Harrogate’s Award-Winning Park

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Valley Gardens, located in the heart of Harrogate, is famous for its beauty and is highly regarded throughout the United Kingdom. The Friends group was formed in order to offer the public the opportunity to support this valuable park. We work in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council to guide the Park’s future use and development. We are a registered charity number 1148369. Our President is Martin Fish.

6th Annual 1940s Open Day Was a Great Success!: Our 6th Annual 1940’s Day was held on 19th June and was a great success. To view some photos of the day, please click here.

Old Magnesia Well Pump Room Open Every Month:
The fully restored Old Magnesia Well Pump Room is now open each month on the first Sunday of the month from 10.00am to 3.30pm. Please drop by for a visit. Openings can be arranged for groups or for private showings by contacting our Chairman, Jane Blayney at jane.blayney23@gmail.com or by phone at 07794583888.

Tours of Valley Gardens and Presentations are Now Available: Friends of Valley Gardens are now offering tours of Valley Gardens and the Old Magnesia Pump Room as well as the sites of our current projects. We also provide presentations to community groups about Valley Gardens. The following informative presentations are now available to be booked:
  • “Restorations Completed and Being Undertaken” by Jane Blayney. Please call 07794 583 888
  • “East Meets West Through Japanese Gardens” by Ann Beeby. Please call 07966 729 299
If you are interested in scheduling a tour, please contact our Chairman, Jane Blayney at jane.blayney23@gmail.com. Tours can accommodate all types of groups. We have hosted both the Brownies and the History Society as well as the group shown in the photos below. All proceeds are applied towards the restoration, maintenance, and refurbishment of Valley Gardens.

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Recent tour for the Leeds Paxton Friday Forum lead by Jane Blayney

FOVG Is Now Undertaking Two New Projects:
With the completion of the restoration of the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room and Gardens, FOVG is now initiating two new projects:
  • Restoration of the Japanese Garden led by Ann Beeby and Liz Chidlow
  • Restoration of the Green Park Entrance to the Gardens led by David Mason
To learn more about these projects and to learn how to participate in a consultation about the Japanese Gardens Restoration, please click here.

Historical Images Gallery: Hundreds of historic images of Valley Gardens are available on this site. Please click here to view the galleries.

Friends Pages
For current information about Friends’ activities and events, please visit our Friends Pages.
To learn more about
Friends of Valley Gardens, click here.
To learn more about Valley Gardens, click here.

The main entrance to Valley Gardens is situated at the junction of Cornwall Road, Valley Drive and Royal Parade Harrogate. Post Code HG1 2SZ. See our maps page for additional information.

Additional Links
Follow these links for additional information
Harrogate Borough Council Parks and Open Spaces
Harrogate Borough Council - Valley Gardens
Band Concerts in Valley Gardens (Held weekly in June, July, and Aug)
Games in Parks information from Harrogate Borough Council
Trip Advisor Reviews of Valley Gardens
Harrogate Civic Society (for membership information contact Peter Brown)
Harrogate in Bloom
Harrogate Flower Shows
Harrogate’s 1940s Events
Skateboard/BMX Park Valley Gardens Facebook Page
RHS Harlow Carr - There is a wonderful walk from Valley Gardens through the Pinewoods to RHS Harlow Carr. You can download the RHS brochure here.
Walking Englishman - A Walk Around the Woodland and Parkland of Harrogate - a walk through Valley Gardens, the Pinewoods and Birk Crag - about 3.5 miles
Pinewoods Conservation Group
Harrogate Tourist Information Centre
Sun Pavilion
Claro Marine Modelers
Claro Orienteering Club - There is an orienteering trail for beginners in Valley Gardens and another intermediate trail in the Pinewoods. Maps are available at the Tourist Information Center.
BBC Valley Gardens in Pictures
Martin Fish Simply Gardening (Martin is President of FOVG)
The Duchy Vixen - News and Information about the Duchy Area in Harrogate
Harrogate Mumbler