Last Thursday, in celebration of my dad's birthday, we met up with him and my stepmum, Sandra in Saltaire, a little Victorian village in Shipley.
We actually went to Salts Mill - which is an old textile mill where I've been told my nan and her mum both previously worked. Now, it has been converted into an art gallery, various quirky shops and a fabulous cafe.
The building is really bright, open and airy - the art is displayed on the walls with books and (...my kids' favourite) stationery available to purchase throughout on displays in the middle of the rooms. Local born artist, David Hockney's work is on display in the gallery. My nan always used to tell me a story about when there was a young chap stood outside her house - he was drawing away. My nan made him a cuppa and had a chat with him. This chap was no other than David Hockney himself and he was apparently drawing a lamp post! Sadly this picture was not on display last week. I'd love to see it!
We had lunch in Salts Diner. My girls tucked into a pizza but me and my hubby skipped mains and had a delicious piece of cake (I would highly recommend the orange and almond cake - yummy).
Sadly, we didn't have time to explore the full building - I really wanted to check out the display about the history of the Mill and Sandra really rates the kitchenware shop which we had to miss also.
My hubby got chance to have a quick peek in the bike shop whilst I was once again taken around the stationary section with my kids!! I have no idea what their obsession with stationery is all about - Millie now has a vast collection of washi tape!
The Mill is set alongside the Leeds/Liverpool Canal and next to a park. I'm going back to Saltaire next month to do the Sir Titus Trot (a It's Grim up North marathon) so I'm hoping to get chance (if my legs allow) to have a proper look around the full Mill after the race - there's a lot of stairs so I'll be happy if I just get to have a mooch around the ground floor and the park!