Yorkshire Lavender 🌾💜

By / 28th June, 2019 / News / Off


Situated 3 miles west of Castle Howard, Yorkshire Lavender in Terrington, York, is a picture perfect day out for all the family! 🌾💜

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:

Adults: £3.50
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:
//www.yorkshirelavender.com/

🌞Top 5 things to do in Harrogate this May Bank Holiday & Half Term🌞

By / 15th May, 2019 / News / Off

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:
//www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks

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:
//www.ripleycastle.co.uk/

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:
//www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden

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:
//www.circusberlin.co.uk/3-simple-ways-to-book/

We hope this has given you some inspiration to get out and explore our wonderful district this May Bank Holiday and Half Term!

🌼🐰🐣Top 10 Things to do in Harrogate this Easter🌼🐰🐣

By / 8th April, 2019 / News / Off

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!

 

2. Garden Visit – Visit some of the many glorious gardens in and around Harrogate.🏞️
Our favourites include, RHS Harlow Carr Gardens and Ripon Spa Gardens 🌳🌺

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:
//www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden?fbclid=IwAR3BatZRE9TmYKz6PqrinHnPCzuyuyy2bIqFaQmVJkM3jrbbzyxbRoUCOIk

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:
//stockeldpark.co.uk/

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!


Prices cost just £5.00 (child), £6 (concession), £7 (adult)
Included is:
Trails along the Waters Edge
How Stean Tunnel (cave)
Tom Taylors Cave
Hard Hat
Map

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:
//www.newbyhall.com/tickets/

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:
//www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk/book?eventId=6004

10. Ripon Races – Thursday 18th April 2019 – Easter Family Day
Lots of fun, games and surprises for children, as well as quality racing. First Race at 14:00

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.

Wishing you a very Happy (or should that be Hoppy🐰) Easter from all of us here at The Kimberley! 💐

Celebrate National B&B Week with us!☺️🏨🎉

By / 19th March, 2019 / Uncategorized / Off

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!

Outstanding Recognition Award 🤩🏆

By / 31st January, 2019 / News / Off

Firstly, a bit late on the blog, but a very Happy New Year to you all!

It’s been a hectic whirlwind start to the year and we hope 2019 is proving prosperous for you all.

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:
//www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/news/business/harrogate-in-uk-s-top-ten-most-welcoming-cities-1-9526232

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!

What are you waiting for, book your stay today and come and experience for yourself the wonder of happy Harrogate!

🎅🏻⛸️🎁✨Top 5 Things To Do in Harrogate & District this Christmas✨🎁⛸️🎅🏻

By / 20th November, 2018 / News / Off


Whether you’re local to Harrogate or visiting us over the festive period, there is lots going on in our district this Christmas.

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!

Highlights include:
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;
//stockeldpark.co.uk/winter-adventure-zones/

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;
//www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/Jack-and-the-Beanstalk-Magical-Family-Pantomime

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
9.30am-5.30pm
except Sunday 9.30am-4.00pm

For more information, please visit their website;
//www.ripleycastle.co.uk/events/the-christmas-fair-at-ripley-castle/

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;
//www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr/viewevent?EFID=947&ESRC=CMS&gclid=Cj0KCQiA_s7fBRDrARIsAGEvF8T92xJfnBGOpyXjQtcVgVk1ZjI_CyxggJIU4mBrZzTlGgqYc4GPdeQaAkyxEALw_wcB

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;
//www.mothershipton.co.uk/event/christmas/

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.

We hope we’ve given you some festive inspiration and we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, filled with lots of fun, love and laughter!

🍂🍃 Autumn Adventures in Yorkshire 🍂🍃

By / 23rd October, 2018 / Uncategorized / Off

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:
//www.yorkshirepumpkins.com/

Visit the annual Pumpkin Trail at Bolton Abbey!

Join in two spooktacular weeks of fun at Bolton Abbey! 🎃👻

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:
//boltonabbey.com/whats-on/pumpkin-trail/?fbclid=IwAR1hJpTXBBY-N5TtK8cpCAt12B2fhrfF_939raaCC4WcDNbnVwRwr1kBpqI

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:
//www.yorkmaze.com/

Also in York, is Easingwold Maize Maze.

The following excellent activities are included in your entry fee to the maze:-

Car park
Football golf (9 holes)
Giant inflatable slide
Go-Karts
Football
Swingball
Large sandpit & outdoor games & toys
Inflatable fun zone

They also have an Animal Pen at the maze, including:
Goats
Chickens & Ducklings
Sheep
Guinea Pigs
Rabbits

For more information, visit their website:
//www.easingwoldmaize.co.uk/

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:
//harewood.org/whats-on/event/autumn-glory/

We hope we’ve provided some inspiration for your Half-Term and hope you enjoy lots of awesome adventures this Autumn!

Spooktacular Events this Halloween

By / 18th October, 2018 / Uncategorized / Off

The Greatest Showman Flashmob Fundraiser

By / 20th September, 2018 / News / Off

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.

Here are a few more photos from the day and we hope you enjoy the show as much as we did taking part!



To find out more on HomeStart’s work, visit their website:

//www.homestartyork.org.uk/

Dance for Charity

By / 31st August, 2018 / News / Off

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).

We can’t say too much, but it’s going to be epic and an extravaganza not to be missed!

It’s all happening on Parliament Street (where the fountain is, Disney store etc) at around 2pm.

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!