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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. Discovering the Fountains Abbey Settlers Society

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    Discovering the Fountains Abbey Settlers Society

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Pop into Fountains Hall and discover the Settler's Society. Help bring the stories of the settler boys to life.

    Dates

    From:
    9 Apr 2019 To 31 Dec 2019
  2. Yoga class outdoors at Brimham Rocks

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    Mindful Yoga at National Trust Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Active event

    Pateley Bridge

    The Autumn Equinox is the perfect time to explore balance in our Yoga practice. And Yoga is the perfect way to bring balance to body and mind. At the Autumn Equinox there is a shift of emphasis from Sun to Moon, light to dark, action to contemplation, fruitfulness to composting, building up to…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    23 Sep 2019 To 23 Sep 2019
    From:
    27 Jan 2020 To 27 Jan 2020
  3. A group of walkers on a sunny winters day

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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:
    8 Oct 2019 To 8 Oct 2019
    From:
    16 Nov 2019 To 16 Nov 2019
    From:
    1 Dec 2019 To 1 Dec 2019
    From:
    11 Jan 2020 To 11 Jan 2020
  4. An atmospheric photo showing the rock formations and plant life.

    Add Geology walk at Brimham Rocks to your Itinerary

    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:
    14 Oct 2019 To 14 Oct 2019
  5. Halloween brooms

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    Halloween Broom Making at Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Traditional

    Pateley Bridge

    All witches and wizards need a broom this Halloween – can you make your own? Join us on 29, 30 & 31 October to learn how to make a traditional broom at Brimham Rocks. Brooms are £5 each and reuse the birch wood our rangers felled at Brimham during essential conservation work.

    Please book your…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    29 Oct 2019 To 31 Oct 2019
  6. Family audience around Christmas tree

    Add Midwinter Storytelling at National Trust Brimham Rocks, to your Itinerary

    Midwinter Storytelling at National Trust Brimham Rocks,

    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 28 & 29 December for 40 minutes…

    Venue

    Brimham Rocks, Pateley Bridge

    Dates

    From:
    28 Dec 2019 To 28 Dec 2019
    From:
    29 Dec 2019 To 29 Dec 2019
  7. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    Historical 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:
    21 Jul 2020 To 21 Jul 2020

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