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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. Harrogate Turkish Baths Guided Tours

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    Harrogate Turkish Baths Guided Tours

    Type

    Guided Walk

    Harrogate

    Guided tour of Harrogate's iconic Turkish Baths every Wednesday 9am-10am. Fee payable.

    Please note Tours are subject to availability

    Venue

    Turkish Baths & Health Spa, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2018 To 31 Dec 2018
  2. Royal Hall Open Day

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    Royal Hall Open Day

    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:
    25 Apr 2018 To 25 Apr 2018
    From:
    3 May 2018 To 3 May 2018
    From:
    16 May 2018 To 16 May 2018
  3. Caroline Norton Exhibition, at Markenfield Open Days

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    Caroline Norton Exhibition, at Markenfield Open Days

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    This year the unique and stunning Markenfield Hall will be holding an exhibition featuring the letters, poems and writing of Caroline Norton.  These treasured items from the Markenfield Archive give a glimpse into the life of Caroline Norton, sister in law of 3rd Lord Grantley, socialite and...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Apr 2018 To 13 May 2018
    From:
    10 Jun 2018 To 24 Jun 2018
  4. Mindful Walking at Brimham Rocks

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    Mindful Walking at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Active event

    Pateley Bridge

    Meet mindfulness expert Trish Nugent at Brimham Rocks car park to practice being fully present in the moment among the dramatic rock formations. It is a unique opportunity to take time out from your daily routine and try out being mindful. Calm your mind and focus on breathing while fully taking in...

    Dates

    From:
    18 May 2018 To 18 May 2018
  5. Tea & Tales with Allan Foster

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    Tea & Tales with Allan Foster

    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:
    27 Jun 2018 To 27 Jun 2018
    From:
    25 Jul 2018 To 25 Jul 2018
    From:
    15 Aug 2018 To 15 Aug 2018
    From:
    26 Sep 2018 To 26 Sep 2018
    From:
    17 Oct 2018 To 17 Oct 2018
    From:
    28 Nov 2018 To 28 Nov 2018
  6. Civil War in Knaresborough

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    Civil War in Knaresborough

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Knaresborough

    A spectacular experience from the days of the English Civil War, as re-enactors from the Sir Thomas Glemham's Regiment of the Sealed Knot Society create a living history village with cameos of 17th century life.

    Let us transport you back to a time when the sights and sounds of cannon, musket...

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    8 Jul 2018 To 8 Jul 2018
  7. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    Historical Vehicle Rally at Newby Hall

    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:
    17 Jul 2018 To 17 Jul 2018
  8. The Castle Under Siege!

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    The Castle Under Siege!

    Type

    Historic

    Knaresborough

    A special day discovering the weapons and weak spots that were used to attack Knaresborough Castle in the past.  Make your own weapons and take a tour to attack the ramparts!

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    11 Aug 2018 To 11 Aug 2018
  9. Guided tour of the Hall

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    Guided tour of the Hall

    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:
    3 Sep 2018 To 3 Sep 2018
    From:
    1 Oct 2018 To 1 Oct 2018
    From:
    5 Nov 2018 To 5 Nov 2018
  10. Heritage Open Days at the Royal Pump Room Museum

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    Heritage Open Days at the Royal Pump Room Museum

    Type

    Historic

    Harrogate

    Enjoy free entry to the Royal Pump Room Museum.  Heritage Open days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or usually charge for admission.  Discover other interesting local places to visit www...

    Venue

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    15 Sep 2018 To 16 Sep 2018
  11. Heritage Open Day at Knaresborough Castle

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    Heritage Open Day at Knaresborough Castle

    Type

    Historic

    Knaresborough

    Enjoy free entry to the Keep and Courthouse Museum.  Heritage Open days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or usually charge for admission.  Discover other interesting local places to visit www...

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    15 Sep 2018 To 15 Sep 2018
  12. Apple Day

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    Apple Day

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Sunday 30th September sees Apple Day return to Newby Hall. This is the last day of the season with lots and lots of apple based fun, games and activities. Central to Apple Day is the hotly contested Apple Throwing Championships whereby whoever throws an Apple the furthest over the River Ure wins...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2018 To 30 Sep 2018
  13. The Northern Antiques Fair

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    The Northern Antiques Fair

    Type

    Heritage

    Harrogate

    Welcome to The Northern Antiques Fair – the leading Autumn fair in Harrogate, held in association with BADA. This is an unmissable event for discerning collectors, interior designers, property owners and lovers of the finer things in life.

    For anyone interested in history and the arts, The...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Oct 2018 To 4 Oct 2018
    From:
    5 Oct 2018 To 6 Oct 2018
    From:
    7 Oct 2018 To 7 Oct 2018

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