Where to go?

Okay, my lovelies.  I need some advice.

It’s a not very well kept secret that I have a rather large birthday looming and although Paris was our first port of call for birthday celebrations, circumstances are conspiring against us (in a good way) to prevent this from happening.

So that’s my 51st birthday celebrations sorted. *wink*

However, The Husband, because he’s a superstar, has offered a bit of a jaunt and some fabric shopping as an alternative.  Of course I’m in for that!

So now I need to decide where to go. I’ve narrowed it down to Harrogate or Birmingham.

Harrogate….because Fine Fabrics and Betty’s, of course.

But Birmingham has the markets and Guthrie and Ghani.  And we could go on the train and both have wine with lunch.  There’s also the library which I’ve read has a super sewing reference section, so I could also have a browse and audition some new books for my home library. (I cannot remember who blogged about this recently, but if you know please do share and I’ll credit appropriately.)

So what do you think?  Which should we choose? And do you know any other great places in either city for food, yarn and fabric?

17 Responses to Where to go?

  1. Marianne says:

    I’ve never been to either of these cities but I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful day with your Superstar hubby! If I remember correctly you’re not far from Linton Tweeds either, for me that would be the next best thing from going to Paris 😉

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      You remember correctly…we’re not that far from Linton. But I’m holding off on the Chanel Jacket until I’ve lost a bit more weight. However, Superstar Husband doesn’t mind a trip to Linton. They have a super tea shop! 😉

  2. Fiona M says:

    I’ve been to both, and they are both fun.
    The Rag Market is only open certain days, so you’d need to check before arranging your trip – they have a website with the info. It’s close to New St Station, and there is a fabulous choice of restaurants nearby for your birthday lunch. I haven’t visited the library, although would love to do so.
    Harrogate is smaller and quite sedate, but nonetheless a very nice place to spend a day. I’m sure you’ll have a grand day out, whichever you choose.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      We’d be going on a Saturday so the market is open then. Good to hear there are nice restaurants nearby. I’ve been to Harrogate loads and do love it. But Birmingham is an unknown quantity, but seems to have a great selection of fabricy delights.

  3. Tialys says:

    I have been to Harrogate and, despite my in-laws living there, remember it as a lovely place. However, I think both of you being able to have wine with lunch is a very important consideration so, as long as your husband doesn’t mind a trip to Guthrie and Ghani, I’d probably go for Birmingham if I were you.
    I have ‘significant’ birthday coming up too and I am going to spread it out over a week. I’m coming over to the U.K. and the first three days will be in Bath and I’m wondering whether I can get away with dragging Mr. T around the American Museum to get a look at the quilts. Perhaps after a mellow lunch 😉

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Harrogate is lovely! He’s up for whatever it takes. He’s a devil in a fabric or yarn shop. He spends more than I do!

      A birthday week sounds like a jolly good idea. Bath is wonderful, but I’ve never been to the American museum. Do have lots of fun!

  4. Aha …. choices, choices! Have visited both places but not for many years. Do wish you a wonderful day whatever you decide to do ☺

  5. Kim Hood says:

    It may have been me that mentioned Birmingham library, I did join recently and have enjoyed browsing their fashion/design/history/construction stack. There are books available just for reference in the library so you wouldn’t arrive to find the shelves raided.
    The Rag Market is closed on Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday. It’s not possible to say which days are best as you never know what is going to be there. If you decide on Birmingham I hope it’s a good day for you.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      It was you!
      The library sounds amazing. We’d be going on a Saturday so I know the market is open then!

  6. K-Line says:

    I have no ideas to add (not enough familiarity) but I am so thrilled for you that you’ll be celebrating this milestone soon and that you’ll do it with your sweetie (the place doesn’t so much matter! Just the wine and food and company :-)) And good stuff having your 51st lined up! (I’ve been planning my 50th forever and I vacillate between Scandinavia, Italy, Turkey (politics depending) and UK! I’ve still got a few years but I’m driving my husband nuts.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      You’re so right about the food, wine and company being the most important. I’m certainly blessed in that quarter.

      Oh you have such good plans. Scandinavia is on my wish list, but would be trumped by the Amalfi Coast.

  7. Wendy says:

    There is always Brighton! Ditto Fabrics, YAK ( the best little yarn shop, rammed with deliciousness) the beach, the Lanes and we have wine too 🙂

    • Tialys says:

      I’m heading for Brighton once I’ve finished with Bath and spending my actual birthday there. Still one of my fave places since being a kid. Ditto Fabrics is a must but haven’t seen YAK. Maybe it’s too far South for the PendleStitches though 🙁

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Oh I do love Brighton. I used to go all the time when I lived in Guildford. It’s got the most amazing vibe, and great eateries.

      Ditto is just awesome!

      But, it’s a bit far for this trip as we aren’t taking the munchkins.

      Next time!

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