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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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Ongoing Events

  1. Bradley Wiggins: An Evening With

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    Bradley Wiggins: An Evening With

    Type

    UCI Road World Championships

    Harrogate

    Join Britain's most decorated Olympian Sir Bradley Wiggins as he tours theatres throughout the UK with his insightful and at times hilarious live show. 'Bradley Wiggins: An Evening With' provides a rare opportunity for fans to see the five-time Olympic Gold medallist and Tour De France winner share…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Sep 2019 To 23 Sep 2019
  2. Chris Sidwells on Tom Simpson

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    Chris Sidwells on Tom Simpson

    Type

    UCI Road World Championships

    Harrogate

    Author Chris Sidwells presents a talk, and his book on Tom Simpson the first ever British World Champion cyclist

    Dates

    From:
    23 Sep 2019 To 23 Sep 2019
  3. Revolting Children

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    Revolting Children

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Why are children revolting and what can we do about it? Thousands of young people have been striking for action on climate change and calling on adults to join them in a general strike. What is all the fuss about and how can we all take action without taking to the streets?

    Dates

    From:
    23 Sep 2019 To 23 Sep 2019
  4. The Future of Women's Cycling

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    The Future of Women's Cycling

    Type

    UCI Road World Championships

    Harrogate

    Join a collective of women cyclists for a panel discussion on women's cycling. What are the bright spots? Where do we need to make progress? Who are the change-makers, and what can we learn from them? Most importantly—how can riders, industry, and sport combine to create a brighter future for…

    Dates

    From:
    25 Sep 2019 To 25 Sep 2019
  5. An Evening with Alex Dowsett

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    An Evening with Alex Dowsett

    Type

    UCI Road World Championships

    Harrogate

    Meet Alex Dowsett as part of Little Bleeders, his haemophilia charity- check out the charity limited edition jersey, and enjoy a conversation.

    Dates

    From:
    26 Sep 2019 To 26 Sep 2019
  6. Yorkshire's Finest: Ricky Feather and Atom Beers

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    Yorkshire's Finest: Ricky Feather and Atom Beers

    Type

    UCI Road World Championships

    Harrogate

    Some of Yorkshire's finest: local legend framebuilder Ricky Feather will be in the shop presenting some of his bikes, alongside Atom Beers, one of Yorkshire's premiere craft breweries.

    Dates

    From:
    27 Sep 2019 To 27 Sep 2019
  7. An Evening With Johan Museeuw at The Corner Haus

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    An Evening With Johan Museeuw at The Corner Haus

    Type

    UCI Road World Championships

    Harrogate

    Courtesy of Visit Flanders, join the 'The Lion Of Flanders' Johan Museeuw for an evening of Belgium beer, food, goodies and hear Johan's stories from his time winning Paris Roubaix, Tour of Flanders and becoming World Road Race Champion. Tickets are limited so get in contact today !

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    Dates

    From:
    28 Sep 2019 To 28 Sep 2019
  8. The Photography of The Yorkshire Shepherdess - An Evening with Amanda Owen

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    The Photography of The Yorkshire Shepherdess - An Evening with Amanda Owen

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    This event is organised by Harrogate Photographic Society and is open to everyone. To be held at Ashville College, the venue has over 500 seats and the site has ample free parking.

    Amanda Owen

    Shepherdess, hill farmer, writer, photographer, public speaker and mother of nine, Amanda Owen ( www…

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2019 To 30 Sep 2019
  9. Ripon Poetry Festival

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    Ripon Poetry Festival

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    A bumper weekend of pop-up poetry, poetry readings, poetry-inspired art, performances, workshops, book launches, poetry with wine and cheese, open mics and more. Over four days, the festival offers something for everyone of all ages: poetry-lovers, poetry-writers and even the doubtful explorer.…

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2019 To 13 Oct 2019
  10. An Evening with Chris Packham

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    An Evening with Chris Packham

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Harrogate

    Naturalist, TV presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker, Chris Packham CBE, is heading to Harrogate.
    In a special bespoke evening at the Royal Hall, Packham will talk about his photography and work with wildlife and conservation. He'll also discuss his…

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2019 To 19 Oct 2019
  11. Steve Backshall - Voyages to Undiscovered Places

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    Steve Backshall - Voyages to Undiscovered Places

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Harrogate

    Adventurer, presenter, explorer, wildlife enthusiast and all-round daredevil, Steve Backshall, heads to Harrogate for a special talk at the Royal Hall.
    Steve Backshall has been leading expeditions to unknown parts of the world for nearly twenty years. But for the last year, Steve has embarked on…

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2019 To 19 Oct 2019

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