Our first family break in Pateley Bridge

The Gamekeeper holiday cottage, Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales. Rent from Gorgeous Cottages

Recently we went on our first family 'holiday'. It was just a few days away in Yorkshire, but still a noteworthy event. We stayed in Pateley Bridge near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, which is in Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Staying at The Gamekeeper cottage, we were not likely to forget that. Found a mile-and-a-half ...

10 reasons to visit Fodder, Harrogate

Fodder farm shop and cafe, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Have you heard of Fodder? I was recently introduced to this Yorkshire farm shop and café, and it went straight on my 'visit soon' list. Having read what they're all about and had a browse of their website I vowed to pay a visit the next time I'm in the area. Fodder can be found at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, North ...

RHS Harlow Carr gardens

RHS Harlow Carr gardens Harrogate

As we were in Harrogate for afternoon tea, I thought it would be a good idea to call into the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Harlow Carr. You know, to get some inspiration for our garden, which we've just started working on. I'm laughing to myself as I write that, because our garden - which is probably a misnomer ...

Afternoon tea at Betty’s

Review: Lady Betty afternoon tea at Betty's cafe tea rooms, Harrogate, Yorkshire

There can be few better ways to spend a Sunday in Yorkshire than sharing afternoon tea at Betty's. Betty's café tea rooms in Harrogate opened in 1919 and nearly 100 years later the brand is a phenomenon, with every branch marked by a queue of people outside. I'd been invited to Harrogate to try the Lady Betty champagne afternoon tea, which ...

Yorkshire Meatball Company

The Yorkshire Meatball Company, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

As well as learning a new skill at the wreath-making workshop, it was lovely - as always - to meet and get to know better some other Yorkshire bloggers. Emma and Amy I'd met just a few days earlier at Roast + Conch, Lil I hadn't met before but I read her blog and have followed ...

Making a Christmas wreath

Christmas festive wreath-making workshop with Katie Laura Flowers Harrogate

A couple of weeks ago, Emma invited me with some other bloggers to a festive wreath-making workshop in Harrogate led by Katie. It was a sunny Sunday morning, and I drove north listening to some radio cheese (Sunday love songs on Radio 2 if you must know). I stepped into Katie's loft-like studio and was hit by the scent of fresh greenery. A cup ...

Vintage fair to raise money for charity

harrogate spring vintage fair

If you're a lover of vintage you definitely want to put this date in your diary and plan on getting yourself to Harrogate. With stalls, pop-up tearooms, makeovers, live music and craft workshops it sounds like a retro girl's dream. But even better: it will raise money for the Samaritans. To help get you in the mood for ...

Introducing: [vinegar & brown paper]

vinegar and brown paper glass etchings | yorkshire UK lifestyle blog

When Hebden Bridge was devastated by floods last summer, the thing that stood out was the incredible resolve of this Yorkshire town and their determination to club together and get businesses back on their feet. That’s why this etched apothecary bottle by [vinegar & brown paper] caught my eye. Few stricken communities bounced back like this ...

Top tips to help you sell your home in 2013

Hazel Curtis property stylist Harrogate

This is a guest post by Hazel Curtis from Harrogate who, together with eight other property stylists, has set up Northern Home Stagers covering the north of England and Northern Ireland. Trained by TV House Doctor Ann Maurice, their job is to make your home more sellable.  You know when people tell you things like ... it's ...

Real Yorkshire wedding: winter wonderland theme at grand Rudding Park

Rudding Park in Harrogate has to be one of the grandest hotels in Yorkshire anyway, and this lucky couple were married there the day after an extensive refurbishment programme was finished. Faye and Stephen chose the Grade I Regency house for their ‘winter wonderland’ wedding, having a civil ceremony and reception there as well as a ...