Great Days Out

You will not be lacking options for Great Days Out and just one example is the Heights of Abraham in Matlock where you will find attractions from cable cars to the various rides in the Hilltop Park.

The Bronte’s have been described as the world’s most famous literary family with works including Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Wuthering Heights. The family lived at Haworth Parsonage from 1820 to 1861 and this is now the museum (pictured). The museum has a world class collection of manuscripts and letters, with many of the rooms at the Parsonage retained as the Brontes would have known them. In 2016 the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth will be celebrated. More details can be found at www.bronte.org.uk.

There is a sizeable museum shop and Bronte related books are sold for both children and adult markets. The books include some less common titles.The former wool manufacturing village of Haworth is described as still recognisable to how it was in the Brontes era.

There are a number of historic or other houses in or around the edge of the Peak District National Park and which have gardens/parkland. Gardens that open temporarily; can be connected with the National Gardens scheme or for charitable events.

Chatsworth and Haddon Hall are in the vicinity of the southern or White Peak area of the National Park, an area more of rolling limestone hills and fields enclosed by dry stone walls. The northern Dark Peak area is associated with open moorland rather than gardens.

Chatsworth www.chatsworth.org is a major Stately Home with some 20 gardeners and a still greater number of volunteer gardeners. Attractions include the Cottage, Rose and Kitchen gardens along with the 300 year old water cascade and the impressive gravity fed Emperor Fountain. There are some five miles of walks including streams, ponds and rare trees.

Haddon Hall www.haddonhall.co.uk near Bakewell has been noted for its Elizabethan inspired knot garden on the Bowling Green Terrace. Whilst the Fountain Terrace was replanted by a Chelsea Award winner. The location is also known for its use in Film and TV including three versions of Jane Eyre along with The Other Boelyn Girl and a long list of other film and TV credits shown on the website.

The Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery is very close and some details are included at section 7 above. The museum is not large and the gallery rather small but it is a useful spot to call at, not least as it doubles as the Tourist Information Centre.

Major conurbations that are close enough to consider for museum visits include Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield or further south Stoke-on-Trent and Derby. The visit Manchester website www.visitmanchester.com lists more than fifty Museums, Galleries and other attractions

The Tolson Museum and Ravensknowle Park is a museum in a substantial building, donated as a memorial to members of the Tolson family, who were killed in WW1. Orginally focused on Natural History it later had manufacturing exhibits added including vehicles made in the area and a Victorian School room. The Coln Valley Museum has a focus on textile history along with a children’s corner with some traditional toys.

Wakefield is home to the Wakefield Museum and some 5 miles away from it the National Coal Mining Museum (‘NCMM’). At the NCMM there is the option (usually needs to be pre-booked) to descend some 140m underground with Miner’s lamps; allowing visitors to view the working conditions through the ages and coal seams.

The Dewsbury Museum and Crow Nest Park focuses on local history of the area set in a mansion house within parkland. Ornamental lake, adventure playground and walled wildlife garden.

Bradford is home to the National Media Museum with its focus on film, photography, TV and radio history. Whilst the Bradford Industrial Museum is in a former textile mill site with millworkers homes and factory machinery.

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