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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. A group of walkers on a sunny winters day

    Add Brimham Rocks through the ages to your Itinerary

    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:
    22 Feb 2019 To 22 Feb 2019
  2. Half Term - Making Harrogate at the Royal Pump Room Museum

    Add Half Term - Making Harrogate at the Royal Pump Room Museum to your Itinerary

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    We're celebrating our beautiful town and surrounding area in the museum this half term!

    Add your favourite building or special local place to our felt collage.

    Enjoy our new toys celebrating Harrogate's past including a doll's house!  There's lots of dressing up and colouring too.

    ...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    23 Feb 2019 To 3 Mar 2019
  3. An atmospheric photo showing the rock formations and plant life.

    Add Geology walk at Brimham Rocks to your Itinerary

    Type

    Science

    Pateley Bridge

    From giant ferns and salamander's footprints to enormous mountains higher than the Himalayas, find out how Brimham Rocks came to be. Join the geology guide as you take in these amazing rock formations through a 90 minute guided walk, discovering how they came to be through 320 million years of...

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    11 Mar 2019 To 11 Mar 2019
  4. The Life and Times of St Robert of Knaresborough

    Add The Life and Times of St Robert of Knaresborough to your Itinerary

    Type

    Heritage

    Knaresborough

    Peter Lacey, a well known Knaresborian, will talk to the Knaresborough Civic Society about St Robert. Peter has been instrumental in our celebrations last year of the 800th anniversary of the death of St Robert and is the author of "Tales of the Celebrity Hermit".  If anyone knows about the life...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Mar 2019 To 12 Mar 2019
  5. A group of walkers on a sunny winters day

    Add Brimham Rocks through the ages to your Itinerary

    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:
    22 Mar 2019 To 22 Mar 2019
  6. Two children exploring the rocks

    Add Homes for wildlife at Brimham Rocks to your Itinerary

    Type

    Science

    Bring your nature explorers to this drop in session looking at the wildlife at Brimham Rocks. What creepie crawlies are hiding at Brimham? Discover more about them and how the rangers look after their habitats.

    Come and see Brimham differently through activities that engage the senses,...

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    23 Mar 2019 To 23 Mar 2019
  7. 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
  8. 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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