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Upcoming Events

Most Harrogate Civic Society Talks are free to members.

Unless otherwise stated, events are at

St Paul's UR Church Hall (Belford Road, off Victoria Avenue opposite the Library).

Our next events for 2023 are below.  We are currently planning for monthly events for the remainder of the year, including talks on both historical and contemporary themes, and a late summer guided tour of the newly restored Plumpton Rocks. All details to follow as soon as available.

Grove Road Cemetery


11th June 2023

Grove Road Cemetery

A guided walk around the Cemetery. The walk will be lead by local historian and Society member Dr Paul Jennings.

Grove Road cemetery was consecrated in 1864, described then as having 'a charming beauty, solemn stillness, and sacred grandeur'. It was to be the last resting place of Harrogate people from all walks of life. This guided walk looks at the history of the cemetery and a selection of graves reflecting that diversity. It is a short, level walk, accessible to all, of just over an hour.

Meet at the Grove Road entrance cemetery. There is on-street parking nearby.

Cost to members - Free

Our maximum group size is 25 people so please book as soon as possible via This tour is now FULL, sorry no more bookings can be taken.

Long Lands Common and Knaresborough Forest Park


12 July 2023

The site is about 15 minutes walk along the Nidderdale Greenway from Bilton Lane, or about 12 minutes from Bogs Lane. There is a small car park on Bilton Lane, otherwise it's street parking. More details here

A visit to Long Lands Common near Bilton ( where we will learn about this exciting community-owned woodland project. We will also hear from Knareborough Forest Park ( about their plans and fund-raising to acquire 60 acres of greenbelt land linking Long Lands Common and the Nidderdale Greenway. There will be a tour of key Long Lands features and members can explore the site as much as they wish.

Access is on foot or by cycle but disabled access by vehicle can be provided on request for those with mobility issues. There is an area with limited seating, which can be used for part of the talk or for anyone who may not be up to walking around the site.

Cost to members - Free.

If you would like to attend this event, please send an email request to to reserve a place.

Heritage Open Days (HODS) 2023

Friday 8th to Sunday 17th September 2023

Various Locations

Mark your diaries, because the Harrogate Civic Society is once again coordinating with a growing and varied group of hosts across the town to open heritage sites and buildings, and to lead talks and tours, during the national Heritage Open Days festival in September.

There will be no glossy printed programme this year, so check back here from 1 August to see what’s on in Harrogate - or to download the timetable of events, which will be updated regularly here for any late changes.

Full details of the festival, with a searchable database of events across the country, is here:

Ogden of Harrogate

For times see below.

15th, 19th, 21st September

Ogden's shop, 38 James Street, Harrogate

Ogden of Harrogate, since 1893 one of the town's most prestigious and creative family businesses, will be welcoming Members of the Harrogate Civic Society to its 38 James Street premises for three private viewings of an extensive exhibition of artefacts relating to the business and most fascinating family history.

Bespoke vintage pieces will be on display in original Georgian display cases in the Regency Room, and there will be a look behind-the-scenes at its in-house workshop.

Hosted by two of the fifth-generation family members, guests will learn about James Roberts Ogden’s interests in archaeology and his work with Howard Carter to test and replicate ancient objects found in the 1922 discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, and with Sir Leonard Woolley at the excavations of the Royal Graves at Ur.

Due to capacity constraints, these viewings will each be limited to 12 Members. Tickets must be booked on Eventbrite - details will be posted here from 1 August - and will be free-of-charge and limited to two tickets per booking.

These viewings are for Members only, and will take place one week after similar free-ticketed events are held for the public as part of Heritage Open Days. Members are therefore requested not to claim tickets for those HODs events.

Friday 15 September, 10:00 to 11:30
Tuesday 19 September, 15:00 to 16:30
Thursday 21 September, 15:00 to 16:30

Access: There is chargeable metered on-street parking in James Street and nearby roads. The premises has a lift but some areas that are not normally open to the public are not wheelchair accessible.

Enquiries during booking period (from 1 August): Diane Davenham at Ogden’s on 01423 504123 or

Members only event - Free.

Tickets must be booked on Eventbrite

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