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Lamplighter Festival 2014

Monday, December 8th, 2014

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owl lantern in the Lamplighter Festival in Todmorden

The Lamplighter Festival brightened up our evening dog walk here in Todmorden on Saturday.

Lanterns canalside at Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival 2014

 We took a camera along and hope our snaps capture the atmosphere.

Fish lantern at Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival 2014

Todmorden sits in in a steep-sided valley so you could stand above the town and watch the parade as it meandered through the streets which was very pretty.

Globe lantern at the Todmorden Lamplighter Festival 2014

We then moved in for a closer look at the creations and their operators, listen to the drummers and view the more stationary installations.

Lanterns in the shape of houses and Stoodley Pike at Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival

The festival seems to combine quite an ancient tradition with a futuristic feel too – a bit Blade Runner!

Jellyfish lanterns at the Todmorden Lamplighter Festival 2014

It’s only the festival’s second year, but we think it’s got real potential for a long term future. It’s perfect for a dark winter evening and seems to suit the winding streets and old stone buildings of Todmorden.

Fire performer at Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival 2014

Both kids & adults were having fun. In addition to the parade, there were various food stalls and the local bars were doing a roaring trade.

Moon and star lanterns at Todmorden Lamplighter Festival 2014

Let’s hope it goes from strength to strength!

Site Pizzeria

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

We have a wonderful new addition to Todmorden’s culinary & social scene.

Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

Following a few soft launches & dry runs, Site Pizzeria officially opened for business on Friday evening.

Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

We had an early timeslot booked, which gave us the opportunity to take photographs of the restaurant – pristine & untouched.

Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

The décor is perfectly judged – paintwork in shades of grey & cream, industrial touches, an eclectic mix of seating with striking contemporary artwork. There’s a small courtyard at the back, the tables shaded by three beautiful umbrella-shaped plane trees. It will be the perfect place to eat on a hot, sunny day. Winter dining will be a warm, cosy experience too – with a real fire, atmospheric lighting and orange glow from the pizza oven.

Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

We pass the building most days on the way to town centre shops or our antiques centre space – or walking the dog of course. We’ve seen it miraculously transform from a long-disused shop with bedsits above to this wonderful place…

shop-front of Site Pizzeria in Todmorden

…and much of the hard graft done by owners Natalie & Olly themselves. Every time we passed they were digging, sawing, lifting, or hammering. They’ve done a remarkable job.

Site Pizzeria wood-burning stove

And so on to the food – the freshly-made, traditional wood-fired oven pizzas which we love.

Site Pizzeria wood-fired pizza oven

Takeaways or supermarket offerings just can’t replicate the delicious flavours & texture of an authentic pizza.

Site Pizzeria olive and anchovy pizza

We had some delicious olives & spiced nuts as an appetiser – followed by two of the best pizzas we’d ever eaten – all washed down with a lovely bottle of crisp, dry rose wine. Perfect!

Adelle at Site Pizzeria in Todmorden on its opening night

It’s congratulations to Natalie & Olly on what they’ve achieved so far. We wish them every success with their future business and hope to see them there on a regular basis!!

Site Pizzeria food menu

Update: We’ve taken a photo of the Site Pizzeria menu in case you want a preview before you visit! :-) Click on the image for a magnified view.

Tour de Yorkshire

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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Sky blue vintage VW campervan at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Along with half the population of Yorkshire, we watched the Tour de France at the weekend.

people in cycling gear at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Armed with picnic & camera we hiked to Cragg Vale on Sunday – the longest continual incline in the country… and now also the world record holder for continuous stretch of bunting.

racing bikes against a fence in Cragg Vale

We thought we’d share a few images with you. The cyclists are the focus of the day of course, but these pictures capture the crowds, decorations and atmosphere which were as much a part of the event.

Adelle and Fudge at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Well, it’s not everyday you see three giant rabbits winding their way across the moors.

Giant Miffy figures atop cars at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

Everyone had their spot – some people jostled for a position at the roadside – others took a more laid back approach.

Man sitting wearing a hat at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

There were a fair number of camper vans in evidence, but most people arrived on foot or by bicycle.

Parasol and bikes against the fence in Cragg Vale

Some people were there to cheer on favourites, others just to support the whole peloton on its epic journey.

Yates flag at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

The sun shone and there was much cheering & laughter in this normally remote & quiet spot.

Pylons and a St George's flag in Cragg Vale in Cragg Vale

We’re already looking forward to watching again next time round (and there surely will be a next time)… or following it round France in our camper van when we’ve saved enough money.

TV helicopter filming at the Tour de Yorkshire in Cragg Vale

It was great fun watching it later on TV too – all those familiar villages & roads transformed into something very different for a few hours.  A truly memorable day!