Guest Blogger opportunity February 2020

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This month we have a super opportunity for two people to stay for 3 nights from Friday 27th March to Monday 30th March 2020 at Warner Leisure Hotels Nidd Hall in Harrogate and to write about their experience for our website.

You don’t need to be an expert travel writer, what we are looking for is an authentic article about your experience, both at Nidd Hall and what you discover in the surrounding area. That could be the fabulous countryside or perhaps a trip to the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms in Harrogate.

Nidd Hall is a beautiful Grade 2 listed mansion, and it’s rumoured to be the place that Edward VII met Wallis Simpson. There’s a whole range of fabulous activities on offer with first class live music, comedy and dancing, and a special treat that weekend is the Late & Live programme starring Bon Giovi, The Bryan Adams Effect, plus Jayne Middleton as Annie Lennox. What a fantastic opportunity to relive a few musical moments from your youth!

The break is on fixed dates – 27-30 March 2020 – so you will need to be available for this weekend. Accommodation is in a Signature room on a half-board basis.

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How to apply to be a Guest Blogger at Nidd Hall

Please tell us why you would like to visit Nidd Hall and Harrogate and what you would enjoy doing there in the comments box below. The lucky blogger will be chosen and advised in the first week in March.

Our chosen guest blogger will be required to write two articles of 600/700 words and provide three images for each article. One should be a piece about Nidd Hall, the other is to be about the local area.

What’s more, all Silver Travellers can enjoy extra special discounts at Nidd Hall, and all the Warner Leisure Hotels by using the code PHC Silver. And that’s on top of some great reductions already on offer.
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Terms and Conditions: The stay at Nidd Hall is subject to availability and the General Manager’s discretion. Drinks and any extras are to be paid for by the guest blogger.

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  • Riversiderouge
    about 2 months ago
    Harrogate....The jewel in Yorkshire's Crown, and the place where I learned to be a Telegraph Operator at the Army Apprentice in Penny Pot Lane at the tender age of 15 in 1960.

    Sixty years on and Harrogate is now just an hours drive from my home in County Durham, so over the years I've been able to return to the town many times and visit for a lovely weekend or even just for a day trip.

    There is so much to see in and around Harrogate. One of my favourites is the charming village of Haworth, the home of the Bronte sisters. Its moorland setting had a profound influence on the writing of Charlotte and her sisters. Ripon and York Cathedrals are a short distance away and Knaresborough with its fascinating Dropping Well and petrified toys just 4 miles away. Plenty to write about here.
  • Rachand
    about 2 months ago
    Myself and my husband would really be thrilled to write about our stay in Nidd Hall, it sounds like good fun, being dined and entertained, even learning a few dance steps too! Gardens are a passion for us, so inspecting theirs would be a bonus.

    We have never been to Harrogate before, so discovering Ripley Castle, Bettys Tea Rooms and Harrogate shops would be on the list of things to do, but there has to be time for just driving around the dales taking in the glorious countryside we take for granted.

    Adding new photos to our album, as well as memories are what holidays are made for and this weekend sounds like it would certainly fit the bill!

  • pb52
    about 2 months ago
    Harrogate - the genteel and historic spa town which is such a pleasure to visit at any time of year.
    Nidd Hall is only a few minutes away by car and is ideally situated for forays into the lovely Yorkshire countryside.
    As an adults only hotel set in beautiful grounds, this is a more mature way to spend a few days, the grand-kids can look after themselves for once, love them as we may.
    Excellent dining, whether for breakfast, afternoon tea or dinner await the lucky guests.
    Nearby Ripley Castle offers country walks, a castle (of course) as well as a first rate pub.
    Beautiful Knaresborough with rowing boats on the River Nidd, also has a castle to explore, the underground Sally being especially interesting.
    As well as being a prime destination for antique hunters, Harrogate also has the famous original sweet shop which purveys the lovely, lemony and buttery Harrogate Toffee.
    The RHS Harlow Carr Gardens also has a branch of Bettys and this tends to be a little less busy for Fat Rascal fans.
    Slingsby Gin distillery is in Harrogate, many of their botanicals being supplied from the kitchen gardens of Rudding Park hotel, itself a world class spa.
    Finally, the weekend indicated coincides with the 'Grown Up Travel Show', perhaps with the opportunity to meet up with the Sliver Travel Advisor crew. The highlight, of course!
  • JackieUliverpool
    about 2 months ago
    I would love to stay at Nidd Hall, which looks impressively grand, luxurious and historical. Hopefully there is a printout of the history of this lovely building. As foodies we were impressed with the menus on the website – especially the wide choice of breakfasts. The décor throughout also appealed. Much to describe.

    The grounds would especially attract Graham, who is a keen gardener and photographer. We already need to revisit a wonderful Himalayan garden in the area, which we last saw in its infancy – and Harlow Carr, of course. My husband would love to try rifle shooting and bowling (or maybe boules).

    Nidd Hall surely must once have dominated Nidderdale. We have stayed twice in Pateley Bridge, which is an attractive and interesting town. From the hotel we could explore more of the area – pretty villages like Masham and Ripley. We would also like to admire beautiful Ripon Cathedral again, and enjoy coffee and cake nearby.

    I certainly would make a point of time in the Spa. Can I have a massage – hopefully with hot stones? Wonderful.

    And the entertainment sounds great; it will take me right back to when I jigged around in so many free festivals – and ‘fee’d but affordable’ – like the Isle of Wight in 1969.
    Bryan Adams and Annie Lennox came later – but I remember them well, particularly Annie Lennox. I admire her unique, distinctive style: ‘Here comes the Rain Again’!

    If chosen to write the blogs, I would put Nidd Hall in first place in my newly planned section on Great Britain in our up-and-running travel blog
    It is becoming much harder for me to travel overseas, though I will try.

    I write the blogs (except for driving advice, which is written by my husband, our driver). He (Graham) takes all the photos, writes the slug and tag lines and designs all the blogs. They are a pleasure to write and we have many followers.

    Jackie Usher, SWWJ.
    about 2 months ago
    Finally retired, have time to stand and stare.

    So have three reasons for wanting this opportunity.

    * Firstly, I remember snatching glimpses of Harrogate and The Dales on a business trip. I’d love to revisit at a more leisurely pace.

    * Secondly, my husband would really enjoy trying the sports and activities that Warner holidays offer.

    *Thirdly, I’d like to try my hand at travel writing. I have a reputation for blunt honesty, and would like to combine this with a dash of humour to supply reviews you can rely on.
  • GoldieNotOldie
    about 2 months ago
    How do you fancy a free weekend away in Harrogate – we’ve always said we should visit? I says to my other half.

    Do they allow dogs? He says

    (Quickly googles Nidd Hall) No! I says

    Oh well never mind. We can leave her at home! He says.

    We are well travelled in this country, much of Europe as well as to more far-flung places, but our holidays in the UK largely revolve around our crazy, lively Border Collie and our trusty touring caravan. Nevertheless, we have rarely visited ‘God’s own county’ and we never get the opportunity to stay in a stunning historic, Grade 2 listed country house such as Nidd Hall. Therefore a weekend stay in Harrogate would be such a treat for us in particular (reluctantly… honest!) leaving the pooch at home for once!

    The facilities on offer at the hotel look to be so relaxing and it might be hard to drag ourselves away from the place. But fear not, we are outdoorsy, countryside folk so we would definitely explore the extensive, award winning gardens (some say there are fairies!) and enjoy scenic walks beyond such as through the Nidd Gorge where the spring flowers would be at their best at the end of March.

    Up next would be a drive to the nearby charming village of Ripley with its 700 year-old castle and, if it’s not too chilly, an opportunity to sample the world-famous Ripley ice cream. If time allows, we would head further afield to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Brimham Rocks National Trust site to see the fascinating natural rock formations.

    However, a visit to Harrogate is a must and as this Victorian spa town is said to be the ‘Jewel of the North’, we would be looking for its hidden gems and in particular some of the quieter/more quirky attractions!

    We would quickly skip over the tourist hotspots such as the Royal Pump Room (not too keen on the smell of sulphur!) and the famous Betty’s Tea Room (ok then I think I could manage to force myself to eat a yummy cake or two washed down with a nice cuppa in the interests of research but my husband says tea is poison so ‘table for one’ please! Perhaps they serve coffee for him too!)

    We are always watching the pennies so we would start our day with the free walking tour of the town. We often take such tours both here and abroad and they give you a great overview of the key attractions, the history as well as many other snippets and amusing stories. Then to rest our weary legs, a pit stop at the Cold Bath Brewing Company microbrewery and taproom would be right up our street, as we are real ale aficionados.

    After all that who knows what else we would do. Wait … time has probably run out on our lovely weekend away (sans chien! Did I mention that before?). So all that is left to do is to write up our guest blog for The Silver Traveller!!!
  • Hardyplant
    about 2 months ago
    I've heard many good reports about Warners Hotels but I'm sure they would not appeal to my husband. However, I got quite excited when I saw that Nidd Hall is quite close to Harlow Carr because a visit there might just sway him - and then I checked the calendar - and he's already booked to go to an Alpine Plant Society fair and a Southern Bulb Group meeting the weekend in question - so that's the end of that idea! Unless, of course, I could go on my own, or with my best friend, who is from Yorkshire and I'm sure would love to show me around the area. It might be interesting to see how easy it is to get around using our bus passes; I do love an adventure.
  • oldlangelei
    about 2 months ago
    Betty's Tea Room an absolute must for us "Southerners" and to experience Warner's Nidd Hall and the Yorkshire countryside a 1st too.
  • schroedie
    about 2 months ago
    As a Yorkshire lass, I have to admit that the Harrogate area isn't one I know well, so I'd love the opportunity to head back up North and explore somewhere new. Say 'Harrogate', and I think of spas and Betty's - but I'm sure there's so much more to discover. I've been a guest blogger before and would love the opportunity to write for Silver Travel Advisor again and, with my interests including wildlife, photography and walking, I'd enjoy exploring and recording the area in the moments when I'm not enjoying the music of my youth.
    My childhood was spent near Hull and we enjoyed numerous Sunday School trips around the county - Fountains Abbey was a favourite - but we never seemed to get to Harrogate, so I'd love the opportunity to fill in that gap with a stay at Nidd Hall. Do I 'Nidd' it? I certainly do :)
  • Ly
    about 2 months ago
    This would allow me to get my husband to a part of the country, I have been trying to get him to forever. Who wouldn't like to relax at the wonderful Nidd Hall and enjoy all it has to offer.
    When you can tear yourself away, there is the most wonderful countryside and small villages to go exploring, as well as being close to Bronte country a must visit for everyone.
  • JacAnn
    about 2 months ago
    A visit to Nidd Hall and Harrogate would be perfect for us as the area has been on our wish list since driving through many years ago. The chance to blog about our experience is just what I need to start me off on my blogging journey - something I have recently considered doing and not yet had the courage to start.
    A stay in such a wonderful building, full of history, with entertainment and good food included would be a pleasure to write about. I love the idea of exploring somewhere new and sharing our experience for others to enjoy and hopefully experience for themselves.
  • PirateNo1
    about 2 months ago
    I would love to be your Guest blogger for Nidd Hall in Harrogate. Me and my wife spend a good deal of time in Harrogate and its one of our favourite places to go. We celebrated this New Year there and had a wonderful time. When we are there we love to go to Bettys tea rooms and shop and visit lots of places around Harrogate. It has great restaurants and places just to sit and watch the world go by. It also has some lovely public places and parks too. I could possibly write the 700 words on what you could do in Harrogate never mind doing it so here's hoping.
  • NannyC
    about 2 months ago
    I have been on one only Warners Holiday, staying in a chalet at Corton. All the guests there told me that I should experience a Warner country house break, so I am certainly up for some fun and pampering at Nidd! I am happy outside so will take advantage of exploring the gardens that look beautiful on the website. The fresh-air fitness equipment will be a must, but before a sumptuous breakfast or after? My name will be top of the list for walking to interesting places too. Having taken advantage of the Warner Table arrangements at Corton, it gave my husband and I a chance to just talk which is something that we miss so very much in our hectic lives. Harrogate looks like a super area to visit, with very different market towns to visit. I can see myself sitting in the market squares just people watching. Yes, if I don’t become your blogger I will take the advice of my Corton friends and hope to visit you very soon.
  • RobL
    about 2 months ago
    I would welcome being your guest blogger for this trip, I have visited a Warners property before but not Nidd Hall, so it would be great to get the chance to sample its delights and write about it. Would also look forward to a visit to Harrogate area, especially Betty's tearooms and the Turkish baths. The timing couldn't be better for my wife and I, as the 25th March is our 42nd wedding anniversary. What a fantastic celebration this would make! I write regularly for my own travel blog, and I am on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. This assignment is right up my street!
  • Teesidegirl
    about 2 months ago
    I would love to be your guest blogger for Nidd Hall. I have stayed at a lot of hotels in Yorkshire and would be interested to see how they perform compared to family run hotels in terms of hospitality and facilities. The Harrogate area has a lot of things to do. I would like to visit St. Wilfrid's church and Spofforth Castle and the Nidderdale museum to get a real taste of Yorkshire in Victorian times. No course no visit would be complete without a visit to Bettys but afternoon tea at Mama Doreens Emporium is a must. We are active on social media. My husband has over 1000 followers on twitter.
  • nicknickn
    about 2 months ago
    I would be interested in writing about Nidd Hall and a weekend in Harrogate. Quite aside from the spectacular looking hotel, that weekend has many interesting things happening in town too. I could write about the Mercer Gallery - it has a Turner exhibition which is bound to be good. The theatre in Harrogate is world famous - it has a presentation of six Saki short stories on at the end of March which we would have to catch while we are there. The RHS Harlow Carr will be beautiful in the spring.
    I am active on social media my twitter handle is @NickNicklambert Instagram is @nicknickn My blog on Wordpress is The London Lark.
  • lindaverity
    about 2 months ago
    I would love to 'blog' this. My husband and I now only consider Adult only holidays but to be honest in comparison to adult only holidays abroad -value for money for the Warner Leisure Holidays does not exactly jump out at you-I t need convincing that the cost is justified -so happy to experience what they have to offer in the hopes of being proven wrong and write the most positive blog ever!!
  • Hermadge
    about 2 months ago
    I think it would be great to write a blog relevant to Nidd Hall and Harrogate. I’ve enjoyed Warner holidays in the past (I love children but...) and so have other venues to compare. In particular, I’m intrigued to see how ‘single’ visitors are looked after or discriminated against! (In the nicest possible way.)

    I’ve only done fleeting visits to Yorkshire and it would be delightful to explore Harrogate further and burn any calories from a Betty’s tea room visit.

    Although I’m now in an older age bracket, I love the themed weekends, especially as a singleton, so whether it’s singing along, dancing, walking or just socialising, bring it on!!!
  • AlanEadie
    about 2 months ago
    I really would love to a guest blogger for Nidd Hall in Harrogate. I love writing and having recently completed my autobiography so I would be delighted for an opportunity to write more.

    Alan Eadie, MA, FSA Scot
  • Oggy
    about 2 months ago
    I would love to visit Nidd Hall and experience all that it has to offer. As I have never stayed in a Warner Leisure Hotel, I would love the opportunity to do so and write about my experience. Harrogate is such an interesting place to visit, beautiful buildings and a rich history. As an avid Agatha Christie fan I would also like to see the hotel where she stayed and did her "disappearing act" from society. I am on my way to reaching 70 and have decided to make a list of all the things that I want to do, e.g. Betty's Tea room, Nordic Walking, exploring Yorkshire, having a try at writing, etc. so this would be an ideal opportunity to fulfil one of my bucket list "musts". We are so lucky living in the North of England having so much on our doorstep and Yorkshire has more than plenty to offer.
  • GwenBlackbird
    about 2 months ago
    What a wonderful opportunity to visit one of your wonderful hotels in a glorious part of the Country, and only payment required is the joy of putting pen to paper - or fingers to keyboard - sharing thoughts and experiences of the visit with other would-be travellers. North Yorkshire is a wonderful County, from the elegance of Harrogate itself, obviously including a visit to the iconic Betty’s tea room then on to the Howardian Hills, the drive over moorland towards Whitby and the Coast and exploring inland over the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. 2 days will pass in a flash but the memories will last forever.
  • Chilledout
    2 months ago
    I would love to have the opportunity to write you a blog. Having never been to a Warner Hotel, I was very excited by the range of activities offered on their website site, the air rifle shooting and Nordic walking are a must do. My husband and I would both make use of the low impact exercise equipment in the grounds, the 20m pool and spa as hotel guests and I quite like the holistic treatments such as massages, facials that are available for a fee. Annie Lennox and Bryan Adams are on my top 10 favourites so being able to watch a tribute show will be a joy.
    The Georgian and Victorian architecture of Harrogate creates a sophisticated backdrop with exclusive shopping arcades. ‘The Stray’ has 200 acres of cherry blossom avenues to rival Japan let’s hope it’s an early spring.
    During a self-led walking tour, I’ll strive to find out why Charles Dickens said of Harrogate “It’s the queerest place, with the strangest people in it, leading the oddest lives”. And, why did Tolkien get sent to the town to convalesce for a month in 1917?
    There would have to be a visit to The Old Swan Hotel, to see if I could find any more information about Agatha Christie who stayed at this establishment in 1926, whilst the whole country thought she had disappeared. Whilst there, I will sample the local gin ‘Spirit of Harrogate’, who knows it may not be the only spirit I find.
    With 3 days to fill a visit to the broader area is a must – RHS Harlow Carr, How Stean Gorge, Brimham Rocks, the scenic and Tudor town of Knaresborough, I will see what the weather permits.
  • Freddie
    2 months ago
    Just received notice that the Grown-Up Travel Show has been postponed. Never mind, there are plenty more things to do on the last weekend of March in the Harrogate district.
  • Freddie
    2 months ago
    My wife Carol and I would be delighted to review Nidd Hall Hotel and nearby attractions.
    This would be our first visit to a Warner Hotel. The hotel and grounds look fabulous; in addition the weekend activities, especially the Late and Live programme promise to be first-rate. Weather permitting, we would like to visit Harlow Carr Gardens, including the on-site Bettys Café Tea Rooms. If the weather is wet both the Nidderdale Museum and the Pump Room Museum look inviting.
    In addition we already have tickets to the Grown-Up Travel Show in Harrogate on 28-29 March and certainly look forward to meeting the Silver Travel Advisor team at the show.
  • TerriT
    2 months ago
    Heading into retirement and out of the EU we have decided to appreciate the United Kingdom more, that doesn’t mean we won’t still travel abroad, but short breaks to appreciate what we have to offer are going to be our focus.
    Looking to enjoy picturesque walks, good food and local entertainment and history and share our experiences with others, (maybe making a few new friends along the way). Building memories with some great pictures along the way..... this would be a great starting point .....