Don’t miss a minute of the drama with our exclusive Weekend Break packages

For one long, sultry, summer weekend the temperature in Harrogate rises whatever the weather as the world’s hottest celebration of crime writing swings into town. Once tasted, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival leaves you on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next exciting chapter. But here’s the rub – it only comes once a year!

The 2018 Festival guarantees thrills, and perhaps a few spills at the hotel bar, as thousands gather at the crime writing industry’s self-appointed Annual General Meeting, with a difference! Grab a pint of Yorkshire’s finest ale, relax in the hotel gardens, and dip into an intoxicating mix of comedy, cabaret, heated debate, and scintillating socialising. It would be a murderous misdemeanour to miss it.

No barriers, no exclusivity, it’s the friendliest Festival with its feet firmly on Yorkshire ground. Everyone is invited. Hang out with your heroes, get an exclusive insight into the Next Big Thing, or even pitch your own novel to the UK’s leading agents, editors and publishers. Be inspired and join in the drama at Agatha Christie’s old haunt: the luxurious Old Swan Hotel. It would be a crime to miss it!

Weekend Break Packages include:

3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
(19, 20 & 21 July 2018).

Weekend Rover Ticket with access to all Festival events, from the Award event on Thursday evening to the last event on Sunday (Excludes Author Dinner on Saturday 21 July. Please note other events may be excluded once final programme is confirmed in Spring 2018), delicious lunches at The Old Swan Hotel on the Friday and Saturday and a complimentary Festival Goody Bag.

Dates for your diary!

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival will return to the Old Swan Hotel on Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd July 2018! Weekend Break packages now on sale!

With a history spanning over 300 years the Crown Hotel Harrogate is experienced in looking after guests. After a multi-million pound refurbishment programme, the hotel has created a contemporary environment which complements its historic architecture and pays homage to its heritage as a great town centre property.

Placed just a couple of minutes’ walk from the Harrogate International Centre, Turkish Baths, Betty’s Tea Rooms and the picturesque town centre with its antique stores, Victorian arcades and boutique shops the Crown Hotel Harrogate is the perfect location for a weekend away.

2018 Weekend Break Packages with 3 nights’ accommodation at The Crown Hotel and tickets to all Festival events* are priced at £489 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room. Single accommodation packages at The Crown Hotel are priced at £599/ £569 per person.

Charming and elegant, the Majestic Hotel exudes sophistication and basks in Victorian heritage. Set in 8 acres of grounds, surrounded by boutiques and antique shops, The Majestic is renowned for its true Yorkshire hospitality. Perfect for those travelling by car, the hotel has 250 on site car parking spaces available at a charge of £8.00 per day.

Set in the heart of the bustling spa town of Harrogate, The Majestic is just five minutes stroll away from the Festival venue the Old Swan Hotel.

Prices start from £484 per person, based on two people in a double/twin room with three nights bed and English breakfast accommodation, including a pass to all 2017 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival events*. Single accommodation packages in a double room at The Majestic Hotel are priced at £529/£559.

The Crowne Plaza Harrogate (previously Holiday Inn) is ideally located near the town centre and is adjoining the Harrogate International Conference Centre. Many rooms have stunning views across both the famous Yorkshire Spa town and the rolling Yorkshire dales. Contemporary and welcoming, the Classics Bar and Restaurant 701 offer a variety of traditional and international dishes. The Crowne Plaza offers free passes to the Academy Leisure Club, which features a swimming pool, tennis court, gym and a luxury spa with treatment rooms. There is also an on-site fitness suite. The Crowne Plaza boasts a large car park (daily parking charge applies).

2018 Weekend packages with 3 nights accommodation at The Crowne Plaza and tickets to all Festival events* are priced at £499 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin or room.

The Yorkshire Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the town centre, opposite the famous Bettys Café Tea Rooms. The hotel is just a short three minute walk away from Harrogate train station and less than five minutes walk away from the festival venue. With an elegant Victorian exterior, the Yorkshire Hotel provides modern amenities and fresh, contemporary interior decor. This central hotel has 80 en-suite bedrooms, many of which have impressive views of the main urban ‘old town’ of Harrogate. The hotel boasts the stylish HG1 Brasserie & Bar, a contemporary restaurant offering excellent food in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. 35 free car parking spaces are available and free wi-fi internet access is available throughout.

2018 Weekend packages with 3 nights accommodation at The Yorkshire Hotel and tickets to all Festival events* are priced at £459 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin or room. Single accommodation packages at The Yorkshire Hotel are priced at £499/£529 per person.

The Cairn Hotel was built during Harrogate’s period as a Spa Town when people came from far and wide to take the waters. Set in extensive grounds, it is situated close to the centre of Harrogate and is only a short 5 minute stroll from the Old Swan Hotel. Since reaching its centenary, the hotel has been carefully modernised, yet still retains much original grandeur and Victorian architecture.

2018 Weekend packages with 3 nights accommodation at The Cairn Hotel and tickets to all Festival events* are priced at £439 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin or room. Single accommodation packages at The Cairn Hotel are priced at £464/£499 per person

Harrogate Lifestyle Apartments opened at the beginning of 2017, they have all the comforts of home, are located within easy walking distance to all of Harrogate’s major attractions, shops, restaurants and are perfect for groups travelling together. At Harrogate Lifestyle Apartments you can experience the idealistic and sought after, Harrogate Lifestyle for yourselves, in your very own affordable, stylish and contemporary Harrogate accommodation home from home.

Weekend Break Packages with 3 nights’ accommodation at the self catered Harrogate Lifestyle Apartments and tickets to all Festival events* are priced at £485 per person based on two people sharing twin or double room. Continental breakfast is available at an additional charge if requested.

(* prices excludes Author Dinner on Saturday 21 July. Please note other events may be excluded once final programme is confirmed in Spring 2018).

Tailor-made packages for 1, 2 or 4 nights stay are also available, and accommodation only rates are also available.

Please contact the Festivals Office for more information. For bookings, price details and further information on the options available:

Tel: +44 (0)1423 562303 or Email: crime@harrogate-festival.org.uk

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