Gail Cherry - My Yorkshire weekend

PUBLISHED: 00:00 20 September 2014

South Yorkshire business coach Gail Cherry

South Yorkshire business coach Gail Cherry


South Yorkshire business coach Gail Cherry shares her inspirations

I live in the idyllic village of Thurgoland in rural Barnsley with the river Don running past the bottom of our garden. The first thing I like to do at the weekend is sit there, amongst the wild flowers, and have a little quiet, contemplative time while feeding the trout and ducks.

When my partner Phillip and I are feeling energetic we love to pull on our boots and walk or cycle, making the most of the Trans-Pennine Trail which stretches coast-to-coast across England and runs right past our door. Barnsley sits at the centre of it, with miles of beautiful bridleway either side.

If we’re on our bikes, we often take the trail to Sheffield’s Wharncliffe Woods where the amazing steep climbs and challenging terrain attract some very serious mountain bikers. We just try to keep out of their way.

I sometimes have a Saturday morning stroll with a client so we can walk and talk in the open air away from the office. We often walk around stunning Langsett Reservoir, which is kept beautifully by Yorkshire Water.

I also dedicate a good deal of time at the weekend to my creative passion for restoring and upcycling antique and retro furniture. Last year, I spent what would have been my holiday money on a traditional upholstery course in Sheffield. Now, I can spend hours browsing around Sheffield Antiques Quarter or Wentworth village’s antique centre, scrubbing down my finds, chalk painting and covering them to create new vintage or steam punk inspired pieces of home décor. I’m part of a collective selling our wares through an independent emporium in Peel Street, Barnsley, and often pop there on a Saturday morning to re-stock my unit.

One of my favourite places for a spot of weekend entertainment is Penistone Paramount – one of the few cinemas in the country to still have an interval. It always makes us laugh when the film suddenly stops and everyone jumps up and gets a drink or an ice cream. And it doesn’t start again until everyone is back in their seats.

After the film we sometimes call at one of our friendly village pubs, The Bridge Inn or the Green Dragon. And, when we’ve got more time, we go to the fabulous real ale and live music pub, The Huntsman in Thurlstone village, before picking up a curry from Penistone’s excellent Cinnamon Spice.

If we go on a weekend outing, we usually head for a National Trust property. Nostell Priory is a favourite. I’ve fond memories of summer evening picnics with outdoor theatre there and I love to walk through its menagerie garden and take a closer look at all that lovely Chippendale furniture inside the house.

We also love to wander around Yorkshire’s culinary festivals – we particularly enjoyed the gluten-free York Food Fayre and I’m a massive fan of the large spicy olives I buy from Sheffield Food Festival.

Gail offers one-to-one professional and personal coaching and runs workshops through her business Torchlight Coaching (

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