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Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Harrogate September 17th 2018

Saturday we visited the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. Having been to Southport Show a few weeks back we decided to concentrate on the Flower arranging competition marquee at this show. The hotel organised the trip which saved us having to drive. We arrived at the show ground about 10.30 and headed straight to the marquee. There was plenty of time as we were not being punched up until 2.30pm. The designs on display were very creative and I enjoyed reading all the judges comments, you can learn so much from them. We managed to find a seat and watch a demonstration which was very entertaining. I've included just a few of my favourites from the Show. Back to the hotel where we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon relaxing in one of the beautiful lounges. Sunday ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Harrogate September 13th 2018

Nothing special planned today but as they say it turned out nice after all! Spent a leisurely morning reading & enjoying the sunshine on our little patio watching the sheep in the fields with the squirrels and birds flitting past. The gardeners and maintenance staff were going about their duties but always smiling and taking time to speak to guests. Most of the hotel guests were out & about so it was a good opportunity to take a few snaps of the beautiful rooms and surroundings of this historic property. The drawing room is a lovely place to sit and relax, not that we've found much time yet to do that! Many of the original features have been retained and I was amused to see a Victorian air vent in one of the ladies loos along ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Harrogate September 12th 2018

RHS Harlow Carr is a short distance from our hotel but we set off nice and early as we had reserved a mobility scooter for David. The gardens cover an extensive acreage and it would have been impossible for him to enjoy all of the gardens by foot. The donation of £5 was well worth it so he could enjoy all the gardens had to offer, although by the end of our visit I too could have done with a scooter ! The weather was glorious again, sunshine and blue skies and although autumn was only just arriving at Harlow Carr there was plenty of colour either remnants of the summer season or the start of the autumn season. We took our time enjoying all the wonderful things to see and there were so many places ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Harrogate September 11th 2018

We had a good journey yesterday, 200 miles mostly on the A1. Arrived at Nidd Hall hotel around 2pm. Our patio room has lovely views to the lake & beyond. This morning the sun is shining, the sky is blue so we decided to have a relaxing day today around the hotel. A walk around the beautiful grounds, something of interest at every turn. A large wicker cup & saucer outside the tea room was my starting point. Meandering along the pathways the lake soon came into view with a couple of sheep taking a drink at the waters edge. Passing through the small wood where little fairy doors had been created brought me to the meadow garden complete with bug hotels and a great idea for the hedgehogs who could enter through a pipe and ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Harrogate August 28th 2016

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Harrogate August 15th 2015

Back from our travels down under, we bought a VW T5 panel van and had it converted into a day van/camper. Our first outing was local to us for a couple of nights at Santa Pod fir Bugjam, the VW festival. In August we ventured north to Knaresborough and Harrogate before heading up to Co. Durham to see family then back home via the North Yorkshire Coast at Whitby.... read more
Bettys Tea Rooms Harrogate
Camping at Sneaton near Whitby
Whitby

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Harrogate July 8th 2014

The arrival of the Tour de France circus had passed without significant comment. It was news in Yorkshire – a mere 35 miles away – but not in an adjacent County. We awoke on Friday morning to BBC Breakfast covering a story about Le Grand Depart, with a presenter looking less than stable on the slippery cobbles that cover Haworth Main Street……………….. looked at each other and thought simultaneously ………. we have to be there! It was an Olympic London 2012 moment, but fortunately did not involve hours of pressing refresh on a ticket website and hundreds of pounds to bring to reality. The destination for Stage 2 on Sunday was already fixed by the efforts of Louise Minchin – the prospect of watching the procession on the cobbles was too good to miss. However, a ... read more
Ilkley
Ilkley
Harrogate

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Harrogate July 31st 2011

I can't believe it - one more sleep & I'll be setting off for my 6 week road trip around the USA / Canada! With 6 months in the planning (although NYC was only booked 48 hours ago!) I'll be heading off to Manchester tomorrow to start my trip with a 13 hour flight to Denver on Tuesday. Passport...CHECK! Visa......CHECK! Currency......CHECK! Suit case .......mmmm is partly packed!! How the hell do you pack for 6 weeks & keep it under 23kg?!?!? I've trekked to China & South America with a weight limited of 15kg but this is proving to be my first challenge just to get out the front door with a case I can lift!! As any women knows, it's all the toiletries, hair dryer, straightners & evening footwear which seem to be taking up ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Harrogate April 10th 2011

This was my first conference with people from work! Some interesting lectures, a lot to take in. It was based in Harrogate which is a lovely little town. Tried out the local restaurants and pubs! Also went climbing at Harrogate climbing walls, struggled on grade 5s which was a surprised as i'm usually ok on them at my local climbing wall! Loads of improvement to be had :) After the conference we headed to Manchester for a couple of days. One the students where i'm based was very kind to drive us everywhere, otherwise it would have been expensive on the train. Stayed at Hatters Hostel in Manchester, would recommend! Unfortunately due to our 'heavy' night before...we were all a little tired to truly enjoy Canal Street...although it was pretty quiet out. Checked out the Museum ... read more
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SGM conference
At the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester...

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Harrogate September 9th 2010

Had a lovely, relaxed breakfast of strawberries on muesli, scrambled eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, a whole grilled tomato, thick brown toast and a very sweet banana. The B&B host recommended the Turkish Baths, of interest to me, and described how to get there – a ten-minute walk. So I checked them out first, discovering that, although they do make bookings, none was necessary today and that it was closed this morning and open for women only this afternoon. Perfect for me. The tourist information centre was in the same building (Royal Spa), so I checked this out next. This weekend was “Open Days” which meant some buildings were open and some museums were free. The woman recommended several in the area and provided a map. Her instructions were rather sketchy but I did find my ... read more
Royal Theatre
Royal Theatre
Council building




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