A trip to Thorp Perrow and Bedale

The weather has been improving lately as we head towards British Summer Time, its not quite as cold out and the spring buds are in bloom. After the chilly days of winter it’s nice to be able to get out and about!

Thorp Perrow is one of the RHS gardens located next to Bedale it has both formal gardens and more natural woodland landscapes. Everywhere you turned you could see very pretty vistas and something to attract the eye. From formal box hedges to untamed snowdrop woods it had a showcase for all types of planting.

One of my favourite parts of Thorp Perrow was the sculptures found throughout the gardens mostly of animals, some of them hidden away in unexpected places! Another highlight was the falconry which has a display twice daily and next door is a mammal park where exotic guinea fowl and meerkats rome freely. It was a bit chilly on the day we visited but it would be lovely to return for a picnic outdoors in the summer and there are plenty of tables around for it too!

We stopped off in Bedale on the way back and I’d heard about the Beer Cafe, painted purple it’s pretty hard to miss! I was curious about what the difference was between a beer cafe, a pub and a bar. It’s certainly got a very relaxed continental feel and theres a huge beer menu to choose from which is quite dazzling! Most of the beers on the menu are craft brews and skewed towards the Belgian style, we ordered four on our table and all of them were so tasty I could easily have spent a lot longer here.

Also it’s got a great menu if your looking for a snack, I’ve never seen a bar menu where you can order a small portion of cheese before! Anyway if your in Yorkshire and you love beer I’d check it out, it’s worth a trip to Bedale just to visit.

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