Discover where Pudsey bear got his name
The Yorkshire town of Pudsey offers great access to the attractions of Bradford and Leeds - and yes, it is where the famous yellow Children in Need bear got his name. Designer Joanna Lane, who came up with the Pudsey mascot, named him after her home town where her grandfather was mayor. Families with young children will adore the Rainbow Factory under 10 minutes away - a unique story-telling centre for under-10s with model making, treasure hunts, puppetry and all things creative. You can shop till you drop at the Nearby White Rose Shopping Centre, which has more than 120 shops and plenty of eateries. Afterwards head to the large Pudsey Park which has lots to do including a skate park, aquarium, aviary and kids’ playground.
Get media savvy in Bradford or have a blast in Leeds
Pudsey is perfectly poised between Bradford and Leeds. Head to Bradford for the renowned National Science and Media Museum where you can explore the mind-bending Wonderlab amongst other exhibits. The train from New Pudsey station gets you to Leeds in just over 10 minutes. You’ll find plenty of swanky shops and eateries at the super-smart Victoria Leeds or the visually stunning Corn Exchange is a great shopping hub too. For a thumping night out, head to Call Lane which has great clubs and bars.
Lose yourself in Brontë country
At 45 minutes’ drive away, the Brontë Parsonage Museum is a must for literature lovers and the chance to view those inspirational windswept moors. Looking for accommodation in Pudsey? Travelodge Bradford Hotel is Nearby or Travelodge Leeds Morley Hotel is handy for the motorway.