Free gallery talks
15 June until 29 September
Daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Saturday and 2.30pm on Sunday
Mercer Art Gallery

Daily short introductory talks focusing on particular works in the exhibition, delivered by gallery staff. Learn about Frith's picture making process, the importance of his oil sketches and his constant search for models; he was just as likely to hire a girl selling oranges on the streets to model for him as he was to depict members of high society.

Frith's armchair
Free daily as part of the exhibition, from 27 June to 29 September
Mercer Art Gallery

The Victorians looked at and studied paintings very differently to audiences today. This mindful looking chair placed within our current exhibition William Powell Frith: The People's Painter will encourage contemporary audiences to take inspiration from Frith's audiences and look closely at a single work on display using simple mindful techniques.

The Strongest Sulphur Well in Europe!

Monday to Saturday at 11am, 2pm and 3pm
Sunday 3pm

Free with your museum ticket
Royal Pump Room Museum

Take a guided tour to the basement of the museum to see and smell the original wells and learn about their role in the development of Harrogate as a thriving spa town.

Practical details


All events should be booked in advance online. Dates and times may be subject to change.

Book online


All events are priced to cover costs. To confirm your place payment must be made at the time of booking.

Cancellations and refunds

All cancellations must be made 14 days prior to an event to receive a refund. Refunds are only available for sums in excess of £10 due to administrative costs involved. For sums under £10, monies can be held on account against payments for future events.

Please note that all sessions are very popular, often with long reserve lists, so if you cannot attend please notify us straight away so someone else can enjoy the event. If you cancel less than 14 days before an event but we are able to find a replacement the refund policy will apply.

In the event that we have to cancel an event, monies can be held towards future events or a full refund can be provided.

Contacting you

If you have an email address and are willing for us to use this in relation to the programme, please email us at

Page last updated 05/08/2019