We will give event organisers
- support and guidance
- organisation advice on licensing, health and safety and event planning
- promotion through Visit Harrogate
- access to Safety Advisory Group (SAG) for advice and support
All events should not affect pedestrian flows, public safety, the general environment or the interests of the surrounding businesses and services and should not give rise to a nuisance to residents in the area.
Flyers are permitted but it is the responsibility of the event organiser to ensure no litter is caused from this activity. Flyposting is not allowed.
All events must comply with the requirements of the Police, Ambulance and Fire Service.
Events may benefit from Safety Advisory Group (SAG) advice and support. In accord with the Safety Advisory Group terms of reference, these are typically larger events involving higher risk activities. Please contact us for advice from the Safety Advisory Group (SAG).
We reserve the right to cancel an event should the organiser fail to provide the correct detail of the type of event which is to take place stated on the booking form. Any fees paid prior to this will not be refundable should this happen.
Previous attendance of an event does not guarantee any future permission.
All events must comply with our conditions of use.
Any event which does not provide the correct documentation for the event will not be permitted to go ahead. In circumstances where it has been found that an event has taken place without the prior written permission, we have the right to stop the event immediately and charge a fee retrospectively for that event, together with any other costs.
If an event includes music or any other sources of noise the organiser must provide information on the type of music/what they are planning. There is a requirement to prepare a noise management plan as part of the documentation to be submitted.
For more detailed health and safety and event advice please visit the Health and Safety Executive events safety and the Purple Guide to health safety and welfare at outdoor events.
Planning an event on council land
You can use council owned or managed land to hold your event. There are lots of different parks and outdoor spaces that are available for you to hire.
To hold an event, activity or to carry out filming on council owned or managed land you first need to fill out the events enquiry form. Please include as many details as you can in relation to your event, as this will allow us to process your request more efficiently. A minimum of 16 weeks is required for approval to be granted for your event. A minimum of 16 weeks is required for approval to be granted for your event.
A non-refundable application fee is charged for every event to be held on council owned land. In addition refundable bonds are applicable to all events. A fee will be applied should we deem it necessary to attend your event on the day, as well as a fee for providing advice for any documents which are not adequate.
A refundable bond fee is payable for all events - subject to pre and post-event site inspections, where we will check for any damage which may be caused to the infrastructure of the space from the event taking place.
Locations available with the highest footfall are:
- Harrogate, Valley Gardens
- Harrogate Town Centre pedestrianized area
- Knaresborough, Conyngham Hall
- Knaresborough, Market Square
- Ripon, Spa Gardens and Park
- Ripon, Market Square
Locations for other types of events:
- Harrogate, Belmont Park
- Harrogate, Oatlands Park
- Harrogate, Hydro playing field
- Ripon, Camp Close
- Knaresborough House grounds