Yesterday was 1st August, Yorkshire Day! I’m so proud to be from this big-hearted county. I’ve lived in diverse places and this magical kingdom is the best in the world to call home. Granted, it could use a bit more sunshine, but there’s no substitute for “The Shire”.
One of my favourite places to spend time – Hebden Bridge. Regularly voted as the UK’s: coolest, quirkiest, most gay-friendly, most creative and so on and so on. There’s more tree-hugging, fairy whisperers per square metre then any other town I know. A fiercely independent, bohemian community of free-thinkers and creatives. Yep, it’s my hippy-happy place. From the small teashop where I sit hugging a peppermint tea to the lady I saw hugging a duck, it’s definitely vibrating on a different frequency!
Here’s a roundup of my favourite ways to spend a day in Hebden:
Radiance is a fab little lighting and craft gift shop owned by Hannah Nunn and managed by her daughter Ffon. There’s all kinds of heart-warming homewares from talented local designers including Hannah’s own work.
Hebden Picture House
A 1920’s independent not for profit cinema showing recent films and live arts in a traditional setting. In a world of multiplexes and luxury chains this is a refreshingly honest place to experience the big screen.
The Lampost Cafe
A favourite haunt for “hound and human”. This cosy, cafe is dog-friendly and always has a collection of canines sitting under tables snacking on doggy biscuits and muffins. To order you complete an A5 sheet of paper with a tick list menu of choices. The waitress collects them in like the end of a written exam and your answers are marked and order fulfilled.
Wood & Wire
At first it seems to be an adult wendy house producer of wooden toy kitchens – all painted wood and neat appliances. Although delve a little deeper and you’ll find art prints, stylish clocks, lamps and the minimalist oxymoron of practical ornaments!
Calderdale Yoga Centre
No trip to Hebden would be complete without taking off your shoes and getting on your mat at the Calderdale Yoga Centre. Home to some fantastic teachers, don’t expect a slick studio operation but this is a calm, safe and comfortable space to connect and practice with other Hebden yogis. They often out on events such as gong baths and visiting Satsangs happen here. And breathe.