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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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