While this Christmas period may be different to what we’re all used to, there’s still plenty of opportunities to get out and about safely and explore the district. We’ve put together a set of festive itineraries to help you plan some fabulous family days out this December. We hope these will inspire you to enjoy what the Bradford district has to offer, support local businesses and to make the most of what we can do – add a bit of festive sparkle to your days out! Here’s our guide to a day in Haworth.
Grab a coffee and a bite to eat
On these cold December mornings it’s always comforting to start the day with a hot cup of coffee or a steaming hot chocolate. You are spoilt for choice in Haworth with a number of fantastic coffee shops open and offering warming refreshments for take out. Cobbles and Clay, Bronte Boardwalk, Apothecary Tea Rooms, 10 The Coffee House, Villette Coffee House and Bakery will all leave you satisfied and set up for the day.
Book a guided walk through Bronte moorland
Bronte Adventures are offering socially distanced guided walks for up to five people. Walk in the footsteps of the Brontes and take in the wild Yorkshire moors with a little local history and folk-lore thrown in for good measure. Walks are taken at a leisurely pace, mostly through narrow moorland trails and you’ll be back in time for a well-deserved bite to eat and plenty of time to browse Haworth’s fantastic range of independent gift shops.
Browse for unique gifts on the Main Street cobbles
Haworth’s famous cobbled Main Street is lined on both sides with independent shops selling a wide variety of wares. From gifts, crafts and books, traditional toys, homewares, sweets and treats to vintage fashion and flowers, there really is a Christmas present for everyone!
This festive season, shopkeepers have decorated their old-fashioned frontages to be more magical than ever. Christmas trees run all the way down the street, leading to Haworth’s traditional ‘big’ tree at the bottom of the hill. We all need some sparkle in our lives at the moment, and Haworth is the perfect place to go to find it!
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Mince Pie Specials
A bit of a detour but well worth it for anyone looking for an extra special day out. Departing from nearby Oxenhope, the Keighley Worth Valley Railway is running its fabulously festive Mince Pie Specials daily from Boxing Day to 3 January. Travel in style in a toasty, Yuletide carriage on a 90 minute round trip that includes mince pies and amazing Christmas displays along the way. Booking essential.
Take in the grounds of Cliffe Castle at Keighley
If you’re passing through Keighley then a stop off at the magical Cliffe Castle Park is a must. The beautiful park occupies the estate planned out for local industrialist Henry Isaac Butterfield. The Castle Itself is closed at the moment but you can still explore the gardens including the marble fountains, pond, ornamental Victorian rockwork, glasshouses and terraces. There’s also an impressive children’s play area and aviary.
Remember when you are out and about to follow public health guidance. Please wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when required, and maintain a safe distance from others.