Welcome back to my monthly edition of ‘cultural things to do’ where I give you my top five recommendations of events, experience and places to visit in West Yorkshire.
Summertime is officially here, with lighter evenings and brighter days there’s no excuse to stay indoors. West Yorkshire is a stunning place to explore with your longer days. And this month is a reet’ treat as we scoff our face with chocolate until we are sick. So to celebrate I’ve rustled up some eggcellent fun for April 2017.
1. Easter Egg Hunt | Hardcastle Crags Hebden Bridge
Who says Easter Egg hunts are just for children? Enjoy Hardcastle Crags stunning wooded valley and solve clues to earn a yummy chocolatey reward. I visited last Spring, on Easter weekend actually, and spent a full day exploring the woods and streams. We spotted so much wildlife. I seem to recall we practically stalked a Heron last time…
Friday 14th – Monday 17th | £2 trail
2. Easter Duck Race | Hebden Bridge
I’m sure you’ve seen ducklings before. But I bet you’ve never seen thousands on mass mindlessly floating down stream. Hebden Bridge Rotary Club is running their annual Easter Monday duck race, with a full day of entertainment to match. Join the duckmania and follow the yellow duck river… You’d be quackers to miss it. Right I’ll stop now.
Monday 17th | £1 Duck Entry
3. Leeds International Festival | Leeds Wide
Over a week in April, Leeds will experience the best in music, moving image and tech across the city. There’s sure to be something to catch your eye in this eggstravaganza (I’m sorry I said I’d stop the puns) Join the Instagram walking tour, watch the world’s only live action game and be part of bio-hacking where you can get a live chip implant on stage. Pretty cool stuff eh!
Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 | Various places and prices
4. Best of Be Festival | Slung Low Leeds
Shake up your idea of theatre with this cultural cross countries treat. Enjoy three fantastically diverse and innovative shows from Italy, Switzerland and Germany as well as a vegan supper and post show discussion. They may have invoked article 50 but we can still celebrate European culture and community.
Saturday 29th | 7.30 – 9.30 | Pay what you decide
5. Tour De Yorkshire | City Park Bradford
You’ll no doubt remember the first ever Yorkshire stage of the Tour De France in 2014. It was a historic event as the second ever UK staging since London in 2007. To continue the legacy, the Tour De Yorkshire holds a three-day race across our glorious landscape. Stage three, “The Yorkshire Terrier” starts at City Park in Bradford and has over 3,400m of climbing – the toughest route yet. Head down to cheer the riders on!
Sunday 30th | Free
I’d love to hear if you pop along to any of my suggestions in the comments below!
Image Credits: Welcome to Yorkshire, Alan Cottam, Leeds Int Fest, Slunglow, ITV