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                 2                                                                    Craftsman at
                                                                                  Mouseman Visitor
                                                                                    Centre, Kilburn

                                                                                                       YORKSHIRE’S GREAT
                                                                                                       SHOPPING EXPERIENCES
                                                                                                      FIVE OTHER UNIQUE YORKSHIRE
                                                                                                      SHOPPING EXPERIENCES
                                                                                                           Oldest Sweet Shop in England, Pateley Bridge
                                                                                                       1   Situated in the picturesque Nidderdale town of
                                                                                                           Pateley Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales, the Oldest
                                                                                                           Sweet Shop dates from the 1630’s. This shop
                                                                                                           really is a piece of England’s living history and a
                                                                                                           mecca for sweet and chocoholics the world over.

                                                                                                           Wensleydale Rocking Horse Shop, Hawes
                                                                                                       2   The Wensleydale Rocking Horse workshop is
                                                                                                           located in Hawes in beautiful Wensleydale. The
                                                                                                           workshop makes traditional rocking horses
                                                                                                           using methods that have been established over

                                                                                                           Betty’s Teashops, Harrogate, RHS Harlow Carr,
                                                                                                       3   York, Ilkley and Northallerton
                                                                                                           If you’re planning a visit to Yorkshire, a trip to
                                                                                                           Bettys Café Tea Rooms is a must. You’ll find six
                                                                                                           Bettys branches in Yorkshire and although all
                                                                                                           offer the same welcoming hospitality and
                                                                                                           extensive menu, each has its own special character.

                                                                                                           The Brontë Weaving Shed, Haworth
                                                                                                       4   The Brontë Weaving Shed is the home of the
                                                                                                           famous Brontë tweed. Groups can watch the
                                                                                                           hand weaving of the Brontë tweed on a Victorian
                                                                                                           handloom in regular demonstrations.

                                                                                                           Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley
                                                                                                       5   Elscar Heritage Centre offers a unique shopping
                                                                                                           experience. The centre is host to regular
                                                                                                           Antiques & Collectables Fairs. While at the centre
                                                                                                           take a visit to the Coddswallop Bottle Museum

A Piece of Yorkshire                                                                                       and Collectors Shop which has a great collection
                                                                                                           of antique bottles, advertising jars & ceramics.

                                                                                                                                    Betty’s Café Tea Rooms

Yorkshire is home to many traditional and            jewellery, art materials, gifts and music.
locally produced crafts and delicacies that          For further information on group visits to
have become favourites all over the country.         Hebden Bridge, please contact the Hebden
You will find a mixture of speciality boutiques       Bridge Tourist Information Centre on 01422
in York and Harrogate, high street favourites in     843831.
Hull, designer emporiums in Leeds, an array          Continued over page >>
of mill shops and textiles in West Yorkshire and
traditional market towns everywhere selling                                                            TOURISM CONTACTS
local produce. Aside general shopping, for
collectors or those with a special interest                                                           Hebden Bridge T 01422 843831
Yorkshire offers a unique shopping experience.
                                                                                                      Bradford T 01274 433678

Day one                                                                                               Harrogate T 01423 537300
Morning – Hebden Bridge                                                                               Hawes T 01969 666210
Not so long ago Hebden Bridge was found to                                                            hawes@ytbtic.co.uk
have the country’s highest ratio of interesting                                                       Sutton Bank T 01845 597426
independent shops to chain stores, so this                                                            suttonbank@ytbtic.co.uk
seems an appropriate place to start your                                                              Whitby T 01723 383636
groups unique Yorkshire shopping experience.                                                          tourismbureau@scarborough.gov.uk

                                                                                                      The Regional Food Group T 01937 830354
This small town in Calderdale is home to                                                   Bombay
unique shops selling clothes, food, furniture,                                              Stores,   Order your accommodation guide online at:
                                                                                          Bradford    www.yorkshire.com
antiques, books, ceramics, picture frames,

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                                     Wensleydale view

     Afternoon – Bombay Stores, Bradford
     In the afternoon head over to Bradford’s
     Bombay Stores, which adds an exciting
     dimension to the local shopping scene.
     Bombay Stores on Shearbridge Road sells an
     Aladdin’s cave of goods including silks and
     satins, bridal fabric, dancewear materials,
     hand embroidered shoes and jewellery.

     Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am to
     7.30pm, Sunday 12noon to 6pm.
     Please call 01274 729993 to discuss group visits.

     Mid/late afternoon – Yorkshire Country Wines,
     To round the day off nicely, if you can handle it,
     take a trip to Yorkshire Country Wines to
     sample some locally produced wines
     (especially the famous Elderflower) and
     experience the process taken to perfect the
     taste. The fruit is bought locally from the           gallery, specialist cheese shop and fully          signed with early examples of the carved
     growers and the elderflowers are picked by the         licensed restaurant. The museum guides you         mouse symbol.
     family on site. Take advantage of an evening          through the history of Wensleydale Cheese and      Average visit time: 1 hour.
     winery tour and wine tasting with buffet during       its production through the centuries. Go back
     your visit. It is essential for groups to book this   in time as you walk through the original           Admission: £3.50 per adult.
     in advance. Alternatively for a day visit and         farmhouse dairy, housing equipment from the
     tour, make sure you have a sit down in the            turn of the century. See the press room and        Opening times: Easter to December 10am to
     tearooms where you will find a distinctive             maturing room and learn about the traditional      5pm. Closed Mondays in October and Mondays
     menu with the best of local produce reflecting         cheese-making process.                             and Tuesdays in November and December.
     the Yorkshire region.                                                                                    To book a group visit, please call 01347 868222.
                                                           Average visit time: The ‘Cheese Experience’
     Admission: Winery tours cost £2.50 per person.        tour takes approximately 30 – 90 minutes and       Mid-late Afternoon – Whitby
                                                           the optimum time for viewing cheese-making         Finish the day with a gentle stroll around
     Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday: 11.30am            is between 10am and 3pm.                           Whitby which is steeped in a wealth of
     to 4.30pm, including Bank Holidays. Please            Please contact the Visitor Centre on 01969         tradition and seafaring history.
     contact Yorkshire Country Wines directly on           667664 to discuss your group visit.                The enchanting port and Whitby’s unique
     01423 711947 for information on your group                                                               maze of narrow streets, alleyways and ruins
     visit and to book for evening tours.                  Admission: £2 per adult.                           has been an inspiration to many generations.
                                                           Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9am to           While taking in the sights and shops of
                                                           5pm and Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm.                   Whitby look out for a shop called The Whitby
     Day two                                                                                                  Catch, a new shop on the harbourside. It
     Morning – Wensleydale Cheese Visitor                  Afternoon – The Mouseman Visitor Centre,           stocks more than 120 different fishing
     Centre, Hawes                                         Kilburn                                            products every day including fresh fish and
     Jump on the coach early morning and travel to         In the afternoon, head towards Kilburn for a       shell fish fresh from the boats.
     Hawes for a visit to the Wensleydale Creamery.        visit to the Mouseman Visitor Centre and           Close to the Abbey steps in Whitby’s historic
     Receiving over 200,000 visitors each year, the        explore one mans work from start to finish.         old town is the Enamel Workshop. This was
     Visitor Centre incorporates a museum, viewing         From a single acorn to a finished piece of          formerly a fisherman’s cottage and
                                                           beautifully hand crafted oak furniture, a simple   bakehouse. Its large oak-beamed fireplace is
                                   Wensleydale Visitor     ethos established by Robert Thompson – The         filled with showcases displaying ‘Whitby Jet’,
                                       Centre, Hawes
                                                           Mouseman of Kilburn.                               original handmade silver jewellery, and an
                                                           In perfect reflection of this, the new              extensive range of Amber jewellery.
                                                           Mouseman Visitor Centre will take you on an        For information on group visits to Whitby,
                                                           amazing journey through the life and times         please call the Whitby Tourist Information
                                                           of the Mouseman from humble beginnings to          Centre on 01723 383636.
                                                           furniture legend. Visitors to the centre can       Further food and delicacy trails/itineraries are
                                                           pass through rooms set in the 1930s that are       available from the Regional Food Group.
                                                           full of Robert Thompsons own personal              Please call 01937 830354 or email
                                                           furniture made with his own hands and              team@rfgyh.co.uk

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