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Heritage Events in Harrogate

Experience first-hand the history that surrounds you in the Harrogate District, reach out and touch it, learn how dedicated professionals and passionate volunteers protect and care for it and learn about how it came to be through talks and lectures, walks and interactive events.

Throughout the year groups such as Ripon Museums Trust and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and many others hold events that allow you to get hands on and involved with the heritage of the area, and offer the opportunity to see treasures normally closed to the public.

Talks from authors, experts and those actively involved in the preservation and restoration of our heritage can offer fascinating insights from behind the scenes.

Hear the stories, experiences and motivations that shape their work and take the opportunity to ask questions and uncover little known secrets.

Heritage Open Days are an annual event at the beginning of September that allow access to a whole range of extraordinary properties that would normally be closed to the public. 

Some of these sites are brought to life with re-enactments and costume volunteers to talk about the life and times of those who built them.

In Harrogate two of the most iconic buildings are open for touring, the Turkish Baths holds guided tour every Wednesday, and the Harrogate Royal Hall holds open days when the lovingly restored grandeur of the hall is open to the public.

Guided walks offer a unique historical perspective to the landscape providing a broader context to your walk.

Try your hand at the skills that have shaped the Yorkshire landscape such as dry stone walling and find out why these amazing structures last so long. 

As you travel round Nidderdale AONB, you will notice large outcrops of rock protruding from the ground often in unlikely shapes.

Join tours to find out about the process and elements that give this area its distinctive geology creating a raw and beautiful landscape.

The same landscapes hold great mineral wealth that man has mined and quarried for over 2000 years including lead and other metals, but also limestone which is still quarried in Nidderdale to this day.

Local enthusiasts offer tours of the abandoned facilities for the rare chance to see inside the industrial heritage of the area and learn more about the industries of times gone by.

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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. Open Days 2017

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    Open Days 2017

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Rarely open to the public, join us for the last fortnight of this year's open days - when England's most complete fortified, moated manor house opens its doors.

    Dates

    From:
    11 Jun 2017 To 25 Jun 2017
  3. Tea & Tales with Allan Foster

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    Tea & Tales with Allan Foster

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    After the HUGE success of last year - join us for a guided tour of the Hall with guides Keith Jones and Allan Foster.

    Former Senior Guide at nearby Fountains Abbey (and lecturer on Astrophysics) Dr Keith Jones will introduce the long and varied history of Markenfield, the Markenfield and Grantley...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Jun 2017 To 28 Jun 2017
    From:
    26 Jul 2017 To 26 Jul 2017
    From:
    30 Aug 2017 To 30 Aug 2017
    From:
    27 Sep 2017 To 27 Sep 2017
    From:
    25 Oct 2017 To 25 Oct 2017
    From:
    29 Nov 2017 To 29 Nov 2017
  4. Ancient Egypt in Harrogate

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    Ancient Egypt in Harrogate

    Type

    Historic

    Harrogate

    Professor Joann Fletcher explores the links between ancient Egypt and Yorkshire from Roman times to the 21st century.  She will discuss the results of new research obtained from museums around Yorkshire, including Harrogate's own very special Egyptology collection.  Booking required, £6 per person.

    Venue

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jul 2017 To 3 Jul 2017
  5. Royal Hall Open Day

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    Royal Hall Open Day

    Type

    Heritage

    Harrogate

    We are once again opening the doors of the Royal Hall for everyone to see our 'glittering palace of gold'.  You can take this opportunity to see for yourself how a piece of Harrogate's heritage was returned to its Edwardian splendour after a huge fundraising campaign and restoration project.

    ...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jul 2017 To 3 Jul 2017
    From:
    26 Jul 2017 To 26 Jul 2017
    From:
    5 Sep 2017 To 5 Sep 2017
    From:
    11 Oct 2017 To 11 Oct 2017
    From:
    25 Oct 2017 To 25 Oct 2017
  6. The Art of Ancient Egypt

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    The Art of Ancient Egypt

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Decorate a pharaoh's mask, create beaded jewellery and make a lucky Eye of Horus talisman.  Then have your face painted and dress up in Ancient Egyptian costume to really look the part.  Drop in and join us between 1pm and 4pm.  Most activities are included with museum admission charges, face...

    Venue

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    8 Jul 2017 To 8 Jul 2017
  7. Handling rare Egyptian objects

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    Handling rare Egyptian objects

    Type

    Historic

    Harrogate

    Have a detailed look at some of Harrogate's Ancient Egyptian artefacts, including a 6000 year old vessel from before the time of the Pharoahs.  Discover how this astonishing collection came into our care. Booking required, £6 per person.

    Venue

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    10 Jul 2017 To 10 Jul 2017
  8. The Art of Ancient Egypt

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    The Art of Ancient Egypt

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Decorate a pharaoh's mask, create beaded jewellery and make a lucky Eye of Horus talisman.  Then have your face painted and dress up in Ancient Egyptian costume to really look the part.  Drop in and join us between 1pm and 4pm.  Most activities are included with museum admission charges, face...

    Venue

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    15 Jul 2017 To 15 Jul 2017
  9. Ad Hoc Baroque Cabinet of Musical Delights

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    Ad Hoc Baroque Cabinet of Musical Delights

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    A fascinating musical concert at The Bruce Arms, West Tanfield, as part of the Turner on the Ure Festival 2017. Presented by Ad Hoc Baroque. All profits to Herriot Hospice Homecare charity

    Dates

    From:
    16 Jul 2017 To 16 Jul 2017
  10. Turner on the Ure 2017

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    Turner on the Ure 2017

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    An annual festival celebrating the visit of JMW Turner to Yorkshire in 1816

    Dates

    From:
    16 Jul 2017 To 31 Aug 2017
  11. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    Historical Vehicle Rally at Newby Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Harrogate

    One of the biggest dates in the Newby Hall calendar, the annual Historical Vehicle rally is a sight to behold! It is a fantastic day out for the whole family whether you have an interest in cars or not, all in the beautiful grounds of Newby Hall. Entry includes access into the Adventure Playground...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    17 Jul 2017 To 17 Jul 2017
  12. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    Historical Vehicle Rally at Newby Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Harrogate

    One of the biggest dates in the Newby Hall calendar, the annual Historical Vehicle rally is a sight to behold! It is a fantastic day out for the whole family whether you have an interest in cars or not, all in the beautiful grounds of Newby Hall. Entry includes access into the Adventure Playground...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    22 Jul 2017 To 22 Jul 2017
  13. Be an Ancient Egyptology Curator for the Day!

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    Be an Ancient Egyptology Curator for the Day!

    Type

    Heritage

    Harrogate

    Be an Egyptology Curator for the Day!

    Handle real Ancient Egyptian artefacts.

    Visit the Egyptology exhibition at the Royal Pump Room Museum.

    Create your own Ancient Egyptian displays using replica objects.  

    You'll need to write the labels and decide how to make your displays...

    Venue

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    28 Jul 2017 To 28 Jul 2017
  14. Family Seaside Promenade

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    Family Seaside Promenade

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

     

    Starfish, rock pools, donkeys and deckchairs... Looking for something to do over the Summer holidays?  Whatever the weather, pop into the Pump Room and join us for some jolly seaside holiday arts and crafts.  All activities are self-led and included with your museums admission charges and...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    31 Jul 2017 To 1 Sep 2017
  15. Civil War in Knaresborough

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    Civil War in Knaresborough

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Knaresborough

    A spectacular experience from the days of the English Civil War, as re-enactors from the Sir Thomas Glemham's Regiment of the Sealed Knot Society create a living history village with cameos of 17th century life.

    Let us transport you back to a time when the sights and sounds of cannon, musket...

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    12 Aug 2017 To 12 Aug 2017
  16. Blind Jack of Knaresborough

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    Blind Jack of Knaresborough

    Type

    Historic

    Knaresborough

    Local historian Brian Forshaw discusses the eventful life of local character Blind Jack on the 300th anniversary of his birth.  Booking is required, £5 per person.

    Dates

    From:
    15 Aug 2017 To 15 Aug 2017
  17. Gems of Brimham Rocks

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    Gems of Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Exhibition

    Pateley Bridge

    This exhibition captures the essence of what makes Brimham so special and encourages people to look with new eyes at what seemed so ordinary before. How many different colours can you see in the millstone grit? Have you spotted all the different lichens?

    Dates

    From:
    18 Aug 2017 To 30 Sep 2017
  18. Knaresborough Castle, Yorkshire

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    Celebrate Feva! Discount Entry Day

    Type

    Exhibition

    Knaresborough

    To help celebrate Feva, Knaresborough's annual festival of entertainment and visual arts we're having a discount entry day!

    Visit the Castle, Sallyport and Museum for £2 per adult or concession, and £1 per child.

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    20 Aug 2017 To 20 Aug 2017
  19. Guided tour of Markenfield Hall

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    Guided tour of Markenfield Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Open for just 30 afternoons each year, the Hall is not always easy to visit. So - by popular demand - it will be open to the public for four extra mornings this year as part of the Mop-up days.

    Because the Hall is relatively small, and general parking is limited, it has been decided to make the...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Sep 2017 To 4 Sep 2017
    From:
    2 Oct 2017 To 2 Oct 2017
    From:
    6 Nov 2017 To 6 Nov 2017
  20. Apple Day

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    Apple Day

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Sunday 24th September sees Apple Day return to Newby Hall. This is the last day of the season with lots and lots of apple based fun, games and activities. Central to Apple Day is the hotly contested Apple Throwing Championships whereby whoever throws an Apple the furthest over the River Ure wins...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    24 Sep 2017 To 24 Sep 2017

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