The Bewildered Family Guide to Yorkshire is a slightly silly but informative video series featuring five-year-old Elsa, one-year-old Seth and me visiting towns and cities across God’s Own County and testing how family friendly they are.
Take a look at the latest video, based in and around Wakefield:
Background to the Bewildered Family Guide to Yorkshire
I started this series because I love the county and want to show it off. I’m not from Yorkshire originally (although everyone seems to assume Scunthorpe is in South Yorkshire anyway), but I’ve chosen to live here and bring up a family. We live in the shadow of the moors and I truly believe it’s one of the most spectacular places in the world. However, it’s not just that – there are amazing cities, fantastic attractions and Yorkshire Tea (the best tea) tastes better when made with genuine Yorkshire water too.
Bewildered Family Guide to Yorkshire – Map
Here are the destinations we have visited so far. Tap on the icons to find the videos and links to individual guide pages for that town or city.
Make sure you leave your comments and suggestions on the pages – we’d really appreciate it. If you know a place in Yorkshire that we should visit, let us know in the comments and we might turn up with camera in hand.
Bewildered Family Guide to Yorkshire – The Videos
Here are the videos we have created so far. Take a look and give them a like and a share on YouTube if you can. The kids and I would really appreciate it and I’m sure you’ll receive good karma. Probably.
Bradford is a West Yorkshire town that boomed in the 19th century thanks to the wool trade. Today it is the world’s first UNESCO city of film. Find out more about our family day in Bradford on the dedicated page.
One of the hidden gems of the east coast, Filey is a beautiful seaside resort that has resisted an influx of too many big chain stores. It has a beautiful beach too. Take a look at the Family Guide to Filey page.
The gateway to the beautiful Calder Valley, Halifax boasts a children’s museum and the stunning Piece Hall. Discover more about this West Yorkshire town on the Halifax Family Guide page.
Harrogate is the pinnacle of posh Yorkshire, with its Turkish spa and exclusive ladies’ college. It’s also the home of Yorkshire Tea. Learn more about this North Yorkshire town at the Harrogate guide page.
Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire is like nowhere else. With a proud textile history, this gorgeous part of the Calder Valley is a haven for artists and creative folk in general. Read the Hebden Bridge family guide.
Challenging Harrogate’s ‘Poshest Place in Yorkshire’ claim, West Yorkshire spa town Ilkley is famous for its sprawling moor on which you are supposed to wear a hat. Hit the link for the Ilkley family guide.
Keighley is beginning of the Keighley and Worth Valley Steam Railway, a real treat of a line that heads into Bronte Country. Take a look at the family guide to Keighley page for more on this West Yorkshire town.
Knaresborough is a beautiful North Yorkshire market town with a fascinating history, including its Norman castle and the medieval soothsayer, Mother Shipton. Learn more about this intriguing town in the Knaresborough family guide.
Leeds likes to think of itself as the capital of the north, and it is full to the brim with fascinating attractions, great shopping and places to eat and drink. Follow the link to the Leeds family guide page for more details.
West Yorkshire market town Otley hides a rock ‘n’ roll secret, which we expose in this video. We also head to the picturesque Chevin, chat all things Thomas Chippendale and go down some slides.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Saltaire is a beautiful village that Victorian mill owner Titus Salt built to house his workers. Today, Salt’s Mill is home to shops, restaurants and many works by artist David Hockney. Visit the Saltaire family guide page to discover more.
Another hidden gem of the Yorkshire coast, Saltburn is a gorgeous town boasting a host of independent shops and the only pier left standing in the county. Discover more at the family guide to Saltburn page.
Perhaps the most famous Yorkshire coastal resort, Scarborough has all the elements of the traditional British seaside break with some beautiful and tranquil areas too. Find out more at the Scarborough family guide page.
The Steel City is as fiercely proud of its industrial past as it is of its artistic scene. Sheffield is home to some of Yorkshire’s finest bands and you can learn more about family friendly Sheffield at the dedicated page.
Skipton is known as the Gateway to the Dales, but it is also a cracking destination in its own right. With a well preserved castle and a host of family attractions, you can discover more at the Skipton guide page.
Wakefield doesn’t feature on the regular tourist route, but it is a city with plenty of history as well as a heap of culture. Learn about the nursery rhymes inspired by Wakey and four-pointed triangles at the Wakefield family day out page.
The city that gives the county its name is a well-known tourist trap, but it is also a great destination for families. Read about York’s family friendly attractions on the York page.
Yorkshire Day Special
Here’s a video I made with the kids for Yorkshire Day 2018 about what it means to be Yorkshire.