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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. Harrogate Film Festival

    Harrogate Film Festival

    Type

    Film

    Harrogate

    Harrogate Film Festival aims to captivate the residents and filmmakers of Harrogate and surrounding areas by offering innovative events and opportunities which aim to engage and develop audiences with new cinema experiences, film education, interactive events and competitions.

    Dates

    From:
    3 Mar 2017 To 5 Mar 2017
  2. Harrogate International Youth Festival

    Harrogate International Youth Festival

    Type

    Concert

    Harrogate

    The Harrrogate International Youth Festival of Music and Performing Arts is a unique music and

    performing arts Festival that provides young musicians with the opportunity to come together and

    perform alongside other groups and ensembles from the UK and around the world.

    With performances...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Apr 2017 To 19 Apr 2017
  3. Pride In Diversity Harrogate

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    Pride In Diversity Harrogate

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    Celebrating diversity with a week of activities in arts, literature and faith at the Crown Hotel, Harrogate from 14th to 19th May with parade and party in the Valley Gardens on Saturday 20th May.

    Dates

    From:
    14 May 2017 To 19 May 2017
    From:
    20 May 2017 To 20 May 2017
  4. Harrogate Music Festival

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    Harrogate Music Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Harrogate

    Each summer the Harrogate Music Festival showcases the very best of chamber, classical, jazz and contemporary music to a host of venues across Harrogate. 

    The festival also includes guest curators, artist residencies, master classes, cross-arts performances, family events, lectures and...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jun 2017 To 31 Jul 2017
  5. 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 2017 To 11 Jun 2017
  6. 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 2017 To 23 Jul 2017
  7. The Northern Aldborough Festival

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    The Northern Aldborough Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Boroughbridge

    The Northern Aldborough Festival was born in 1994, centred around the picturesque village of Aldborough near York. It has fast established itself as one of the most prestigious classical music events in the country and was recently described by the Times as ‘well on its way to being one of the...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Jul 2017 To 1 Aug 2017
  8. 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 2017 To 20 Aug 2017
  9. 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 2017 To 20 Aug 2017
  10. 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
  11. Pateley Bridge Walking Festival

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    Pateley Bridge Walking Festival

    Type

    Show / Display

    Pateley Bridge

    The popular walking festival in the heart of Nidderdale returns for its fifth year, featuring some of the most popular walks from previous years and some new routes just for this year.

    Dates

    From:
    21 Sep 2017 To 24 Sep 2017
  12. 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:
    1 Oct 2017 To 16 Oct 2017
  13. Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

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    Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Harrogate

    The Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, launched in 2012, has become the hot ticket on the national Festival circuit thanks to its stellar line-up of literary names in beautifully intimate settings.

    Hosted over a long weekend in the grandeur of Harrogate’s Crown Hotel, this year’s Festival...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2017 To 22 Oct 2017

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