Hello from Events Harrogate, we are the brand new Events Bureau for the Harrogate district.
This brochure is an introduction to why the Harrogate district is the perfect location for your event, conference or exhibition.
Read on and you will find out more about Events Harrogate, get a feel for the range of venues available across the district and see how we can add the personal touch. Plus you’ll be able to see for yourself why the Harrogate district is the ideal backdrop for your event.
McGivernJohn McGivern, Destination Events Manager
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Who we are and what we do
Events Harrogate is the new Events Bureau for the Harrogate district. Showcasing all of the reasons why Harrogate is the perfect place to host a conference, exhibition, meeting or event.
The Harrogate district has been hosting events to entertain visitors ever since the elite of Britain and Europe first came to ‘take the waters.’ When spa treatments declined, Harrogate was reinvented as a ‘Conference Town.’ With an impressive Convention Centre at the heart of Harrogate town centre, a range of luxury hotels, wide-open spaces set alongside glorious countryside, historic theatres and boutique meeting rooms, it’s easy to see why.
Whether you are looking for something a little different or just want to make this magnificent location the backdrop to an exceptional event, there is something to meet your event needs and more.
With excellent transport links, Harrogate is just 30 minutes from the bustling city centre of Leeds but offers a more relaxed pace without losing the cosmopolitan feel of a city. The surrounding areas of Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Masham, Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge and Ripon provide a range of outdoor spaces and activities as well as the perfect escape for some downtime after a busy day.
Events Harrogate will provide you with all the support you need to deliver an exceptional event in one of England’s most beautiful settings.
To discover more reasons why to choose Harrogate district for your event go to eventsharrogate.co.uk
About Harrogate district
Harrogate is a vibrant Victorian spa town and rural district that contains the medieval city of Ripon, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Nidderdale and four charming but very different market towns; Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Masham and Pateley Bridge, all located in the heart of Yorkshire surrounded by breath-taking outdoor space.
The unrivalled beauty of our destination means that delegates return time and time again to spend a weekend or short break in the area. In fact, 88% say they are likely to return for a leisure visit following attendance at a business event. (Source: Visit Britain Business Survey 2018)
Food & Drink
Yorkshire’s reputation for outstanding food and drink is distilled into Harrogate’s mix of independent restaurants and familiar high street names that cater for all appetites and tastes.
From the quintessentially English experience of afternoon tea at the world famous Bettys Café and Tearoom to exploring the vibrant independent restaurant scene serving food from across the world to indulgent fine dining, the Harrogate district is sure to satisfy.
Health & Wellbeing
Since 1571, people have flocked to Harrogate because of its water and spa experience and today is no different. With its rich spa heritage, the Harrogate district offers the ultimate self-care experience. Whether that’s relaxing in a world-class spa, enjoying a rejuvenating experience in the Turkish Baths, getting close to nature in the great outdoors or simply enjoying some downtime with a stroll through gorgeous gardens, a trip to the theatre or sampling the local delicacies, Health & Wellbeing is Harrogate’s business.
Harrogate is known for its eclectic, elegant and diverse range of shops, whether you are looking to shop with your favourite luxury brand, find something a little different in a boutique store, browse the high street, or pick up a unique gift from an independent store, Harrogate centre, nearby market towns and the city of Ripon are a shopper’s haven.
Whatever time of year you visit, you’ll be able to enjoy the Harrogate district’s colourful events programme. Experience everything from famous agricultural shows, foodie events to high-profile sporting competitions to events steeped in local history.
To discover more about Boroughbridge, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Masham, Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge and Ripon go to visitharrogate.co.uk.
Just one visit to the Harrogate district and you’ll see why it’s the UK’s most highly rated event destination.
Bring your event to the Harrogate district and you will benefit from our rich history and expertise across a range of sectors.
From a world-leading Convention Centre and stylish accommodation, to boutique hotel meeting rooms and versatile spaces in an award-winning event centre – here you will find just a taster of the range of venues available across the Harrogate district. To discover more venues to suit your event needs, head to eventsharrogate.co.uk.
Harrogate district has a proud history of hosting leading medical events. Following the discovery of the first spring in 1571, Harrogate became known as the English Spa and the rich and famous visited from far and wide to ‘take the waters’ in hope of curing a host of medical ailments.
In 1884 Harrogate changed its very constitution to become a borough council, with an appointed Mayor in order to welcome the British Medical Association. A culture of innovation and invention with one third of medicines on the market today developed by a world-leading contract research organisation based in the area, makes Harrogate district the ideal Health & Wellbeing destination to host a medical event, conference or exhibition.
The Harrogate district has a reputation for excellent education with many people choosing the area to raise their children thanks to the choice of top schools at all levels, both private and public.
With many schools rated as outstanding and good in the region, nine leading universities on the doorstep, alongside being part of the thriving Leeds City Region with a network of 119,000 businesses, educational institutions choose the Harrogate district time and time again for their events.
Public sector and Corporate
When you bring your event to Harrogate district, you join the legacy of leading public sector and corporate events. From trade unions, emergency services, special interest groups, government bodies, and political parties to large corporate events across retail, telecoms, banking and finance, professional services, and the motor trade. Large or small, the range, quality, and service our event venues deliver help ensure many events return to the region year after year.
A strong year-round events programme across the district means people continue to be attracted by our world-renowned festivals and events. With talented local and experienced organisations including Harrogate International Festivals and Harrogate Theatre as well as national and international organisers bringing their events, including high profile cycling tournaments to the area, Harrogate district and Yorkshire has put itself on the map as a leading events destination.
Harrogate Convention Centre Royal Hall
Harrogate Convention Centre is a premium purpose built conference and exhibition centre located in the heart of one of the safest, most attractive and welcoming towns in England.
Facilities include a world-class conference auditorium, the splendid Royal Hall and 13,700sqm flexible event space along with on-site parking and adjacent hotels.
Further parking and numerous quality hotels are available in easy walking distance.
The venue offers organisers excellent value with in-house AV services, transparent pricing, seasonal rates and opportunities for long term contracts. The award-winning event teams pride themselves on exceptional client service.
T: 01423 537474
A: Harrogate Convention Centre, King’s Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA
> World-class venue
> Central location
> Video conferencing
> 13,700sqm flexible space
Built in 1903 by Frank Matcham, the Royal Hall is a stunning Edwardian theatre and a jewel in Harrogate’s crown. The breath-taking interior inspired by the great ballrooms of Imperial Europe combined with British theatrical elements give this venue the wow factor.
This magnificent building is an ideal location for an unforgettable event in a historic space.
The Royal Hall comes with its own technical package and three dedicated technical staff.
The hall’s richly detailed architecture, proscenium arch stage and excellent acoustics make it ideal for theatre, concerts, recitals, tea dances, dinners, conferences and seminars.
> Historic venue
> Central location
> WOW factor
> Something different
T: 01423 537474
A: Royal Hall, Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG1 2RD
Yorkshire Event Centre
Yorkshire Event Centre is an award-winning event venue located just outside of Harrogate town centre. The excellent location and facilities, led by a dedicated events team, has helped accelerate the Yorkshire Event Centre to having an industry-leading reputation.
Offering 6,270sqm of flexible space across two purpose-built halls with access to the 200 acres of the Great Yorkshire Showground, the Yorkshire Events Centre is the perfect choice for anything from a meeting for 500 delegates to a dinner for 2,000. Both Halls have easy and efficient loading and have vehicular access.
When you hold an event at Yorkshire Event Centre, not only will the passionate and experienced team work with you to ensure it’s a success, but every penny goes to help fund the charitable activities of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society which was formed in 1837 to support food, farming, and the countryside. The venue also has many green credentials with LED lighting throughout, a solar panel array on the roof to Hall 1 and no waste goes to landfill.
Yorkshire Event Centre is the perfect solution to all your event needs.
T: 01423 544544
A: Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ
Pavilions of Harrogate
Offering over 2,300sqm of internal space and 200 acres of external space, Pavilions of Harrogate, located on the Great Yorkshire Showground is the perfect venue for a range of events from small meetings and exclusive private dining to conferences and exhibitions for up to 500 delegates. The 14 rooms available have natural daylight, 10 of which have direct access to lawns, woods, ponds, and fields.
Free Wi-Fi and car parking with EV charging points are also available on-site.
> Great location
> Easily accessible
> 2000 car parking spaces
> 6,270sqm of flexible space
T: 01423 544544
A: Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ
Theatre 640 Cabaret 256
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> Spaces with natural daylight
> Access to outdoor space
> 500 car parking spaces
> Fully accessible venue
Crowne Plaza Harrogate
Located in the centre of Harrogate, this stylish and modern hotel is within walking distance of the many shops, restaurants, bars and businesses in the town centre.
Positioned next door to the Harrogate Convention Centre, the Crowne Plaza offers a central location just a short walk from the train station, whilst also offering stunning views over the spa town and the Yorkshire Dales. The hotel has an underground car park catering for up to 150 cars.
The hotel boasts six versatile meeting spaces with capacities from two to 320 guests. The largest room is the Harewood. Situated on the ground floor, the Harewood has a bar and leads out onto the Springs Terrace, which is available for private drinks receptions and pre-dinner drinks. The other five meeting rooms are on the first floor close to the Springs Restaurant. All meeting rooms have air conditioning.
The Crowne Plaza has a total of 214 contemporary bedrooms including Club rooms which offer walk-in showers, mini bars, Sky TV and access to the exclusive club lounge. The club lounge offers complimentary tea and coffee all day plus wine and beer with canapés between 5pm - 8pm every day. The hotel has a resident’s gym which is open from 6am - 10pm daily.
T: 01423 849988
W: ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/gb/en/harrogate/ hrtuk/hoteldetail
A: Kings Rd, Harrogate, HG1 1XX
Cedar Court Hotel
Sitting on the site of the town’s first hotel, The Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate is a Grade II listed four-star venue which dates back to 1671 and overlooks the famous 200 acre Stray parkland.
The hotel is centrally located, with 100 bedrooms and extensive on-site parking, close to the railway station and only a short drive from the A1. A series of ground-floor interconnecting rooms provide multiple options for meetings which can be subdivided to create space for working lunches, refreshment breaks and dedicated breakout areas.
The property can host 350 delegates for a conference in the Cedar Suite, with a bar and patio area providing options for breakout spaces and refreshments. The stylish Rowan Suite can hold up to 160 people in a natural, airy space with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Stray. The 90 capacity Queens Suite provides a regal setting for theatre style events or dinners. All meeting and event spaces have high speed Wi-Fi.
The venue also offers a Tipi in the garden, a unique and versatile space, framed by landscaped gardens and historic parkland.
T: 01423 858585
A: Park Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5AH
This alternative option provides the perfect airy summer venue or a cosy winter hideaway. A magnificent setting, befitting of your event.
This stunning hotel offers outstanding event space and accommodation right in the heart of Harrogate’s central and enticing Montpellier Quarter.
With space for up to 700 delegates, The Crown Hotel is an ideal location for events and conferences. The smallest function room hosts up to 20 guests with the largest up to 400, complete with full conference facilities catering for all attendees.
The hotel boasts 115-bedrooms, all with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, large fluffy bath sheets, flat screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. All rooms are en-suite and range from singles, doubles, twin rooms, suites and family rooms as well as two specially designed rooms for guests with accessibility needs.
Just a short walk from Harrogate’s famous Turkish Baths, luxurious shops and the renowned Bettys Tearooms, and close to award-winning gardens at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, nearby Fountains Abbey and the Yorkshire Dales, The Crown is a convenient choice for everyone.
T: 01423 56 7755
A: Crown Place, Harrogate, HG1 2RZ
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Rudding Park is a luxury hotel featuring a range of event and meeting spaces alongside a destination spa, Clocktower Brasserie, 3 AA rosette Horto Restaurant, kitchen garden, a resident’s gym, private cinema, golf course and golf academy.
Rudding Park has extensive facilities and an outstanding reputation for service, making it a great choice for a wide range of prestigious events. A warm welcome awaits, whether you are planning an informal meeting, a full scale conference or a spectacular party with a marquee in the gardens.
> Central location
> Close to Harrogate attractions
> 700 delegates catered for
> 115 bedrooms
Alongside a range of flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, Rudding Park offers experiential activities with the WOW factor. These include wellness workshops, foodie demonstrations, tailored thought-provoking tasks or physical challenges for adrenaline junkies.
The hotel offers a personalised service to help create experiential meetings which engage - ensuring your delegates talk about the event for months to come.
Rudding Park is three miles south of Harrogate and only minutes from the motorway network. There is 24hr free on-site parking and a helipad.
T: 01423 844804
A: Follifoot, Harrogate, HG3 1JH
U shape 35
> WOW Factor
> Luxury spa hotel
> Experiential activities
> 24hr free on-site parking and helipad
The beautiful Swinton Estate, set in 20,000 acres offers a superb countryside location with rolling views of the Yorkshire Dales and a traditional Yorkshire welcome.
The Estate is home to Swinton Park, a venue with a range of event spaces. The Panelled Room, Lister Room, Library, private dining room and Samuel’s Restaurant are perfect for smaller meetings and benefit from additional breakout rooms including a morning room, private sitting room, billiards room and drawing room. Conference space is available at the Swinton Country Club and Spa in the Arnagill Room.
Other venues across the Estate include a Cookery School, Lake House and the Deer House, set within the deer park overlooking Swinton Park.
Swinton Estate can offer a range of activities and courses to fulfil objective learning and ensure delegates make the most of their time. The experiential activities range from estate shooting, mountain-biking, cookery classes, falconry experiences, farm adventure, hunter gatherer, orienteering and pony trekking, whilst the on-site Country Club and Spa offers group yoga, sound bathing, woodland mindfulness walks or use of the spa facilities.
T: 01765 680900
A: Swinton Park, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4JH
Overnight accommodation is available in the 42-bedroom Swinton Park Hotel, Swinton Cottages and in Tree Lodges and Meadow Yurts at Swinton Bivouac.
The Yorkshire Hotel
The Yorkshire Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Harrogate offering 94 stylish bedrooms, panoramic views across the town and its own bar and restaurant, The Pickled Sprout.
Recently refurbished to a high standard this historic Victorian hotel seamlessly combines its Yorkshire heritage with modern and stylish décor and facilities.
The venue hosts an impressively decorated Sky Suite with panoramic views and facilities for up to 150 people with a breakout room, bar and a dedicated events team on hand to craft your booking to your tastes and budget.
> Stunning countryside location
> On-site glamping
> Experiential activities
> Unique meeting spaces
T: 01423 706700
A: Prospect Place, Harrogate, HG1 1LA
U shape 40
> Central location
> Panoramic views
> Recently refurbished
> Dedicated events team
DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel and Spa
Choose a venue that makes a statement at the DoubleTree by Hilton Majestic Hotel and Spa. A range of conference and event spaces, each with high ceilings and flooded with natural daylight are set amid inspiring landscapes and 18th century architecture.
Whichever bespoke package you choose, you will benefit from the expert culinary team behind Carters Champagne Bar & Grill and Frederick’s Piano Lounge & Terrace, ensuring high-quality refreshments and catering for your event.
The 15 flexible meeting spaces vary in style and size, from the glamorous ground floor ballroom hosting up to 650 guests theatre style, to the new look Carriage Suite with its own dedicated bar, alongside a selection of airy boardrooms with space for up to 18 guests.
Whatever your requirements and whichever suite you choose, all guarantee a memorable setting for gala dinners, award ceremonies, annual conferences and smaller-scale meetings, with dinner and delegate packages that can be tailored to your specifications and budget.
T: 01423 700 300
A: Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG1 2HU
U shape 70
Alongside the 17 race meetings held a year, Ripon Racecourse boasts eight flexible suites suitable for conferencing and meetings. With plentiful free parking, a beautiful backdrop and lots of natural lighting, Ripon Racecourse really does offer something unique.
> 15 flexible meeting spaces
> Free Wi-Fi
> 184 guest bedrooms
> On-site car parking
The range of event spaces can accommodate meetings, seminars, training events and conferences from as little as 20 to 120 delegates. All suites offer magnificent views across the racecourse and lake. A selection of day delegate packages are available, catered for by the award-winning CGC Event Caterers. CGC Event Caterers pride themselves on providing the highest quality, locally sourced, fresh ingredients. With over 100 years’ experience when it comes to hosting successful conferences and events, they understand the importance of attention to detail and great service.
For large events contact CGC Event Catering:
T: 0113 2876387
For smaller enquiries of up to 20 contact:
T: 01765 530 530
A: Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, HG4 1UG
Flexible spaces available for between 20 - 120 delegates
> Unique venue
> Racecourse backdrop
> Eight flexible spaces
> Award-winning catering
How Stean Gorge
Based in Nidderdale AONB on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, eight miles north of Pateley Bridge, How Stean Gorge offers a state-of-the art event space. Enclosed with floor to ceiling glass panes, only a sheet of glass separates you from nature and the magnificent gorge, making this one of the most unique conference venues in Yorkshire.
Venture away from the usual conference rooms with a space that is truly inspiring. The glass walls provide an unforgettable view and plenty of light to bring your event to life. With 96sqm of flexible space available, large groups can be easily accommodated and the room set-up can be tailored to your needs.
Although set in a scenic rural location, How Stean Gorge is easy to get to with great transport links available by road and rail with a variety of train stations within an hour’s drive. A minibus is also available for hire.
Host your event here and you can also benefit from a range of exhilarating team building activities from gorge walking to canoeing to caving.
Chalets complete with wood burning hot tub access will be available on the site soon, group self-catering accommodation is also a short drive away.
T: 01423 755666
A: Lofthouse, Harrogate, HG3 5SF
Newby Hall & Gardens
Set in 40 acres of beautiful gardens bounded by the River Ure, Newby Hall is a truly unique setting to host your event.
The newly refurbished 18th century Orangery provides a special and stimulating business or leisure venue. The flexible space, situated amongst award-winning gardens can accommodate small or large functions. The venue benefits from dedicated parking areas, a full catering kitchen and dedicated washroom facilities.
Only four miles from Junction 48 of the A1 (M) the Orangery at Newby Hall is the ideal Northern meeting area.
> Something different
> Scenic views
> Adventure activities
> Flexible space
T: 01423 322 583
A: Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon, HG4 5AE
> Set in 40 acres of beautiful gardens
> Historic venue
> Small and large events catered for
> Accessible from the A1 (M)
NEWBY HALL & GARDENS
Starling Independent Bar Café Kitchen
A true indie venue and event space in Harrogate town centre, Starling Independent Bar Café Kitchen offers a combination of food, drink and vibes to make any group or event feel right at home.
There are three distinct event spaces in this characterful heritage Harrogate building. The Barn oozes cosy character with solid beams and Juliet balcony doors overlooking the nest. The Beer Hall is the perfect party space, and the nest is a unique outside garden space with a plant wall on one side and 12sqm mural by a local artist on the other.
Day-to-day the bar, café and kitchen delight visitors with a delicious brunch menu and specialist coffee from Yorkshire roaster Dark Woods, whilst by night 16 draft beers and ciders from independent Northern breweries are on offer alongside their legendary posh pizza.
U shape 40
T: 01423 531310
A: 47 Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1PW
> Indie venue
> Party vibe
> Characterful building
> Outdoor space
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
RHS Garden Harlow Carr is available for private hire for evening events. The gardens provide the perfect backdrop for an evening event and allow for a truly unique opportunity to enjoy an RHS garden privately with guests.
With luxury catering provided by world-renowned Bettys Café Tea Rooms, you’ll be able to indulge in classic canapés on the elegant terrace or host a drinks reception in the heart of the garden, popping bubbly in the beautiful 80ft glass Alpine House.
The incredible setting at RHS Garden Harlow Carr is just the starting point to create a memorable event. With carefully selected partners, you can build a unique package tailored to your requirements.
The Cairn Hotel is a versatile venue with superb transport links and an excellent choice of meeting rooms that can be used for a broad range of purposes including AGMs, presentations, interviews, client pitches and staff training, all tailored to suit your event needs.
Whether you want to host a conference for 400 delegates or impress important prospects with a smaller affair, the Cairn Hotel can accommodate events of all sizes. With six flexible meeting spaces to choose from and an abundance of charm and character, this is the perfect meeting room venue for your next event.
T: 01423 724 655
A: Crag Lane, Harrogate, HG3 1QB
T: 01423 504005
W: strathmorehotels-thecairn.com/ conference-meeting-rooms-harrogate
A: Ripon Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2JD
Cold Cotes, situated on the edge of Nidderdale provides facilities for meetings and away days within marvellous countryside.
The Barn at Cold Cotes can accommodate corporate events for between 6 and 30 people. The space can be set up in both boardroom and lecture style. There are also a number of seating areas which can be used for breakout sessions or relaxation.
Packages include room hire, use of equipment, refreshments on arrival and throughout the day as well as a buffet lunch. Breakfast meetings for up to 12 people in the exclusive private conference facility are also available from 8am.
On-site accommodation and secure private parking for up to 30 cars or small minibuses is also available.
The Parish Church of St Wilfrid
If you are looking for an event space that is a little different, the Grade I listed building of The Parish Church of St Wilfrid in Harrogate could be the perfect choice.
Available to hire for events and exhibitions, the spectacular surroundings of the church provide a unique backdrop for an event. The main nave area seats up to 300 people auditorium style while the total capacity for the main body of the church is 500.
The large church building has moveable seating for up to 350 people as well as a large stage area of 6m x 5m. Car parking spaces and good access for larger vehicles is available.
Whether you’re looking for employee rewards, gifts, sales incentives or if you just want to add something a little special to your event, Bettys can offer a selection of corporate gifts beautifully created with high quality ingredients used in their craft bakery alongside some of the world’s best teas and coffees.
Since Bettys was founded in 1919, they have devoted themselves to doing things beautifully. Their unrivalled passion for craft and attention to detail is just one part of their story that starts with exceptional ingredients and ends with beautiful finishing touches to provide you with the very best.
Bettys has a dedicated corporate sales team on hand to discuss of all your corporate gifting needs.
T: 01423 770 937
A: Cold Cotes Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 2LW
T: 01423 504 629
A: Duchy Road, Harrogate, HG1 2EY
T: 0800 678 1919
A: Bettys, Bakery Plumpton Park, Harrogate, HG2 7LD
There are a range of accommodation options across Harrogate district to match all tastes and budgets and all with a warm Yorkshire welcome.
The district benefits from over 2,000 beds in historic and modern hotels, period guesthouses and stylish serviced apartments. Whether you are looking for a central location in the centre of Harrogate or across the district in Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Masham, Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge and Ripon, you are sure to find a good night’s sleep.
To discover all accommodation options, go to visitharrogate.co.uk/stay
How to get here
Located in the heart of Yorkshire, Harrogate district is easily accessible by road, rail, and air.
Located just off the A1 (M), Harrogate district is easy to reach by road. Well signposted routes will take you direct to Harrogate town centre from Junction 45 (Wetherby) or Junction 47 (Knaresborough).
Harrogate is linked to all major UK cities via Leeds (34 minutes) and York (33 minutes) including a direct, daily connection to London with LNER (2 hours 43 minutes). Six direct services with LNER between London King’s Cross and Harrogate every day.
At 12 miles (20 minutes) Harrogate’s closest airport is Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA). British Airways run daily flights between LBA and Heathrow (1 hour), and there are regular flights from many connections worldwide, including Paris (1 hour 30 minutes), Amsterdam (1 hour 10 minutes), Dublin (1 hour).
daily services between London King’s Cross and Harrogate. 6