All the Glory of Harrogate’s ‘Votre Vacances’ Holiday

We had the most amazing holiday this summer. We were away for three whole weeks which is such a luxury and something we’d never done before. I absolutely adored spending all that time with the four most important people in my life without distraction or interruption. We all really had time to come together as a family and re-group which is so lacking in today’s busy life.

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Votre Vacances – France

Votre Vacances

Our first week was with the brilliant Votre Vacances, a gorgeous holiday business based right here in Harrogate but with their holidays over in the Vendee in France. They have eight pitches for their chalets at a beautiful small and authentic four-star campsite set against the backdrop of a chateau complete with its own lake! How amazing does that sound!

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Sarah’s Story

Sarah who owns and operates the company has such a lovely story to share too. After working for Eurocamp for five years over summer holidays she decided she wanted to set up her own business. In her early twenties, sadly her grandparents passed away and generously left her some inheritance which she chose to put towards creating this amazing new business.

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Votre Vacances has been up and running for two years which means all the chalets are brand new and in amazing condition. The campsite is in a fabulous location on the west coast of France, just South of Nantes and North of La Rochelle.

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Perfect Campsite in the Vendee

It’s a fifteen minute car ride to some of the most gorgeous beaches the Vendee has to offer too! And because Sarah is so hands on at the site, living there from May to September, she gives a lovely personal touch that you don’t get with other holiday brands.

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Small and Authentic

We had such a lovely holiday with Votre Vacances, it was a really gorgeous place. The site was small enough for the Big Girls to do some exploring on their own but big enough to give us plenty of adventures we’re going to remember for a long time!

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Swimming Pool Craziness

There are two swimming pools at the campsite, one right in front of the Chateau and the other right behind it – making for great sun-bed views!

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The second pool is also under cover which means you can use it whatever the weather and there are two all important water-slides for the Small people to while away hours on! The Big Girls couldn’t get enough of them!

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Chateau Perfection

The bar and restaurant areas are all set in the outbuildings of the chateau which makes it look picture postcard pretty and remind you that you could be nowhere other than France.

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Free Children’s play area, trampoline and bouncy castles

The Smalls loved the trampoline and two bouncy castles, that to their amazement, they could go on any time of the day or evening, for FREE! The campsite also has a mini play-area, tennis courts, a football pitch and fully equipped games room.

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Le Grand Defi

One of the things we loved most about the campsite was the area down by the Lake, which hosts an area called Le Grand Defi, which is the most impressive series of high ropes course I have ever seen.

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The courses are really outstanding, with over a dozen zip wires that go over a lake, yes zip wires over a lake, it’s something to behold and even more incredible to experience, as we found out!

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Le Grand Defi is laid out with courses suitable for all ages; from two to five year olds, to family, to serious sporting professional level.

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Family Tree Top Fun

The Small Boy loved it and he got quite adept at clipping and un-clipping himself. The Big Girls loved the independence it gave them and the self satisfaction of being able to achieve the climbing all by themselves.

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We loved the fact we could join in with them and be part of an experience all together, rather than just watching them do it on their own which is so often the case with their activities.

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One of the Big Girls and I had an amazing time on one of the higher courses, she loved challenging herself and we had some zip wire rides I will never forget. They were so high over the lake and the trees that they actually ended not on the ground but in other trees! It was crazy brilliant!

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Pony Trecking

There was also pony trecking and paint balling available at Le Grand Defi too – the Small Boy adored his pony, he loves animals so to ride a pony was the ultimate experience for him, bless him!

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Chilled Campsite Life

Along with living campsite-life; hanging by the pool, playing boules and table tennis and chilling playing cards back at the holiday chalet, we also had a few day trips out to explore the gorgeous Vendee has to offer.

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Amazing Beaches

Firstly the beaches are incredible. They’re long with beautifully soft golden sand and a mixture of shallow shelves for paddling Smalls depending on the tides.

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Les Sables d’Olonne

We headed out to both Les Sables d’Olonne and St Gilles Croix de Vie. Both of which were only about a 20 minute drive away. There was plenty of parking but it was very busy. We visited Les Sables d’Olonne one early evening and, as recommended by Sarah, we parked across the bay from the main beach and caught the water bus across the crossing to the main beach area.

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The Smalls loved the five minute boat ride from side to side which added to the adventure. There was an evening market on, which the Big Girls loved, buying trinkets to take home and we’ll all remember the amazing hot, sugary, ChiChi’s (Churros) for a long time to come!

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The beach looked beautiful and we ventured to the shore for a little late night paddling! I had some of the best Mussles I’ve ever tasted back across the bay before picking up the car for the ride home! A meal to remember!

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St Gilles Croix de Vie

St Gilles was a simple stunning beach, it was a gorgeously sunny day, so packed a picnic, bought a parasol and set up camp for the day!

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The Smalls were as happy as could be in and out of the breaking waves, building sandcastles and were so content all day I read numerous chapters of my book – amazing!

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Les Chateau des Adventures

The other brilliant day out we had was at Les Chateau des Adventures which was perfect for the slightly overcast day we chose to go.

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There are trails and treasure hunts to follow, with some quite testing clues. The adventure in the Chateau saw the Smalls running around with an iPad (provided by the Chateau) which interactively helped them find out about the history of the grand house while solving their mystery!

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They loved it! There was plenty of outdoor fun too with both a Pirate trail and Dinosaur one.

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Campsite Fun

The campsite also offers a whole host of other delights including fishing in the lake, a brilliant take-a-way pizza bar for the nights you don’t fancy cooking or eating out, bike hire if you fancy more active exploring and indoor children play area for younger Smalls.

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There’s also a well run English speaking kids club every day with so many activities to choose from including Crepe parties, hair braiding, crafts and games.

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Grown Up Entertainment

There was also evening entertainment with brilliant live bands, wine tasting or quiz nights for the grown ups too every night!

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Village Life

The bakery in the village of Saint Julien des Landes, which is a two minute walk from the campsite, was perfect. The croissants and pain were a daily breakfast staple and the village itself is quintessentially French complete with a gorgeous church, mini-supermarket (with really friendly staff) and the obligatory hairdressers!

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The Loveliest of Holidays

We simply had the loveliest holiday, which was made all the better by the brilliant Sarah, who made us feel welcome and relaxed.

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The lovely Sarah from Votre Vacances

The chalets are beautifully new, we had a three bed chalet, which was perfect for the five of us. It has its own decking area outside too set in a really nice sized pitch.

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Lovely new Chalet accommodation

 

All the equipment has been really well looked after too and all the little things were already there like tea-towels, soap, washing up liquid, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and our beds were made too – which was such a lovely touch!

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Sarah has such a personal touch and all the new crockery, linen and supplies are all included in the really reasonable prices too!

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We loved the fact that Votre Vacances is a Harrogate business. Which means you can even support local companies all the way from the comfort of an amazing holiday!

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Fun Holiday times!

Le Tour de France 2018

Votre Vacances has some great holiday deals available for booking next year. You can check out their website for more details. Rather excitingly Le Tour de France starts in the Vendee next summer from 7th July – which means Votre Vacances is a perfect spot to stay if you want to catch the cycling action too!

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Summer 2018 Offers

Votre Vacances has an Early Booking Offer on, which is running until the 31st January 2018 – with prices starting at £450 for seven nights in a 2 bed, and £550 in a 3 bed, and with the code: VIP10 you’ll get an extra 10% off!

Win a Holiday!

Sarah’s grandparents used to regularly volunteer at the Harrogate Homeless Project which is the chosen charity for the Harrogate Tribe Christmas event, taking place on Friday 24th November.

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Sarah has very generously offered a week’s holiday with Votre Vacances as a raffle prize on the night of the event to support the charity. Details of how to get tickets to the event will be on the blog and social media soon, so keep your eyes peeled and you could win this fabulous holiday for your family!

The raffle prize will be for a 3 bed chalet, anytime from May half term, until 2nd September, for seven nights, with the option of adding on more nights at a discounted price of £80 per extra night.

We had a gorgeous holiday and would recommend Votre Vacances as a lovely family place to stay and enjoy.

Lucy xx

Disclaimer: Sarah kindly invited us to review staying with Votre Vacances and is donating the raffle prize.

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What’s On in the Summer Holidays for Kids around Harrogate

If you’re looking for things to do with the Smalls this summer holiday here is a round up of what’s on, when around Harrogate!

Newby Hall

Teddy Bears Picnic

On 7th and 14th August Newby Hall are holding their Teddy Bears Picnic Where you can bring along your teddy bear for a day of sing-a-longs, games, laughter, competitions and picnics courtesy of the fabulous Make a Wish Events! Meet with Bertie Bear and the Mat Hatter amongst a whole host of colourful characters for what has proven to be one of the favourite family events in the Newby calendar! Don’t forget, there is the Bear House to explore, complete a few new additions!

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Wind in the Willows

Wind in the Willows Outdoor Theatre is taking place on 28th July at 5.30pm – tickets are required so you need to book in advance details are on their website.

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Famous Five Themed Holiday Activities

There are Famous Five Themed Holiday Activities every day over the summer holidays. They include a garden trail, Storytelling every Tuesday, Craft workshops every Wednesday and outdoor workshops every Friday.

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Giant Picnic Party

On Thursday 11th August there is a giant picnic party with games and music to celebrate what would have been Enid Blyton’s 120th Birthday.

Yorkshire Day

To celebrate Yorkshire Day in the gardens, on Tuesday 1st August, there are adventure games in the gardens with activities to take part in, storytelling and faceprinting from 11am to 4pm

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Last year’s Yorkshire Day fun!

Famous Five Immersive Theatre

From the 10th to 12th of August there will be an evening of family friendly outdoor theatre with Gobbledigook Theatre, taking inspiration from the stories and adventures of the Famous Five. The show starts at 6pm and lasts an hour and a half with a 20 minute interval. Tickets are £18 for adults and £12.50 for children and need to be booked in advance.

 

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Robin Hood Production

There’s a brilliant production of Robin Hood at Bolton Abbey from 27th July to 6th August. It’s a ‘promenade style’ so you move about with the show. Performances start at 2.30pm and 6.00pm and more details can be found online. Tickets are £18.50 for adults and £12.50 for kids and include entrance to the Abbey grounds.

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The Family Cycle Zone

The Family Cycle Zone is in an enclosed field adjacent to the Village car park. It offers a safe area for children to cycle, away from the hazards of traffic and pedestrians. With “paths” cut through the grass and road signs to mark the way, children can enjoy endless fun maneuvering the roundabout and junctions!!! This is the perfect spot for your little one to gain confidence and find their balance. Please bring your own bikes. This is a free activity, the Estate admission fee applies.

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The Welly Walk

The Welly Walk is another great favourite. With tree climbing, tunnels, slides, bridges and beams, amazing fun, forget being clean!!! Follow the Welly Walk signs and enjoy a free woodland adventure trail from the Stepping Stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. This is a challenging adventure and some obstacles are not suitable for all age groups. Children must be supervised at all times. Tree Climbing £3.00 per climb – tree climbing takes place every weekend and everyday during the school holidays.

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Ripley Castle and Gardens

Ripley Castle and Gardens are a beautiful place to visit with the Smalls – you can read all about it on my blog post Visit Ripley Castle Gardens with Kids for Free!. The best part is it’s totally free to enter on weekdays too. We tend to tie the trip in with a stop at the world famous ice-cream shop or a cuppa and a cake at the cafe to keep everyone in high spirits for the day! We sometimes take a picnic too.

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In the summer you can visit the Castle for a special children’s tour every weekday. Prices are £15 for two adults and two children on a weekday and the family tour is at 1pm.

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Ripley Cycle Path

We have been known to cycle to Ripley too along the cycle path from Harrogate. You can read all about that on my blog post Cycling between Harrogate and Ripley with Kids – what it’s really like.

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Hope that fills you with a few ideas – watch out over the summer as there are more posts coming for how to fill your school holidays too!

Other posts that you might find useful include; Four, FREE, Child-Friendly Museums to visit from HarrogateTen warm weather play ideas for pre-school kidsSix lovely things to do in Harrogate, with kids, for free (…or very cheaply)

Lucy xx

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Parenting; a Europe wide issue!

The evidence is out there, we’re all doing our best;

Whilst touring around our Italian campsite for two weeks on our summer holiday I was lucky enough to be able to witness a range of nationalities; German, Dutch, Swiss, Italian, British, Polish and many others. It turns out that Venice is easily accessible to lots of countries!

What struck me most was not how different we all were as families, but how remarkably all the same we are! All I saw were parents across Europe all doing their best to raise their family.

Turns out the same conversations are going on around the globe that you are having in your very own home.

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Refusing to smile for the camera is not just a UK thing!
  • The German 10 year old is being reprimanded by his parents over a lost hat? “where did you last have it?”
  • The Italian 4 year old is being shouted at for not looking where he was going on his bike.
  • The Swiss toddler is crying and wriggling, wanting down from her Dad’s arms.
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Toddlers not giving a sh*t – that’s a global phenomenon, honest!
  • The Dutch five year old is being told off in the restaurant for swinging on his chair
  • The British teenager is embarrassed by her dad’s dancing
  • Preschoolers from every nation are persistently being told not to throw sand.
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Throwing sand is not a problem you alone are facing, it’s Europe wide!
  • 14 year old Polish lads are in bother for booting footballs high and landing them on parasols
  • Children universally are not wanting to have sun cream applied
  • Every European little one is loosing it over late nights and too much sun.

So while you might think you’re the only ones dealing with this sort of shizzle, then rest assured you’re not. The same convos are going on around the world, the same little battles over mealtimes are being fought, the same exasperated faces from parents are being shaped. For this is parenting.

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Parents trailing unhappy children around cities of culture is not limited to the UK!

I found the whole experience completely reassuring! You are not alone Mamas, the rest of the world stands with you in your parenting highs and lows!

So next time I’m stuck thinking, why does everyone else’s child put their shoes on when they’re asked?! I’ll think back to my Italian campsite and think of my European counterparts dealing with the exact same situation themselves and be relieved, in the knowledge it’s not just me it’s universal, across the globe!

For doing all these things, fighting all these battles, sharing right and wrong with your children is just called being a good parent. In whatever language you speak!

If you want to see some pretty pictures of our holiday – and there were obviously some good times! Ha! They you can read this post all about it. Five go camping in Venice.

Lucy xx

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Wicked Wednesday – The Crisp

Why do they do this? The small people? Why will they only have a photo taken if it’s with their ‘sword’, ‘Peppa Pig’, ‘PomBear Crisp’? What is that all about?!

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Photobombed by a PomBear 😆

AGGH! One day I will get a nice photo of him! One day! There will be no crisps in it!!

#WickedWednesday 21st September 2016

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(*The lovely BrummyMummyof2 shares her favourite #wickedwednesdays picks of the week over on her blog…so if you’re feeling like the only one who’s dealing with this sort of shizzle, then check out the links, for you’re not alone!)

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Lucy xx

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Wicked Wednesday – Bin Day

When you’re three, and your parents take you on holiday to Italy and all you want to do is walk around with a bin on your head! That!

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Bin Head Day

We had a lovely time, honest! Happy Wednesday folks, last one of the school holidays here! I may have gin later to celebrate – like I need an excuse! Ha!

#WickedWednesday 31st August 2016
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(*The lovely BrummyMummyof2 shares her favourite #wickedwednesdays picks of the week over on her blog…so if you’re feeling like the only one who’s dealing with this sort of shizzle, then check out the links, for you’re not alone!)

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Lucy xx

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What’s On in Harrogate for Kids on WEEK FIVE of the Summer Holidays

Are you looking to find out what’s on in Harrogate for the Summer holidays for kids?  Each week I’ll share what I’ve discovered from places to go, to things to do, where’s holding what and how much it costs! This week it’s WEEK FIVE!

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Whats on in Harrogate for Kids WEEK FIVE: 22nd to 28th August

Monday 22nd August

Free family crafts in the Courtyard at Harewood House
Available from 11.00am – 3.00pm. Free with normal entrance admission prices.

 

Tuesday 23rd August

Mercer Art Gallery  Collage Landscapes
Create a collage landscape in the style of landscape designer Capability Brown.
£2

Falconry Displays at the Royal Armouries Museum
Be amazed by the speed and elegance of these magnificent birds of prey as swoop overhead and demonstrate the ancient art of falconry. Great photo opportunities with the birds after the show. 12noon and 2.30pm. Adults £5 / Concessions £2.50 / Family £10.

Bird-themed Craft Activities at the Royal Armouries
Drop in sessions 11am – 3pm. £2.50 per person.

Intergalactic Storytelling at RHS Harlow Carr
Join the intergalactic, mad-capped Garden Detectives on a space exploration and enjoy space-themed stories. Normal garden entry applies.

Stir Krazy Kids Summer Workshop Harrogate Ladies College 23-25th August
Their Summer cooking and baking workshops provide an exciting, creative environment for children to learn to make yummy, nutritious food, taste different cuisines and make new friends! At the end of the day, participants can take home what they’ve cooked, along with new knowledge and skills. £38.00 per child from 9am to 3.30pm, there is an offer of extended hours 8-5.00pm. If you quote SUMMER20 at the checkout you’ll get 20% off your booking price.

Big Friendly Storytime at Starbeck Library

Stories and activities (make a beard or a fabulous door hanger inspired by Roald Dahl’s stories). Suitable for 5-11 year olds, £1 charge per person, please book in advance.

 

Wednesday 24th August

Storytime Trail from the library to the Royal Pump Room Museum

Stories in Valley Gardens to finish. Free, booking is required. 5-11 yrs, 2.30-4pm

Warrior Wednesdays at the Royal Armouries

Meet warriors from history, watch live combat demonstrations and dramatic presentations, plus get your hands on history at special object handling sessions.

Warrior-themed craft activities at the Royal Armouries
Drop in sessions 11am – 3pm. £2.50 per person.

Cosmic Crafts at RHS Harlow Carr
Make a range of ‘rocket science’ accessories for your summer space adventure, from stars, sundials and comets to astronaut helmets and rocket launchers. Normal garden entry applies.

Stop Motion Animation at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library
Book onto a family learning workshop to make and animate a scene inspired by a Roald Dahl book. 10-12.30 and 1.30-4.00pm. Suitable for age 7 years+. The event is free but you need to phone to book a place for this event.

Delumptious Delights Party at Harrogate Library
Grab your gold ticket and join in with a candy floss race and giant sweet tossing! £1 for 7-11 year olds. Please book a place for this event. 2.30 – 3.45pm

 

Thursday 25th August

Royal Pump Rooms Museum Ancient Egyptian Fun
Discover Egyptian objects and have a go at mummification with a mummy doll. Just drop in. Usual admission fee applies (children £2.35, Adults £4 – family ticket, two adults and three children £11.50) 12-4pm

Free children’s talk at Harewood House

The talk starts at 2pm (free – normal entry tickets applies).

Sports Day at the Royal Armouries
Visit to have a go at ancient Olympic sports – archery, fencing, and martial arts plus don’t miss their dare-devil horse shows.

Birds-of-Prey Flying Displays at RHS Harlow Carr
See the effects of gravity and aerodynamics up close and find out how the study of our feathered friends has influenced flight and space exploration during spectacular birds-of-prey flying displays with ‘Owl Adventures’. Normal garden entry applies.

 

Friday 26th August

Free family crafts in the Courtyard at Harewood House
From 11.00am – 3.00pm – normal ticket entry applies

Cosmic Crafts at RHS Harlow Carr
Make a range of ‘rocket science’ accessories for your summer space adventure, from stars, sundials and comets to astronaut helmets and rocket launchers. Normal garden entry applies.

Friday 26th  – Monday 29th August 

StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival in the Valley Gardens

The fun starts at Noon and continues until 10.30pm every day.
Some of the UK’s best Street Food traders, Street Performers, Music, Children’s Activities, a Vintage & Artisan Marketplace plus a Fine Dining and Craft Beer TeePee village. Visit their Water Spa, arriving from Holland, boogie with the Bagdhaddies, hug our Human Hedges, get creative with Splat O Matic, drink tea with The Tea Ladies or simply eat, drink and kick back in our Vintage Deckchairs.

It’s the final countdown! Hang in there Mamas only two weeks to go! The finishing line is in sight! Gin at the ready!

Lucy xx

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Four, FREE, Child-Friendly Museums to visit from Harrogate

Here are four, free, kids Yorkshire Museums to visit that are not too far away from Harrogate – perfect for rainy days! When you know the forecast is going to be bad it’s nice to have a few ideas up your sleeve for where to take the kids! The best things about these suggestions is that all these child-friendly museums are FREE to visit!

If you take a picnic, it makes for a super cheap day out! You usually have to pay for car-parking but in my opinion it’s more than worth it for the whole day out you get for it!

Our favourites include:

1. National Media Museum, Bradford 

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Little Miss K reads the news (with a little help from her floor manager!)

At the National Media Museum you can choose from their activities and events, or wander through seven floors of free galleries exploring photography, film, television, gaming and the world wide web – you’ll find something to interest everyone.

Galleries and Museum Shop is open daily 10:00 – 18:00

Entry is free!

2. National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

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Exploring the National Coal Mining Museum

The National Coal Mining Museum for England provides a great day out with a unique opportunity to travel 140 metres underground down one of Britain’s oldest working mines.

This year the National Coal MiningMuseum for England is celebrating the extraordinary lives of the heroes and heroines of coal mining.

Tours run regularly from 10am until 3.15pm. You are asked for a £3 donation per person to take the underground tour that can be refunded if you request so.

You can book in for an underground tour at Reception on arrival but please note that during school holidays they advise you to arrive early to book your places, as the tours are often all fully booked up by midday.

Please note: They regret that under 5s are not able to go underground.

The Museum is open daily from 10am until 5pm. Entry and parking is free!

3. The National Railway Museum , York

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National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum is home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects.

Visit them and you can marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, browse their object-filled Warehouse, and let off steam in the outdoor play area.

Opening on 7 July – the forgotten story of the ambulance trains used to evacuate sick and injured troops on an unprecedented scale during the First World War.

York open 10am-6pm. Entry is free!

4. Royal Armories Museum, Leeds

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The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour, and one of the most important museums of its type in the world.

Charge down to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds for a packed programme of exciting events and activities inspired by their amazing “Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition.

Don’t miss falconry (Tuesdays), Warrior Wednesdays, Sports Day (Thursdays) and the Superheroes (9–11 August).

Open daily: 10am – 5pm. Entry is free, (some activities carry a small charge).

Have you been to any of these? Have you got a favourite?

Lucy xx

 

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What’s On for Kids in Harrogate for WEEK FOUR of the School Holidays

Are you looking to find out what’s on in Harrogate for week four of the school  holidays?  Each week I’ll share what I’ve discovered from places to go, to things to do, where’s holding what and how much it costs! This week it’s WEEK FOUR!

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Whats on in Harrogate for Kids WEEK FOUR: 15th – 21st August

Monday 15th August

Free family crafts in the Courtyard at Harewood House
Available from 11.00am – 3.00pm. Free with normal entrance admission prices.

Tuesday 16th August

Mercer Art Gallery Natural Art Session
Create art from natural materials they’ve collected and bring along some of your own.
£1 from 10am – noon

Story Time at Knaresborough Castle
Join the storytelling trail with Knaresborough Library 2.30 – 4.30pm (Booking in advance required 01609 533610)

Falconry Displays at the Royal Armouries Museum
Be amazed by the speed and elegance of these magnificent birds of prey as swoop overhead and demonstrate the ancient art of falconry. Great photo opportunities with the birds after the show. 12noon and 2.30pm. Adults £5 / Concessions £2.50 / Family £10.

Bird-themed Craft Activities at the Royal Armouries
Drop in sessions 11am – 3pm. £2.50 per person.

Intergalactic Storytelling at RHS Harlow Carr
Join the intergalactic, mad-capped Garden Detectives on a space exploration and enjoy space-themed stories. Normal garden entry applies.

Stir Krazy Kids Summer Workshop Ilkley Grammar School 16-18th August
Their Summer cooking and baking workshops provide an exciting, creative environment for children to learn to make yummy, nutritious food, taste different cuisines and make new friends! At the end of the day, participants can take home what they’ve cooked, along with new knowledge and skills. If you quote SUMMER20 at the checkout you’ll get 20% off your booking price. 9am to 3.30pm £38.00 per child. There is an offer of extended hours 8-5.00pm

Wednesday 17th August

Art and the Castle at Knaresborough Castle
Discover beautiful paintings and drawings inspired by Knaresborough castle then create your own. £3 per child (please book children over 8 can be left unattended) 1-3pm.

Warrior Wednesdays at the Royal Armouries
Meet warriors from history, watch live combat demonstrations and dramatic presentations, plus get your hands on history at special object handling sessions.

Warrior-themed craft activities at the Royal Armouries
Drop in sessions 11am – 3pm. £2.50 per person.

Cosmic Crafts at RHS Harlow Carr
Make a range of ‘rocket science’ accessories for your summer space adventure, from stars, sundials and comets to astronaut helmets and rocket launchers. Normal garden entry applies.

Stop Motion Animation at Bilton and Woodfield Community Library
Book onto a family learning workshop to make and animate a scene inspired by a Roald Dahl book. 10-12.30 and 1.30-4.00pm. Suitable for age 7 years+. The event is free but you need to phone to book a place for this event.

Delumptious Delights Party at Harrogate Library
Grab your gold ticket and join in with a candy floss race and giant sweet tossing! £1 for 7-11 year olds. Please book a place for this event. 2.30 – 3.45pm

Thursday 18th August

Holiday Forest School at Hookstone Woods (18th and 19th August)
This new forest school for children aged 5-11 years  will contain the usual fun mix of games, den-building and crafts, all rounded off with a campfire. From 10am -3pm each day. Tickets are £20 per day and are available from the website: http://www.getoutmorecic.co.uk/events/ For further information contact Ruth McBain: ruth@getoutmorecic.co.uk or 07970 956177.

Free children’s talk at Harewood House
The talk starts at 2pm (free – normal entry tickets applies).

Sports Day at the Royal Armouries
Visit to have a go at ancient Olympic sports – archery, fencing, and martial arts plus don’t miss their dare-devil horse shows.

Birds-of-Prey Flying Displays at RHS Harlow Carr
See the effects of gravity and aerodynamics up close and find out how the study of our feathered friends has influenced flight and space exploration during spectacular birds-of-prey flying displays with ‘Owl Adventures’. Normal garden entry applies.

Giant Bubble Making Workshop at Knaresborough Market Place

At 11am, 1pm and 3pm

Friday 19th August

Free family crafts in the Courtyard at Harewood House
From 11.00am – 3.00pm – normal ticket entry applies

Cosmic Crafts at RHS Harlow Carr
Make a range of ‘rocket science’ accessories for your summer space adventure, from stars, sundials and comets to astronaut helmets and rocket launchers. Normal garden entry applies.

Friday 19- Sunday 21 August

Ripley Castle Foodies Festival

Feast in the Street Food Avenue; learn to bake in the Cake and Bake Theatre; enjoy afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Tent; taste wine, champagne and craft beer in the Drinks Theatre; buy from local producers in the Artisan Market; kids enjoy the Childrens Cookery Theatre; live music on the Unsigned Music Awards Stage; enter the Chilli Eating Competition; refreshing cocktails from the Bar Bus, Pimms Teapot & Appleton Estate Rum Bus and have a fun day out in the Deco Noir VIP experience. Between £10 – £14 per ticket.

Saturday 20th August

Henshaw’s Fairytale Day 

A day of enchantment and fairy tale as Freyja the fairy joins with Henshaws once again, storytelling , arts and crafts, colorful fairy tale characters including Meet the mermaid, goblin, pirates, fairies, fire show, circus workshops, treasure hunts, songs and games together with a marketplace selling magical themed merchandise. 11am – 4pm. Tickets £5 per child. Booking in advance.

Sunday 21st August. 

Knaresborough Castle Discount entry day for Knaresborough’s Feva Festival
Enjoy the Castle, Sallyport and Museum for only £2 adults and £1 children to celebrate Knaresborough’s Feva Festival.

Hang in there Mamas, officially half way through!! Whoop! Hope you have nice plans for the week! Only three weeks to go, and only two at the end of this one!!

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