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Talks and Lectures

Have your interests captured on a range of subjects at one of the informative talks that take place across the Harrogate District.

Educational talks and lectures are taking place regularly with topics ranging from local history to an artist’s life and work, from life changing personal experiences to authors sharing the inspiration to their characters and stories.

The History Festival, Literature Festival and the world's greatest Crime Festival all feature thought-provoking, illuminating and entertaining speakers and our music festivals often include conductors, composers or other experts who will enhance your understanding of a performance with a preview talk beforehand.

The strong gardening focus in the area menas our gardens and flower shows regularly present national and local experts to provide horticultural tips and gardening advice.

Our stately homes and historic buildings often provide a magnificent or atmospheric backdrop to a lecture, often shedding new light on the building in which you are sitting.   It is also worth keeping an eye open for guided tours of these properties.

Harrogate District’s museums and galleries frequently feature talks about new exhibitions and offer many learning experiences for both young and old.

Of course talks do not need to be static. There are also plenty of opportunities to let a local expert give you a guided tour of part or all of our district. Be it on foot, by bike or in a car there is always someone here to tell you more about our fantastic area.

Finally, a recent addition to the cultural calendar is the Salon North series, hosted by the Harrogate International Festivals, consisting of a cabaret-style night of the most stimulating ideas in art, science and psychology designed to change your life for the better.

Whatever your passion or interest, with a regular programme of events from a host of popular organisers you’re sure to find an event taking place perfect for you when you visit .

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  1. Harrogate Turkish Baths Guided Tours

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    Harrogate Turkish Baths Guided Tours

    Type

    Guided Walk

    Harrogate

    Guided tour of Harrogate's iconic Turkish Baths every Wednesday 9am-10am. Fee payable.

    Please note Tours are subject to availability

    Venue

    Turkish Baths & Health Spa, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2017 To 31 Dec 2017
  2. Harrogate Wellness Centre - Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

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    Harrogate Wellness Centre - Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    OneWellness Harrogate, located within Mowbray Square Medical Centre, will be offering a seminar on Type 2 Diabetes, hosted by Specialist Nutritional Expert Dr Matthew Campbell, an expert in the field who will present evidence based research from Newcastle University.

    In the UK alone £1.5 million...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Sep 2017 To 20 Sep 2017
  3. beetle brooch

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    Object Handling Session: Please Touch

    Type

    Historic

    Harrogate

    Pop on a pair of white gloves and join our Assistant Curator Nicola Baxter for a closer look at fragile items from our museum collections of jewellery, accessories and social history.  This session will explore animal themed jewellery items such as a Victorian brooch containing a real beetle and a...

    Venue

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    26 Sep 2017 To 26 Sep 2017
  4. Mark Newman on A History of Visiting Fountains Abbey

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    Mark Newman on A History of Visiting Fountains Abbey

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Talk & Book Signing. Tourism is nothing new; over the centuries increasing numbers of visitors flocked to Yorkshire to admire the sights, including Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Mark Newman's research into 'The Wonder of the North' has uncovered some fascinating and entertaining stories about...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Sep 2017 To 28 Sep 2017
  5. Special Guest: Dan Brown

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    Special Guest: Dan Brown

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Join international bestselling author Dan Brown for an exclusive UK launch of his latest Robert Langdon novel, Origin, here in Harrogate.

    Author of the acclaimed Robert Langdon series including The DaVinci Code, Dan will be delighting the audience with a talk about Origin and his life's work. Join...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Oct 2017 To 9 Oct 2017
  6. 1920's black satin shoe

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    Object Handling Session: Please Touch

    Type

    Historic

    Harrogate

    Pop on a pair of white gloves and join our Assistant Curator Nicola Baxter for a closer look at fragile items from our museum collections of jewellery, accessories and social history.  This session will explore glamorous accessories from the roaring '20s, including shoes perfect for dancing the...

    Venue

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    17 Oct 2017 To 17 Oct 2017
  7. Peter Snow & Ann MacMillan

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    Peter Snow & Ann MacMillan

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    A fascinating story of 34 ordinary people swept up in the turbulence of war. War Stories moves effortlessly from tales of spies, escapes and innovation to uplifting acts of humanity. Husband and wife team, and renowned journalists, Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan give a uniquely intimate account of...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2017 To 19 Oct 2017
  8. Cathy Rentzenbrink in conversation with Gail Honeyman

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    Cathy Rentzenbrink in conversation with Gail Honeyman

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Heartache is human: over the course of our lives, we all encounter sadness and loss. But what do we say when the worst has happened to someone we love – and how do we cope when it happens to us? With boundless warmth and compassion, Cathy Rentzenbrink shares her experiences of living with heartache...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2017 To 19 Oct 2017
  9. Joan Bakewell - Stop the Clocks

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    Joan Bakewell - Stop the Clocks

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    One of Britain's finest and most spirited women, Bakewell takes us on a fascinating and breathless journey through her life. Her autobiography traverses the decades with such wide-ranging subject matter as beginnings, names, patriotism, values, money, loss and death. Delve into the world that has...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2017 To 19 Oct 2017
  10. Victoria Hislop - Cartes Postales from Greece

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    Victoria Hislop - Cartes Postales from Greece

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Victoria's love affair with Greece has inspired yet another Sunday Times Bestseller. This illustrated work of fiction takes readers on a journey around Greece. Week after week, the postcards arrive, each signed with an initial: A. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A's tale unfolds with the...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2017 To 19 Oct 2017
  11. Lisa Faulkner - From Mother to Mother: Recipes from a Family Kitchen

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    Lisa Faulkner - From Mother to Mother: Recipes from a Family Kitchen

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Family recipes inspired by mothers who know exactly what to put on the table when there are hungry mouths to feed, occasions to celebrate or when you simply want to create a delicious family meal. A down-to-earth collection of recipes for families to enjoy every day of the week, and to share from...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2017 To 19 Oct 2017
  12. Martin Sixsmith - Ayesha's Gift

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    Martin Sixsmith - Ayesha's Gift

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    From the author of the bestselling The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, made into the award-winning film Philomena starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench, comes the story of a young woman, born in Pakistan, living in Britain, whose life is thrown into desperate turmoil by the violent death of her father....

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2017 To 20 Oct 2017
  13. Sophie Kinsella - My Not So Perfect Life

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    Sophie Kinsella - My Not So Perfect Life

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    A story of shattered hopes, a not so perfect life, revenge and forgiveness. Described as mood altering and hilarious, Kinsella's latest book My Not So Perfect Life looks set to be another big seller. Hear from Sophie herself on the story of her success and how she manages to bring her characters to...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2017 To 20 Oct 2017
  14. Denise Welch - If They Could See Me Now

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    Denise Welch - If They Could See Me Now

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Denise Welch, award-winning actress, TV presenter and author of two Sunday Times bestselling autobiographies presents her book If They Could See Me Now. As women, we make sacrifices for our children, for our husbands and for our families. There comes a point when it's time to follow our own hearts....

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2017 To 20 Oct 2017
  15. Marina Benjamin in conversation with Miranda Sawyer

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    Marina Benjamin in conversation with Miranda Sawyer

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    In a society obsessed with living longer and looking younger, what does middle age mean? Benjamin offers us hope, and heart. Cutting through society's clamorous demands to work longer and stay young, she delivers a clear-eyed account of midlife's challenges. In conversation with Miranda Sawyer, she...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2017 To 20 Oct 2017
  16. Joanna Cannon - The Trouble with Goats & Sheep

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    Joanna Cannon - The Trouble with Goats & Sheep

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Sunday Times bestselling author Joanna Cannon brings us The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. Set during the suffocating heat-wave of 1976, this is the story of a ten-year-old Grace and her best friend Tilly who set out to solve the mysterious disappearance of neighbour Mrs Creasy. As the cul-de-sac...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2017 To 20 Oct 2017
  17. Tom Fort - The Village News: The Truth Behind England's Idyll

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    Tom Fort - The Village News: The Truth Behind England's Idyll

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Journey the length and breadth of England and discover the essence of village life with historian and travel writer Tom Fort. The village was the first model for communal living, sprung from the need for people to live together. Towns came much later, then cities, but the village has endured....

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2017 To 20 Oct 2017
  18. Rob Wyke on Wild Commons and Pulling Green Gages

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    Rob Wyke on Wild Commons and Pulling Green Gages

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Following on from last year's Laurence Sterne lecture by the curator of Shandy Hall, this year the Laurence Sterne Trust's Chairman will talk about the scenes painted by the words of Sterne, and his contemporary Tobias Smollett, to bring to life eighteenth-century Yorkshire in all its eccentric...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2017 To 20 Oct 2017
  19. Gin Tasting with Ian Buxton - 101 Gins to Try Before You Die

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    Gin Tasting with Ian Buxton - 101 Gins to Try Before You Die

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Join us for exclusive gin tasting with connoisseur Ian Buxton who has been working in and around the industry for over 20 years, but has been drinking professionally for a good deal longer! We are in the middle of a gin craze and Ian has everything you ever needed to know about different gins. In...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Oct 2017 To 21 Oct 2017
  20. Ann Widdecombe - Strictly Ann

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    Ann Widdecombe - Strictly Ann

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Forthright, intrepid and engaging, Widdecombe was at the centre of Conservative politics for over twenty years. Now an author, recent competitor on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, regular contributor and presenter on television documentaries, stage performer and columnist, she talks of her life and...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Oct 2017 To 21 Oct 2017

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