Local events

There are always lots of events going on in the district, but how do you find out about them, so that you can plan your diary? Here are just a few suggestions …..

  • Your local newspaper has a  list of the current week’s events:  see the ‘What’s On’ section
  • Bill boards (eg at the junction of Milton Way and Leeds Road on the Stray, and outside Harrogate library) highlight some of the local events.
  • Your local library also has listings of local events
  • Your local tourist information office

Here are some dates for some of the annual events in Harrogate, otherwise you can also check some of the local venues.

Events …….        to find out what’s happening where you are     click here

                    Events in Ripon

                    Events in Ripley

    Events in Knaresborough

                    Events in Pateley Bridge and the Dales


Harrogate International Festivals programme

Feb 2nd – April 5th          Harrogate International Sunday Series (Music)     This event has been cancelled

March 28th                       Springtime Live!                                     Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate  This event has been cancelled

Apr  23rd – 26th               Spring Flower Show                                Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate  This event has been cancelled

May 2nd – 3rd                    Food Festival                                           Oatlands Drive, Stray  Postponed until May 22-23rd 2021

May 23rd  – June 6th        Swaledale Festival                                    Various venues    This event has been cancelled

July 4-5th                         Harrogate Food & Drink Festival               Stray, Harrogate

July 14th  – 16th               Great Yorkshire Show                               Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate   This event has been cancelled

July 23rd – 26th                Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival         Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road   Harrogate   This event has been cancelled

Aug 9th – 23rd                  Gilbert & Sullivan Festival                         Royal Hall, Harrogate   This event has been cancelled

Aug 9th                             Ripley Show                                                 Near Ripley Castle    This event has been postponed until 21.8.2021

Aug 9th – 19th                  Knaresborough Feva                                  Various venues   This event has been cancelled

Aug 29th – 31st                  Harrogate Food & Drink Festival              Ripley Castle    Postponed until August 28-30th 2021

Sep 4th – 6th                    Quilting &  Needlecraft Show                    Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate (Hall1)

Sept 18th – 20th               Autumn Flower Show                                Great Yorkshire Showground,  Harrogate  This event has been cancelled

Sept 11th – 20th               Heritage Open Days                                   Various venues*

N.B. * online events will be offered for the first time as well as any in-person opportunities possible within government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Oct 7th  – 19th                  Harrogate Comedy Festival                       Harrogate Theatre    This event has been cancelled

Oct 24th – 26th                 Countryside Live                                         Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate   This event has been cancelled

October 22nd – 25th         Raworths History/literature Festival       Crown Hotel, Harrogate   This is now an on-line event

November (Tba)              Christmas Fair                                            Stray, Montpellier Quarter, Harrogate     This event has been cancelled

Dec 3rd – 6th                     Great Yorkshire Christmas Fair               Hall 1, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

December  (Tba)              Knitting & Stitching Show                         Harrogate Convention Centre

December  (tba)               Country Living Fair                                    Harrogate Convention Centre


Venues and programme of events

Everyman Cinema   Full listings, information about the venue etc

Odeon Cinema  Full listings  for local cinemas, including showings with subtitles etc

Harrogate Theatre   Also ticket office for the Royal Hall

Royal Hall      Venue for a variety of events and concerts

Harrogate International Centre (HIC)     Conference and exhibition centre

Mercer Art Gallery     Venue for a variety for art exhibitions and events

Valley Gardens, Harrogate     Spectacular gardens, sun pavillion and venue for events

Nidderdale    Find out what’s on in the Dales

Pateley Bridge    A charming town at the start and finish of the Nidderdale Way

Ripley Castle    A fascinating historical attraction

Ripon    Lots of interesting events in this historical city

Newby Hall     House and gardens with lots of events and attractions

RHS Garden Harlow Carr    A great day out for garden lovers, plant shop, events and Betty’s Café Tea Rooms

Yorkshire Events Centre   (Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate)