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  • Posted on Dec 08, 2016

    Harrogate at Christmas

    Harrogate has so much to offer all the family over the Christmas period. The town itself looks beautifully festive, with its twinkly Christmas lights, fabulous shops, bars and restaurants. So come and wrap up warm, drink some mulled wine, listen to some carols, and get festive and cosy in one of our luxury self catering properties. Here some of our festive favs :

    Late night Christmas Shopping. Each Thursday in the run up to Christmas, enjoy late night shopping until 9pm, enjoy Carol singing in the town and many of the major shops. Stop off for a festive drink, or have a break with all your bags and grab some food, with so many restaurants to choose from, you're spoilt for choice ! 

    Stockeld Park Christmas Adventure Open until 3rd Jan, this is a Winter Wonderland bringing festive cheer to all ! Ice skating, woodland walks, santas grotto, maize, festive gift shop and restaurants

    Father Christmas Grotto, walks and reindeer - Fountains Abbey weekends you can see the abbey lit with rainbow colours and hear live festive music in the Cellarium and Fountains Hall.Get the whole family together and grab a reindeer's explorer map to follow in the hoofsteps of Father Christmas' reindeer across the estate. Stop by Swanley Grange to get stuck into some crafty Christmas preparations! Don't forget to post your letter to Father Christmas at Fountains Hall and you can meet the man himself in his cosy grotto on weekends too.It wouldn't be Christmas without family traditions like Carols by Candlelight and our annual Boxing Day Pilgrimage, then there's winter wildlife walks, workshops, and festive lunches to enjoy too.

    Betty's and Harlow Carr,'s really know how to bring Christmas to life, with their beautiful handmade cakes, treats, mince pies, and hampers. Visit their wonderful Christmas shop, restaurant and Tea rooms at RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, and soak up the festive atmosphere. There's cookie decorating, Chrstmas gifts, beautiful gardens and Woodland walks, or go on the special  Festive Garden Detective Trail !

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  • Posted on Oct 19, 2016

    How To Spend An Autumn Weekend In Harrogate

    As the crisp and colourful Autumn leaves fill the parks and we begin to feel the temperature drop, there’s no better place to spend an Autumn weekend away in Yorkshire than in the picturesque spa town of Harrogate.

    Here’s our guide on getting the most out of 48 hour break in this stunning Yorkshire town:


    You’ve arrived in Harrogate on Friday evening, so it’s time to kick off your weekend with a culinary bang by dining at Norse restaurant- a place popular with the locals due to its excellent fine dining menu & experience.

    Once you’re finished at Norse you can head out to one the town’s best bars. If you’re after a night of blues and live music head to Blues Cafe Bar, for a great selection of Yorkshire ales then check out the Little Ale House, or if cocktails are more your thing - Banyan Bar & Kitchen offer the perfect choice.



    Begin your Saturday with a hearty meal at one of the various much loved Harrogate breakfast hot spots. If you’re looking for something healthy we recommend Farm Whole Foods & Bistro, serving interesting dishes like the stewed prune breakfast, plus a refreshing selection of smoothies. For cute decor and a delicious, well presented breakfast we also recommend the Wild Plum.

    Wrap up warm and then finish off the morning with a walk around the beautiful and well kept Valley Gardens or the RHS Harlow Carr Garden.


    The colder Autumn weather makes a spa day even more appealing, and after the morning’s walk it’s time to relax at one of Harrogate's various spas.

    Enjoy a contemporary spa experience in the magnificent surroundings of the Turkish Bath’s & Health Spa, with a range of rejuvenating treatments on offer. Alternatively, Harrogate’s Rudding Park Spa offers some great packages and their signature Rudding Park Jewel Ritual.


    Time for a visit to one of Harrogate’s many beautiful theatres. From contemporary performances to comedy drama, you’ll surely find something to enjoy at either the Royal Hall, Harrogate Theatre or the Pateley Bridge Playhouse - Harrogate is a town bursting with culture with great performances on all year round.



    After breakfast it’s time to get wrapped up again and see what outdoor wonders are nearby. We’d highly recommend a visit to one of the nearby castles such as Knaresborough Castle or Ripley Castles And Gardens.


    Many say that you can’t come to Harrogate and notpay a visit to Betty’s for afternoon tea. They offer a scrumptious selection of sandwiches, cakes and other tasty lunch options - there’s good reason why people are often queuing at the door to get in! Once you’re finished be sure to visit their shop where you’ll find lots of sweet treats to take away with you.


    To finish an enjoyable weekend away in Harrogate we’d recommend a final stop at the newly opened Everyman Cinema. Sit back and relax in a comfy sofa with wine and wood fired pizzas, whilst watching one of the newest blockbusters.

    If you’re looking to find a specific event on at a weekend you’re planning to visit, just use Visit Harrogate’s handy calendar to find out what’s happening on your chosen date. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during your weekend away then see our stunning selection of luxury self catered apartments, guaranteed to make your trip extra special.

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  • Posted on Sep 28, 2016

    Top 5 Things to do in Harrogate this October

    There's some great things for all the family, in and around the Harrogate this Oct, we have listed our 5 favourite things :

    Harrogate Comedy Festival, 5-18th Oct. The 2016 line-up includes Ross Noble, Russell Kane, Adam Hills, Marcus Brigstocke, Rich Hall, Andrew Lawrence, Shappi Khorsandi, Hans Teeuwen, Mae Martin & Adam Hess, Jason Byrne, Jo Caulfield, Mark Watson,  Jarlath Regan, and winner of the 2015 Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award, Sam Simmons. http://www.harrogatecomedyfest...

    Harrogate History Festival, 20 -23rd Oct. Celebrating the authors and genre of historical writing, this unique weekend allows readers to meet, discuss and discover historical writing from fact through to fictionOutstanding authors include Antony Beevor, Philippa Gregory, Tracy Chevalier, Joe Abercrombie and Paddy Ashdown . http://harrogateinternationalf...

    Animals of the night, 22 - 31st Oct. Great family event at RHS, Harlow Carr Gardens. The October half term fun will focus on creatures that come out at night – from bats and badgers to hedgehogs and owls. See pygmy hedgehogs up close, enjoy a daily wildlife trail, book a place on the holiday club and make your own pumpkin seed hedgehog. Suitable for all ages.

    Countryside Live, 22/23rd Oct. Animals galore, fabulous food and a host of hands-on activities for all ages are just some of the ingredients for the annual Countryside Live which is held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate in October. Definately worth a visit, there is all sorts of activities for all age groups, including cookery theatre with special guest, Greg Wallace, Young Shepherd of the Year competition, donkey rides and many more fun things.

    Stockeld Park Halloween adventure, 19 - 31st Oct, a firm annual favourite for all the family, located just outside Harrogate, Journey by Nordic Ski on the woodland trail, take a magical trip around the illuminated Enchanted Forest, travel through the Maze or enjoy the real Ice Rink. Well worth a visit.

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