Harrogate's biggest weekend of the year starts tomorrow, Saturday with not one but four major events happening.
As the sun shines, thousands of people are expected to flock onto The Stray and into Harrogate town centre in what looks set to be the most exciting weekend for the town since the Le Grand Depart arrived in 2014
Two years after the Le Grand Depart transformed the town into a mecca for visitors, it may all be about to happen again with four exciting events taking place in the space of two days.
In a feast of entertainment for townspeople and tourists, the following events are taking place from July 23-24:
A rock music tribute band festival.
Yorkshire's biggest running event.
A crime writing festival.
An independent Happygate music and arts festival for families
To give their blessing to the whole weekend, the Calendar Girls even arrived in Harrogate this week to help promote one of the events.
And the ‘big weekend’ of blockbuster events has been welcomed by Harrogate Borough Council. Council leader Coun Richard Cooper said: “I think we should call the weekend The Harrogate Spectacular.
“It’s about providing a stage to show to people across the region and country that Harrogate is a great place to hold conferences and events in.”
This Saturday sees:
1. The hugely popular Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival running at the Old Swan Hotel until Sunday.
2. Harrogate Fake Festival.
The latter returns after a sellout visit last year to The Stray at West Park with a host of top musical tribute bands and local rock musicians from 12.30pm to late.
This Sunday sees:
1. Having previously been held in Sheffield, Sunday is the first time the Great Yorkshire Run has been held in Harrogate.
Taking place in the area round the Valley Gardens and the town centre from 9am to early afternoon, this huge running event is co-hosted by Harrogate Harriers and sponsored by Theakstons.
2. Happygate festival: In nearly the same location on the same day, there will the first free and independent Happygate Festival will take place in the Valley Gardens from 11am-9pm with lots of children's activities, live music, food and drink and art and crafts, poetry and more.