We hope you’re all keeping safe, sane and well during these strange times!
We wanted to share some fabulous things for all the family to enjoy this Easter, whether you’re old or young, living alone or with a houseful!
There’s something for everyone to experience this Easter, including some spectacular places to virtually visit, that you may not be able to visit in real life, so some real one-off and unique experiences included here. 🌟
Take a Virtual Museum Tour
From the diplodocus to the dodo, London’s Natural History Museum’s vast collection might be closed to the viewing public, but you can still get lost in the corridors and gallery spaces in this interactive online guide.
One treat is Dippy the dino, who despite recently going on tour and being in Cardiff, still makes an appearance in the entrance hall.
Check out this handy guide from Leeds List too, which details other Museums which are “Open” for Virtual Tours!
“Visit” the Theatre
Take a 360 degree tour of the Globe Theatre.
Has being unable to visit some of the country’s most incredible attractions made you even more keen to go? Us too. One thing we’re particularly missing, especially as it was one of the gatherings to be banned, is theatre.
Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s South Bank is undeniably special and although we can’t visit it right now, we can whet our appetites, by taking the virtual tour, which also includes clips from previous productions or facts about the original plays that were put on there.
Or why not enjoy a West End show performed directly in your living room!
Get your finest going-out gear on and make a night of one of your favourite shows being streamed into your living room.
The National Theatre is streaming a free performance of a much-loved show every Thursday.
Coming up this week, it’s Jane Eyre, from 7pm on April 9 until April 16, and then Treasure Island until April 23. All the details are here.
Not to be outdone, the king of musical theatre himself, Andrew Lloyd Webber, will also be streaming a production of one of his musicals on YouTube each week for free!
Called, The Shows Must Go On!, it began with the 2000 adaptation of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Each show will be available for a limited 48-hour period online every Friday from 7pm, with Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Tim Minchin, Chris Moyles and Mel C being the next on the list for the Easter weekend.
Read more on our very own Harrogate Theatre, who would love your support right now for their emergency appeal.
They are a charity with very little grant funding who rely on a steady cash flow from year-round shows and work to excruciatingly tight-knit budgets.
As they now face unavoidable cancellations, they also face a very uncertain future.
Please support them by buying tickets to future shows, joining the membership scheme, making a donation and more.
Attend the Virtual Launch of an Art Exhibition
Art lovers rejoice, as London-based Canadian artist TRATE isn’t letting coronavirus ruin his gallery launch.
He will be virtually exhibiting his second series of striking works entitled ‘Technicolour Malaise’ which is made up of a collection bold, figurative oil-on-canvas paintings.
You can view the gallery from 9 April for free!
Book a personal tour via aliastrate.com
Take a Tour of a Vineyard in Champagne
The four-day Easter weekend is what mini-breaks across the Channel were made for, but, alas, although we won’t be spending the bank holiday in France anytime soon, this 360 degree virtual tour shows you what you’re missing.
The Comité Champagne (which represents the 16,000 growers and 340 houses) has created an immersive film, which offers views of the Champagne hillsides, houses and cellars.
An optimistic glimpse of holidays to come!
Love Escape Rooms? Escape From Home!
Escape From Home is the latest way you can enjoy an Escape Room without having to travel.
Held in your own home, let the escape room experience come to you.
Challenge yourself and your friends to see if you can Escape From Home!
Get crafty and creative this Easter!
We couldn’t do an Easter blog without an Easter-themed craft and what a perfect way of using up all those empty toilet rolls, than by creating your own toilet roll animals!
All you need, are used toilet rolls, paint, googly eyes, coloured card for the beak, feet and ears and pipe cleaners for the bunny whiskers and if you want to make more animals, there are loads of different ones you can make here, from an octopus, to elephants and even crocodiles.
Paint your own ‘Stained Glass’
Another art project the whole family can join in with, is creating a stained glass window in your house!
All you need is some masking tape and some washable poster paint.
Start by using the masking tape to create your stained glass design.
Next, you can start painting in your pattern. If you need to thicken the paint try mixing with some cornflour. You might also need to paint a layer, let it dry and then paint it again.
When it’s all dry, carefully peel off the masking tape and admire your handy work.
These also make lovely window decorations to raise neighbours’ spirits at this difficult time.
Holidaying abroad is cancelled for the foreseeable, but you can still tour the world virtually. Now is the time to take that trip around the world and tick things off your bucket list!
From hikes to Everest and Patagonia, a jaw-dropping ascent of El Capitan, to a bird’s eye view of the Grand Canyon, there so much to see online.
Hike the canyon’s Bright Angel Trail via a Google Street View Trek, while the Norwegian Lights over Lapland project takes travellers on a five-minute journey, through a series of 360-degree videos of the phenomenon!
Whilst touring the world, don’t forget to stop by some incredible Zoo’s on your virtual travels!
Have a look online for your own local Zoos to see what they are doing and what you can do to help them, during these tough times we face together.
Grow Your Own
With all this time on our hands at home, it’s the perfect excuse to get stuck into your gardening or tend to your window-boxes and home-grown fruit and vegetables!
Get heaps of advice and gardening tips from the RHS website.
Eat and be Merry!
A healthy diet is about far more than losing weight, and as coronavirus forces millions of people to lock themselves away from the world, it could prove invaluable for our mental health too.
While good nutrition has long been linked to a healthier mindset, experts have now revealed the simple act of cooking can make us happier too – offering a much-needed distraction and group activity inside.
Cooking can benefit our mental health because it is a mindful activity – right the way from meal prep to making the actual dish and a healthy diet can dramatically reduce stress levels and even help with sleeplessness.
80% of our serotonin (our happy hormone) is produced in the gut, so the healthier the gut, the more emotionally resilient we are.
Baking is a great activity to keep the kiddies busy and put smiles on their faces and it’s good therapy for stressed-out grown-ups too!
Whilst there’s some yummy, healthier recipes out there for you to try, we wanted to give you something to indulge on this Easter Weekend, so here we give you, a GBBO Recipe:
Spanish Lemon Meringue Cake (pictured bottom right)
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Baking time: 25 minutes
250g digestive biscuits
110g unsalted butter melted
5 eggs separated
550g condensed milk
Juice of 5 lemons
75g caster sugar
20cm round, loose-bottomed cake tin, greased, then lined (base and sides) with baking paper
Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°F/Gas 6.
Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to fine crumbs.
Remove 2 tablespoons of the crumbs and set aside.
Add the melted butter to the crumbs in the food processor and blitz for a few seconds more until combined.
Transfer the buttery biscuit mixture to the prepared tin and use the back of a spoon to press it down firmly and evenly all the way to the edges of the tin to give an even base.
Place the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Using a balloon whisk, whisk in the condensed milk until fully incorporated. Then, slowly whisk in the lemon juice until combined.
Pour the mixture on top of the biscuit base.
Place the egg whites in a clean, grease-free bowl and whisk with an electric hand whisk to stiff peaks.
You can even go one one better and get yummy homemade scones delivered direct to your door from the one and only Harrogate Tea Rooms!
Take up a new Hobby/Learn a new Skill
Use your extra free time to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill during lockdown!
- Keep Fit & Exercise is good for the soul and we love our daily workouts, whether it be something energetic like Joe Wicks‘ workouts, something fun like a dance class such as Kinesis Dance or something relaxing such as Yoga.
There are some great exercises for all different age ranges on Joe’s page, including seated workouts for the lesser mobile.
- Learn a new Language, ready for that trip abroad, post-lockdown!
There’s some great online courses and lots of them are free right now, so have a good look about, but the Open University have some fantastic choices.
- Learn a new skill, such as sewing. This is such a therapetuic hobby and a great way of passing time.
You can make some cute gifts for loved ones whilst you’re apart, or learn how to mend clothing or make new items, whilst the shops are shut.
A lovely lady that can teach you, is Angela of #SewAngelicThreads
We hope to have given you lots of inspiration for Easter and beyond!
Happy home-making, baking, crafting, learning, creating, gardening, spring-cleaning and everything else in between!
Look after one another and until we can meet again, stay home and stay safe. ❤️
#EasterHolidays #DaysIn #StayHome #StaySafe #HappyEaster
We apologise for being quiet on the blog front, but we are back with a bang, as we tell you all the latest goings on and upcoming activities and attractions to visit this Half Term and beyond, in glorious Yorkshire!
Dark Skies Festival – 14th Feb – 1st March
The stunning dark skies of the National Park are so free from light pollution and are one of its very special qualities.
To celebrate, the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks – together with Nidderdale AONB – are teaming up to hold their fifth annual Dark Skies Festival, with loads of great activities for all to enjoy.
Find the full programme on the special dark skies website
36th Jorvik Viking Festival – 15th – 23rd February
Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe; visit York this February 2020 for an exciting programme of events, including; living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances.
Whether you’re well-versed in the sagas or looking for a thrilling half-term break, there’s something for everyone at JORVIK Viking Festival.
This year’s theme is the Voyages of the Vikings – just like the Norse in the 9th century, journey to York in February half term to discover their extraordinary stories!
Tickets for highlight events are on sale now, with the full programme released in 2020. You can find out more at our dedicated festival website: https://jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk/
Witch & Wizard Festival – 14th & 15th February
Step inside the world of sorcery as your favourite fictional universes come to life at the Witch and Wizard Festival. Leave the boring ‘real world’ behind, grab your wands and join us for a spellbinding session of fantastical escape.
Fun for all ages, the event packs in a host of activities to keep you entertained and amazed during your visit. Dress as your favourite fictional character and we will award prizes for the most creative costumes.
For sorcerers who have long since graduated from Spellman’s Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry, we offer an Adult-only evening where you can enjoy themed cocktails, beers, drinks and live music. Take part in our potions class and learn to make your own, boozy magical concoction.
6.30-10pm – Adults Only (Spellman’s Academy will be closed, but Potions classes will still run) 18+
7-10.30pm – Adults Only (Spellman’s Academy will be closed, but Potions classes will still run) 18+
Snowdrop Days – Sunday 9th February, Sunday 16th February and Saturday 22nd February
Enjoy Snowdrop Days at Goldsborough Hall, where their famous collection of snowdrops features over 100 varieties of snowdrop – some so rare they haven’t even been named yet!
Visitors can enjoy access to the grounds of this private former Royal residence, also taking in delicate hellebores and carpets of winter aconites.
They can enjoy a stroll down the quarter-mile Lime Tree Walk, which was planted by royal visitors to the Hall during the 1920s. Plaques on the trees show the dates when dignitaries including King George V and Queen Mary planted them.
Price & Opening Times:
On Snowdrop Days, Goldsborough Hall’s gardens will be open from 10am – 4pm (last admission), adults £5 and children under 16 go free.
Refreshments will be available in the Orangery.
Please wear warm clothes and bring flat shoes or suitable footwear for the weather conditions. Parking is limited so please travel in groups if possible. Dogs are allowed if they are kept on a lead.
Rhubarb Festival – 17th – 23rd February
Foodie lovers, why not take a trip over to Wakefield for their whopping Rhubarb Festival!
This year’s food and drink market is a gastronomic gala. There are a whopping sixty-seven chalets offering a dizzying array of delights, including plenty of fresh, local products – many with a rhubarb twist.
This year’s markets sees the introduction of a brand new element: arts and crafts. With ten gazebos (find them at Trinity Walk), visitors can choose from a huge range of charming, unusual and independent products, including handmade jewellery, homewares, art – and even rhubarb bath bombs!
2020 also sees the return to the food and drink market of Deliciously Yorkshire. #RhubarbFest veterans, the festival wouldn’t be complete without them.
This year, they’ve got five whole gazebos showcasing the best culinary fare that God’s own county has to offer. Look for their distinctive green and black livery in front of the entrance to The Ridings Shopping Centre.
This is a FREE event!
Spring Quilt Festival Harrogate – 21st – 23rd February
Spring Quilt Festival Harrogate 2020 returns to the Yorkshire Event Centre this month.
This popular patchwork, quilting, craft and needlework show featuring displays from well known quilters and textile artists.
You can shop for all your new supplies and even attend one of the daily workshops for new inspiration and ideas!
Demonstrators are on hand across the 3 day show, sharing techniques and offering advice.
Friday & Saturday 10am – 4.30pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
Advance: Adults £7, Seniors £6, Children (8-16 years) £2
On the door: Adults £8, Seniors £7, Children (8-16 years) £3
Advanced tickets are available online from January – 7th February 2020. For more information please contact 01406 372 600
Fun for all the family this Half-Term at Fountain’s Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden, including;
Pick up a welly wander trail – Saturday 15 February (until Sunday 23 February) 10am-4pm
Get crafty in Swanley Grange – Visit these old grange buildings to learn more about its past and all the different types of wool and even have a go at some wild and woolly crafts for yourself!
Make a friendship band for someone special – Tuesday 18 February (also Thursday 20 February) 1-3pm
Create a winter scene – Saturday 15 February (until Sunday 23 February) 11am-3pm
Visit their website for more activities this Half-Term and throughout the year – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden/whats-on
Gorge Walking – How Stean Gorge
Finally, we give you one for the adrenaline junkies!!
This half day Yorkshire Gorge Walking (often known as Ghyll Scrambling) experience starts with an exhilarating 45ft free hanging abseil into the depths of the Gorge. The only one of its kind in UK!
From this moment, your adrenaline will be pumping as you fight your way upstream against the water. You will be climb over boulders, swim through channels, plunge into deep pools then slide down waterfalls and explore the beauty of hidden caves.
Your highly experienced instructor will guide you on this half day Gorge Walking / Ghyll Scrambling activity, which will be completely tailored to your requirements. So if you are up for a challenge, this activity is the one for you.
All jumps and slides are optional so there is no pressure, this is your experience and we want you to leave your Yorkshire Gorge Walking / Ghyll Scrambling experience buzzing with excitement.
Being cold is not an option….. How Stean Gorge are the only provider in Nidderdale that provide full 2 piece Canyoning wetsuits which are the warmest on the market. You will also the provided with Neoprene sock and gloves.
This Abseiling, Gorge Walking & Ghyll Scrambling activity is suitable for ages 7 + (we have had children from 5yrs when booking sole use of Instructor)
Visit Yorkshire Gorge Walking & Ghyll Scrambling page here to book – http://www.howstean.co.uk/activities/gorge-walking/
Glow at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens
As dusk falls, special lighting effects bring a touch of colour and magic to the garden – see iconic features including Streamside, the Queen Mother’s Lake, Winter Walk, Doric Columns and Alpine House transformed.
New for this year, enjoy illuminated sculptures, including a striking silver angel, meander through a tunnel of twinkling lights as you enter the Kitchen Garden, and finish the trail at a festive-themed marquee with Christmas carols.
Warm yourself with refreshments from Bettys Café Tea Rooms or Bettys Café Takeaway. Treat yourself to a Bettys mince pie and hot chocolate on your way around the garden.
Discover great Christmas shopping opportunities in the Gift Shop and Plant Centre, including the chance to buy Christmas trees, wreaths and seasonal gifts. Glow visitors will receive a 10% off coupon to use on the evening of their visit.
Visitors can bask in the ‘glow’ of the winter illuminations three evenings a week (Thursday–Saturday) from 4.30pm – 8pm, with the last admission at 7pm.
Reduced entry applies after 4.30pm. Tickets available online or at the garden and this event runs until 28th December.
Christmas at Stockeld Park
We love Stockeld Park, especially at Christmas time!
Along with their exciting Christmas events, the magical Winter Illuminations will be lighting up the Enchanted Forest and the Snowflake Maze will be open for you to explore!
Fancy more of a challenge? Try Nordic Skiing and enjoy the Winter Illuminations from a different view by taking to the 1.2km Nordic Ski route!
The ice-skating rink will also be open over Christmas and Stockeld’s rink is covered, meaning you can whizz around the rink in any weather!
Alice in Winterland at Lightwater Valley
Discover a fantastical new seasonal adventure at Lightwater Valley this Christmas with the enchanting Alice in Winterland.
Illuminated by the hundreds of magical lantern displays, this Christmas, Lightwater Valley will be home to Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Humpty Dumpty and many more of those Lewis Carroll’s childhood characters we all know and love.
This immersive experience is perfect festive fun for all the family, whatever your age. From a life-size chessboard with an Alice pawn to the iconic Mad Hatter’s tea party, there’s ways to get involved throughout the experience.
Nearby Ripon is believed to have been a major influence on Lewis Caroll’s classic children’s story. The author’s father was the canon of Ripon Cathedral and carved figures resembling the Mad Hatter and Alice with which Carrol would have been familiar, have been discovered on several of its’ choir stalls so Lightwater Valley is a perfect venue to host Alice in Winterland!
Alice in Winterland will be open from 4pm with last entry at 7pm
Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 22nd November – 15 December
Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. Experience the magnificent decorations as you journey through the House’s grand state rooms. Open fires, candle light and live music evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall.
Inspirational design team Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Bretta Gereke have worked with the theme ‘A Christmas Masquerade’ to produce a stunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages.
The Castle Howard “Christmas Masquerade” celebrates the House’s theatrical roots and the influence of the Italian Baroque on its magnificent architecture and interiors.
Visit on one of their Twilight Evenings and discover Castle Howard in a new light as night falls, as they stay open in to the Evening (14th December and 21st December).
Visit their website for more information.
Christmas Reindeer Weaving at Harewood House
Join Harewood House this Christmas, for a festive Willow Weaving workshop, where you will have the chance to make your very own 4 foot Christmas Reindeer!
Willow weaver Leilah Vyner will teach you the art of creating sculpture from willow rods and the random weave we use to make large and small sculptures.
All the tools are provided for the day, you can bring an apron if you want to protect your clothing.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day. Please notify Harewood House upon booking of any dietary requirements you may have.
This workshop is suitable for beginners or people who have tried willow before and want to try something different. No prior experience is needed. Please note that people with severe Arthritis in their hands will find the activity painful.
This is a one off event on Wednesday 18th December 2019, 11am – 4pm.
Bookings can be made via their website.
Bonus Boxing Day Event:
Thursday 26th December features a 7 race card with the highlight being the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase.
Gates open at 10.00am and the first race is currently scheduled for 11.55am, with the last race at 3.20pm.
Knaresborough Duck Race
Around 5000 plastic ducks will be dropped from High Bridge in Knaresborough at this annual New Year’s Day event and then make their way downstream to the finish line outside Marigold’s Cafe.
The first duck to the finishing line wins £100!
Tickets are on sale now for £1. Also there is a corporate ticket option, £25 per ticket with corporate prizes and promotions and you also get a gold duck too.
With so much going on in our district this week, you’re in for a spooktacular Halloween and half term, as we give you our Top 5 Things to see and do, with fun for all the family!
1. RHS Harlow Carr – Harrogate
Families can enjoy the glorious colours of Autumn at Harlow Carr during half term (26 October – 3 November 2019).
Follow a daily Awesome Autumn trail around the garden, enjoy autumnal crafts and seasonal storytelling with the Garden Detectives.
2. Autumn Open Exhibition – Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate
This prominent and popular northern art exhibition returns for 2019. Embracing of those with a connection to Harrogate, the Mercer Art Gallery Autumn Open Exhibition provides a high profile, visual platform for contemporary regional artists to present their work to the public.
All media are welcomed, including sculpture, ceramics, photography and jewellery.
From hundreds of entries, 120 exhibits will be displayed, with the overall winner announced at a special Preview Evening. Already open for entries, it’s time to get your paint brushes out and embrace the artist within!🖼🎨
Alongside this, throughout half term, the Mercer Art Gallery will also be running their Harrowing Halloween exhibition with seasonal activities for all the family.
– The Monster Mash Show!
– NEW for 2019: Pumpkin Picking!
– Real Witches in the Enchanted Forest!
– Ghouls in the Maze
– Halloween Catwalk!
‘Stockeld Dark’ for teens and older families, opens from from 6-9pm, including:
The Halloween Adventure starts Sat 26th October.🕸🧙🏻♀️🕷
4. Northern Lights – York Minster
See York Minster in a different light this Autumn, as the awe-inspiring Northern Lights returns by popular demand.✨
The sound and light installation, which debuted to sell-out audiences in June 2018, will again transform the cathedral’s cavernous Nave with images and audio inspired by the medieval Minster’s stained glass and stone.⛪️
Visitors will have the chance to explore the empty Nave after dark before the installation illuminates the space, spanning the full length of the ceiling and West End and surrounding the listener with soundscapes and music.🎆🎶
There are two time slots at 7pm and 9pm and tickets are £6 on York Minster’s website.
5. Himalayan Gardens & Sculpture Park – Ripon
Soak up the glorious colours of Autumn at The Hutts Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park before it closes for Winter from Sunday 3rd November. 🍂
The park is a real hidden gem just outside of Harrogate, near Ripon and is home to over 80 Contemporary Sculptures set within 45 acres, inspired by the Himalayas.
The landscape comprises of a beautiful valley with scenic woodland walks, enhanced by three lakes, a pagoda, summerhouse, Himalayan shelter, contemplation circle and Norse Hut!
Visit their website and social sites for more information.🎋🗿
With just days to go, the excitement is well and truly building here in Harrogate, as we get ready to welcome the UCI Road World Cycling Championships to North Yorkshire from 21 to 29 September and showcase our beautiful county to the world!
In just under two week’s time, the world’s best cyclists will descend on Yorkshire for the UCI Road World Championships, the pinnacle event in the international road cycling calendar.
The Championships will include a range of men’s and women’s races, across age groups from junior to elite, starting in different towns and cities throughout Yorkshire and each finishing in the main competition town of Harrogate.
The last time the UCI Road World Championships were hosted in Britain, was 1982 and our glorious county of Yorkshire is aiming to deliver the most inclusive, innovative and inspiring Road World Championships in the history of the UCI!
Founded in 1900, in Paris (France), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the worldwide governing body for cycling.
It develops and oversees cycling in all its forms, for all people as a competitive sport, as a healthy recreational activity, as a means of transport, and also just for fun.
Day one of the Championships will commence with a ground-breaking para-cycling event, which will run alongside the Championships and will also act as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The showcase will feature every Paralympic road racing discipline and take place in front of one of the largest crowds ever assembled for an elite para-cycling event.
There will be lots to enjoy for spectators throughout the Championships, including the fantastic Fan Zone!
Harrogate Fan Zone is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the racing and soak up the atmosphere.
With free entry for the full duration of the Championships, all the racing will be shown on big screens throughout the week and every medal presentation on the main stage here.
There is also a full programme of stage performances, roving and pop up performances and activities throughout the nine days to enjoy.
On top of this, the Fan Zone will feature the very best quality curated food and drink options, interactive sponsor activities, traders village and official merchandise superstore.
If all this wasn’t enough come and join the fun on Saturday 21st for the Opening Ceremony following the Para-cycling races.
More information on the Fan Zone can be found here:
To get the most out of your time at the UCI Championships, Yorkshire 2019 have put together this great guide!
Check out all the race routes here:
There will be various road closures in place during the Championships. Guests staying with us and travelling by car, please be aware of the following closures:
Do not hesitate to give us a call if you need help getting to us!
Be sure to check Yorkshire 2019’s website for top tips on where to view the race and here is a round up of 10 of the best spots to view the racing around Yorkshire!
Flamborough is a pretty seaside village in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is situated approximately 4 miles north-east of Bridlington, on the prominent coastal feature of Flamborough Head.
With a stretch of rugged white cliffs and the long sandy beaches of either North or South Landing, Flamborough Head is an outdoor lover’s paradise!
With a scenic nature reserve and two ancient lighthouses nearby, this Special Area of Conservation is a haven for anyone looking to explore the Yorkshire Coast at its most wild and untamed.
On our recent day trip here, we headed for North Landing, where there is a spacious (payable) car park for visitors and a large cafe and bar, which caters for all, throughout the day.
We had brought a picnic lunch, as the weather was nice, so we proceeded to walk along the hiking route here and found a lovely bench to have lunch on, with gorgeous panoramic views across Flamborough coastline and North Landing beach!
After lunch, we continued walking along the clifftops for a short while, spotting some interesting and unique plants and wildlife along the way, whilst taking in the awe-inspiring scenery too of course!
Seeing the sandy beach below, we decided we had to go explore!
The walk down itself, is so picturesque, with the RNLI Flamborough Lifeboat Station and Old Lifeboat House situated here, which is now open for visitors (opening times vary).
Please note, the hill/walk down to the beach is quite steep, so be prepared to get those leg muscles working!
The views however, are second to none and well worth the walk.
Flamborough beaches are famous for their stoney white pebbles, strewn across the beach, which make for great fun building towers.
We even took some home with us to make our very own Flamborough rock feature!
After exploring North Landing, we took a short drive over to the Flamborough Head Lighthouse, which remains a working lighthouse!
Climb the 119 steps for stunning views over Bridlington, with useful and interesting commentary on how a lighthouse works and this one’s particular history. The tours last about 20 minutes and run daily during summer (except Sundays).
Also here, just along from the current lighthouse, is the old Chalk Tower Lighthouse.
This was the first lighthouse, built by Sir John Clayton, completed in 1674 and is one of the oldest surviving complete lighthouses in England.
Built from chalk, it was never lit. This is now a Grade II listed building and well worth a visit!
Just a short drive from the Lighthouses, are Bempton Cliffs and the famous Flamborough Puffins, which we shall be returning to see soon!
Golf fans will particularly love Flamborough Head Golf Course, set adjacent to the Chalk Tower Lighthouse, with sweeping, panoramic views across Flamborough coast!
Flamborough even has it’s own train station, so is accessible via many means of transport.
With the heatwave we’re currently enjoying, it’s the perfect time to visit, so pack your suncream and hats and buckets and spades and make Flamborough your Summer day trip destination on your next stay with us or visit to Yorkshire this year!
The award-winning family-run farm, gardens and plant nursery, are set in nearly 60 acres of panoramic land in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Vale of York.
The gardens are home to many different types of lavender and herb varieties, all beautifully displayed for you to admire and even buy from the plant shop on your visit.
Amongst all the stunning types of lavender, they have a fantastic selection of other plants and flowers in striking colours, throughout the gardens, including a sensory garden, where herbs, flowers and grasses have been selected for their scent, texture and even the noise they make in the breeze!
Marvel at the Grass Cascade and Mirror Pond, meander your way through lavender paths in the Lavender Maze and have some fun with hillside Snakes & Ladders on your visit!
There is a one of a kind Wibbly Wobbly Way and children will love the spacious play area too.
You can also find ‘The Spirit of Yorkshire’ – a sculpture installation depicting a cricket match, right here at Yorkshire Lavender
As the most successful county in English cricket history, Yorkshire is a fitting venue for the match.
When you’ve finished exploring the gardens, take a break in EJ’s Licensed Tea Room, with seating for 100 and panoramic views over the Vale of York.
They serve morning coffees, lunches and afternoon cream teas, with lots of delicious homemade dishes, such as their best selling lavender scones!
Their lovely produce can also be found in the Gift Shop, with a beautiful selection of handmade gifts.
From room spray to sleep balm, lavender chocolate and recipe books, there is something for everyone.
The Gift Shop, Tea Rooms and Plant Nursery are free to enter.
The Gardens are free between March, April & September and in the other months, are charged as follows:
Senior Citizens: £3
Children (3-16): £2
Family (2+2) £10
Yorkshire Lavender are open daily between 23 March – 29 September 2019, from 10am-5pm, with EJ’s Tea Rooms closing at 4:30pm
More information can be found on their website:
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.
Happy National B & B Week everyone! ☺️🏨🎉
We thought we’d make a short video of a few clips of the hotel bedrooms and more, in honour of this special week.
Make The Kimberley your Home-from-Home on your next trip to Harrogate.
Our staff look forward to welcoming you and ensuring you have a wonderful stay with us!