Forum events

The Forum is a regular meeting for older people to have a say about the things that matter to them. The Forum offers a chance to find out about different services available to older people and to help influence the way these services are delivered. It is also a good opportunity to meet people and enjoy a social gathering.

Following the successful launch in July 2012,  the Forum now meets regularly at Forum meetings every other month ….. not to mention other special events throughout the year!

You can also keep up-to-date on all our activities by reading our newsletter,  ‘The Voice‘ and you’ll find booking forms on the same page.

Please note:  

  1. All our Forum meetings take place in St Paul’s Church Meeting Room in Victoria Avenue (opposite Harrogate Library). Admission is £2 and includes refreshments and a raffle ticket.
  2. We do not issue tickets for any of our events, unless otherwise stated on the booking form.
  3. There are no refunds for non-attendence for the day trips.
  4.  All bookings for the Lunch Club need to be received at least 4 days before the date of the lunch please, to Suzanne Marsland  01423 560384.  Please book early, as numbers are rising. If you are subsequently unable to attend, please contact the organiser in fairness to the restaurant and other members.
  5. Cheques should be made payable to ‘HDOFF’ (only).

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Forum Events 2022

We are planning a new programme of events for 2022. However these may be cancelled if the pandemic restrictions require this. Day trips will advertised nearer the time in order to minimise cancellations.

January 27th       Forum Meeting    2-4pm     ‘Not for the Faint-hearted’  A talk by John Shackleton.

John Shackleton

John will tell us about his exploits while trying to deliver over 30 ambulances and 2 fire engines, as well as other vehicles, to over 25 countries, over the past 30 years.





February 8th        12.30pm     Lunch at the Empress Pub

Empress Pub


A wide variety of pub food catering for any size of appetite and reasonable prices. Located at 10 Church Square, on the Stray neat Christ Church – No. 1 bus stop nearby. To book a place, please ring Suzanne 01423 560384.



March 24th    2-4pm    Forum Meeting  ‘The 18th Century Water Gardens at Studley Royal’.  Followed by our AGM

Studley Royal Gardens



Mike Bevington will give an illustrated talk about the water gardens and their history.

This will be followed by our Annual General |Meeting.


Tuesday May 10th   12.30pm   Lunch at ‘Inn at Cheltenham Parade’  26 – 30 Cheltenham Parade

Inn at Cheltenham Mount


English food – good reviews. Please ring Suzanne to book 01423 560384  Closing date for bookings May 3rd.





Thursday May 19th        Day Trip to Whitby   We regret that this event has had to be cancelled

Whitby 1 th0F2WCRSTOh! I do like to be beside the seaside ….. So, how about a trip to the seaside to enjoy some fish and chips? You’ll have plenty of time to explore the town or wander along the beach at your leisure. Cost £23.50 per person (coach only). The coach will leave Harrogate Library at 9.15am and Knaresborough at 9.30am. Leaving for home at 4.30pm.

If you  would like to book a place for yourself or a friend, please complete the booking form and return it to Ann Hill, 14 Bond End, Knaresborough, HG5 9AQ  by May 12th 2022.


Thursday May 26th    Forum Meeting 2 – 4pm ‘Could you be benefitting?’ and  ‘Out and about’

BenefitsJim Bowley, Welfare Benefits Officer for Harrogate Borough Council, will talk about the current benefits system. You’ll be able to find out if you are missing out on any benefit payments, as he outlines the different benefits including universal credit, pension credit, housing benefit and council tax reduction, and explains how to apply for them.




Traffic calmingFollowing Jim’s talk, there will be a presentation by Melissa Burnham, who is the area manager for Harrogate District in charge of delivering the North Yorkshire County Council’s policy for access. This policy includes traffic calming measures such as the Beech Grove project, Bond End junction amendments and the proposed Station Gateway project. As well as specific projects, there are also every day services to be maintained such as winter road gritting, parking and pothole repairs.




Tuesday June 14th    12.30pm   Lunch at Sasso Restaurant,  8 – 10 Princes Square




Renowned Italian fine dining Restaurant. Two courses £15.95 Please ring Suzanne to book 01423 560384 Closing date for bookings June 7th.



Thursday June 23rd     Trip to Himalayan Gardens,  Grewelthorpe, Ripon

Himalayan Gardens 2The garden is home to an extensive collection of rare rhododendrons and Himalayan plants, nestled among a mass planting of showy hybrids. Perennials complete the picture later in the season creating a characterful understory and knitting the whole garden together. There is a cafe for tea/coffee and light refreshments.

Please note, the garden is hilly and not suitable for anyone with a walker. Good footwear is essential.
The coach will depart from York Place, Knaresborough at 9.30am and Harrogate library at 9.45am. Cost per person £33.50p.   If you  would like to book a place for yourself or a friend, please complete the booking form and return it to Ann Hill, 14 Bond End, Knaresborough, HG5 9AQ  by 7th June 2022.


Tuesday July 12th  12.30pm   Lunch at Cedar Court Hotel  – The Tipi on Stray Park Parade

Cedar Court Tipi


The Tipi is in the grounds of Cedar Court Hotel a popular venue especially in Summer. Heaters and blankets are available but hopefully we won’t need them! Please ring Suzanne to book 01423 560384   Closing date for bookings July 5th.




Thursday July 21st    Trip to Richmond and a guided tour around ‘The Georgian Theatre’

Georgan theatre Richmond‘A Georgian Gem’ built by actor-manager Samuel Butler in 1788, this is the most complete Georgian theatre remaining in Britain. Today it seats just over 200 people but it used to house up to 400 rowdy spectators! The distinctive courtyard-style auditorium has three different levels and no seat is more than 10.7 metre from the stage. This wonderful building is not just an historic novelty for visitors to look round. It is still used as a theatre today.

We will arrive in Richmond about 11am then you can have coffee or lunch and wander around the town or maybe visit the castle. We will meet up again at 2.15pm to start the tour at 2.30pm. Afterwards, time permitting, you may have time for a cup of tea before our journey back.The coach will depart from Harrogate Library at 9.30am  and York Place, Knaresborough at 9.45am.  Cost 26.50 per person. To book a place for yourself or a friend, please complete the booking form and return it to Ann Hill, 14 Bond End, Knaresborough, HG5 9AQ   by July 1st 2022.


Thursday July 28th     Forum Meeting 2 – 4pm  ‘Scalpel to Spade and Beyond’


Thursday August 18th   Trip to Shibden Hall and Bankfield Museum

Shibden HallThis is a visit to Shibden Hall, near Halifax, where the ‘Gentleman Jack’ television series was filmed. When we arrive we have time for a coffee. There will be a land train to take us up to the house for those who do not wish to walk up as there is a slight incline. There will be a talk before we go around the house. I have been informed that there are only stairs to the upper floor. When you have finished you will be able to have lunch in the Lakeside Cafe.

We will meet all together for the coach journey (10 mins) to Bankfield Museum at 2pm. They have a costume exhibition ‘As seen on TV’ which is new this year, as well as their own costume exhibition and further displays. There is a small cafe with light snacks and drinks if you wish to rest a while.   We will be leaving Halifax about 4pm.

The coach will depart from York Place, Knaresborough at 9.15am and Harrogate library at 9.30am. Cost per person £25.  To book a place for yourself or a friend, please complete the booking form and return it to Ann Hill, 14 Bond End, Knaresborough, HG5 9AQ  by August 4th 2022.


Thursday September 22nd    Fashion Show at Knaresborough





To see previous events this year  ….. follow this link

If you would like to see what we got up to in previous years, please follow these links:   2020  2019   2018    2017   2016     2015     2014