It’s out, here’s my top events you REALLY need to be attending this summer. So if you like all things farming, foodie and fun you’ll love what I’ve got in store…. plus they are all local!

The StrEat Food Festival at the Yorkshire Show Ground

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May
This bank holiday weekend head to the Yorkshire Showground for fun at the fair and some great street food stalls to discover! Tickets are just £5 per person.

Valley Gardens 1940s Day

Sunday 17th June
Head back in time to the 1940s. The day will feature stalls selling vintage clothes, hats and uniforms. As well as wartime military vehicles there will be representatives from the Royal Air Force and the Army and vintage cars.

Royal Hall Open Days

Thursday 14th June, Tuesday 3rd July, Tuesday 24th July, Thursday 4th October and Monday 22nd October.

Learn more about our beautiful Royal Hall – Harrogate’s Kursaal was completed in 1903, the creation of Britain’s greatest theatre designer, Frank Matcham and the architect Robert Beale. Conceived and designed as a ‘Cure Hall’ in the great continental tradition, the building provided the major entertainment venue for the rich and famous who came to visit Harrogate and take the waters at one of Europe’s foremost spas.

The Royal Hall is open to the public from 10am-4pm. Guided tours are held at 11am and 2.30pm each Open Day – the minimum suggested donation is £3 per person.

Mamma Mia: Hear we go again! Party at Everyman

Friday 20th July

Transport yourself to the sun-drenched island of Greece for an Everyman special; a party inspired by everyone’s favourite musical. Get into your holiday clothes, get in the holiday spirit, and get ready to sing, dance and laugh all over again. Tickets include food and drink.

The feel-good film of the summer returns after 10 long years – Donna, Sophie and the Super Troupers are back in force this July, backed by some of ABBA’s best loved hits.
When Sophie suddenly finds herself pregnant, she journeys into her mother’s past to unearth the answers to some burning questions. Searching for inspiration, she retraces Donna’s steps way back to 1979; and learns some lessons about living life to the fullest.

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Newby Hall Tractor Fest

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th June
A must for any big kid with a love for tractors and machinery! The two-day festival attracts more than 10,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibits. The theme for 2018 is Two Cylinder Tractors focussing on 100 years of John Deere tractors as well as Amanco stationary engines and very early marques or orphan tractors.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show

Friday 22nd June to Sunday 24th June
The Harlow Carr garden is looking stunning at the moment and if the weather stays as magnificent as this you must visit their annual Flower Show. Browse, buy, and pick up advice from specialist nurseries and garden trade stands.


Saturday 16th June to Sunday 17th June
Set in the glorious landscape of Upper Nidderdale (where I have family), in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, NiddFest is a unique, family-friendly festival, offering a weekend of talks, music and outside events for nature lovers of all ages.

Harrogate Music Festival

Sunday 1st July to Tuesday 31st July
See the world through new eyes this summer with our month-long Festival bursting with colour, laughter, soul and song. 2018’s Festival theme ‘Innovation’ brings singers, Laura Mvula, to Harrogate and a Festival favourite, The John Wilson Orchestra, swinging into town to breathe new life into Hollywood’s Golden Age.

The festival also includes a performance by Oddsocks. On Tuesday 10th to Wednesday 11th July they’ll be performing The Tempest. Space explorer Prospero is marooned in a galaxy far, far away with a host of madcap aliens. Wanting revenge on his enemies, the Space Cowboys, he conjures up The Force to bring them to him. This Rocket Man will have his day!

Crash landing in a meteor storm this is one Space Oddity to beat. Prepare for launch and pack a picnic in the glorious setting of RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. Take one small step for man, one giant leap for Shakespeare!

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Kit & Kaboodal Open Day

Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th July
Kit and Kaboodal is an independent family business based near Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. They specialise in offering beautiful, high quality clothing at affordable prices and their speciality brand, Made in Italy clothing, is a perfect example of their commitment to effortless style. Just recently Harrogate Tribe worked with them on a fashion show and it proved very popular. Go check them out!

Great Yorkshire Show

Tuesday 10th July to 12th July
It’s the 160th Great Yorkshire Show!!! You must attend at least once in your life. Celebrating the very best of farming, food and the countryside, over 130,000 of you enjoy the show and a staggering 8,500 animals also flock to the Great Yorkshire Showground  for the three day show.

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Thursday 19th July 2018 to Sunday 22nd July
If you love a bit of crime fiction then this is for you. The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival celebrates the very best in crime fiction at the historical Old Swan Hotel each July.

‘Luminarium’ – Architects of Air

Thursday 12th July to Sunday 15th July
I’m SOOOOO excited about this! The fabulous ‘Luminarium’ – Architects of Air – by Alan Parkinson will be taking over the West Park Stray for just three days. Take a look at the video below to see what it’s all about and join in the magical world of sensory bliss this July. Tickets are £5 for adults and £4 for children and theirs only four time slots available. Get in quick!

The Luminarium by Architects of Air comes to Harrogate

We are SOOOOO excited to tell you that the fabulous 'Luminarium' – Architects of Air – by Alan Parkinson will be taking over the West Park Stray between Thursday 12th and Sunday 15th July. Take a look at the video below to see what it's all about and join us in the magical world of sensory bliss this July. Priority access tickets are available on our website now:

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Ripley Show

Sunday 12th August
With competitive events, demonstrations, competitions, country activities and trade stands, there really is something for everybody at the Ripley Show.

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The Great Brick Adventure at Harrogate Convention Centre

Friday 31st August to Saturday 1st September
The Great Brick Adventure lets you explore a world of dragons, unicorns and magic as well as getting up close to some of the world’s most impressive safari animals – all created with LEGO bricks.

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What do you have planned this summer? Are you going to any of the above? Have I missed an event I should be attending? Let me know and tag @THarrogateGirl in your photos.

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Welcome to my life. Written and directed by Victoria Turner. Here, I bring you the latest lifestyle news from eating out and travel to health and beauty, oh and of course gin! Often based in Harrogate but loves an adventure or two. Views are my own and honest!


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