Creative Yorkshire with Hilary Beattie

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Harrogate & York

Join textile artist Hilary Beattie in exploring the gardens and galleries of Harrogate and York, enjoy two afternoon teas at the world famous Betty's Tea Rooms, and learn how to make your own mixed media artwork on this inspirational, hands-on tour.

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Hilary Beattie Work

Day 1:

Check into your hotel from 2pm onwards. Meet Hilary and your tour manager in the early evening for an introductory talk, ‘show & tell’, and a discussion on your project, followed by a group dinner.

Day 2:

Spend the day at the beautiful Harlow Carr RHS Gardens gathering inspiration and collecting ideas to use on your project. Enjoy your first Betty’s afternoon tea here, then work with Hilary to start your project in the garden’s workshop space. Return to the hotel for a group dinner.

Day 3:

Enjoy the scenery at Newby Hall and Gardens with Hilary as she guides you in collecting imagery, sketches and textures to include in your project. Dine in the Newby Hall restaurant for lunch, then return to the hotel to continue working on your artwork. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 4:

Explore Harrogate in your own time this morning and source your own lunch from one of the town’s many delicious eateries. Or, stay and work on your project with Hilary at the hotel. Return to work on your project in the afternoon. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 5:

Travel together to stunning York and admire the town’s history on a guided walking tour by a city expert; you'll see the famous Shambles as well as the city's architectural highlights. Indulge in your second Betty’s afternoon tea and visit York Minster before returning to the hotel to work on your project and dinner.

Day 6:

Visit the wonderful Art In The Mill gallery at Knaresborough. Here the group will split into two: the first group will have a special talk and private viewing of the gallery with owners Elaine and Andy, and a short workshop/demo with City & Guilds Embroidery and Patchwork teacher Diane Freeman, who's head of "Small Group", a local collective of textile artists abased in Harrogate who will be exhibiting their show 'Linen & Stone' at the time of your visit, which reflects the heritage assets of the town. The second group will work with Hilary on a project conclusion session. You'll have lunch here together, followed by a stroll around neighboring Knaresborough Castle, then the groups will switch around. The tour ends back at the hotel.

“I started with embroidery then branched into patchwork & quilting whilst taking a second City & Guilds qualification. I’ve now resolved on a mixed-media approach. I am very visually orientated and seek to show others all that I see & experience. I use paint, dye, collage, and make most of my own materials. My passions are colour, form and imagery; I believe we are all artists, lacking only in the confidence to utilise this gift”

Hilary has published 3 books & is working the 4th. She’s exhibited in the UK & abroad. Originally from Yorkshire, Hilary now lives in South Wales where she has a teaching studio & shop.

Hilary Beattie

The 4* White Hart Hotel, Harrogate

Stay in the centre of Harrogate's stylish Montpellier Quarter in one of this hotel's sixty modern bedrooms and dine in their two AA Rosette rated restaurant. Situated a five minute walkaway from the valley Gardens, Betty's Tea Rooms and Harrogate town centre. 

The White Hart

The RHS merged with the Northern Horticultural Society in 2001 and, with the merger, came the acquisition of its garden, Harlow Carr. The Northern Horticultural Society was founded in 1946 with the objective of 'promoting and developing the science, art and practice of horticulture with special reference to the conditions pertaining to the North of England'.

The Society leased 10.5ha (26 acres) of mixed woodland, pasture and arable land at Harlow Hill from Harrogate Corporation and opened the Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens in 1950.The chief aim was to set up a trial ground where the suitability of plants for growing in northern climates could be assessed and the original 10.5ha has since been extended to 23.4ha (58 acres).

The gardens stand on what was once part of the Forest of Knaresborough, an ancient Royal hunting ground. Springs of sulphur water were discovered here in 1734 but development of the site as a spa did not take place for more than 100 years. In 1840, Henry Wright, the owner of the estate, cleaned out and protected one of the wells and four years later built a hotel and a bath house.

The hotel known as the Harrogate Arms and the land surrounding it was acquired by the RHS in 2014 and plans are in progress to restore the building, create new gardens around it and reintroduce its links with the old bath house. The wellheads in front of the bath house (at one time six wells were in use) were capped off but remain beneath the present Limestone Rock Garden. At certain times the smell of sulphur in this area is quite distinct.

Since the merger with the RHS there have been many developments at the garden including the creation of the Montague-Burton Teaching Garden, Gardens Through Time and the Winter Walk. The Main Borders have undergone a stunning redesign and Annuals Meadows have been creatively themed using willow-woven sculptures. The Woodland has been regenerated and now includes a Rhododendron Glade full of spring-flowering bulbs. The Alpine House and £3.3m Bramall Learning Centre, one of the greenest buildings in the country, are the latest additions to Harlow Carr.

Harlow Carr RHS

The home of Richard and Lucinda Compton, Newby Hall is one of England's renowned Adam houses. In the 1760s William Weddell, an ancestor of the Comptons, acquired a magnificent collection of ancient Roman sculpture and Gobelins tapestries. He commissioned Robert Adam to alter the original Wren-designed house, and Thomas Chippendale to make furniture. The result is a perfect example of the Georgian 'Age of Elegance' with the atmosphere and ambience of a family home. 

25 acres of stunning award-winning gardens contain rare and beautiful shubs and plants, including the National Collection of the genus Cornus (dogwoods). Newby's famous double herbaceous borders make the perfect walkway to the River Ure. Formal gardens such as the Autumn and Rose Garden, the tranquility of Sylvia's Garden and a Tropical Garden make Newby an inspiring and exciting place to explore. Walking through the curved pergolas leads to the Victorian Rock Garden, which is an enchanting, magical space for all ages. The gardens feature an exciting Children's Adventure Garden and Miniature Railway. 

Newby Hall & Gardens

Bettys was founded by Frederick Belmont, a Swiss baker and confectioner who came to England in search of opportunities to develop his craft skills. He opened his first Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate in 1919 and named it 'Bettys'. The reason why remains a mystery to this day.

Lots of things have changed since then. They now have six Cafe Tea Rooms in Yorkshire and the Bettys name has become famous the world over. Bettys have also added a mail order service which delivers deliciousness to homes from Tunbridge Wells to Tokyo, and they share their knowledge and passion for food through Bettys Cookery School.

But in other ways, Bettys is unchanged. Still family-owned, they believe in doing business in a way that is fair to people and kind to the planet. And at their Craft Bakery in Harrogate, they still practise the artisan skills that Frederick Belmont brought to Yorkshire from Switzerland nearly 100 years ago.


Art In The Mill is a family run, contemporary northern art gallery with a well established reputation for supporting local artists. Owners, Elaine & Andy Grinter, have adopted an engaging approach to showcasing work by artists and creators and for hosting 'live' events. The mill is perfect not only as a gallery but also as an intimate setting for individual and creative events with artists, musicians and poets as well as exhibition preview evenings and launch parties. "We know that our old mill building first intrigues and then charms our visitors & is a great asset. Customers often comment on what a memorable experience they've had, but we still work hard to select, present and realistically price work in a bid to showcase artists."

Art In The Mill

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2018 Prices:

Tour Price: £1150.00

Single Supplement: £225.00



£60.00 per person



Prices are costed per person, based on two sharing a twin or double room.

Prices are subject to change until an initial deposit payment has been made.

Tour Includes

  • Hilary Beattie as host throughout
  • Exclusive talks and 'show & tells' from Hilary Beattie
  • Tutorials, demos and project workshops
  • 4* accommodation in central Harrogate
  • All breakfasts, lunches* and dinner (bar 1 lunch)
  • Afternoon tea at Betty's Tea Rooms, York
  • Afternoon tea at Betty's Tea Rooms, Harlow Carr
  • All entries to attractions/sites/galleries
  • An ECT Tour Manager
  • Executive coach transport throughout
Optional Extras
  • Travel Insurance