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The Friends Of Valley Gardens restore, maintain and enhance the area known as Valley Gardens and promote the Spa history and heritage of the area. Valley Gardens is open 24 hours a day throughout the year. We work in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council. We are a registered charity number 1148369. Our President is Martin Fish. Friends Of Valley Gardens are supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

FOVG AGM Scheduled for 16 March 2017: The AGM will be held on 16 Mar at 7.30 pm in the Brostoff Community Center, St Peter’s Church, Harrogate. The AGM will be followed by a talk given by celebrated local historian Malcolm Neesam entitled “The Story of Harrogate’s Parks and Gardens”. We are most fortunate to have Malcolm with us on this occasion.  Do come along and hear what he has to say on a subject so close to all our hearts. Entrance is FREE to members and £5 for guests who can put their £5 towards membership in Friends Of Valley Gardens if they register on 16th March. Please click here for more information.

Heritage Lottery Award for the Japanese Garden Restoration


The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £89,200 towards the restoration and refurbishment of the Japanese Garden. The first part of our grant has been received. Click here to see how we are getting on.

Peat Garden and Old Magnesia Well Pump Room Win Platinum Award in 2016 Yorkshire in Bloom and Also the 2016 Harrogate in Bloom Shield: FOVG are delighted to announce that we received a Platinum award (the top one) in the Open Spaces category for the Peat Garden and Old Magnesia Well Pump Room Project. We also received the 2016 Harrogate in Bloom Shield. These are great results and we send a big thank you to all of you who have helped on this project and continue to maintain the garden and the pump room. This is a testament to all your hard work. To learn more about this project and our entry, please click here.

Aerial Video of Valley Gardens Now Available:
An aerial video of Valley Gardens has been created and offered to us for display for free. We extend out thanks to David Bridgen of DroneCam Solutions Ltd of Harrogate. Please click here to view the video.

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In the video you will note the floral display depicting initials and the number 50. This represents the 50 years of the Harrogate International Festival and four famous authors: WS for William Shakespeare who died 400 years ago, BP for Beatrix Potter who was born 150 years ago, CB for Charlotte Bronte who was born 200 years ago, and RD for Roald Dahl who was born 100 years ago. There are approximately 11,000 plants in this display!

FOVG Undertaking Two New Projects:
With the completion of the restoration of the Old Magnesia Well Pump Room and Gardens, FOVG is now initiating two new projects:

  • Restoration of the Japanese Garden led by Ann Beeby and Liz Chidlow
  • Restoration of the Green Park Entrance to the Gardens led by David Mason
To learn more about these projects, please click here. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the button below.

Old Magnesia Well Pump Room Open Every Month: The fully restored Old Magnesia Well Pump Room is now open each month on the first and third Sundays of the month from 10.00am to 3.30pm. Please drop by for a visit. Openings can be arranged for groups or for private showings by contacting our Chairman, Jane Blayney at jane.blayney23@gmail.com or by phone at 07794583888.

Tours of Valley Gardens and Presentations are Now Available: Friends of Valley Gardens are now offering tours of Valley Gardens and the Old Magnesia Pump Room as well as the sites of our current projects. We also provide presentations to community groups about Valley Gardens. The following informative presentations are now available to be booked:
  • “Restorations Completed and Being Undertaken” by Jane Blayney. Please call 07794 583 888
  • “East Meets West Through Japanese Gardens” by Ann Beeby. Please call 07966 729 299
If you are interested in scheduling a tour, please contact our Chairman, Jane Blayney at jane.blayney23@gmail.com. Tours can accommodate all types of groups. We have hosted both the Brownies and the History Society as well as the group shown in the photos below. All proceeds are applied towards the restoration, maintenance, and refurbishment of Valley Gardens.

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Recent tour for the Leeds Paxton Friday Forum lead by Jane Blayney

Historical Images Gallery: Hundreds of historic images of Valley Gardens are available on this site. Please click here to view the galleries.

Friends Pages
For current information about Friends’ activities and events, please visit our Friends Pages.
To learn more about
Friends of Valley Gardens, click here.
To learn more about Valley Gardens, click here.

The main entrance to Valley Gardens is situated at the junction of Cornwall Road, Valley Drive and Royal Parade Harrogate. Post Code HG1 2SZ. See our maps page for additional information.