2021 Weekend Break Packages

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.

The 2021 Festival guarantees thrills, and perhaps a few spills at the hotel bar, at the gathering of 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.

It’s the friendliest Festival with its feet firmly on Yorkshire ground. Hang out with your heroes, get an exclusive insight into the Next Big Thing, rub shoulders with 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!

“Harrogate: a town defined by the Festival” 

Luca Veste

2021

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival will return to the Old Swan Hotel on Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th July 2021!

This year, we know things might look and feel a little different. Whilst still at our old haunt The Old Swan Hotel, we will be using the space a little differently to ensure we fall in line with any Covid guidance in place at the time.

We are planning a safe Festival to be run within government advice. This year we have a flexible range of ticket options that we are releasing in stages. Please keep an eye on all socials and e-newsletters for full updates of further ticket releases as we move towards July.

At this stage we are releasing:

Weekend Break Packages – Live Tier 1 The confidence of booking your Weekend Break Package with the HIF team included all the benefits listed including access to the Festival Tent where all the authors will be in action on the Old Peculier Stage.

Weekend Break Packages – Live Tier 2 We all realise that we could yet face restrictions imposed on capacity, despite the current assurances from the Government. These tickets are limited in number and if restrictions are eased and/or as the Festival site is defined you will have guaranteed entrance to the live action in the tent. However, if it becomes necessary to work to a lower capacity than expected, we will ensure a refund is applied to your booking to attend the Festival on a Definitely Digital Tier 1 package.

Weekend Break Packages – Definitely Digital Tier 1 This will be a larger version of what was our busy ‘Friends Lounge’ with the action from the tent broadcast directly to the Digital Lounge in the Ballroom and Garden Room. Again, if restrictions ease still further everyone that has booked a Digital Tier 1 will be offered the change to upgrade to the Live Tier 1 ticket option.

However, we know some of our audience prefer to sit in a more comfortable, airy space to watch events so a Digital Lounge will remain even if restrictions ease entirely.

Weekend Break Packages – Site Ticket  This year we know we need to manage numbers on site throughout, this means managing space and seating in the bars and other areas. We know people love to hang out across the site and that’s what makes the Festival so special, but to manage the event safely we have put in place a Site Ticket so we can ensure we run a safe event. If you book a three night stay through the Festival Office you will automatically receive a site pass for the duration of the Festival.

Inclusions for all:

  • 3 nights accommodation Bed and Breakfast in a Festival Hotel of your choice (subject to availability at time of booking);
  • Classic Rover Ticket Live Tier 1 (includes lunch on Friday & Saturday) OR
  • Essential Rover ticket Live Tier 2/Definitely Digital Tier 1/Site Ticket (this does not include lunches);
  • Access to the site including bars, bookshop and signings;
  • First opportunity to access tickets to exclusive on site publisher events;
  • Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival goody bag;

Weekend Break Packages are available to book now on +44(0)1423 562 303.

You may may find if you have questions that they can be easily answered by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Best for: Proximity to Harrogate’s town centre & the Festival

Crown Hotel

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.

Live Tier 1 Weekend Break Packages with 3 nights accommodation and tickets to all Festival events are priced from £579 per person based on a Twin/Double Room. Single rooms are available from £619/659 depending on the room.
Best for: A spa getaway

Majestic Hotel

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. The Majestic Hotel has just undergone a £15 million refurbishment including a brand new spa. Perfect for those travelling by car, the hotel has 250 on site car parking spaces available at an additional charge 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.

Live Tier 1 Weekend Break Packages with 3 nights accommodation and tickets to all Festival events are priced from £629 per person based on a Twin/Double Room. Single rooms are available from £729 depending on the room.

Best for: Modern amenities

Crowne Plaza

The Crowne Plaza Harrogate 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 boasts a large cark park (daily parking charge applies) and air-conditioned rooms – perfect for a warm weekend in July.

Live Tier 1 Weekend Break Packages with 3 nights accommodation and tickets to all Festival events are priced from £589 per person based on a Twin/Double Room. Single rooms are available from £719 depending on the room.
Best for: A budget stay

The Lodge

The Lodge  is in the heart of Harrogate, opposite the Convention Centre. It is 5 minutes’ walk from over 100 restaurants. Harrogate Train Station is about 0.5 miles away, and you can reach the bus station on foot in about 5 minutes.

Please note that The Lodge does not provide breakfast or self-catering facilities.

Live Tier 1 Weekend Break Packages with 3 nights accommodation and tickets to all Festival events are priced from £539 per person based on a Twin/Double Room. Single rooms are available from £509/539 depending on the room.
Best for: Excellent value with breakfast

Camberley B&B

The Camberley B&B is in the heart of Harrogate, opposite the Convention Centre. It is 5 minutes’ walk from over 100 restaurants on leafy King’s Road. Harrogate Train Station is about 0.5 miles away, and you can reach the bus station on foot in about 5 minutes. Located less than 10 minutes’ walk from the Old Swan Hotel, the Camberley is an excellent value B&B with lovely hospitality.

Live Tier 1 Weekend Break Packages with 3 nights accommodation and tickets to all Festival events are priced from £509 per person based on a Twin/Double Room. Single rooms are available from £519/559 depending on the room.
Best for: Being the Home of Crime! The site and hub of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival Weekend


The Old Swan Hotel is an elegant and romantic hotel in the heart of Harrogate. Offering a variety of characterful accommodation, with traditionally-styled bedrooms overlooking the town or the hotel gardens. Many feature the elegant proportions of this Victorian hotel.

As the hub of the Festival the action is right on site from the live events, digital spaces and action in the bar.

Live Tier 1 Weekend Break Packages with 3 nights accommodation and tickets to all Festival events are priced from £599 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room. Single accommodation packages at The Old Swan are priced at £609/639 per person depending on the type of room.

Best for: Proximity to the festival

Cairn Hotel

The Cairn Hotel was built during Harrogate’s period as a Spa Town when people came from far and wide to take the waters. Carefully modernised, grand original features still welcome you to this charming Victorian hotel. Located only a short 5 minute walk from the centre of town and the Old Swan Hotel, The Cairn Hotel is a perfect choice for your stay in Harrogate and offers ample free parking to those travelling by car.

Live Tier 1 Weekend Break Packages with 3 nights accommodation and tickets to all Festival events are priced from £549 per person, based on two people in a Double/Twin room. Single accommodation packages at The Cairn Hotel are priced at £529/599 depending on the room type.

Best for: A contemporary town centre experience

The Yorkshire Hotel sits opposite the Stray offering both spectacular views, and an excellent shopping opportunity in the centre of Harrogate, and less than 10 minutes walk from The Old Swan Hotel.
Live Tier 1 Weekend Break Packages with 3 nights accommodation and tickets to all Festival events are priced from £609 per person based on a Twin/Double Room. Single rooms are available from £759 depending on the room.

 

Best for: Luxury in the heart of Harrogate

Located with Stray views, contemporary rooms and fantastic social space Hotel du Vin is a popular Festival hotel. Situated approximately 15 minutes walk from The Old Swan Hotel.

Live Tier 1 Weekend Break Packages with 3 nights accommodation and tickets to all Festival events are priced from £709 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room. Single accommodation is available at £949.

* Price excludes Author Dinners, Creative Thursday, and any additional events to be confirmed in Spring 2020.

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

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