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What's On Around Harrogate

Harrogate is fantastic all year round with plenty to see and do – but you might want to time your visit to catch one of our very special events when you see what’s on in Harrogate.

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show along with its sister show in autumn attracts some 100,000 green fingered plant enthusiasts each year and is the go-to event for anyone seeking inspiration for their garden.

The out of this world experience of hosting the finish of the first day of the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014 put Harrogate firmly on the UK cycling map and the legacy endures in the form of a number of events for amateurs and professionals alike.

Harrogate International Festivals now takes its place alongside the leading cultural events in the UK, with a varied program including the Crime Writing Festival, the Children’s festival, and the History Festival.

As well as attracting leading lights in their fields, the Festivals act as a showcase for up and coming talent. 

As you’d expect on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales rural life is never far away, but every July it comes to town with the Great Yorkshire Show, the largest agricultural show in Britain.

Around 130,000 visitors flock to Harrogate to see competitive classes of 5000 cattle, sheep and pigs – show jumping and equine competitions – Food Hall – Cookery Theatre - Fashion shows  - demonstrations and much much more.

There’s nearly always a show on in Harrogate, with the wealth of music, comedy and drama provided by the Harrogate Theatre, touring companies, the nation’s hottest comics and world renowned orchestras can all be found in the constantly updating line up. 

As the new home of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival you also can count on things going a little topsy turvy in August.

Live music has many homes in Harrogate from cover bands to stars of the underground music scene there’s always a distinctive sound to be found here.

Harrogate enjoys a wealth of world class venues in its Conference Centre, Pavilions, the Great Yorkshire Showground and the grade II Listed Royal Hall which host numerous events and exhibitions including BBC Good Food, Country Living, Cake & Bake and the Knitting Stitching show just to name a few.

Many of our local attractions also stage their own programmes of events appealing to all the family – take a look at National Trust Brimham Rocks, Ripley Castle and RHS Garden Harlow Carr.

You will be amazed by what’s on in Harrogate so don’t forget to check these pages before you visit!

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  1. Turner: Northern Exposure at the Mercer Art Gallery

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    Turner: Northern Exposure at the Mercer Art Gallery

    Type

    Show / Display

    Harrogate

    In 1797 JMW Turner embarked on an eight week tour of the North of England that would transform him from an architectural draftsman to a poet of the landscape.  At the time, he was just 22 years old.

    Northern Exposure is an exhibition of some of Turner’s output during this time and includes…

    Dates

    From:
    18 Jan 2020 To 19 Apr 2020
  2. Berwins Salon North : Inner Workings

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    Berwins Salon North : Inner Workings

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Three expert speakers deliver TED-style talks designed to change your life for the better. Presenting big ideas, and answering key questions in life, Salon was voted as number six in the 'Top 100 Things to do in the World' by GQ magazine.

    With economist Daniel Susskind, adventurer David Barrie,…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jan 2020 To 23 Jan 2020
  3. Winter Show

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    Winter Show

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    A fabulous exhibition of emerging and established artists from Yorkshire and further afield. Original contemporary paintings, ceramics, illustration and jewellery. Open every Friday and one weekend a month (10.30 - 4.00) or by arrangement. Please see website for further details.

    Dates

    From:
    24 Jan 2020 To 5 Apr 2020
  4. Tricksters

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    Tricksters

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Get up close to the impossible with accomplished showmen, Forster & Smith.

    Dressed in your finest attire, you'll enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival in the opulent surroundings of Harrogate's finest hotel. Pull up a chair in the evocative setting of a private suite where you'll witness an…

    Dates

    From:
    25 Jan 2020 To 25 Jan 2020
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    22 Feb 2020 To 22 Feb 2020
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    14 Mar 2020 To 14 Mar 2020
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    11 Apr 2020 To 11 Apr 2020
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    23 May 2020 To 23 May 2020
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    13 Jun 2020 To 13 Jun 2020
  5. Fun Burns night supper

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    Fun Burns night supper

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Harrogate

    Here at The Cairn Hotel we have a fun Burns night supper
    2 course dinner with tea or coffee and a wee dram of whiskey, Ceilidh band and dancing until 12.30am for only £28.00pp. If you wanted to make the most of your night out then why not add accommodation from £56.00pp. Single & sole occupancy…

    Dates

    From:
    25 Jan 2020 To 25 Jan 2020
  6. Harrogate International Sunday Series: Andreas Haefliger

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    Harrogate International Sunday Series: Andreas Haefliger

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    Harrogate International Festivals

    Harrogate

    Harrogate International Festivals' season of coffee concerts returns to the Old Swan Hotel with an international line-up of world-class chamber musicians. 

    Coming from a rich tradition, pianist Andreas Haefliger “belongs to that elite group of interpreters…one of the most serious, questing…

    Dates

    From:
    2 Feb 2020 To 2 Feb 2020
  7. Lunchtime Chambermusic Concert

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    Lunchtime Chambermusic Concert

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    Concert

    Harrogate

    The Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan, violin, Adi Tal, cello and Mary Dullea, piano) plays Clara Schumann: Piano Trio Op 17 and Schubert:
    Piano Trio Op 100

    Dates

    From:
    3 Feb 2020 To 3 Feb 2020
  8. Kendal Mountain Festival Tour - Harrogate

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    Kendal Mountain Festival Tour - Harrogate

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Fire up your imagination and join us for an incredible night of adventure.
    Watch a collection of the best short films from our 2019 Festival on the big screen – stories of human endurance, breathtaking environments and soul- stirring journeys.
    Plus hear from award-winning travel writer Antonia…

    Dates

    From:
    7 Feb 2020 To 7 Feb 2020
  9. Winter Spaces - An Evening of Music with Straybirds

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    Winter Spaces - An Evening of Music with Straybirds

    Type

    Music

    Harrogate

    Straybirds choir, together with friends and special guests, present 'Winter Spaces'. Join us as we step into winter, bringing you an expansive soundscape of song, spoken word, instrumental music, breath and silence. So turn your collars against the cold, bring your warmest of hearts and feel the…

    Dates

    From:
    8 Feb 2020 To 8 Feb 2020
  10. Harrogate International Sunday Series: Sheku Kanneh-Mason

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    Harrogate International Sunday Series: Sheku Kanneh-Mason

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    Harrogate International Festivals

    Harrogate

    Harrogate International Festivals' season of coffee concerts returns to the Old Swan Hotel with an international line-up of world-class chamber musicians. 

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason, one of the brightest young stars on the classical music scene, became a household name worldwide in May 2018 after…

    Dates

    From:
    9 Feb 2020 To 9 Feb 2020
  11. 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:
    12 Feb 2020 To 12 Feb 2020
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    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
  12. Flights of Fancy modern mosaic exhibition

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    Flights of Fancy modern mosaic exhibition

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    A selling exhibition of modern mosaics from members of the British Association for Modern Mosaic, with a theme of Flights of Fancy.

    Dates

    From:
    15 Feb 2020 To 1 Mar 2020
  13. 'Lost Babes in Space!' pantomime

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    'Lost Babes in Space!' pantomime

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Prepare for lift-off and join the Pannal Players on their journey into space this February half-term in their pun-tomime 'Lost Babes in Space!'. It's the year 2069. Those that can are heading for the stars to colonise outer space. One such mission is led by evil scientist Dr Gaylord Prod who seeks…

    Dates

    From:
    19 Feb 2020 To 22 Feb 2020
  14. Spring Quilt Festival Harrogate

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    Spring Quilt Festival Harrogate

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Spring Quilt Festival Harrogate 2020 will return to the Yorkshire Event Centre in February. This popular patchwork, quilting, craft and needlework show featuring displays from well known quilters and textile artists.

    You can shop for all your new supplies and even attend one of the daily workshops…

    Dates

    From:
    21 Feb 2020 To 22 Feb 2020
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    23 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
  15. Wesley Centre Concerts with Julien Brocal

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    Wesley Centre Concerts with Julien Brocal

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    Concert

    Harrogate

    The French pianist Julien Brocal returns to the Wesley Centre to for an evening recital prior to his London debut at the Wigmore Hall. His programme is: Mozart: Piano Sonata in B flat K333 J S Bach: English Suite No. 3 in G minor BWV808 Interval Chopin: 24 Preludes Op. 28

    Dates

    From:
    29 Feb 2020 To 29 Feb 2020
  16. Harrogate International Sunday Series: Ashwell Trio

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    Harrogate International Sunday Series: Ashwell Trio

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    Harrogate International Festivals

    Harrogate

    Harrogate International Festivals' season of coffee concerts returns to the Old Swan Hotel with an international line-up of world-class chamber musicians. 

    Callum Smart | violin Ben Goldscheider | horn Richard Uttley | piano

    Callum Smart attracted wide public attention at the age of…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Mar 2020 To 1 Mar 2020
  17. Wesley Centre Concerts - Susana Gaspar and Emma Abbate (

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    Wesley Centre Concerts - Susana Gaspar and Emma Abbate (

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    Concert

    Harrogate

    Susana Gaspar  (soprano) and Emma Abbate (piano) give a lunchtime concert, performing songs by  Schubert, Debussy (Fetes Galantes), Resphigi, Rodrigo (Cuatro madrigals amatorios) and Korngold (Songs of the Clown)

    Dates

    From:
    2 Mar 2020 To 2 Mar 2020
  18. Harrogate Charity Beer Festival

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    Harrogate Charity Beer Festival

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Harrogate

    The Harrogate Charity Beer Festival is set to return from 6-7 March 2020. With a host of beers, wines and ciders to try and with prosecco and gin available this is set to be a great evening out.

    Don't forget that Sponsorship Packages are also available please see website for details.

    Dates

    From:
    6 Mar 2020 To 6 Mar 2020
    From:
    7 Mar 2020 To 7 Mar 2020
  19. Harrogate International Sunday Series: Esmé Quartet

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    Harrogate International Sunday Series: Esmé Quartet

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    Harrogate International Festivals

    Harrogate

    Harrogate International Festivals' season of coffee concerts returns to the Old Swan Hotel with an international line-up of world-class chamber musicians. 

    Wonhee Bae | violin Yuna Ha | violin Jiwon Kim | viola Ye-eun Heo | cello

    The Esmé Quartet, a string quartet formed of four young…

    Dates

    From:
    15 Mar 2020 To 15 Mar 2020
  20. The Yorkshire Motorhome and Campervan Show

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    The Yorkshire Motorhome and Campervan Show

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    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    The Yorkshire Motorhome and Campervan Show 2020 will showcase over 300 new and used motorhomes.

    Held at the Yorkshire Event Centre across Hall 1, Hall 2 and external exhibition space.

    Come and see displays and products from a selection of over 30 national and local dealers. Catering for both…

    Dates

    From:
    20 Mar 2020 To 22 Mar 2020
  21. Berwins Salon North: March 2020

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    Berwins Salon North: March 2020

    Type

    Lecture

    Harrogate

    Three expert speakers deliver TED-style talks designed to change your life for the better. Presenting big ideas, and answering key questions in life, Salon was voted as number six in the 'Top 100 Things to do in the World' by GQ magazine.

    With rest expert Claudia Hammond, science writer and…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Mar 2020 To 26 Mar 2020
  22. Harrogate International Sunday Series: Joseph Moog

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    Harrogate International Sunday Series: Joseph Moog

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    Harrogate International Festivals

    Harrogate

    Harrogate International Festivals' season of coffee concerts returns to the Old Swan Hotel with an international line-up of world-class chamber musicians. 

    The son of two orchestra musicians, Joseph Moog’s ability to combine exquisite technical skill with a mature and intelligent musicality…

    Dates

    From:
    5 Apr 2020 To 5 Apr 2020
  23. Wesley Centre Concerts -  Daniel Tong

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    Wesley Centre Concerts - Daniel Tong

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    Concert

    Harrogate

    Daniel Tong (piano) gives a lunchtime redital playing Brahms' Piano Sonta no 3 and the Three Intermezzi Op 117

    Dates

    From:
    6 Apr 2020 To 6 Apr 2020
  24. Harrogate Spring Flower Show

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    Harrogate Spring Flower Show

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    Show / Display

    Harrogate

    Join us to celebrate a century of showing!

    The North of England Horticultural Society supported its first show in 1920 and the rest, as they say, is history.

    We are celebrating this major milestone with a special Roaring 20s spring theme taking you back to the days of Art Deco, Charlie…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Apr 2020 To 26 Apr 2020
  25. Wesley Centre Concerts - Ashley Riches and Joseph Middleton

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    Wesley Centre Concerts - Ashley Riches and Joseph Middleton

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    Concert

    Harrogate

    Ashley Riches (bass-baritone) and Joseph Middleton (piano) give a lunchtime song recital on the theme of A Musical Zo

    Dates

    From:
    11 May 2020 To 11 May 2020
  26. Wesley Centre Concerts with Clare Hammond

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    Wesley Centre Concerts with Clare Hammond

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    Concert

    Harrogate

    Clare Hammond returns to Harrogate prior to her debut in the International Piano Seies at London' s South Bank Centre. Programme: Mendelssohn: Songs without words - Book 6, Op.67 Beethoven: Sonata in C, Op.2 No.3 Interval Albéniz: El Puerto; Evocación from Iberia, Bk.1; Triana from Iberia, Bk.2 L.…

    Dates

    From:
    16 May 2020 To 16 May 2020
  27. Robbie Williams Tribute

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    Robbie Williams Tribute

    Type

    Concert

    Harrogate

    If you like tribute nights then you are in for a treat!! Here at The Cairn Hotel we have Robbie Williams tribute night which includes a 2 course dinner with coffee, tribute act and a disco until midnight for only £27.00pp. If you wanted to dance the night away without the worry of travelling home…

    Dates

    From:
    23 May 2020 To 24 May 2020
  28. Wesley Centre Concerts - Lorenzo Gatto and Julien Lieber

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    Wesley Centre Concerts - Lorenzo Gatto and Julien Lieber

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    Concert

    Harrogate

    The Belgian duo, Lorenzo Gatto (violin) and Julien Lieber (piano) give a lunchtime piano recital

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jun 2020 To 1 Jun 2020
  29. Harrogate Music Festival

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    Harrogate Music Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Harrogate

    The Hallé Orchestra return to Harrogate, bringing the quality and excitement they did under the baton of Sir Barbiroll. From the Leeds International Piano Competition winner Eric Lu, to the youngest ever joint winner of the Junior 1st Prize at the Menuhin Competition in 2018, Christian Li,…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jul 2020 To 31 Jul 2020
  30. Lunchtime Jazz Concert with The Richard Wetherall Trio

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    Lunchtime Jazz Concert with The Richard Wetherall Trio

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    Concert

    Harrogate

    The Richard Wetherall Trio (Richard Wetherall-piano, Steve Buckley -guitar, Pete Turner-bass) end the Wesley Centre Concerts with lunchtime jazz

    Dates

    From:
    6 Jul 2020 To 6 Jul 2020
  31. Harrogate International Festivals - Museum Of The Moon

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    Harrogate International Festivals - Museum Of The Moon

    Type

    Science

    Harrogate

    Museum of the Moon: An out of this world experience for the whole family…

    Imagine having the moon close enough to be able to nip over to its dark side and see what’s happening in its nooks. Luke Jerram’s touring artwork Museum of the Moon allows you to do just that – well almost!

     To mark…

    Dates

    From:
    7 Jul 2020 To 14 Jul 2020
  32. Freddie Mercury Tribute

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    Freddie Mercury Tribute

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    Concert

    Harrogate

    If you like tribute nights then you are in for a treat!! Here at The Cairn Hotel we have Freddie Mercury tribute night which includes a 2 course dinner with coffee, tribute act and a disco until midnight for only £27.00pp. If you wanted to dance the night away without the worry of travelling home…

    Dates

    From:
    15 Aug 2020 To 16 Aug 2020
  33. Great Northern Quilt and Needlecraft Show

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    Great Northern Quilt and Needlecraft Show

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    An open competitive quilt show with entries invited from all over the world. Beautiful feature display quilts from well-known quilters and textile artists.

    A variety of exhibitors selling patchwork & quilting supplies for all your needs. Demonstrators on hand to show you their techniques and to…

    Dates

    From:
    4 Sep 2020 To 5 Sep 2020
    From:
    6 Sep 2020 To 6 Sep 2020
  34. Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

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    Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

    Type

    Show / Display

    Harrogate

    Join us for the 2020 Harrogate Autumn Flower Show at our fabulous new venue, Newby Hall & Gardens.

    Situated just off the A1M, Newby Hall is a jewel in the crown of North Yorkshire with one of the country’s finest 18th Century stately homes and was recently voted 2019 Historic Houses Garden of…

    Dates

    From:
    18 Sep 2020 To 20 Sep 2020
  35. Harrogate Comedy Festival

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    Harrogate Comedy Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Harrogate

    The 8th annual Harrogate Comedy Festival (1st-16th Oct 2016) features handpicked acts from across the globe to the town. With acts from Australia, America, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Europe it’s a comedy festival with an exciting international twist.

    The 2016 line-up includes Ross Noble,…

    Venue

    Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    7 Oct 2020 To 19 Oct 2020
  36. George Michael Tribute

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    George Michael Tribute

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    Concert

    Harrogate

    If you like tribute nights then you are in for a treat!! Here at The Cairn Hotel we have George Michael tribute night which includes a 2 course dinner with coffee, tribute act and a disco until midnight for only £27.00pp. If you wanted to dance the night away without the worry of travelling home…

    Dates

    From:
    14 Nov 2020 To 15 Nov 2020
  37. Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair

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    Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    Christmas is a time for celebration and what better way to start the festive season than with a trip to the Harrogate Country Living Christmas Fair.

    Meet hundreds of artisan designers and makers along with regional food producers, all under one roof. A lively programme of talks, demonstrations…

    Dates

    From:
    5 Dec 2020 To 8 Dec 2020

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