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Harrogate Music Festival 2022
Harrogate (VARIOUS VENUES) - Hosted by Harrogate International Festivals 
28th June until 28th July 2022 
"Harrogate International Festivals is renowned for bringing classical and chamber music to life in the North and this year’s programme is full of variety and incredibly talented musicians. 
From artists celebrating their 50th anniversary with the Brodsky Quartet to our platform for Young Musicians, there is something for all classical and chamber music lovers in this carefully curated programme. 
Our young musician series nurtures emerging talent and is a major part of our Festivals' history and its future. This year, Harrogate welcomes up and coming artists Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux, Frederic Bager, Ben Tarlton and Kevin Loh. Save £6 when you book to see all four. 
If jazz is more your bag, don't miss the stunning Jo Harrop, fresh from Ronnie Scott's and performing in the glamourous and intimate setting of Spiegeltent, resurrected in Crescent Gardens for nine nights to showcase a host of world class acts. 
For lovers of laughs and Shakespeare, Oddsocks make a much anticipated return to the gorgeous setting of Harlow Carr, promising a night of raucous entertainment for groups of picnicking families and friends. 
Tickets are now on general sale and can be booked online via our website, over the phone on 01423 562303 or in person at our Cheltenham Parade Box Office. 
After an incredibly tough two years, we can’t wait to bring back to live recitals from the world's most gifted musicians." 
Spiegeltent | Crescent Gardens | Harrogate 
30th June until 9th July 2022 
Harrogate International Festivals’ most flamboyant event returns as the magical Spiegeltent is resurrected in Crescent Gardens. The bohemian mirrored walls, wooden floors, stained glass, red velvet booths, and lamped lighting form the perfect backdrop for a carefully curated programme of jazz, funk, burlesque, and much more. After four years away, we couldn’t be more excited. 
This year’s programme consists of some firm favourites along with some exciting new artists. We’re thrilled to create a new dance floor for Harrogate where you can enjoy Hacienda DJ Graeme Park, dance the night away to your own beat with the Silent Disco and keep an eye out for the return of the town’s most loved night club…. 
We’re welcoming the world to Harrogate with our music line up. Let Monsieur Viellefon sweep you away to Paris, and experience the sounds of Congo with festival legends Kasai Masai. If you’re looking for a party, London Afrobeat Collective are not to be missed, as they deliver global sounds and undeniable funk. The hugely talented Jo Harrop makes her Harrogate debut with a Sunday of stunning jazz as a part of her national tour, and of course Elton John’s favourite band The Gypsy Queens make a much anticipated return to the town. If that wasn’t enough, we’re welcoming back the sensational Tempest Rose and the House of Burlesque. 
Running from 30 June until 9 July and boasting a licensed bar, free lunchtime events, and family friendly activities there is something for everyone. This year, we’re especially excited to announce the Spiegeltent Gardens, creating a chilled and creative space in the centre of town. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements about our lunchtime programme. 
Spiegeltent Harrogate International Festivals
What's on at Spiegeltent? 
Thursday 30 June |Graeme Park 
British superstar DJ and house music pioneer 
Friday 1 July |Benoit Viellefon & The Hot Club 
The finest musicians on the London jazz scene 
Saturday 2 July | Kasai Masai 
Urban equatorial funk band 
Sunday 3 July | Jo Harrop 
Stunning jazz singer 
Monday 4 July | Booking opens soon | Gin and Phonic 
Oz Clarke and the Armonico Consort 
Tuesday 5 July | The Gypsy Queens 
Riotously entertaining performance of classic hits 
Thursday 7 July | House of Burlesque and the Silent Disco 
The UK's top satirical showgirls followed by the iconic Silent Disco 
Friday 8 July | London Afrobeat Collective 
Powerful vocals set to bold brass lines from the 9 piece Afro-funk band 
Saturday 9 July | Booking opens soon | Jimmy’s Night 
We resurrect Harrogate's legendary Jimmy's nightclub 
Look out for family fun days, free lunchtime concerts and wellbeing sessions - to be released soon! 
The Spiegeltent will also host two licensed bars. 
The House of Burlesque and Silent Disco 
Spiegeltent | Crescent Gardens | Harrogate 
Thursday 7th July 2022 
House of Burlesque + Silent Disco
The UK’s top satirical showgirls House of Burlesque are thrilled to return to Harrogate to ruffle some feathers after a pre-pandemic history of sell-out shows. Join UK Burlesque royalty Tempest Rose for a night of the risqué, raucous and rhinestoned going right back to the subversive roots of British Burlesque. Unapologetically innovative, House of Burlesque has redefined burlesque for the 21st Century. 
After the show, it’s time to grab your headphones and join us on the dance floor for an iconic Silent Disco. With DJs playing tunes from all decades and genres guaranteed to get you feeling fierce and fabulous on the dance floor. Can you handle a night with the House of Burlesque? 
The Great Yorkshire Show Harrogate 
12 - 15 July 2022 
Great Yorkshire Show Visit Harrogate
Over 130,000 visitors and 8,500 animals flock to the Great Yorkshire Showground every year for the agricultural show, making it one of the biggest in the UK. 
In the judging rings, thousands of animals will compete from cattle to sheep, pigs to pigeons and one of the most prestigious showjumping classes in the country. 
From cutting edge farming equipment and machinery to displays from big name brands, this is the place where deals are done and the latest ranges are showcased. While the show has agriculture at its heart, there’s also entertainment, shopping and live music. 
22 - 25 July 2022 
Theakston Crime Writing Festival
The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is back this July! 
A live event here in Harrogate with a programme that packs a punch from this year's Programming Chair Ian Rankin. 
From the announcement of the most coveted Award in Crime Fiction with the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year right through to our finale event with the author of the fastest selling adult crime debut in recorded history Richard Osman, the programme is crammed full of Special Guests, panels and entertainment celebrating fantastic crime fiction right at the crime writing industry’s unofficial AGM. 
Early Special Guest announcements for this summer include Ann Cleeves, Mark Billingham, Elly Griffiths, Mick Herron, Clare Mackintosh and CL Taylor whilst our not to miss panels include our very own fastest selling event every year with Val McDermid’s inimitable New Blood, alongside Who Killed The Police Procedural, What Really is Christie’s Enduring Allure, or pick your winner for and choose your very own Top of the Cops. 
The International G&S Festival Harrogate Royal Hall
The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival returns for another year with twelve spectacular days of non-stop merriment and superb entertainment. 
The everlasting appeal of Britain's most enduring musical partnership continues. There is no doubt that W S Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan are enjoying a massive surge in popularity due to this fabulous annual event, known as the "friendliest opera festival in the world." Sullivan's effervescent music matched with Gilbert's libretto, full of absurdity and satire, never fails to delight audiences of all ages. 
The Festival is delighted to announce a night with former members of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the last performance by Bridget D'Oyly Carte's Company at the Adelphi Theatre, London. Together Again will be conducted by David Steadman. 
The acclaimed National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company will perform three new productions. The all-time favourite, The Pirates of Penzance, will be directed by Sarah Helsby Hughes and stars James Cleverton as the dashing Pirate King. 
And the must-see NGSOC show of the 2022 season is the rarely performed Utopia Limited, directed by Jeff Clarke and starring Richard Suart as King Paramount. Last staged by the Company in 2011, this promises to be an exciting and visually stunning production. Said Jeff Clarke, "What Utopia is really about is the sending up of Victorian Society and British morals and mores. And surprisingly, or maybe not surprisingly, not a lot of those have changed, and there is a lot that is still incredibly relevant to our society today". 
John Savournin directs a brand new production of Iolanthe starring Matthew Kellett as the Lord Chancellor. This satirical fantasy conjures the escapism we all need right now with a hilarious story and an abundance of fairies and dim-witted members of the House of Lords. 
Jeff Clarke also brings his much celebrated and much-loved production of Opera della Luna's HMS Pinafore - what a delight! John Savournin brings Charles Court Opera's Patience and their acclaimed Express G&S - "When Agatha Christie meets Gilbert and Sullivan" parlour production. Forbear! Theatre will perform a brand new production of The Gondoliers. 
Competing amateur groups at the Festival include Bus Pass Opera's production of Princess Ida; SavoyNet Performing Group bring The Grand Duke; The Ploverleigh Players will delight audiences with The Mikado, and Brussels Light Opera Company will perform The Pirates of Penzance. 
Running alongside the Festival is a jam-packed fringe programme including talks, concerts and fully staged university productions. 
The Gilbert & Sullivan Festival is finally back to full strength this summer. It's fun, it's friendly, and it's just what everyone needs right now. 
SATURDAY 3RD SEP 2022 10:00 AM TO SUNDAY 4TH SEP 2022 19:00 PM 
The Harrogate Food & Drink Festival is returning to Ripley Castle on September 3-4, 2022.NEW for 2022, we will be migrating slightly to the Ripley Castle showground, with stunning views of the castle and lake itself. We will also host the ever popular LIVE COOKERY THEATRE featuring the region's top chefs.Join us mouth-watering International Cuisines, Street Food, Fine Artisan Produce, Superb Live Music, Live Chef Demo's & Live Entertainment.Looking for an amazing day out alongside some of the nation's best food and drink brands?Join thousands of foodies at Harrogate Food & Drink Festival this summer!What's included with your ticket?Live Chef Demos (Minimum of 8 demo’s over the 2 days) Live Music (Minimum of 12 acts over 2 days). FREE Live Entertainment/Performing Arts – 6 shows per day. FREE Festival Programmes. FREE Kids Activities. FREE Parking. Explore the Artisan Markets. Access the Street Food arena. Deckchairs dotted around site to part yourself on! Independent Bars (Including an Ilkley Ale House, Speciality Cider, Gin & Wine Bars… event fresh Coconut Cocktails!!) Art Displays ” A reyt good afternoon. “ – As one gentlemen put it as he was leaving one of our festivals.Come join the fun! 

Are you looking for something to do with family and friends or seeking a fun day out with the kids in Harrogate? 

Download the Harrogate - Pirates in Valley Gardens 
Treasure Hunt Trail from 
Then why not explore Harrogate with the kids on this self-guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail written especially for our younger Trailers. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to discover the location of the buried treasure? 
This picture-clue only Trail, designed for our younger Trailers, starts at the town centre end of Valley Gardens, at the main gates opposite the Royal Pump Room Museum. The route keeps within the boundaries of these wonderfully varied gardens throughout, finishing near the cafe. 

What's on Guide 

Yorkshire Event Centre  

Harrogate Convention Centre 

Harrogate Theatre 

Harrogate International Festivals 

Harrogate Royal Hall 

Harrogate Great Yorkshire Show 

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