Harrogate’s cherished Valley Gardens is more than a park with a pitch and putt and a great play area. It’s hosted weddings, swing bands, big picnics and an annual 40s Day.
What it’s never seen before is a community-led programme of events including music, art, poetry, children’s entertainment, craft workshops, food and drink all in a single day.
Called Happygate, this new free arts and music festival is the work of Harrogate-based independents and volunteers aiming to raise funds for good local causes.
Taking place on Sunday, July 24 from 11am to 9pm, the main stage in Valley Gardens will showcase a wide variety of talented local musicains – from rock to Motown, from indie to swing to modern choir All Together Now while a second stage will offer acoustic musicians.
Helping to create a party spirit will be the area’s two tops DJs, Trev and Rory Hoy, as part of a revolving cast of vinyl DJs.
Other events at Happygate include African drumming from Drums Agogo, cheerleading from Harrogate Hornets, circus skills from Butterfingers, trickery from Magic Andrew, an exhibition of local artists courtesy of Beulah62, a treasure trail, a skool disco and craft skill classes.
As well as story stelling, Happygate will also include a poetry corner run by Steph Jones of successful annual literary performance festival Release the Hounds.
Food and drink will be on offer throughout the offer with beer provided by award-winning Harrogate brewers Daleside.
Despite all the fun on offer, this all-day celebration of everything local does has a serious purpose – to raise funds for Fighting Ependymoma, a children’s brain tumour research charity set up in memory of local musician Chris Bramhall; Craft Aid International, a Harrogate-based charity run by Susie Hart MBE, and Harrogate Homeless Project.
More information at www.happygate.co.uk or email organisers at email@example.com