Charity and Community
Friends of Valley Gardens
"Friends of Valley Gardens are a group of volunteers who work with Harrogate Borough Council to restore, maintain and enhance Harrogate’s beautiful Valley Gardens for the benefit of residents and visitors. They are a registered charity number 1148369. Their President is Martin Fish."
Stray Defence Association
"The Stray Defence Association came into being on the 12th May 1933 and more than 80 years later its objective remains the same, to safeguard Harrogate's Stray against building and encroachment from all quarters and uphold the Act granting freedom of the Stray to all people for all time."
Royal Hall Restoration Trust
"The Trust was formed in 2001 to raise funds towards the restoration of the Royal Hall. It contributed over £2.7 million which ensured the success of the major project undertaken between 2006 and 2008 to restore the building to its former glory. Today a team of stewards and volunteers help run regular open days and guided tours. "
"Built in 1900 Harrogate Theatre is a typical example of a late Victorian proscenium arch venue built over five floors. The main auditorium and studio theatre both offer a year-round diverse programme of theatre, dance, music and comedy. Harrogate Theatre is also home to a number of amateur societies that regularly perform musicals and plays throughout the year."
Harrogate International Festivals
"The Harrogate International Festivals has fired up hearts and minds since its inception in 1966, revolutionising the cultural landscape of the North Yorkshire spa town. A charitable organisation, our passion, ambition and innovative eye maintains our position as an arts organisation delivering Festivals of national importance, as well as a key cultural provider for the North throughout the year."
Harrogate in Bloom
"Harrogate in Bloom (HiB) was formed in 1989 by Chris Beard, who was Director of Parks for Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) at the time. By 1996 the HiB team developed into an independent group of volunteers. Harrogate has entered Yorkshire in Bloom and Britain in Bloom on a regular basis since 1975 and has enjoyed considerable success."
Harrogate Film Society
"Now (June 2021) in its 65th season, Harrogate Film Society is run by a group of film enthusiasts in an informal, welcoming atmosphere. The Film Society brings critically acclaimed and diverse films from all over the world to Harrogate. Entertaining, thoughtful, sometimes unusual and stimulating, virtually all rarely screened in the U.K."
Harrogate Dramatic Society
" The Harrogate Dramatic Society has been a driving force in the local amateur dramatics scene for over half a century. We are a small but perfectly formed dramatics society with a top-notch reputation, putting on a wide variety of quality productions all year round, from contemporary comedies to serious Shakespeare."
"We share a collective interest in initiatives which will boost footfall and make our town more attractive and convenient, and we would also like to work closely with existing organisations including Visit Harrogate and the Harrogate BID.
Above all we want Harrogate to be different, vibrant and highly successful! We are at the heart of your town and online at independentharrogate.org"
Yorkshire Agricultural Society
"The Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) is a registered charity, founded in 1837. Our objectives are:-
To support and promote agriculture as well as rural and allied industries throughout the North of England.
To advance and encourage agricultural research and a greater understanding and empathy with farming and the countryside amongst the general public and particularly children.
To advance and encourage the protection and sustainability of the environment.
To organise and host the annual Great Yorkshire Show to promote farming, food and the countryside."