The Friends play an important part in the success of our charity

We are recognised as the “North of England’s leading arts festival” by The Times. A wonderful accolade but not many people know we are also a registered charity. As a charitable arts organisation, we rely on the generous support of our Friends of the Festival to create the quality and range of work we do.

Becoming a Friend of the Festivals is one of the best ways to enjoy all that the Harrogate International Festivals have to offer, from big name stars, to intimate concerts and hidden gems.

For five decades Harrogate International Festivals has brought international musicians, authors and the wider arts to the region. Acclaimed for its top class performances Harrogate International Festivals continues to develop its vibrant portfolio, which contains some of the country’s most prestigious arts events, featuring the biggest names in the arts world and dramatically increasing the cultural and tourism offer for Harrogate and the North of England.

By becoming a Friend of the Festival you can help by providing financial support which underpins the festival’s continuing development.

Harrogate International Festivals is a registered charity. As an organisation with no regular funding we must actively raise 98% of our funding every year to bring the very best of the live arts to audiences, support young emerging talent and deliver educational programmes.

Your donation will support the production of our internationally acclaimed year round portfolio of activity, including the very best in music and literature as well as the incredible work of our learning and participation programme HIF+.

Book ahead, gain exclusive access and discover something special…

Click the membership levels below for more details and to join today. 

Friends of the Festivals

For more information about the Friends of the Festivals please email Lizzie or telephone 01423 562303.

Crime Writing Festival Friends

Subscribe for 2017 for only £45

To Join, call the Festivals Office on 01423 562303 or email the Crime Team.


  • 5% off Weekend Break Packages booked for 2017 Festival
  • Priority seating at the 2017 Festival
  • Access to the Festival Friends Lounge (subject to availability)
  • Festival Friend Wristband
  • Priority entrance with membership card to unreserved seats at the Festival
Weekend and Day Rovers and Author Dinner tickets will be on sale from January 23rd, individual Special Guest tickets from February 13th, tickets for the ever-popular New Blood panel on March 17th  and all other panels on April 6th. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about author announcements and special events by joining here