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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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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