Your guide to Valley Gardens’ Fire and Light Experience, which starts tonight
Mar 24, 2022
'A magical feast for the senses' is set for Harrogate's Valley Gardens from tonight.

Harrogate’s skies have been ablaze with long-awaited sunshine this week.

And the heat is set to continue when the ‘The Fire and Light Experience – a trail of blaze and brilliance through the Valley Gardens’ begins its three-day run tonight.

Sharon Canavar, chief executive of event organisers Harrogate International Festivals, told the Stray Ferret:

“We are so excited to be back to running events, especially something on this scale.

“It has been tremendously difficult for the last two years due to the many restrictions, but as we approach this weekend with the sun shining and flowers in bloom, to be producing something so special in the Vallely Gardens is really exciting!”

Here is a brief guide to the trail to help you enjoy Harrogate International Festivals’ first big event of the year.

Who is organising the event?

Harrogate International Festivals has teamed up with outdoor events company Culture Creative for the event, which is being part-funded by Harrogate Borough Council and Harrogate Business Improvement District.

What can I expect to see?

Visitors will be able to see “mythical creatures, fire performers and captivating displays of fire and light”, according to HIF. Harrogate — a destination famed for water — will bring “all the elements of nature alive; earth, air, water and fire in a spectacle of brilliance and blaze”.

Will it be similar to Cie Carabosse Fire Garden event in Valley Gardens in 2016? 

Ms Canavar said:

“Carabosse was an event in 2016 especially produced to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

“Whilst this event does have some fiery spectacles, this is very much about celebrating nature around us with lights and flame and we’re thrilled to be working with a fantastic company called Culture Creative who create amazing arts installations from Blenheim and Kew to locations around the world.”

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When does it take place?

The event starts tonight and takes place over three evenings until Saturday, from 6.30pm until 10.30pm.

Where does it take place?

It takes place at the lower end of Harrogate’s Valley Gardens, with entrance to the event via the main access to the gardens, located by the Royal Pump Room Museum.

Will I still be able to access the Valley Gardens during the day?

HIF has taken a license of the Valley Gardens, so whilst people can wander through and see the build process throughout the day, each evening the lower area of Valley Gardens will be turned into a ticketed event space.

Are there still tickets available?

Most of the earlier time slots have gone, however there are tickets left for most of the later times.

How much are tickets? 

Tickets for the event are priced at £12 for adults, £6 for 5 to 16-year-olds, and under-fives go free. You can buy tickets here.

What type of footwear is suitable?

Visitors are advised to wear sturdy shoes, as the trail takes place on natural paths covering areas of uneven ground and variable terrain.

Can I take photographs?

Photographs are allowed and visitors are encouraged to share images on social media using the hashtag #HIFfireandlight.

Will there be refreshments available to purchase?

There is no food and drink available on site as it is hoped people will use the event as an opportunity to experience “the great food and drink” offer available across Harrogate.

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