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Science & Nature Events

With nearly half the Harrogate District designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it won’t surprise you that wildlife is everywhere when you visit Harrogate, Ripon and Nidderdale.

A Natural Haven

What better to way to learn about and experience the natural world than to be guided by experts who can take you right to the best places to see remarkable species?  Wetland bird reserves and peat moorlands guarantee a range of waders and while curlew and oyster catchers are reliable regulars, the passing migrations means a number of other rarities are frequently spotted.

Natural Science

The events organised across our beautiful and rural area do not just cover nature, but also the scientific topics of the natural world, including talks on the science and evolution of the landscape and its moorlands.

Dark Sky Events

Through the winter months there are frequent events offering visitors a greater understanding of the sky at night, and what to look out for. 

The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has fantastically dark skies that truly showcase the majesty of the night sky. 

A number of events take place through the year that includes talks and photography and knowledgeable experts who can introduce you to the sky.

Natural Wonder

With a number of ancient woods, many of which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the flora and habitats to be seen are wonderful.  In May, carpets of bluebells turn the woodland floor into a carpet of vivid blue, and a number of walks and events are held to allow people to enjoy this spectacular sight without worrying about finding the right wood at the right time.

Guided through Nature

Guided nature walks reveal the range of birds around the woods or moors with local experts sparing you the pressure of hastily flicking through the bird book to identify that bunting or plover. 

Instead you can enjoy the spectacle as sky larks and northern lapwings dive and swoop above you.  Alternatively the crueller side of nature can be glimpsed as peregrine falcons, buzzards and kites search for carrion and prey.

While you may find deer tracks in many of the local woods only those up early, or particularly lucky will see them out in the woods.  Deer walk events allow you to glimpse these graceful creatures up close, learn about how the herds are cared for and in autumn, witness the savage clash as the antlered male’s battle for supremacy.

Events are added to the pages all the time so if you’re visiting in the future be sure to check back soon.

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Ongoing Events

  1. Busy Bees at Fountains Abbey

    Add Busy Bees at Fountains Abbey to your Itinerary

    Busy Bees at Fountains Abbey

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Keeping bees is quite a craft, the monks would have made ‘skeps’ to keep bees for their honey and highly-prized wax for making candles, honeyed wines, mead and for sweetening food as they didn’t have sugar. Swanley Grange turn into a hive of activity for this weekend with fun activities to get…

    Dates

    From:
    8 Aug 2020 To 9 Aug 2020
    From:
    29 Aug 2020 To 30 Aug 2020
  2. 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
  3. Fountains by Floodlight

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    Fountains by Floodlight

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Experience something truly special this autumn as you explore the illuminated ruins of Fountains Abbey. Listen to a live performance from the choir and join an evening guided tour, you might even catch a glimpse of our mysterious roving monk. 

    Visit the website for all information.

    £10…

    Dates

    From:
    3 Oct 2020 To 3 Oct 2020
    From:
    10 Oct 2020 To 10 Oct 2020
    From:
    17 Oct 2020 To 17 Oct 2020
    From:
    23 Oct 2020 To 23 Oct 2020
    From:
    24 Oct 2020 To 24 Oct 2020
    From:
    30 Oct 2020 To 30 Oct 2020
    From:
    31 Oct 2020 To 31 Oct 2020
  4. Carols by Candlelight

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    Carols by Candlelight

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    As Christmas fast approaches it’s time for our annual family carol service. Pick up a candle on your way in and see the flickering glow of nearly 1,000 candles light up the abbey cellarium. Grab a mulled wine or a hot chocolate and have a sing-a-long to all your favourite traditional carols. It's a…

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2020 To 6 Dec 2020
    From:
    13 Dec 2020 To 13 Dec 2020

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