Whats on: Your guide to events in and around the Harrogate district area across the next seven days.

Looking for something to do in and around the Harrogate district from Thursday, December 8 to Wednesday, December 14?

Thursday, 8th December 2016, 9:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:33 pm
Wetherby Dickensian Christmas Market this Sunday, December 11. Pictured from last years market are members of the Wetherby Musical Theatre Group Linda Young, Elsie Johnson, Marie Clinker and Beverly Lyn.

Thursday, December 8


Liza Dracup Yorkshire landmarks exhibition of photographs at Mercer Art Gallery. Until January 8.

Funk and Soul night including DJ Rory Hoy at Ten Devonshire Place bar.

Henshaws Charity Carol concert at Starbeck Methodist Church, plus mince pies.

The Resonators at the Blues Bar.

Live acoustic music at St Robert’s Social Club. 8pm-10.30pm. Alternate Thursdays.

Hales Bar Thursday karaoke from 9pm.

Christie’s Bar Quiz from 8.30pm. £1 entry.

Fundraising event at Everyman to raise money for the Little Princess Trust. Film based quiz and raffle. £3 entry, £1 to enter quiz and £1 a strip for the raffle.


Ripon Community Link Christmas coffee morning, 10am-noon at Ripon Town Hall.


Markenfield Hall’s story told at Linton Antique Society, Linton Memorial Hall 8pm. £5 on the door, free to society members.

Friday, December 9


Christmas coffee morning, in aid of Horticap, at Wesley Chapel, Oxford Street. 10am-2pm.

Andy Annat’s Christmas barbecue, live music and bar at St Wilfrid’s Church, Duchy Road for church restoration appeal, 7-11pm. Tickets 01423 566881 or 01423 504629.

Chris King Robinson at the Blues Bar.

Band night at The Den, Cambridge Street.

Blues pianist/vocalist Dan Burnett (residency) at The Ivory, The Ginnel.

Bilton Northern Soul Club at Bilton Working Men’s Club, Skipton Road, 7.30pm-1am.


Old Farmyard, Ripley annual unique Christmas nativity performed by Ripley School children and real farm animals at 6.30pm. Admission £5, under fours £2. Entry off Orchard Lane.


HOPS junior section present A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol at Frazer Theatre. 7pm.

Vocalis annual Christmas concert at Holy Trinity Church, Gracious Street, 7.45pm. Tickets £12 at the door or online from www.harrogatevocalis.org.uk.


Cheese and wine tasting and shopping evening at Kirklington Village Hall near Ripon, 7pm. Tickets £10 from Rachel 07715 305642.

Ripon Aglow at The Wakeman House Cafe, 9.15-11am. Coffee, cake and speaker.

Boston Spa

Lunchtime concert at Boston Spa Methodist Church, 1pm. Admission £5. Light lunches served from noon.

Saturday, December 10


Charity coffee morning at Oatlands Community Centre, Gladstone Street, 10-11.15am.

Concert at Starbeck Methodist Church ‘A Christmas Surprise - A Kaleidoscope of Talent’ at 7.30pm. Visit www.starbeckmethodistchurch.org.uk.

Harrogate Archaeological Society. John Mitton - In search of Raikes Wood (WW1) POW camp, Skipton. 2.30pm, Friends Meeting Hall, Queen Parade. Guests £5.

‘What I Learned From Johnny Bevan’ by Luke Wright at Harrogate Theatre.

Jack Sabbath (Black Sabbath tribute) and Memorium amd Eric Bana in charity gig at Manhattan Club, Leeds Road. 7pm.

The Jed Thomas Blues Band at the Blues Bar.

Acoustic night with Dave Pilla and Ellie Coast at The Den, Cambridge Street.

The Granby Care Home - Christmas Cracker gift fair and Winter Wonderland for families, friends and neighbours in the local community. Free admission, 1-4pm.

Harrogate Group of the Ramblers’ Association nine mile walk in Nidderdale. Non-members welcome. Call 01423 540696 for further details.


Knaresborough Choral Society Christmas Concert ‘A Christmas Cracker!’ at King James’s School. Tickets from Castlegate Books, Knaresborough and on the door. Visit www.knaresboroughchoralsociety.com.

Vintage Christmas with singer Jayne Darling at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre.

Covers duo Sounds Like Us at The Orange Grove.

The Cross Keys, Cheapside - The Raisers, Irish folk band, 9pm.


Rotary Club of Ripon singing carols in the market square in the afternoon. Collection for the Ripon Walled Garden.

Folk music from The Blarge at The Water Rat. 9pm.

Boston Spa

No jazz at the village hall.


Antiques and collectors Fair. Wetherby Town Hall, 9am-4pm. Free admission. Wheelchair access and lift. Contact Dawn on 01937 582803.

Sunday, December 11


Light Up A Life (Harrogate) at Saint Michael’s Hospice, Hornbeam Park Avenue, 4pm. To dedicate a light to a loved one, visit www.saintmichaelshospice.org.

The Oaks presents Paul Mirfin (singer-songwriter) and Loud Noises (brass band) at Caffe Nero, Cambridge Crescent. 6.30-8pm.

Three live acts at the Blues Bar including The Cab Collective 3pm and 6pm and The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican (9pm).

Martin Rose hosts a weekly acoustic session at The Regency.

Sunday Acoustic Session at the Hales Bar.

Dan Burnett’s Open Mic night at The Ivory (weekly). 8pm.


O Holy Night - Christmas Music from St John’s Choir & Voix Celestes at St John the Baptist Church. 6pm. Admission £7 (£5 concessions)


Wetherbys Dickensian Christmas Market and craft fayre, 9am-3pm.


Covers duo Two Well Worn at the One Eyed Rat. 5pm.

Monday, December 12


Open Mic Night with Martin Rose at The Blues Bar.


The Magnet Sports Clubs Annual Christmas Whist Drive, 7.30pm at the Magnet Sports Club. £2.50 entry fee including refreshments.

Tuesday, December 13


La Serata at Sasso restaurant with live music and festive menu. 7.30pm.

Acoustic session including Sharon Colgan, Biz Denton and more at the Blues Bar.

Nidderdale Hardy Planters meeting, 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Starbeck. Talk by Martin Fish called ‘Gardening on the Menu’. Members free, non-members £3.


Covers duo Sounds Like Us at Blind Jacks.

Knaresborough Art Society welcomes pastel artist David Allen, 7-9pm at Knaresborough United Reformed Church Hall. £5 to include refreshments. For more details, call 01423 863927.


Christmas Carol Concert with the Chamber Choir of St Aidan’s cof E School at St George’s Church, Leeds. Doors open at noon for 12.30pm start. Free entry.

Wednesday, December 14


The Paul Middleton Angst Band at the Blues Bar.

Matt Anderson’s Acoustic Underground and guests at Retro bar, Commercial Street.


Northallerton Silver Band concert in the Yorkshire Suite at Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton, 7.30pm. Tickets £7 from Greensleeves in the Central Arcade, Northallerton or at hotel reception or by calling 01609 777272.

Further Ahead


Wetherby Choral Society’s concert on Saturday, December 17, 7.30pm at St James’ Parish Church. Tickets from Kathy Hart 07860 454894 or on the door.


Soul Junction at The Mitre, Station Road on Thursday, December 15, 8pm onwards.

Knaresborough Silver Band Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 17 at King James’ School. £8.


Come and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas at Darley Methodist Church on Sunday, December 18 at 6.30pm. Carols and Readings with the Summberbridge and Dacre Silver Prize Band.