation stretching throughout the town. There really is something for everyone. The charming Best Western’s hotel (the Connaught) that we stayed in was perfectly positioned for a brief stay and most importantly, was close to the town’s seven-mile stretch of shimmering sands.
I can remember the sun shining and a lot of singing in the car as we pootled out of Bournemouth along to our next beach stop where we were determined to find a hotel as close to the stretched-out surfing hotspot of Croyde Beach as possible.

Devon

A lot can be said for staying close to home and the stunning scenery, perfect surfing conditions and long, hot sunny days in a superb little hotel all helped make this a wonderful summer that we will all remember for a long time. We spent our sun-kissed days in Devon frolicking along the gorgeous sands of Woolaccombe and the rugged cliffs of Babbacombe, yelling to be heard over the deafening squawks of the swooping sea gulls. We spent the warm summer evenings exploring the nearby towns, including the vibrant and cosmopolitan Plymouth and Torquay, the charming seaside resort of Torquay, made famous by fictional resident, Basil Fawlty.

Cornwall

Our last port of call was the place we were to stay in the longest so we took our time selecting it.
As I recall we deliberated long and hard on where to stay, finally reaching a compromise in the Best Western Hotel Bristol which was close enough to Newquay’s buzzing nightlife but still central for access to the amazing beaches.

During our last few days we managed to really get about and explore the western tip of Blighty. As well as the usual surfing (or trying to) at Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay we visited some of the beautiful towns including Truro, Portcurno and Perranporth. They all have a magical continental feel – I could have continued to explore them for days. Perhaps my favourite afternoon in the area was our visit to the Eden Project and I highly recommend anyone interested in botany and nature to pay it a visit.

The hotel was perfect – days were long, the nights were fun and the memories of that summer are ones I hope to recreate again one day.
Whether you’re travelling with friends or a family the English coastline provides an astonishingly beautiful backdrop for hours of fun and laughter in the sun. Simply pick the perfect hotel in which to unwind at the end of your journey and plot a memorable adventure along beautiful coastline – the journey really is as fun as the holiday itself, something you’re never likely to hear yourself saying when standing in a painfully long queue at an airport!

Victoria Park in Glasgow

Glasgow, a fun place to date

Glasgow is a thriving city with plenty of things to see and do.
If you are planning your first trip away, this Scottish city is a fun and romantic destination. Here are some ideas of what to do on your trip to the city.

Romantic spots

Glasgow has many stunning areas, perfect for spending time in with your loved one. A truly magical spot is Fossil Grove in Victoria Park which has the remains of an ancient forest. Wander through the grove hand in hand while admiring the breathtaking 300-million-year-old fossil tress. Another of the city’s most loved green spaces is the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. After admiring the beautiful collection of orchids in the domed Kibble Palace you can spend time with your partner meandering through the woodland around the River Kelvin.

Victoria Park in Glasgow

 

Cultural walks

Glasgow is a lovely place to wander around. You can stroll around Kelvingrove Park admiring its Victorian architecture, or you can spend time in Glasgow’s famous shopping streets such as Sauchiehall Street, indulging in some retail therapy. If you are interested in Glasgow’s history you can explore the People’s Palace museum, ambling through the magnificent Winter Gardens and sharing a romantic kiss by the Doultan Fountain. If you and your partner share a passion for art, follow the city’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh attraction trail, featuring 12 locations showcasing the architect’s best work. A highlight is the stunning House for an Art Lover which is one of Glasgow’s most distinctive and popular wedding venues.

Stylish bars and pubs

Glasgow is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city jam-packed full of quirky pubs, classy bars and lively clubs. Here are a few of the best to spend a romantic evening in:

  • Rogano (11 Exchange Place). This vintage-style venue has modelled its interior around the Queen Mary ocean liner built in the Glasgow docks. The bartenders add to the atmosphere of twenties decadence by mixing up delicious classic cocktails.
  • Grosvenor (24 Aston Lane). This loft bar is housed in a converted cinema. It is an elegant venue with white and gold vaulted ceilings and billowing white curtains. You can snuggle up on a sofa with a cocktail in hand while you watch the old movies that are projected on the walls.
  • Oran Mor (Top of Byres Road). One of the city’s best whisky bars with 250 malts to choose from, Oran Mor is the perfect place to get a taste of Scotland. Relax in this stunning converted church and if you are lucky you will be entertained by the famous play, pie and pint lunchtimes theatricals.
  • King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (272a St. Vincent Street). If you and your partner are music lovers this is the pub for you. In the past Oasis, Blur and The Verve have all performed here and it is still famous for its live gigs. The music varies from experimental rock electronica to classic jazz.

Scotland’s second city is one of the liveliest and most entertaining destinations in Europe. The city has been reborn as a centre of style and innovation, made more attractive by its grand Victorian architecture. Book yourself on a romantic weekend break to Glasgow with your loved one to experience all that the city has to offer.

 

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Bridge in Wallingford

Stunning historical facts for visitors of Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Anyone enjoying a leisurely break at a hotel in Oxford and surrounding area should be sure to set some time aside to explore some of the smaller towns which surround the city which are steeped in hundreds of years of history and culture, particularly from the Civil War era when King Charles the First, being barred from London, used the city as his capital and home. Some of the most interesting towns lie to the south of Oxford and are situated on the banks of the River Thames, Wallingford being a prime example.

Bridge in Wallingford

From Alfred the Great…

Wallingford dates back to King Alfred the Great who built the town in the 9th Century primarily to use as a defensive position against marauding Viking raiders. Some of the original Saxon ramparts have survived to this day which makes it a fascinating place to visit during your stay. The next visitor of note was William the Conqueror who famously crossed the river where the town’s 300 metre long bridge now stands.

…To King Charles

When the Civil War in England began back in the 1600’s, Wallingford became a stronghold of King Charles. It was actually the last garrison to fall, in 1646. Six years later, in 1652, Oliver Cromwell’s men demolished Wallingford Castle and used stone and timber remains to help build a section of Windsor Castle.

And the infamous Dick Turpin

In the 18th Century, one of the town’s most frequent visitors was England’s most notorious highwaymen, Dick Turpin who particularly favoured the George hostelry since he could sleep in a first floor room with his trusty steed, Black Bess, tethered in the courtyard below. If the law of the land got too close, Turpin would escape through the window and make his getaway – just like in the movies! The George and its convenient courtyard still exist to this day and are a very popular place with the holidaymakers who are keen to enjoy this famous part of English history.

Did you know?

Visitors can find out some interesting facts about the town’s history at Wallingford Museum. For instance, the mace used in the House of Commons is a copy of Wallingford’s which is still a key part of the town’s mayor-making ceremony. There is evidence of the early government mint that existed in the town.

Wallingford is also the burial place of local resident Judge William Blackstone, author of Commentaries on the Laws of England. This was used by the founding fathers of the United States of America when drawing up that country’s constitution.

Looks familiar

If the town centre at Wallingford looks vaguely familiar to first time visitors, the explanation probably is that they will have seen it several times in episodes of the hit TV series, Midsomer Murders, as it doubles up as Causton, the fictional town whose police station houses Inspector Barnaby’s office.

Coastal view from Shanklin

Family friendly accommodation on the Isle of Wight

Babies and children, despite their size come with an awful lot of baggage and require an awful lot of entertaining. They simply don’t appreciate the glory of spending a holiday relaxing, reading books and enjoying the scenery. Finding the right accommodation can be tricky, but on the Isle of Wight there are plenty of places that can cater for your young family, making your lives much easier.

Coastal view from Shanklin

Babies and Toddlers

If you’ve got a young baby or toddler it will help you to book accommodation that already provides you with sterilising equipment, travel cot and highchair. Oh, and then there’s the books and the toys. Not forgetting a TV that has Cbeebies, so you can put on ‘In the Night Garden’ at bedtime. Baby Friendly Boltholes has four lovely cottages to rent out that all come fully prepared for your little ones. In fact they go above and beyond the call of duty, providing buckets, spades, a ball pond, nightlights, baby crockery, potties and even a toilet booster seat. How lovely to not have a car full of the stuff on the journey!

Younger children

When it comes to taking younger children on holiday, the aim of the game is this – wear them out, so that they go to bed happy and exhausted at 7pm, leaving you in peace to put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine. One of the best hotels for families is the Old Park Hotel near Ventnor. It’s set in 16 acres of wooded park land, and here’s the clincher – there’s a footpath down to the beach. If it’s a rainy day, the hotel offers plenty of entertainment for children, including a big soft play area. Can’t beat the swimming pool either. And finally when it comes to dinner, there’s even children’s own meal times with a separate menu for those fussy eaters.

Older children and teens

For older children and early teens, I’m afraid you can’t get better than that great British institution – the holiday park. Might not be to everyone’s tastes, but there’s always plenty to do for children. Landguard Park at Shanklin has accommodation for all budgets, from static caravans to luxury lodges. They also have pitches for caravans and camping. The kids club ‘Sparky’s Krew’ (with a shameful K), has activities all day for children up to 12 years of age. You can’t fault the swimming pools for a bit of excitement either. The flumes and water slides are cool no matter what age you are. Then for teens there are lots of organised activities such as kayaking and talent shows.

Sailing near Ryde

Alternatively, you may want to have freedom and flexibility when it comes to meals for the whole family. We know how children can be fussy with food.

Overall the island is a fantastic place to take your family. With so many beautiful beaches, lovely parks and the historic steam train, you can easily spend a couple of weeks enjoying your holiday. All you need to do is choose your accommodation!

This Tikka Masala makes me hungry

What you need to know before buying a curry on Brick Lane

Come the weekend, I wanted to get away and forget all about work. There are plenty of last-minute cheap city breaks to pick all over the web but I didn’t feel like boarding a plane or travelling too far. So I opted for London, the city that never sleeps. Well, it used to be New York that never sleeps, but after Sandy blew it to sleep, I think London deserves this description. I won’t bore you with the details of a short stay in London, except to relate my trip down Brick Lane.

Enter Brick Lane

Brick Lane is reputed to be the best place in London to go for an authentic and tasty curry. However, Brick Lane is the only place in London where you are made to feel like a complete food tourist, and not in a good way. Almost every restaurant has a tout in the doorway, attempting to cajole you inside. They are as aggressive as the restaurant touts on the Costa del Sol, trying to lure in sunburned English holidaymakers to a greasy, expensive meal of the ever-familiar steak and chips.

Which one?

This Tikka Masala makes me hungry

It is even difficult to tell one restaurant from the next. Most of the windows are pasted with glossy pictures of Chicken Tikka Mossalas and King Prawn Bhunas. As a general rule of thumb I have always said – if the menu is in pictures, instead of words, don’t go there. The average discerning diner is quite able to decipher an Indian restaurant menu without needing visual clues. Don’t patronise us!

Princess Diana curry

On passing the first restaurant we were offered curry and a beer for ten quid. The next we were offered curry and a bottle of wine for ten quid. The third restaurant we were offered two courses, all our drinks, and tickets to Wicked for ten quid. It was almost impossible to decide where to eat. After passing at least a dozen places, we were still no nearer deciding. Then we got to Cafe Bangla. As usual we were bombarded with special offers – 2 courses and booze for ten quid. But here was the clincher – Princess Diana ate here! Two minutes later we were seated in front of a giant Diana mural with a bottle of Cobra in hand (my hand, not Princess Diana’s hand).

The food was basic at best. What I would describe as “red sauce, yellow sauce, brown sauce”, all with something added, be it onions, chillies or a token leaf of coriander. I hung my head in foodie shame, full well knowing that we had made an error. Princess Diana may well have eaten in any of the generic curry houses along Brick Lane, it wouldn’t have mattered. All the food is the same – catering to the mass market of “hurry in, hurry out” tourists.

Dishoom

So if you are in search of a genuine Indian meal in London, don’t do what I did. By all means visit Brick Lane, and take in the fabulous and colourful vintage market stalls. But when it comes to picking somewhere for a tandoori, walk on by. Just round the corner is Dishoom on Boundary Street. The Lamb Raan might cost twice as much as your “red sauce, yellow sauce, brown sauce” curry, but at least you’ll leave with a smile on your face.

Where to stay in London? Accommodation is expensive but fortunately, I know the city well enough to know where to get the best  bang for my buck. Here is my recommendation if you are looking for hotel deals in London or just want to watch your wallet: pick a hotel slightly to the east where it is much cheaper than right in the middle of the West End. So if you too fancy a stay in the capital, hopefully you won’t relive my experience. Now I’m off to watch the movie Brick Lane!

Tarts on sale

Try a day trip to Ilkley

Ilkley is a pretty little town within commuting distance of Bradford and Leeds. It is located 30km from Leeds and 25 km from Bradford. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is not too far away to the north-west but you don’t need to go there if you want to spend a few hours hiking in beautiful countryside. Ilkley has all you need.

View from Ilkley

Getting there

To get there, you can get a fast train from Leeds, popular with the commuters, or a bus from Bradford. The bus will take you on a winding path and take about an hour but you will see more of the region that way. I got thoroughly lost on the bus. Ikley is dominated by the ikley Moors to the south. When I took the bus, I was so disoriented I thought the moors were to the north and take it was the Yorkshire Dales!

Ilkley & Bradford

Ikley is part of the Bradford Metropolitan District Council and shares the Bradford post code. It is also very hilly. These are the only 2 things that Ilkley has in common with the grim industrial town of Bradford, so next time you hear Bradford and ikley together in the same sentence, don’t discount this beautiful little town. It has lots to speak for itself. In fact, it attracts a lot of tourists.

Colourful Ilkley town centre

Ramblers welcome

There are the moors already mentioned which attract many walkers and ramblers for the day. Visit the tourist information centre or grab yourself a map to choose one of the many paths crisscrossing the moors. Don’t forget your camera as well to immortalise the stunning views that will open up in front of you as you gain in altitude. You’ll need to be fit enough to negotiate the slopes of the moors.

Independent shops

If breaking out into a sweat is not for you, there’s still plenty to do within the town centre itself. Ilkley has a high proportion of independent shop owners and many cafés and restaurants, including the famous Bettys tea room. There is a Victorian arcade that has been converted into a shopping centre.

Tarts on sale

 

Delicacies from small shops

Surrounding towns and villages

If you tire of Ilkley or you have already been there, there are many picturesque villages nearby. Skipton is probably the most well-known and is found to the west, along the A65. Shipley is to the south on the way to Bradford, while Middleton and Denton are close nearby.

There are many upmarket and beautiful properties in Ilkley – property prices reflect this too! A significant proportion of the population is made up of pensioners and you’ll find several nursing homes there. I wouldn’t mind retiring there but would have trouble negotiating the steep slopes in my old age and the ice in winter will turn them treacherous!

All in all, Ilkley is very similar to Harrogate, albeit smaller.

The Radcliffe Camera houses the science library

5 facts you probably ignored about Oxford

The Radcliffe Camera houses the science library

With a worldwide reputation and the nickname of the City of Dreaming Spires because of all the glorious architecture dotted around, Oxford is undoubtedly a special place. With one of the best universities in the world alongside all the beauty and things to do, it’s little wonder the city is such a popular destination.

Popular attractions

The university colleges demand your attention when you’re in Oxford, steeped as they are in so much history. And if history is important to you, there’s also the great Bodleian Library, Oxford Castle and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology to explore.

When you consider all the other eclectic attractions of the city, from the Botanic Gardens and theatres to White Horse Hill and Headington Shark, you really need to stay for a few days to truly appreciate the place.

Did you know…

So while you’re planning and dreaming about the stirring city, here are 5 facts about Oxford – after all, how much do you actually know about the city beyond the fact it’s definitely worth a visit?

1. The city has more published writers per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Among the high profile authors are Lewis Carroll who named Alice from Alice In Wonderland after a real girl called Alice Liddell, the daughter of Lewis Carroll’s friend who was Dean at Christ Church College where he taught. JRR Tolkein, Colin Dexter and Philip Pullman also have connections with Oxford.
2. Oxford University is the oldest English-speaking university in the world, and dates back to the twelfth century. And it was in fact a group of Oxford students who founded the University of Cambridge, after fleeing the city following the 1209 riots between students and townspeople.
3. The first museum in the world to display treasures to members of the public was the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, which opened in 1683.
4. During the English Civil War, Oxford was temporarily the capital of England, when Charles I held his court there from 1642. Charles stayed at Christ Church College from 1642 to 1646.
5. The University of Oxford has educated 26 British prime ministers, including Sir Robert Peel, William Gladstone, Clement Attlee, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and David Cameron.

Head to Oxford to discover the hidden treasures of this historic city.

Edinburgh view from above

My roadtrip to Scotland – the best way to experience it

Scotland is a beautiful country and there’s no better way to experience the country side than by car.

Road winding through Scotland's countryside

I live in Harrogate and recently my partner and I embarked on a road trip mini-break to Scotland. We set off from Harrogate and headed straight up the M6 towards Glasgow, over the city flyover and on up to Loch Lomond. We had not anticipated just how beautiful the drive up there would be.

Picturesque Loch Lomond

As we drove over the River Tay we suddenly got a glimpse of the loch. Our hotel was situated right on the edge of the Loch and the view was like something out of a movie. Luckily the weather was on our side too so we sipped the local beer and enjoyed the view across the loch. As the evening drew in we headed down to the hotel restaurant where we dined on the local Scottish Salmon which was to die for!

Edinburgh Here We Come

The next morning we got up early and headed along the back roads to the capital city, Edinburgh. Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Steeped in history and teeming with culture Edinburgh is one of most magical cities around. Whether you are travelling on a shoe string or have budget to spare there is something for everyone.

Things to Do Once You Get To Edinburgh

Edinburgh is packed with activities including:

  • The Edinburgh Zoo
  • The Edinburgh Castle
  • Shopping on Princes Street
  • The Royal Mile
  • The Edinburgh Dungeon

If the weather is nice then walking up around the side of Edinburgh castle is well worth the trek as the view of Arthurs Seat is beautiful. You can then wander down The Royal Mile and pick up an array of Edinburgh mementos including the world’s smallest bottle of whiskey!

Edinburgh view from above

Edinburgh Seafood – Some of the Best in Europe

Not a lot of people know that Edinburgh is famous for its seafood too. More accurately, Leith, a 5 minute drive towards the coast, is a famous seafood port, providing the local restaurants with the freshest catch of the day! We dined on fresh Loch Oysters and for a moment it felt like we could have been on the French Riviera.

The next day we headed back to tranquil Harrogate with great memories of beautiful Scotland. Scotland, and in particular Edinburgh, is a great place for a mini break or a lengthy stay. There is so much to do whether you’re going with friends or family so if you’re looking for inspiration on where to go, whether it is summer or winter, Scotland is a brilliant choice.

Cow and calf rock, Ilkley

Rediscover the romance of West Yorkshire

Every region of the UK has its treasures, and West Yorkshire is full of beautiful places to visit on a romantic break. Whether you and your partner love the faded glamour of historic places, enjoy sharing the great outdoors or prefer indulging in romantic moments in the city, you’ll find the right fit in West Yorkshire. Here are just some of the best romantic picks…

Exciting cities

There’s always something new to try in West Yorkshire’s cities. Here you can explore your romantic side through shared passions, be it food, dancing or architecture.

Leeds

It was the original birthplace of the ultimate British department store, Marks & Spencer, but there’s a more fashionable edge to Leeds too. Experience culinary artistry at the city’s top restaurants or hit the town for some of the country’s best nights out.

Bradford

Named UNESCO City of Film in 2009, Bradford’s status as a city of culture has replaced its former glory as a centre for textile manufacturing. Film buffs will love the National Media Museum ─ the most visited museum in the country outside London. Snuggle up whilst watching a film in one of the museum’s many screens.

Stunning countryside

If you’re a couple who met through a shared love of the outdoors,  you’ll love West Yorkshire’s countryside.

Otley Chevin

A great romantic setting for outdoorsy couples is Otley Chevin. You don’t have to trek far to find a surprise view.

Ilkley Moor

Experience the open countryside and panoramic views that make this area of the UK so popular with walkers on Ilkley Moor. There are hundreds of photo opportunities for couples, including Cow and Calf rocks. Don’t forget your binoculars, because it’s also a haven for rare and beautiful birds.

Cow and calf rock, Ilkley

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History

Once you’re worn out from trekking around the countryside, re-enact scenes from your favourite costume drama at a country house.

Harewood House and Estate

Swoon at the classical gardens or stare longingly across the moors after your clandestine lover at this striking stately home, just outside Harrogate.

Saltaire Village

Another of West Yorkshire’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Saltaire Village outside Bradford is named after Sir Titus Salt who built the textile mill there. People still live at the village today, and it’s a great place to visit to find out more about the region’s rich history.

Saltaire's New Mill

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Vibrant festivals

Arts and culture are alive and well at West Yorkshire’s many festivals; there are more romantic options than getting muddy at Leeds Festival.

Bronte Parsonage Museum, Contemporary Arts Programme

The Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, holds a programme of contemporary arts events each year offering the latest in visual and written arts. The museum is also a gem for literature lovers and a romantic spot with its ties to the Brontë family. Recall the tragic romance of Jane Eyre as you explore the house.

Hebden Bridge Festival

At the annual festival and fringe, experience something new from the varied programme of performances including spoken word, music, theatre and comedy.

If you like the sound of West Yorkshire’s attractions, start planning a visit for you and your partner today. After all, romantic moments are all about sharing experiences you both enjoy.

Beautiful British countryside

A Gourmet Holiday in Britain

Who would have predicted, half a century ago, that the British would become a nation of foodies?  With the advent of the TV chef, and so much emphasis on the origins and health of our food supplies, the British are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about and interested in buying food direct from the grower.  Farmers markets are springing up around the country, and most regional tourist boards have followed in the footsteps of their French counterparts, and now feature local specialists and regional recipes in their guides.

Beautiful British countryside

Exploring home delights

An enthusiasm for food is certainly something that many of us enjoy indulging when we’re on holiday, and with increasing numbers choosing to stay in the UK, we have an opportunity to explore the delights offered on our doorstep.  Many people enjoy building knowledge of an area that they return to over years, getting to discover the great places to eat, and where to source the best materials for that delicious family dinner.  An economical way to create a holiday base for yourself and your family is to buy a static caravan on one of the parks around the UK, many of them based close to beaches or to areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Food from the source

Having acquired your caravan, you can look forward to preparing and sharing those gourmet meals (and the kitchen facilities will be important to foodies), but make sure that the cooking, as well as the eating is shared!  A guide to some of the largest farmers’ markets and specialist food producers can be found in The Good Food Producers Guide, and you can spend many a happy hour browsing through wonderful displays of vegetables heaped high on a farmer’s stall, or visit a farm where they sell direct.

There’s nothing like seeing your beef on the hoof! Here are some suggestions for foodie visits linked to National Parks and popular holiday destinations in the UK.

Pembrokeshire National Park

With its stunning views over towering cliffs and out to sea, a brisk walk along a stretch of the Pembrokeshire costal trail is an ideal prelude to a hearty meal.  Why not try some Welsh specialities like laver bread, or profit from all the glorious seafood around during Pembrokeshire Fish Week?  There are lots of cheesemakers in the area, one example being Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheeses, who sell their produce direct from their farm shop, where you can go to have a coffee and sample before you buy.

The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors

Wetherby Farmers Market is held on the second Sunday of every month, and offers a range of stalls, from locally produced meat to farm cheeses.  Wetherby itself is a lovely small market town built along the banks of the picturesque River Wharfe, well worth a visit in its own right, and situated on the A1, it’s easy to get to. Other market towns in the area like Otley and Cleckheaton offer farmers markets on different days of the month, so you should be able to do the larger part of your shopping direct from their stalls.

2012 has been a great year for Great Britain and events such as the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics has seen a growth in enthusiasm and pride for the country and its products. With consumer behaviour moving towards sustainable, organic and homegrown produce, Britain has an opportunity to show exactly what it has to offer. There has never been a better time to go out and explore the countless markets that are open every day and there has never been a better time to buy British.