Location: On the B265 between Bewerley and Pateley Bridge, HG3 5HQ.
Opening Hours: Open daily all year round. Band stand concerts Sundays May – through August
Additional Information: Pay and display (coins only) car park opposite the main entrance in the Showground. Dogs welcome in the main park, not on the fenced off playground area.
Spa Gardens is a beautiful park right in the heart of Ripon. It’s been recognised for its high-quality maintenance and facilities and has been awarded Green Flag status.
In the centre of the park is a splendid Victorian bandstand, where band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. For birdwatchers, carefully sited nesting boxes have encouraged many varieties to make a home in the gardens. There’s also a cafe serving home cooked food and cakes, and you can enjoy a round of crazy golf or try playing bowls.
The newest addition to Spa Gardens is a series of tree sculptures depicting characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll spent time as choirboy at Ripon Cathedral and is said to have been inspired to create the characters by the cathedral’s animal carvings.
“Chainsaw Mick” was commissioned to create the carvings using the trunks of a cypress tree. As well as a very lifelike Alice, these garden sculptures include the Caterpillar, Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit.
In 2011, the Friends of Spa Gardens worked with us to secure funding for the restoration of the war memorial and the Marquess of Ripon statue.
The war memorial, at the entrance to Spa Gardens, has been named the best war memorial in the town class several times in the Yorkshire in Bloom awards.
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Things to do/see: Free outdoor play area (pre-book only) ice cream, coffee, milkshakes plue whole dine-in menu available. Lots of fun on the whole family! Opening from 12th April 2021.
Location: Calm Slate Farm, Halton East, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, BD23 6EU
St Johns Way
Borrage Green Lane
Off Doublegates Ave
Newton Le Willows,
(Behind) Newton-Le-Willows Village Hall,
Newton Le Willows,
Off Hazel Road
Skelton on Ure
A magical experience for young children in the wonderful Yorkshire Dales. Discover Clues, Fairies, GoKarts, Tractors and many interactive activities. Including an exciting brand new adventure trail for 2021! Open school holidays and weekends until the last week in September (midweek can be pre-booked by groups)
Location: Studfold, Lofthouse, HG3 5SG
Opening Hours: 10am- 5pm. Last entry 2pm.
Pre-booking is essential – 01423755084
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