An afternoon ‘in conversation’ with Jo Woolf and Mark Newman at Brimham Rocks.

Celebrate the Festival of Archaeology with this 'in conversation' event.
See the landscape of National Trust, Brimham Rocks on an optional guided walk around the site, followed by an afternoon in conversation about Britain’s most intriguing landmarks, including Brimham Rocks.

After seeing the landscape and getting a taste of Brimham Rocks, join the conversation and listen to guest speakers Jo Woolf, author of Britain’s Landmarks and Legends, and Mark Newman, National Trust archaeologist and author of The Wonder of the North, discuss the fascinating stories embedded in these special landscapes. Hear the secrets and stories of iconic British landmarks, including Brimham Rocks, and discover a deeper appreciation for these ancient and fascinating landscapes. Refreshments will be provided and there will be an opportunity to browse Brimham's second-hand bookshop and buy a signed copy of the book at the end of the event.

It's a 5-10 minute walk to the indoor exhibition space so please dress appropriately for the weather. Seating will be provided. If you're joining the guided tour, please wear sturdy footwear. The guided walk is not suitable for prams, wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Please get in touch on 01423 780688 if you have any accessibility requirements.

50/50 Charity Sale

A charity sale of family heirlooms, children’s clothing, bric-a- brac, florist’s sundries, and a variety of miscellaneous items from the attics and cupboards of country homes in North Yorkshire with half the proceeds going to support The Two Ridings Community Foundation’s “ Cost of Living Crisis Fund.”

Refreshments will be available.

BEAM

Brand new for 2024! A two-night spectacular will illuminate the town centre on the 15th and 16th March, with stunning light installations and soundscapes creating a trail through Harrogate town centre.

Visitors can explore the town’s streets to see the light installations come to life and enjoy some of Harrogate’s great hospitality businesses along the way.

Evenings from dusk til 10pm, the installations will shine a light in a few unexpected places as well as illuminating some of the town’s most iconic landmarks.

Commissioned by Harrogate International Festivals with artworks from Element 3 Design. The full programme will be revealed shortly.

Berwins Salon North - Timeless Minds

Big ideas in intimate spaces
In a world dominated by other people’s opinions, Salon gives you the knowledge to form your own.

Three expert speakers deliver TED-style talks designed to challenge perceptions and change your life for the better. Showcasing the most stimulating ideas in arts, science, and history, each scintillating speaker has the challenge of engaging their audience within a 25-minute set, interspersed with intervals where you can chat, get a signed book from the speaker, or grab a drink at the bar.

Voted number six in the ‘Top 100 Things to do in the World’ by GQ magazine, Salon is a night out that will enlighten, entertain, excite your curiosity and change your life for the better.
“Is there such a thing as a winning mindset and if so, where can I get one? Why do we get nervous, and what should we do about it? What’s the deal with mindfulness?”

Join Dr. Peter Olusoga as he demystifies the art of mindfulness into actionable results, sheds light on the pitfalls of ‘grind’ culture and highlights the benefits of embracing ‘unproductivity’ in the pursuit of living well.

Dr Olusoga is a Chartered Psychologist, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Sport Psychology consultant with over 15 years’ experience, and joins Berwins Salon North this February to propel us into a more productive 2024.

His current research focuses on burnout, well-being and sustainability in high performance environments, with a particular focus in sports and elite coaching. He also produces and hosts the award-winning podcast, Eighty Percent Mental and champions that ‘the thing that separates the great from the good is the ability to understand what’s going on between your ears and to use that to your advantage.’

Explore the risks, benefits and possibilities of a future shaped by our own creations as Tech Expert and Entrepreneur Nigel Toon guides us through the ever-evolving landscape of Artificial intelligence and how it affects us in everyday life, in many cases without us even realising.

Keep your eyes peeled for line up announcement for our third speaker.

Jespers Family Day

Come and visit Jespers of Harrogate to experience the Christmas magic of our annual Jespers Family Day on Saturday 9th December 10am-4pm.

Santa will be present (£5 charge applies) along with the Elf Magician and balloon modelling, free face painting and of course mince pies!

Please come along and join the team at Jespers of Harrogate for what will be a truly wonderful day!.

Flavour 101 with Niki Segnit

Saturday 21 October 2023 | 11.00am
The Crown Hotel, Harrogate
Tickets: £13.00
Please note that all bookings are subject to a £1.75 transaction fee.

Niki Segnit had not so much as peeled a potato until her early twenties when, almost by accident, she discovered that she loved cooking. But learning how to pair foods? Now that can be tricky.

Ever wondered why one flavour works with another? Or lacked inspiration for what to do with a bundle of beetroot? From orange and carraway, to broad bean and samphire, to lychee and coconut, whatever ingredient you have in the house, Niki Segnit can tell you exactly what to pair with it and suggests unique flavour combinations that range from the unexpected to the outright bizarre.

She is the recipient of the André Simon Award for best food book, the Guild of Food Writers Award for best first book, and was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards. Her columns, features, and reviews have appeared in The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Sunday Times. Her background is in marketing, specialising in food and drink, and she has worked with many famous brands of candy, snacks, baby foods, condiments, dairy products, hard liquors and soft drinks.

Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or more culinarily challenged, allow Niki to take your cooking to the next level and maybe leave with some dinner party inspiration. Niki will be interviewed by radio broadcaster and Magic FM’s Head Book Worm Natasha Knight.

Luke Jennings from Page to Screen

Sunday 22 October 2023 | 11.30am
The Crown Hotel, Harrogate
Tickets: £13.00
Please note that all bookings are subject to a £1.75 transaction fee.

Spend an hour with the man behind the adrenaline-filled Killing Eve and hear about his latest book that will keep you hanging off the edge of your seat.

When Luke Jennings self-published the first installment of the Killing Eve series, it may have been hard to imagine the cult-following is soon gained and the international sensation is grew to be. Starring Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, and written and produced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Villanelle was the character’s on everyone’s lips until the last episode in 2022.

Now, Luke Jennings returns with #PANIC: a thriller, a love letter to fandom, and an empowering tale of young adults embracing their identities and fighting back in a world that has always tried to marginalize them.

Hear the stories from behind the pages and how his creation took on a life of its own when it exploded onto our screens. Luke will be interviewed by broadcast journalist Gerry Foley.

A Life in Cricket with Mike Brearley

Saturday 21 October 2023 | 5.30pm
The Crown Hotel, Harrogate
Tickets: £13.00
Please note that all bookings are subject to a £1.75 transaction fee.

‘If you carry on like this, you’ll do nothing but play football and cricket all your life.’ These were the exasperated words of Mike Brearley‘s mother, and an unwitting but half-accurate prediction, for Brearley would become one of the most successful sportsmen of his generation.

But for Brearley, cricket wasn’t just a physical activity, it was also an intellectual game, offering the chance to bring closer together body and mind. When his cricketing career came to end he eschewed sporting commentary for a career as a psychoanalyst. Join us as Mike reviews his life with its attendant emotions, tensions and moves, his second thoughts and reassessments, allowing him to understand more fully things that were obscure to him earlier.

With wide-ranging meditations on sport, philosophy, literature, religion, leadership, psychoanalysis, music and more, Brearley delves into his private passions and candidly examines the various shifts, conflicts and triumphs of his extraordinary life and career, both on and off the field.

‘Absolutely riveting’ Amol Rajan, BBC Radio 4 Today

On the Road with the World's Most Notorious Rock Stars with Kim Hawes

Saturday 21 October 2023 | 2.30pm
The Crown Hotel, Harrogate
Tickets: £13.00
Please note that all bookings are subject to a £1.75 transaction fee.

What do Motörhead, Black Sabbath, Elvis Costello, Rush and Chumbawamba have in common? Kim Hawes, pioneering female tour manager.

From feuding with the members of Black Sabbath to tripping mushrooms on stage with Hawkwind, facing down the Hells Angels to throwing Madonna off her stage, she hurled a TV through the glass ceiling of the male-dominated music industry, blazing a trail for young women today.

She carved out a place for women in a largely man’s world, taking no prisoners while getting results other tour managers only dreamed of. Now an educator, author, coach and mentor, Kim was recently recognised for her achievement as a Pioneer for Women with an Honorary Fellows from UCLAN.

Take your seat to hear the behind the curtain stories of the most infamous rockstars from a trailblazer for women the music industry.

‘I don’t think I’ve read a better book about the sheer hard work and determination it takes to put a band on stage.’ Ian Rankin

An Evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Saturday 21 October 2023 | 8.30pm
The Crown Hotel, Harrogate
Tickets: £22.00
Please note that all bookings are subject to a £1.75 transaction fee.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has travelled to the most dangerous and inaccessible places on Earth, almost died countless times, lost nearly half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity and been awarded a polar medal and an OBE. He has been an elite soldier, an athlete, a mountaineer, an explorer, a bestselling author and nearly replaced Sean Connery as James Bond.

Fiennes joins us for an evening of tales from around the world as he looks back on a lifetime of exploration, from his ascent to the top of Mount Everest, to discovering the lost city of Ubar in Oman, to attempting to walk solo and unsupported to the North Pole – the expedition that cost him several fingers, and very nearly his life.

Spend the evening being inspired by tales of the extraordinary.

In Ranulph’s words: ‘Life is too short to waste time on second-class ambitions. Go for the big ones.’