Tourism agency, Visit Harrogate, claims the Spa Town is Yorkshire’s flower capital as Britain in Bloom judges arrive in the town on Yorkshire Day (1 August).
Pam Grant, President of Harrogate in Bloom, said: “Being judged in Champions of Champions means it is one Yorkshire Day that will hold very special memories for all of us involved in this year’s campaign. Harrogate is proud of its In Bloom successes and we are proud to be representing Yorkshire.”
Richard Spencer, CEO of Visit Harrogate, said: “It’s not surprising Harrogate has been nominated in the elite category for Britain in Bloom. The district regularly tops the leagues. In the past few years, it was voted the third most romantic destination in the world, beating Paris, Vienna and Rome. It held the ‘Happiest Place to Live’ in Britain title for three years.*”
Harrogate was dubbed ‘Happygate’ after dominating the list, and still came out on top in 2017 for the best nature and green spaces.
Renowned for its floral displays, Harrogate also features The Valley Gardens, a 17-acre English Heritage Grade II listed garden, a 220-acre Stray protected by Royal decree, and RHS Garden Harlow Carr, which celebrates Yorkshire Day today (1 Aug) with flat cap throwing, Yorkshire pudding and spoon race and a Yorkshire Tea relay race. Picture shows, RHS Harlow Carr staff celebrating Yorkshire Day.
The spa town is famed for its boutique shops, stylish restaurants and world famous Turkish Baths.
The aristocratic and the fashionable used to flock to 19th century Harrogate to take the waters, enjoy the elegant regency buildings and extensive gardens.
Richard added: “The Harrogate District is fantastically diverse. In Ripon, Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens is a World Heritage Site with its medieval deer park. I challenge anyone to contest that Knaresborough has one of the most beautiful views in the world overlooking its river and castle. Nidderdale is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasts the rural charm of Pateley Bridge, which won the Best Village High Street in the Great British High Street awards. Add boutique retail and restaurants, and a wealth of cosy pubs and tearooms, it’s no contest the District is the jewel in Yorkshire’s crown.”
To plan your trip to Harrogate, visit the official tourism website for the district: http://www.visitharrogate.co.uk/
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*Survey by Secret Escapes from its database of 3 million users, February 2014.
Rightmove’s annual ‘Happiest Place to Live’ survey; Harrogate came top for three years, dropping to third place in 2017.