You’re never far from being royally entertained in Harrogate. With an outstanding blues bar, monthly comedy club and two stunning theatres, there’s lots to do and see.
With a beguiling mix of Yorkshire tapas, over 60 different gins and live music most nights of the week, there’s a lot to love about the Blues Café Bar in Harrogate. Specialising in – yes, you guessed it – blues music, there’s plenty of sold-my-soul-to-the-devil type fun on stage, as well as more laid-back live music affairs, including acoustic Tuesday night sessions.
The food is a cunning mix of Yorkshire classics delivered by their sharing tapas menu, while their drinks menu is a sight to behold – alongside a cracking range of beers, ales and ciders, they have one of the best gin collections in Yorkshire, with a range of tonics to mix. Just five minutes’ walk from the train station and a lazy 10-minute stroll from our Harrogate Town Centre hotel, Blues Bar should be on every music lover’s bucket list.
There’s not much that a good old belly laugh can’t cure, and the Sitting Room Comedy Club shows are your best dose of monthly laughs in Harrogate. Running since 2011, the Sitting Room concept has done so well, it’s now launched sister events in York and Leeds. Held on the second Wednesday of every month, three or four professional comics are booked for each evening, with previous guests including TV stars Romesh Ranganathan, Paul Tonkinson and Justin Moorhouse. Tickets can be booked in advance through their website and more are available on the door, with the show starting at 8pm. And we’re handily placed for all the action, as our Harrogate Town Centre hotel is right over the road from the venue.
While Harrogate Town FC might not have the same history or success as neighbouring teams, Harrogate’s football team more than hold their own compared to towns of a similar size. Formed in 1914, they currently play in the National League North: effectively the 6th tier of English football. They play their home games at the 4,000 capacity Wetherby Road ground, which is a mile or so from our Harrogate South hotel.
2017 was a big year for the team, as they announced they were turning into a full-time professional outfit with the aim of rising up through the leagues. It’s still early days, but the future looks bright for the team. Be aware, there’s no parking on-site at the ground so your best option is to walk from the hotel or take a taxi. There are several fast food outlets on-site, as well as the Nineteen Nineteen bar for pre- and post-match drinks.