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🌻Summer In Harrogate & Knaresborough🌞

It’s been a rather odd year so far and I don’t know about you, but here at Harrogate Mumbler we are struggling to remember what day it is, let alone what month we are in!
How can it be the Summer Holidays already?!
Despite this, we have lots of ideas on how to keep those mini-mumblers entertained over the next 7 weeks. Some schools aren't back until the second week in September due to teacher training so be sure to check with yours!

But first, drum roll please.........

Harrogate Mumbler Love Local Awards 2020

The Harrogate Mumbler Awards 2020 are unfortunately not going ahead, given the current circumstances & restrictions due to Coronavirus.
Instead we are hosting the “Harrogate Mumbler Love Local” Awards, which will recognise & celebrate all of the amazing businesses & individuals that we know, love & miss this year.

This year it’s not about winning, it’s about spreading a bit of love, support & goodwill to all local family-related businesses & individuals. Nominations are now closed however you can read about all of the amazing businesses & individuals who were nominated in our celebration blogs.

The celebration blogs will be published throughout July 2020

Publication dates….
Thursday 2nd July -Virtual Class
Mon 6th July – Star Teacher
Thurs 9th July – Star School
Mon 13th July – Welcome Back

Thurs 16th July – We Missed You
Mon 20th July – We Missed Your Face
Thurs 23rd July – We'd Have Been Lost Without You
Monday 27th July – Lockdown Local Hero
Thursday 30th July – Rainbow Award

All categories are explained in the Awards Categories section of the website. It has been really heartwarming reading the comments and messages, so do have a look and if you know anyone nominated, please share to let them know. 
We want to spread this lovely news far & wide!

On to the Summer Holidays...
It's a bumper issue, so make yourself a brew, find a comfy spot to sit and enjoy reading about what summer 2020 has in store 😊

Below is a round up of what is on & what is open in and around Harrogate & Knaresborough. We understand that things might be a bit different this summer. Please check before you travel and pre-booking is highly recommended. There is (as ever) loads more on our Summer Holiday's School Holidays page and our Daily Events Calendar

So while we try to come out of lockdown whilst still staying safe, let's hope that the rain stops, the sun shines & we can all make the most of the Summer!

Love from Sally, Kate, Kayti & Evie at Harrogate Mumbler x
Stump Cross Caverns are now open!  

Its a great day out for all the family – and with so much space up there
its so easy to socially distance. 
Whilst they were closed, they operated the now infamous – Stumpy Van – serving the most wonderful ice cream sundaes  you’ve ever seen! 
The van and cafe are open throughout the summer serving delicious Burnsall ice cream.
 01756 752780

Brimhams Fitness: Free Live Classes

FREE live online classes are conducted on Zoom & Facebook every day. Class timetables are updated each week on our facebook page, so check here for the latest information.

If you haven’t already, head over to our Instagram page and follow us @brimhamsfitnesscentre for bonus workouts, food ideas and fitness tips.
There’s something for everyone. Why not virtually bring someone along?

Covid 19 update: 
We’re delighted the government has advised it is safe for leisure facilities to open from 25 July.
Your safety comes first.
So we’re busy working on new customer guidance for all of our facilities as well as staff training and cleaning procedures.
We hope to have more news in the coming days and weeks so please keep an eye out on our website or Facebook page.

End of Year Reflection – Coppice Valley Primary School

The end of the school year is usually a time for leavers’ assemblies and plays, for bundling up work to take home and frantically emptying out the lost property box.


But this year has been unlike all others. Corona has caused our children to miss out on weeks of school – of learning, fun, friendships and milestone experiences that come from being part of a school. Adjusting for these losses is something that everyone working in education is planning for. I’ve spent weeks thinking through the consequences of school closure. I’ve been evaluating the decisions I’ve made during the school closure, on the things I’ve got wrong and right. Reflecting on the last few months since the pandemic, I’ve realised that from the challenges it created we’ve learned an awful lot about ourselves as a school. Now more than ever, we know what is important to us and what really matters. read more here
Holidays on Lockdown

Even though we can now go abroad on holiday, many of us have already settled to the idea of staying in Great Britain and at home.
This doesn't mean you have to give up on the idea of a break however.

With this in mind, we’ve put our heads together to come up with some brilliant staycation ideas!
  • Camping 
  • Festivals
  • Virtual Trips
  • Beach vibes in the Garden
  • Skiing in the Garden
For all the details, click here for the full blog.

#staycation #summerishere
Camping in Yorkshire

The sun is out, the sky is blue - you can almost imagine yourself pitching the tent and firing up the BBQ!

This year's camping season will be a little different though, and the rules surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic mean sites have had to change some of their procedures to keep in line with Government advice.

But there is no reason why it should spoil your fun. Check out our blog here for more information on what some Yorkshire Campsites are doing when they reopen, and some ideas for things you can do yourself too.

Have a great time and don't forget to let us know how you get on!
Here are a few more blogs we think you might like*,
so grab a fresh brew (and maybe a biscuit), pull up a chair and have a read.
Click here to keep up to date with our news on our Facebook Page

Creative Summer School

ACTAcademy’s Creative Summer School is back, ready to save your summer! 

This year we are running our ACTAcademy Summer School throughout July and August to give children a taste of some sort of normality. Our Summer School will allow your children to enjoy fun activities, make new friends, and nurture the skills that they have been unable to exercise during their time stuck at home, all within the safe walls of our fully Oftsed-registered building and private studios, and abiding by strict government Covid-19 guidelines.

Children can look forward to a week of fun, creativity and education where no day is the same! Our passionate DBS-checked teachers will lead your children on an adventure of discovery, development and joy over the week with the performing and creative arts at the core of our curriculum. Our Summer School is suitable for any child with any interests, currently at Primary School.

To book your child’s place and for more information, head over to the Holidays section of our website or email us at

Music Inspirations
Virtual Holiday Club

W/C 27/07, 03/08, 10/08, 17/08, 24/08, 31/08

We have created 6 very different weeks of activities planned very carefully around 6 brilliant and varied stories to entertain the children, whilst inspiring their creative side.

On Mondays you will receive an email with a video introducing the book and telling the story in our very own creative way.

Tuesdays is all about music, with a Zoom class at 10:30am

Wednesdays is a drama day, with a very interactive Zoom class at 10:30am

Thursdays is the day of craft. This will either be a Zoom class at 10:30am or a video if the nature of the craft needs some pausing and coming back to.

All craft resource lists will be sent to you when you sign up, so you’ll have chance to get everything ready before the class.

To book visit

0113 4001077


The Little Gym Harrogate Holiday Camps

Starting on Monday 27th!
We are super excited to announce that we will be re-opening for camps and classes soon!

Running 3 days a week to start with, but with room to grow if there is demand.

Morning Camps – 9.00-12.00

Afternoon Camps – 1.00-4.00

We recommend booking three mornings or afternoons, to limit the bubbles your child is in, however we understand that you may only want to book one camp a week.

Spaces are limited so book early

Only 15 children per camp in accordance with current Covid-19 guidelines.

3hrs OFSTED Registered Camps

Three morning or afternoons:

Members £80
Non Members £110
Individual camps:
Members: £30
Non-Member £40

No lunchtime clubs available due to cleaning commitments!

We are offering Priority Booking to members until Satuday 18th July.


Tinies – Summer Buddies

At Tinies we have more than 45 years of experience helping parents, businesses and childcares find their perfect match. Our Summer Buddies offer tailored, flexible, and one-to-one family in-home attention to safely provide childcare and help at home as you when you need it. This may be to provide regular or ad hoc childcare, from a few hours to full days or nights; we can provide bespoke options for you.

In-home care with one-to-one attention to keep your family safe

Our Summer Buddies offer tailored, flexible, and one-to-one in-home attention to safely get all the family back on track. All our Summer Buddies are safe, reliable, skilled and screened childcare professionals, have enhanced DBS checks, are fully referenced and, where required, have a Paediatric First Aid qualification, other Early Years qualification or equivalent experience.

Our Summer Buddies have experience looking after babies and toddlers, and can also care for school-aged and older children. Tinies Summer Buddies are ready to bring the camp-like fun into your home and give your children a summer to remember.

Contact Tinies here

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What and where is open in Harrogate for families? For the full list, click here, but please see below for some top attractions open for you and your family this Summer.

We've also updated our Summer Holiday Activity Sheet with some new things to do and it's now available to download

If you want a simple plan for the summer, with a good mix of free, paid for and at home options then this is perfect for you. 

You can see it below – we have one all filled out for you (with a few spaces for you to add in your favourite things) and also a blank version so you can plan your own fun summer.

The idea is to print it out, stick it on the fridge and complete all the activities, colouring them in as you go!


Whatever you do, we hope you and the mini mumblers have fun and make the most of our wonderful town at this time of year 😊

Have you ever dreamt of stepping into an utterly enchanted realm?
Deep in the captivating woodland of Mother Shipton’s, filled with fairy rings
and secret doorways, pixies are waiting to play!


Tread carefully through the land of the woodland people and keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail to see their tiny houses. Play in the Adventure Playground like real pixie folk, dance like a fluttering fairy and discover the secrets of forest folklore.

Mother Shipton’s is an outdoor attraction with continual movement of people through the mile-long park, with plenty of outdoor seating and space for visitors to enjoy a picnic;
ice creams and hot drinks are also available.


Dogs are welcome in the park for a picturesque mile-long walk along the River Nidd.
Toilets are open and safety measures, including signage and screens, are in place.

There’s something for everyone with the Cave, Petrifying Well,
Adventure Playground and Museum & Gift Shop.

Open for pre-booked cars only. Time slots available from 9.30am to 3pm.

Book online

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, National Trust

Covid-19 Update:

Reopening on Monday 8 June. To help you have a safe visit, they’re asking everyone to book in advance to access the abbey and water garden.
Please note, Studley Car Park will remain closed.

Take part in your biggest ever game of hide and seek on your visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Hide in all corners of the large abbey ruins before following the river to the water garden. Race around the moon ponds, see the swans swimming and discover the winding dark tunnel. Emerge from the tunnel to find three fun buildings called follies along this woodland path.

Be sure to have a playground adventure.
There are things to wobble along, jump over and climb on…you’ll find a wooden abbey, a woodland house, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman’s poles, a slide, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all.

There’s lots to do but don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in this time – we’ll be here another day! Become a member on your first visit and come back for free as many times as you like. Plus, get the feel-goods about it as every time you scan your membership card, you’re contributing towards the essential conservation work we do.

Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY

 01765 608888

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice-cream"!

We love a day out - and no day out is complete without an ice cream right? It's a tough job, but all in the name of research, we've been in search of the best ice cream-based day out in the area. A little niche we know, but there is some seriously good ice cream making going on around here!

Here are our top 5 Ice Cream Eateries;

1. Vanilli's on Cold Bath Road
2. Ripley Castle
3. Birchfield Ice Cream Farm
4. Billy Bob's Ice Cream Parlour!
5. Stump Cross Caverns

For more information on the best Ice Cream in Harrogate, read the full blog here

#icecream #toomuchchoice


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Macmillan Cancer Support Raffle

SJ Barker of Ryedale Mumbler (Scarborough & Whitby) is running a raffle
of Day Passes for the summer in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. 
There are tickets for the following:

Castle Howard – Family Day Pass for 2 adults and 3 children.
There are TWO to be won – these will be drawn separately

Sledmere – Family Day Pass for 2 adults and 2 children to the grounds,
walled garden, rare breed farm park and adventure play area.

Northwood Fairy Sanctuary – Family Ticket for 2 adults and 2 children.
There are FOUR to be won – these will all be drawn separately

Flamingo Land – 2 tickets for 2020.

Scarborough Sealife Centre – Admission for 2 Adults and 2 Children.

Alpamare, Scarborough – Family Ticket.
There are TWO to be won – these will be drawn separately

North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Family Travel Voucher for 2 adults and 2 children.

Playdale Farm – Family Day Pass

Wolds Way Lavender – Family Day Pass (2 Adults, 3 Children)

The Deep – Family Day Pass (valid once open)

Great Yorkshire Maze – a family of 4 ticket

These have kindly been donated by the various attractions to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of SJ's participation in the Ride of Their Lives at York Racecourse in June. This has now been postponed until 12th June 2021. The raffle was going to be part of a family fun day but given the COVID-19 restrictions, it is now online! Do get involved for this amazing cause.

Tickets are £1 a strip or 6 strips for £5. Payable via the Just Giving page HERE

SJ will send you your numbers and the colour of the ticket. Payment must be made for the tickets to be in the raffle. The raffle will be drawn live on Wednesday 29th July 2020 on Facebook on both Ryedale Mumbler News Page and Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler News Page.

Everybody is welcome to purchase tickets and enter the Summer Raffle. Even though the race has been postponed until next year, it seemed a shame for these day passes to go to waste.

Day passes will be posted out on Thursday 30th July 2020 via first class post.

Ways to enter:
Via email, via comment on the Facebook post, or via a form on the website, link here

Thank you 💜

Downloadable Colouring & Activity Sheets

Some fantastic colouring in sheets to keep those mini-mumblers busy. You can download them all here. We'd love to see your finished efforts so send in any photos to 
Click here for the Mumbler Review of FitFlop

"You heard it here first - THE most comfortable shoe I've ever worn"
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