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50 Things to Welcome the World 20 - 11

50 Things to Welcome the World 20 - 11

We continue our countdown of places to go and things to see and do around the Harrogate area in the days leading up to the UCI Road World Cycling Championships.

20 Mercer Art Gallery

The Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate town centre, just off the cycling race routes, is free to enter and is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon to 4pm Sunday.

The current exhibition is a collection of works by William Powell Frith entitled The People's Painter, supported by a full programme of talks, workshops and family activities. It is proving to be very popular and runs until Sunday 29th September.

19 Food and Drink

The Harrogate area has a reputation for outstanding food and drink with a range of independent restaurants and familiar high street names catering for the tastes of every visitor. Make sure you stay refreshed as you explore the area.

Some of our personal favourites include: Bettys Tea Rooms which are near the race finishes and at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, Hideaway Kitchen in Boroughbridge, the gravity defying café at How Stean Gorge in the Dales and Carriages in Knaresborough.

18 Masham Sheep Fair

Sitting on the River Ure, just 40 minutes from Harrogate, Masham is a charming Yorkshire Dales town with a Georgian market place

Traditionally the annual Masham Sheep Fair takes place at the end of September, but this year it has been postponed slightly as the town welcomes the UCI championships. Thousands of visitors will be welcomed to the town from September 25th to 29th to see the men’s and women’s elite races.

The Masham Sheep Faircomprises of competitions and sales of rare breeds, demonstrations, sheep racing and all manner of woolly related fun. It will now be held on October 5th and 6th.

The action packed programme of entertainment, music, dancing, craft stalls and sheep fun will raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

17 Gardens to visit around Harrogate

The Harrogate district is well known for its range of beautiful gardens from the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden to the compact Bebra Gardens in the shadow of Knaresborough Castle.

Valley Gardens in central Harrogate, from where 36 of the mineral wells spring, is beautifully planted and consists of immaculate flower beds, Japanese garden, boating pond, large children’s play area, skate park, tennis, crazy golf, pitch and putt and table tennis.

Newby Hall and Gardens has an impressive 25 acres of award winning gardens including a miniature train, play area and outdoor sculpture park.

There are magnificent parks and gardens to be found in every part of this area. Details can be found online or in a Gardens Guide available from any of the Tourist Information Centres.

16 Knaresborough Castle

Knaresborough Castle is the site of one of the most inspirational views in the UK – looking down on the waterside cafes and rowing boats on the River Nidd and across to the mighty viaduct. This view has inspired visitors and artists for generations including the great British artist, JMW Turner.

The castle itself (now largely in ruins) was once a mighty stronghold of medieval kings and latterly a base from which the kings hunted in the great Knaresborough Forest. Visitors can enter the keep, explore the dungeon, see the ancient graffiti and be taken through a secret escape tunnel.

The onsite museum houses information about local characters including Blind Jack, Guy Fawkes and Mother Shipton and contains an original Tudor court room where suspected criminals faced public trail plus crafts, dressing up and children’s activities.

15 Official Cocktail to Welcome the World

In celebration of the UCI Road Cycling Championships coming to Harrogate, we have created a brand new cocktail to welcome our visitors and toast the success of the new world champions.

The recipe, which is a work of art, was developed by Dario Luis, winner of Harrogate's bar person of the year award at Harrogate Hospitality & Tourism Awards, 2019. The cocktail, called Marmalade on Toast, is served with 2 slices of cake that are “toasted” with a blow torch and a ramekin of marmalade on the side. It uses locally made Slingsby Marmalade Gin and Slingsby Gin infused Marmalade to complete the Harrogate heritage of the cocktail. This cocktail will be available at The Fat Badger and SCRAN at the Yorkshire Hotel (both just off the cycling course in Harrogate) throughout the UCI championships.

For anyone wanting to recreate the taste of the cocktail at home without the skills of an award winning Bar Manager, a simpler version called the Harrogate Welcome has been developed.

Recipes freely availble and shareable.

Happy mixing and tasting...

14 Pateley Bridge

Pateley Bridge, in the heart of Nidderdale, welcomes visitors looking to explore the Yorkshire Dales. The High Street will be one of the key venues to watch the racing when the UCI gets underway.

Its award winning High Street boasts an array of shops, tearooms and local eateries for treats, and both of the town’s butchers have won awards for their pork pies.  So whether you want to stay and enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea, or shop for a tasty picnic you will be well provided for.

It is a family friendly day out with its open spaces, park, activities and walks by the River Nidd.

13 Flower Show

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show from 13-15 September is an incredible spectacle of all things colourful and horticultural and the prefect way to celebrate the finale of summer and to welcome autumn.

The stars of the show are always the magnificent, vibrant displays of blooms and fruits, and the unbelievable giant vegetables.

In amongst the stalls and displays there are plenty of ideas and products to inspire the amateur gardener and even demonstrations and classes to teach you new skills while you are there.

12 Shopping

Shopping in and around Harrogate offers choice for art lovers, antique collectors, those looking for familiar brands or eclectic independents.

Harrogate itself has always been a destination for the discerning shopper boasting long established family names including Ogdens that has been supplying jewellery to the Royals for over 100 years and Woods of Harrogate with over 250 years of trading and retailing England’s finest linens.

Now the town boasts a number of cycling related stores including Prologue which also boasts a café with live screening of the UCI races to fully cater for fans on two wheels.

Further out, cyclists will find Vern Overton Cycling at Darley in Nidderdale.

There are a number of interesting market towns to explore in the district by bike, car or public transport offering more small shops and many handmade items

11 Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park near Ripon consists of forty acres of unique, outstanding parkland and gardens. With over 60 sculptures to discover along the trails a walk here through the woodland is full of interest and incredible views across the lake.

Facilities include sculpture trails, shop for the purchase of the interesting plants seen in the gardens, children’s playground and tearoom.

Seasonal opening: reopens October 5th 2019.

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