27th – 29th September
Valley Gardens & Harlow Hill
Part of Harrogate Welcomes The World celebrations for the UCI.

As part of the UCI celebrations and Harrogate Welcomes The World, Harrogate International Festivals created a series of lighting installations that lit up the sky over the final weekend of the UCI Road World Championships.  These installations were designed to celebrate the spa heritage and history of Harrogate.

What was it? A lighting installation from designer James Bawn to celebrate the spa heritage of Harrogate. The 36 wells within the Bogs Field area of the Valley Gardens were lit using beacons of light to create a 3-dimensional map of the 36 wells. To complement the work the iconic Harrogate landmark situated at Harrogate’s highest point – the Harlow Hill water tower – was also lit.

Why? Harrogate is built on water. Our spa heritage attracted tourists from around the world and as ‘Harrogate Welcomes The World’ for the UCI World Cycling Championship we wanted to celebrate the waters that made us.

What’s special? The area we lit within the Valley Gardens is a wonder of the natural world, where a greater number of unique mineral springs come to the surface than at any other known place on earth!

When was it held? Friday 26th – Sunday 29th September from 6pm til midnight.

For further history on the mineral springs in Harrogate please click here.


Harrogate International Festivals has been commissioned produce these installations celebrating the heritage of Harrogate fusing history with an innovative lighting programme to support the UCI Road World Cycling Championship. The funding to deliver this event is from the Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool and has been allotted specifically to support cultural activities whilst the global spotlight is on the region.