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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

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    The Settlers Society Exhibition

    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. Knasty Knaresborough

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    Knasty Knaresborough

    Type

    Heritage

    Knaresborough

    This summer discover criminal tales from Knaresborough’s past.  Each week a different local historical character will be put on trial and their story explored through family activities.

    Throughout the holidays you can pick up a Knasty Knaresborough trail to explore the museum and Castle or a...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Jul 2018 To 2 Sep 2018
  3. Summer Scientists

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    Summer Scientists

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Discover the importance of science in uncovering the past! Why has Harrogate got such stinky water? Experiment to see how the rocks under our feet created our spa town. Dig up some historical objects and find out all about them. Find out about artefacts from different parts of the world in our...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    21 Jul 2018 To 2 Sep 2018
  4. Discovering the Fountains Abbey Settlers Society

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    Discovering the Fountains Abbey Settlers Society

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Join a talk at Fountains Hall and take a short walk up to the site of huts. Help bring the stories of the settler boys to life.

    Dates

    From:
    22 Jul 2018 To 30 Sep 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:
    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. Mass for St Bernard

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    Mass for St Bernard

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    For Fountains Abbey St. Bernard of Clairvaux was an important figure. Bernard was a French abbot and monk who founded the Cistercian Order, and it was this order that the monks at Fountains chose to follow. To commemorate St. Bernard there will be a Mass held in the abbey. Everyone is welcome.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Aug 2018 To 20 Aug 2018
  7. 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
  8. Making your mark creative workshops at Beningbrough Hall

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    Making your mark creative workshops at Beningbrough Hall

    Type

    Workshop

    Boroughbridge

    Join an adult learning drop-in session every Friday in September to explore various creative writing techniques inspired by the current exhibition of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery. Each week we'll be exploring a different theme drawing on inspiration from the likes of J.K Rowling and...

    Dates

    From:
    7 Sep 2018 To 28 Sep 2018
  9. 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
  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. 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
  12. 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:
    4 Oct 2018 To 4 Oct 2018
    From:
    22 Oct 2018 To 22 Oct 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
  14. Allerton Castle Special Tour

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    Allerton Castle Special Tour

    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
  15. 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:
    15 Jul 2019 To 15 Jul 2019

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