Get bidding for the Mayor’s Spring Ball

An evening of helicopter riding is part of the charity auctions
An evening of helicopter riding is part of the charity auctions

Money-can’t-buy experiences will be up for grabs at the Old Swan Hotel which is to be transformed into Wonderland for the Mayor’s Magical Spring Ball

The Alice in Wonderland theme ball will feature live and silent auctions, where bidders will have the chance to acquire unique lots while supporting five local charities next Saturday.

A tour in four Bentley Cars across North Yorkshire is up for grabs

A tour in four Bentley Cars across North Yorkshire is up for grabs

Hosted by the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Nick Brown, the proceeds of both auctions will go towards supporting his nominated charities Harrogate Homeless Project, Saint

Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate Choral Society, Ripon Cathedral Concert Society and the Northern Aldborough Festival.

Co-chairman of the organising committee, Chris Blundell, said: “There are some amazing lots and we are indebted to our donors who have really come up with some exciting and unique opportunities which should help us to maximise the amount we can raise for the charities.”

Going under the gavel of the BBC’s own Bargain Hunt auctioneer, Charles Hanson, is a summer evening of helicopter flying across North Yorkshire, followed by dinner, bed and breakfast at the Crab Manor Hotel for the live auction.

Alongside this is an opportunity for consultation from award-winning garden designer and broadcaster Mathew Wilson, a bespoke Brompton folding bicycle and a week-long trip for 6 to Cape town in a luxury apartment.

Bidding has already gone live for the silent auction, with online offers starting on lots including a chance to treat friends and family to a private film screening at a Harrogate cinema.

Among the experiences is a chance to join a guided tour of the World of James Herriot Museum in Thirsk.

His children, Jim Wight and Rosie Page, will be joining the lucky bidders on their tour and for lunch.

Get a close-up view of all the rowing action for two in the Stewards’ Enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta.

The former Chef to the Royal Household, Colin Alderson, will also give a talk and demonstration for up to 10 people at the West Park Hotel in Harrogate.

Petrolheads can also bid on the chance to drive in four different Bentleys, ranging in age from 1926 to 2001, for a summer tour around North Yorkshire.

An out of hours summertime private event at RHS Garden Harlow Carr for 30 people, complete with catering from Bettys, will also be available on the night.

All of the lots and more can be seen at, to bid you can register on the site and select items you wish to bid for.

Bids for the live auction can be placed in advance by contacting Shirley McConville at for a form.This can be returned to her to be passed to the auctioneer. The Ball, on Saturday, April 8, sold out with a month to go.

Coun Brown said: “The committee and I are all overjoyed by the support we have received from people from across the district and it was extremely encouraging that tickets sold so


A host of “Alice” themed surprises are promised at the Ball, starting with a “Drink Me” reception, along with a special menu, live and silent auctions and dancing to award-winning band, Vibetown.