Harrogate International Festivals

Press Office


Welcome to the Harrogate International Festivals Press Office

We can help arrange interviews with any of our speakers and performers, discuss on site photography and filming, and arrange Festival promotions and competitions.

Absolutely – we welcome reporters and reviewers to all of our Festivals. Our press passes, which allow access to the Festival site and facilities, are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are strictly limited to one pass per publication. If more passes are required please note this and the reason in your accreditation application. Please click here to submit your request for press accreditation and ticket request for the upcoming Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

Press tickets are strictly limited – due to the high volume of requests we receive, it’s helpful to know how you plan to cover the Festivals and events you hope to attend.

All applications are subject to ticket availability and Press Office approval. The Press Office will be in touch to confirm whether your application has been successful.

All requests to interview speakers, performers and staff in advance of Harrogate International Festivals should be arranged through the Press Office. We will do everything we can to arrange your interview, and offer advice on suitable alternatives as necessary.

We have a library of high resolution images of our Festival participants. We also have an extensive library of past Festival images to give a flavour of the Festival atmosphere. Please get in touch with your requirements and we will send you through download links for the best images.

Professional photographers are welcome at all of our events, but pass numbers are strictly limited and must be arranged with the press office in advance of the relevant Festival.

All on-site filming will need to be agreed with both the Press Office and participants in advance of the Festival. We look at all filming on a case-by-case basis, so please contact us and we will do everything we can to facilitate your request.

Below is an overview of the Festivals activity including links to relevant imagery and as-and-when they become available: Press Accreditation and Ticket Requests forms. For further information please contact the press office at press@harrogate-festival.org.uk.

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

The home of crime fiction: the  world renowned Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, returns this summer from the 22nd- 25th July 2021 with a programme that packs a punch from 2021 Programming Chair Ian Rankin.

From the announcement of the most coveted Award in Crime Fiction with the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year right through to our finale event with the author of the fastest selling adult crime debut in recorded history Richard Osman, the programme is crammed full of Special Guests, panels and entertainment celebrating fantastic crime fiction right at the crime writing industry’s unofficial AGM.

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year award is now in its 17th year and celebrates excellence, originality, and the very best in crime fiction from UK and Irish authors. A highlight in the literary calendar, past winners include Denise Mina, Steve Cavanagh, Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre.


Berwins Salon North

Berwins Salon North is one of Harrogate’s most sought after tickets after the Salon was voted as number six in the ‘Top 100 Things to do in the World’ by GQ magazine. Hosted by Harrogate International Festivals, the series consists of a cabaret-style night of the most stimulating ideas in art, science and psychology designed to change your life for the better.

With three expert speakers, each given thirty minutes to engage the audience with their subject, talks are interspersed with intervals allowing time to visit the bar. A revolutionary movement for the heart and mind!


Harrogate Music Festival

A leading light for music Festivals in the North of England, the Harrogate Music Festival is at the heart of Harrogate International Festivals work, and has welcomed the very best of international artists since the creation of the Festival in 1966.

In 2019 this included: The Hallé Orchestra, pianist Eric Lu, BBC Young Musician Finalist Rob Burton, and Leeds International Piano Competition Third Prize Winner Xinyuan Wang, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with a past Young Musician in Julian Bliss performing Mozart’s farewell to instrumental music.


Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

Chosen by Harper’s Bazaar as ‘One of the UK’s best Literary Festivals’, the Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival returns with an online Festival this October.

Eyes of book lovers across the world will once again be upon Harrogate, as Harrogate International Festivals bring a host of best-selling authors, well known faces and fascinating speakers, to join this star-studded lined up.


Harrogate International Sunday Series

The Harrogate International Sunday Series is our season of coffee concerts, resident at the Old Swan Hotel and boasting an international line-up of world-class chamber musicians.



The summer of 2019 saw the Royal Hall transform into Harrogate’s very own version of the Spiegeltent for one weekend only. We relived the iconic days of the Hacienda with the legend that is Graeme Park, we strutted our stuff with the Gypsy Queens and we let our fabulous side run wild as the House of Burlesque dancers returned to party all night long at our Silent Disco.



Our HIF+ outreach and education programme offers you the opportunity to engage with top class professionals, published authors and passionate musicians, if you’ve ever wanted to try something new, get involved or learn more about the arts then HIF+ is the place for you.