Free event to celebrate Royal Hall’s 120th anniversary
Last updated Apr 24, 2023
Royal Hall Harrogate
Photograph: Flickr, Tony Hisgett

The Royal Hall in Harrogate is to host a six-hour long free event on May 27 to celebrate its 120th anniversary.

The 950-seat venue, which was originally called the Kursaal, was re-opened by then Prince Charles in 2008 following an £10.7 million restoration.

The Beatles, Yehudi Menuhin and Frankie Howerd are among the stars to have played there.

Music ranging from classical to pop to Gilbert and Sullivan will showcase the diverse acts the Edwardian venue has hosted since it opened in 1903.

Royal Hall by Jim Counter

Inside the Royal Hall. Pic by Jim Counter

The event, organised by the Royal Hall Restoration Trust, will begin at 10am with music and singing.

From 2pm, the Darren Busby Duo will provide music for line dancing and for those who prefer to waltz and foxtrot, the Harrogate Symphony String Quartet will play from 3pm to 4pm.

Gay Steel, of the restoration trust, said:

“Sit for a while in the grand circle or dress circle and let your imagination take you back to the hall’s Edwardian heyday when visitors would stroll around the building listening to the entertainment on offer.

“The grand hall’s sprung dance floor will be cleared for dancing apart from tables for afternoon tea.”

The dressing rooms will also be open to explore on the day.

The event is free but donations to the restoration trust will be welcomed.

Afternoon tea bookings can be made via the Royal Hall Restoration Trust website here. Alternatively, telephone 01423500500 or email [email protected].

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