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:

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;

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.

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:

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:

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:

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
Large sandpit & outdoor games & toys
Inflatable fun zone

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

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!

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:


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!

At The Races

By / 10th August, 2018 / News / Off

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!

To the Castle!

By / 25th July, 2018 / News / Off

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
Children £3.50/£3.90
Concession £5.30/£5.90
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!

Emmerdale Studio Experience

By / 23rd July, 2018 / News / Off

The Emmerdale Studio Experience in Leeds is a brilliant day out for any avid Emmerdale fan and is situated just 30 minutes from us here in Harrogate.

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.