Church and stone cross in Sherburn in Elmet

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Sherburn in Elmet is a village of ancient establishment, possibly with Roman origins and a long history of proud industry, including an air industry that saw the creation of the WWII Swordfish and teasel growing.


Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds, UK

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Sherburn in Elmet is a village of ancient establishment, possibly with Roman origins and a long history of proud industry, including an air industry that saw the creation of the WWII Swordfish and  teasel growing.

Today you will find a proud and very welcoming village with all the amenities you could ask for, including award winning butchers, local baker, handmade chocolates and old-fashioned sweets. Browse the local and independent shops, grab your essentials and goodies, before discovering their heritage trail. With its warm welcome, local pubs and cafes, you will happily while away a relaxing morning or afternoon in Sherburn.

You can not visit Sherburn in Elmet and not sample one of award winning Starkey’s Butcher’s pies, or without stocking up on all your old favourite sweets at Sweet Finkle. At Sweet Finkle, you’ll find a mixture of traditional and old-fashioned sweets as well as hand-made chocolate, chocolate lollies, truffles and more. You can even watch the owner, Steve tempering chocolate whilst you’re in the shop.

Enjoy sandwiches, freshly made scones, delicious cakes and Afternoon Tea on those special occasions, at The Little Teapot Tearoom, which is situated in the lovely 19th Century Old Girls’ School, before pottering around Fields Garden Centre and Kitchen. Fields are a traditional garden centre concentrating on good plants and garden sundries, they’re even beginning to produce plants themselves. Fields Kitchen, with its outdoor seating area and children’s playground is a great sunny day out with the family as well. Serving breakfasts, lunches and various sweet treats, using locally sourced ingredients as far as possible.

Sherburn in Elmet has a long-standing connection with making and crafting. The 1699 Fairey Swordfish naval torpedo aircraft was built in Sherburn in Elmet. During the Second World War, Sherburn in Elmet Airfield was used as a Royal Air Force station and from 1940, Blackburn Aircraft used a Ministry of Aircraft Production factory here to build the Swordfish. Today, home to the Sherburn Aero Club, the airfield is a popular place for aviators, enthusiasts and those looking for a fun family day out. With a cafe onsite, a children’s play area and a pilot shop stocked with a range of aviation equipment, clothing, gifts and toys, it’s a worthy discovery.

For car, motorsport and transport enthusiasts, neighbouring The Motorist is a must! The Motorist is a luxury classic car showroom, garage and café where you can watch the expert team carry out repairs and restoration work, whilst enjoying a drink. You can browse around Showroom, grab a bite to eat in their Blue Train Cafe, or attend one of their many exciting events, including their weekly Wheels & Wings Wednesdays and Sunday’s Coffee & Cars. Squires Café Bar, which first opened in 1954, is also a must for motorcyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts. It’s a popular destination for motorcyclists from all over Yorkshire and has regular music events and a camp site.

With the village’s long-standing connection with crafting, it’s not surprise that the Sherburn’s Craft and Food Festival, taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, is very popular, attracting visitors from across the region.

The town is served by the Sherburn in Elmet railway station with services to York railway station, Hull Paragon Interchange and Sheffield railway station, with a second station (South Milford railway station) in nearby South Milford providing services to Leeds and Kingston upon Hull. Arriva Yorkshire buses go to Leeds, Tadcaster and Selby.

Information board on the high street
Commemorative sign
Church and stone cross in Sherburn in Elmet
Floral display on the high street
Aeroplane sculpture

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