Autumn is here and what better way to enjoy the season, than getting out and about in our area and visiting some of these wonderful attractions!
With Halloween just around the corner, why not visit these pumpkin themed attractions and enjoy a spooktacular day out! 🎃👻
Pick your own pumpkin at Yorkshire Pumpkins!
Yorkshire Pumpkins are open from 10am-4pm every day from 20th October until 31st October.
Entry is free for all the family and pumpkin prices depend on size, starting from £1!
They are situated in Cundall, York, just 7 minutes from J49 of the A1(M)
They also have a children’s pumpkin play area!
For more information, visit their website:
Follow the trail of over-sized pumpkins through Strid Wood and discover the mystery doors hidden among the trees…
Behind each door is a clue to help unravel the witch’s magical spell.
With a fun new surprise awaiting you at The Strid, it will be worth the journey to get there!
The route follows the Green trail from the Cavendish shop to the Strid and returns on the same path.
Collect your trail activity form on arrival at the Riverside kiosk.
Call in at the Cavendish Shop and hand in your trail form to enter the free prize draw.
This fun-filled event is a free activity, the usual Estate Admission applies.
Park in Riverside car park near the Cavendish Pavilion.
The Pumpkin Trail is open from 10am to 4pm.
The trail is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Dogs are welcome on a lead.
For more information, visit their website:
Take a trip to one of two of York’s corn maize mazes this Halloween/Half-Term! 🌽
There is York Maze, situated in Elvington, York, which reopens for Halloween on 27th October – 4th November.
Created from over one million living, growing maize plants, York Maze is not just the largest maze in the UK it’s an award winning fun filled, day out in the country.
With over 20 different rides, attractions and shows to enjoy York Maze offers an amazing fun-filled full family day out!
For more information on upcoming events at York Maze, visit:
Football golf (9 holes)
Giant inflatable slide
Large sandpit & outdoor games & toys
Inflatable fun zone
They also have an Animal Pen at the maze, including:
Chickens & Ducklings
For more information, visit their website:
Last up on our list of adventures for you to try this Autumn, is Autumn Glory at Harewood House near Leeds, 22 – 30 October 🍂🍃
Perfect for families and lovers of the outdoors, October half term week at Harewood celebrates Autumn in all its glory.
Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities and explore the beauty of Harewood in its Autumn coat.
Why not try your hand at biscuit decorating in the Pastry Room or test your knowledge with their wildlife trails?
To find out more, visit the link below:
We hope we’ve provided some inspiration for your Half-Term and hope you enjoy lots of awesome adventures this Autumn!
We are blessed to receive such lovely reviews on a regular basis from guests new and old that visit us here at The Kimberley.
We love going the extra milke, after all, it’s never crowded and we are very proud of what we do, but don’t just take our word for it.
Here are some lovely recent guest reviews, which make our jobs in Hospitality a breeze and pleasure and so very worthwhile!
Excellent stay in this friendly hotel in great location – recommended
We recently spent two nights here celebrating a birthday and anniversary. The hotel is in a good location, very close to the conference centre and just a short walk into the town centre. We had an exec room which was clean, comfortable and had a roomy bathroom with a great shower.
Without exception, the staff are all friendly and helpful and a credit to the hotel. Food and service in the dining room was good. We were tempted to eat there both nights but with so many options in the town centre and the menu choice the same each night, we went out on our second night.
Unlike other reviews , we didn’t have any problem parking although it may be limiting if the hotel is full. We thought the cost to be reasonable at £6.00 for 24 hours. The beautifully tended Valley Gardens are worth a visit and the theatre is another good option. We would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.
A convenient and very comfortable hotel:
Within easy walking distance of town centre. A well equipped and very comfortable room for a 2 night stay. Good breakfast choice and evening meals excellent. All staff were helpful and friendly. First visit to Harrogate and found it a really special town. if you like quality shops this is the place for you. Would not hesitate in returning to the Kimberley as a base for revisiting Harrogate or exploring further afield.
Certainly four star accommodation or better:
We based ourselves in Harrogate, as our friends from Bermuda had expressed a wish to visit the Yorkshire moors, and I managed to find a four day break staying at the Kimberley hotel on Kings Rd. in Harrogate. This was indeed fortunate as the hotel turned out to be very good. The rooms were a very good size with a seating area as well. Ours overlooked the small car park at the rear of the building, so was very quiet at night. The rooms had all the modern facilities you would expect of a boutique hotel, and I especially enjoyed the wonderful rain shower in the bathroom.
We were only on a bed and breakfast basis but the first night’s dinner was also included. The menu was fairly limited but enough to suit everyones tastes. The breakfasts were excellent, either the DIY buffet, or the cooked to order dishes. The service from all the restaurant and bar staff was very good, and the housekeepers maintained the rooms in fine order. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and they made sure we had a bucket of ice each evnening.
The location is excellent, being a few steps from the magnificent convention centre in the middle of Harrogate. It is five to ten minutes walk to the centre where you will find everything you need. Also it is ideally situated to travel by the main roads to Skipton, Knaresborough, Ripon, Wetherby and the Dales.
You can park in the hotel car park for a fee of £6 per night or the reception desk will give you a token disk to park on the surrounding roads, but you need to find out the times you can park or you may get a ticket.
Certainly one of the best UK hotels I have stayed in for a long time, and I can recommend this hotel for a very comfortable stay which won’t break the bank.
We look forward to welcoming you to stay with us or return to stay with us again soon.
As Summer turned to Autumn, we enjoyed some lovely little adventures in our glorious county of Yorkshire.
A fabulous FREE, yes that’s right, absolutely free (you just pay for parking) day out for all the family to enjoy, is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, located in West Bretton, near Wakefield.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park or YSP for short is currently celebrating 40 years of “Art without Walls” and is a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming over 400,000 visitors, including 48,000 learning visits each year!
The park is set out over many acres, with new exhibitions arriving at the park regularly throughout the year, meaning there’s always something new to see, making it a great attraction to visit and enjoy time and time again.
Of course we didn’t get to see everything the park had to offer on our visit this time, but some of the highlights of our day included:
For more information on all of the exhibitions currently on display at YSP, please see their website – https://ysp.org.uk/exhibitions
The park is open daily except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
10.00–17.00 Grounds and YSP Centre
10.00–16.00 YSP Restaurant and Café (10.00–17.00 Weekends)
10.00–16.00 Underground Gallery
10.00–16.00 Bothy Gallery
17.00 Gates locked
The Chapel, Longside Gallery and Garden Gallery are currently closed and will reopen in 2018 with new exhibitions.
Want to try your hand at Sculpting? Check out “Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine” suitable for all the family –
As mentioned earlier, please see the YSP website for more information on upcoming events at the park!
A few last things to note:
The park is spread out over often uneven terrain, so again, please consult their website for disabled access information.
The park is dog friendly and dog walkers can enjoy many a different walk with stunning views across the park, but please see their website for areas that are not suitable for your dogs.
The park has it’s own restaurant, where visitors can enjoy locally sourced hot and cold food and drink, freshly prepared and served daily, whilst taking a break and enjoying the unspoilt Yorkshire landscape! Open seven days a week from 10.00–16.00 (17.00 in BST). Hot food served daily until 15.00.
We hope this has given you a bit more information on the park if you’re yet to visit and we wish you a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring day out!
We’ve enjoyed a scorching number of events in our glorious county over the course of the Summer and here follows a round up of some of our favourite events and places we have visited.
In July we attended the 159th annual Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.
The weather was kind to us after raining heavily on Day 1, but the sun shone on us for most of Day 2, which in turn, brought the crowds out in their usual spectacular forces to this quintissential Great Yorkshire event!
Like we had done for the Spring Flower Show, we again took our friend who was a GYS first timer and as expected, he had a cracking day and was bowled over by just how much there was to see at the show!
Here is a map showing the sheer scale of it all!
As we arrived early into the afternoon, we knew we had a lot of ground to cover!
This time we entered the show through a different entrance and almost instantly, stumbled upon a stall I buy exercise shorts from each year, so of course, took the opportunity to stock up on some new material!
As we weaved our way up one of the main avenues in search of food, avoiding many a pushchair along the way, we caught a swift glimpse of a sheep shearing competition underway just to our right, as we had entered near all the animals; cattle, pigs, goats and sheep.
We soon found food in the way of a small food tent with various stalls and wares, smelling delicious and looking oh-so inviting! This tent was very busy and in true British style, there was an orderly queue working their way into the tent and around it in a loop.
With the sun blazing down outside and the fire from the grills sizzling away inside, it was rather hot to say the least!
We made our choices and queued for our goodies, before retreating outside to cooler air to enjoy our lunchtime snacks.
We clocked one of our favourite homemade Cider stalls in here and promised to return later to buy a bottle on the way out, which we certainly did!
On we went, heading down to the Country Pursuits Arena and up to see the Birds of Prey, working Dogs and Ferrets, whilst of course making a pit stop at the Black Sheep Baaaar!
We admired Cattle of all varieties, from this beautifully painted Ceramic one, to the infamous Grand Cattle Parade in the Main Ring, as well as wandering around the Cattle stables at leisure, admiring all of the prize winners and different breeds. There were some real big beauties!
Further we explored, discovering a horse shoeing competition and a stunt act in the Main Ring, before darting off to see the epic, Tree Pole Climbing Competition, which this year saw some ladies taking part!
One of them was a little pocket rocket, usually working as a stable hand, she absolutely smashed the men’s times out of the park! #GirlPower #ThisGirlCan
Finally, we made it into the Events Centre where there were an abundance of stalls, laid out like an Aladdin’s Cave of the Home and Garden world!
Here were some of our faves, including the Cheese Champion!
The day was swiftly drawing to a close and we had time for a final sweep of areas we hadn’t yet seen, including a display from Bolton Abbey, Army boys and vehicles, the many stables of horses and the pigs, sheep and finally, a personal favourite, the goats!
It’s a fun filled day out for all the family with truly something for everyone, including a Discovery Zone for the children, Cookery demonstrations, Fashion Shows and more, at this one of a kind Farming and Agricultural Show.
We look forward with great anticipation for the 160th GYS next year!
See you there!
Check out our full album of photos from this year’s show, over on our Facebook page:
You spend the day exploring in the warm summer sun. Browsing the shops, sipping coffee in the shade of a friendly cafe. As the shadows lengthen, you amble back to the hotel for a long hot bath. You breathe deeply and look around. The beautifully arranged tiles. The spacious, minimalist bathroom. The luxurious, queen-sized bed. And you think, ‘why can’t my home be like this?’
Well, it can. The bedroom is the spiritual centre of the home. It should be your refuge, your sanctuary – the place where all your stresses can vanish at the end of a long day. There are a few key ways to transform this space into something worthy of a luxury hotel…
Secrets of a Sound Night’s Sleep
It all begins with the bed. Choosing a high quality mattress and soft fabrics is a tested way of making your bed a comfortable place to sleep well. Large, square cushions, satin sheets, and a mixture of fabric covers complete the luxury hotel feel.
Scented candles can bring back memories of happy holidays and relieve stress. Choose something that matches the season – light fruits for the summer, and maybe some nutmeg or spices for colder months. If you’re not sure about candle flames, sprays and diffusers can work wonders too.
Fresh flowers will also bring a bedroom to life. Plants boost mood and mental wellbeing, as well as throwing a lovely burst of colour into the room. Decorative plants are one thing, but try having fresh flowers in vases. Just remember to change the water to make them last longer!
A Mind Free from Clutter
Hotel rooms excel at creating a large amount of storage with a small amount of space. The key to this is efficiency. Look into getting bespoke fitted furniture to maximise your storage. By having bedroom furniture like drawers, dressers and wardrobes made to measure, you can get rid of unnecessary gaps and create a truly unique space for your home.
Furniture designers like Hartleys Bedrooms are adept at designing and fitting bespoke furniture that seamlessly slots into the room. So you can make the most of every square inch to ensure nothing is wasted, nothing is overlooked, but without the result feeling cluttered and cramped.
The Finishing Touches…
To put the final tweaks to your hotel ambience, use lighting to adjust the mood of your bedroom. Mix uplights, spotlights and lamps to create a warm, cosy atmosphere or something more sleek and modern. Don’t forget lighting at the bedside table either – elegant sconces look beautiful and let you relax with some bedtime reading.
Finally, remember that fabrics belong on the walls as well as the covers. If you’re looking for something dark, warm and wintry, consider heavy drapes for your windows. Want a bright summer vibe? Thinner curtains help bring the light in and create a sunny, airy space.
Ultimately, only you will have an idea of the kind of room you want and what will work with the space you have. But put a few of these tips into action and you’ll soon transform your bedroom from mundane into a beautiful, luxury room a hotel would be proud of.
Get fit this Spring with this April workout from UK Outdoor Fitness in Harrogate!
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Winner will be drawn when we reach 2500 likes, so get sharing folks and GOOD LUCK!!!
With 2016 drawing to a close, we look back on the year with fond memories at some of the great sporting, historic and life events that all took place in 2016.
It was a phenomenal year for many and a successful one in particular for TeamGB out in Rio for the Summer Olympics, to name but one of many memorable events and success stories of 2016!
With success in mind, this called for celebration and what better way to celebrate the year than on New Year’s Eve with a right royal knees up of a party!
For the second year running, I was lucky enough to attend our New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Disco at The Kimberley as a guest and a pleasure it was too!
The scene was set for a sparkling and delectable night of New Year’s dining, dancing and debauchery (of the classy kind of course!), we are not THAT sort of establishment!
On arrival we were greeted with delicious canapes and a glass of my favourite fizz, Kir Royale.
We also met more friends at the Hotel who were joining us for the NYE celebrations.
I love these occasions, for reasons like this, bringing friends together from far and wide over the festive season, to laugh and joke and enjoy good food and drink around a table together, there’s just nothing better!
Shortly after, we were seated in the Restaurant for our Gala Dinner, where the tables were dressed in white and gold and looking very elegant indeed.
We began with our starters, which of course none of us could remember who was having what, after selecting our choices several weeks previous!
I have been on the other side of this scenario as a waitress serving before and it’s frustrating, but amusing for both parties!
Here we have the Artichoke and Mushroom Veloute and the Goats Cheese Bon Bons and some delicious homemade bread.
After arguing over who was having what, we finally tucked into said starters, which were all delicious and kept us all quiet and out of mischief, for a short while anyway!
Accompanying us during dinner was an Electric Guitarist, playing hits from the 50s right through the Decades.
He was great and got the crowd singing along and even got some up dancing towards the end of his set and after dinner!
After the starters, we were given a mini Cherry Sorbet with Kirsch Cherries each to cleanse the palate before mains.
Whilst we awaited mains, we opened our NYE favours boxes, which everyone had in front of their table setting. Each box contained a streamer, a party horn, a party popper and a long balloon that you have to blow up through a mini straw and then you let it go and it flies off in all directions, making a silly raspberry/whining noise as it’s going down; they’re lots of fun!
Last year they were a real ice breaker, getting people in the party spirit and resulted in half the restaurant in fits of laughter, as they’d fly off in all directions and land on people’s heads or nearby tables, but this year they were somewhat less well received, so we put away until after dinner.
Out came the mains which were simply divine! Here was my Fillet of Beef, which was so succulent and juicy and cooked to utter perfection!
To follow, I had a Raspberry, Milk and White Chocolate Mille Feuille for dessert, a delectable treat to finish off a wonderful meal with!
Tea and Coffee and Petit Fours followed, by which time Derek the DJ was in full swing pumping out the party tunes for us to disco dance the night away to into 2017!
As midnight drew near, we charged our Champagne flutes ready for Big Ben’s chimes.
As the clock struck twelve, we wished one another a Happy New Year, exchanged hugs and kisses with loved ones and proceeded to cross and link arms and sing the traditional Auld Lang Syne to see in the New Year!
The Disco and celebrations continued through to 1am and we’d all had a wonderful night, staff included as we celebrated another year passing and a new one beginning.
From all of us at The Kimberley Hotel, we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
All the best for 2017, make it your best year yet!