RECOMMENDATION: 6 Things to do in Harrogate During Lockdown

By Victoria Turner | 11th June 2020

Dare I say it, but things are starting to re-open and I’m feeling a little hopeful inside. For those looking to escape as soon as they are allowed here’s some Harrogate attractions that are re-open for you to enjoy.


The Great Knaresborough Bed Race

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race has gone virtual and it’s this Saturday 13th June!

For those who have never experienced a Bed Race day before you’re in for a treat. The day (normally) consists of a fancy-dress parade, followed by a grueling 2.4miles run, complete with an icy swim across the River Nidd to the finish line! The competition is taken very seriously by some but for others, it’s a great day to raise some money for local charities.

This year the race (& parade) is going to be a ‘virtual’ one “Bed Race 2020 Unplugged”, on Saturday 13 June 2020. So, grab the popcorn and get settled in to watch the day from the comfort of your sofa.



RHS Gardens

Our lovely local RHS Garden has reopened! Harlow Carr is now opened but you have to pre-book and looking at the carpark it’s proved quite popular.

All visitors are required to pre-book a timed entry slot in advance of their visit and the number of visitors entering the gardens will be limited each day. Additional safety measures have been implemented and areas within the gardens where it is difficult to maintain social distancing remain closed.

Garden opening times: 10am to 4pm every day (pre-booked time slots only). Last admission at 3pm

  • Adult: £13.50
  • Child: £6.75

Garden centre opening times: 10am–5pm Monday–Saturday; 11am–5pm Sunday



Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle Gardens and Grounds are open for you to enjoy. Again, this is on a pre-booked basis and priced £17.00 per car (up to five people).

Each day an exclusive number of visitors will be able to:

  • Designated parking area (the main village car park remains closed)
  • Toilets (for the use of paid visitors only)
  • Picnic tables in the Castle Courtyard (spaced accordingly)
  • The deer park walks
  • Formal gardens
  • Lakeside views to enjoy with a picnic

The Tea Room will also be open on a takeaway basis serving soft drinks, tea, coffee, ice creams, and snacks


Valley Gardens Tennis Courts

Fancy a spot of tennis? Why not take advantage of our local tennis courts in the Valley Gardens. All 4 courts are in operation and have fairly new courts laid.

It is important that you adhere to the following guidelines for play here.

Bookings can be made in person with the Games Attendant at the games hut nearby or via the online reservation system. If you book a court online, please pay at the games hut before you commence play.

Pay and play rates:

  • Tennis adult (per court per hour) £8.60
  • Child/concession (per court per hour) £4.50
  • Hire of racket £2.20
  • Hire of balls (set of 4) £1.80
  • Mixed group (adults and children per court per hour) £4.50



Newby Hall

Newby Hall is a perfect place for a, socially distanced, meet up with friends or have some quality family time.

Please note they have yet to open the playground, railway, dancing water jets, restaurant, and all exhibitions.

Gardens are open from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Gates open at 11am, last admission 5pm, Garden cleared 5.30pm.

  • Adults £12.00
  • Children £8.00



Mother Shipton’s Cave

Within historic woodland along the River Nidd is Mother Shipton’s Cave, the birthplace of the famous prophetess. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. The attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the waters which turn objects to stone.


Again, this attraction is taking pre-bookings on a per car admissions at £20.00 (for up to seven people).



Have you been to any of these yet? Where else are you missing? Give them a shout out in the comments below and I’ll make sure we cover them soon.

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