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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. Harrogate Turkish Baths Guided Tours

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    Harrogate Turkish Baths Guided Tours

    Type

    Guided Walk

    Harrogate

    Guided tour of Harrogate's iconic Turkish Baths every Wednesday 9am-10am. Fee payable.

    Please note Tours are subject to availability

    Venue

    Turkish Baths & Health Spa, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2017 To 31 Dec 2017
  2. Sheila Bownas: A Yorkshire Life in Pattern

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    Sheila Bownas: A Yorkshire Life in Pattern

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    A wonderful new exhibition featuring more than 100 bold and colourful patterns from the 1950's, 60's and 70s from a Yorkshire based textile designer.

    Educated in Skipton, Bownas showed artistic promise from an early age.  In 1941 she secured a junior art scholarship to attend Skipton Art...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    9 Sep 2017 To 7 Jan 2018
  3. Katharine Holmes: In Grandmother's Footsteps

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    Katharine Holmes: In Grandmother's Footsteps

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Katharine Holmes's grandmother Constance Pearson was an artist, and so was her mother Philippa Holmes.  All three generations lived and worked in High Barn Cottage, Malham, in the Yorkshire Dales.  For the last two years Katharine has been exploring the places Constance visited, including Cornwall,...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    16 Sep 2017 To 14 Jan 2018
  4. Hackfall Woods Liza Dracup Mercer Art Gallery Harrogate

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    Liza Dracup: Landmarks

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    New work by Yorkshire photographer Liza Dracup inspired by the visualisation of the landscape of northern England found in the work of early photographers in the Mercer's photographer collection.

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    17 Sep 2017 To 8 Jan 2018
  5. 'Yorkshire Created' Exhibition

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    'Yorkshire Created' Exhibition

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    This show marks the one year anniversary of Silson Contemporary, Harrogate.

    In celebration of the occasion, work on show demonstrates the influence of our beautiful and varied county on the practise of all exhibiting artists.

    Paintings, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery. Open every Friday...

    Dates

    From:
    7 Oct 2017 To 19 Jan 2018
  6. PQA Harrogate

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    PQA Harrogate

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    PQA is a weekend performing arts academy providing tuition for children and young people from 3-18 years. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through hour-long sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Students are split into groups according to their age and are...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Oct 2017 To 31 Dec 2018
    From:
    11 Oct 2017 To 31 Dec 2018
  7. Christmas Crafts Showcase

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    Christmas Crafts Showcase

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    24 October – 23 November: Bath House Gallery - Christmas Crafts Showcase
    Pop to Harlow Carr's Bath House Gallery for a festive gift with a difference – from jewellery, scarves and handbags to children's baking kits and Christmas decorations. Normal garden admission.

    Dates

    From:
    24 Oct 2017 To 23 Nov 2017
  8. 45 RPM - featuring Gered Mankowitz and Christian Furr

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    45 RPM - featuring Gered Mankowitz and Christian Furr

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    We are delighted to present:

    45 RPM - a unique collaboration between Gered Mankowitz and Christian Furr.

    The exhibtion marks the first time these stunnning original works will be displayed since their launch at 45 Park Lane, London.

    Please join us for the exclusive launch event...

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2017 To 16 Dec 2017
  9. Latin Jazz

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    Latin Jazz

    Type

    Music

    Harrogate

    A night of Latin American Jazz featuring Tina Featherstone sax/flute & Derrick Harris guitar with piano, bass & drums
    Free entry to the newly refurbished function room which is upstairs at the Empress

    Dates

    From:
    21 Nov 2017 To 21 Nov 2017
  10. Sewing Sessions with the Jenni Smith Studio: Tote Bag

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    Sewing Sessions with the Jenni Smith Studio: Tote Bag

    Type

    Workshop

    Harrogate

    Textile artist Jenni Smith brings this exciting workshop to the Mercer Art Gallery where you can make a beautiful keepsake with prints from the Sheila Bownas Archive.  Carry a little bit of Sheila Bownas with you everywhere with the chance to make this stylish tote bag.  No sewing experience needed.

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    22 Nov 2017 To 22 Nov 2017
  11. Weetons Christmas Evening

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    Weetons Christmas Evening

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    It's the Weetons Christmas Entertain Evening on Thursday 23rd November 18:00 – 21:00, and the whole of West Park will be joining in the festivities with special offers, tastings and give-aways.

    Weetons will be showcasing the very best of their Christmas hampers as well as sampling from the new...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2017 To 23 Nov 2017
  12. GLOW Winter Illuminations

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    GLOW Winter Illuminations

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    23 November – 30 December: 'Glow' Winter Illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr
    See Harlow Carr in a different light this winter as special lighting effects bring a touch of magic to the most northerly RHS garden in Harrogate. Enjoy an illuminated trail around the magnificent trees and shrubs as...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2017 To 25 Nov 2017
    From:
    30 Nov 2017 To 2 Dec 2017
    From:
    7 Dec 2017 To 9 Dec 2017
    From:
    14 Dec 2017 To 16 Dec 2017
    From:
    21 Dec 2017 To 23 Dec 2017
    From:
    28 Dec 2017 To 30 Dec 2017
  13. The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

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    The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Fabric art and craft fans - don't miss The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate on 24th-27th November. It's the perfect place to get great ideas, learn new skills and meet like-minded people.

    Visitors can enjoy practical workshops, demonstrations and interactive features covering every aspect of...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2017 To 26 Nov 2017
  14. Sewing Sessions with the Jenni Smith Studio: Lampshade

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    Sewing Sessions with the Jenni Smith Studio: Lampshade

    Type

    Workshop

    Harrogate

    Textile artist Jenni Smith brings this exciting workshop to the Mercer Art Gallery where you can make a beautiful keepsake with prints from the Sheila Bownas Archive. This is a chance to make a covered lampshade for either a hanging or table lamp using very limited edition Sheila Bownas fabric....

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2017 To 23 Nov 2017
  15. FREE Cream Tea And Dance

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    FREE Cream Tea And Dance

    Type

    Music

    Wetherby

    Home Cook would like to invite you to join our free admission monthly Cream Tea And Dance taking place on the last Friday of Every month at Spofforh Village Hall next taking place on Friday 24th November between 1.00 - 3.00. FREE admission includes delicious homebakes and hot beverages and...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2017 To 24 Nov 2017
  16. Life Drawing Workshops

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    Life Drawing Workshops

    Type

    Workshop

    Harrogate

    Designed for anyone who wants to develop their drawing skills, these artist-led life drawing sessions are suitable for beginners and up.  You will start each workshop with a series of short poses to encourage quick mark-making, followed by a long pose for more detailed study. 

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2017 To 24 Nov 2017
    From:
    1 Dec 2017 To 1 Dec 2017
  17. Nativity Crib Festival

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    Nativity Crib Festival

    Type

    Christmas

    Harrogate

    Come along and see our wonderful display of nativity scenes made by local churches and schools. Refreshments and Christmas music. Entry free.

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 26 Nov 2017
  18. Sewing Sessions with the Jenni Smith Studio: Clutch Bag

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    Sewing Sessions with the Jenni Smith Studio: Clutch Bag

    Type

    Workshop

    Harrogate

    Textile artist Jenni Smith brings this exciting workshop to the Mercer Art Gallery where you can make a beautiful keepsake with prints from the Sheila Bownas Archive. Conquer your fear of inserting zips by making a bespoke lined clutch bag using very limited edition Sheila Bownas fabric. Basic...

    Venue

    Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 25 Nov 2017
  19. Madonna & 80's Tribute Night

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    Madonna & 80's Tribute Night

    Type

    Music

    Harrogate

    If you like tribute nights then you are in for a treat! Here at The Cairn Hotel we have a Madonna & 80's tribute night which also includes a 2 course dinner, coffee, tribute act and a disco until midnight.
    If you'd like to book or find out more visit our website http://strathmorehotels-thecairn...

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 25 Nov 2017
  20. Autumn art exhibition

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    Autumn art exhibition

    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripley

    Exhibition of paintings by a variety of artists, mostly for sale.Also cards to buy and a raffle.

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 26 Nov 2017

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