The Harrogate Flower Show is almost upon us but it’s not the only attraction luring visitors to the North Yorkshire spa town – there’s beer and Turkish Baths too
Why go now?
To attend one of Britain’s best gardening events, the Harrogate Spring Flower Show (23-26 April). You’ll find nurseries, show gardens, floral art and “how to” demonstrations, including how to create a garden in 60 minutes. Get more inspiration from the Grade II-listed Valley Gardens, 17 acres of shrubs, flowers and herbaceous beds in the heart of the town.
Anything for non-gardeners?
Take the waters at the grandiose, 19th-century Turkish Baths, and learn about Harrogate’s spa history at the Royal Pump Room Museum. Visit the Mercer Art Gallery and go shopping in the pretty Montpellier Quarter, which is full of cafes and independent stores, especially antiques shops. Looking a little further ahead, fans of crime fiction can bookmark the annual Theakstons Old Peculier crime writing festival in July.