Monday, 1 August 2011

A Day in Haworth

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Last week I took the week off work, as I do every year for my birthday. Throughout the week I always plan various day trips, meals and nights out. One of the trips was a visit to Haworth in West Yorkshire, England. This was my second visit on Friday of last week, the last several years ago, was on a Saturday. Although a very small village, there are still plenty of vintage shops, a few eateries, a park and the Brontë Museum to while away several hours. Do be aware if you ever decide to go, that when we were there on Friday, not all of the shops were open. Some did open later on in the afternoon but after talking to one of the shopkeepers, it would appear that there are no hard and fast rules with their opening hours, many of the shops open only if they please. Although busier with tourists on a weekend, it would be a safer bet to make sure more of the shops will be open.

I did consider splitting this post into two, as it is rather picture-heavy (and that is after cutting out a lot of photographs already!) But I'm sure you are used to this by now. And as this is my online diary of sorts, I decided to post my favourite pictures together, to document the day as it happened...
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Arriving in Haworth around lunchtime, my friend and I decided first of all to find somewhere for lunch, so walked up and down the Main Street to find out which would catch our eye. It is my pet hate to eat at the first place I see and afterwards regret it by seeing lots more tasty restaurants that I would have preferred! So we found a little restaurant where we both enjoyed a smoked haddock with pea risotto (my absolute favourite risotto), along with a small bottle of Belvoir's very stylish Elderflower Cordial drink.

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Once we had rested and eaten, we were raring to discover the small vintage shops on offer. My favourite was Oh·La·La. Haworth is very famous for hosting a 1940's weekend earlier in the year, where the whole village get dressed up in clothing of the era, looking around this shop it would be perfect to find your outfit here. I didn't really buy much, not looking for anything specific, apart from a lovely glass gilt tray to store my collection of nail enamel (I'll save that for another post). My friend found the most beautiful 1950's prom dress in a fabulous coral shade that suited her colouring and body shape perfectly - I'm sorry I don't have a photograph of it to show you. (Both of these happened not to be from Oh·La·La).

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We walked around the streets, taking in the quirky details and beautiful flower displays. As well as the cutest little cat that was petted by all of the shopkeepers around, who seemed to know him very well!

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One of my favourite shops is Rose & Co. The original Apothecary which opened long before the Leeds store, although unfortunately didn't seem to stock quite as much as the other shop. Nonetheless, it was still lovely to browse and breathe in the most amazing fumes of sweet perfume.

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Finally, we headed towards the Brontë Parsonage Museum to learn more about the Brontë family and how the famous family lived and died.

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Finally, to end the day we found somewhere to sit down for coffee and scones to refuel before setting off for the journey home.

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Outfit details: Top Shop Cream Lace Dress & Patent Tassel Flats ~ Claire Vivier La Tropezienne Bag ~
Alex Monroe Necklace ~ Tabio 110d Black Tights

44 comments:

  1. oooh! love all these photos! the little vintage shops look so cool! :D lovely post!

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    Meena x

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  2. I love glimpses of life in other parts of the world. These were particularly lovely. Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoyed your birthday.

    ~Bonnie

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  3. I always take a week off for my birthday too! Lovely images

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  4. These photos are drool-worthy! Love this!

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  5. What a wonderful town! Thanks for sharing it with us, expecially ooh La La vintage - what an amazing shop!

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  6. Such stunning photos. Looks like you had a great day. Nothing beats a day out exploring with friends.

    X x

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  7. What a gorgeous place. I don't know Yorkshire at all but would love to explore the area. xx

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  8. Wow looks like a gorgeous place to visit.

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  9. awww I went there a few months ago- it's so cute!

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  10. Makesme feel like I'm in a movie set so beautiful :)

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  11. If there's one thing that takes my breath away more than your outfit photos, it's your travelogues. :)

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  12. Sometimes I hate Great Britain because there's so much loveliness to see and I haven't got enough time and money to do it. I love the Brontes, except Emily and her 'Heathcliff! Heathcliff!'

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

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  13. Exquisite images, you have presented them in such a way that it feels as though we are walking there with you. I adore the flower strewn bicycle, the sloping streets and old stone. I definitely need to get out of the town soon. Very pretty dress also. I have a version here but it is a tad too small for me. So elegant:)

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  14. I'd love to go to the Bronte museum. This town looks beautiful too. Exactly how Yorkshire is in my head! x

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  15. Oh, looks like another wonderful day, you always capture the loveliest details:)

    xx

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  16. Beautiful photos of Haworth!

    I work for a Japanese travel agent, and send lots of tourist groups to Haworth and from your pictures I can see why! It actually makes me to want to pay a visit there myself too.

    Happy Birthday for last week too :)

    Melissa

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  17. i really enjoyed this post, feel like i've learnt a lot. the place just looks so nice, i can't believe it still ticks like this in the modern age. it's really great to see, the nonchalant opening times is very twee, shows they really are doing it because they love it in a weird round about kind of way. me and hollie have to go here

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  18. This is one of my favourite posts of yours- i may have to take a trip to Haworth now! There was a 1940s weekend in Leyburn this weekend just gone, and it was lovely to see everyone dressed up in their old military uniforms and vintage dresses. xx

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  19. these photos make me wanna run to victoria coach station to get on a bus to this place! great job!

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  20. Aww how lovely! I love the Brontes and I'm a bit jealous that I haven't been to that museum yet!

    ~Lesley

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  21. It's pretty up north!

    K xx

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  22. I love how that bicycle has been used as a shop sign. Amazing idea! I also love your (5th?) photo looking down the street, beautiful. Looks like a great day out.

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  23. Oh so cute! Take me with you next time!

    ❤❤

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  24. I love that uphill shot! What a gorgeous looking town!

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  25. Great post - looks like you had a lot of fun! Happy Birthday! Mine is this Friday - are you a Leo as well?

    Olive

    www.VisforOlive.blogspot.com

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  26. I really loved going through these photos. what a stunning place and looks like a beautiful day. Hope you had a great birthday princess.

    xoxo

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  27. the photos are gorgeous! hope you had a great time

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  28. That looks like a really lovely and quaint little town. Great shots!

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  29. the place looks SUPER GORGEOUSSS !
    and i love how the allies look.. not to mention great vintage stores too !


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  30. This looks like a wonderful place to visit! The view of the village from the slope is amazing! And I love how you captured the little things so beautifully :)

    *Ena*

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  31. great pics from your trip!

    Tia

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  32. I was visiting Hebden Bridge this weekend. My first time to Yorkshire, and I loved it. Must explore more of this lovely county and Haworth is definitely on the list!

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  33. what a perfect tradition to take some days off around your holidays. i think i'll do that next year, too.

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  34. Oh it looks like you had the most perfect day! The one thing I miss about living in New Zealand is that we don't have all these quaint little towns/ villages with cobble streets and drenched in history (anything over 100 years old here is considered ancient!). I love the idea of having a birthday week too. Mine is coming up in a few weeks, maybe I should think about doing that same!

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  35. what a picturesque place to visit. i love the winding cobblestone road and all the pretty bunting flags that line the walkway.

    belated happy birthday, paula!

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  36. Wow! England looks amazing. Omg.
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  37. Oh it looks such a pretty place! I'd love to go and explore more of Yorkshire and this looks just delightful. Plus vintage shops are always a bonus!

    Florrie x

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  38. This place looks beautiful! And how I would love to go to the Bronte museum, I am such a fan.

    x

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  39. Why have I only found your blog?! Love this post, as only live 15 mins away from Haworth, in Hebden Bridge. You've inspired a trip this wk! x

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  40. I've just discovered your blog - and I must say it's awesome! I will visit it again for sure. I love your pictures from Haworth very much - my favourite one is of the Main Street :-)

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  41. I love Haworth. I think the cat belongs to the apothecary because the last 2 times I went it was asleep on the counter haha. x

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  42. what incredible photos. the old worn-out, lived-in shoes. the cobblestone walkway with rolling hills in the background. and just about everything else you captured.

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  43. Ooh these pictures are absolutely lovely! I must make a point of coming to visit your neck of the woods in the Autumn (I imagine it's a lovely time of year there) if I can.

    Briony xx

    http://agirlastyle.com

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  44. Looking at these pictures...especially the one of main street, really make me want to live in England!

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