5 ideas to brighten the weekend

It's pumpkin-picking time!

It's pumpkin-picking time! - Credit: Archant

Pick a pumpkin, sip some whisky, walk the Dales - ideas for your weekend

Pumpkins ready for a home

Pumpkins ready for a home - Credit: Archant

If you’ve got time on your hands this weekend….here are some ways to fill the days

Grab a squash!

Shops, allotments and PYO farms are full of gorgeous gourds and smashing pumpkins, so make the most of this cheap, healthy and seasonal ingredient to create this tasty recipe for garlic & chilli mashed squash by our columnist Sabrina Ghayour

Join a whisky festival with a Yorkshire twist

Join a whisky festival with a Yorkshire twist - Credit: Archant

Where to find the best PYO farms in Yorkshire

Enjoy a wee nip

Artisan woollens from Adriana homewares

Artisan woollens from Adriana homewares - Credit: Archant

Whisky Festival in a Box, is a virtual festival by The Whisky Lounge, streaming live from The Spirit of Yorkshire distillery.It all kicks off at 4pm on Friday October 16 running until 5.30pm Sunday 18, broadcasting live and for free, from The Spirit of Yorkshire distillery on Youtube, Twitter and Facebook.Tasting boxes available to buy, mean you can share the festival experience at home. home; containing 6 whisky samples. thewhiskylounge.com/whisky-festival-in-a-box

Cosy shopping

This week is Wool Week and luxury brand, Adriana Homewares, is shouting loud and proud about its made-in-Yorkshire heritage. Adriana Gentile hand makes all her products in her Leeds-based studio at Hainsworth Mill, renowned for its historical and modern-day connections to the textiles industry. Her range includes super-soft throws, country-inspired cushions and stylish scarves with names that reflect the Yorkshire surroundings. Adrianahomewares.com

Boar's Head Ripley

Boar's Head Ripley - Credit: Archant

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To the Dales

If you’re missing your Herriot fix now that All Creatures Great and Small has finished its first remake series, you can still soak up the impressive Dales with walks and villages associated with the series, namely Malham Tarn, Keld to Tan Hill, and Grassington. A good place to stop off lunch if you’re heading to these parts is The Boar’s Head at Ripley, full of character on the cobbled market square in the centre of the charming listed village.

See Malham from the air


Theatre superstars Imelda Staunton and Maxine Peake star in Alan Bennet’s Talking Heads monologues, Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet and A Lady of Letters at Sheffield Crucible and Leeds Playhouse in November. What a treat – stage royalty close to home - but perfectly distanced. leedsplayhouse.org.uk

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