What’s On in Harrogate at May Half Term

Here’s what’s on in Harrogate at May Half Term if you’re looking for ideas! The last half term of the year is almost upon us! Hopefully the weather will be kind and there will be picnics a plenty!

Kilnsey Park near Skipton

If you’re looking for somewhere new to try Kilnsey Park near Skipton looks like a good bet. They’re running two School of the Wild events to re-connect families with the childhood pleasures of simply spending time in the great outdoors.

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During Go Wild Week (Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June) a host of supervised events are lined up for youngsters and the ‘kids at heart’ adults, which will see them rummage in the undergrowth searching for creepy crawlies, building dens, making mud pies, creating a tree spirit out of clay or catching fresh trout.

For Go Wild Week, the activities run from 11am-4pm. Entrance fee is £3.50 for children (under 5’s free) and £4.50 for adults.

RHS Harlow Carr: Slugs and Bugs

Discover all there is to know about slugs and bugs this half term with crafts, stories and real-life creatures throughout the week at RHS Harlow Carr. To round off half term, join the Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers Association for a weekend of beekeeping demonstrations and activities (3 & 4 June). It promises to be a hive of activity!

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On Wednesday 31st May if you fancy two hours to yourself you can see if your kids (age 5-10) fancy the Lost in the Woods holiday club at either 10- noon or 1-3pm.  It’s £5 for members per child (£10 for non members) and your children can get up to loads of outdoorsy fun while you have a coffee, shop or stroll on site without them! You need to book in advance though, details on the link!

Superheroes at Lightwater Valley

The weekend event (June 3-4) at Lightwater Valley theme park in Ripon is a celebration of their favourite costumed-heroes, featuring a live crime-fighting stage show starring Batman, Spiderman, Captain America and other characters.

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Younger visitors will get the chance to showcase their super powers, make superhero masks, have their faces painted, enter a colouring competition, then take part in a fancy dress parade and even meet their favourite characters.

Half-term coincides with the start of their summer season, so from May 29, apart from a handful of days in June, Lightwater Valley will be open seven days a week until the end of August.

The live superhero shows will take place at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm on the Events Field during the weekend of June 3 and 4. To claim half-price entry on advance tickets, use the code SUPER15 when booking online.

Dick and Dom Live at Harrogate Theatre

Touring the UK in a show that promises to get the whole family on their feet, the performance will be full of madcap challenges and audience participation games that will guarantee to have you in stitches. The show’s on at the Harrogate Theatre on Thursday 1st June at 11am and 2.00pm and you can book online on the link above.

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The BAFTA winning stars of such memorable shows as Diddy TV, Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom, The Legend of Dick & Dom and of course Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow will be live on stage and bringing their unique bundle of fun and anarchy to life! Tickets are £12 per adult and £10 per child.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Harrogate Theatre

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

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Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!

For children age three and above. Tickets at £12.50. Tuesday 30th May 1.30pm and 4.30pm and Wednesday 31st May 11.00am and 2.00pm the running time is 55 minutes. Tickets are available from the Harrogate theatre box office online.

Medieval Day at Knaresborough Castle

Celebrate Knaresborough Castle’s glory days. See medieval crafts and skills come to life, enjoy archery demonstrations and watch the knights battle it out in the tournament!

It’s on from 11:00am to 4pm, Sunday 28th May 2017. Entry to the grounds is free, and there will be a small charge for some activities. See the Castle, Sally port and Museum for £2 adults and concessions, £1 children.

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Meet some strange characters on your journey through Mother Shipton’s this May Half Term. Sarah needs your help to find her baby brother Toby, you must face puzzles and clues to complete the Goblin King’s Labyrinth by the 13th hour. Be quick, be brave, and above all be careful not to fall into the Bog of Eternal Stench!

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Fun for all the family every day from Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June. Open 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). There are several scenic picnic areas, adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Family ticket is £22 (two adults and two children or one adult and three children).

Lucy xx

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The Importance of a Spa Break

Last week I had the totally luxury of heading off on a Spa break for a night with one of my besties and while it’s always great to catch up with friends, nothing beats doing it in the comfort of a cosy dressing gown!

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Titanic Spa in Huddersfield

We went to Titanic Spa in Huddersfield which was amazing, it’s been open 10 years but it’s the first time either of us had been and it was simply perfect!

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Spa Facilities

The facilities were spot on, the relaxation room was heavenly and the treatments were tip top!

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Treatment rooms

The food was impressive too – I enjoyed a gorgeous pan fried seabass cooked to perfection and we stayed in their apartments for the night, which were huge,  complete with a full kitchen, lounge and balcony space!

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Amazing Food

But the best thing by far about going on a Spa break is that head space you get from it! While it’s brilliant to go away on a girlie break to sunny climes or head off on a city break to hit the bars and shops what’s really nice when you’re a mum is just to simply be! And of course have a decent night’s sleep!

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Apartment bedrooms

The two of us chatted about this, that and the other, lost hours in small talk over what was driving us nuts most about our Smalls at the moment and set the world to rights. No other break gives you the time to do that, without external interruptions from anything.

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Gorgeous outdoor space complete with hot tub!

The other benefit is, of course, the treatments which mean you can actually lie down, legitimately, in the middle of the day – is there anything nicer than that? And you come out feeling totally relaxed, unwound and chilled (and a little fresher of face – bonus). A Mama’s paradise!

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Apartment life

One thing I always notice when I go away on a short break is that I’m a much nicer person to be around when I come back. I have that slight holiday air about me, which means everything in the world looks a bit rosier, I feel a little bit more like me and the worries I came in with aren’t as huge when I leave!

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Titanic Spa

You can not underestimate the importance of spending time with the friends in your life, children and families take over and you can easily loose a sense of who you are. It’s important to maintain friendships and share what’s going on in your life, the highs and lows matter and when you get chance to sit and chat and set them straight in your head you feel nothing but better for it!

Lucy xx

 

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Harrogate’s Newest Bar – The Foundry Project

The Foundry Project, Harrogate

The Foundry Project has opened in Harrogate and it’s got a lot on offer. From its all day coffee bar culture with endless free WiFi, to late night DJs and its bottomless Prosecco,  lazy, Sunday brunches! Here’s what you need to know…

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Foundry Project, Harrogate

The Foundry Project is an urbanites bar tucked down The Ginnel in Harrogate conveniently located in a lively spot, just up from Montey’s, across from Luxe and The Pit and down the road from Revolucion de Cuba and All Bar One. So all in all it’s pretty nicely placed for a bit of bar hopping.

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The Foundry Project Harrogate

Not only is it a hive of activity on an evening but it’s also open all day. So whether it’s breakfast or brunch, coffee and croissants or sharing plates and pizzas it’s available! It’s great for an informal bite to eat on an evening with friends and most excitingly of all for bottomless Prosecco for Sunday brunch! Their cocktail menu is pretty amazing too.

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Out with the Grown Ups!

A Bite to Eat with the Mamas

I popped down a few times during their pre-opening week to try all they had on offer first hand! The Mamas and I had a bite to eat one early evening, the sharing plate of Nachos, chicken wings, dough balls and fried pickles made a perfect starter.

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Sharing Platters and Cocktails!

That was followed by  choices of sourdough pizzas which are all made by hand to order and I enjoyed the Halloumi salad, which was really very tasty. Prices range from between £8 – £12 for main course, and from £4 up for sharing bites.

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Grilled Halloumi Salad

The portion sizes were really generous, but we managed to squeeze in a little taste of their chocolate brownie for afters along with the most delicious spiced orange cake squares, which I would highly recommend.

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Orange Cake Bites for dessert

Sunday Brunch with the Famalam

The other Sunday I took Mr P, the Smalls and the extended Harrogate Mama family down to try their bottomless Prosecco brunch! Something I’ll definitely be heading back for! It has a chilled vibe, a DJ was spinning some classic beats and their kids menu is great too. Three courses for £7.95 (but mine opted for the breakfast items this time).

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A Granola Brunch starter

The food was spot on. I LOVED the oat, raisin and honey granola with whipped yoghurt and berries, £4 and followed it up with the Avo on sourdough toast with poached eggs which was served with mushrooms and roasted vine tomatoes, £7!

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Avo on Toast Brunch

By this time having had almost five of my five day I decided that the bottomless Prosecco was the perfect counter balance, everything in moderation and all that! 😜

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The Smalls Love a Pain au Chocolat

The Smalls enjoyed their pancakes and pain au chocolat and Mr P opted for the full English breakfast, £9, which he said was delicious too!

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The Pancakes were a bit hit!

I’ll definitely be taking the family back for Sunday brunch, the food was really good and all quite reasonably priced too!

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Sunday Vibes with bottomless Prosecco brunch!

Out, Out with the Grown Ups

Lastly we had an amazing time at the opening night for the bar! I was officially out with the grown ups and there were plentiful cocktails to be enjoyed. I can highly recommenced the Bitter and Lifted, £8.25, if you’re a gin fan, it’s mixed with a grapefruit liquor – it’s spot on!

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Bitter and Lifted Gin Cocktails!

We also sampled the Beetroot and the Carrot and Mango Margaritas, £8.25, which I will certainly be having again! On Sunday’s to Thursday’s between 5pm and 9pm a selection of cocktails are available for £5.

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Carrot and Mango Margarita

The bar is decked out with an of-the-time industrial feel, there are benches and booths, some high-stooled tables and comfier sofa and single chair areas dotted around. The space is really cleverly carved up making it feel more intimate in areas. There’s not much natural light, apart from the entrance, so on a night out you quickly feel like you’re out, out and the DJ playing really added to the atmosphere.

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One of the two bars

I can imagine it’s set to be a lively bar on a night – a place to mingle and chat and later on enjoy some cracking tunes. During the day the free well connected WiFi is going to be great for the freelancers who love their coffee bar culture too. The outside space at the front is a great bonus as well – with fired heaters to ward off the chilly nights and a handful of tables for those al fresco opportunities.

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The Foundry Project Bar

The Foundry Project is set to be a welcome addition to Harrogate, have you been yet? What do you think you’ll be enjoying from their offering?

Lucy xx

Disclaimer: The Foundry Project invited me to the bar with their compliments – the views are my own.

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FREE Print Giveaway for you to Win!

Win this Fab ‘Gin and Prosecco’ Print

This gorgeous print by Do You Punctuate? is up for grabs by leaving a comment on my Harrogate Mama Facebook page post. It’s A3 size and comes unframed. You might have seen it in my Spring Wins and a Giveaway! post earlier this week.

The lovely mugs are also available to buy from Do You Punctuate too! The Harrogate Gin is from Harrogate Tipple and the Prosecco is Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference! Feeling thirsty? I am! 😜

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Terms and conditions:

1.) The giveaway is for you to receive one Do You Punctuate “Love, Laughter, Prosecco and Gin’ print (which is unframed) delivered to an address of your choice.

2.) The giveaway will run from Friday 21 April 2017 until Sunday 23rd April at 23.59hrs.

3.) The winner will be contacted on Monday 24th April 2017 via Faecbook.

4.) The winner has 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.

5.) There is no cash alternative for the giveaway.

6.) Do You Punctuate will be responsible for the redemption of the giveaway, any matters arising must be taken up with them directly.

7.) No purchase necessary to win.

8.) Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ are no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with the giveaway.

9.) The winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via Facebook.

10.) Harrogate Mama blog reserves the right to publish the winner’s first name and last initial.

11.) Harrogate Mama blog also reserves the right to choose a different winner in the case that the randomly chosen winner refuses to co-operate with rules, reply to winning email in 24 hour time period or does not have verifiable entries.

12.) Only one entry per person please.

Lucy xx

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Spring Wins and a Giveaway!

So Spring has sprung and apart from that weekend a few weeks ago, when I ceremoniously removed all trace of the winter wear from the house, it’s been pretty darn chilly ever since!

Things have been feeling remarkably un-spring like, so here’s what we’ve been doing round ours to cheer ourselves up, they mainly involve eating and drinking! 😆

1.) Gin and Prosecco!

This fab print is now adorning my kitchen window sill, it mainly makes me want to drink more gin and prosecco, but to be honest there’s not much change there! Mr P enquired as to where the laughter element came in as he’d witnessed much of the latter, but not the former taking place in the kitchen! I’m pretty sure he was just joking! 😬

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Making me smile this (lack of Spring)

Anyway – in good news for you if you’d like to get your hands on one of these fab prints for yourself from the good folks at DoYouPunctuate –  watch out for a give-away on my Facebook page coming very soon! In the meantime you can check out their website for more of their brilliant range, be warned, some of it is not for the feint hearted. #alltheswears!

2. Yorkshire Warrior

Mr P has been trying to convince me to take part in the Yorkshire Warrior event taking place in Ripley on Sunday 30th April! Having learned that it involves mud, slimy water, slippery slides, barbed wire, electric fencing, log carrying, sand bag carrying and much, much more. I gracefully declined…

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Training gear from Jacamo, cheering Mr P up (and making him Yorkshire Warrior ready!)
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Wondering if he’s going to let me borrow these fab trainers from Jacamo!

He has however been out training (a lot 😬) in this under armour Adidas t-shirt from Jacamo.co.uk which has been keeping him the right temperature on runs – looks pretty nice too! And he’s been busy keeping these Nike trainers (also from Jacamo.co.uk) in pristine shape ready to switch into post event for the celebrations! To be honest, I quite fancy a pair of these for myself!

3. COOK Harrogate

With the weather still on the chilly side stocking up on the salads and fruits have been a bit slow on the uptake so far round ours. So instead we went to visit the good people down at COOK in Harrogate where we stocked up with their amazing chicken, ham and leek pie, potato dauphinois, roast potatoes and a simply delicious individual lemon tarts for the perfect Easter Monday treat! The staff are so super friendly in there and it’s such a great place to pick up a family supper or for when you’re catering for visiting friends or family!

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Cook on West Park Stray in Harrogate
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COOK chicken, ham and leek pie, potato dauphinois and roast potatoes!

I’ve always loved COOK, I think they have a great community feel about them (for a national business) and their ingredients are always so straightforward and natural. I often buy a couple of COOK meals when I go new baby visiting, as nothing beats a wholesome meal you can cook from frozen when you’re a new Mama. I was really excited to hear that new parents get 10% at cook for the first six months – a great offer I didn’t know about. I’m excited to hear their promotion next month is around veggie meals too!

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Cook’s Offer for New Parents 🙌

So what have you been up to round yours while you wait for Spring to actually arrive?!

Lucy xx

Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with Jacamo.co.uk, Do You Punctuate and COOK Harrogate.
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What’s On for How Much this Easter around Harrogate for Kids

Happy end of term Folks! There are two weeks of Easter Holidays ahead, here are some ideas for things to do, along with a price guide, if you’re looking for ways to fill them!

Lightwater Valley

Lightwater Valley is opening up with four new attractions for younger children this Easter.

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New attraction Jumpin’ Jacks! is a huge bouncy pillow for all the family to enjoy as they clamber, leap and bounce upon this giant inflatable, measuring 46ft long by 33ft wide.

Flying Nellies is an exciting new ride for younger visitors taking them into the air on a magical elephant, while the Mini Sand-Diggers offer kids all the fun of playing with sand without getting their hands dirty. Finally Lightwater Valley has a brand new interactive adventure playground too.

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You can read more about taking younger children to Lightwater Valley on my blog post Lightwater Valley Theme Park, with Younger Children – A Review It is a great day of fun for the Small People, but it’s not cheap at £87.50 for my family of five! 😨

RHS Gardens Harlow Carr

Keep the kids happy with the Lindt Gold Bunny Easter Hunt! The garden trail is running all over the two week holiday and every entry completed will received a FREE mini gold Lindt bunny!

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There’ll also be a chance to meet the Easter bunny over Easter weekend from 14-17th  along with some Easter baby bunnies and lambs, plus get involved with Easter crafts!

On the Tuesdays the Garden Detectives will be holding story time, Wednesdays there’ll be craft workshops and Thursdays there are birds of prey flying displays.

So loads to enjoy, for our family of five it’d be £29.95 or £64.50 for an annual pass.

Open Gym Harrogate Gymnastics Club

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Let the Smalls run off some steam, bounce on trampolines and swing from bars at Harrogate Gymnastics Club Open Gym sessions. £5 per child.

Monday 10th April, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, aged 5-9 years, 2:45 – 3:45pm, aged 10+ years

Friday 21st April, 10:45 – 11:45am, aged 5 – 9 years, 12:00 – 1:00pm, aged 10+ years

Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park is a great fun day out and you get to enjoy being outside all day, the Smalls love playing on the different play equipment!

The Enchanted Forest with Adventure Play Areas

• The Maze
• Inflatable Zone
• Roller Skating
• Go Karts
• Farmer Foster’s Play Area
• Indoor Play Area
• Craft Area
• Free Car Park

For our Family of Five it’s priced at £58.50 for the day.

Brimham Rocks

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Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt is on from 11am to 3pm on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th April. More details can be found on their website. It costs £2 per trail.

Mother Shipton’s

During the Easter Holidays you can meet Dorothy and her friends at Mother Shipton’s.

The Park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). for more information visit www.mothershipton.co.uk 

This works out at £26 for the day for our family of five.

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Hesketh Farm Park

Hesketh Farm Park is always a winner with mine, as the fresh air and freedom to run around it affords them is perfect! It’s always a great day out as  you can tie it in with a trip to Billy Bobs Ice Cream Parlour too!

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Hesketh Farm Park have their Spring Lambs to see and enjoy feeding and also an Easter Trail on around the farm. Along with the usual fun of the tractor ride, the indoor and outdoor activities with the play equipment and a chance to see all the animals of course!

This costs our family of five £29 for the day.

Thornton Hall Country Park

Thornton Hall Country Park is a new one on us, is the other side of Skipton from Harrogate and would probably take around an hour of travelling in the car to reach. They look to have lots of fab Easter events on though including, a Trolls, Wizard of Oz and Peter Rabbit experience days!

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Regular price entry to enjoy the farm animals and play equipment works out at £31.50 for our family of five. There are additional costs for the ‘event days’.

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey have a great event on over Easter; they’re holding an Easter trail through the woods, which is totally free to enter! And the Easter bunny will also be making an appearance over Easter weekend from 14th to 17th April. For more details check out their website.

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There is a £10 charge to park at Bolton Abbey.

Newby Hall and Gardens

Mine LOVE to go to Newby Hall – the combination of the water feature, boat swings, pedalos, miniature train and adventure playground always make for happy children! We’ll probably get a season pass again this year as it’s such good value and means we can go more often for shorter times right through the summer holidays too.

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On Easter Saturday and Sunday there are lots of activities for the whole family, courtesy of the wonderful characters from Make a Wish Events. Meet the Easter Bunny and his friends as you solve clues through the woodland walk…there may even be chocolate at the end of it! Activities are included for free with a gardens only ticket. A day pass is £44 for our family of five and a season pass is £105 (meaning you only have to go three times to make it worth your while).

FREE things to do!

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There are also loads more ideas on my really popular post Six lovely things to do in Harrogate, with kids, for free (…or very cheaply)

Lucy xx

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Harrogate’s New All Bar One – A Review

Finally Harrogate has seen the opening of All Bar One, it seems everywhere else got them about twenty years ago, and now at last Harrogate has caught up! 😂 And as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait and the good news is that it’s been worth the wait!

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Harrogate’s All Bar One, Parliament Street

I was lucky enough to head to the opening of the new bar for cocktails and then popped back more recently for a bite to eat with the famalam to check out their lunchtime offerings!

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En Pointe Interiors

The bar is very sleek and polished and shiny and new! It’s as you’d expect, very en pointe with it’s styling, mosaic tiled surfaced table tops, padded cushioned booth style seating areas and a fancy outdoor terrace area, which is a real sun trap!

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Sun Trap, Sun Terrace

It’s a perfect bar for cocktails with the Mamas, which is exactly how I enjoyed it on their opening night!

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Gin and Tonic anyone? Opening Night!

The cocktail menu is fab, we loved the classic porn star martinis and their new take on a G&T with a coconut water, a delight to be enjoyed again soon I feel! Harrogate’s All Bar One is certainly in with the in-crowd at the moment and so nice to have a proper ‘bar’ in town to go to and enjoy drinks in a fancy setting!

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Cocktail central

The dining menu is extensive too and I LOVED the look of their breakfast and brunch menu, which is handily available until noon, and 1pm on a weekend. The Heuvos  Rancheros and the Smashed Avocado with crumbled Feta sounded perfect. On a weekday you can choose any breakfast and a hot drink for just £6.50 so I’ll be heading back soon to enjoy that! They open at 8am on weekdays, so it’ll make a nice Mamas morning meet-up too!

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Lots of seating and highchairs, family friendly for lunchtimes!

For lunch I wasn’t sure how well the Smalls would be received, given it’s obviously a bar! But they were more than welcomed with kids colouring and crayons and a perfect children’s menu too! They say that they welcome children until 7pm – which seems perfectly reasonable to me, when I’m out with the grown ups I don’t want to be out with the Small People too! 😆

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Colouring for the Smalls

We sat in a little booth where we could admire the sleekness of the bar and the plentiful bottles of wine stacked ornamentally behind it! I may have ordered a couple of glasses for myself! 😬

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Mama has wine, all is well! 😆

Mr P and I went for burgers, mine was a veggie patty of sun-dried tomato, beetroot and mozzarella and Mr P a classic grilled chicken breast with bacon. The burgers are all served with additional extra’s how you’d like, and mine came with avocado, which was heavenly!

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Veggie Burger with Sweet Potato fries

The kids enjoyed cod goujons, grilled chicken breast and homemade mini beef-burger sliders each served with salad a fries. The price point was perfect too – all the kids meals were £4 each and our burgers around a tenner.

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Kids menu homemade beef burgers sliders

The food was all totally spot on! The kids all loved my sweet potato chips and the Small Boy wolfed down his fish, like I’ve never seen before, so it must have been good! High praise indeed from him! 😆

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Chicken breast and bacon burger

Pudding was ordered for the Smalls, amazing value at £1.95, a most delicious chocolate brownie and ice-cream each, which was adored and spoken highly about in retrospect too!

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Open plan kitchen

Dining was busy at it was a Saturday lunchtime but they coped well given they’d not long been opened. It was a lovely warm sunny day so the outdoor courtyard area was pretty full and it looked amazing! Just the spot to sink a few cocktails with the grown-ups on a summer’s evening! Can’t wait!

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Opening night

All Bar One also offer an evening fixed price menu which is brilliant value at two course for £10, it’s available Sunday to Thursday evenings from 5pm.

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Plenty of wine!

All in all, it’s a great place for drinks with the grown ups, a lovely lunch spot with the family and it looks like it would be absolutely perfect for mid-week brunch with the Mamas! Have you been yet? What did you think?

Lucy xx

Disclaimer: All Bar One invited me to review the food, the views are my own.
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Amazing Local Experiences Up for Grabs!

A couple of weeks ago I met Harrogate’s Mayor! He shared with me the news of his Mayor’s Spring Ball which will be held this Saturday at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. As part of the Ball there are loads of amazing local experiences up for grab, see some of what’s on offer below!

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Five Local Charities

The Ball is to raise money for five brilliant local charities; Harrogate Homeless Project, St Michael’s Hospice, The Harrogate Choral Society, Ripon Cathedral Concert Society and the Aldborough Festival.

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Bid to win amazing experiences

While all the tickets have sold out there’s still chance to get your hands on some of the great local experiences up for grabs by getting involved in the online auction for the event! There are 51 fantastic lots in the silent auction to bid on, here are some of my favourites! Simply be the highest bidder to win!

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Two Family Annual Passes for Stockeld Park – Lot 35

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A private film screening for with refreshments at Everyman Cinema Harrogate for up to 35 guests – Lot 40

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A cocktail masterclass and three course dinner for up to eight people at the West Park Hotel in Harrogate – Lot 25

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Three days in a North Yorkshire luxury holiday home for up to ten people! – Lot 45

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Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at the Yorke Arms, Ramsgill for two people – Lot 47

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How to bid…

To bid on an item all your need to do is go to the Mayors Online auction hosting site, click on the item you’d like to bid on, enter the amount you’d like to bid, press bid now and confirm your bid! Bids close in 6 days from today (Monday 3rd April).

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Who knows, you could be the lucky winner of one of these amazing experiences and all the while helping some amazing local charities!

Lucy xx

 

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Introducing OneWellness Harrogate; a new approach to wellbeing

OneWellness are an organisation of health professionals who are all experts in their field. They are all passionate about helping the people of Harrogate to stay healthy and reach their personal fitness goals.

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Experts helping Harrogate stay healthy

The organisation are a team of permanent and associate professionals offering a range of flexible services which will include; physiotherapy, nutrition, mindfulness and physical fitness. The OneWellness team have set themselves the goal of improving the wellbeing of Harrogate’s residents through tailored healthcare programmes.

Onewellness are based in Harrogate at the site of the Mowbray Square Medical Centre, just off East Parade. They are set up with a large specially designed gym space and state of the art equipment along with another impressive separate space for treatment rooms.

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Reception area at OneWellness Harrogate

Tailored Wellbeing Packages

The organisation offer a range of classes and packages to suit different healthcare needs, from new Mums to Personal Training packages, reproductive wellness to Junior Sports Team physio-led exercise classes. From Pilates, to HIIT classes to Clinical Yoga; to nutrition advice to acupuncture, there are experts at the centre for all your wellbeing needs! You can of course book to see one of the physios for initial consultations and follow up physio treatment too. Their website shares all the details. I took part in some physic-led Pilates and loved it!

Physio Led Pilates

I went along to a couple of their OneWellness Pilates classes to find out what makes them different from the average gym class.

For a start all the services offered by OneWellness are clinician led, by health professionals. Stephen Kirk leads the physiotherapy department he’s had over 17 years of experience working in the NHS, private and elite sport settings. There are an additional three associate physiotherapists who work alongside him. All of which have been trained and qualified for number of years.

This means when you attend a Pilates class you know you’re working safely and that the exercises you’re undertaking are really going to be of benefit to you. Working under the guidance of highly trained physiotherapists means you’re much more likely to be working the right muscle groups the right way.

Emma Davies led our Pilates class which is held on a Tuesday at 8pm, which is a good Mama friendly class time! Emma’s been a physio since 2006 and has taught Pilates for over eight years. She’s recently had her second baby too, so knows all about the practicalities of getting back into exercise after having children.

Having recently been pregnant and as a new Mum, Emma really put our minds at rest that we were going to be excising safely and to maximum effect all the areas that suffer the stresses and strains of growing another human inside you! Emma explained that it’s working the lower abdominal muscles that actually help your tummy to become flatter, and no amount of sit ups will help achieve that as those exercises focus more on your higher abdominal muscles.

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OneWellness Gym space

The class was at a relaxed pace and there were a few newcomers, which meant you felt at ease quickly and Emma was really hands on, coming round to correct positions to make sure you were undergoing the moves in all the right ways!

I really enjoyed the Pilates class, it was great to find a different head space and to exercise at a slower pace – rather than a cardio workout. I found I left energised and that I’d started down the line of engaging my core muscles again, which have been a long time neglected! I’m looking forward to heading back next week!

Classes are £55 for a six week course. OneWellness offer other differently priced packages for Pilates too, for a more personalised service.

Mum to Be and New Mum Packages

OneWellness are offering a Mum-to-be package and a New-Mum package which both include specialist physiotherapy massages and six specialist Yoga or Pilates sessions – which would make perfect new baby or baby shower gifts at £175 for the package. More details can be found on their website www.onewellnessharrogate.co.uk.

Personal Training Packages at an Introductory Rate

There are also a number of Personal Training packages on offer for a bargain introductory price at the moment.

For £135 you can get take part in the OneWellness PT-Fit package which includes all of the following;  a one to one physical assessment with a specialist physiotherapist, a tailored plan to help you support your fitness goals, six PT-Fit sessions with a personal trainer in the OneWellness gym (up to six people in a class), a follow up physiotherapist session to measure progress and free telephone support throughout the package. (More details on their website, prices correct at time of first publishing).

HIIT and Clinical Yoga

Along with the Pilates, PT sessions and additional wellbeing packages, OneWellness also offer tailored classes which are all led by experts in their field. On Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.15pm HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) classes are available and from Thursdays at 1.30pm they offer Clincal Yoga.

Coming soon to OneWellness

OneWellness also have a host of other exciting offerings in the pipeline. From the 24th April they will be starting their own brand of HIIT classes (called OneHIIT) which will target the early-risers running at 6.30am – 7.15am. There will also be some parent and child classes coming in the not too distant future too.

Experts in their field

The organisation prides itself on working with experts in their chosen field and are excited to announce that they will soon be working with a clinical physiologist who has worked with Olympians Alistair and Jonny Brownlee. Dr Matthew Campbell is a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and an expert in exercise nutrition, OneWellness are more than thrilled that they’re going to be able to offer experts with that calibre to all their clients.

Saturday 8th April – Launch Event

OneWellness are holding a FREE event open day on Saturday 8th April from 10am, where they are offering free classes, a chance to chat to experts, opportunities to win prizes and a chance to see the amazing facilities for yourself!

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OneWellness Gym equipment

OneWellness the Future

I think OneWellness is set to be a great addition to Harrogate and I look forward to seeing how their journey develops in the growing market of health and wellbeing. The organisation are set to be collaborating with more and more health professionals over time, which makes the offering even more exciting for the future. We all know looking after ourselves is the key to a happier, healthier life and OneWellness are around to help us do that in safer way.

Lucy xx

Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with OneWellness

 

 

 

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Six Things Mama’s Really Want for Mother’s Day

I’ve been a Mum for almost ten years now, and over that time I’ve had a few insights into how Mother’s Day goes down.

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As a new Mum, I held the misguided belief that Mother’s Day was a day for everyone to be grateful for what I had done for them; from wiping their noses, to playing jigsaws, from hauling the food shop in from the car to loading the dishwasher, to nurturing and growing a tiny human to soothing them to sleep in the middle of the night. It was the one day I could put my feet up and hear everyone just say ‘ Thank you! You’re doing great!’

Well in years gone by it’s not always gone down like that. One memorable year I recall spending the whole day cleaning and vacuuming my car so I could then list it on AutoTrader – not how Mother’s Day was ever due to go down in my head.

So I’ve learnt now I’m coming up to my tenth Mother’s Day, the best way to get what you’d like from the day is to be totally explicit with your expectations! That way there’s no margin for error and everyone is happy come the end of the day!  So here are the six golden rules for a successful Mother’s Day round ours!

1.) A Lie in

A totally uninterrupted lie in, on my own, where I can possibly sleep, or even read a few pages of an actual book.

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2.) Breakfast in bed

Nothing too fancy, maybe a bit of granola, a croissant and a cup of tea.

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3.) Thoughtful gifts from the Smalls

Usually the Smalls make something at school, Brownies or pre-school which fits the bill nicely. A homemade card, better still a thoughtful poem, that thanks me for the lovely things I do for them, if it makes me cry it’s a winner!

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4.) Little gift

Yes a lovely bottle of perfume or a coveted necklace would be ideal, but I’m really not that bothered, 1, 2 and 3 are much more important to me, so a new mug or small box of chocolates and I’m happy. Honestly 😉

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5.) Flowers

This is a personal one as Mr P doesn’t agree with buying flowers as ‘they just die’ 😬 So if I get just a small bunch I’m totally over the moon, as I know, he knows, it means I know, he’s really made an extra effort to do something that goes against his feelings just to make me happy!

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6.) A little TLC

Not too much pampering, I don’t need whisking off on a Spa day – just to not have to clear the table, an offer of making up the packed lunches for tomorrow or bathing the kids. And it’s the offering that counts, I’m happy to do the things, just someone else thinking if I do it, then you don’t have to, is enough! Though to be honest, someone else doing the things is up there too! 😆

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What’s on your explicit Mother’s Day list – have you had any shockers in the past?!

Lucy xx

 

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