What's on Wednesdays : Harewood House is re-opening!



I hope everyone has had a lovely few weeks? As lockdown restrictions are starting to lift and places are opening back up again, I thought I would help inspire your days out by sharing places I have spotted that will make an enjoyable day out for all the family. These might be places that are local to Ilkley and totally free, or a bit further a field and have an entry fee.


For our first 'What's on Wednesday' blog, I am sharing the news that Harewood House is going to be re-opening this Thursday, June 25th. I am delighted to hear this news, especially as it's a very special year for them. During lockdown, they have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Harewood Bird Garden, which first opened to the public in 1970. Over the years, they have cared for many rare and endangered species and the Bird Garden, which is a licensed zoo, care for approximately 300 birds and 56 species!! Would you believe it!?


If your children are big fans of flamingos, they will have the opportunity to celebrate with the Chilean flamingos, some of which have been there for the whole 50 years!


These last few months have been a tough time for us all, but places such as Harewood, which is a charity, is reliant on income from visitors and members to ensure they can look after their birds and protect their conservation. I read on their Instagram that is costs £35,000 across a 12 week period to support and maintain the Bird Garden! I know they set-up a

Justgiving page to help raise money, so I'm sure the birds and everyone at Harewood House will be welcoming visitors with *socially distanced* open arms this weekend.



Event info sourced from:

Wharfedale Mumbler

Harewood event link:

Bird Garden 50th Anniversary

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Photo credit:

Harewood Instagram







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