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

Equine classes were among the returning favourite features at the 14th Countryside Live held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.
Equine classes were among the returning favourite features at the 14th Countryside Live held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Looking for something to do in and around the Harrogate district from Thursday, October 20 to Wednesday, October 26?

Thursday, October 20


Liza Dracup, Landmarks exhibition of photographs at Mercer Art Gallery. Until January 8.

Scapegoat Kelly at the Blues Bar.

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

Harrogate History Festival at the Old Swan Hotel. Tickets 01423 562303.Visit www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com. Until October 23.

Robert Macmillan’s Approaching Light exhibition at 108 Fine Art gallery, Cold Bath Road. Until October 22.

Harrogate St Andrew’s Players present Legally Blonde, The Musical at Harrogate Theatre. Until October 22.

Retirement seminar, 7pm. Arranged by Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club at the Crown Hotel.

Hales Bar Thursday karaoke from 9pm.

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

Harrogate Electronic Organ and Keyboard Club concert featuring Mathew Bason at the Manhattan Club, Beech Avenue, 8pm. Admission £6 (free to new visitors).


Soul Junction - Funk, Soul and 60’s R&B. 8-11pm at the Mitre. Free entry.

Friday, October 21


Black Snake’s 25th anniversary gig at Monteys Rock Café.

Harrogate Beer Fest at The Crown Hotel. Fundraising for Saint Michael’s Hospice. 6pm.

The RAF Band presents The Best of British Entertainment with vocalist Sqn Ldr Matt Little and West End performer Sarah Francis at the Royal Hall.

Junk House Dog at the Blues Bar.

Reggae with Majesty at The Den, Cambridge Street.

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


Last Chance Saloon country club at Park Place Social Club.


The Wakeman Lectures Autumn Series, 10am-noon at Thorpe Prebend House. Caroline Hawley presenting auctions followed by valuations of members items. Visit www.wakemanlectures.co.uk.


Harrogate rock band Strangers in Paradise at The Venue. 8pm.


Floodlit evening at How Stean Gorge to explore the gorge and caves trail. Free access to the attraction and £10 per person for all you can eat pizza. Booking essential. Call 01423 755666.

Saturday, October 22


Countryside Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground. Also October 23. Visit www.countrysidelive.co.uk.

The Jed Thomas Blues Band at the Blues Bar.

Acoustic night with Josh & Sam from The Red at The Den, Cambridge Street.

Bilton WMC - Pinx Tinker.

Harrogate Naturalists’ Society Display Stand, October 22-29 in Starbeck Library. Visit www.hdns.org.uk. Check library opening times prior to visiting.

Mozart Requiem Choral Concert. Vocalis Chamber Choir and invited singers at St Peter’s Church, Cambridge Street, 6pm. £7.50 at the door, including programme. Visit www.harrogatevocalis.org.uk.


Live music at Park Place Social Club.

The Cross Keys, Cheapside - Doghouse Doctors – Rockabilly and originals, 9pm.

Knaresborough Silver Band Concert at COGS (Methodist church on Gracious Street) 7.30pm. £8 including tea/coffee and cake. Call 01423 862913 for tickets.


RipleyBlues presents king of the steel guitar Catfish Keith at Ripley Town Hall.


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

Jaguar Fairs Antiques and Collectors Fair at the Wetherby Racecourse. Also October 23. Full details on www.jaguarfairs.com.


Soprano Rebecca Newman in concert at the Church of the Epiphany, Tockwith. Tickets £12 including light supper. Contact Angela 01423 358067.


A celebration of 50 years of Clifford Village Hall, 1-4pm. Contact 01937 845348.


Rotary Club of Ripon Quiz and Supper at Littlethorpe Village Hall at 7.30pm. £10 with booking essential. Contact 01765 604826 for details. In aid of the Walled Garden.

Autumn colour at the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park at Grewelthorpe near Ripon, 10am-4pm. £5, under 12s free. Visit www.himalayangarden.com.

Fountains by Floodlight, 5–9pm (last entry 8pm). Choirs performing 7–8pm. Experience something truly special this autumn as you explore the illuminated ruins of Fountains Abbey. Half price admission.

St Cecilia Orchestra’s 21st anniversary gala concert at Ripon Cathedral. Programme includes Tchaikovskky’s 1812 Overture, Holst’s Planets Suite and Bruch’s Violin Concerto with soloist Tasmin Little. 7.30pm. Tickets from 01765 677413.

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Jazz in the Spa presents Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants with John Hallam at the village hall.

Sunday, October 23


Sunday Acoustic Session at the Hales Bar.

Three live acts at the Blues Bar including The Vinyl (3pm), Becky Bowe (6pm) and Rob Reynolds (9pm).

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

Bilton WMC - Martin Rose, live in the lounge 2-4pm and Charity Night in support of Harrogate District Hospital radio.


An afternoon concert by Alverton Brass at 3pm at Northallerton Methodist Church. Tickets available from 01609 772620.

Monday, October 24


Open Mic Night with Martin Rose at The Blues Bar.

Showtime Express with The Katrina Hughes Dancers at the Royal Hall. Also October 25.

Harrogate Film Society screening of Hitchcock/Truffaut (France, 2015) at Ashville College. 7.45pm. Members free, Guests £5 (Students £3).

Nearly new clothes and toy sale 10am-noon at Little Crickets Pre-school, Harrogate Cricket Club Grounds, St George’s Road. Free entry. Optional stay-and-play session (children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times)


Ripon U3A monthly speaker event - The Cone Exchange by Chris Powell. 2pm at the Spa Hotel.

Tuesday, October 25


Acoustic session at the Blues Bar.

AgeUK Social Group with exercise. 10-11.45am. Montpelier Court, Cold Bath Road. £4, refreshments included. For more details, contact Catharine on 01765 606872.


Pilates classes at 10am, all levels. Harrogate Road Methodist Church, Ripon. To reserve a place, contact Ian Sinclair 01423 867647.

Wednesday, October 26


The Paul Middleton Angst Band at the Blues Bar.

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

Royal Hall Open Day, 10am-4pm. Free admittance to see Harrogate’s glittering palace of gold. Guided tour at noon.


Pilates classes, 6.15pm all levels Gracious Street Methodist Church. To reserve a place, contact Ian Sinclair on 01423 867647


AgeUK Art Class. 2-4pm. The Meads, South Crescent. £3.50, refreshments included. Contact Catharine, 01765 606872.

Further Ahead


St Peter’s Players present It’s Showtime at St Peter’s Church. November 8-12. Tickets from 07740 841194 or Harrogate Fair Trade Shop.

Memory Ball at The Pavilions on Saturday, November 19 in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research and The Haven. Drinks reception 7pm. For more details, contact 07967 123182.


Springfield Garth annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday, November 26 from 2pm onwards.