Edinburgh, Harrogate & Jervaulx Abbey

Jervaulx abbey
Jervaulx Abbey

My daughter was performing her Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra in the Edinburgh Fringe so we made our second trip to Scotland within the month. We made the northern trip in 2 stages but taking a slightly different route this time. We visit the Edinburgh fringe most years now. It is the chance to experience something a little different for a modest price and this year was no exception.

Harrogate Antiques Centre 

Harrogate Antiques Centre was selected for lunch. Eating was always my first love but I am happy to defer it for exploring an emporium (would-be dieters note). Unusually for an emporium, quite of few of the stall holders were present. This is useful as the emporiums generally only have the discretion to offer a small trade discount. Negotiation directly with the traders is usually more fruitful. Turnover of stallholders is generally high and there are bargains to be had when cabinet rental is coming to an end. We did a deal on some die-cast cars. I find it strange that collectors not only want an original box but a sealed original box. It seems these cars pass from hand to hand without ever being opened, not even for a closer look. My preference is for old forgotten teddy bears, the more loved, cuddled and worn the more desirable. 

Jervaulx Abbey

Our overnight stop was at Jervaulx Abbey. The Abbey, campsite and tearooms are privately owned and run. One of many northern victims of Henry VIII’s plundering the monastery still offers a resting place for weary travellers. 

It is no accident that the Abbey was in spitting distance of Bedale car boot. This is a Saturday car boot in Bedale Park in front of Bedale Hall. Generally a bit pricey for a car boot, purchases were few, nevertheless we found an interesting 1960s wig case. Not sure who would want a wig case, but hopefully someone does! 

Saturday night was a wild stop on the seafront of Prestonpans on the outskirts of Edinburgh. We were up early and caught the bus from the park and ride at Prestonpans. Why should a tourist know up front how much a bus fare is? No change is given.  


Edinburgh Greenside Omni car boot is in a basement car park. There are some excellent antique jewellery sellers but you need a torch. We found some Charles Horner and Victorian citrine swivel fob pendants. 

The bus journey back was somewhat traumatic. The bus stopped. I stood up. It started again and stopped suddenly. My little finger suffered some ligament damage which is yet to heal. I will now be adding the new items to our eBay shop with one hand. Wish me luck.