Dante Festival - 16th/17/18th May
First Saturday - 26th May
June Meeting - 15th and 16th June
Summer Music Saturday - 30th June
John Smith's Meeting - 13th and 14th July
Music Showcase Weekend - 27th/28th July
Ebor Festival - 22-25th of August
September Saturday - 9th September
October Finale - 12th and 13th October
This bustling Italian restaurant approx 9 miles from us has just published some of its new events for 2018 - at the currant ticket price of £6.50 for their live music events its Yorkshire value with Italian Cuisine at its best.
Friday 2nd of Feb - Four Tops
Thursday 8th of Feb - Abba
Thursday 15th Feb - Little Mix
Thursday 22nd Feb - Beatles Duo
Friday 23rs Feb - Ed Sheeran
Thursday 1st of March - Stevie Wonder
Friday 2nd of March - Lee Lard as Peter Kay (Comedy Show)
Thursday 8th March - George Michael
Friday 9th March -Michael Ball & Alfie Boe
Thursday 15th March Barry White
Thursday 22nd March - Luther Vandross
Friday 23rd March - Franki Valli & The Four Season
Thursday 29th March Grease & Dirty Dancing
Thursday 5th April Ariana Grande
Thursday 12th April Lionel Richie
Thursday 19th April - Elvis
Friday 20th April - Temptations
Thursday 26th April - Dolly Parton
Thursday 3rd of May - Blondie
Thursday 10th May - Olly Murs
Thursday 17th May Whitney Houston
Friday 18th May 2018 - Franki Valli & The Four Seasons
Thursday 24th May Grease & Dirty Dancing
Thursday 31st May - Michael Buble
Friday 1st of June - Drifters
To book click on the link to their web site and for full information on timings etchttp://www.santangelo.co.uk/restaurant-live-music-nights/
The team launched onto the Harrogate events calendar with a stunning line up for 2017 bringing in new venue's of Everyman Cinema, Night at the Pump rooms Museum and The Old Swan Hotel to name but a few.
The organisers wanted to bring in already existing films but in new and unusual locations but not content with that they wanted to develop a series of awards for new and adventurous film makers of various genres - ie Horror, Documentary and so on with a competition and winner in each category.
Now as yet there are only a few venues and dates published with more to follow but to wet your appetite -
there will be Night at the Museum 1 and 2 in the museum on the 3rd of March
Short film competition crime will be on the 4th of March - Everyman Cinema
4th March - North Bar - Reservoir Dogs
For the full program see https://www.harrogatefilm.co.uk/events but please be aware that they are adding more and more events so keep checking back.
or follow on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/harrogatefilmfestival
From the bleak, wind-swept moors echoing to the sounds of “Heathcliffe!”, to the Old Swan Hotel in the spa town of Harrogate, Yorkshire abounds with literary heritage. If you’re fascinated by authors who hail from ‘God’s own county’, or you’d like to explore the settings from famous novels, Harrogate is the ideal spot for your next short break in the UK.
The disappearance of crime novelist Agatha Christie is well known, although why she went missing for 11 days is still subject to conjecture. We know she left her home on 3rd December 1926, and that she was found at the Swan Hydropathic Hotel (as the Old Swan Hotel was known) in Harrogate 11 days later. Opinions vary as to why she disappeared. Was it because her husband was having an affair and wanted a divorce? Was it because she suffered from depression? Or was it simply a sensational way to sell more books? The compelling mystery is one reason why Harrogate hosts the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in July each year.
The Yorkshire village of Haworth was home to the Brontës from 1820 to 1861. The Haworth Parsonage (now known as the Brontë Parsonage Museum) was where Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote some of their best-loved works, including Wuthering Heights, which was set on the nearby moors. These three women, daughters of a clergyman, wrote some of the most dramatic novels that are still enjoyed today. Living such modest lives, the powerful imagery they imagined makes their accomplishments even more astounding.
Who isn’t acquainted with the endearing James Herriott novels, or the television series All Creatures Great and Small? These charming tales involving vets James, Siegfried and Tristan were set in Thirsk, where you can visit the house and surgery, and be transported back to the 1940s. Even the original Austin 7 car is on display.
I vant to drink your blood
No prizes for guessing who said those chilling words. Part of Bram Stoker’s horrific tale of Dracula was set in Whitby, where the ship he was travelling on ran aground on its way to England. Dracula then took up residence in Whitby Abbey, originally a 7th century Christian monastery, and you can visit the atmospheric ruins overlooking the sea.
The county of Yorkshire has inspired a host of great authors, with its outstanding landscape and quaint villages. Whatever your literary taste, you’ll find a connection here.
Harrogate sits in the centre of Yorkshire, which makes it the perfect base from which to explore the fantastic natural beauty of this part of the UK. If you’re a fan of short breaks in Yorkshire, staying in Harrogate will give you the best of both worlds: sophisticated shopping and dining, plus awe-inspiring country walks nearby.
Harrogate Ringway Walk – 20 miles/32km
This circuit goes around Harrogate, with a radius of 3-4 miles from the town centre. Although it’s classed as strenuous, the walk can be broken up into several smaller sections. You’ll amble by becks, viaducts, the River Nidd, Nidd Gorge, Birk Crag, plus plenty of woodland and open countryside. It takes you through Knaresborough, which is worth taking time out to explore. If you get thirsty on the Ringway, you could stop for a pint at the Travellers Rest (south side of Harrogate, off the Wetherby Road) or the Black Swan in Burn Bridge.
Nidderdale Way – 53 miles/85km
This challenging circular route traditionally begins and ends in Pateley Bridge, but as we’re not all Ray Mears, you can walk many shorter sections where you will still be surrounded by the natural beauty of Nidderdale. Incidentally, every year the Nidderdale Charity Walk takes place in May, which raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for various charities. There are 5, 10 and 20-mile options, plus a 2-mile assisted walk which is wheelchair friendly.
Pateley Bridge Circular 1 – 11 miles/18km
Starting in Pateley Bridge, you walk along the River Nidd until you get to Gouthwaite Reservoir, which is popular with birdwatchers. You’ll take in the village of Ramsgill, which has super views over the water, as well as the Michelin-starred Yorke Arms restaurant. There are some fantastic views over the Dales when you reach Pincher Hill, which is almost 1,000 feet high.
Pateley Bridge Circular 2 – 9 miles/14kmThis takes you in the opposite direction to the previous route, and in addition to hills, water features and woodland, it takes you through lots of lovely villages and to Brimham Rocks. The 320-million-year-old geological rock formations on this site are an outstanding feature of the area.
How Stean Gorge, Middlemoor and Nidderdale – 3 miles/5km
How Stean Gorge has been called ‘Little Switzerland’ and is said to resemble a miniature Grand Canyon. Whether or not you agree with either of these statements, it’s definitely worth visiting. The gorge has a small cave and a tunnel, if you’re not afraid of dark, confined spaces. You can book to be taken gorge walking with the trained staff on site. The walk has wonderful scenery and takes you through the villages of Stan, Middlesmoor and Lofthouse.
Blubberhouses Tree Trail – 3 miles/5km
Getting your boots on doesn’t mean you have to walk all day. This delightful route takes only a couple of hours, starting and ending at the wonderfully named Blubberhouses. As you follow the River Washburn for most of the way, you’ll catch plenty of glimpses of local wildlife. There is also a wide variety of trees, as well as several disused quarries.
Ripley and Knox Circular – 5.5 miles/8.9km
Ripley is an ancient village about 3 miles (5km) outside Harrogate. It has a 14th century castle and beautiful landscaped gardens. From this starting point you will enjoy walking along the River Nidd, as well as crossing an old pack horse bridge and the Nidd viaduct. It takes you through the tiny hamlet of Knox, where you can enjoy a drink at the pub of the same name.
Anyone coming for a short break in Harrogate is spoilt for choice when it comes to walking in areas of outstanding natural beauty, such as Nidderdale.
It’s understandable that visitors to Harrogate often spend their days outdoors, admiring the gorgeous scenery that surrounds this North Yorkshire town. After all, there are so many things to see and do in the Yorkshire Dales. But when the sun goes down and you’re looking for an entertaining way to spend the evening, a live music pub makes a refreshing change. There are a number of fun and welcoming live music venues in Harrogate and Knaresborough, to suit all tastes and budgets.
If you’re looking for a challenging and fun way to spend a short break in Yorkshire, Harrogate offers some interesting day and weekend courses. You’ll not only go home relaxed, but with your self-esteem boosted from learning a new skill.
Arts and Crafts
Rossett High School offer some one-day courses as part of their Adult Learning syllabus.
The Mercer Gallery is known for its excellent collection of Victorian paintings and eclectic temporary exhibitions, but you can also participate in their one-day life drawing or sewing classes.
Caryl Hallett is a stained-glass artist who offers a number of one-day workshops, such as making Christmas light catchers.
Ever wanted to be able to alter clothes or make a garment from scratch? Gillian Hargreaves can help you do just that at the Yorkshire School of Sewing, where she runs courses over one or two days. Whether you need to know the ins and outs of pattern drafting, or you’d love to sew a couture skirt, there’s a topic for you here.
Fans of Ray Mears and Bear Grylls will be interested to know that under Stuart Lawrence’s expert tutelage, you can make your own knife, axe or leather pouch. Everything you need for wild camping!
The renowned Bettys and Taylors Group, famous for Bettys Café Tea Rooms, Yorkshire Tea and Taylors of Harrogate, has its headquarters in Harrogate. If you’re into GBBO and MasterChef, Bettys Cookery School runs extremely popular day courses on everything from knife skills to Advanced Pâtisserie. The four highly-experienced tutors will take you through everything you need to know, and you’ll find courses suitable for novices to experts. You can see a complete list of courses at the Bettys Cookery School website.
Horticulture and more
RHS Gardens Harlow Carr is fabulous if you enjoy meandering through beautiful gardens. But they also hold a wide range of educational and creative workshops throughout the year, including orchid growing, willow basket making, and botanical drawing. You can download the 2017 programme here.
Would you love to drive but don’t want to spend weeks having lessons? Aim2drive run two-day intensive courses in Harrogate, where you’ll have eight hours behind the wheel. That should get you test-ready or well on the way.
If you have children or grandchildren, it’s always an excellent idea to learn first-aid, such as the Emergency Paediatric course run by First on Scene. You’ll know all the essential basics in a day, making you more able to deal with any first-aid emergencies involving a child in your care.
As you can see, having a short break in Harrogate can send you home with a host of new skills.
If you’re like me, the idea of jostling a hoard of shoppers in malls during the run up to Christmas fills you with dread. While it’s easier to shop online, it’s a solitary task. You miss the festive decorations, the boozy lunches, etc. And let’s face it, many virtual images bear no resemblance to what is eventually delivered (which can be after Christmas if there’s a rush on).
Having a short break in Harrogate this autumn will give you access to some fantastic stores. In addition to the common shop brands that you find on every high street, Harrogate has an appealing mix of independent retailers. Read on to see our top picks for Christmas shopping in Harrogate.
Miss Claire Rose – 4a Commercial Street
Brimming with practical and whimsical items, you’re bound to tick off several gifts at Miss Claire Rose. From pretty homeware to handmade lingerie, it’s amazing what you can find in this shop, many of which are hand-crafted or Fairtrade. And if you really can’t decide, they offer gift vouchers.
Hoopers – 28-32 James Street
If you’re after designer-led gifts, Hoopers must be the store of choice. Having only three other locations in the UK, they are not your run-of-the-mill department store. They have a top fragrance and beauty section, as well as an impressive choice of high-end hosiery for those Christmas parties. They have many appealing gift ideas, such as a funky Joseph corkscrew, or handmade glassware by LSW International. If you have no idea what to buy, they even offer a personal shopper service.
Rafi’s Spicebox – 15 Commercial Street
The amazing aromas, as you walk through the door of this family-run business, will have you salivating for tandoori masala with pilau rice. They take spice mixing seriously, and their wonderfully crafted blends, both delicate and eye-watering, will delight anyone you know who enjoys making authentic curries from scratch. You can also pick up condiments and breads to complete the dishes.
Sophie Likes – 36 Beulah Street
There’s no other way to say this – Sophie Likes is definitely girly. But that’s okay by me, as she sells fantastically frivolous and fun gifts. If you know a gin fanatic, why not go for the gin & tonic bath soak? If you need to buy for a baby, you’ll love the alien leggings. Sophie has gone to great lengths to sell items that you won’t easily find elsewhere. They also sell a selection of fairy lights that you can use all year round. (Or am I the only one who doesn’t take them down after Christmas?)
Illingworth’s Hardware – 113 Cold Bath Road
If you know a DIY fan, it’s worth heading over to Cold Bath Road to this traditional hardware store. Apart from a comprehensive array of DIY products (and expert advice), they have gift ideas such as attractive enamelled kitchenware by Garden Products, fresh flowers and baskets. With such an eclectic mix of items, Illingworth’s is a top place to browse for Christmas gifts in Harrogate.
I hope you'll come and see for yourself all the unique Christmas gifts Harrogate has to offer.
Harrogate has a reputation as a hot destination for antiques hunters. Not only do shows like Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip make frequent visits here, Antiques Roadshow jewellery expert, Susan Rumfitt, has a gallery in Harrogate. This town is a hub for antiques shops, collectives and galleries. If you like unearthing a bargain, you can try your luck in numerous charity outlets and second-hand shops too. Whether you’re into early Georgian furniture or sixties retro, book an autumn break in Harrogate, then go treasure hunting. Here are our top picks.
Located on the outskirts of Killinghall (a 10-minute drive from Harrogate town centre), this auction house is widely known amongst reputable dealers. Selling everything from small collectibles to high-end Victorian furniture, it’s a must to experience their Friday auctions, whether you put your hand up or not.
Montpellier Mews Antique Market
Nestled in the Montpellier Quarter of Harrogate lies this wonderful collective of sellers. Take your pick from fine porcelain, antique clocks, silver and much more. Try your hand at haggling – you never know your luck! You’ll find the Montpellier Mews Antique Market at 11, Montpellier Street.
Elaine Phillips Antiques
If you’re looking for genuinely impressive 17th and 18th century oak furniture, Elaine Phillips is the place to go. A family-run business, this high-end antiques outlet has been around since the 1960s. In addition to early pieces, they also sell a range of new decorative items.
The Walker Galleries were established in 1972 and specialise in 19th and 20th century painters from Britain and Europe, including Paul Signac and Edgar Hunt. They have a wonderful collection of Modern British pieces, as well as contemporary sculpture.
Chris Holmes Antiques
There’s a huge range of periods and styles at Chris Holmes Antiques. Whether you’re looking for an 18th century ampho, a Queen Anne walnut chest, or an iconic 1950s designer chair, this antiques shop won’t disappoint. Located on Cold Bath Road, it’s just a short stroll from the town centre.
Castleforge is run by husband and wife team, Mike and Maria, who have a warehouse full of genuine antique furniture. Having over 35 years in the business, they buy in choice pieces, such as Edwardian satinwood beds, Victorian mahogany tilt-top tables and even a Victorian sentry box wardrobe compactum. Having so much choice, you’re bound to find the perfect fit for your home. The warehouse is a short drive from the centre of Harrogate.
With so much choice in and around Harrogate for antiques, curios and collectibles, why not channel a bit of Caroline Hawley or Thomas Plant, and spend the weekend bargain hunting! Yes?
Kimberley Wilson & Simon Storer
owners and operators of The Camberley