The Harrogate Lifestyle Guide to THE BEST events in town...
TOP PICK EVENTS COMING UP IN HARROGATE
THE INTERNATIONAL GILBERT & SULLIVAN FESTIVAL
WEDNESDAY 10TH AUG 2022 TO SUNDAY 21ST AUG 2022
VARIOUS VENUES HARROGATE NORTH YORKSHIRE
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.
THE HARROGATE FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL 2022: A FEAST AT THE CASTLE
SATURDAY 3RD SEP 2022 10:00 AM TO SUNDAY 4TH SEP 2022 19:00 PM
LAKESIDE, RIPLEY CASTLE, HARROGATE, NORTH YORKSHIRE, HG3 3EA
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!
AN EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE AT THE MERCER GALLERY
NOW ON UNTIL SUNDAY 4TH SEP 2022
The Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA
Celebration is the current exhibition on show at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate and it is just that – a celebration! A celebration of British abstract artists, a celebration of colour, shapes and textures.
The exhibition showcases works by Douglas Abercrombie. Gillian Ayres, Francis Davison, John Edwards, Patrick Heron, John Hoyland, Albert Irvin, Patrick Jones, John McLean, Mali Morris, Fred Pollock and Gary Wragg. The earliest works date from the 1970s and the latest from the early 2000s.
The works are all from one private collection that has not be exhibited in public before, so this is your only chance to immerse yourself in this colourful collection amongst the opulent surroundings of the Mercer Art Gallery.
Homebuilding and Renovating Show Harrogate
4-6 NOVEMBER 2022
HARROGATE CONVENTION CENTRE, KINGS ROAD, HG1 5LA
Whether you’re renovating or extending, going up into the loft or down into the cellar, it’s important to know that you’re doing things in the best way, with the best tools for the job. From practical tips to inspiring advice and the latest products, we’ve got it all under one roof at the Harrogate Convention Centre. From small plots to big builds, the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show is the place to pick up tools and advice from the brightest and best in the business.
The Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show
17th Nov 2022 to 20th Nov 2022
Harrogate Convention Centre, Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA
The Knitting & Stitching Shows are the UK's biggest textile art, craft and design events. The events offer hundreds of workshops, demonstrations and interactive features, curated galleries showcasing the work of leading textile artists and groups from all over the world, and hundreds of specialist craft companies selling essential supplies.
Country Living Christmas Fair Harrogate
1st - 4th December 2022
HARROGATE CONVENTION CENTRE
Celebrating a timeless and traditional way of living, the Country Living Fairs bring the pages of the magazine to life in an unmissable day-out for all generations to enjoy.
You’ll find unique gifts for friends and family, home styling advice, beautiful handmade decorations and tempting food and drink made by small artisan producers – and it’s all under one roof.
You will also find a selection of inspiring food demonstrations in the CL Kitchen from a line-up of celebrity chefs, workshop sessions hosted by our expert crafters as well as entertaining talks by members of the Country Living editorial team on everything from decorating to being greener and more sustainable. To round it all off, can you enjoy a glass or two of bubbly in our popular Champagne Bar, sip cocktails or enjoy one of our afternoon tea dining experience.
So, come and enjoy a magical and memorable family celebration and celebrate the start of the season with Country Living.
THE HARROGATE CHRISTMAS FAYRE 2022
FRIDAY 2ND DEC 2022 10:00 AM TO SUNDAY 11TH DEC 2022 21:00 PM
Experience the joy of Christmas in the heart of Yorkshire this December. Harrogate town centre will be hosting a new festive market between 2 and 11 December featuring an eclectic mix of local traders and traditional European Christmas stalls.
Don't forget you can use the FREE Candy Candy Express road train to get around every day that the Christmas Fayre is on!
Are you looking for something to do with family and friends or seeking a fun day out with the kids in Harrogate?
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Treasure Hunt Trail from YorkshireTrails.co.uk
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.