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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. Northern Aldborough Festival: John Sergeant

    Add Northern Aldborough Festival: John Sergeant to your Itinerary

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    Lecture

    Boroughbridge

    The Northern Aldborough Festival is delighted to welcome renowned political correspondent, author, after dinner speaker and awards host John Sergeant. With his extensive background knowledge in political commentary and his quick-fire wit, John has become a regular and much loved guest on...

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    From:
    15 Jun 2019 To 15 Jun 2019
  2. 'Your Money or Your Life' author at the Crown Hotel

    Add 'Your Money or Your Life' author at the Crown Hotel to your Itinerary

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    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Your Money or Your Life: Unmask the highway robbers - enjoy wealth in every area of your life is a new book launched this month by local author and former City banker turned life planner, Steve Conley. This is a free 90 minute talk and book signing with the option to join him for lunch to ask...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jun 2019 To 23 Jun 2019
  3. Chris Packham

    Add Chris Packham to your Itinerary

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    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
  4. Steve Backshall - Voyages to Undiscovered Places

    Add Steve Backshall - Voyages to Undiscovered Places to your Itinerary

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    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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