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50 Things to Welcome the World: 50 - 41

50 Things to Welcome the World: 50 - 41

With just 50 days to go until we welcome the World for the UCI Road World Championships we're sharing 50 great things to do and places to visit in and around Harrogate!

50 - RHS Garden Harlow Carr

RHS Garden Harlow Carr is on the route for the cycling road races in September and is looking forward to the excitement and to welcoming visitors from around the world. Being a short walk from the town centre, the 58 acre garden is a delight and inspriarion all year round.

Whether you are looking for a tranquil walk, somewhere to take beautiful photographs, expert horticultural advice, garden related shopping or a visit to the out of town Bettys tea rooms you will find plenty of interest.

Throughout the summer holidays are activities for younger visitors too. The  Logness Monster and Craggle Top Tree House are always popular but this year the gardens also celebrate the 50th anniversay of  the popular children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar with a range of special events and giant themed sculptures.

49 - The Cheeseboard, Harrogate's illustrious cheese specialist.

On Commercial Street you will find over 200 cheeses from all over the world at Harrogate's The Cheeseboard.  With the very best of global cheeses and knowledgeable staff you can find something delicious and new, or an old  favourite. The Cheeseboard as been trading for 30 years has become recognised as one of Harrogate's premier specialist food shops.

48 - The Valley Gardens

Come rain or shine, Valley Gardens offers plenty of options for visitors of all ages.

From the Carnival on 27th July featuring Chinese dragons, Indian and Jamaican dancers, live music and inernational foods to the Wartime entertainment and costumes of 1940s Day on 23rd June; an event in Valley Gardens always delivers a special atmosphere.

This weekend families can enjoy the extensive play area including paddling pool, picnic area and refreshment kiosk, pitch and putt, crazy golf, boating pool, skate park for BMX bikes, skateboards and scooters and plenty of space to run around and explore.

The Magnesia Well cafe is open during day selling light refreshments and concerts are held in the band stand most Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.

47 - Discover a world of new flavours at Las Iguanas, Harrogate

The menu at Las Iguanas, Harrogate features tapas, and dishes from countries including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Peru.

If you are feeling adventurous try the Xinxin, Blazing Bird or Dominican Goat Curry. If not, there are delicious steaks and burgers on offer too.

Start your evening with a cocktail from their extensive menu to really get into the party mood.

 

46 - Have Family Fun at Fountains Abbey

Situated near one of the UCI World Championship routes, the National Trust and World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, has more than 800 acres of beautiful parkland and history to discover giving children more than enough space to play all day.

This summer adventurous children can enjoy exploring the water garden, woodland, and dark serpentine tunnel. They can find the follies and climb to the highest vantage point for the best views of the abbey. The play area includes climbing activities, agility course and zip wire.

Organised activities throughout the summer holidays are themed around the Monks and Georgians who lived on the site over the years. These include heritage crafts, visiting the vegetable gardens and meeting the animals.

If all the fun has worked up an appetite or a thirst there are refreshments to be had at both ends of the park and if anyone is in need of it, a free minibus can give you a lift back to your starting point.

45 - Turkish Baths Harrogate

No trip to Harrogate would be complete without a visit to a spa and the oldest and most famous of them all is the beautiful 19th century Turkish Baths Harrogate.

Its Moorish inspired tiles, mosaic floors, painted ceilings and steamy heat create a relaxed atmosphere and transport you to another continent.

In addition to the restorative benefits of this tranquil, historical experience choose from a range of luxurious, modern spa treatments and treat yourself to refreshments.

44 - Beningbrough Hall - Summer Days

For a day out of gardens, art galleries and parkland head to Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens on the banks of the River Ouse half an hour from Harrogate.

Inside the hall discover the most recent exhibits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, the Arts Council Collection, York Art Gallery and local artist Olivia Hemingway.

Activities for children this summer range from celebrating bees to artrageous crafting in addition to the adventure playground and expanses of grass for playing games.

43 - Knaresborough FEVA 9-16 August

Knaresborough’s Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts has been running for over 20 years and is run by volunteers in the community to provide a wide range of performances, exhibitions and culinary experiences for residents and visitors.

The festival runs from Friday 9th to Sunday 18th August with multiple events throughout this picturesque market town every day. The Urban Beach at Henshaws will feature live music, crafting, wood-fired pizzas and ice cream.

Other highlights include music from an Elton John tribute act and The Swing Commanders, an art trail showcasing local talent, tea on the terrace with views of the viaduct, a Mexican feast, a programme of children’s street entertainment and the ever popular beer festival and party in the park.

42 Walking around Harrogate

The Harrogate District offers walkers a wide range of options from historic towns and beautiful garden walks to riverside, hillside and countryside walks.

Our top recommendations are:

  1. Six Dales Trail – a long distance walk including a number of hills and not for the faint hearted but the incredible views are definitely worth it.
  2. Hackfall Woods with a range of terrains, a river and numerous follies to discover. While you are there head to Masham for meal and possibly even a tour of one of the breweries.
  3. Valley Gardens to RHS Garden Harlow Carr –a genteel stroll through the beautiful gardens and the pine woodland.
  4. Fewston Reservoir – in Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty follow the numerous paths through the woods and along the waterside.
  5. Boroughbridge Town Trail – this gentle walk takes in a battle site and ancient stone monuments as you circumvent the town.

41 - Explore the Natural Wonder of Brimham Rocks

The wonderful and unlikely rock formations at National Trust Brimham Rocks are the perfect setting for day out in the heart of Yorkshire.

Brimham Rocks can be found in Nidderdale, and the mind boggling rock formations are the result of wind, ice and water acting on the rock over millions of years. 

The rocks offer a natural playground for adults and children alike to climb on, as well as simply remarkable view out across the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!

Through the summer months and until the end of October the refreshment kiosk is open every day for everything from ice cream to a light picnic lunch.

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