The lively arts, theatre and music scene throughout the Harrogate District means there is always a busy programme of cultural events throughout the year catering to every passion, interest and taste.
From rock 'n' roll to choral requiems, the variety of musical events every week in the district means there truly is something for everyone, be it in lively town centre bars or special events in our unique rural venues.
The Royal Hall and Harrogate International Centre frequently hosts nights of live music orchestral and contemporary, solo and ensemble, serious and fun. Other venues around the town and beyond offer live music from local and touring bands, and Harrogate venues often attract bands from the always popular LS6 music scene in nearby Leeds.
As well the larger established cinemas the Cine North local cinema scheme has become a resounding success, with a number of local venues such as community halls showing recent cinema releases and classic films in refreshingly relaxed and lively local environments that provide a down to earth alternative to the modern multiplex experience.
The cultural festival scene around Harrogate is unparalleled; Harrogate International Festivals host renowned events such as the Theakston’s Crime Writing festival, which along with festivals in Ripon, Aldborough (Boroughbridge) and Nidderdale bring some of the biggest names in literature and music to our venues. Local events also take place that celebrate the cultural strengths of our own artists and writers, inviting you to experience their work in a more intimate studio setting.
Harrogate’s prestigious theatre and Royal Hall play host to both in-house and touring productions of drama, comedy, opera and ballet. Sell out musical acts including singers from a pop to classical and orchestras of national and world-wide fame can be found at the Royal Hall throughout the year. Smaller venues around our district offer the best of local music, drama and culture as well as touring productions and bands from around the country and beyond.