What do I love about Harrogate?I could make a sweeping statement and say 'everything' but of course that would not be very helpful to those wanting to find out more. So I have decided to prioritise...
1. The peopleI have wonderful memories of living in Harrogate, I made some good friends there and they have remained my friends over ten years later. I love the fact that everyone (another sweeping statement I know) is well dressed....no one wanders around the town centre in slippers....they do in Boston on Market Day!
2. The ShopsI think this might well be the reason why my husband has so far refused to let me move back there - I love the shops in Harrogate - everything you need but the town centre is neither too big nor too small! When I was there over New Year, I HAD to visit the shops....it would have been rude not to!
3. The RestaurantsI love eating out and in Harrogate you really do have a massive choice - from cheap weekday bites to eat to special ocassions all-singing-all-dancing-push-the-boat-out-moments! Recent favourites include the Harrogate Brasserie,The Orchid Restaurant and Sukhothai.
4. Valley GardensIf you are ever in Harrogate, Valley Gardens is a 'must visit' in my eyes. It is located in the 'heart' of Harrogate and what a gem it is. There really is something for everyone - tennis courts, a fabulous play area, a mini golf (but tastefully done I might add!), skate park (not that I have personally tried this), a cafe and absolutely beautiful flora and fauna. Whether you are 3 or 103, I'm pretty sure you will enjoy it!
5. My memories
And of course these are personal memories....it's the first place that I had a 'real' job - the start of my career as a Primary School Teacher at Pannal Primary School - I didn't realise or appreciate it at the time, but it was wonderful. Children there were very lucky indeed.....and I believe that it's still an amazing school!
I met some great people who are still my friends over ten years later - friends are important. And of course we had some amazing nights out - we celebrated my birthday dressed as fairy tale characters and went 'clubbing' and of course there was Jimmys and the stacked Minis! Well - I could go on but some things are best just left unsaid!!!
So - Harrogate is my favourite place in the UK - where is yours?
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