Harrogate is a great town to visit for a day trip or weekend break. It has a great shopping centre with unusual shops etc. Also, North Yorkshire is ‘God’s County’ with many interesting places to visit.
If you want to stay, avoid busy times when there are conferences, exhibitions or the Great Yorkshire Show etc. Hotels will be fully booked and more expensive. At other times the choice will be vast and fit most pockets. You will also find an abundance of places for eating out.
Harrogate is a floral town and from early spring flowers are in abundance. This photograph was taken mid March 2012.
If you want a real experience then Betty’s is a must. Very easy access from Leeds especially for Olympics visitors. Queues can be long. If too long take a 2 minute walk down the hill to the side to Catwalk Cafe. Home made cakes etc and prices are reasonable. However, my favourite is 2 miles out of town. My personal faviourite is Limetree Cafe at Moorland Nurseries, Forest Moor Road, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire HG5 8JY. There, I think, all the food is home made and the cakes and scones of the best! Just look at this scone I bought today (27 May) and the cabinet full of fantastic food! Hot meals available too.
The Stray Fair will start again on Thursday 23rd August ready for the Bank holiday. The first day all rides are £1. It will be open daily from 2 pm – 11 pm (Sunday 2 pm – 9 pm). The last day will be Sat 1st September. There is free car parking, but it is only a short walk from the bus station and train station. The photos below are from the Stray Fair 2010.
My street is now a ‘No Cold Calling Zone’. If you hate answering to door to sales people or are worried about distraction burglaries (someone talks to you at the door while someone else enters your house around the back) then why not set one up for your street?
You need to contact the police who will give you the the information needed. You then need to contact your neighbours to make sure there is no one who objects. If there is an objection, you can just make the zone smaller to exclude them. The police will then send off the form to Trading Standards, who then carry out their own survey to ensure everyone agrees, then it is set up.
It is then illegal for cold callers and the police will take action against them and move them on.
I had a really enjoyable tour of the new police station before it comes into operation on 17 May 2012. Hopefully this new building with modern technology will help reduce costs of running our police force. Air source heat pumps are installed, and photovoltaic panels will generate power to make the building as sustainable as possible.
This state-of-the-art building replaces one built around 80 years ago. It also seems very likely much of the N. Yorkshire central services will move there over time too. ‘Hot desking’ is the plan for the majority of staff and police.
I was most impressed with the security features from small things like solicitors phone calls can be transferred direct to the cell to CCTV covering all areas and cells. Also, everyone working there will only have a door pass for the areas they need access to.
It cost £18m which was amazingly £2.8m under budget!!! Have a look at the photo of the rear view in the slideshow below and tell me what you think it looks like.
Harrogate’s New Police Station on PhotoPeach
For more pictures and further details read this story from Harrogate-News
Just a short drive from Harrogate, Brimham Rocks is so unusual. It is great place to visit for people of all ages and is most visited page on my Harrogate Blog.
Children love to run and explore rocks at Brimham Rocks that seem to defy gravity and many ask to be climbed. But the shapes are so interesting and it is a great location just to walk around. The rocks are scattered over about 50 acres of moor and some other shapes are like elephants, hippos, bears & and mushrooms.
I am posting just one picture of the many different unusual rock formations. All the rock formations are natural and made by nature. No trick photography, honest!
Owned by the National Trust, the location is free to visit. The only charge is for car parking (free for members).
Harrogate is an ideal UK holiday destination. As a Spar town it has historic buildings, specialist shops, just for ladies to buy exclusive clothes, with a touch of class from a romantic image of towns from our past.
Top Shop with Top Man and Miss Selfridge has opened a now shop in Harrogate on 25th November. It is opposite the new Primark shop that opened a week before. I took a look in on its opening day and it was very busy. There is a 1st floor sales area as large and the ground floor.
Primark has now opened a great new store in central Harrogate. I had a quick look around on its opening day and I was very impressed. Primark has been refitted to a very high standard and looks most impressive. I think it is a huge success and very good for Harrogate.
Great to see the town centre so busy and virtually all shops are occupied. We have so many different shops too and the centre attracts all ages as well as both sexes.
Some months later to my review above I must say what a great success this now Primark store has been. It is very central so easy to find. All over Harrogate you can see people walking around with their distinctive paper bags.
Harrogate is not a large shopping centre, but well worth a visit. There are so many unusual shops so quite different to other shopping centres where you see the same shops and the same goods for sale. So do look around in other shops too and find something different too.