One of the UK's top tourism destinations - and the happiest place to live in Britain in 2013 and 2014 - Harrogate and District offers a wealth of wonderful family events and attractions this summer.
Alice in Wonderland 150TH Anniversary Celebrations: RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr will be transformed to include pink flamingos, white rabbits, and all manner of wonderland-inspired activities, including a magic potions workshop and Mad Hatter's Music Sunday, from 25 July-31 August. Entry to the gardens cost £22.80 for a family ticket, or £8.95 per adult and £4.50 per child, under 5s go free. https://www.rhs.org.uk/alice-in-wonderland. Don't miss the Alice in Wonderland Family Race Day at Ripon Racecourse on August 18 - children go free when accompanied by an adult.
No mystery why Agatha Christie went to Harrogate, with so much to
see and do it was an obvious place to visit
Newby Hall: One of England's finest houses, Newby Hall and Gardens in Ripon is home to a children's adventure garden with a moated fort and water play features, a miniature railway to ride and a woodland discovery walk. Children and adults can also marvel at the world's largest display of dollhouses with nearly 70 houses of all shapes and sizes. A family house and garden ticket is £49.00 http://www.newbyhall.com/
Studfold adventure trails: Studfold ‘Nidderdale Experience' caravan and camping park hosts a feast of fun for all the family. The award winning Studfold Adventure trail has been specially created to provide young children with a full understanding of the natural delights that surround them. This summer from 18 July - 6 September the adventure trail will become a fairy and pixie adventure. Children can dress up with fairy wings, pixie hats and discover magical stories whilst exploring the tiny fairy/pixie houses. Family tickets are £19.00, or bought separately adults £6, children £5 and under 3's free.http://www.studfoldtrails.co.uk/
Lost Earth Adventures: The fully accredited and licensed activity provider provides abseiling, rock climbing, hiking, and even gorge scrambling in some beautiful parts of Yorkshire. Enthusiastic and highly qualified guides take families on a memorable outdoor adventure. http://www.lostearthadventures.co.uk/
Brimham Rocks: A fantastic collection of weird and wonderful rock formations - Rocks makes a great day outdoors for the whole family. Children can get their hands dirty as they explore ‘nature's playground' while parents soak in the views.
Harrogate is easily accessible by car, has both bus and train stations in the town centre, and the nearest airport, Leeds and Bradford, is less than 13 miles away.
For more information see www.visitharrogate.co.uk