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Lancaster is a city and county town of Lancashire and lies on the River Lune. The city offers visitors a huge range of cultural activities to immerse themselves in. The city also has many excellent examples of Georgian architecture as well as Lancaster Castle, the Priory Church of St. Mary and the Edwardian Ashton Memorial are all sites of historical importance.
The city's main venues for live performances are the Lancaster Grand Theatre, the Dukes and the Yorkshire House. The city also hosts "The Play in the Park" which is a group of open air performances which take place in Williamson Park. The city home to Lancaster University which also hosts public theatre performances, live music, exhibitions, contemporary dance and live art. The city also hosts a campus of the University of Cumbria. In early November the city puts on one of the largest fireworks displays in the north west of England.
Lancaster is also home to a number of golf clubs which include the Ashton Golf Centre, Lansil Golf Club, Forest Hills and Lancaster Golf Club.
Lancaster's railway station lies on the West Coast Main Line which provides passengers with direct services to destinations including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and London as well as to many other towns and cities across the region and the UK.
Located in the foothills of the Pennines, the West Yorkshire city of Bradford has a culturally diverse population with many immigrants from County Mayo and Sligo in Ireland and Jewish wool merchants from Germany who came to the city in the 19th century. More recently many immigrants from south Asia, particularly from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, came during the 1950's and 1960's.
Bradford's textile industry has been in decline since the 1950's and many of its mills have been redeveloped. The grandest of the mills no longer used for textile production is Lister's Mill, the chimney of which can be seen from most places in Bradford. It has become a beacon of regeneration after a £100 million conversion to apartment blocks.
Bradford City Park, now home to the Bradford Festival which includes the Mela, is a six-acre public space in the heart of Bradford which contains the largest man-made water feature in any UK city - a 4,000sq m mirror pool featuring more than 100 fountains, including the tallest in any UK city at 30 meters. When the mirror pool is drained City Park is capable of holding events such as carnivals, markets, theatre productions, screenings and community festivals.