Carol Gill - My Yorkshire weekend
PUBLISHED: 12:10 26 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:10 26 July 2014
Barnsley solicitor Carol Gill talks about her favourite family days out
During the week, I commute back and forth between my home near Huddersfield to my office in Barnsley town centre. At the weekends, I tend to find myself heading all over the county on a diverse range of family outings.
My sons Sam, eight, and Ben, four, would definitely say our trip to Flamingo Land was a recent highlight. They enjoyed all the rides and loved seeing the lions, kangaroos and meerkats.
A very different experience was our lovely stay at the Coniston Hotel in Skipton. It’s set in 1,400 acres of Yorkshire Dales countryside and is great for walks. We particularly enjoyed the falconry experience – though handling the raw meat to entice back my owl was a bit gruesome for me as I’m a vegetarian.
We’ve also explored Britain’s longest and highest canal tunnel. At over three miles long, the Standedge Tunnel near Marsden took 17 years to build as there were lots of problems digging it out from both ends and trying to get it to meet in the middle. Thomas Telford was brought in to sort it out in the end. The visitor centre tells the history of the 200-year-old waterway and there is also a great playground – always a bonus for the boys.
Another recent outing with the kids was to Eden Camp near Malton where one of them ran off and we thought we were going to have to search through 28 Second World War sheds to find him – but, of course, he was in the shop.
My husband’s family lives in Bridlington so we often go there to play football, walk on the beach and have a bite to eat at Rags Hotel, which specialises in seafood and has beautiful views over the bay.
Closer to home, we spend a lot of time in Greenhead Park where there is a programme of summer activities for children, a little steam train ride and lovely cafés.
If I am eating out with friends, I’ll often go to Eric’s in Lindley. It’s been going for about three years now and people travel for miles to eat there – it’s also just gained a listing in the UK’s fine dining bible, the Michelin Guide.
Another favourite for us is Da Sandro Pizzeria on Halifax Road in Huddersfield. This large Italian restaurant serves excellent food for all ages – and was the perfect location for watching the Tour de France Grand Depart.
Children’s birthday parties can dominate our weekends. We recently enjoyed one at the Mouse House Pottery Company in Elland where children can paint their own pots. My eldest painted a pottery monkey and my youngest a mug decorated with monkeys. We’ll treasure those creations forever!
Finally, one of our favourite places to take the boys is Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where there’s so much space to run around and explore among the modern sculptures. They love it.
Carol Gill is managing partner at Raleys solicitors in Barnsley (raleys.co.uk). The firm was established in 1883 and provides personal legal services to clients across South Yorkshire.