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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. Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - bird box making

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    Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - bird box making

    Type

    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Bring your nature explorers to Brimham for this bird box making workshop. With 70 bird boxes at Brimham Rocks there are plenty of birds to spot. Discover how the rangers and volunteers look after these bird boxes and make your own to take home.

    Come and see Brimham differently through…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    23 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
    From:
    23 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
  2. Royal Hall Open Days

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    Royal Hall Open Days

    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.

    Dates

    From:
    26 Feb 2020 To 26 Feb 2020
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    11 Mar 2020 To 11 Mar 2020
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    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
  3. Stargazing with York Astronomical Society

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    Stargazing with York Astronomical Society

    Type

    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    The open countryside is the perfect place to see the amazing night sky and to gaze at the natural beauty of the stars and constellations above. We've teamed up with York Astronomical Society who'll be bringing along their telescopes and expert knowledge to Brimham. In the event of poor visibility,…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    1 Mar 2020 To 1 Mar 2020
    From:
    1 Mar 2020 To 1 Mar 2020
  4. Joe Cornish landscape photography workshops

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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:
    7 Mar 2020 To 7 Mar 2020
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    7 Mar 2020 To 7 Mar 2020
    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
  5. Knaresborough Civic Society Speaker's Meeting

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    Knaresborough Civic Society Speaker's Meeting

    Type

    Heritage

    Knaresborough

    We are pleased to welcome Jemima Parker from Zero Carbon Harrogate to talk to us. This year the environment is a key area for Civic Societies to become engaged with so this should be a useful and entertaining talk for us. The cost for members will be £3 and for non-members will be £5. Joining…

    Dates

    From:
    10 Mar 2020 To 10 Mar 2020
  6. An atmospheric photo showing the rock formations and plant life.

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    Geology walk at Brimham Rocks

    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:
    16 Mar 2020 To 16 Mar 2020
    From:
    16 Mar 2020 To 16 Mar 2020
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    28 Jun 2020 To 28 Jun 2020
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    28 Jun 2020 To 28 Jun 2020
  7. A group of walkers on a sunny winters day

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    Brimham Rocks through the ages

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    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:
    20 Mar 2020 To 20 Mar 2020
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    20 Mar 2020 To 20 Mar 2020
    From:
    27 Apr 2020 To 27 Apr 2020
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    27 Apr 2020 To 27 Apr 2020
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    21 May 2020 To 21 May 2020
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    21 May 2020 To 21 May 2020
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    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
    From:
    20 Sep 2020 To 20 Sep 2020
  8. Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - 50 Things launch

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    Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - 50 Things launch

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    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Come and see Brimham differently through activities that engage the senses, exercise your creativity and energise your interest in nature. This month we'll be undertaking adventures based upon the new list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾.

    No need to book, just turn up with your enthusiasm…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    22 Mar 2020 To 22 Mar 2020
    From:
    22 Mar 2020 To 22 Mar 2020
  9. Drawn to Rock - An exhibition by Joe Cornish

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    Drawn to Rock - An exhibition by Joe Cornish

    Type

    Spring

    Pateley Bridge

    See Brimham Rocks in a whole new light in an exciting exhibition by esteemed local photographer, Joe Cornish. Inspired to capture the beautiful landscape from a new perspective, Joe’s images reveal Brimham from a point of view few people see, at night. As part of the 50 years of the National Trust…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    4 Apr 2020 To 1 Nov 2020
    From:
    4 Apr 2020 To 1 Nov 2020
  10. Rock explorers at Brimham Rocks

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    Rock explorers at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Science

    Delve into the weird and wonderful world hidden away at Brimham Rocks. Discover a secret tunnel, an ancient foot print, and even a mysterious moving rock.

    Come and see Brimham differently through activities that engage the senses, exercise your creativity and energise your interest in…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    7 Apr 2020 To 7 Apr 2020
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    7 Apr 2020 To 7 Apr 2020
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    9 Apr 2020 To 9 Apr 2020
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    9 Apr 2020 To 9 Apr 2020
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    14 Apr 2020 To 14 Apr 2020
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    14 Apr 2020 To 14 Apr 2020
    From:
    16 Apr 2020 To 16 Apr 2020
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    16 Apr 2020 To 16 Apr 2020
  11. 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:
    15 Apr 2020 To 15 Apr 2020
    From:
    16 Apr 2020 To 16 Apr 2020
  12. 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!

    Join Harrogate Climbing Centre for a full day of bouldering, climbing and abseiling under the watchful eyes of qualified instructors. Perfect for children aged 7+. No previous experience needed and all…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    16 Apr 2020 To 16 Apr 2020
    From:
    16 Apr 2020 To 16 Apr 2020
    From:
    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
    From:
    19 Aug 2020 To 19 Aug 2020
  13. 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.

    Join Harrogate Climbing Centre for a full day weaseling, climbing and abseiling. Children must be accompanied by an adult (max 2 per adult). No previous experience required…

    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
    From:
    29 Aug 2020 To 29 Aug 2020
  14. 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
    From:
    11 May 2020 To 11 May 2020
    From:
    21 Sep 2020 To 21 Sep 2020
    From:
    21 Sep 2020 To 21 Sep 2020
  15. Going Digital - photography workshop at Brimham Rocks

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    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:
    16 May 2020 To 16 May 2020
    From:
    16 May 2020 To 16 May 2020
    From:
    27 Sep 2020 To 27 Sep 2020
    From:
    27 Sep 2020 To 27 Sep 2020
  16. Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - get to know a tree

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    Nature explorers at Brimham Rocks - get to know a tree

    Type

    Outdoor

    Pateley Bridge

    Come and see Brimham differently through activities that engage the senses, exercise your creativity and energise your interest in nature. This month we're looking at the different kinds of trees at Brimham Rocks. Learn how to tell the difference between trees and get creative printing with…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    17 May 2020 To 17 May 2020
    From:
    17 May 2020 To 17 May 2020
  17. 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
  18. Geocaching taster day

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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
  19. 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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