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50 Things to Welcome the World 40 - 31

50 Things to Welcome the World 40 - 31

With just 40 days to go until the UCI World Road Cyclimg Championships we continue our countdown looking at places to go and things to do around the Harrogate district.

40 - Ripon

Ripon is a compact cathedral city full of charm, character and history. The gothic 7th Century cathedral is one of the main attractions featuring a spectacular interior, Saxon crypt and numerous carvings that were the inspiration for characters in the Wonderland novels of Lewis Carroll. Further inspiration for the author can be seen in the wooden carvings at the Green Flag awarded park, Spa Gardens.

Around the city are numerous independent restaurants, cafes and shops to explore around the central market place and down the narrow streets of medieval and Georgian buildings. With both the Men's Under 23 Individual and Women's Elite Time Trials starting here, Ripon is integral to the upcoming cycling and already has the bunting out to welcome both cyclists and spectators.

Every night at 9pm you can witness a tradition dating back over a thousand years and unique to Ripon – the official Hornblower will make their way to the obelisk in the market square and sound the horn at each corner of the monument in turn setting the night watch. This ritual has never been missed and so you will definitely see it at 9pm and also have the opportunity to hear more about the history of this tradition.

39 - Studfold Adventure Trail

Studfold Adventure Trails re-introduce young minds to the joy of the outdoors, play and the natural world. 

Through the summer their Fairy and Pixie Adventure fuse fun with learning and adventure across their beautiful setting in Upper Nidderdale.

Kids can learn about nature, expand their imaginations and enjoy some outdoor play.  As well as an onsite café Studfold also offer a lunch shuttle service to have your picnic ready for you at the picnic site, and pre-packed lunches are available too.

A trail of clues and discovery has been created for different age groups and the play area features climbing frames, sand pit and the ever-popular tractors.

38  - Henshaws Urban Beach, Knaresborough

Henshaws Urban Beach in Knaresborough is a must for families. Every day until 25th August children and their chosen grown-ups are welcome to play in the sand amid the live music, have their faces painted, get involved with arts, crafts and the numerous other activities taking place.

Entry to the beach is free but as Henshaws is a charity that works to change the lives of people with disabilities donations are welcomed along with fees for the additional activities and food and drink from the café.

37 - Take Afternoon Tea in the home of Bettys

Afternoon tea is an English tradition dating back to 1870. It has been popular in the Harrogate District with visitors since they started coming to take the waters and promenade in the gardens. 

We believe that it is still a must for visitors today to enjoy a delicious selection of traditional sandwiches hand prepared and delicately cut, homemade cakes and fresh scones served with tea, coffee or possibly something more decadent and sparkling…

Available at coffee houses, tearooms and and hotels across Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon.

36 - Explore a valley of Art, with the NiddArt Trail

NiddArt Trail from 16th-26th August links 40 locations along the River Nidd where over 50 local artists and craft makers will be either exhibiting or demonstrating their skills.

The venues are in or near the towns of: Bewerley, Blubberhouses, Dacre Banks, Fellbeck, Glasshouses, Hampsthwaite, Kirkby Malzeard, Knaresborough, Lofthouse, Middlesmoor, Pateley Bridge, Ripley, Smelthouses and Summerbridge.

A printed brochure/map can be collected from libraries and Tourist Information Centres.

35 Hang out, at How Stean Gorge

How Stean Gorge in Nidderdale is an impressive natural limestone ravine waiting to be discovered.  Towards the top of the scenic Nidderdale road How Stean Gorge is not just a natural feature, but also a activity centre for the adventurous, and features a cycle, walker and dog friendly café.

If you are looking for some thrills then don protective clothing, hard hats and head torches and set off to explore the gorge whilst scrambling, abseiling, canoeing or kayaking or enjoy the challenge of the high wire 'Via Ferrata' adventure course.

The slightly less adventurous visitors can relax in the visitor centre and café which features a glass floored room overhanging the gorge with stunning views and delicious homemade desserts. 

34 - Find some adventure at Stockeld Park

Stockeld, located just off the A1 between Harrogate and Leeds, provides a fun packed family day out throughout the summer whatever the weather with indoor and outdoor attractions including roller skating, adventure playground, maze, inflatables and go carts all included in your entry fee.

Today there is live music from the X Factor’s Sam Bailey and Wagnor so you can bring a picnic, set up your seats and enjoy the entertainment.

33 - Bring the Dog for a wonderful Harrogate break

Our dogs are an important part of the family and love to be involved in all that we do including visiting new places. The Harrogate District has plenty of options for dog friendly holidays and days out. 

We have a range of pet friendly accommodation to suit your dog’s taste including camping, self-catering, hotels and guesthouses where the staff will treat your dog as you would and can advise you on nearby walks.

There are also numerous days out from Skipton Castle to Brimham Rocks that welcome your dog to explore them with you, and cafes, pubs and restaurants where dogs are welcome while you eat.

32 Discover the lovely riverside town of Knaresborough

The beautiful market town of Knaresborough has many attractions and is easily accessible by road or rail. Arriving by train gives visitors a stunning view of the Nidd Gorge, castle and waterside cafes from above. The historic station is unique for having the stunning viaduct at one end of the platform and a tunnel at the other.

From the market place, with markets every Wednesday, explore the winding streets and medieval stone staircases to make your way down to the waterside for an inland taste of the seaside with cafes, ice creams and boats to hire on the river.

Knaresborough is also the location of Mother Shipton’s Cave – birthplace of a famous Prophetess and the Petrifying Well which is reputed to be England’s oldest visitor attraction. Its powers to turn everyday objects to stone have been fascinating people since at least 1538.

31 #MyHarrogate


There are so many beautiful views in and around Harrogate, with a range of beautiful parks, elegant buildings, castles, independent shopping and dining venues, Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty, rivers and reservoirs. It is hard to know which spot is the most instagrammable.

We would love to know what you think, please tag us in your stunning photos using #MyHarrogate and #HarrogateWelcomesTheWorld for cycling shots for us to see and your photos could appear on our website.



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