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A Guide to the Best Ways to Celebrate King Charles III's Coronation in North Yorkshire

Get ready for a royal celebration fit for a king!

As we prepare for the coronation of King Charles III, there's no better place to celebrate than the stunning region of North Yorkshire.

With its picturesque countryside, rich history, and vibrant culture, North Yorkshire is the perfect destination for a royal celebration.

In this blog, we'll highlight the best ways to mark this momentous occasion in style.

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Historical Tours

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York Minster

One of the world's most magnificent cathedrals, and the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, York Minster is well worth a visit on the coronation bank holiday weekend.

This stunning cathedral has been a fully functioning and thriving church for well over 1000 years, so any history fan will love to take a tour of York Minster and discover its incredibly exquisite handcrafted details and an unrivalled collection of medieval stained glass.

Tickets cost £16 per adult or £14 per student. Under 18s go free with an accompanying adult.

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Bolton Abbey

Explore impressive ruins on this beautiful estate in Wharfedale. Bolton Abbey takes its name from the ruins of the 12th century Augustinian monastery now known as Bolton Priory, which closed in the 1539 Dissolution of the Monasteries ordered by King Henry VIII.

Today, this stunning 33,000 acre estate is a fantastic place for a day out with all the family, featuring attractive walking routes, plenty of spots for a picnic, Grade I listed buildings and a variety of businesses from tearooms to bookshops.

Parking at Bolton Abbey costs £15 for the day, or £12.50 if you book in advance.

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Castle Howard

Castle Howard is a stunning stately home in York, that you may recognise from a number of films and TV shows including Bridgerton, Victoria, and the music video for Arctic Monkeys' Four out of Five!

Commissioned by the 3rd Earle of Carlisle, this beautiful stately home was completed in 1811 and opened to the public in 1952.

There are a variety of different tickets you can book, from gardens admissions to a guided house tour and even boat trips, and you'll find a great choice of cafes and shops.

Dine Like Royalty

What better way to celebrate the coronation than with a meal fit for a king? North Yorkshire is known for its exceptional culinary scene, with top-notch restaurants and pubs offering a range of traditional British dishes. Indulge in classic Yorkshire puddings, local ales and afternoon tea.

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Alternative Afternoon Tea at The Gamekeeper's Inn

What better way to celebrate the coronation than with this famous British classic? The Gamekeeper's Inn offers a tasteful twist on traditional Afternoon Tea.

The Alternative Afternoon Tea at The Gamekeeper's Inn features hearty homemade treats and indulgent sweets including mini BBQ chicken sliders, pork and apple sausage rolls, homemade scones with jam and cream and much more.

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Sunday Lunch at The Gamekeeper's Inn

Keep celebrating through to Sunday with this British favourite! Don't miss the famous Sunday carvery at The Gamekeeper's Inn for a delicious roast dinner with all the trimmings, including Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables for £15.95 per person.

The Gamekeeper's Inn is also home to a great variety of delicious local ales and a seasonal menu showcasing the freshest local ingredients, including the best hearty homemade pies. It wouldn't be a Yorkshire pub without pie, chips and gravy!

Coronation Events in North Yorkshire

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Activities at North Yorkshire libraries

Libraries across the county will be celebrating the coronation by promoting the coronation themes of youth, community, diversity and sustainability.

If you're looking for things to do during the week, The Friends of Knaresborough Library will be holding a coronation coffee morning on Wednesday 3rd May from 10am to 12pm (the perfect excuse for a day out in beautiful Knaresborough!)

Starbeck Community Library will be hosting a coronation afternoon tea, with lots of fun for children including royal stories and crafts, on Friday 5th May after school.

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Flower Display at Montpellier Hill

The parks team at Montpellier Hill in Harrogate will be creating a beautiful flower display of the royal cypher, using a technique called 'carpet bedding’ which is considered to be the most intensive form of bedding, using plants in a compact way and tightly knitted that the result looks like a woven carpet.

This display will be at Montellier Hill for 12 months, so don't worry if you miss it on the weekend!

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Valley Gardens, Harrogate

Date: Saturday, May 6 to Monday, May 8

Parks and environmental services will be hosting a three-day party in Valley Gardens from Saturday 6th to Monday 8th May.

Come along to The Big Coronation Celebration for family friendly entertainment, free fairground rides and an artisan market. There will also be a big screen in the park broadcasting the coronation live.

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Thirsk Yarnbombers

Locals and visitors to Thirsk and Ripon will see the towns decorated with coronation themed knitting!

The Thirsk Yarnbombers have become famous for their celebratory knits publicly displayed across the town since the Tour de Yorkshire in 2016, and they're ready to cover the town in their new King's Coronation creations!

Thirsk Yarnbombers meet every Monday at Hazel House behind the Workhouse Museum from 9.30am to 11.30am. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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Newby Hall and Gardens, Skipton

Newby Hall is a beautiful estate known for its 25 acres of award winning gardens, with lots to see and do and plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind.

Visitors can enjoy a coronation themed afternoon tea at Newby Hall and Gardens on Monday 8th May, and view the replica of Crown Jewels.

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Harewood House

You'll find royal and coronation-themed events and activities all throughout May at Harewood House in Knaresborough, with special menus in the cafes and a street party atmosphere.

Visitors can also learn about the story of Harewood’s relationship to the historic coronation ceremony, with the Lascelles family coronation robes and other precious items from its historic collection on display.

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Where to watch the coronation live

The coronation will be showing live on TV on Saturday 6th May, and across many major towns and cities in the UK there will be large screens installed for the public to watch together. You can find these nearby in:

  • Ripon Cathedral
  • Millennium Square, Leeds
  • City Park, Bradford
  • Piece Hall, Halifax

The BBC has also issued a TV licence fee waiver for the 6th and 7th of May, which means you can stream the coronation live on the BBC on TVs and screens at home and in public libraries without needing to pay for a TV licence.

Where to stay in North Yorkshire

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Luxury Lodges at Long Ashes Park

In the heart of the Wharfedale valley, Long Ashes Park is home to several stylish woodland lodges each with their own unique character, perfect for relaxing breaks with friends and family.

Each lodge features a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable bedrooms and living spaces and a private outdoor decking to enjoy the spring weather this coronation weekend.

Your stay includes full complimentary use of the on-site Leisure Club which boasts a heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, air-conditioned gym and the Woodland Cafe. Breakfast at Woodland Cafe is available as an add-on to your stay.

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Stylish En-Suite Bedrooms at The Gamekeeper's Inn

Formally a gamekeeper's cottage, The Gamekeeper's Inn in Threshfield, North Yorkshire offers cosy corners, the best local ales and hearty homemade food, prepared with locally sourced ingredients prepared fresh by a talented team of chefs. Highlights include Alternative Afternoon Tea, their famous Sunday Lunch and Pie Night.

The Gamekeeper's Inn is also home to 11 beautifully designed en suite bedrooms, perfect for couples, friends and families to escape to the Yorkshire Dales. Your stay includes a homemade Yorkshire breakfast, and you can treat yourself to a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast booking to include your evening meals too.

Full complimentary use of the on-site Leisure Club is included with your stay, so you can relax and unwind in the sauna, work out in the gym or go for a dip in the pool for no extra cost.

With a seasonal menu, delicious vegan options and speciality nights throughout the week, there's something for everyone at The Gamekeeper's Inn.

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Woodland Glamping Pods in the heart of Wharfedale

The Woodland Glamping Pods at Long Ashes Park are just perfect for a romantic escape to Yorkshire Dales.

These completely self contained, cleverly designed camping pod includes a comfy double bed, bathroom, sofa, high table and kitchen. If you don't fancy cooking for yourself though, just around the corner you'll find The Gamekeeper's Inn, a welcoming Yorkshire pub serving hearty homemade food, or Woodland Cafe where you'll find delicious authentic pizza, pasta, light bites and sweet treats. Breakfast at Woodland Cafe is available as an add on.

There's an under counter fridge and a built in microwave grill, toaster and kettle, so it really does make the perfect home from home. And to really put the 'glam' in glamping, full use of the on site Leisure Club facilities is included with your stay.

If you're looking for something simplistic but camping and caravanning aren't your thing, live it up in a gorgeous glamping pod!

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Netherside Barn - Luxury Cottage in the Yorkshire Dales

Netherside Barn is a quaint and traditional three-bedroom house with stunning private surroundings. The house has three stylish double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, a spacious living area and a large outside private patio, making this the perfect getaway for friends and families.

Make your stay even more luxurious and enjoy full use of the Leisure Club facilities on-site included with your stay. And when you don't fancy cooking, you're just a minute's walk from delicious local pub grub at The Gamekeeper's Inn or pizza, pasta and light bites at the Woodland Cafe. Breakfast at the Woodland Cafe is available as an add on.

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