Harrogate International Festivals – Year Round

“The north of England’s leading arts Festival”  The Times

The north of England’s leading arts Festival” The Times

A charitable organisation, our passion, ambition and innovative eye maintains our position as an arts organisation delivering Festivals of national importance, as well as a key cultural provider for the North throughout the year.

Established with a reputation for delivering the world’s most enthralling performers to our doorstep, we create distinctive cultural experiences through our year-round delivery of festivals, series and events, as well as nurturing local young talent. Our diverse portfolio dramatically increases the cultural and tourism offer for Harrogate and the surrounding area.

As well as entertaining audiences, we bring internationally acclaimed artists to work with young people and communities all year-round. Our outreach and education work taps into the arts to change lives.

Our calendar of work includes:


Harrogate International Spring Series – international chamber concert series


Harrogate Festival – international arts festival throughout July, the foundation of all our work

Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival – a stellar line up of literary events in beautifully intimate settings

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – world class, award winging literature weekend


Harrogate History Festival – an innovative new Festival celebrating the genre of historical writing and its authors

Our year-round work and outreach work encompasses a wide range of innovative projects and events:

Young Musician’s Platform – creating a platform for local and international talent

Spiegeltent – diverse artists in a unique venue

Children’s Festival – literature, music and arts delivered within the Spiegeltent setting

SalonNorth – a revolutionary movement exploring the best of arts, science and psychology

Big Read – increasing engagement in reading across the north of England

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year – national partnership with libraries and bookshops to celebrate outstanding crime fiction with readers

Reader in Residence – supporting literacy development across the region

Musical Mums – weekly singing project for teen mums and their babies

Global Villages world music deliver across rural area of the District

You’re Booked – a digital hub for aspiring writers and readers