Days out in Harrogate #2

It’s been my mission this Summer to find fun and inexpensive things to do with children during the Summer holidays. On Monday morning I found myself at Harrogate Valley Gardens on the recommendation of a friend who lives locally. Wow! What a find! Admittedly I did ‘find’ it along with hundreds of other people but even the crowds couldn’t detract from the fabulous facilities and FREE activities on offer at the gardens.

It was a beautiful day so we packed a picnic and at that on a rug in front of the impressive Sun Pavilion. The Pavilion was out of bounds as there was a wedding taking place that afternoon but the building was lovely and the lawns to the front provided an excellent location for our picnic.

Once we’d eaten we scooted (the kids not me) up to the crazy golf and spent £1.50 on hiring a club and ball which kept the kids amused for a good 40 minutes. Watching three toddlers playing crazy golf is the best laugh I’ve had for a long time.

After the golf we headed up to the playground which is just amazing. There are some brilliant climbing frames, slides and swings all of which were quality wooden structures with well thought out activities. And if this wasn’t enough to keep any family busy the entire day there was also a paddling pool, cafe, pitch and put, skate park and acres of gardens that we didn’t have time to explore.

For the price of our petrol from York and the picnic we packed and took from home, plus the crazy golf (which we needn’t have paid for as there was more than enough free activities to keep us going all day) we had a fun-filled and tiring day out in the fresh air. You can’t ask for more than that!

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