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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. The Settlers Society Exhibition

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Discover the little known history of the Settlers Society at Fountains Hall. The boys camp was created by Commander Vyner, owner of the Fountains Abbey estate in the 1930s, to offer an escape to young men from Tyneside from the effects of the Great Depression. Learn about the personal histories of...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Mar 2018 To 28 Oct 2018
  2. Visitors enjoying the new portraits in the Saloon Galleries

    Add Making her mark at Beningbrough Hall to your Itinerary

    Type

    Exhibition

    Boroughbridge

    This year Beningbrough Hall’s four Saloon Galleries on the first floor have been transformed for the arrival of some famous and familiar faces from the contemporary creative arts. The new ‘Making her mark – celebrating creative women’ exhibition in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery,...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Mar 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  3. Folly! Art in the garden

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    There’s art in the garden but it’s not paintings, and it’s not in a gallery…The artworks are in the garden and they’re just for fun - we call them follies. Pick up a free map at the entrance gate to explore this years exhibits.

    Four striking and surprising new artworks will emerge into the...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Apr 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  4. Rainforest of the Sea Exhibition

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripon

    A new photographic exhibition opens on 7th September which captures the underwater wonders of the coral triangle. Stunning photographs of sea creatures in Borneo highlighting the diversity of coral reefs, as well as the threats facing one of the world's richest habitats.

    Dates

    From:
    7 Sep 2018 To 2 Dec 2018
  5. Hackfall Woods Liza Dracup Mercer Art Gallery Harrogate

    Add Liza Dracup: Landmarks to your Itinerary

    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 2018 To 8 Jan 2019
  6. Autumn Show

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    An eclectic show for the coming months featuring talented emerging and established Yorkshire artists based in a welcoming informal environment. Original paintings, prints, ceramics, wood turned sculpture, fine art photography and drawings. Do visit! Open one weekend a month and every Friday or...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Oct 2018 To 18 Jan 2019
  7. Autumn Colours at the Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park

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    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park is open to showcase its Autumn Colours between October 6th and November 4th 2018 (Tues to Sunday 10am to 4pm). Enjoy over 40 acres of stunning gardens inspired by the Himalayas. Explore the woodland walks, amble over the bridges and along the lakeside paths...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Oct 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  8. Deer Watch Walk

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    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Trot along to see if you can spot the deer. Can you see the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our knowledgable wildlife volunteers will be able to tell you all about them on this guided walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2018 To 30 Oct 2018
    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  9. Stockeld Park Halloween Adventure

    Add Stockeld Park Halloween Adventure to your Itinerary

    Type

    Naa/Bonfire Night

    Wetherby

    Stockeld Park - where magic is made & adventures begin....

     

    Nestled within ancient woodland, Stockeld Park hosts its Adventure Seasons from Halloween through to Christmas. We have a real outdoor ice skating rink, an Enchanted Forest filled with interactive sculptures and playgrounds, a huge...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Oct 2018 To 31 Oct 2018
  10. Spooktacular Pumpkin Hunt at How Stean Gorge

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    Type

    Family Event

    Pateley Bridge

    27TH OCTOBER - 4TH NOVEMBER Explore the floodlit Gorge to find the ghoulish pumpkins and win your FREE prize.


    FOR THE BRAVE .... hunt for the ghost of Tom Taylor deep inside his cave, where he was hung many years ago.


    GYPSY ALICE ROSE Will be in her booth from 2pm - 4pm each day, telling...

    Venue

    How Stean Gorge, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  11. Wonderful World of Wellbeing Indoor Festival

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    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    The Wonderful World of Wellbeing Indoor Festival is Back in Yorkshire.

    Wellbeing is the new Wealth!

    Our new venue, set in beautiful landscape 'Pavilions of Harrogate' is host to our sixth WWoW Wellbeing festival having recently hosted in Greater London region too. This, one of a kind event,...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 28 Oct 2018
  12. Creepy Castle

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    Type

    Naa/Bonfire Night

    Knaresborough

    Drop in daily to pick up our Vile Visitors trail, enjoy crafts, become a witch or her cat in our photo stand or get a temporary tattoo.  Your ticket includes the secret underground tunnel, dungeon and museum too!

     

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  13. Halloween Crafts

    Add Halloween Crafts to your Itinerary

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    A chance to drop in to the Museum and enjoy some spooky crafts.  There will be the chance to make a pipe cleaner spider, a mask or a glowstick broomstick.  All activities will be self-led and included in standard admission charges.

     

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  14. 'Room on the Broom' - October Half Term Fun

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    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Whoosh! Come and join us this half term for a witchy adventure with Room on the Broom at RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Follow a spooky trail around the garden and take part in creepy crafts and a variety of outdoor workshops, creepy creatures and storytelling with the Garden Detectives.

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  15. Autumn half term celebrating nature with a sprinkle of magic on Halloween

    Add October half term at Beningbrough Hall to your Itinerary

    Type

    Naa/Bonfire Night

    Boroughbridge

    Muster up some courage and join us this half term for a whole host of activities inspired by nature's weird and wonderful creatures, with a sprinkle of magic for Halloween.

    Bugs and broomsticks trail - Saturday 20 October to Sunday 4 November (closed Mondays)

    Follow the free trail around...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  16. Halloween - Mother Shipton's Enchanted Forest

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    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    Journey through Mother Shipton's Enchanted Forest to break the Witch's curse. Come in your best Halloween costumes for the daily costume competition at 2pm.

    Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to interact with children and help families complete a themed adventure trail. Fun for all...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  17. Nidderdale Food & Drink Festival

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    Type

    Food & Drink

    Pateley Bridge

    This first Nidderdale Food and Drink Festival is to be held on Saturday 28th October and will showcase the fantastic range of local produce the area has to offer.

    This FREE event will be held throughout Pateley Bridge starting at 9am and finishing at 5.30pm.

    Meet local talented people...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
  18. Sea Creatures: Life Beneath the Ocean

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    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Once in a generation, a fascinating exhibition comes to the UK which pushes boundaries, inspires, educates and entertains family audiences, like never before!

    Sea Creatures: Life Beneath The Ocean, is that exhibition. A unique insight into the science and anatomy of sea creatures. This blockbuster...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
  19. Apple juicing at Swanley

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    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    We know the monks at Fountains Abbey produced ale and perhaps cider. Other monasteries in the country certainly did. Join in the apple juicing process and sample the delicious results from your hard work. We’re using apples from our orchard which are all northern varieties from the sixteenth...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
  20. Fountains by Floodlight

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Experience something truly special this autumn as you explore the illuminated ruins of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water gardens. Listen to a live performance from the choir and join an evening guided tour, you might even catch a glimpse of our mysterious roving monk. 

    £10 adult, £5...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
    From:
    2 Nov 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  21. Views of the North an exhibition of landscape photography by Paul Howell

    Add Views of the North an exhibition of landscape photography by Paul Howell to your Itinerary

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Views of the North is an exhibition of landscape photography by Nidderdale based photographer Paul Howell.

    A selection of evocative and atmospheric works capturing areas less well trodden and a few more recognisable views from around the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the North of England...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Oct 2018 To 24 Nov 2018
  22. Terrifying Tales

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    Type

    Naa/Bonfire Night

    Knaresborough

    Drop in to enjoy some spooky storytelling with Harrogate Children's Book Group.

    Dates

    From:
    28 Oct 2018 To 28 Oct 2018
  23. Pungent Potions and Medieval Medicine workshop

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    Type

    Naa/Bonfire Night

    Knaresborough

    Your chance to discover what foul smelling liquids and creatures were used in medicines in the past and make some of your own, alongside some explosive potion making!  

    Suitable for children aged 7 and over, under 8's must be accompanied.  Booking is required.

    Dates

    From:
    29 Oct 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
  24. Workhouse Ghosts and Soul Cakes

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    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Spooky family activities 29th October - 2nd November, 11am - 4pm.

    Come to the Workhouse Museum this half term and meet our ghosts! Follow stories of our friendly ghosts through the museums, make ghostly finger puppets and meet Punch's witchy mother-in-law during our Punch & Judy performances. ...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Oct 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
  25. Halloween brooms

    Add Halloween Broom Making to your Itinerary

    Type

    Traditional

    Pateley Bridge

    All witches and wizards need a broom this Halloween – can you make your own? Join us on 30 & 31 October to learn how to make a traditional broom at Brimham Rocks. Brooms are just £2.50 each and reuse the birch wood our rangers felled at Brimham during essential conservation work.

    Please book...

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    30 Oct 2018 To 31 Oct 2018
  26. Halloween Witch's Mystery Trail

    Add Halloween Witch's Mystery Trail to your Itinerary

    Type

    Naa/Bonfire Night

    Knaresborough

    Mix the witch’s potion by exploring the Castle after dark to find the potion ingredients.  A great alternative to trick or treating, and a goody bag included!

    Suitable for ages 5 and over, all children must be accompanied by an adult.  

    Dates

    From:
    31 Oct 2018 To 31 Oct 2018
  27. Autumn Apple Display

    Add Autumn Apple Display to your Itinerary

    Type

    Gardens

    Harrogate

    With over a hundred different apples on display, the Northern Fruit Group will be on hand to offer expert advice on fruit growing and identification. Bring your home-grown apples along if you're not sure which variety they are, we will be able to let you know.

    Dates

    From:
    31 Oct 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  28. Monster Mash Hallowe'en Party

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    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Monster Mash Hallowe'en Party

    5pm-7pm Wednesday 31st October

    Bring your little monsters to the Workhouse on All Hallow's Eve for some spooky fun. Starting with Wendy the Witch's Monster Games, listen to creepy stories while making flappy bats and end up with a quick dash down our Corridor of...

    Dates

    From:
    31 Oct 2018 To 31 Oct 2018
  29. Stockeld Park: Christmas Adventure

    Add Stockeld Park: Christmas Adventure to your Itinerary

    Type

    Christmas

    Wetherby

    Stockeld Park - where magic is made & adventures begin.... Nestled within ancient woodland, Stockeld Park hosts its Adventure Seasons from Halloween through to Christmas. We have a real outdoor ice skating rink, an Enchanted Forest filled with interactive sculptures and playgrounds, a huge...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Nov 2018 To 8 Jan 2019
  30. Homebuilding & Renovating Show

    Add Homebuilding & Renovating Show to your Itinerary

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Let Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show help bring your project to life! If you're planning to add a new extension, remodel the internal layout or create a brilliant new kitchen overlooking a landscaped garden, a visit to the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show is a must.

    Be inspired by...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
    From:
    4 Nov 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  31. Child making crafts

    Add Build it at Brimham to your Itinerary

    Type

    Traditional

    Pateley Bridge

    Get crafty at Brimham on these winter weekends and take home a masterpiece made from natural materials gathered from the moorland. Have a go at using Brimham’s natural resources to make craft projects such as bird feeders, Christmas decorations and much more! There will be a different activity each...

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
  32. Crafted By Hand

    Add Crafted By Hand to your Itinerary

    Type

    Exhibition

    Masham

    This is a bi-annual showcase of 40 of the North East's very best artists and craftspeople, with a chance to admire some stunning work, meet artists and makers, and buy contemporary art, craft and design.
    Demonstrations and opportunities to try a new skill include glass knotting, making a ceramic...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  33. Autumn Drive through

    Add Autumn Drive through to your Itinerary

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Drive into a magical scene of Fountains at night, see the glowing abbey and finish with a warming drink. It’s just for cars and minibuses so it’s great for people who might be less steady on their feet. As it’s a drive-through you’ll need to stay in your car. If you’d like to come and explore the...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Nov 2018 To 4 Nov 2018

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