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Families enjoyed May Day at Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival

Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival was a huge hit after three-year COVID break – kindly sponsored by Wolseley. The Ripon Cathedral Beer festival was the place to be in Ripon this bank holiday Monday with 1,250 adults coming to enjoy a few beers to support the cathedral. Overcast skies failed to deter visitors and £18,000 was raised; this will help fund the music, heritage conservation and the education programme at Ripon Cathedral. The beer festival rounded off a long weekend of celebratory events and worship as Ripon Cathedral launched its 1350th anniversary celebrations, with lots more to come later this month Harrogate Informer…


Video: Harrogate Flower Show 2022 staging day

Staged at The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, the show kicks off the UK’s national gardening calendar from Thursday 21st – Sunday 24 April 2022. Tickets: Pre-booked tickets with a £3 saving on gate prices are available online until midnight Wednesday 20th April. Thursday – Saturday tickets are £20.50 online, £23.50 on the gate. Sunday tickets are £18 online, £21 on the gate. Children under 16 are FREE when accompanied by an adult. General car parking is FREE. Harrogate Informer…


Opera North’s Parsifal prepares for UK tour

Opera North’s eagerly anticipated staging of Parsifal, Wagner’s last and arguably most mesmerising work, takes place this June, touring to concert halls across the country after opening in the company’s home city of Leeds. Leeds Grand Theatre (1 – 10 June 2022) Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (12 June 2022) Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (15 June 2022) Sage Gateshead (18 June 2022) Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (26 June 2022) Parsifal marks the latest in Opera North’s adaptation of large-scale music works into performances suitable for the concert hall. With props and costumes kept to a minimum, the 90-piece orchestra are visible Harrogate Informer…


Grow into Gardening at Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Designers from across the country will be creating a flash of fantastic floral inspiration to illustrate the benefits of bringing plants and flowers into our lives this season, as the 2022 Harrogate Spring Flower Show digs into our ever-growing connection with gardening and all things green. Staged at The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, the show kicks off the UK’s national gardening calendar from Thursday 21st – Sunday 24 April 2022. Celebrating the physical and psychological benefits of gardening which many of us have discovered, or perhaps rediscovered, during the pandemic, the show welcomes ‘Grow Your Home’, a spectacular floral installation Harrogate Informer…


In conversation with 63rd + 1st, a recent addition to the Harrogate restaurant and bar scene

63rd + 1st opened in November 2021 on Albert Street in Harrogate. The area is a hub for many restaurants, including Yo! Sushi, Cote, Portofino, Pizza Express and Zizzi. Although there are plenty of options, they have aimed to offer something a little different. This restaurant is their 3rd, with a new opening planned very soon in Edinburgh. They have a large cocktail menu, along with smaller plates. You can make what you want of the visit, just have cocktails or order as many plates as you like. Graeme Nesbit joined the business in December 2021 as operations director. We Harrogate Informer…


The Gilbert & Sullivan Festival Youth Opera is auditioning for Iolanthe

Young people aged between 9 and 18 years and who love to sing and be on stage have a fantastic opportunity to join this year’s magical production of Iolanthe at the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate. Come along and join a fantasy of fun, fairies and peers of the realm in this madcap comic opera. It’s guaranteed laughter all the way. Rehearsals will be in Harrogate every day from Saturday 13 August to the performances on Saturday 20 August. Festival Director Janet Smith said: The Festival Youth Opera is always a highlight. We love it, and every year we Harrogate Informer…


JB Gill to take centre stage at the Great Yorkshire Show

Popstar turned farmer JB Gill from the boy band JLS has been announced to appear on the new GYS stage at the Great Yorkshire Show. JB will appear on Wednesday July 13 when he will appear twice on the stage which has been sponsored by Daniel Thwaites, as part of a chat show style section before meeting fans afterwards in a meet & greet zone. JB rose to fame as a member of one of the UK’s biggest boy bands – JLS. They dominated the charts for five years, boasting 5 number 1 singles, over 10 million record sales worldwide Harrogate Informer…


Celebration of modern British abstract painting at the Mercer Art Gallery

Artworks – many never seen before – by some of the biggest names in Modern British Abstract art, including John Hoyland, Patrick Heron, Gillian Ayres and Albert Irvin are to be shown at Harrogate’s Mercer Art Gallery. 2 April – 4 September 2022 The middle years of the 20th Century saw a sea change in the British art scene, triggered by the first UK exhibitions of the theatrical, visceral abstract art by American artists like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. Celebration is stunning collection of 60 paintings – several on a heroic scale – from 12 leading British Abstract artists, Harrogate Informer…