Fill your 2024 diary with events for all seasons

As the calendar turns to a new page and a brand new year, there are plenty of exciting events on the horizon for you to look forward to in 2024.

Start planning now to fill your diary with exciting events, cultural activities and new experiences.

There are large-scale events such as the Great Yorkshire Show right through to smaller events based on niche interests, the annual events calendar across Harrogate and North Yorkshire celebrates our interesting culture, fascinating history and all that defines this unique part of the county.

Take a look at some of the events and activities you can start planning for.

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Harrogate Spring Flower Show

One of the most popular horticultural shows of the season, Harrogate Flower Shows stage the very best in all things gardening and horticulture. From spectacular plant nursery displays and floral features to talks and demonstrations – plus great garden shopping opportunities – this is the perfect day out for gardeners.

Harrogate Spring Flower Show
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Harrogate Triathlon

A family-friendly sprint event in April is ideal for seasoned athletes but also great for those who want to try this distance for the first time. The stunning location and inclusive environment make this a great day out for spectators and participants alike.

Harrogate Sprint Triathlon & Junior Aquathlon
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GoGreen Yorkshire

Yorkshire’s only consumer exhibition to help inform the public on the small but meaningful changes they can make to their daily lives which will collectively make a big impact on the climate change emergency. Taking place in May the aim is that every visitor leaves the exhibition pledging to make one or two changes which will collectively make a great impact.

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The Great Knaresborough Bed Race

For a unique day out put the Great Knaresborough Bed Race in your diary in June. This fundraising event was first held in 1966 and sees teams set off from Knaresborough Castle on an arduous 2.4-mile course running through Nidd Gorge, over scenic parkland and the town centre before a final 30-yard swim through the ever-icy waters of the River Nidd. A gruelling athletic challenge but a fun day out for all those involved – especially those watching the spectacle!

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Ripon Theatre Festival

Five days of drama, street theatre, children’s shows, circus, comedy, dance, puppetry, storytelling and much more in the gorgeous city of Ripon. There will be performances and fun events for all ages with a blockbuster jamboree. Local groups will also be able to join in the fun over the festival weekend taking part in city-centre pop-up performances or entertaining families in Ripon Spa Gardens.

Ripon Theatre Festival
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Great Yorkshire Show

An iconic four-day event and one of the biggest agricultural events in the English Calendar, the Great Yorkshire Show takes place in July. Visitors can expect so much more than an agricultural show with first-class entertainment, national breed competitions and a celebration of the absolute best of farming, food and countryside.

Great Yorkshire Show
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Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

For one July weekend the world’s hottest crime writers swing into town for a gathering of writing professionals and enthusiasts, authors and readers. At this friendly festival you can enjoy a busy programme of special guests, panel discussions and entertainment, celebrating crime fiction and the crime writing industry. Full programming announcements will be revealed nearer the time but expect to see a world class line-up of the biggest names and exciting talent in crime fiction.

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Long Course Weekend: Yorkshire

Set in Patelely Bridge, the Long Course Weekend is expected to bring over 5,000 athletes, 20,000 supporters from 30 nations to compete over three incredible days in September. Competitors will be swimming in the beautiful Grimwith Reservoir, cycling on either 56 or 112 mile courses around the stunning dales, before finishing on Sunday with a range of running events from a 5k right through to a marathon distance through the spectacular countryside before the crowds will line the streets for the red-carpet finish line.

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Nidderdale Show

Planning ahead to September, Nidderdale Show is a traditional Dales agricultural show. You can expect sheepdog trials and livestock classes, cookery demonstrations and a dog show along with a funfair, delicious food and drink, local produce and crafts – this is a day out where there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Nidderdale Agricultural Show

So start marking those dates into your new 2023 calendar now and find more great events taking place across the Harrogate part of North Yorkshire in our events section!

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