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50 Things to Welcome the World 30 - 21

50 Things to Welcome the World 30 - 21

In the final month of our UCI World Road Cycling Championships countdown we highlight more places to go and things to do around the Harrogate district.

30 - Midsummer Night's Dream at Newby Hall 

Newby Hall and Gardens is the venue for The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, and their stunning outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Friday 23rd August.

Come for the day as garden entrance is included with performance tickets and enjoy Newby’s award winning gardens from the National Cornus Collection to one of the longest double herbaceous borders in the country.

29 Ripon Museums

Ripon Law and Order Museums – three great museums in the centre of Ripon for the price of one!

The Courthouse Museum dates back to 1830 and tells the stories of some of the people who passed through it, you have the chance to play the part of the accused, the judge or the jury when you visit.

The Prison and Police Museum gives you a taste of life as a Victorian prisoner and tells the tales of some who were unlucky enough to suffer punishments for crimes like stealing a single apple.

Finally, the Workhouse Museum and Gardens gives a true representation of the harsh conditions endured by the least fortunate of Ripon’s citizen’s in the 19th century.

There are opportunities to dress up and interact with the knowledgeable staff throughout the museums.

28 Royal Hall Open Day

The Royal Hall, Harrogate’s grade II listed Edwardian theatre, was built in 1903 to impress and entertain, and after an £8 million restoration continues to do so today.

A number of open days are held each year to allow the public free access to view the opulent interior and hear more about the history and restoration.

The next of these will be on 28th August from 10am - 4pm with knowledgeable guides conducting tours at 11am and 2pm.

27 Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Nidderdale Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is situated between Harrogate and Wharfedale and encompasses some of Yorkshire’s most stunning countryside.

Highlights include the River Nidd, the characterful town of Pateley Bridge, remote heather moorlands, gentle sheltered valleys and farmlands, Hackfall Woods, the reservoirs of the Washburn Valley and the heritage of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water.

26 Sukhothai 

Sukhothai is an example of the diversity and quality of the cuisine available in Harrogate. The town centre restaurant serves award winning Thai food in a magnificent restaurant. A meal here is a treat for the senses.

There is plenty of choice on the main menu, Sunday buffet and early bird two course deal served from 5 - 6:30pm every evening for you to find something delicious.

25 Take time to explore Masham

Masham sits just to the North of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers a range of outstanding independent shops and galleries to explore along with numerous delightful cafes and restaurants.

It is an ideal starting place for a day’s walking with beautiful countryside and curious follies like those at Hackfall Woods to be discovered. The town itself boasts two breweries offering tours, gifts and eateries. 

24 Henshaws Welcomes the World

Henshaws Society For Blind People in Knaresborough is running a disability awareness workshop to help businesses in the area improve their customer service for everyone.

We are looking forward a full day of para-cycling on 21st September as part of the UCI Road World Championships and we are expecting the Championships as a whole to attract visitors to the area with a range of disabilities.

This FREE disability awareness workshop will provide you with top tips on how to ensure your business provides the warmest of Yorkshire welcomes to everyone.

Tuesday 3rd September 6-8pm at Henshaws in Knaresborough.

Book via www.uciknaresborough.eventbrite.co.uk

23 Harrogate Hosts

Harrogate is no stranger to hosting large scale events with the annual Great Yorkshire Show, Convention Centre and a busy arts programme provided by Harrogate International Festival Festivals (HIF).

This year HIF entertained Harrogate residents and visitors with a huge range of events including: the Raworth Literature Festival, the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Festival, A Royal Hall residency and children’s festival, the Museum of the Moon, a musical festival, carnival and outdoor installations.

If you missed out in 2019, many of them will be back by popular demand in 2020 along with new and exciting events – book early!

22 Royal Pump Rooms and Wedding Dress Exhibition

The Royal Pump Room was built in 1842 to provide shelter for the town’s affluent visitors as they took the famous waters from the strongest sulphur wells in Europe, where over 15,000 people used to come every summer.

Now people come for the displays showing Harrogate’s connection to Russian royalty and what politicians and famous writers of the 19th and 20th century thought of their visits, details of the treatment methods and even some Egyptian treasures.

There is currently an exhibition of over 30 exquisite antique and vintage wedding dresses selected from the archives for visitors to enjoy and learn the stories behind the women who wore them.

The museum is open from 10am – 4pm daily except Sundays when it opens at 12. Daily well tours take place at 10.30am, 2pm and 3pm.

21 Boroughbridge

Boroughbridge offers historic walks to Roman sites, ancient stone monoliths and battlefield sites, and is a tranquil town perfect for family strolls and picnics.

Explore the range of shops, pubs and cafes in the town itself before you wander by the river.

On Friday September 27th when The UCI Men's Under 23s Road Race comes through Boroughbridge the town invites you to a Community Event to celebrate and watch the cycling, with a big screen, food, drink, music and a children’s assault course.

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