On our Easter blog, we shared lots of things to enjoy with the whole family, so this time, we thought we’d focus more on the grown ups!
However, all of the following can still be enjoyed by all of the family, young and old.
1. Brimham Rocks – Situated on the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Brimham Moor.🧗🏻♂️🧘🏻♀️
Brimham rocks offers climbing and viewing enjoyment for all abilities, with its giant rock formations that were created by an immense river 100 million years before the first dinosaurs walked the earth!
Some of the most iconic rock formations can be viewed only 10 minutes’ walk from the car park, and it takes around four hours to explore all of this fascinating site, with its enduring landscape and carefully managed environment.
You can walk, cycle, climb and even do yoga at Brimham Rocks, so be sure to check their website for their regular activities and events:
2. Ripley Castle and Gardens – Situated 3 miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.🏰🌿
Take a guided classic tour through the Castle, where you can enjoy six of the Castle rooms, including the Library, Drawing rooms, Tower room and Knights Chamber.
An entertaining and engaging tour tailored to an adult audience, though inclusive to all and families with children (ideally over 5 years) are welcome to join these tours.
Wildlife lovers, take a stroll into the deer park, where you will see lots of varied wildlife.
The park walk takes you round the castle’s large ornamental lake, across the waterfall and into the deer park itself.
Also partnering up with ‘Live For Today Adventures’, you can enjoy outdoor activities in Ripley Castle’s undulating and varied parkland
For upcoming events at Ripley Castle, have a look at their website:
3. Pateley Bridge – A small market town in Nidderdale in the Borough of Harrogate, which lies on the River Nidd.🌺🍬
There are numerous quaint local shops and pretty little tea rooms in Pateley Bridge and no visit would be complete without a stop off at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop to stock up on your favourite traditional childhood sweets!
Pateley Bridge is the starting and finishing point on the Nidderdale way, where you can take in some spectacular landscapes in an area which is renowned for its floral beauty and charm.
It is also home to the annual Nidderdale Show every September.
4. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden – Ancient abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site.🏞️⛲️
There is so much to explore at the abbey, where you can learn all about it’s turbulent history and soak up the fascinating ruins of the abbey.
The impressive water garden was designed in the early 18th-century by John Aislabie, who had great plans to impress visitors to his Yorkshire estate, turning the wild and wooded valley of the river Skell into one of England’s most spectacular Georgian water gardens, that we see today.
There is lots more to explore and many activities happening throughout the year here, so be sure to check their website for more information:
5. Berlin Circus – From the producers of the Moscow State Circus and Circus Extreme.🎪🤹🏼♂️
Bringing it home to Harrogate with our 5th recommendation, it’s the incredible and jaw dropping Continental Circus Berlin.
Clown Angelo will guide you through this super show which also includes beautiful Aerialist’s, whirlwind jugglers, a laser duo sending laser beams from their fingers and the sensational wheel of death, rotating into the roof of the Big Top.
The motorcycle stunt riding team will be performing the Globe of Steel, the most death-defying act ever completed!
Watch as the group speed around at up to 70mph, experiencing G-force similar to that of an astronaut. Witness them loop vertically and horizontally while enclosed in a steel sphere!
On top of this, there will be amazing high wire walkers , rola rola balancing on a motorbike and lightning fast quick change, all performing their acts with ther unique style.
You can see the Berlin Circus in Harrogate on the Pannal Car Boot Site, from 29th May to 2nd June.
For more information on booking, visit the website:
We hope this has given you some inspiration to get out and explore our wonderful district this May Bank Holiday and Half Term!
Spring is here, Easter is just around the corner and the Easter Holidays are underway!
Here are our Top 10 things to do in Harrogate and the surrounding districts this Easter.
1. Springtime Walks – Explore our beautiful district with a wonderful Spring walk.🌞
With many to choose from, including Nidd Gorge and Ribblehead Viaduct to name just a couple, you’re spoilt for choice in lovely North Yorkshire!
3. Springtime Live – Visit this annual family friendly show in Harrogate on Saturday 13th April.🐥
Organised by The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Springtime Live is a fun family event with a focus on farming, food and the countryside.
The show is open 9am-4.30pm and costs £10 for adults, £5 for children and Under 3’s go Free!
4. Fountain’s Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden – “Ancient abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site” 🏛️
There are lots of activities and things to see and do at Fountain’s Abbey this Easter.
Visit their website for opening times, prices and further information:
5. Stockeld Park – A wonderful day out for all the family!🥚🎪
Situated in Spofforth, just outside of Harrogate and now open for their Easter Adventure, until 28th April, 10am – 6pm.
As well as all of their usual activities, there is a Giant Egg Hunt, Easter Circus and more!
Head on over to their website for more information:
6. Mother Shipton’s – Make your Easter a magical one at Mother Shipton’s Cave.🧙🏻♀️
Visit the infamous Petrifying Well and learn all about the History of Mother Shipton at this terrific tourist attraction in Knaresborough.
Easter Activities include, the Peter Rabbit Trail🐰
7. How Stean Gorge – Feeling a little more adventurous this Easter, then this one’s for you! 🚣🏻♂️
There is so much to do, see and explore at How Stean Gorge, with a whole array of actvities for all the family to enjoy.
With stunning scenery, it’s a day out that will not disappoint!
8. Newby Hall & Gardens ⛲️
Enjoy Easter Family Fun Days, the Alice in Wonderland Trail and much much more at Newby Hall this Easter.
TV Buffs will also enjoy a visit here, with shows such as, Victoria and Peaky Blinders being filmed here!
Buy your discounted online tickets here ahead of your visit:
9. Dear Zoo Live! – See this fabulous family show at Harrogate Theatre this Easter 🐒🐍
This production will delight all those who have read the book (both young and old) as it unfolds with child-engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction.
Dear Zoo will be doing 4 shows across two days; Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April at 13:30 and 15:30 on Wednesday and 11:00 and 14:00 on Thursday.
Book your tickets here:
We hope we’ve given you some inspiration for a Spring in your step this Easter!
If you are staying with us over the Easter break, be sure to pick up some attraction leaflets from Reception and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly, helpful Reception team who can assist you with your visits during your stay.
We were absolutely thrilled to receive an ‘Outstanding Recognition’ Award from Booking.com for our services in the Hospitality Industry last year and even more delighted to get a special mention in the Harrogate Advertiser earlier this month!
It’s been a real boost for ourselves and Harrogate, as we want to spread the love on Harrogate and what it has to offer, far and wide!
Read the article in it’s entirity here:
With so much happening in our beautiful town this year, there’s so many reasons to visit.
Shortly after the publication of the newspaper article, we received another boost from local MP Andrew Jones on Twitter, congratulating us on our achievements.
We were honoured Andrew took the time to mention us and are very proud of all the team here at The Kimberley.
We hope this will catapult Harrogate to the top of the tourism trade, where it deserves to be, as after all, Harrogate came seventh overall in the whole country from the Guest Reviews on Booking.com!
Here are our Top 5 Things to do and see this Festive Season!
1. Christmas Adventures at Stockeld Park
With an array of Winter activities on offer, there’s fun for all the family at Stockeld Park this Christmas!
Winter Illuminations in the Enchanted Forest – Here you will find almost a mile of path which meanders through a magical woodland wonderland of dazzling light effects, a captivating soundscape and creative installations!
This is Yorkshire’s premier light event and it is filled with mysterious characters and exciting themed play, lining the meandering forest path.
There is so much to do for children of all ages and much to inspire the imagination of young and old alike.
Outdoor Covered Ice Skating Rink – The 630 square meter real ice rink is set in the magnificent parkland of Stockeld Park and fringed by the twinkling lights of the magical Enchanted Forest.
Open through October, November and into the festive season until 8 January 2018.
Buy a Skate & Ski pass and experience the Nordic Ski Woodland Trail as well!
For more information and all the activities on offer this Christmas, visit their website;
2. See a Panto!
This year’s family pantomime at Harrogate Theatre is Jack and the Beanstalk
Packed with everyone’s favourite pantomime characters, this enchanting and spellbinding tale combines spectacular scenery, jokes galore and magic and sparkle.
This makes an ideal Christmas gift too, as the panto runs right through to January!
Here are the highlights from last year’s ‘Beauty & the Beast’
For more information, visit Harrogate Theatre’s website;
3. Visit a Christmas Fair
We’re still on a high from the buzz of Harrogate Christmas Market and the festivities continue this week with Ripley Castle Christmas Fair
This is an indoor festive fair held in a luxury heated marquee in an Historic Castle courtyard at Ripley Castle, featuring 155 top companies selling everything you could want to thrill family and friends this Christmas!
There are also two restaurants at the fair and free parking in the village car park with a free minibus running from 9.30am.
The fair runs from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th November
except Sunday 9.30am-4.00pm
For more information, please visit their website;
Don’t worry if you miss this fair, as there are lots of other festive markets happening throughout December across Yorkshire.
See our Facebook page for more info!
4. Glow at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens
Glow is back to wow the crowds once more at Harlow Carr this Christmas!
Enjoy the gardens in a different light this Winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly garden in Harrogate.
Take the illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as dusk falls and see the lake, Winter Walk, Streamside and Doric columns as you’ve never seen them before!
Running Thursday–Saturdays from 4.30pm – 8pm, with the last admission at 7pm.
Reduced entry applies after 4.30pm.
For more information and prices, visit their website;
5. See Santa at Mother Shipton’s
Mother Shipton’s is opening for the first time ever this Christmas, where children will be able to meet Santa and enjoy a truly magical experience!
Children will meet Santa and then choose a present from his magical workshop.
They will be greeted by the Head Elf for story time and there will be a photo opportunity in Santa’s Sleigh!
Create a wish to hang on Mother Shipton’s Wishing Tree and post a letter to the North Pole too.
PLEASE NOTE – Only part of the park near the main entrance is open for this event.
Visitors WILL NOT have access to the Cave, Petrifying Well, or adventure playground.
For more information, FAQs, prices and opening times, please visit Mother Shipton’s website;
All of the above are situated within a short distance from us and are accessible by car, train, bus or even walking if going to the theatre!
Ask our friendly Reception team for more information on any of these events or how to get there on your stay with us.
Now we gave you a sneak preview into something exciting that was going to be happening in York earlier on this month in our last blog entry.
In case you missed it on our other Social Media pages, then here is the professional video of the flashmob that we took part in, raising money for Home Start charity in York!
Home Start York are a charity that helps families with young children.
Their friendly and caring volunteers are all parents themselves and therefore understand the joys, frustrations and challenges of bringing up children.
We were delighted to be involved in this wonderful project for Home Start who do such fantastic work with their charity.
In our spare time, we do a lot of dancing and our Street and Contemporary Dance Group in York have teamed up with charity, Home-Start York, to put together something spectacular happening in York City centre this Sunday (2nd September).
Home Start York are a charity that helps families with young children.
Their friendly and caring volunteers are all parents themselves and therefore understand the joys, frustrations and challenges of bringing up children.
We are delighted to be able to help raise funds for this fantastic charity and hope to bring joy to many on Sunday through the art of dance!
As you may have seen a couple of weeks ago on our Facebook page, we now have our very own racehorse, ‘Kimberley Girl’
Kimberley Girl is a two year old filly trained by the legendary Yorkshire trainer Mick Easterby and will be aimed at sprint distances.
She made her Racecourse debut at Newcastle just two weeks ago, finishing 6th out of twelve, a fantastic achievement for her very first race!
Her second race took place last night, again at Newcastle, at an evening meeting, on the all-weather Tapeta track on the outer of the jumps track.
This new all-weather track at Newcastle currently stands as the only floodlit all-weather straight mile in the world!
Riding Kimberley Girl for a second consecutive race, was jockey Harrison Shaw, from Mick Easterby Racing.
Harrison is from a show-jumping background and since joining the team at the end of 2016, he has gained his jockey’s license. He now rides for the yard as an apprentice jockey and is definitely one to watch with some promising wins already under his belt.
As we entered the parade ring, it was plain to see our fiesty filly was fired up for the race ahead and we were filled with excitement and pride as we watched her stride around the ring.
We watched the race from the finishing line, where Kimberley and Harrison ran a cracking race and although taking a knock not long out of the starting blocks, she pushed on to place third, a wonderful achievement for her second race and a 50% improvement on placing from her debut race!
We think they make a lovely partnership and horse and jockey compliment each other well, both keen for the wins and both showing huge potential, making for exciting times ahead!
Keep following our social media pages for more tales from the track!
The heatwave we’ve been enjoying this Summer, has meant we’ve been able to get out and about and go exploring all over Yorkshire
On a recent weekend adventure, we headed south to Conisbrough Castle in Doncaster, which is just an hour’s drive down the A1 from Harrogate.
The magnificent 12th century castle is one of England’s most striking landmarks.
With unrivalled views from the tree-covered hill from which it rises, Conisbrough Castle has been an iconic, picturesque ruin and tourist destination since the late 18th, early 19th century.
It was abandoned in the 16th century after a turbulent History, but the great tower still dominates the landscape today, standing testament to its 12th century builders.
In 1984, the castle passed into the care of English Heritage, where extensive work and rennovations were carried out, including re-roofing and re-flooring of the great tower to protect it from the weather and improve public access.
With support from the Borough Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, there have been further enhancements, including an exhibition centre and visitor shop and the castle remains an educational day out for all ages to enjoy.
We started our trip in the new aforementioned exhibition centre, where there were all sorts on display, from information, pictures and Historical artifacts, to depict what life at the castle would have been like, back in the 12th century.
We really enjoyed the way the text was laid out as cartoon strips, not just in the visitor centre, but all around the castle, making History accessible and fun for all to learn!
Whilst in the visitor’s centre, we also enjoyed a wine tasting session, with lots of different delicious fruit wines, such as cherry wine, ginger wine and even Mead, before embarking on our quest through the castle!
The approach to the castle is impressive and imposing and you can imagine what life would have been like when the castle was in it’s heyday.
At the castle’s pinnacle during the mid 12th century, Conisbrough was inherited by Isabel de Warenne, one of the greatest heiresses of her age.
She married Hamelin of Anjou and it is believed to have been Hamelin who built the great tower in the 1170s or 1180s as a statement of his power and royal connection.
All except the great tower remains ruins here at Conisbrough today.
Where the Bailey once housed a great number of buildings all cramped together, all that can be seen today are the foundations from where these structures once stood proud.
Here is a picture of how it might have looked in the late 15th century.
Below are the remains of the east wall of the gatehouse passage.
The first floor doorway connected the room over the gatehouse passage with a building in the south range of the inner bailey; this building might have been a chapel.
You are able to explore at leisure around all floors of the great tower, starting with the well, where fresh water would have been drawn, but it has now become somewhat of a wishing well, with thousands of coins from visitors over the years!
Further up in the great tower, there was information and even holograms projected onto the walls, depicting the people who would have resided here, giving talks on their roles in the castle and what life was like for them.
The sheer size of the architecture, like the huge fireplaces and the structure, such as that of the old fashioned garderobe (toilet to you and I) were both magnificent and comical!
The fireplaces were so very large, as there was no glass in the vast windows in those days.
Tapestries would be hung to keep out the cold and big fires would be lit to heat the room, so depending on where you were stood in the room you may be sweltering or shivering!
The views from the roof of the great tower, as mentioned previously remain unrivalled, with views over Conisbrough, Doncaster and even as far as Sheffield!
Admission prices to the castle are:
Adults £5.90 or £6.50 with Gift Aid
Family (2A 3C) £15.30/£16.90
For more information, please visit their website http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/conisbrough-castle/ and enjoy a wonderful day out at this fabulous English Heritage site!
The Burley Road studios were home to many iconic sets from the well loved soap for over ten years.
Whilst the majority of filming now takes place at Kirkstall Road, the studios here at Burley Road now house secrets from some of the soap’s biggest storylines!
Our tour was around 90 minutes, but was the last one of the day, (we think it should have been around 2 hours) so we would perhaps advise getting to an earlier one, to ensure you get a little longer in the experience.
We had a personal guide taking us around the tour for the afternoon, telling us all the tricks of the trade.
We got to find out more on some of the soap’s biggest storylines of late, how they are put together and then filmed.
We went through Hair and Make-Up, where we were shown how they do Ross’s make-up with his recent ‘acid attack’ storyline and more!
There are so many fabulous canvases around the tour too with some brilliant snaps of the nation’s best loved characters and families, here is one of our favourites.
There was some brilliant memorabilia and costumes worn by past and present actors on display and this we think, could possibly be the nation’s favourite!
We were shown how they control the lighting within the studio to reflect how it might look with natural daylight coming in from outside for example and we were then given the opportunity to have a go at controlling the lighting ourselves!
During the tour, we sat and watched VTs with actors from the show and the show’s writers and producers talking and telling us how things had been done, from some of the show’s most memorable scenes.
We won’t spoil it too much, as we don’t want to ruin the surprise or secrets for those keen to visit!
We were allowed exclusive access into the Dingles front room and could have our picture taken on the sofa, just like the real on screen Dingle family!
We were then shown a miniature version of the street as it would look from the outside, since the outside shots are filmed on location at the purpose built village at Harewood House.
Lastly, we got to explore the Woolpack, pull a (pretend) pint behind the bar and even call time by ringing the bell!
Fab day out and fun for all the family. To find out more, visit their website https://www.emmerdalestudioexperience.co.uk/ or tweet them @EmmerdaleExp
NB: There is also a full cafe where we enjoyed lunch before the tour and there is a gift shop in the form of ‘David’s Shop’ to browse in, before or after the tour.
Steeped in sweetie History, Pontefract is famed for it’s Liquorice and annually holds a festival in this unique sweet’s honour!
Pontefract has always been one of the main homes of liquorice growing and it is believed, was originally brought to the area by the Cluniac Monks in the mid 1500s, who built a new monastery here at that time.
Liquorice was introduced as medicine and over time, evolved into what we now know and love as a popular confectionery sweet, whilst still remaining at the heart of many medicinal remedies today.
By 1780, liquorice growing was concentrated almost wholly in Pontefract.
However, with the growth of Pontefract cakes as confectionery, the demand for liquorice outstripped the capacity of Pontefract growers to supply.
By the late nineteenth century, the twelve firms producing liquorice confectionery relied mainly on extract imported largely from Turkey.
**FUN FACT** Fresh English Liquorice is bright yellowish brown; the root being soft and pliable, has a peculiar earthy odour and a strong characteristic sweet taste.
The liquorice festival is held across the town and at Pontefract Castle too, with a free ‘Liquoroice Land Train’ running every 15 minutes from the Castle and Town Hall.
There were events happening around the town in celebration of Pontefract’s lovely liquorice, including exhibitions at the Museum and talks at the Library.
There was a community stage on Market Place with family shows happening throughout the day, along with various street entertainers also mingling throughout the day (we bumped into some stilt walkers and a 10ft animatronic dinosaur on our travels!)
Over at the Castle, there were two viewings of the 1971 version of ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ on the big screen, which were free to enjoy if you wanted to relax on the grass with a picnic perhaps.
There were more children’s activities and craft stalls up here and there are also Dungeon tours if you want to explore the Castle further, along with the Liquorice Cafe and Castle Gift Shop to enjoy too.
We enjoyed a wonderful day exploring the town and meandering through the festival, learning lots about liquorice along the way.
We even sampled some Liquorice Stout Beer in The Liquorice Bush Pub on Market Place.
Other purchases included some lovely craft and bath bits which we bought as Christmas presents, homemade fudge and brownies and of course some liquorice Catherine wheels and the infamous Pontefract Cakes!
A delicious day out, fun and educational with something for all the family!