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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. Royal Hall Open Days 2020

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    Royal Hall Open Days 2020

    Type

    Heritage

    Harrogate

    The Royal Hall will open its door to the public once more during 2020. Come along and see Harrogate's glittering palace of gold. Take a tour with one of our knowledgeable guides at either 11.00am or 2.00pm. Entry free.

     

    This event will unfortunately no longer be going ahead on the…

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    From:
    8 Apr 2020 To 8 Apr 2020
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    6 May 2020 To 6 May 2020
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    23 May 2020 To 23 May 2020
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    2 Jun 2020 To 2 Jun 2020
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    16 Jun 2020 To 16 Jun 2020
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    8 Jul 2020 To 8 Jul 2020
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    29 Jul 2020 To 29 Jul 2020
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    26 Aug 2020 To 26 Aug 2020
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    2 Sep 2020 To 2 Sep 2020
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    29 Sep 2020 To 29 Sep 2020
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    14 Oct 2020 To 14 Oct 2020
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    27 Oct 2020 To 27 Oct 2020
  2. Tea & Tales with Alan Foster & Dr Keith Jones

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    Tea & Tales with Alan Foster & Dr Keith Jones

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Join us for a guided tour of the Hall – with a difference – and with guides Keith Jones and Allan Foster.

    Former Senior Guide at nearby Fountains Abbey (and retired lecturer on Astrophysics) Dr Keith Jones will introduce the long and varied history of Markenfield, the Markenfield and Grantley…

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jun 2020 To 3 Jun 2020
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    8 Jul 2020 To 8 Jul 2020
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    12 Aug 2020 To 12 Aug 2020
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    9 Sep 2020 To 9 Sep 2020
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    14 Oct 2020 To 14 Oct 2020
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    11 Nov 2020 To 11 Nov 2020
  3. Open Days at Markenfield Hall

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    Open Days at Markenfield Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Tucked privately away along a mile-long winding drive, just three miles south of Ripon, Markenfield Hall has been described as Yorkshire's best-kept secret. Not visible from the road, a glimpse of the imposing east wall cannot be seen until visitors reach the old Mediaeval road near to the top of…

    Dates

    From:
    14 Jun 2020 To 28 Jun 2020
  4. National Trust/ Jaanika Reinvald

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    Brimham Rocks through the ages

    Type

    Active event

    Join this guided walk to discover Brimham's history, from the last ice age that helped form these weird and wonderful rock formations, to the stories of the people who lived here and called Brimham home

    Let our guide walk and talk you through the last 320 milion years in a 90 minute journey…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jun 2020 To 23 Jun 2020
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    23 Jun 2020 To 23 Jun 2020
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    13 Jul 2020 To 13 Jul 2020
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    13 Jul 2020 To 13 Jul 2020
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    25 Aug 2020 To 25 Aug 2020
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    25 Aug 2020 To 25 Aug 2020
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    20 Sep 2020 To 20 Sep 2020
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    20 Sep 2020 To 20 Sep 2020
  5. Joe Cornish, commissioned by National Trust Brimham Rocks

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    Joe Cornish landscape photography workshops

    Type

    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Brimham Rocks makes the perfect place to practice and hone your landscape photography skills, both in daylight and after dark. But if you're looking to get the best photographs why not spend an afternoon and evening with a real expert. In the first of only three workshops in 2020 renowned Yorkshire…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    28 Jun 2020 To 28 Jun 2020
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    28 Jun 2020 To 28 Jun 2020
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    2 Jul 2020 To 2 Jul 2020
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    2 Jul 2020 To 2 Jul 2020
  6. Guided Tours of Markenfield Hall

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    Guided Tours of Markenfield Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Open for just 30 afternoons each year, the Hall is not always easy to visit. So – by popular demand – it will be open to the public for five extra afternoons this year.

    Because the Hall is relatively small, and general parking is limited, it has been decided to make the afternoons "by appointment…

    Dates

    From:
    20 Apr 2020 To 20 Apr 2020
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    29 Jun 2020 To 29 Jun 2020
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    27 Jul 2020 To 27 Jul 2020
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    28 Sep 2020 To 28 Sep 2020
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    26 Oct 2020 To 26 Oct 2020
  7. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    Historic Vehicle Rally at Newby Hall

    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:
    19 Jul 2020 To 19 Jul 2020
  8. Kids outdoor day

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    Kids outdoor day

    Type

    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Come and explore high and low with Harrogate Climbing Centre on an adventure just for kids!

     

    This event will unfortunately no longer be going ahead on in April or May. 

    Join Harrogate Climbing Centre for a full day of bouldering, climbing and abseiling under the watchful eyes of…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    16 Apr 2020 To 16 Apr 2020
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    16 Apr 2020 To 16 Apr 2020
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    27 May 2020 To 27 May 2020
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    27 May 2020 To 27 May 2020
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    22 Jul 2020 To 22 Jul 2020
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    22 Jul 2020 To 22 Jul 2020
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    5 Aug 2020 To 5 Aug 2020
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    5 Aug 2020 To 5 Aug 2020
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    19 Aug 2020 To 19 Aug 2020
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    19 Aug 2020 To 19 Aug 2020
  9. National Trust Images / John Millar

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    Geocaching taster day

    Type

    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Bring your little adventurers for a digital treasure hunt at Brimham Rocks.

    Come along for a digital treasure hunt. Learn geocaching basics with our knowledgeable volunteers and make your way around the caches hidden around the rocks. Bring a fully charged phone and plenty of enthusiasm. There…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    22 Jul 2020 To 22 Jul 2020
    From:
    22 Jul 2020 To 22 Jul 2020
  10. Family outdoor day

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    Family outdoor day

    Type

    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Get the whole family exploring Brimham from a dramatic new angle in an exciting adventure with Harrogate Climbing Centre.

    This event will unfortunately no longer be going ahead on in April or May. 

    Join Harrogate Climbing Centre for a full day weaseling, climbing and abseiling. Children…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    18 Apr 2020 To 18 Apr 2020
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    18 Apr 2020 To 18 Apr 2020
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    30 May 2020 To 30 May 2020
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    30 May 2020 To 30 May 2020
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    1 Aug 2020 To 1 Aug 2020
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    1 Aug 2020 To 1 Aug 2020
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    15 Aug 2020 To 15 Aug 2020
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    15 Aug 2020 To 15 Aug 2020
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    29 Aug 2020 To 29 Aug 2020
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    29 Aug 2020 To 29 Aug 2020
  11. Tour & Tea at Markenfield Hall

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    Tour & Tea at Markenfield Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Just as it sounds, A Tour & A Tea is a guided tour of the Hall by one of our highly knowledgeable guides, followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea lovingly prepared by Elizabeth Dennison of The Dusty Miller.

    The tour will begin at 2:00pm, and will be followed by Afternoon Tea at 3:30pm.

    We can…

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    From:
    6 Aug 2020 To 6 Aug 2020
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    13 Aug 2020 To 13 Aug 2020
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    20 Aug 2020 To 20 Aug 2020
  12. Discover climbing with Harrogate Climbing Centre at Brimham Rocks

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    Discover climbing with Harrogate Climbing Centre at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Ever fancied having a go at climbing the magical rocks? Join Harrogate Climbing Centre for a 30 minute session to learn the ropes.

    Scale the heights at Brimham Rocks through this introductory climbing session. Discover how to climb the weird and wonderful rock formations and maybe uncover a…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    5 Sep 2020 To 5 Sep 2020
    From:
    5 Sep 2020 To 5 Sep 2020
  13. Yoga class outdoors at Brimham Rocks

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    Mindful Yoga at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Active event

    Pateley Bridge

    Join Yoga instructor Caroline to practice gentle Yoga postures and sequences to unwind tension from the body and improve flexibility and strength while exploring your connection to nature.

    In the January Yoga class we'll be concentrating on breath work and setting intentions for the coming…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    11 May 2020 To 11 May 2020
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    11 May 2020 To 11 May 2020
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    21 Sep 2020 To 21 Sep 2020
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    21 Sep 2020 To 21 Sep 2020
  14. Image copyright Pandora Maund

    Add Going Digital - photography workshop at Brimham Rocks to your Itinerary

    Going Digital - photography workshop at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    The far-reaching views from Brimham can be awe-inspiring. Can you capture them on camera?

    Explore this inspirational place through the lens as you learn about composition and exposure while using polarising and graduated filters to create dramatic landscape photography.

    Call 07802…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    27 Sep 2020 To 27 Sep 2020
    From:
    27 Sep 2020 To 27 Sep 2020
  15. 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:
    4 Oct 2020 To 4 Oct 2020

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