Headline Chefs to Attend the Great British Food Festival at Harewood House

Great British Food Festival at Harewood

This May bank holiday (28th May – 30th May) sees the return of the Great British Food Festival to Harewood House. Along with wonderful food and drink producers, there will be headline chef demos, foodie talks, and terrific live music to enjoy from the North Front.

The Chef Demo stage once again welcomes great names from the world of cookery including Howard Middleton, Luis Troyano and Sandy Docherty, finalists and contestants from the Great British Bake Off. Be inspired by the wonderful treats our experts create!

Luis, Sandy and Howard will also be judging the popular Great British Cake Off, where amateur bakers compete head-to-head in three baking categories (see for details and to enter). Best of all, you get to try the entries! Luis Troyano said,

I love doing the demos and the cake off is great fun, it’s brilliant to see what the public can do!

The Bake Off stars will also be heading to the new ‘Cake & Bake’ stage, introduced for the 2016 event. Hear from our celebrity chefs and discover their culinary secrets in a more interactive and intimate arena. Get your own foodie questions answered and finally avoid the dreaded soggy bottom or get the perfect biscuit snap!

Dan Maycock, Festival Director, said,

We’re thrilled to announce the great chefs at this year’s event. The new addition of the “Cake & Bake” stage is something we’re excited to see come to life. We hope that people will head over to Harewood and lap up the wonderful atmosphere this event brings.”

Alongside the celeb chefs, some of the best regional talent will be showcasing their skills; from baking tips to fine dining know-how, the Demo Theatre is the place to be for any budding chef!

Food Festival at Harewood House

Lots of local producers will also be showcasing the best in seasonal, and specialty food and drink. Pulled pork, prime steak and local sausages are just a few of the flavours you can enjoy. For those with less traditional tastes, why not sample an ostrich burger or enjoy tasty Thai and Caribbean flavours? Sample, enjoy and buy!

Enjoy a quintessential English day out at the Great British Food Festival. The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out for the whole family.


Visit the Great British Food Festival’s listing for more details.

Explore the Himalayan Garden at Harewood House

The Himalayan Garden at Harewood is a marvelous place to explore during spring. The bright colours of the rhododendrons, the fresh green leaves in the trees create a wonderful atmosphere which is a complete contrast to the formal Terraces which Harewood is best known for. It’s a place which includes a massive variety of naturalised planting which has matured since it’s creation in 2007. Here are a few highlights visitors to the garden can enjoy now.

The Treasure Houses welcomes the Camping and Caravanning Club

Camping and Caravanning Club BoroughbridgeThe Camping and Caravanning Club has joined forces with the Treasure Houses of England as its exclusive campsite accommodation partner from 2016-2018.

All 10 Treasure Houses have at least one high quality Club Site located nearby, each of which makes the perfect base for campers, caravanners and motorhomers planning visits to Treasure House destinations.

For the nearest, recommended Club or Camping in the Forest Sites to Harewood House, click through for details.

All about The Camping and Caravanning Club

Camping and Caravanning ClubFounded in 1901, the Club is the world’s oldest and largest Club for all forms of camping. It’s a not-for-profit organisation that today represents nearly 600,000 camping and caravanning enthusiasts. Television presenter and outdoor enthusiast, Julia Bradbury, is the Club President.

We understand the importance of being able to switch off, relax, and enjoy precious moments with people who matter the most. That’s why the Club operates a UK network of more than 100 good-quality, affordable Club Sites.

The Club also operates 16 Camping in the Forest sites, in partnership with the Forestry Commisison, and more than 1600 minimum-facility certificated sites. This amounts to a total of more than four million pitch nights available each year.

Whether you fancy a beach-side break or a country retreat, there’s a Club Site for you. Owned and managed by the Club, we can guarantee you’ll find exceptional standards of cleanliness and some of the friendliest places to camp in the UK.

Camping and Caravanning Club Boroughbridge
Our Camping in the Forest sites are set in beautiful Forestry Commission woodland, and offer a ‘back-to-nature’ experience.

Alternatively, our Certificated Sites are tucked away in secluded locations, ranging from back-to-basics hideaways in a national park, to full-facility family fun on working farms.

Try glamping with Ready Camp

What’s more, if you’re new to camping, or fancy a spot of glamping, the Club offers a choice of glamping units, including our Ready Camp network of pre-erected tents on 29 UK Club Sites.

Camping and Caravanning Club
They’re perfect for touring without the hassle of hitching up a caravan or pitching a tent. All you need bring are towels and bedding.

The Club’s also operates a Travel Service, which provides a one-stop-shop for all overseas camping and caravanning needs, from choosing the right campsite to arranging discounts on ferry crossings, plus escorted tours to European and Worldwide destinations.

“The Club wants more people to enjoy the outdoors and feel the same enthusiasm we feel for it,” says the Club’s Director General, Robert Louden MBE. “Sharing the adventure is hugely important to us.”

By the passion, knowledge and expertise we can impart, The Camping and Caravanning Club can play a major role in making everyone’s camping experience an adventure.

For information on joining the Club, click here.

Camping and Caravanning Club Treasure Houses of England

Axminster at Harewood


Harewood House has an axminster carpet
What are Axminster Carpets?

Up until the 18th century, few homes in England had the luxury of carpeted floors. Thomas Whitty of Axminster, Devon, was one of the men responsible for the growth in their popularity, particularly within stately homes.

After an inspiring visit to a French weaver’s workshop in 1754, Whitty discovered the secret to producing large, seamless, hand-knotted carpets that would allow versatility in their design. Using a wide vertical loom, patterns were created by knotting coloured wool around two, lengthwise or warp threads in the symmetrical Turkish style. In 1755, with the help of his young children and their aunt, Whitty produced the first Axminster carpet.

Whitty undertook many successful commissions throughout the second half of the 18th century, accompanying decorative schemes in some of the finest and most fashionable county houses of the time.

Harewood’s Yellow Drawing Room Carpet

Visit Harewood and see the Yellow Drawing Room

The Axminster carpet in the Yellow Drawing Room is thought to date from around 1780 and is integral to the decorative scheme of the Yellow Drawing Room. It is only one of 8 carpets across the country which remain within the original Robert Adam schemes.

As in many rooms designed by Robert Adam, the design of the carpet echoes the decorative plasterwork of the ceiling creating a sense of balance and harmony. The pattern consists of a central circular medallion and four pointed star, along with scrolling acanthus leaves and rosette borders.

Whilst the design of the carpet and ceiling are very similar, the colour schemes differ slightly. It is thought that Adam initially intended this room to have a pink and green colour scheme; after the purchase of vivid yellow silk by Edwin Lascelles, Adam’s design was adapted to incorporate the silk. It is likely that the carpet was already in production before this change took place, hence the absence of yellow in its design.

In the 18th century carpets were considered to be valuable and prestigious furnishings. It was recognised that they could be easily damaged and protective coverings also know as serge covers were
commissioned at Harewood to protect them.

Conserving the Yellow Drawing Room Carpet

See the Harewood's axminster carpet in need of restoration

Here you can see the difference between an area of the carpet in need of restoration verses a section which has been repaired.

The Yellow Drawing Room carpet is in urgent need of conservation treatment by professional textile conservators.

During Yorkshire’s Year of the Textile we are considering what kind of treatments they undertake and to what extent they are carried out.

We would like to ask what you think about the Yellow Drawing Room carpet’s conservation and would be grateful if you could answer our short questionnaire when you visit.

Each week we are holding talks about the carpet in the House to discuss this important topic. Talks take place at 12:30 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Harewood House and Grounds Closed for Filming

Harewood House is a filming location

Over the winter months, Harewood House was used as a location for the new ITV period drama, Victoria. The programme chronicles the life of Queen Victoria and has been filmed in locations throughout Yorkshire. Both the State Floor and Below Stairs at Harewood have been used for what promises to be a fascinating series.

As they continue to film, Harewood has once again been chosen as a location for this production. In order to facilitate the external shots required, Harewood will close completely on Wednesday 11th May. There will be no access to Harewood for members or visitors. This will allow the production company to introduce a large green screen to the front of the House transforming Harewood digitally from the country house to a palace!

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

Once the programme airs, we will update you with lots of behind the scenes pictures and news.

Best wishes,

Harewood House Trust
0113 218 1001