This month’s Yorkshire Blogger is Clair Wright from Kirklees Wilder Kids. Kirklees Wilder Kids is a new blog that celebrates getting families outdoors, active and closer to nature. It’s a fantastic read if you love a good outdoor adventure!
1. How long have you lived in Yorkshire?
I was born in North Yorkshire (Harrogate) and grew up in South Yorkshire (near Doncaster). I’ve been in West Yorkshire for 17 years, so apart from a few years away, I’ve been here all my life.
2.What do you like to do with your family on a rainy day?
We have two boys (aged 9 and 11) and none of us are very good at being cooped up inside so we inevitably end up outdoors even on wet days. We stick our waterproofs and wellies on and go for a walk to the woods near where we live. We also like to go indoor climbing at Rokt in Brighouse.
3. Where do you like to go for a grown up night out?
If we get a night off without the boys we usually go out for dinner. We love the Mustard and Punch in Honley – it has a fabulous vegetarian menu. We also like the tapas at Aldea in Holmfirth, a great option for dinner with friends.
4. What do you find the most difficult about days out with children?
Our eldest has food allergies (dairy, eggs and nuts) so eating out is tricky. We usually take a picnic for that reason. We have a family ban on gift shops of any kind following many arguments – the boys are always drawn to the most expensive / unsuitable / downright odd item in the shop! We find it easier just to avoid them completely.
5. Do you have any money saving tips for days out?
I like to keep an eye open for vouchers and discounts to get cheap or “buy one get on free” tickets. We are members of National Trust and English Heritage, which gets us lots of free days out to beautiful places. It is an investment but it’s well worth it. Sometimes you can use Tesco Clubcard vouchers to buy English Heritage Membership, or it’s worth asking for memberships for a family Christmas present. My other tip is to take a picnic, and avoid the gift shops!
6. What makes Yorkshire a great place to live?
Where do I start? It is friendly. It is beautiful. It is varied. It has a fascinating history. There is always loads going on. I can’t imagine living anywhere else!
7. Do you have a favourite blog post or a popular blog post you can share?
A good place to start would probably be my first blog post because it explains what “Kirklees Wilder Kids” is all about.
8. What do you enjoy about blogging?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and blogging gives me an opportunity to write about the things we love to do as a family. I’ve also really enjoyed finding out about what other people are up to who have the same passion for getting kids outside and active, and then writing about it in my blog. I’ve interviewed people about family cycling, girl guiding and bushcraft, amongst other things!
9. What is your favourite place to take a family holiday in Yorkshire?
Probably North Yorkshire. We love hill walking, and the moors are beautiful. The boys love the beach in all weathers – we are those people digging in the sand wearing wellies and waterproofs!
10. Can you tell us a little bit about your family?
I am married to Richard, we have two boys, William aged 11 and Oliver aged 9.
Thank you Clair for being this month’s Yorkshire blogger.