Written by: Elmtree Press

There is a lot happening in Harrogate this month starting with the Harrogate Flower Show this weekend 13th-15th September.  No sooner has this event finished, the town will be gearing up for the World Road Cycling World Road Cycling Championships taking place from 21-29 September 2019.  The participants may be chasing that pot of gold of first place at the end of the UVI rainbow but there is another pot of gold that we can all enjoy and that is the golden colours of autumn at RHS Harlow Carr.  

Harlow Carr, situated off the Otley Road is on a key stretch of the route and will be offering discounted entry to the gardens so that not only cycling enthusiasts but their families too can come and relax in between races during this nine mile extravaganza.  A special ‘Rainbow Wristband’ can be purchased which will entitle unlimited access to the 58-acre garden during normal opening hours throughout the cycling event (21–29 September 2019). 

Several road closures will be in place along Otley Road throughout the UCI which will prevent vehicular access to and from the garden at certain times, and the Harlow Carr team is advising visitors to ditch their cars and enjoy a leisurely stroll to the garden instead. 

Liz Thwaite, Head of RHS Garden Harlow Carr said: “The garden is within easy walking distance of the town centre, fan zone and start and finish line and on a major artery of the cycle route for the full nine days. We’re encouraging visitors to enjoy a leisurely 1.5 mile walk which runs from the town centre, through the beautiful Valley Gardens and Pinewoods to Harlow Carr. If you’re in the Harrogate area for the UCI, don’t forget to enjoy everything that the town has to offer.”

Anyone planning to visit RHS Garden Harlow Carr throughout the UCI is advised to visit the North Yorkshire County Council website for up-to-date road closure information https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/uci-road-world-cycling-championships. 

Make an amazing discovery at Treasurer’s House on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month.

It was an 'age of wonders' and from the eastern-most window of the second floor of Treasurer’s House, looking south towards the Minster, a young astronomer named John Goodricke observed a type of variable star that ultimately helped us measure the size of the universe.

Join a guided tour of the rooftops to find out how the 18-year-old astronomer used the Minster spires to make this amazing discovery which became a defining moment in science.

The tours will run at various times on the day and cost £4 pp with age restrictions. You do not need to purchase a ticket for the house.