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Game on at Harrogate as AireCon signs up for 2017

HARROGATE International Centre will host its first convention for board game enthusiasts on the back of a growing trend for ‘analog’ gaming. The fourth AireCon event will take place in 2017 in Harrogate as organisers look to expand the gathering and attract hundreds of people of all ages. AireCon’s Show Director, Mark Cooke said: “Analog…

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HIC News – October 2016

We welcome a fantastic new gaming event to Harrogate and see the return of two of our most popular lifestyle events this autumn. Plus, don’t miss your chance to win a fantastic luxury prize in the Rocktober Raffle. click the link below for the very latest HIC News hic-news-oct-2016

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Flooring Show figures go through the roof at HIC

One of the longest running trade shows in the North of England enjoyed its best year ever at Harrogate International Centre. The 54th Flooring Show attracted 190 exhibitors and saw an almost 10 per cent rise in visitors on last year, with 3119 people through the doors over the three days. Also, in a first…

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HIC Yorkshire News – September

Welcome to the September 2016 edition of HIC News… We introduce you to our new head of sales and events, who returns to Harrogate after three decades. There’s also news of more big-name comedians heading your way, and there’s romance in the air on the Royal Hall catwalk as one of our visitors proposes to his…

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Discounts for travellers in rail deal between HIC Yorkshire and Virgin Trains

Harrogate International Centre (HIC Yorkshire) has agreed a deal with Virgin Trains to bring travel discounts for visitors to the North Yorkshire venue. With Virgin Trains planning to run 14 daily services between London and Harrogate by 2019, the new agreement will see HIC delegates offered special savings on ticket prices. Harrogate Bridal 2016, one…

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HIC News – August 2016

It’s August and that means we welcome the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival back to Harrogate for another run of spectacular British comic operas. For  all the latest on what’s happening and what’s on the way to Harrogate International Centre, including comedian Russell Kane and a return to Harrogate by singer Caro Emerald, check out the August edition of HIC…

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Harrogate Choral Society – Popular Choral Classics

October 15 – All the popular works that you love to hear. From Zadok the Priest to Jerusalem; expect a wonderful evening of glorious choral singing. The Harrogate Choral Society will be joined by Sarah Fox, Soprano who was born in Giggleswick but who is now acclaimed for her singing internationally. She has also featured…

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Harrogate bids to host Great Exhibition of the North 2018.

Inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851, with its show-stopping centrepiece, the Crystal Palace in London, the Victorian event attracted more than a quarter of the entire British population. It showcased the miracles and wonders of the mid-19th century. 2018’s version will celebrate great art, culture and design of the North, showcasing local artists, performers,…

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What’s on @ HIC

Find out what live entertainment and public shows are coming up at HIC Yorkshire in July. Click the link below to find out more on appearances from The Black Dyke Band, The Unthanks and the first of a new public Q&A session with your local councillors. whats on july 5mb And don’t forget…if you would…

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Adam Hills: Clown Heart

Part of the Harrogate Comedy Festival 2016 Adam Hills has fast become one of the most popular comedians in the UK, with 15 solo shows that have toured internationally. His combination of positive, uplifting comedy and rampant spontaneity has seen him receive numerous awards, glowing reviews and a legion of fans around the world. Click…

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TONIGHT 6pm – Ask the Cabinet public Q&A session

Thursday 28 July – Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet has launched a new initiative to engage with the district’s public. The event ‘ Ask the Cabinet’ will be the first in an annual programme of events where members of the public can come to an open meeting and asking senior councillors whatever they want. The first…

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Billy Ocean plus special guest

March 31 – Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime. He has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide on pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland,…

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HIC News – June 2016

Welcome the June edition of HIC news. If you’re a craft fan you won’t want to miss the details of a major new public show we have coming in the spring. Meanwhile we welcome pop icon Rick Astley, who has announced a date in our main auditorium, as part of his UK tour. Click link…

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Thousands expected as major craft and hobby show announces Harrogate dates

HARROGATE International Centre is to host a four-day public show expected to attract thousands of craft fans to North Yorkshire next spring. The Stitching Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show will take place for the first time in Harrogate in April, following similar successful events in London and Birmingham. Up to 10,000 craft and needlework enthusiasts could…

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Royal Hall earns TripAdviser excellence award after year of good reviews

The Royal Hall in Harrogate has received recognition of its excellent service by one of the world’s leading travel sites. The historic Edwardian theatre was awarded a Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row after maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. Royal Hall general manger, Andy Lane said: “The award…

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Latest news from Harrogate International Centre – May 2016

Catch up on all the latest news from Harrogate International Centre. Click on the link below to take you straight to the May 2016 edition HIC News May 2016

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What’s On @ HIC – May 2016

Welcome to the May 2016 edition of What’s on @ HIC Yorkshire. We have plenty of great entertainment coming up in our main auditorium and The Royal Hall as well as announcements of some true musical legends appearing later in the year. HIC Whats On May

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Meet the Festival Adjudicator

Part of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. Meet Festival Adjudicator, Andrew Nicklin – Having been involved in musical theatre for over fifty years and in some capacity with this Festival for over twenty years, I was delighted when asked if I would be interested in adjudicating the competitive element of the 23rd Festival next…

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What’s On @ HIC – April 2016

Spring is in the air and we have a great line-up of entertainment for you in April. We also look at some of the big names coming to us later in the year so click on the link below to open the latest edition of What’s on @ HIC and plan your visit to Harrogate International Centre and…

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HIC News – March 2016

Get the all the latest happenings at Harrogate International Centre and the Royal Hall. Click on the link below for the March edition  of HIC News… HIC News March 2016 (3)

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What’s On at Harrogate International Centre

Welcome to our new What’s On guide bringing you details of all our public shows over the coming weeks at Harrogate International Centre and the Royal Hall. The new guide is designed to highlight entertainment and lifestyle events and keep you updated with news of what we’re up to at HIC Yorkshire. If you would like to…

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Win tickets for Paul Hollywood at The BBC Good Food Show

THIS WEEKEND – Win a pair of tickets for The BBC Good Food Show Spring, including seats for Paul Hollywood in The Supertheatre at Harrogate International Centre. For a chance to win this great prize go to either our Facebook or Twitter page and share our special competition posting. What you could win: 1 Pair of…

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HIC News February 2016

All aboard! Read about the huge transport boost set to open Harrogate up to thousands of rail and road visitors. Also we look forward to spring at HIC Yorkshire where you’ll find Good Food and plenty of Greens… Click on the link below for the latest edition of HIC News… HIC News Feb 2016

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Food and agricultural expo has successful first visit to HIC Yorkshire

A MAJOR agricultural and food industry expo attracted thousands of visitors to its first time at Harrogate International Centre (HIC Yorkshire). BP2015 is the UK’s biggest event of its kind and covers the whole of the potato supply chain. Hundreds of international growers and processors brought the very latest technology, including huge harvesting and processing…

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Friday’s power cut

A large area of Harrogate town centre was affected by a power failure at approx. 11.50am on Friday the 4th December 2015. This resulted in a loss of power to the whole of the HIC Yorkshire site and we would like to update you regarding the incident. HIC staff made contact with Northern Power and…

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Thousands raised for Children In Need at Royal Hall non-stop dance challenge

MORE than £4000 was raised for Children In Need by a Harrogate man after he danced his way through a gruelling 24-hour challenge. James White, 36, began his effort on Friday (Nov13) afternoon in Harrogate’s Royal Hall theatre, where he danced every style from ballroom to hip-hop, non-stop, until 4.30pm the following day. Speaking after…

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Live shows and events this Christmas at HIC Yorkshire

We’ve got your Christmas wrapped up here at HIC Yorkshire when it comes to live shows and festive fairs. Eat, drink and be merry with a great programme of events throughout December.   The Country Living Christmas Fair December 3 – 6 Unique Christmas gifts from makers, designers, artisans and growers alongside inspired ideas and…

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HIC News – November 2015

The very latest news from Harrogate International Centre and The Royal Hall. Gin festivals, Jools Holland and non-stop dancing – it’s all in the November issue of HIC News Click the link below for more… HIC News Nov 15

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British Bake Off Winner Nadiya heading to Harrogate for Foodies Festival

GREAT British Bake Off winner Nadiya Jamir Hussain is the latest star name announced for the Foodies Festival Christmas at Harrogate International Centre (HIC Yorkshire) in December. The mum-of-three from Leeds won the nation’s heart after battling her way back from a tough start to win the respect of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in…

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Antiques Roadshow discovers most valuable item ever in Harrogate

THE Royal Hall in Harrogate played host to a piece television history when the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow discovered its most valuable item ever. BBC bosses confirmed that “a world famous” item had been brought to the historic Edwardian theatre during filming on Wednesday and that its value had exceeded anything previously featured. A spokesman for…

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Harrogate declared ‘perfect’ in a roundabout sort of way

Harrogate’s most regal roundabout has been recognised as one of the best in the UK by leading connoisseurs of circular traffic-flow road systems. The Prince of Wales Roundabout will feature as Miss July in the 2016 calendar of the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society after members declared it the ‘epitome of the perfect gyratory’. Speaking to our friends over…

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Follow us on Twitter

Don’t miss the latest on what’s happening at HIC Yorkshire by following us now on Twitter. Get up-to-the-minute announcements on live shows, exhibitions and festivals.   Watch out for competitions to win tickets to the fantastic events we host throughout the year.   Click here to take you straight to the HIC Yorkshire Twitter page.…

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James goes for 24 hour dance record at Harrogate’s Royal Hall

A DANCE teacher from Harrogate will attempt to move his feet for 24 hours in a charity record-breaking attempt at Harrogate’s Royal Hall theatre. James White, 36, will attempt the gruelling dance marathon in a bid to raise money for the BBC’s Children In Need and said anyone is welcome to join him at the…

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This weekend – Crew Clothing Harrogate Warehouse Sale

Get up to 80% off the Crew Clothing at this weekend’s warehouse sale at HIC Yorkshire Crew Clothing Co. Warehouse Sales brings you three days of fantastic savings from Friday October 23 at Harrogate International Centre. An invitation is not necessary for entrance although if you have received one please do bring with you to ensure…

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Student Frazer cooks up winning dish for HIC Yorkshire banquet

A MAIN course dish designed by a Harrogate catering student will be served at a prestigious banquet after his creation came out top in a college chef competition. Frazer Coulby’s belly pork dish will now go before more than 700 guests at Harrogate International Centre (HIC Yorkshire) as the venue hosts BP2015 – a major…

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Double success for Wendy at HIC Yorkshire

HIC Yorkshire rounded off a successful September following back-to-back shows from two of its long-running trade exhibitions. The Harrogate Bridal Show ended just days before The Flooring Show moved in, with both events under the directorship of local event organiser Wendy Adams. Wendy has recently taken over full ownership of The Flooring Show and is…

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Happening @HIC Yorkshire

Welcome to our at-a-glance guide to everything that’s happening at HIC Yorkshire and The Royal Hall throughout October. Click the link below to find out what’s coming up… Happening October 2015

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HIC News – September 2015

Thousands of visitors head to Harrogate for the WI’s 100th anniversary celebrations and we welcome the flavours of the seventies at a great new food fair coming this Christmas. It’s the latest edition of HIC News HIC News September 15    

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Festival’s future secured at HIC Yorkshire until 2018

A DEAL which will keep a major international festival in Harrogate for the next three years has been agreed by event organisers and Royal Hall bosses. Ian Smith, director of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, said he was pleased with the “very solid deal” to keep the event in Harrogate. The announcement came shortly…

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WI Calendar Girls kick off centenary celebrations at Harrogate show

CELEBRATIONS to mark 100 years of the Women’s Institute got underway today (Thur) in Harrogate with thousands of visitors expected over the next four days. The WI Centennial Fair opened at Harrogate International Centre (HIC Yorkshire) with the world-famous Calendar Girls of Rylstone and District WI posing for pictures and welcoming a huge line of…

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Gin up! Hundreds of artisan producers lined up for WI Centenary Fair

THE huge celebration to mark 100 years of the WI will see the best of the region’s artisan food producers exhibiting their wares at Harrogate International Centre next month. The four-day Centenary Fair, which opens on September 3, will be at the centre of The WI’s national celebrations and includes seminars and workshops by experts…

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Google broadband experts offer free boost to Harrogate businesses

BUSINESSES in Harrogate are being urged to take advantage of a free event aimed at ensuring their broadband speeds are fit for the future. Faster Better Business is a Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) initiative and will feature master classes from the Google Digital Garage team, while broadband experts will be on hand to help businesses…

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Art world comes to North Yorkshire for major expo at Harrogate International Centre

A MAJOR sale of original art from around the world will take place at HIC Yorkshire this autumn. The Harrogate International Visual Arts Expo (HIVE2015) is a public event which will bring together artworks and galleries from the Far East and Europe as well pieces from Yorkshire artists. HIC sales manager, Rebecca Turnbull said: “The…

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Get a little Gilbert & Sullivan into your weekend…

The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival continues this weekend with two spectacular shows in Harrogate’s historic Royal Hall. On Friday and Saturday we present a tale of foppish poets and lovesick maidens in the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company’s production of Patience. On Sunday the festival treats you to a production of The Mikado,…

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HIC News – August 2015

Read all about it…the latest HIC News is out. Click the link below to find out what’s happening at Harrogate international Centre… HIC News Aug 15

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Pirates, politicians and princesses…The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival 2015 sails into Harrogate.

THE world-famous International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival opens its 22nd season in Harrogate this weekend promising a spectacular programme of entertainment. Launching on Saturday at Harrogate International Centre, with The Gondoliers, the festival moves to the nearby Royal Hall on Monday, bringing three weeks of shows from a global mix of opera companies from as…

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Brush up on your baking skills this September…

The Women’s Institute is celebrating one hundred years of achievements with a fun-filled four-day event at Harrogate International Centre this September. The WI Centennial Fair is the highlight in a year of celebrations and is open to WI members and non-members. Around 18,000 people, 200 exhibitors and a list of celebrity guests are expected at…

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HIC News – June 2015

The very latest happenings at HIC Yorkshire including our TripAdvisor triumph and details of some of our recently-announced shows and live events… Click here to find out more: HIC News June 15

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Have you got the key…?

Bring your key to the Meetings Show for the chance to unlock a great prize from HIC Yorkshire. We will be joining the biggest names in the European events industry as thousands of buyers and organisers converge on Olympia, London for three days in July. Come and find us on Stand D9 where we will…

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New Royal Hall painting captures glamour of vintage Harrogate

The glamour of Harrogate’s past as a health resort in the 1920s has been captured in a new piece of artwork created in the Royal Hall theatre. Commissioned by the Royal Hall Restoration Trust, the work was produced by Yorkshire artist David Venables, who was also responsible for the murals in the theatre’s auditorium during…

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Lisa Faulkner talks cooking ahead of Harrogate show

Actress Lisa Faulkner made her name in top TV shows Holby City and Spooks before being crowned Celebrity Masterchef champion in 2010. This weekend sees her appear at The Cake & Bake Show at Harrogate International Centre. Click the link below to read her recent Yorkshire Post interview where she talks about her love of cooking. Lisa…

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Burning success for Hearth & Home Show

THE Hearth & Home exhibition maintained its record breaking visitor levels following a successful three day show at Harrogate International Centre. Organisers of the annual heating industry exhibition, now in its 19th year, said visitor numbers remained at an all-time high following an increase of 11 per cent last year. Exhibition director, David Spencer, said:…

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Gilbert & Sullivan festival returns to Harrogate for summer spectacular

THE world-famous International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival opens its 22nd season in Harrogate this summer promising a spectacular programme of entertainment. Announced for 2015 are 17 performances by the critically acclaimed National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, which will be staging four new productions – The Mikado, The Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore and Patience. The company…

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Royal Hall visitor reviews bring Trip Advisor accolade

LATEST NEWS…One of the world’s biggest travel web sites has recognised Harrogate’s Royal Hall theatre for its consistently positive customer reviews. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, now in its fifth year, is given to businesses around the world which attract a large number of good online reviews from their visitors. Royall Hall general manger, Andrew…

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Collabro Act Two Tour

The Act Two tour tops an astounding 12 months  for Collabro which has seen the boys go truly global. The tour will once again showcase their incredible vocal talent which wowed the judges and audience alike to see them crowned Britain’s Got Talent winners in 2014. Demand for the band since the show has led to appearances all…

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HIC News – May 2015

In this month’s edition we have some spectacular aerial shots of our venue and we welcome a famous face to the Royal Hall as work begins on a new documentary series. Click here to read HIC News May 15

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Harrogate Eurovision memories flood back for singer turned church minister

A CHURCH leader made an ‘emotional’ return to the stage of HIC Yorkshire some 33 years after he performed there in the Eurovision Song Contest. Rev Simon Foster, 54, was in Harrogate as a member of the national leadership team of the Elim Pentecostal Church, which held its 100th anniversary at HIC on May 12.…

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Bigger BBC Good Food Show attracts thousands to Harrogate

THE second BBC Good Food Show Spring was a huge success, with thousands of visitors welcomed through the doors of Harrogate International Centre. (HIC) from 10 – 12 April 2015. Due to increased demand, the show expanded significantly in the past year, with an impressive 30 per cent more stands and some exciting additions including…

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HIC News – April 2015

This month read about the camera in the sky making a flying visit to HIC Yorkshire, and the 91-year-old singer who made a surprise visit to the Royal Hall 70 years after she last performed there… HIC News April 15

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Soprano singer, 91, returns to Royal Hall stage after 69 years

SHE first took the stage of the Royal Hall as a budding soprano just after the end of the Second World War. Now 91-year-old Olwen Evason (pictured centre) has returned for the first time in almost 70 years as part of a birthday surprise arranged by her family. Mrs Evason, of Chorley in Lancashire, had…

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Young performers needed for spectacular Harrogate show

BUDDING young performers are being offered the chance to appear in a swashbuckling production of The Pirates of Penzance in Harrogate. The producers of the much-loved comedy opera are looking for cast members aged between nine and 19 to perform as part of the month-long International Gilbert & Sullivan festival in August. Festival director, Ian…

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HIC Yorkshire chosen to host WI Centennial Fair

HARROGATE has been chosen to host a huge four-day celebration to mark 100 years of the Women’s Institute. Thousands of visitors are expected at Harrogate International Centre for the inaugural WI Centennial Fair in September, launched this year to mark a century of the world famous organisation. Promising fantastic shopping from over 200 exhibitors, a…

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The WI Centennial Fair

HIC Yorkshire is proud to play host to The WI Centennial Fair (Sept 3-6) which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of this much-loved national institution. The fair is open to everybody and will showcase all aspects of the WI from crafts and cookery to campaigns and gardening, along with offering a great variety of stalls and…

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Kids Aloud – Circus of Life

Presented by Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club. Click here to purchase tickets and for further information.

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HIC News – March 2015

Click on the link below for all the latest news from Harrogate International Centre HIC News March 15

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Security experts gather in Harrogate to crack business crime

BEATING business crime is the goal of a major new conference taking place at Harrogate International Centre this spring. With the UK’s retail industry losing an estimated £603 million a year, the Business Crime 2015 conference will feature experts on everything from cyber crime to preventing violent attacks against shop staff. The event, which takes…

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Listed property advice at major new Yorkshire show

MORE than 150 experts on renovating and owning historic properties will be in North Yorkshire next month as Harrogate International Centre (HIC Yorkshire) welcomes another new public event for 2015. The Listed Property Show, which has taken place at London Olympia for the past nine years, is building on its success by launching a show…

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Royal Hall romance stories wanted for history project

EVERYONE knows that Harrogate is the happiest town in the country but could it also be the most romantic? According to the trustees of the town’s famous Royal Hall, many local couples found love on the historic theatre’s dance floor and the trust wants to collect their stories for a romantic history of the venue. Trust chairman, Russell Davidson,  said:  “We are…

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All the Latest News from HIC

HIC News Jan 15 Click on the link above for the latest edition of HIC News, which this month announces some exciting new public shows, looks at improved rail links with London and says hello to some new HIC team members.

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Paddy McGuiness

One of the country’s best-loved and most popular comedians Paddy McGuinness has announced a brand new UK tour for 2015 & 2016. Starting in September this year, the star of ITV’s Take Me Out will return to his performing roots, with his first stand-up comedy tour since 2011. After numerous sell out tours and best-selling…

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HIC Yorkshire wins trio of high-profile public shows for 2015

THE Cake & Bake Show is the latest big-name public event set to hit Harrogate in what has been a strong start to 2015 for HIC Yorkshire. Famous faces from the culinary world including Rachel Khoo and Simon Rimmer are set to appear at the show when it comes to town between June 19 and…

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Steve Backshall’s Wild World

Wildlife TV presenter, adventurer, naturalist and writer Steve Backshall takes us on a tour of the real life expeditions that have inspired his novels ‘The Falcon Chronicles’. It’s a wild journey, illustrated with photos and films from his expeditions from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the tundra to the top of the world’s highest…

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The Full English

TONIGHT IN THE ROYAL HALL…Winners of the best group and album of the year gongs at 2014’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, folk supergroup The Full English comprises Fay Hield, with traditional singer and fiddle player Nancy Kerr (best singer 2015, Radio two Folk Awards), boundary-crossing, award winningsinger/songwriter Seth Lakeman, internationally renowned guitarist Martin Simpson,…

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Antiques Roadshow heads to Harrogate in 2015

HARROGATE’S Royal Hall theatre is to host an episode of the BBC’s popular Antiques Roadshow in October. Residents in the region are invited to bring their treasures to the Royal Hall where they can be inspected and valued by the show’s team of fine art specialists and antique experts. Robert Penfold, HIC venues services manager,…

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Royal Hall Open Day

We are once again opening the doors of the Royal Hall for everyone to see our ‘glittering palace of gold’. Take this opportunity to see for yourself how a piece of Harrogate’s heritage was returned to its Edwardian splendour after a huge fundraising campaign and restoration project. The Royal Hall will be open between 10am…

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Milton Jones is Out There

Royal Hall – 22 October Milton Jones is Out There. No, really out there and this time he hasn’t just forgotten his keys. He’s holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it, which means its probably just a window. In his brand new show he’ll be putting his…

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HIC triumphs at prestigious Yorkshire tourism awards

HIC Yorkshire has triumphed at the UK’s biggest award ceremony honouring the best of the region’s tourism industry. A jubilant HIC team was handed the Business Tourism trophy at The White Rose Awards on Monday evening, seeing off competition from the likes of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Sheffield International Venues and York Conferences. After stepping up…

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HIC Yorkshire has record year all sewn up for major craft show

MORE than 22,000 visitors flocked to Harrogate for the ‘biggest ever’ Knitting & Stitching Show, according to organisers. The four-day event, which took place at Harrogate International Centre (HIC Yorkshire) from November 20, enjoyed a six per cent rise on visitor numbers over last year’s show, with a total of 22,238 people. The event saw…

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Northern tech summit switches to HIC for growth boost

A MAJOR technology and communications expo is moving to Harrogate International Centre (HIC) as the event looks to expand in the north of England. The organisers of Convergence Summit North have signed a three year deal which will see the two-day show make the move to Yorkshire in 2015 following seven successful years in Manchester.…

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