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  • Posted on Jan 27, 2020

    Harrogate February Half Term!

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    Harrogate has some fantastic things to do and see so why not visit this February half term (it’s just around the corner!).

    We know the drill…you’re scratching your head to think of ways to keep the young ones occupied. We all know how picky children can get, no matter what age they are.

    While it’s only fair to give your kids the needed lazy morning and their own time to do what they want to; it’s also important to have some fun family days out to experience new things and have fun together.

    Luckily, Harrogate and Yorkshire have a lot to offer families looking to spend quality time together and make fantastic memories for the photo album.

    Take the worry and stress out of half term. Check out our list of fantastic events in Harrogate and Yorkshire below, made just for you.

    Harrogate Climbing Centre

    A classic day out guaranteed to tire out the entire family is a visit to the climbing centre. Whether you’re petrified of heights and want to overcome your fears, or you’re an expert who loves mini adventures like this, Harrogate Climbing Centre can cater for anyone with any amount of experience.

    Boasting friendly and experience staff, Harrogate Climbing Centre welcomes everyone with opens arms. When you’re done getting adventurous, sit down in their café and have a look round their shop for a souvenir to take home. If it really takes your fancy, you can always come back for classes or even book the centre for a party.

    Valley Gardens

    February air can be harsh but that’s no excuse to turn your nose up at nature. Put on a warm coat and scarf and why not visit Valley Gardens. There are 17 acres of land to explore, with beautiful gardens, woodland and historical buildings. This has everything you need for a calming family day out. Valley Gardens is perfect at catering to everyone. It boasts a large children’s playground for the younger ones and a skatepark (BMX, skateboards and scooter friendly) for teenagers. While you’re there, grab a bite to eat at the Magnesia Well café. Dedicating a full day to Valley Gardens is a day well spent and is sure to make some wonderful photos to go in the memory box.

    Mercer Art Gallery

    Nurturing a child’s creativity is just as important as their academic subjects. Whilst this may be a bit too much for younger children, it could be just the perfect day for teenagers; especially those studying in art and design. One of Yorkshire’s most impressive and oldest art galleries, Mercer Art Gallery is truly a wonderful day out. Whether your kids are into modern art or would rather travel back in time, there’s something here for everyone.

    The museum is full of life, bringing regular events and lectures for its visitors. Full of famous local and national names, there is a lot to explore in this vast showcase of art.

    Ripon Workhouse Museum

    Speaking of going back in time, what child isn’t curious about the Victorian era? Between learning about Jack the Ripper and Queen Victoria, somewhere along the line almost every child becomes fascinated with this era of our country. So how about taking them to see how it was really like back then?

    The Ripon Workhouse Museum is a complete recreation of life for the poorest during the 19###sup/sup### century. The Workhouse Museum was designed to show the harsh reality of life for the workers there who slept in cells and worked around the clock to earn their keep.

    The museum is beautifully tended to along with its gardens and restored to its former 19###sup/sup### Century glory with history seeping out of the walls. Every part of the Workhouse from the museum to the kitchen has been carefully restored and recreated to its original state. How’s that for time travel!

    Swinton Estate Cookery School

    Are your little ones always peeping into the kitchen and getting curious how flour can make such a mess in so little time? Maybe it’s a sign you have a young budding chef in your house! Cooking is a fantastic activity for kids; it’s messy and it’s delicious.

    Run by the wonderful staff at Swinton Estate, a beautifully historic estate and hotel, during the February half term there are two classes especially for kids. There’s the Junior Chefs (10 – 14 years old) half day and Mini Chefs (6 – 9 years old) half day.

    Experience doesn’t matter. This could be the first time the little ones ever done anything in the kitchen, the activities and staff work around your child to guide them safely through a kitchen and of course keep the whole event exciting.

    Kidzplay

    One of Harrogate’s largest play indoor centre, Kidzplay is the ultimate way to burn off your child’s energy. Sit back and relax in the café while the kids go do their thing. You can also book a number of classes that are regularly run by the wonderful staff. This includes baking, arts and crafts and even singing.

    This is a win/win type of place where you can have the peace of mind that your children are safe and supervised and you can sit back and let go of all your worries. Owners Lisa and Andy are very passionate about their business and it really shows in the customer care.

    Harrogate Indoor Funfair

    If your kids are longing for the summer holidays where their adrenaline can be used up at the beach and seaside, give them a little taste of summer by attending the Harrogate Indoor Funfair. That’s right, it has all the lights, music and rides of a seaside funfair just indoors.

    A variety of prizes, game stalls and rides, it’s fun for the whole family whatever the weather. Once inside with a wristband, rides are available to ride as many times as you want. This event is a fantastic way to inject some excitement into a gloomy February and it’s a fantastic excuse to get the kids out even in the rain!

    Lost Babes in Space Pantomime

    Appreciation for the theatre is important but getting kids away from the screen can be difficult. Lost Babes in Space could be wonderful cure to the mobile phone addiction. A futuristic space adventure based in 2069, this pantomime is full of jokes, adventure and it’s all for a good cause. All proceeds are heading to The Joanna Luty Memorial fund which supports teenagers affected by cancer.

    Appropriate for all ages, it’ a great laugh for the whole family and multiple productions mean you can incorporate this into your day however you please.

    RHS Garden Harlow Carr

    RHS Garden Harlow Carr is preparing itself to be the ultimate place to bond kids with nature. Providing the right amount of fun and education, the half term week will be packed with fun activities appropriate for all weather.

    All activities are set in the beautiful gardens and play areas with Betty’s café open all day to regain your energy with delicious food and a hot drink to warm you up.

    This is also a wonderful opportunity to take beautiful photos with your family and take home a lot of great memories.

    So pack up the wellies and raincoats, and head down to RHS Garden Harlow Carr for a day to learn and love nature.

    Agility Fitness Park

    There’s no way bad weather will stop kids from being energetic and being stuck indoors can be challenging. Although, being stuck indoors in the Agility Fitness Park in York is definitely the better option. This space is fully equipped with state-of-the-art obstacle courses which is the perfect way to test your fitness and inspire your kids to take up new challenges and build their confidence as well as health. The obstacles cater to adults and children and difficulties vary on what you choose. The staff are trained and friendly and are always on hand to assist you and motivate you to keep going. The Agility Fitness Park is guaranteed to bring home the kids absolutely exhausted and most definitely happy.

    Like the list or have anything to add? Let us know in the comments below.

    If you think Harrogate would be a great Half Term holiday for you and your family, why not book your trip today? We have some great family friendly properties for you and you can even bring your pets! See our serviced accommodation in Harrogate and book online today. Thanks for reading.

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  • Posted on Jan 19, 2020

    Harrogate January 2020



    January can be a pretty dull month, especially following the excitement of Christmas. Thankfully that’s not the case in Harrogate! This town is not slowing down and has something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re stuck on what to do with your free time this January, look no further; we have a list of four exciting events happening right here in Harrogate that will get you through the winter blues.

    Murder at the Manor

    Do you like solving mysteries? Perhaps you want a reason to dress up and put your best outfit on? If so Murder at the Manor may be just what you’re looking for. Set in the Old Swan, a beautiful Victorian building dating back to 1840 you are transported to the swinging 20’s, attending a social event to celebrate the marriage of the Lord and Lady of the Manor; but what could possibly go wrong?

    Happening on the 24th January, this event includes live actors and a full course meal to really set the scene and take you back in time. 

    This fully interactive murder mystery is bought to Harrogate by Murder 57 one of UK’s leading murder mystery entertainment companies. Put on your best flapper dress and pearl necklace and remember… Don’t trust anyone.

    Ed Byrne: If I’m Honest…

    This Irish comedy legend is back on tour and performing at the beautiful Royal Hall on the 24th of January. Reviews have already poured in and it’s clearly one event not to be missed this month. He has previously appeared on Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo and QI amongst many other popular British TV shows. A true TV household name and a master in the comedy world, book your tickets now to not miss out on this. The show starts at eight and it is recommended for viewers over the age of 16. Prices range from £25 to £50 and seats are booking up quick. Get your tickets here.

    Harrogate Fashion Week

    The new decade is here, and we all have changes we want to make to our lives. A personal one for many people is turning away from fast fashion and mindless buying from large companies that have a terrible impact on our environment.

    Turning to independent brands is a wonderful solution to staying fashionable and owning a sustainable wardrobe full of unique and long-lasting pieces. So, what better place to start than Harrogate Fashion Week! This event is running throughout the 26th and 27th of January at the Harrogate Convention Centre. The fashion week will be packed with independent brands both locally and nationwide coming together to showcase their clothes for this season.

    This is a great opportunity to get to know some fantastic and inspiring business owners and network with other creators as well as learning more about recreating the perfect winter/spring wardrobe. Due to it’s friendly nature and wide range of hotels and restaurants, Harrogate has been hosting fashion trade exhibitions since the 70’s.

    If you’re a small business owner in the country, looking to network with possible suppliers this is a great opportunity to do so.

    Don’t compromise on comfort when you visit Harrogate, so to finish off each wonderfully busy day, why not rest at one of Harrogate’s nicest apartments, located conveniently in the centre with shops and public transport right on the doorstep.

    I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

    Straight from BBC Radio to the stage, on the 28th January you can go see the brilliant panel of multi-award winning comedians taking their radio stage to the road and touring the country to share more non-sense and laughs.

    This is a fantastic event for adult audience that can be interpreted into an exciting night out in Harrogate. Why not check out the bars and restaurants in the surrounding area. Taking place at the Harrogate Convention Centre, you can book tickets right here.

    Need a place to rest and relax after a fun day out? Check out our self catering apartments at Nightspace. All our apartments are conveniently placed by places of interest with sophisticated bars and restaurants nearby and public transport for easy movement around Town. Surrounded by the breath-taking Yorkshire countryside, what more could you want?


     

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  • Posted on Nov 29, 2017

    Christmas shopping in Harrogate

    Harrogate is fabulous at this time of year. Twinkling Christmas lights, mulled wine, ice skating, wonderful shopping and superb food and wine.

    So if you feel like getting in the festive spirit, we’ve put together some fantastic offers on first class self-catering accommodation, plus some Christmassy activities and ideas for all the family,  to really get you in the mood.  

    Whether you fancy a girlie shopping trip, a romantic break,  or time away with the family, there really is something for everyone.

    Special Offers :

    Station Bridge, Deluxe 1 bedroom apt, reduced £95 per night. sleeps 2 - 4 people

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