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Festivals

With such a vibrant cultural history, there is much to celebrate in the Harrogate District.  So it’s hardly surprising that there are so many great festivals taking place throughout the year celebrating literature, comedy, music and the landscape of Yorkshire.

From festivals focusing on arts and literature with in Ripon, Harrogate and Aldborough, to local celebrations of produce and harvest; the variety of festival around Harrogate reflects the variety of the landscape and cultural innovators that can be found here.

Immerse yourself in the natural world, explored through the spoken word at NiddFest, or the darker side of human nature with Harrogate’s famous Theakstons Crime Writing Festival where crime authors at the top of both the national and international scene come together to celebrate and discuss the genre.

In August you can embrace all things topsy turvy with the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival featuring both amateur and professional productions from around the world.

In the same month Knaresborough gives you the chance to experience a showcase of the visual arts with the towns acclaimed FEVA (Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts).

The very best of international youth performing arts come together across the Harrogate district to showcase the abilities of young performers from over 40 countries show that age is no requirement for quality in the Harrogate International Youth Festival.

Harrogate International Festivals organise a number of festivals in addition to the Crime Writers, including the Music and Literature festivals, and the thought evoking Salon North where guest speakers explore the theme of the night.

Those who like to stay active can get out and about with the best and most knowledgeable of walking guides in Nidderdale with the Pateley Bridge Walking Festival.

Or you can explore agricultural machinery past and present with the Iconic Tractor Fest at Newby Hall.

Whatever your passions, whatever interests, you’ll find a festival to feed them here.

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  1. Ripon International Festival

    Ripon International Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Ripon

    The City of Ripon's now established International Festival brings the best of the Arts to Ripon and the surrounding area. This year's performers of note include London Mozart Players, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Kathryn Tickell, Red Priest, The Busch Piano Trio, The Carnival Band and Ferio Saxophone...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Sep 2017 To 24 Sep 2017
  2. StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival

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    StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival

    Type

    Film

    Harrogate

    Newby Hall, 22-24 September 2017

    THE destination food and fun festival for the family to discover

    This September will see a national celebration of some of the most superlative street food traders across the UK when they come together for the launch of the StrEat Food and Family Fun...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    22 Sep 2017 To 24 Sep 2017
  3. Harrogate Comedy Festival

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    Harrogate Comedy Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Harrogate

    The 8th annual Harrogate Comedy Festival (1st-16th Oct 2016) features handpicked acts from across the globe to the town. With acts from Australia, America, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Europe it’s a comedy festival with an exciting international twist.

    The 2016 line-up includes Ross Noble,...

    Venue

    Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    2 Oct 2017 To 14 Oct 2017
  4. Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival 2017

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    Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival 2017

    Type

    Harrogate International Festivals

    Harrogate

    The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival has become the hot ticket on the national Festival circuit thanks to its stellar line-up of literary names in beautifully intimate settings. Described as ‘One of the UK’s best Literary Festivals’ by Harpers Bazaar, this Festival, now in its seventh year,...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2017 To 22 Oct 2017
  5. Nidderdale Food Festival

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    Nidderdale Food Festival

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Pateley Bridge

    The Nidderdale Food Festival Pateley Bridge will be showcasing local talented chef's and food experts, with a focus on using local Nidderdale produce. 

    Frances Atkins of the Yorke Arms Restaurant one of only 6 Michelin Star accredited chefs in Yorkshire will be giving a talk and demonstration....

    Dates

    From:
    28 Oct 2017 To 29 Oct 2017
  6. Tractor Fest at Newby Hall

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    Tractor Fest at Newby Hall

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Join us for the biggest Tractor Fest in the North. A two-day festival showcasing thousands of vintage tractors, cars, lorries, stationary engines and motorcycles, which is a great day out for all the family

    The countdown has begun to the UK’s leading vintage tractor show, Tractor Fest, being...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    10 Jun 2018 To 11 Jun 2018
  7. Harrogate Music Festival

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    Harrogate Music Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Harrogate

    The Harrogate Music Festival brings the best of chamber, classical, jazz and contemporary music to a host of venues in Harrogate, and nurtures emerging talent through the Young Musician’s Platform, whose alumni include Lesley Garret, Julian Lloyd Webber and Amy Winehouse.  As well as world-class...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jul 2018 To 31 Jul 2018
  8. Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

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    Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

    Type

    Harrogate International Festivals

    Harrogate

    The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 15th year, celebrates the very best in crime fiction at the magnificent Old Swan Hotel each July. The Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming,...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Jul 2018 To 23 Jul 2018
  9. The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

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    The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

    Type

    Music

    Harrogate

    The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival returns for another year bringing the very best of professional and amateur Gilbert & Sullivan productions from around the world, including 4 new productions from the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company.

    The Festival offers a feast of Topsy Turvy...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Aug 2018 To 20 Aug 2018
  10. FEVA: Knaresborough's Festival of Visual Arts and Entertainment

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    FEVA: Knaresborough's Festival of Visual Arts and Entertainment

    Type

    Festival

    Knaresborough

    10-day annual festival of art, entertainment, music, shows, plays, dance performances, children's attractions, a free picnic, exhbitions and other events that turn this market town magenta! See 80 different events, workshops - something for everybody.

    More details will made available through...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Aug 2018 To 20 Aug 2018
  11. RHS Harlow Carr Real Ale & Food Festival

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    RHS Harlow Carr Real Ale & Food Festival

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Harrogate

    Try a range of interesting Yorkshire ales, wines and ciders and a food market showcasing a range of products from cheese to sausages. With live music, street food vendors selling local delights and undercover seating available in case of inclement weather, it's a day out for all the family. Stalls...

    Venue

    RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    9 Sep 2018 To 10 Sep 2018

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