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Top 10 things for a Rainy Day

Even if the great British weather doesn’t remember its summer, there’s still plenty to do on a Rainy Day in Harrogate District.

We've cheated a little here. Instead of a top ten, we have two Top Fives!

A Top Five for Family outings, and another Top Five for Everyone that might still be of interest for older children, though isn't aimed specifically at them. 

We also have a bonus suggestion that doesn't so much hide from the water, as fight water with more water!

Top Five Rainy Days out for Families.

1. Museums (Ripon, Pump Room, Nidderdale)

Interactive displays, explorer backpacks and weekly activities will keep the kids interested at the Workhouse Museum in Ripon and Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate, while the adults can learn about the history of these fascinating places.

Step back in time at the Nidderdale Museum and explore the history of Pateley Bridge and its surrounding countryside through the last 200 years.

2. Go Back in Time (Dress up Beningbrough Hall and Gallery)

If the weather is just too wet to get out to the gardens and adventure playground, the top floor of Beningbrough Hall is perfect entertainment for kids of all ages. There’s a toddler room with soft play area and colouring in and for older children the chance to dress up and take a vintage picture. For adults, wander through the grand rooms, learn about the families that lived there and picture yourself at a ball in the drawing room or waking up in one of the four poster beds.

3. Fun in the Water

If you have to get wet then at least enjoy a heated pool and inflatables!  Play sessions in the swimming pools are a great way for youngsters to dodge the rain, have fun and stay active.  The swimming pools at Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough and Nidderdale all have fun sessions over the weekends, and extended school holiday fun programs throughout the year!

4. Teddy Bears and Dolls' Houses

Last year’s dolls' house collection became a huge attraction at Newby Hall. Adults marveled at the intricate details of the tiny furniture and crockery while children dreamed of being able to play with them.

The dolls’ house collection is now a permanent fixture at Newby Hall and this year sees an extra permanent exhibition openalong side it in a purpose built bear house.  TV regular Gyles Brandreth has donated his famous bear collection, including Paddington Bear and Fozzie.  

5. Learn to cook

Perfect your pudding or serve up a sumptuous starter with Betty’s Cookery School
For the young budding chefs, learn to bake or make dinner for mum and dad at Swinton Park’s kids cookery classes.

Five More Rainy Days

1. The Harrogate Spa Experience

Find a deeper level of relaxation at our specialist spa centres, from the newest and most contemporary treatments and techniques, to the traditional Turkish that harks back to the 1800s enjoy a more lavish alternative to heavens opening

2. Mercer Art Gallery

Harrogate’s outstanding public gallery hosts an ever changing calendar of Exhibitions throughout the year in its exhibition spaces, as well as works from its own collection the Mercer Art Gallery borrows works from private and national collections to assemble the best possible display on the varied themes they feature throughout the year.

3. Ripon Cathedral

Discover 900 hundred years of history at Ripon Cathedral, creep down into the crypt and learn more about the roots of this beautiful Cathedral City and over 1350 yrs of worship at the site.  The Cathedral has a strong musical history with regular choral events, making use of  the recently refurbished Cathedral Organ.

4. Afternoon tea

Well why not relax in style while you wait for the rain to pass?  Enjoy the best of Afternoon Tea around Harrogate, taste the perfect cup in the home of Yorkshire Tea, a host of lovingly made sandwiches and cakes, and maybe even something a little bit bubbly.

 5. The Great Houses

While all our stately homes and historical buildings have an eclectic range of activities to young ones entertained you shouldn’t think that means they’ve neglected the visitor interested in the historical insight and preservation of these amazing properties, from the 17th Century creation of Christopher Wren at Newby Hall to the spacious Beningbrough Hall, largely without furnishings Beningbrough is used as a unique and impressive gallery space.

Just One More

Get Wetter!

Don't think the rain has to chase you inside.  You can always embrace the wet, you can always get wetter! Go gorge walking at the How Stean Gorge Activity Centre, traverse waterfalls and plunge into deep pools as you make your way down this geological wonder.

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