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Things to Do

There is a feast of activities at The Old Swan, in Harrogate and in the surrounding area for everyone to enjoy.

We're only a few minutes walk from Harrogate International Centre and Harrogate Theatre


Harrogate itself is famous for its Pump Room and elegant Spa buildings, wide open green spaces and, of course, Betty’s famous tea rooms. For further information about events and activities in and around Harrogate click here.


Harrogate’s most famous spa building, the Royal Pump Room, is built over the site of the strongest sulphur spring in England and the water can still be sampled today. The museum features some original Royal Bath treatments, as well as fine examples of ceramics, jewellery and costume. Nearby is The Mercer Art Gallery, originally opened in 1806 as The Promenade Room. This houses the Permanent Fine Art Collection, plus two lively exhibition spaces.


In July the town and the Hotel hosts the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival as well as a series of festivals throughout the year.


For racing click here, and for golf at Oakdale Golf Club near Harrogate click here.


Close by is the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales with walks, places of interest to visit and activities for all ages.

Things to do throughout Yorkshire


Events in 2019:

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
19 - 22 Jul 2019 | Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate | home of crime

The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 16th year, returns to the magnificent Old Swan Hotel this summer in July! Celebrating the very best in crime fiction, the Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere.

last year Lee Child was at the helm as Programming Chair for 2018, with a really exciting programme. Special Guests announced so far include New York King of Crime Don Winslow, Literary Legends Linwood Barclay in conversation with Laura Lippman, the murderously good crime-writing couple, Nicci French and Giant of the Genre John Grisham! With more to be announced over the coming weeks, this year’s programme is looking to be one of the best yet.

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Call Events on 01423 500055 to book
or email events.oldswan@classiclodges.co.uk




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