Saturday, 29 October 2011

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Festival 2012! has all the details of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2012 the dates are 19th July to the 22nd of July at the Old Swan Hotel which is only a short walk from us ( 10% discount for booking directly) Some of the big names who have already signed to appear are John Connolly, Mark Billingham, Charlaine Harris and Harlan Coben with more to follow. This event is popular with writers workshops for the budding writer who can gain experience from the source.

Meet Patricia Cornwell! on the 26th November!

An event to be held at the Barcelo Majectic hotel in Harrogate organised by the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival which is held annually in Harrogate ( has arranged this special event with one of the leading ladies of crime writing. Tickets are a bargain at £10 or £7.50 for friends of the festival. Ms Cornwell will be talking to BBC Radio Four's Mark Lawson about her extraordinary life and career and the inside scoop on her new book "Red Mist" which is being released on the 24th of November. Doors open at 7pm and will last approximately 1 hour.

If you are attending this event we are only 5 mins walk away and do a 5% discount for booking directly with us. Take a look at for more info.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Countryside live in Harrogate 22nd Oct!

Fab weeked out for all the family including Knitting and Crafts where you can have a go and see all sporting events as well for more information take a look at the web site

Yorkshire Dales connections to Sherlock Holmes

Not many people know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spent much of his young life in Yorkshire and many of his characters and locations were drawn from this area as well. For example Masongill Hall which is supposed to be the inspiration for the Hound of the Baskervilles is located here. It was also the estate which owned the cottage rented by Conan-Doyle's mother so it was a location he knew well. Masongill is a small village near Ingleton which was where his originally Scottish mother moved to, to  be near Dr Bryan Waller who had rented a room from them in Edinburgh. Conan Doyle's father was committed to an asylum in 1883/4 for alcoholism and epilepsy which at that time meant his mother not even if she had wanted to divorce him. Therefore it may have been that she had a relationship with Dr Waller and rumours abounded that she was seen crossing the lawns in the early hours, however these are nothing but rumours and local gossip. While Conan Doyle visited his mother in Yorkshire many times and wrote countless letters to his mother over the years describing activities he had done and enjoyed for example he was a keen golfer. He apparently had a tempestuous relationship with Dr Waller as in one letter he talks about how he hit him in a fight though eventually they seem to have put their differences aside as he was best man at Conan Doyle's wedding. It is a well know fact that Conan Doyle married his first wife Louisa Hawkins at the nearby St Oswald's church in Thornton in Lonsdale, in the porch there is a framed copy of the certificate dated 1885 and you can buy copies for 50p.
It is also speculated that the name for his famous detective was inspired by a visit to Ingleton where he played golf at Park Foot Farm the vicar of this parish was T.D. Sherlock this was just prior to his publication of "A Study in Scarlet" in 1877. There is also a plaque in the church marking the death of the vicar's brother who was struck by lightening at Ingleton Station. However on the matter of Sherlock's first name in his letters Conan Doyle often mentions the fact that he never met the physician Oliver Wendell Holmes a man he had a great deal of respect for and so may have immortalised him in his work.
All of these locations are a short drive from Harrogate and can easily be pared with othe literary activities for example visiting the home of the Bronte's in Howarth.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Introduction to Printmaking

One Day workshop with Hester Cox whose work is on show and she will guide participants to create painterly prints using the direct method of monoprinting and then develop their understanding of intaglio and relief printmaking you will create a drypoint print and a linocut. The workshop is suitable for beginners and artists wishing to explore a new medium. Cost £22.50 including all materials and refreshments. It will be held at the Mercer art gallery ring 01423 556188 to book.

Unpacking the Vale of York Viking Hoard

This is a study day discovering the historical context ,conservation, science and an artist's reaction to this stunning Viking treasure. It was found in the Harrogate District in 2007 and is on show here for the first time. There will be various speakers telling you all about the hoard. price £25 per person and is to be held at the Mercer Gallery. phone 01423 556188 for details and to book.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

A child of 5 could do that!

10th November 2011 at 1pm is "A child of 5 could do that!" a look at Contemporary art and a Tour of the New Lights Exhibition - In conversation with Jane Sellars, Curator of Art, and Annette Petchey Chief Executive of the New Lights Charity supporting young artists in the North of England. Share your opinions on contemporary art and enjoy a tour of the work on show by upcomming artists from the North of England. Cost £5 including a glass of wine. Mercer Art Gallery.

Medieval Woodcarvings at Ripon Cathedral

Talk with local historian Maurice Taylor looking at the work, inspiration and influence of the 15thC Ripon School of Woodcarvers across the North of England followed by refreshments then a tour of the Cathedral including the beautiful woodcarvings there. Cost £7 including refreshments.
Thorpe Prebend House, High St Agnesgate, Ripon, HG4 1QR. Ring 01423 556188 or email  
8th November 2011 at 1.30pm

Gruelling Experiences - The history of the workhouse

Talk by Peter Higginbotham an expert on the topic looking at workhouses in the Harrogate area and focussing on Knaresborough in particular.
Tuesday the 1st of November at 2pm and costs £4.00 at the Mercer Art Gallery

Tour of Conyngham Hall. - this is a full tour of this grade 2 listed 18th century building, which was deisgned by John Carr (1723-1807) who was the only provincial member of the London Architechts' Club who also designed Harewood House. This is a free tour. The Tour is to be held on the 25th of October at 1.30pm

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

X Factor Comes to Harrogate!

X factor contestant Amelia will be appearing for a one night performance on the 21st of October you can use the free guest list link provided above to gain priority free entry. There will be a contestant performing at the viper rooms every weekend for the next 10 weeks!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rock Up and Sing Event!

This is going to be an amazing event helping raise money for Parkinsons tickets avaliable from Harrogate Theatre Box office Date is 13th November at 7pm and is suitable for all the family. £15-£25 for tickets.

Tour of Harrogate Theatre. - Ever wondered what it is like back stage at Harrogate Theatre? Join this tour to learn more about what Harrogate Theatre does and how the building has changed over 110 years. Cost £4.

Capes & Shawls!

Talk with Dorothy Newall about shawls, capes and other textile accessories in the Nidderdale Museum's collection followed by Tea and Scones. Cost £5 at the Nidderdale Museum HG3 5LE

The History of Handbags!

Talk and handeling session with Irene Mcnulty of Encompass Workshops using the museum's and her own collection Irene will showcase handbags from their inception to today's designers.
Cost £6 at the Mercer Art Gallery. Thursday 2nd of Feb at 2pm (2012)

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Dad's army comes to Harrogate!

This brilliant amatour production of Dad's army the classic show comes to Harrogate from the 5th-8th October tickets can be booked through and we are just 5 mins away should you wish to make a night of it!.