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What's On Around Harrogate

Harrogate is fantastic all year round with plenty to see and do – but you might want to time your visit to catch one of our very special events when you see what’s on in Harrogate.

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show along with its sister show in autumn attracts some 100,000 green fingered plant enthusiasts each year and is the go-to event for anyone seeking inspiration for their garden.

The out of this world experience of hosting the finish of the first day of the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014 put Harrogate firmly on the UK cycling map and the legacy endures in the form of a number of events for amateurs and professionals alike.

Harrogate International Festivals now takes its place alongside the leading cultural events in the UK, with a varied program including the Crime Writing Festival, the Children’s festival, and the History Festival.

As well as attracting leading lights in their fields, the Festivals act as a showcase for up and coming talent. 

As you’d expect on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales rural life is never far away, but every July it comes to town with the Great Yorkshire Show, the largest agricultural show in Britain.

Around 130,000 visitors flock to Harrogate to see competitive classes of 5000 cattle, sheep and pigs – show jumping and equine competitions – Food Hall – Cookery Theatre - Fashion shows  - demonstrations and much much more.

There’s nearly always a show on in Harrogate, with the wealth of music, comedy and drama provided by the Harrogate Theatre, touring companies, the nation’s hottest comics and world renowned orchestras can all be found in the constantly updating line up. 

As the new home of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival you also can count on things going a little topsy turvy in August.

Live music has many homes in Harrogate from cover bands to stars of the underground music scene there’s always a distinctive sound to be found here.

Harrogate enjoys a wealth of world class venues in its Conference Centre, Pavilions, the Great Yorkshire Showground and the grade II Listed Royal Hall which host numerous events and exhibitions including BBC Good Food, Country Living, Cake & Bake and the Knitting Stitching show just to name a few.

Many of our local attractions also stage their own programmes of events appealing to all the family – take a look at National Trust Brimham Rocks, Ripley Castle and RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

You will be amazed by what’s on in Harrogate so don’t forget to check these pages before 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. The Wildlife Sculpture Trail

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    The Wildlife Sculpture Trail

    Type

    Gardens

    Harrogate

    1 September– 31 October: Autumn Sculpture Trail - The Wildlife of Harlow Carr
    Follow a sculpture trail around the garden in autumn and discover a selection of beautiful handmade sculptures – all made by Yorkshire artists – depicting the wildlife that calls Harlow Carr its home, from birds and bees...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Sep 2017 To 31 Oct 2017
  3. Sheila Bownas: A Yorkshire Life in Pattern

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    Sheila Bownas: A Yorkshire Life in Pattern

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    A wonderful new exhibition featuring more than 100 bold and colourful patterns from the 1950's, 60's and 70s from a Yorkshire based textile designer.

    Educated in Skipton, Bownas showed artistic promise from an early age.  In 1941 she secured a junior art scholarship to attend Skipton Art...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    9 Sep 2017 To 7 Jan 2018
  4. Katharine Holmes: In Grandmother's Footsteps

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    Katharine Holmes: In Grandmother's Footsteps

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Katharine Holmes's grandmother Constance Pearson was an artist, and so was her mother Philippa Holmes.  All three generations lived and worked in High Barn Cottage, Malham, in the Yorkshire Dales.  For the last two years Katharine has been exploring the places Constance visited, including Cornwall,...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    16 Sep 2017 To 14 Jan 2018
  5. Hackfall Woods Liza Dracup Mercer Art Gallery Harrogate

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    Liza Dracup: Landmarks

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    New work by Yorkshire photographer Liza Dracup inspired by the visualisation of the landscape of northern England found in the work of early photographers in the Mercer's photographer collection.

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    17 Sep 2017 To 8 Jan 2018
  6. The Weir

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    The Weir

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Conor McPherson’s chilling, modern classic The Weir embarks on a UK tour this autumn to mark its 20th Anniversary year.

    In a small Irish town, the locals exchange stories round the crackling fire of Brendan’s pub to while away the hours one...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Sep 2017 To 23 Sep 2017
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    23 Sep 2017 To 23 Sep 2017
  7. 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
  8. Wood Crafts Showcase

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    Wood Crafts Showcase

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate


    20 September – 22 October: Bath House Gallery – Wood Showcase
    The beauty of wood will be showcased with driftwood, turned wood, reclaimed wood and furniture all on display. Artist David Starley returns with his popular tree paintings, many of them depicting scenes at Harlow Carr. Normal garden...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Sep 2017 To 22 Oct 2017
  9. Life Drawing Workshops

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    Life Drawing Workshops

    Type

    Workshop

    Harrogate

    Designed for anyone who wants to develop their drawing skills, these artist-led life drawing sessions are suitable for beginners and up.  You will start each workshop with a series of short poses to encourage quick mark-making, followed by a long pose for more detailed study. 

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    22 Sep 2017 To 22 Sep 2017
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    29 Sep 2017 To 29 Sep 2017
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    6 Oct 2017 To 6 Oct 2017
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    10 Nov 2017 To 10 Nov 2017
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    17 Nov 2017 To 17 Nov 2017
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    24 Nov 2017 To 24 Nov 2017
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    1 Dec 2017 To 1 Dec 2017
  10. 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
  11. Rita, Sue and Bob Too

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    Rita, Sue and Bob Too

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    'As long as you're alive that's all that matters'

    Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling they each think they control.

    Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Sep 2017 To 30 Sep 2017
    From:
    30 Sep 2017 To 30 Sep 2017
  12. Sewing Sessions with the Jenni Smith Studio: Tote Bag

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    Sewing Sessions with the Jenni Smith Studio: Tote Bag

    Type

    Workshop

    Harrogate

    Textile artist Jenni Smith brings this exciting workshop to the Mercer Art Gallery where you can make a beautiful keepsake with prints from the Sheila Bownas Archive.  Carry a little bit of Sheila Bownas with you everywhere with the chance to make this stylish tote bag.  No sewing experience needed.

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    27 Sep 2017 To 27 Sep 2017
  13. Harrogate Hospitality Walk

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    Harrogate Hospitality Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Harrogate

    Explore aspects of our town past and present during our regular well-being walks - you'll learn something new and enjoy some fresh air and exercise at the same time.

    This walk will help you discover how Harrogate has always been in the business of receiving and entertaining visitors in its...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    28 Sep 2017 To 28 Sep 2017
  14. Troupers

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    Troupers

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Award-winning poet and former Coronation Street and comedy writer Keith Hutson presents Troupers, a celebration of the Music Hall artistes, the routines that made a nation love them, and the tough, strange, remarkable lives they led.

    Keith pays tribute to not only legendary performers like Vesta...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Sep 2017 To 28 Sep 2017
  15. Harrogate Gift & Fashion Fair

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    Harrogate Gift & Fashion Fair

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    110 exclusive companies you won't find on the high street, hand-picked for quality, variety and originality. Choose from great gifts; the latest ladies fashion and stunning accessories such as jewellery, shoes and handbags; decorative accessories for your home and garden; unusual food and drinks;...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Sep 2017 To 30 Sep 2017
  16. Festival Of Trees & Wood

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    Festival Of Trees & Wood

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    29 September - 1 October: Festival of Trees & Wood
    Discover the beauty and tranquillity of Harlow Carr's Woodland at our three-day festival of trees and wood. Seek out the hidden glades, rare trees and Arboretum collections and find out about the best options for your own garden during a talk and...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Sep 2017 To 1 Oct 2017
  17. Marching On Embers

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    Marching On Embers

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    One family. One cause. Two paths...

    With a fragile peace hanging over their community, the rifts of the past begin to tear apart the foundations of a prominent Republican family when one of them re-joins the struggle against ‘the age old enemy of the Irish people’.

    Why are so many young men...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Sep 2017 To 30 Sep 2017
  18. Wesley Centre Concerts

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    Wesley Centre Concerts

    Type

    Concert

    Harrogate

    Lunchtime Recital by Clare Hammond (piano)
    from 1pm to 2pm

    Dates

    From:
    2 Oct 2017 To 2 Oct 2017
  19. 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
  20. Jason Manford

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    Jason Manford

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Part of Harrogate Comedy Festival 2017.

    Jason Manford, is back with a work in progress show ahead of his national tour in 2018, which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.

    Sunday...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Oct 2017 To 2 Oct 2017

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