Creative Yorkshire with Hilary Beattie

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Harrogate & York

Join textile artist Hilary Beattie on an inspirational, hands-on tour to Yorkshire. Feed your creativity in the gardens and galleries of Harrogate and York, enjoy two afternoon teas at the world famous Bettys Tea Rooms, and learn how to make a mixed media artwork of your own.


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Day 1:

2pm onwards - check into the hotel

Early evening - meet Hilary and your tour manager for an introductory talk, ‘show & tell’, and a discussion about your project,

Group dinner

Day 2:

All day - visit RHS Garden Harlow Carr gathering inspiration and collecting ideas to use on your project

PM - afternoon tea at Bettys Tea Room, Harlow

Start your project in the garden’s workshop space with Hilary

Evening - group dinner at the hotel

Day 3:

AM – visit to Newby Hall and Gardens with Hilary, collecting imagery, sketches and textures to include in your project

Lunch in the Newby Hall restaurant

PM - return to the hotel to continue working on your artwork

Evening - dinner at the hotel

Day 4:

AM – free time to explore Harrogate, or remain at the hotel to work on your project

Lunch in Harrogate (not included)

PM – return to hotel to work on your project

Evening - dinner at the hotel

Day 5:

AM – guided walking tour of York

PM – afternoon tea at Bettys Tea Room, York and visit to York Minster

Return to hotel to work on your project

Evening – dinner at hotel

Day 6:

All day - visit Art In The Mill Gallery at Knaresborough.

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. Diane is the head of 'Small Group', a local collective of textile artists based in Harrogate whose show 'Linen & Stone', reflecting the heritage assets of the town, will be open when you visit. The second group will work with Hilary on a project conclusion session. You'll have lunch here together, followed by a stroll around neighbouring Knaresborough Castle, then the groups will switch around.

Afternoon – return to hotel. Tour ends

“I started with embroidery then branched into patchwork and 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 and 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 three books and is currently working on a  fourth. She has exhibited in the UK and abroad. Originally from Yorkshire, Hilary now lives in South Wales where she has a teaching studio and shop.

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Set in a Grade II listed building in the centre of Harrogate's stylish Montpellier Quarter, this elegant hotel is a five minute walk from the Valley Gardens, Bettys Tea Rooms and Harrogate town centre. Boasting comfortable, modern bedrooms, a two AA Rosette rated restaurant, spa, hair salon and its very own traditional pub, it is the perfect base for this tour.

The White Hart

One of four public gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society, RHS Garden Harlow Carr is very much a part of the Yorkshire countryside, offering a wide variety of growing landscapes, from running and still water to woodland and wildflower meadows.

Opened in 1950 as a trial ground to test the suitability of plants for  a northern climate, Harlow Carr was acquired by the RHS in 2014. There have been many developments since, 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, along with a show-stopping Tulip Trail.

Harlow Carr RHS

Newby Hall is one of England's most renowned Adam houses. The family home of Richard and Lucinda Compton, it was originally built in the 1690s by Sir Christopher Wren, but the house was later altered by Robert Adam and today stands as an exceptional example of grand, 18th century interior decoration. The Tapestry Room is a particular highlight as it contains the only complete set of Gobelins tapestries made for English patrons that remains in the setting for which it was made.

The 25 acres of award-winning gardens contain rare and beautiful shrubs and plants, including the National Collection of the genus Cornus (dogwoods). Sylvia’s garden with its soft white, pink and blue colour palette, the famous 172m double herbaceous border and the laburnum-clad pergola will all be at their most glorious when we visit in mid-May.

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.

Much has changed since then. There are now six Café  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 art gallery with a well-established reputation for supporting local artists. The mill is perfect not only as a gallery, but also as an intimate setting for individual and creative events and the owners, Elaine and Andy Grinter, have adopted an engaging approach to showcasing work and hosting 'live' events with artists, musicians and poets, as well as exhibition preview evenings and launch parties.

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 Bettys Tea Rooms, York
  • Afternoon tea at Bettys Tea Rooms, Harlow
  • All entries to attractions/sites/galleries
  • An ECT Tour Manager
  • Executive coach transport throughout
Optional Extras
  • Travel Insurance