An excited group made their way to the Emmerdale Studio for our tour of this popular TV show. We were all given a special tour lanyard, which we could keep as a memento.
We were taken to the studios where the current episodes are being filmed.
We visited the make- up department and didn't hesitate to sit in the chairs as the guide explained how the make- up artists would do cuts, bruises and even real tears. We hadn’t quite realised how long this process takes,every day!
An memorable experience was at the iconic pub, The Woolpack. We all loved pretending to be landlord and landlady and all got to have a go at 'pulling a pint'.
We watched a video with different scenes that had been filmed throughout the many years and we walked into the first studio where, for over 10 years many iconic sets had been filmed including the Woolpack, Kathy's Tearooms and the Post Office.
We love a celebration here at JollyDays and what better way to start our holiday than with a birthday! We bought Christopher a birthday cake and got the staff to bring it out once we had finished our meal and we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ at the top of our voices as Christopher blew out his candles, which he was thrilled about.
The sun was shinning as we drove to Holmfirth, the home of the famous show ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’. We had lunch in Sid's Cafe and managed to take a few photos with a life size Nora Batty.
We all climbed aboard the old fashioned style bus and Colin our wonderful tour guide pointed out various areas in which scenes were filmed and shared his knowledge about the cast and set. He pointed out some of the famous buildings used in filming, including the launderette, garage, pub and some of the characters homes.
After a great day out, we stopped off at Billy Bob's American Diner for an ice cream! What a treat.
A morning was spent at the incredible Chocolate Factory where the friendly staff were very welcoming and took us to where we could watch the skilled chocolatiers at work. Some of their creations were absolutely amazing with so much detail.
A browse in the shop was a must and we couldn’t believe the vast selection of fancy, decorated chocolates
available. The group purchased some treats to take home and had some chocolate plaques personalised for our friends and family. We had a special plaque made for Christopher's 49th birthday.
Off to the station to board the fabulous steam train for our journey to Goathland, home of the popular TV series Heartbeat. There is nothing quite like the smell and noise of an old steam train as it pulled into the station. The journey took us through the beautiful countryside as we sat comfortably in the old fashioned style carriage.
We treated ourselves to a traditional cream tea with clotted cream and jam, served on pretty, ornate crockery. We were soon ready to start our tour around the village. We spotted the police car and walked down to Scripps’s garage, which also appeared in the programme. We also visited the old fashioned sweet shop and bought some treats.
At the Wensleydale Cheese Factory, where once again we sat and listened to an interesting talk about how they produce this famous cheese and the long process it takes to produce it. As we left the tour we were able to try some different varieties of cheese on offer. The group bought some of their favourite cheese to take home with them, the clear favourite being cheese and pineapple!