Inspiring and Life Changing…

Programmes to engage vulnerable young people in music, science and literacy.


people attracted to our portfolio of live and digital activity

OVER 100

learning and participation events for young people

OVER 200

music participation events delivered in rural areas


people enjoyed our free arts and culture programmes

Inventive and Innovative…

OVER 300 distinct events across the year, supported over 30 emerging musicians and 50 emerging writers.

3 commissions and premieres, created a digital festival to enable audiences to engage with the Festival year-round.

National and Global…

Only worldwide appearance of JK Rowling to launch ‘The Silkworm’ under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

4 awards and nominations.

80% of Crime Festival bookers live over an hour away with an average spend of £400 per person.

Our international audiences travel from Spain, the US, Norway, Iceland and Australia.

“The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Festival is the best in the world – and I should know, because I’ve done all of them.” Lee Child

Our Home in Harrogate…


economic impact to the town each year


bedrooms sold for Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival annually

Over 60m

opportunities to read about Harrogate through our national media partnerships

For every £1

of Local Authority investment we create an additional £35 for HIF

For every £1

of Local Authority investment we create £341 for the local economy


of Harrogate Festival bookers live within a 30 minute drive of Harrogate


ticket sales growth

Over £5m

value of print PR alone (excludes broadcast and blogs)