Happy Birthday to us!
Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June
All day, just drop in
Free with museum ticket
Royal Pump Room Museum

The museum is 65 this month so we're celebrating all things 1950s. Play old-fashioned board games, dressing up and crafts.

You can also borrow a backpack, explore Ancient Egypt, dress up as a Victorian and enjoy games and activities.
Open Monday until Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Admission £4 adults, £2.50 children, £3 concessions, £12 family (5 people, up to 2 adults)
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Minibeasts and Muddy Hands!
Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June
Knaresborough Castle

Daily during opening, just drop in!

Visit the Castle and grounds this half term to get up close with nature.

Pick up a backpack or trail to explore the creatures, plants and trees found around the Castle site.

Have a go at the craft activities in the museum.

Take home a planting pack start your own growing or a craft box to create bug boxes and art inspired by the natural world (small charge for these take home resources).

Create your own protest posters!
Half term course for young people aged 10 and over
30, 31 May and 1 June 2018
10:30am until 1pm
£40 for the 3 sessions
Mercer Art Gallery

Something new for the school holidays
Work with artist Jane Carlisle Bellerby to explore what makes a great poster. Generate impact with image, text and composition as you create your own portfolio of protest art, inspired by our exhibition of Brangwyn posters.

Knaresborough Bed Race
Saturday 9 June 2018

Enjoy the build-up to the Knaresborough Bed Race which starts from the castle grounds. See the decorated beds and costumed crews as the judging for the best dressed beds gets underway before the big race.

Civil War in Knaresborough
Sunday 8 July 2018
11am until 4pm

See the Castle, sallyport and museum for just £2 for adults and concessions and £1 per child
Knaresborough Castle and Museum

A spectacular experience from the days of the English Civil War, as re-enactors from the Sir Thomas Glemham's Regiment of the Sealed Knot Society create a living history village with cameos of 17th century life. Let us transport you back to a time when the sights and sounds of musket and pike drills, cannon and firing guns filled the Knaresborough air.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sunday 22 July 2018
7:30pm until 10pm including interval
Adult £15, child £10, family (2 adults, 2 children) £46, under 5's free
Doors open at 6:30pm
Knaresborough Castle and Museum

Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world's greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Holmes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense.

Bring a picnic and your own seating. The performance will take place whatever the weather.

The Castle Under Siege!
Saturday 11 August 2018
11am until 4pm
Knaresborough Castle and Museum

A special day discovering the weapons and weak spots that were used to attack Knaresborough Castle in the past. Make your own weapons and take a tour to attack the ramparts!
£2 adults, £1 children.

Heritage Open Days
Saturday 15 September 2018
There are bookable tours at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm
Knaresborough Castle and Museum

Enjoy free entry to the Keep and Courthouse Museum. Heritage Open days celebrate England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Discover other interesting local places to visit - www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

Creepy Castle!
27 October to 3 November 2018
Usual admission applies
Bookable events at an extra charge
Knaresborough Castle and Museum

Join us for spooky happenings at Knaresborough Castle in October half term. Each day you can enjoy crafts and trails, discover our ghostly guests in the castle grounds, and take part Treacherous Trials in our interactive courtroom drama. Your ticket includes the secret underground tunnel, dungeon and museum too!

Monday 29 October until Friday 2 November 2018 - book one of our Pungent Potions workshops and look out for details of our Ghostly Gander walks to discover the ghosts of the Castle and town.

Celebrate the Holiday Season
Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December 2018
Royal Pump Room Museum

Celebrate the Holiday Season with free museum admission.

Practical information


Children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult at booked workshops. All children must be accompanied at drop-in and outdoor events.

Advance booking by phone on 01423 556188, email at museums@harrogate.gov.uk or in person at the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate.


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

Page last updated 24/05/2018