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Heritage Events in Harrogate

Experience first-hand the history that surrounds you in the Harrogate District, reach out and touch it, learn how dedicated professionals and passionate volunteers protect and care for it and learn about how it came to be through talks and lectures, walks and interactive events.

Throughout the year groups such as Ripon Museums Trust and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and many others hold events that allow you to get hands on and involved with the heritage of the area, and offer the opportunity to see treasures normally closed to the public.

Talks from authors, experts and those actively involved in the preservation and restoration of our heritage can offer fascinating insights from behind the scenes.

Hear the stories, experiences and motivations that shape their work and take the opportunity to ask questions and uncover little known secrets.

Heritage Open Days are an annual event at the beginning of September that allow access to a whole range of extraordinary properties that would normally be closed to the public. 

Some of these sites are brought to life with re-enactments and costume volunteers to talk about the life and times of those who built them.

In Harrogate two of the most iconic buildings are open for touring, the Turkish Baths holds guided tour every Wednesday, and the Harrogate Royal Hall holds open days when the lovingly restored grandeur of the hall is open to the public.

Guided walks offer a unique historical perspective to the landscape providing a broader context to your walk.

Try your hand at the skills that have shaped the Yorkshire landscape such as dry stone walling and find out why these amazing structures last so long. 

As you travel round Nidderdale AONB, you will notice large outcrops of rock protruding from the ground often in unlikely shapes.

Join tours to find out about the process and elements that give this area its distinctive geology creating a raw and beautiful landscape.

The same landscapes hold great mineral wealth that man has mined and quarried for over 2000 years including lead and other metals, but also limestone which is still quarried in Nidderdale to this day.

Local enthusiasts offer tours of the abandoned facilities for the rare chance to see inside the industrial heritage of the area and learn more about the industries of times gone by.

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  1. The Settlers Society Exhibition

    Add The Settlers Society Exhibition to your Itinerary

    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. Allerton Castle Special Tour

    Add Allerton Castle Special Tour to your Itinerary

    Type

    Heritage

    Knaresborough

    Allerton Castle Special Tour starts at 1pm with a sherry reception followed by a short history from 1066 and a tour of the first-floor rooms. After a break for afternoon tea in the ballroom we ascend the Great Hall Staircase for an exclusive visit to the second-floor bedchambers and suites...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Oct 2018 To 21 Oct 2018
  3. Royal Hall Open Day

    Add Royal Hall Open Day to your Itinerary

    Type

    Heritage

    Harrogate

    Harrogate's Kursaal was completed in 1903, the creation of Britain's greatest theatre designer, Frank Matcham, and the architect Robert Beale. Conceived and designed as a 'Cure Hall' in the great continental tradition, the building provided the major entertainment venue for the rich and famous who...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Oct 2018 To 22 Oct 2018
  4. Creepy Castle

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    Type

    Hop tu 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
  5. Halloween Crafts

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    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
  6. Terrifying Tales

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    Type

    Hop tu 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
  7. Pungent Potions and Medieval Medicine workshop

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    Type

    Hop tu 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
  8. 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
  9. Halloween Witch's Mystery Trail

    Add Halloween Witch's Mystery Trail to your Itinerary

    Type

    Hop tu 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
  10. 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
  11. Guided tour of the Hall

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    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    As soon as we've packed up the last of the information sheets and taken in the signs after our last Open Day, the telephone rings off the hook with people asking when we are open! It can be quite embarrassing telling people that it will be another 10 months before they can come round… and so Mop-up...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Nov 2018 To 5 Nov 2018
  12. Tea & Tales with Allan Foster

    Add Tea & Tales with Allan Foster to your Itinerary

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    The surprise hit – back for fourth year – join us for a guided tour of the Hall with guides Keith Jones and Allan Foster. Long-term Tenant Farmer, Allan grew up living in the Hall before moving across the Courtyard to the newly-converted Farmhouse Wing in the 1960s.

    No-one can tell a tale like...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Nov 2018 To 28 Nov 2018
  13. Christmas wreath

    Add Wreath Making Workshop to your Itinerary

    Type

    Traditional

    Pateley Bridge

    Use natural evergreens and seasonal foliage to create a wonderful wreath for your front door. All materials and guidance will be provided. £15 per person including light refreshments, 6 - 8 December. 

    Booking essential, please call 01423 780688.

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2018 To 8 Dec 2018
  14. Family audience around Christmas tree

    Add Midwinter Storytelling to your Itinerary

    Type

    Traditional

    Pateley Bridge

    Looking for something a bit different this Christmas? Create a new tradition at Brimham Rocks and experience a midwinter storytelling event celebrating myths and folklore inspired by the season and the magical landscape of the rocks. Join storyteller Noel Watkins on 22 & 23 December for 40 minutes...

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  15. Walking at Brimham Rocks

    Add New Year's Day Walk to your Itinerary

    Type

    Active event

    Pateley Bridge

    Blow away the cobwebs and start the New Year by getting out and about. Join us on a refreshing circular property walk and take in the breathtaking views. Join our guide on this walk to get off the trodden path at Brimham. Get a feel for the size of the site while taking in new views rarely seen by...

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2019 To 1 Jan 2019
  16. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

    Add Historical Vehicle Rally at Newby Hall to your Itinerary

    Type

    Heritage

    Harrogate

    One of the biggest dates in the Newby Hall calendar, the annual Historical Vehicle rally is a sight to behold! It is a fantastic day out for the whole family whether you have an interest in cars or not, all in the beautiful grounds of Newby Hall. Entry includes access into the Adventure Playground...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    15 Jul 2019 To 15 Jul 2019
  17. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

    Add Historical Vehicle Rally at Newby Hall to your Itinerary

    Type

    Gardens

    Harrogate

    One of the biggest dates in the Newby Hall calendar, the annual Historical Vehicle rally is a sight to behold! It is a fantastic day out for the whole family whether you have an interest in cars or not, all in the beautiful grounds of Newby Hall. Entry includes access into the Adventure Playground...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    21 Jul 2019 To 21 Jul 2019

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