What do you love about living and working here?


To celebrate Yorkshire Day 2019 we asked you what you love about living and working here. We’ve had some fantastic responses. Here’s some of them:

Callum Spencer. Credit Stephen Garnett Photography.

Callum Spencer, Singer-Songwriter

“Yorkshire has so many opportunities and great ideas.Yet it manages to keep its feet on the ground and provide a caring and beautiful place to live and work!”

Callum’s latest album is available on Spotify now.

Michael Jennings. Credit Stephen Garnett Photography.

Michael Jennings, Owner, Steep and Filter

“I love living here because it’s so beautiful, moving here from cities, it’s lovely to be so close to the countryside. Working here and setting up a business, the people are so nice and there is such potential in the area for the future, and being involved in community groups really gives me faith that Skipton and the Dales will continue to be great with people of all ages moving to the area and making it their home like I have.”

Steep and Filter is a craft coffee and tea house, plastic free eco store and recycling point on Otley Street, Skipton. It has loads of new developments coming up so give them a follow to stay up to date.

Manon Keir

Manon Keir. Credit Stephen Garnett Photography.

Manon Keir, Programme Support Officer, Great Place Lakes and Dales

I moved to Yorkshire a little over 18 months ago and one of the main reasons for me was because it’s so much better connected to big cities and to the rest of the world than other rural places I’ve lived. Even though it feels so contemporary in that way, when you’re out on the hills it doesn’t feel like anything’s changed for hundreds of years. It’s so peaceful and grounded and all you can hear is skylarks twittering away, you wouldn’t be surprised to see Heathcliff or Jane Eyre wandering through the heather towards you.”

Charlotte Kelsey.


Charlotte Kelsey, Mum of Four, Nurse and Founder of Skipton and Craven Parents Support Group

“We lived in Leeds for a number of years but we knew as soon as we started a family we wanted to be in a more rural location. For us it was so important that our children could see and experience the countryside; It feels so safe. We live in a village and our local community is like extended family. We regularly walk to our local woods and the children are free to explore. We love where we live!”

Charlotte set up the Skipton and Craven Parents Support Group on Facebook which now has over 3,000 members. With a team of other volunteers she also runs a weekly play session for parents and children and this has grown into a number of other sessions including a singing group. To find out more visit this page.

Holly Tordoff. Credit Stephen Garnett Photography.

Holly Tordoff, Clerical Assistant at Craven District Council and member of Fresh Perspective

“I like the country side views. It’s very different from having grown up in a city, much prettier surroundings.”

Maisie Dickinson. Credit Stephen Garnett Photography.

Maisie Dickinson, Business Support Apprentice, Craven District Council and member of Fresh Perspective

“I love Yorkshire because it has given me the opportunity to start my career, make new friends and experience different places.”

Fresh Perspective is run by young people and enables them to define the culture of the area they live in. There’s lots of opportunities coming up. Check them out on Instagram @freshperspective

France-Leigh Hadrysiak. Credit Stephen Garnett Photography.

France-Leigh Hadrysiak, Creative Consultant

“I’m originally from Dundee and been living and working in Yorkshire for 12 years now. I love it here! There’s a thriving culture of networks and organisations supporting freelancers like me working in the creative sector. The live music & event scene is awesome and there’s always something fun to do here. I’m staying for good!”

France-Leigh is one of the consultants working on our free training weekend for 18-25 year olds Play, Work, Stay and on Watch This Space – an opportunity for young people to take over a space and receive funding for an idea they want to bring to life. Find out more about both programmes here. 


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