Roadmap blamed for cancellation of major outdoor show in Harrogate at Easter

The first major entertainments event in Harrogate of the year has been cancelled - ironically, say organisers, because of the Government's new 'roadmap'.

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 10:04 am
Horrible Histories has been scheduled to bring its live action version of Barmy Britain to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate just before Easter in six weeks time.

Horrible Histories was scheduled to bring its live action version of Barmy Britain to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate just before Easter in six weeks time.

The British children’s live-action historical and musical sketch comedy television series, based on the best-selling books of the same name by Terry Deary, was due to take place as a 'Car Park Party' at the centre, based at the Great Yorkshire Showground on April 3, before moving on to Harewood House on April 5.

But organisers said today that, due to the timing of Prime Minister's new four-stage timetable for easing restrictions out of lockdown, they have had to move all shows in the tour originally planned to happen before April 12 to a new date.

Most of the events have been rescheduled but the Barmy Britain date in Harrogate has now been cancelled altogether.

Tickets holders have been notified of the changes but tickets are still available via

The Barmy Britain tour will present classic characters and stories from British history including Queen Boudica, King Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin, Queen Victoria and more.

The Harrogate show would have see families sitting in their cars watching actors on stage and on a large screen while listening live on their radios and, if so inclined, honking their horns in appreciation.

The Birmingham Stage Company has produced 18 Horrible Histories live shows in total, touring the globe as well as the UK.


Tuesday 13th April Newbury Racecourse (2pm & 5pm)

Wednesday 14th April Poole Canford Park (11am)

Wednesday 14th April Coventry Ricoh Arena (2pm & 5pm)

Thursday 15th April Wolverhampton Racecourse (2pm & 5pm)

Friday 16th April Bath Bath & West Showground (11am)

Friday 16th April Shrewsbury New Meadow Stadium (2pm & 5pm)

Saturday 17th April Uttoxeter Racecourse (2pm & 5pm)

Sunday 18th April Bristol Airport (2pm & 5pm)

Friday 23rd April Northampton Franklins Gardens (4.30pm & 7pm)

Saturday 24th April Stevenage Knebworth House (2pm & 5pm)

Sunday 25th April Chelmsford Racecourse (11am, 2pm & 5pm)

Friday 30th April Birmingham NEC (4.30pm & 7pm)

Saturday 1st May Newark Showground (11am)

Saturday 1st May Manchester AJ Bell Stadium (2pm & 5pm)

Sunday 2nd May Leeds Harewood House (11am)

Sunday 2nd May Carlisle Racecourse (2pm & 5pm)

Monday 3rd May Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium (11am)

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