There can’t be many places within a relatively short driving distance of Wakefield and provide such a varied day out for the grandkids than Knaresborough. We took our 7year old granddaughter there in late July and had a memorable day, or maybe it’s just that I was in a good mood.
Anyway, we kicked off at 10am at Mother Shiptons. (£14.00) but not before our statutory bacon sandwich, washed down with coffee at a riverside cafe. (£12.50).
An unhurried, scenic and interesting 2 hours should be enough to make the old lady history, which of course she is.
Then we moved on to the boats. (£12.00) You get an hour for this but don’t try negotiating a deal for an early return, (there’s only so much bread you can throw at a duck).
By this time, the salt in the bacon sandwich will send you scurrying for a pub.(£7.50 for the drinks, in our case). We passed on the food. Then it was a lesson in military history at the Castle, because it’s free but the ice creams aren’t (£8.00).
The cornets were licked in the town centre, sat on a bench next to Blind Jack who doesn’t talk much. The paid Charity Worker who was chivvying the locals did though as he tried to get me to sponsor a child from a third world country and I get no pleasure from reporting that I declined, with reasons. He made my day though when we parted by shaking my hand and telling me what a nice man I was.
So that was it. A good day out was the combined analysis.
Jim Bean (Wakefield)
PS. Almost forgot, we parked the car opposite Mothers. Four hours (£2.00), took six hours and didn’t get a ticket. Deep Joy.