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Half Term Events around Harrogate District

There’s plenty to entertain the kids and keep the whole family happy this half term in Harrogate and the surrounding district. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out and about, continue the path of learning and discovery and have some fun along the way.

You’ll find many of the large attractions in the District running special themed half term weeks with ‘hands on’ activities for kids of all ages - there’s just so much going on!

Explore Outdoors

Head outdoors and become a nature detective for the day - go hunting for bugs, test your raft building skills and discover what lives in a pond.

Find out all there is to know about gardening and how to make the most of the plants, flowers and wildlife at this wonderful time of year, clearly the big kids amongst you can learn a thing or too as well!

Get active in Nidderdale, walk or cycle, canoe or climb, there are so many ways to discover this incredible AONB - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – your half term outdoor adventure awaits!

Hide Inside

If the weather’s not so hot and you’d prefer to stay indoors then why not get crafty? There are lots of opportunities to make some creative crafts to take home.

Become a historian, discover the fascinating facts and uncover the amazing stories how some of our most iconic buildings came to be! Dress up as a Victorian, make a bug box or even join the flea circus, there are so many wild and wonderful things to keep you entertained.

But if you just want to sit back, relax and have fun then make sure you book a ticket for one of the many wonderful family shows at the theatre.

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  1. Stolen Things by artist and musician Paul Rooney

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripon

    Imagine the scenes from a Georgian Courthouse, Listen to the cries of a child in the dock, Hear the shouts from the Public Gallery.

    Come along to Stolen Things by artist and musician Paul Rooney - a new artwork commissioned by Ripon Museums and Arts and Heritage.

    Artist and musician Paul Rooney...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Feb 2019 To 31 May 2019
  2. Views of Harrogate

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    From its most iconic Harrogate landscapes and scenes, such as Anna Zinkeisen's contemporary society portrait of the Valley Gardens in its early twentieth century heyday, to rare collectibles like The Beatles at the Royal Hall poster and the Eurovision Song Contest programme – Views of Harrogate...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Feb 2019 To 1 Jun 2019
  3. Celebrate the wonders of Harrogate, Double Exhibition at the Mercer Gallery

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    Type

    Cultural

    Harrogate

    Come and enjoy our new exhibitions that showcase Harrogate and its residents, this double exhibition celebrates town and country with two displays of local artworks.

    A Portrait of Harrogate is a chance to see rarely seen pictures of the area as well as all-time favourites including LNER...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    16 Feb 2019 To 1 Jun 2019
  4. Linescapes by Ian Mitchell

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    'Linescapes' is an exhibition of the work of contemporary printmaker Ian Mitchell, whose digitally created, limited edition prints not only capture the beauty and diversity of the Yorkshire landscape, but pare it back to its minimalist lines and shapes. From the huge stretching panoramas of the...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Feb 2019 To 1 Jun 2019
  5. Michael Parkinson is just one of the faces in the new exhibition celebrating Yorkshire

    Add Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy at Beningbrough to your Itinerary

    Type

    Exhibition

    Boroughbridge

    From the new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker, to the notorious conspirator Guy Fawkes, discover some of the faces that have helped create the reputation of Yorkshire. Will you be suprised by who you discover? Who would you include to demonstrate the county's reputation?

    With more that twenty...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Mar 2019 To 3 Nov 2019
  6. Discovering the Fountains Abbey Settlers Society

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    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Pop into Fountains Hall and discover the Settler's Society. Help bring the stories of the settler boys to life.

    Dates

    From:
    9 Apr 2019 To 31 Dec 2019
  7. Wedding Dresses at the Royal Pump Room

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Over 30 antique and vintage wedding dresses have been selected from the archives for this stunning costume exhibition which also lays bare some of the real life stories behind the dresses. Were these gorgeous dresses the foundation of a wonderful wedding and marriage? Accompanied by two dresses...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Apr 2019 To 15 Sep 2019
  8. St Wilfrid's First World War Exhibition at Harrogate Library

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    If you didn't get chance to see the Saint Wilfrid's First World War exhibition, please call in at Harrogate Library to see the faces and read the stories of the men named on the War Memorial at St Wilfrid's

    Also, as part of Local & Community History Month there will be a talk at the library on...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Apr 2019 To 31 May 2019
  9. May Half Term: Unicorns and Dinosaurs

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    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    This Half Term trot to Mother Shipton's for a day of Unicorn magic and have a roarsome time searching for Dinosaur footprints. Unicorns and Dinosaurs are in the park, follow the adventure trail and you never know what you might find!
    The park will be transformed, creating an engaging May Half Term...

    Dates

    From:
    17 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
    From:
    25 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
  10. Studfold Fairy and Pixie Adventure

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    Type

    Family Event

    Pateley Bridge

    Explore the magic and wonder of the Studfold Fairy & Pixie Adventure Trail, where imaginations can run truly wild.

    Studfold Adventure Trail is a unique fairy experience at all times of the year, however from May to August over 20 magical fairy houses appear across the trail, each with their...

    Venue

    Studfold Adventure Trails, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
  11. Get Set Grow May Half Term Fun

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    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    25 May - 2 June: 'Get Set, Grow' May Half Term Family Fun
    Youngsters are being encouraged to get, set, grow at Harlow Carr during half term. Enjoy a daily garden trail, storytelling with the Garden Detectives, indoor crafts and outdoor workshops. Activities vary daily. Normal garden admission

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
  12. May half term play week at Beningbrough Hall

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Boroughbridge

    In the North Yorkshire countryside between Harrogate and York with its leafy wilderness play area and magical walled garden, Beningbrough’s extensive gardens and parkland are packed with hidden corners waiting to be explored and you can discover its delights with the National Trust’s essential 50...

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
  13. Harrogate and Nidderdale  art club SpringArt Ex

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripley

    Harrogate and Nidderdale Art Club are holding their spring art exhibition and sale of works at Ripley Town Hall, Ripley, Nr Harrogate, HG3 3AX from 25 May to 27 May 2019. The exhibition is open each day from 10.30am to 5.30pm and admission is free. Club details www.handnart.co.uk

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 27 May 2019
  14. May half term at Fountains Abbey

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    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Come along this May half term to spend some time in the great outdoors. Take part in a scavenger hunt around the estate, decorating your trail paper with nature finds along the way. Make a fluffy spring lamb in Swanley Grange and have a go painting with nature, too! Pop by the BMWi stand to have a...

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
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    25 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
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    28 May 2019 To 28 May 2019
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    29 May 2019 To 29 May 2019
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    30 May 2019 To 30 May 2019
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    1 Jun 2019 To 1 Jun 2019
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    2 Jun 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
  15. Make your own fluffy spring lamb at Swanley Grange

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    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Felt is one of the earliest forms of fabric. It’s produced using hot water, soap and friction to mat woollen fibres together. Come to Swanley to have a go at different kinds of felting, from needle felting to tramping on the cloth.

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
  16. Bubble Max comes to Lightwater Valley this May Half Term

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    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Visitors to Lightwater Valley near Ripon in North Yorkshire can enjoy lots of family fun rides and entertainment from Saturday 25th May – Sunday 2nd June.

    Watch in amazement as Bubble Max, the master bubbleologist, creates bubbles as tiny as ants and as giant as elephants during his shows at the...

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
  17. May half-term Family Fun Activities - Granny's Gruesome Cures

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    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Granny's Gruesome Cures... Poultices, Pustules & Poppycock!


    Join us at the Workhouse Museum for hands-on fun finding out about Victorian cures. Make poultices and lozenges and bake invalid biscuits!

    It'll be toadally toadastic!!

    Dates

    From:
    27 May 2019 To 31 May 2019
  18. Circus Berlin

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    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Continental Circus Berlin with an amalgamation of brilliant Circus acts, music & real youthful energy, incorporating fantastic performers from all over the world.

    In an age where so much entertainment is unreal, made up of special effects, CGI and has a virtual reality, being pre-recorded,...

    Dates

    From:
    29 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
  19. Kids outdoor climbing day at Brimham Rocks.

    Add Kids Outdoor Day at Brimham Rocks to your Itinerary

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Pateley Bridge

    Join Harrogate Climbing Centre for a full day of bouldering, climbing and abseiling under the watchful eyes of qualified instructors. Perfect for children aged 7+. No previous experience needed and all equipment will be provided.

    £50 per child. Booking through Harrogate Climbing...

    Dates

    From:
    29 May 2019 To 29 May 2019
  20. Casino Royale in Concert with The Hallé Orchestra

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    Type

    Cultural

    Harrogate

    Harrogate International Festivals and Film Concerts Live! proudly presents Casino Royale in Concert, produced in association with EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM). Audiences will be able to experience Bond on the big screen accompanied by the full force of The Hallé symphony...

    Dates

    From:
    30 May 2019 To 30 May 2019
  21. Pond dipping

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    Type

    Science

    Ripon

    Newts, water lice, water boatmen, molluscs, pea mussels... There’s an extraordinary world just waiting to be discovered hiding under the surface of the still ponds in the water garden. We’ll provide the nets, identification charts and the pots so you can see what you might find. Pop along to the...

    Dates

    From:
    31 May 2019 To 31 May 2019
  22. Davy Brown & Pam Carter New Paintings

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    An exhibition of new paintings by two well known and highly regarded Scottish artists, Davy Brown & Pam Carter. Both artists are inspired by their native Scottish landscape.

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jun 2019 To 8 Jun 2019
  23. North Yorkshire Open Studios 2019

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Over 100 artists across North Yorkshire will be inviting visitors to take a peek into their studios this June.

    Discover art in truly inspirational locations, whilst enjoying a creative treasure trail of studios stretching from the beautiful North Yorkshire coastline to the moors and dales....

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jun 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
  24. Kids outdoor climbing day at Brimham Rocks.

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    Type

    Participatory Event

    Pateley Bridge

    Get the whole family exploring Brimham from a dramatic new angle in an exciting adventure with Harrogate Climbing Centre.

    Join Harrogate Climbing Centre for a full day weaseling, climbing and abseiling. Children must be accompanied by an adult (max 2 per adult). No previous experience required...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jun 2019 To 1 Jun 2019
  25. Wesley Centre Concerts: Nick Pritchard and Ian Tindale

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    Type

    Concert

    Harrogate

    Lunchtime song recital by Nick Pritchard (tenor) and Ian Tindale (piano). They will be performing Finzi Till Earth Outwears, seven Hardy settings published posthumously as Op 19a, Daniel Kidane (b.1986) Songs of Illumination, three Blake settings commissioned by Leeds Lieder 2018, and...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jun 2019 To 3 Jun 2019

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