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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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  • Posted on Jul 18, 2016

    NEW ! Treetop Nets, Lightwater Valley


    Pioneered in the Lake District and awarded "Best Visitor Attraction in England" in its first year of operation, Treetop Nets’ Yorkshire site, which is located next to Lightwater Valley Theme Park, boasts 2000m2 of giant trampolines, walks and slides all contained within hand-made 3m high rope nets and suspended between trees up to 50ft off the ground. Treetop Nets

    Treetop Nets is suitable for everyone aged three and upwards, ventures higher into the trees than its Lake District sibling and uses enough rope to run the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall. It also features exciting new additions including a gigantic aerial ball pool, a tree house and a 50-foot high crows nest.

    No prior experience or skills are necessary, just a "have a go" attitude and bags of energy (maximum weight restriction of 120kgs applies).

    While visiting Lightwater Valley why not pop into Treetop Nets and their staff will be more than happy to give you a quick look around?

    Pre-booking is strongly recommended by telephoning 01539 447186 or booking online at 

    Please note: TreeTop Nets is a separate attraction to the theme park and is not included in a theme park day ticket.


    3 - 4 Years - £12.50 per person
    5 - 105 Years - £20.00 per person
    Adult supervising under 7's - £12.50

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  • Posted on Apr 01, 2016

    What makes Harrogate the happiest town in England?

    For the third year in a row, Harrogate was voted England’s happiest town in 2015. Meera Dattani finds out what about this North Yorkshire town makes it such a smiley stronghold.

    “You have to go to Bettys,” everyone says. “And you have to go to the Turkish Baths.”

    Champagne bubbles, three tiers of sandwiches, scones and cakes, pianist tinkling away, and views of picturesque Harrogate… Betty’s Tea Room does deserve its reputation. You might want to raise a glass to the Duchess of Bedford too, who allegedly invented afternoon tea after finding the gap between lunch and dinner too long, the poor thing.

    Harrogate, in North Yorkshire, found fame as a spa town and people flocked to ‘take the waters’ after William Slingsby discovered the first natural spring back in 1571.

    North Bar opened its Harrogate branch in February 2016 and serves craft beers and Prosecco on tap in the evenings. This dual identity is also something of a trend. Café/bar Hoxton North, vision of a London couple who moved to Harrogate, hosts evening films and talks in their ‘Hoxton North Presents’ programme, while Slingsby’s is experimenting with comedy and art events in its upstairs space.

    “When a lot of creative people do interesting things, you feel it,” says one local. At the Spirit of Harrogate in the Montpellier Quarter, their artisan Slingsby gin is proving a hit.


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