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Beat the January blues with these five cool things happening in Harrogate this month

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Vintage textiles, Eric Clapton and the launch of Sofar Sounds Harrogate. It's all happening in Harrogate this month. 

The new Eric Clapton biopic is coming to Harrogate this month
The new Eric Clapton biopic is coming to Harrogate this month

UNLESS your numbers came up on the New Year Lottery there’s a good chance you’re back at work and looking down the wrong end of the most miserable month of the year.

Only last week we were in the “Crimbo Limbo” period, permanently in our PJs while polishing off the last of the Quality Street and getting in some serious sofa time in front of a box-set.

Now January stretches out before us like a grey, featureless moonscape, with pay day just a distant dot on the horizon.

It’s a cruel month and it’s not going away any day soon so we’re going to help you get through it by pointing you in the direction of some great events coming up in Harrogate.

  1. Berwins Salon North |Jan 25 | The Crown Hotel | 7.30pm

    A stimulating evening of debate on the theme of constitution, guaranteed to blow the last of the Christmas cobwebs from your head.

    Berwins is a continuing programme of talks presented by experts, aimed at cultivating debate on the arts, science and philosophy.

    The revolutionary initiative recently came sixth in GQ magazine’s Top 100 Things to do in the World, so expect tickets to disappear fast.

    Information at


  2. Icons of the Eighties |Jan 20 | Harrogate Convention Centre | 7.30pm

    Three acts from the more credible end of the eighties pop scene are heading to the Convention Centre’s 2000-seat auditorium this month.

    Nik Kershaw, The Cutting Crew and Go West accrued an admirable collection of hits between them so expect a great night of music from this triple-header.

    Information at


  3. Sheila Bownas: A Yorkshire Life in Pattern | Closes Sunday | Mercer Gallery

    Fans of vintage textile design would do well to catch this brilliant exhibition before it closes on January 8.

    Sheila Bownas was the rural North Yorkshire lass with a love for design, who went on to sell her works to Liberty and Co, Marks & Spencer and Laura Ashley, Bownasamongst others.

    The exhibition collects some of the many bold works which she continued to create right up to her death at the age of 82.

    Information at


  4. Sofar City Harrogate | January 31 | Venue and artists to be announced

    Created by music lovers for music lovers, the global Sofar Sounds movement launches in Harrogate this month.

    The concept is simple; register with Sofar and you can attend, perform at, or even host a live music event in your home town.

    Artist and locations are kept a secret until shortly before each show, which can be held anywhere from a warehouse or club to somebody’s kitchen. Recent gigs in other UK Sofar cities have included James Bay and Hozier.

    Register at


  5. Premier of Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars | Jan 10 | Everyman Cinema

    Blues/rock veteran Eric Clapton gets his own biopic and you can see it before anyone else at this exclusive screening at the Everyman in Harrogate.

    Following the film there will be a live Q&A session featuring Clapton and the film’s director Lili Fini Zanuck, beamed to participating Everyman cinemas around the UK (including Harrogate).

    Tickets and information at







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