The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival returns to the Old Swan Hotel on Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd July 2023!

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 2023 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

At this stage we are releasing:

Classic Weekend Break Packages The confidence of booking your Weekend Break Package with the HIF team, includes all the benefits listed and access to the Festival main stage, where all the authors will be in action on the Old Peculier Stage.

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, allowing you access to all events in the Live Event Tent;
  • Lunch at The Old Swan Hotel on Friday & Saturday;
  • Access to the site for the entire weekend, including bars, bookshop and signings;
  • First opportunity to access tickets to exclusive on site publisher events;
  • A Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival goody bag to take home.
THIS HOTEL IS FULLY BOOKED – HOWEVER WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO CHECK AVAILABILITY AT TIME OF BOOKING SHOULD A ROOM HAVE BECOME AVAILABLE

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.

Located just 15 minutes’ walk from the Train & Bus station.

There us currently no parking available at the Old Swan Hotel for 2023. There is plenty on street parking and public car park located just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.

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

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.

Our Classic Weekend Break packages rates are available from:

  • Standard Double/Twin rooms from £799.00 for single occupancy or £1,249.00 for two guests sharing.
  • Executive Double/Twin rooms from £849.00 for single occupancy or £1,299.00 for two guests sharing.

Located just 5 minutes’ walk away from the Old Swan Hotel and 10 minutes’ walk from the Train & Bus station.

The Crown Hotel has a limited car park that is chargeable and operates on a first come, first served basis and to be paid directly at the hotel. On street parking and chargeable public car park are also located within a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Best for: Proximity to the festival

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.

Our Essential Weekend Break packages rates are available from:

  • Superior Twin rooms from £759.00 for single occupancy or £1,179.00 for two guests sharing.

Located just 5 minutes’ walk away from the Old Swan Hotel and 15 minutes’ walk from the Train & Bus station.

The Cairn Hotel offers free parking in its large car park.

Best for: Charm & Elegance

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.

Our Classic Weekend Break packages rates are available from:

  • Standard Double rooms from £849.00 for single occupancy or £1,249.00 for two guests sharing.
  • Superior Double rooms from £899.00 for single occupancy or £1,299.00 for two guests sharing.

Located just 5 minutes’ walk away from the Old Swan Hotel and 15 minutes’ walk from the Train & Bus station.

There is ample parking that is chargeable and to be paid directly at the hotel

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.

Our Classic Weekend Break packages rates are available from:

  • Standard Double rooms from £1,029.00 for single occupancy or £1,429.00 for two guests sharing.
  • Junior Suites from £1,249.00 for single occupancy or £1,599.00 for two guests sharing.

Located just 10 minutes’ walk away from the Old Swan Hotel and 5 minutes’ walk from the Train & Bus station.

Best for: Modern & Great Location

One of the most famous hotels in Harrogate, the Hotel St George is a magnificent Edwardian property situated in the heart. Has been recently refurbished to a high standard, bringing modernity and charm to this great building.

Our Classic Weekend Break packages rates are available from:

  • Single rooms from £849.00 for single occupancy
  • Standard Double or Twin rooms from £899.00 for single occupancy or £1,299.00 for two people sharing. 
  • Premier Double or Twin rooms from £1,049.00 for single occupancy or £1,399.00 for two people sharing. 

Located under 5 minutes’ walk away from the Old Swan Hotel and 15 minutes’ walk from the Train & Bus station.

There is parking that is chargeable and to be paid directly at the hotel

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.

Our Classic Weekend Break packages rates are available as follows:

  • Standard Double or Twin rooms from £859.00 for single occupancy or £1,249.00 for two guests sharing

Located just 10 minutes’ walk away from the Old Swan Hotel and 5 minutes’ walk from the Train & Bus station.

The Yorkshire Hotel has a limited car park that is chargeable and operates on a first come, first served basis and to be paid directly at the hotel. On street parking and chargeable public car park are also located within a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Best for: Modern amenities

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.

Our Classic Weekend Break packages rates are available as follows:

  • Standard Double or Twin rooms from £849.00 for single occupancy or £1,249.00 for two guests sharing.

Located just 10 minutes’ walk away from the Old Swan Hotel and 10 minutes’ walk from the Train & Bus station.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel has ample car park that is chargeable and to be paid directly at the hotel.

Best for: Excellent Value

The Camberley 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.

Our Essential Weekend Break packages rates are available from:

  • Standard Double rooms from £699.00 for single occupancy or £1,049.00 for two people sharing.

 

  • ( sold out) Standard Twin rooms from £699.00 for single occupancy or £1,049.00 for two people sharing.

Located just 10 minutes’ walk away from the Old Swan Hotel and 10 minutes’ walk from the Train & Bus station.

The Camberley have a small and free car park located at the rear. On street parking and chargeable public car park are also located within a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.

* Price excludes Author Dinners, Creative Thursday, and any additional publisher events.

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: info@harrogate-festival.org.uk

 

Please note that a £100.00 per person non refundable deposit is required at time of booking. Please note that provisional reservations are not possible.

Final payment: Please note that final payment is due by Friday 3rd February 2023.

Paying in Installments: We know that times are tough at the moment, so if you would like to pay in installments, please do get in touch to discuss how we can help you. Please note that the deposit due date and final payment date would remain unchanged.

 

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If you wish to add extra nights to your reservations on a bed and breakfast basis we will be happy to quote you upon request.

If you have any specific access requirements, please do make sure to let us know at time of booking.

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