I love Saltaire! It's a visually stunning model village, formed in the 1800s by a man who grandly went by the name of Titus Salt. He wanted to build somewhere away from the smog of Bradford, a kind of industrial utopia for himself and his mill-workers deep within the luscious countryside of West Yorkshire.
How to get there:
It's only just over 10 minutes from Leeds on the train, so it's perfect for a daytrip! We awoke on a sunny Autumnal day and decided to make the journey by car which took roughly half an hour or so.
Where to visit:
Our first point of call was Robert's Park, voted one of the best green spaces in the country. It's colourful, with beautiful architecture dotted around it, and provides a great place to sit and watch the river as it tumbles and thrashes. From here, you can also view Salts Mill as it stands regally across the way. I've previously been inside and checked out the David Hockney iPad drawings selection, as well as the lovely ground floor shop - but alas, as the rain loomed threateningly overhead we decided we'd call a raincheck on it! After wandering around, we headed to The Boathouse Inn for a packet of crisps, and china cups of tea. We had to sit outside because we had a doggy with us, but it allowed for a spectacular view of the water (and the ducks). I hear that they do a cracking roast!
Where to shop:
Where to eat:
Why should you go?:
Here's some photos to persuade you if you're not already convinced...
If you've never been in Leeds Corn Exchange you're truly missing a trick! That roof... One of the wonders of the world? I think so! This weekend was the first annual Rum Festival in our city, held in the bottom of this glorious building. There was rum, there was hubbub, there were some DJs who popped brimming shots into our hands, there were masterclasses, there was more rum... It was great! I would've liked to see more of a festival vibe though, with perhaps more seating areas or cocktail samples... But it was fun, and though it caused a sore head the next day due to it being the gateway to a night on the tiles, I can definitely say I've now increased my knowledge of Jack Sparrow's favourite drink!
It feels like the construction of Victoria Gate has lasted a lifetime. The vision of men in high-vis jackets, and the sound of building work has been a constant fixture of that area of the city centre for months and months and months. But finally, it's finished. In two days time the gates will open, and in the droves of shoppers will flock. Yesterday I was lucky enough to have a sneak peek around the consumer heaven, and the architecturally interesting new Northern flagship John Lewis. Here's some photos I took on the tour - have a little nosey!
I love phone calls. It's a little weird, mainly because I've always been better at writing than speaking. Writing is a way of expressing myself that I can take time over, that I can eloquently use to alleviate the bubbling stress of my frenetic feelings by crafting the perfect Hello. The perfect Sorry. The perfect Goodbye. I can throw alliteration in there, and make words rhyme within sentences, and feel like everything fits.
But phone calls have kept me sane. Not confrontational or dramatic ones, but everyday phonecalls. The ones that make you forget the distance that separates you. The ones where you fill each other in with the boring details of your day, because otherwise you'd never know the intimate corners of each other's domesticity. You'd never know that small thing someone said on that day that caused a cross journey home. You'd never know what they were having for dinner (unless of course they 'grammed it). You'd never know the delicacies of the mundane. The beauty in the mild. The sparkle in the run-of-the-mill.
As I put my phone down, I smile. Feeling like I'm right there with you.
1) Leeds First Ever Rum Festival
Saturday 15th October from 12pm to 5pm
At the Corn Exchange this weekend I'm super excited for the Rum Festival! There'll be a cocktail bar featuring brands such as Re'Al Syrups, Havana Club, Appleton Estate, Santa Teresa and Rumbullion. There'll also be masterclasses, live music and DJs, alongside local Caribbean food.
2) No/Gloss Film Festival
22nd - 23rd October
Read my full preview of this here! It's going to be an amazing event!
3) Leeds International Film Festival LIFF30
This year, Jim Jarmusch's new work Paterson will open the festival, while Toni Erdmann, the jewel in 2016's Cannes' crown, will close it. Last year I was lucky enough to go to lots of screenings during LIFF29 - I loved getting to journey around Leeds to the different venues, and seeing all sorts of amazing films! Can't wait for this.
4) Beacons Metro
26th October - 8th November
Dinosaur Jr., Margaret Glaspy, NAO, Fucked Up and more... It's going to be a great week for music in Leeds! Also it's only £50 for an all inclusive ticket, lovely stuff.
5) The Exorcist Outdoor Cinema plus Halloween Disco
Friday 28th October
Last year I saw the Nightmare on Elm Street in Kirkstall Abbey as part of Sneaky Cinema, and though it was very chilly it was a definitely worth the October alfresco screening. Super spooky and lots of fun! Go this year if you get a chance.