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Tea Dance
Come and join us in the Promenade Ballroom which boasts itself as one of the largest sprung dance floors in the North East of England.
Enjoy live music from Terry Wadkin & Dancing from 1400hrs.
Enjoy a cup of Yorkshire Tea or freshly brewed Coffee with Finger Sandwiches and Homemade Scones with preserves served at 1500hrs.
Then continue to dance the afternoon away until approx 1630hrs

Book early to avoid disappointment - just £7.50 per person!

On: 2pm Tue 29th Jul 2014
Address: Cairn Hotel, Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG1 2JD
Contact name: The Events Office
Phone number: 01423 504005
Contact email: email
Gala Concert with Frank Ticheli
Working in partnership with KI Concerts, Harrogate goes State-side in this exciting programme of American and British music featuring renowned American composer, Frank Ticheli, but it wouldn’t be sporting to celebrate this American-British alliance without an uplifting and stirring finale of Land of Hope and Glory and The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

On: 19:00 Tue 29th Jul 2014
Address: Royal Hall, Ripon Rd, Harrogate, HG1 2RD
Website: http://www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com
Cowboy and Indian themed Garden Party
We are holding a Cowboy and Indian themed garden party on Sunday 27th July. There will be visit from Wells Fargo ponies and our Guiness World Record holding choir will be singing Country and western songs during the afternoon, there will also be stalls, raffle and tombola plus refreshments. All welcome

On: 2pm Sun 27th Jul 2014
Until: 4.30pm Thu 31st Jul 2014
Address: St Johns house Residential Home, Kirk Hammerton, York YO26 8BY
Studfold's Magical Fairy and Pixie Trail
A magical experience! Use your imagination to find the delightful tiny coloured fairies and pixies that help make Studfold a truely magical place. Dress up or put on Studfold's Fairy wings and Pixie hats make a Studfold Fairy and Pixie badge. Discover stories and explore tiny fairy/pixie houses.
If you have not yet experienced the Adventure Trail -Why not come along this summer - you will discover hidden places, clues and secret boxes - there is so much to see and do along the nature trail. Suitable for all primary and pre-school children and their parents and parents parents!
DO NOT FORGET to bring a picnic and something to leave in the secret treasure swap box.
Normal admission fees apply. Hot drinks available.

On: 11.00am Sat 19th Jul 2014
Until: 3.30pm Sun 31st Aug 2014
Address: Studfold Adventure Trail, Studfold Farm, Lofthouse, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5SG
Contact name: Anne Challis
Phone number: 01423 755228
Contact email: email
Website: http://www.studfoldtrails.co.uk
Say it with Sunflowers
Birthdays, Anniversaries, Mother’s and Father’s Day are just some of the ways were celebrate the special people in our lives. When they’re gone we don’t stop remembering.

Dedicating a sunflower in Saint Michael’s Sunflower garden this summer is a way to remember and celebrate the life of someone special. Whether you miss a parent, partner, grandparent, child, sibling or friend this is a special time for you to reflect and pay tribute to their life.

By making your dedication your special someone will have their own sunflower plaque displayed in the beautiful gardens of Saint Michael’s Hospice this summer.

Once you’ve made your dedication you will be invited to come and see our bright sea of Sunflowers, including your own special dedication, at an open garden event from 10.00am to 12 noon at Saint Michael’s Hospice on Sunday 20th July. During this time you are welcome to join family and friends, enjoy the gardens at Saint Michael’s and a coffee among friends and volunteers of Saint Michael’s and Just ‘B’.

To make your special dedication call (01423) 879687 or email events@saintmichaelshospice.org.

On: 0900 Tue 1st Jul 2014
Until: 1700 Sun 31st Aug 2014
Address: Crimple House, Hornbeam Park Avenue, Harrogate HG2 8QL
Website: http://www.saintmichaelshospice.org/
A Collection from Gill Kirk
Hailing from Nidderdale, Gill uses her passion for the local landscape to inform her work. She’s excited by strong colour, natural patterns and linear marks, and experiments with her own photography and artwork, manipulating and overlaying pieces to make new creations. You can see Gill’s work throughout July and August in Fountains Hall

On: 10am Sat 5th Jul 2014
Until: 5pm Sun 31st Aug 2014
Address: Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Ripon, HG4 3DY
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountainsabbey
Summer Events at Knaresborough Castle
Pay a visit to Knaresborough Castle this summer for a great day out. With a fabulous summer events programme planned there are activities to suit all ages and abilities. Knaresborough Castle is set in a stunning location towering over the River Nidd, originally built on the site 900 years ago and remaining a Royal Castle to this day. Its one of the North’s most impressive castles with the beautiful King’s Tower, dry moat and walls with 12 towers.

There is plenty to discover at Knaresborough Castle, including the remains of the King’s Tower with its dungeon and garderobe. Join a tour to scurry through the sallyport, a secret underground tunnel out of the castle and see the rare surviving Tudor Courtroom in the museum whilst imagining the crimes of the past. Other activities at the Castle include putting and bowling (small cost applies). Events take place in the Castle, museum or grounds at usual admission charges unless stated otherwise.

Events include:

Saturday 26th July, 1.30pm – 3.30pm: Enjoy medieval music from the Castle’s resident lute player in the King’s Tower. Free

Saturday 9th August, 11am – 4pm:
Medieval Sword-Fighting Have a go at sword-fighting, enjoy craft making from clay pots to beads to puppets and visit the Castle, museum and sallyport. Drop in joint event with York Archaeological Trust. Activities range from free to £3.

Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th August, 2pm:
Join local history expert Brian Forshaw for a fascinating tour of the town.
Starting from Knaresborough Castle. £4.50 and £3.

Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th August at 7.30pm:
Enjoy a twilight tour of the Castle discovering its history and spooky tales. £4.50, £3.

Saturday 16th August, 11am – 4pm: Medieval Storytelling
Enjoy medieval tales as well as craft making from clay pots to beads to puppets and visit the Castle, museum and sallyport. Drop in joint event with York Archaeological Trust. Activities range from free to £3.

Sunday 17th August: £1 entry day to celebrate Knaresborough’s feva festival.

Saturday 30th August, 1pm – 3pm: Enjoy medieval music from the Castle’s resident lute player in the King’s Tower. Free.

Adults - £3.30
Children - £1.80
Concs - £2.20

On: 11.00am Sat 26th Jul 2014
Until: 16.00pm Sun 14th Sep 2014
Address: Knaresborough Castle and Museum, Castle Yard, Knaresborough, HG5 8AS
Website: http://www.harrogate.gov.ukknaresboroughcastle
Art and Yorkshire: From Turner to Hockney
Art and Yorkshire: From Turner to Hockney celebrates the county of Yorkshire and its people through the art it has inspired and the artists it has produced.

Over 100 paintings, photographs and sculptures highlight Yorkshire's influence on some of the finest artists the world has seen. From J M W Turner’s familiar landscapes to Atkinson Grimshaw’s moonlit Victorian streets, and rarely seen work by Bradford-born David Hockney; this exhibition places past masters and contemporary artists together in a new context to send a picture postcard of Yorkshire to the world.

The beauty of Yorkshire’s landscape reportedly moved the great British painter J M W Turner to tears. Indeed, Turner’s tour of the North in 1797 is known to have inspired his artistic creation until the end of his days. Some artists came before Turner but many came after him, and this is the story this exhibition - and the book that accompanies it - has to tell.

On: 10:00 Sat 12th Apr 2014
Until: 17:00 Sun 12th Oct 2014
Address: The Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA
Contact name: Mercer Art Gallery
Phone number: 01423 556 188
Contact email: email
Website: http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/mercerartgallery
A Town at War
Read a selection of fascinating letters, sent home from Harrogate men serving in the war, which reveal the conditions that they were struggling with in the trenches and provide an insight into the combat and dangers they faced.

Find out more about three local Victoria Cross winners, the highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy: Harrogate man Donald Bell killed at the Battle of Somme in 1916 and also the first professional footballer to enlist when the First World War broke out, Charles Hull (from Harrogate), and Archie White (from Boroughbridge).

Learn more about Betty Stephenson, who at the age of 19 left Harrogate to go and work in an YMCA canteen for the soldiers in France and Grand Duchess George of Russia who funded four hospitals in Harrogate during the First World War and also worked in them herself nursing the wounded soldiers.

Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday 10.30am - 5pm
Sundays 2pm - 5pm

Adult - £3.95
Concession/NUS - £2.85
Child - £2.30
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £11

On: 10.30am Sat 26th Jul 2014
Until: 17.00pm Wed 31st Dec 2014
Address: The Royal Pump Room Museum, Crown Place, Harrogate, HG1 2RY
Website: http://www.facebook.com/HarrogateMuseum
Brangwyn's War: Posters of the First World War
Frank Brangwyn was an outstanding poster artist of the First World War. A restored set of his powerful large-scale war posters is on show at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate until January 2015. These images offer both a unique social insight into the propaganda of the period as well as reflecting the artist’s personal concerns.

This is the first time that the posters, all lithographs that have recently been cleaned and restored, have been displayed by Harrogate Arts and Museums. The posters were donated to the gallery by Harrogate artist and printmaker Oliver Pemsel and the exhibition is curated by Brangwyn expert Dr Elizabeth Horner.

Gallery opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 10.00 - 17.00, Sundays 14.00 - 17.00.

On: 10.00 Tue 24th Jun 2014
Until: 17.00 Sun 18th Jan 2015
Address: The Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA
Contact name: Mercer Art Gallery
Phone number: 01423 556188
Contact email: email
Website: http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/mercerartgallery
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