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 18th – 20th                      Spring Quilt Festival                   Yorkshire Event Centre

May 21st – 24th               Spring Flower Show                         Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

May 28th – June 11th       50th  Swaledale Festival                   Various venues

June 2nd – 5th                       Queen’s Jubilee Events                    ‘Jubilee Square’  (West Park) and Valley Gardens

June 25th – 26th             Harrogate Food & Drink Festival       The Stray

June 25th – 26th             1st Yorkshire FEASTival                     Nidderdale Showground, Pateley Bridge

Not taking place             Summer Homes & Garden Fair          Ripley Castle

July 12th – 15th               Great Yorkshire Show                      Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

July 21st – 24th            Theakston’s Crime Writing Festival    Old Swan Hotel, Swan Road Harrogate

Aug 14th                             Ripley Show                                       Near Ripley Castle

Aug 14th – 18th                Gilbert & Sullivan Festival                  Royal Hall, Harrogate

Aug 13th – 22nd                Knaresborough Feva                           Various venues

Sept 9th – 18th            Heritage Open Days                                Various venues

Sep 17th – 19th                Quilting &  Needlecraft Show               Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate (Hall1)

Sept 16th – 18th                Autumn Flower Show                           Newby Hall

October (date tbc)                 Harrogate Comedy Festival                   Harrogate Theatre

October (date tbc)               Countryside Live                                    Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

October  (date tbc)     Raworths Literature Festival         Crown Hotel, Harrogate

November (date tbc)         Christmas Fair                          Stray, Montpellier Quarter, Harrogate

Dec 1st – 4th            Country Living Fair                                Harrogate Convention Centre

December 2nd – 11th        Christmas Fayre                       Cambridge Street and Town 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)