If you’re a Bronte fan you’ll be excited that 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birth. The Bronte Parsonage Museum, in nearby Haworth, West Yorkshire, has lots of events taking place to mark the special occasion on April 21st, the same celebration date as the Queen’s birthday.
As well as wreath laying and a party in Charlotte’s name, the Museum is hosting a brilliant exhibition curated by novelist Tracy Chevalier. You’ll be able to see the Bronte’s writings, their household artifacts, their clothes and of course where they lived and wrote many of their world-famous novels.
WHERE TO STAY – BRONTE COUNTRY
Holdsworth House is a beautiful country manor hotel, on the outskirts of Halifax and a scenic 20 minute drive to the centre of Haworth, where you’ll find the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Built in 1633 Holdsworth House was once owned by the Wadsworth family.
In the early half of the 1800s Holdsworth House was lived in by Elisabeth Wadsworth whose family was of a similar standing to the Brontes. Whilst Elisabeth’s precious diaries, which are with the Halifax library, do not mention meeting the Brontes there is reference to Elisabeth seeing the famous violinist Paganini. It is believed that the Brontes also went to a performance of Paganini – perhaps it was the same one, we will sadly never know.
Holdsworth House offers a Bronte Break, which includes an overnight stay with breakfast and two adult tickets to the Bronte Parsonage Museum. If you’re a Bronte fan and attending any of the bicentenary events then come and stay here.