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Half Term Events around Harrogate District

Worrying how to keep the children happy this half term? Well worry no more — many of our attractions are running special events and there's something to keep everyone happy in and around Harrogate, Ripon & Nidderdale when school's out — whatever the weather!

Whilst some of these activities charge an entrance fee (see links for details) — there's plenty to keep the children amused in and around Harrogate over half term without breaking the bank!

As well as specific events for youngsters you can find a selection of events that will appeal to the whole family.

Just because school is out it doesn't mean the learning has to stop, you can always include a little knowledge in your half term activities, from the nature that hides under our noses to history based experiences about how some of our most iconic places came to be.

Spring half term is the perfect time to connect with nature and make the most of the plants, flowers and wildlife that is prolific at this time of year. Get back to roots, feel the grass between your toes and walk barefoot. 

What’s lurking in the bottom of the pond or under the bush? Find out when you go pond dipping or hunt for bugs in the undergrowth. 

If you go down to the woods… you may be in for a big surprise but you probably won’t find a teddy bears picnic. You can however, build yourself a den, explore the trails and take part in team games. 

For indoor fun there are some great theatre shows on this holiday. Pre-schoolers will love to see what the tiger ate when he came to tea! 

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  1. Isabel Alexander: Artist and Illustrator

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    Isabel Alexander: Artist and Illustrator

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Isabel Alexander (1910-1996), artist and illustrator, has been described by admirers as 'the English Georgia O'Keeffe.' This first major Yorkshire retrospective of her life's work, featuring over 50 prints, paintings and drawings, reveals the lifetime in art of an artist who is worthy of greater...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Jan 2017 To 4 Jun 2017
  2. Spring into Summer

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    Spring into Summer

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    An exciting exhibition showcasing the original work of talented emerging and established Yorkshire artists. Paintings, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. Affordable and welcoming! Open every Friday, one weekend/month and by arrangement. Please see website for full details

    Dates

    From:
    13 May 2017 To 28 Jul 2017
  3. Bluebells and Buttercups

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    Bluebells and Buttercups

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Pateley Bridge

    Have a family countryside adventure... Studfold Adventure Trail will intrigue, challenge and delight! Enjoy this spectacular time of the year. There will be not a more beautiful countryside experience.
    Find clues and secret places.

    Collect, colour and make our latest Bluebell...

    Venue

    Studfold Adventure Trails, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    13 May 2017 To 18 Jun 2017
  4. RHS Garden Harlow Carr Half-Term Family Fun 'Bugs & Slugs'

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    RHS Garden Harlow Carr Half-Term Family Fun 'Bugs & Slugs'

    Type

    Gardens

    Harrogate

    Daily: Garden trail

    Pick up a trail sheet at the garden entrance and set off on a garden exploration. Don’t forget to send us a picture of you at the end of the trail for the chance to win a Garden Detectives prize.

    Monday - Friday: Live slugs and bugs

    Join our friends at Sam’s...

    Venue

    RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    27 May 2017 To 4 Jun 2017
  5. Mother Shipton's May Half Term - Labyrinth

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    Mother Shipton's May Half Term - Labyrinth

    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    Meet some strange characters on your journey through Mother Shipton's this May Half Term. Sarah needs your help to find her baby brother Toby, you must face puzzles and clues to complete the Goblin King's Labyrinth by the 13th hour. Be quick, be brave, and above all be careful not to fall into the...

    Dates

    From:
    27 May 2017 To 4 Jun 2017
  6. Family Storytelling Show - The First King of England.....in a Dress!

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    Family Storytelling Show - The First King of England.....in a Dress!

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Join us this half-term for an interactive, fun-packed family storytelling show performed by Snail Tales

    Performances at 11am and 3pm (doors open 30 minutes before each performance to allow time for extra stories and face-painting)

    Tickets are priced at £5 per person (under 5s are free)

    Tickets...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jun 2017 To 1 Jun 2017
    From:
    1 Jun 2017 To 1 Jun 2017
  7. 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
  8. Piano Recital

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    Piano Recital

    Type

    Concert

    Harrogate

    Yevgeny Sudbin plays piano music by Scriabin,
    Tchaikovsky,Liszt,Scarlatti and Medtner

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jun 2017 To 3 Jun 2017
  9. North Yorkshire Open Studios

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    North Yorkshire Open Studios

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Enjoy a fascinating and fun day out at this popular event. Discover over 100 artists who are opening up their studios for free to showcase their talents and share their passion…Meet basket makers and blacksmiths, potters and painters, photographers and printmakers, stained glass makers and...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jun 2017 To 11 Jun 2017
  10. Superheroes Live!

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    Superheroes Live!

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Superheroes assemble! Lightwater Valley needs your super powers!!, So, grab your fancy dress costume and come along for a Zap, Zoom and Kapow-packed weekend of fantastic fun and amazing entertainment. Watch your favourite superheroes on stage as they bust out some serious dance moves and help you...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jun 2017 To 4 Jun 2017
  11. BioBlitz at Brimham Rocks

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    BioBlitz at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Pateley Bridge

    Whether you're an expert entomologist, a budding botanist or just curious about what wildlife lives at Brimham, join us for a bio blitz and help us count the wildlife on site. Expert or novice, there'll be something interesting to see so bring the kids for a bug hunt! Follow the signs from the...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Jun 2017 To 4 Jun 2017
  12. The Big Lunch

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    The Big Lunch

    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    THE Friends of Aspin Pond, Knaresborough, invite you to the Big Lunch on Sunday, June 4, from 12pm-2pm. The picnic will be held on the grassy area by the pond (behind Knaresborough Cricket Club, Aspin Lane, HG5 8EP, and near the playground on crag top).
    This is a free community event. Please bring...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Jun 2017 To 4 Jun 2017
  13. Rainton Street Market and Fun Day

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    Rainton Street Market and Fun Day

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Ripon

    A table top style market of assorted stalls new and used items,children's activities,home made refreshments,vintage vehicles and more...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Jun 2017 To 4 Jun 2017

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