In ‘usual’ times Mrs Smith’s would have a programme of family activities and events planned for the summer holidays. They didn’t want to give up on that and were determined to still offer some family fun! So they have created 2 Spotting Trails to provide a family activity. The first one starts and ends at the cafe and heads up to Killinghall Moor Park. Customers can collect a trail sheet from the cafe (plenty of free parking available) . The park is the mid point of the trail so you can take a picnic and have a play before heading off on the 2nd part of the trail. Mrs Smith can even make the picnic for you! Once you’ve completed the clues you should be able to unscramble our mystery word and return to the cafe to enter your completed trail sheet into our prize draw.
The second trail starts and ends at Harrogate bus station and the clues focus on some of the fabulous independent businesses we are so lucky to have in Harrogate. So a great idea if you need to go into town to do a bit of shopping with the kids in tow.There’s no necessity to go into any of the shops on the trail to complete the answers but we’re sure they would appreciate your support right now! The trail passes close to Valley Gardens if you’d like to take a mid-trail break, maybe with a picnic. If you’d like to pre order one of their picnic boxes you can pre-arrange to have them dropped off at Tiger 57, just next to the park!
The trails are both available all summer from the cafe or Bead on Bower Street in the town centre. Both can be returned to the cafe or Bead to be entered into the prize draw – prizes are being finalised! Both trails are free but they are asking for a suggested donation of £2 per family per trail. All proceeds are being donated and split between Harrogate Easier Living Project #heretohelp who support elderly and vulnerable members of our community and The Harrogate Theatre Appeal so we don’t lose this amazing place for our town!
On Friday we test ran the Summer Spotting Trail in Jennyfields. Evie and I met at Mrs Smith’s at 11.30am, with two 3 year olds and two scooters in tow. Mrs Smith had kindly gifted us one of their picnic boxes to test run too. Neither of us are from the area so had no idea where we were going, so we really put all our faith in the trail! And you know what – it was brilliant!
There are 22 clues on this trail, with the questions being easy enough for kids to answer but engaging enough to keep us adults happy. In fact, I’m pretty sure Evie and I were into it more than the kids at some stages! Its quite fast pace, so you get through the clues quite quickly – and you’ll know if you’ve done something wrong pretty quickly. This trail was really scooter friendly…although that being said both Evie and I carried them most of the way! The route itself probably isn’t that long, if you followed the trail not stopping I guess it would take 20 minutes. Which means its great for the littles ones too as its not too long.
The trail advises places you can stop – there are two play areas on this trail, as well as lots of green open spaces for picnicking. We stopped at the first play area – got the picnic out and the kids went off and played in the park, coming back every 5 minutes to refuel on sausage rolls and sandwiches. I’m a big fan of Mrs Smith’s food – good solid homemade favourites! We had sandwiches, dips, sausage rolls, popcorn, fruit and frittatas to name just a few! It was brilliant, the kids loved it and we loved it. Its something I’ll definitely do it again. No stress, no having to prep a picnic before we go out. And unlike my picnic offerings, my daughter ate everything in her picnic box!
Picnic boxes start from £6 per child and £7 per adult but get cheaper for multiples. So a family of 2 adults and 2 children is £20. All of the info and preordering is on The Weekend Factory website.
So after a fab picnic we carried on with the trail. It kept the kids entertained – with lots of looking out for letters and numbers, or counting certain things. All in all it took us 2 hours to make it back to Mrs Smith’s. We didn’t rush it at all, but could have easily taken longer if you want to make more of a day of it. We didn’t even stop at one of the suggested play areas!
Once you’ve completed the trail you can hand it back in at the cafe – it’ll be entered into a prize draw! We finished the trip off with a delicious skittle ice cream! Mrs Smith’s have a brand new icecream freezer stocked full of creamy gelato made right here in Harrogate at local favourite restaurant and cafe, Brio’s. There is a full menu of sundaes, shakes and freakshakes all available to eat in or take away as well as slush, cones and cups with a whole host of toppings and sauces! There’s even fresh churros and dairy free and vegan options too! Table bookings and preorders can be made online at www.mrsmithsharrogate.co.uk or the full icecream menu is available for walk ins too.
The Summer Spotting Trail gets a big thumbs up from us at Mumbler! And we’ll be sure to try the Harrogate Indies Trail too! A great day out for all the family, as well as supporting local businesses and raising money for some brilliant charities!