Your Guide to Harrogate

With a great choice of places to stay and a host of things to do, you’ll relish your time in this beautiful spa town. Words by Dominic Bramley-Carr

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As well as hosting one of the biggest events on the bridal calendar, Harrogate has a lot to offer visitors. Whether you love the great outdoors or prefer shopping, culture and good food, Harrogate has it all.

While the show’s visitors will be spending much of their time focusing on the latest collections, trends, fabrics and accessories, you need to know a little bit about the town to ensure you make the most of your
 stay – and of course take a little respite from the hustle and bustle of the event.

Did you know? All pre-registered visitors to the show will be able to get 25% off their Virgin train tickets by using the code HCC25 with a copy of your pre-registration email.

History of Harrogate

Harrogate developed as a spa town due to its sulphur rich water providing a range of medicinal properties that is still used in the public baths today. It has been voted the happiest place to live in Britain since 2013. The Harrogate Bridal Show has been running there for over 30 years and provides an annual weekend of designs, dancing and awards.

Where to Eat

Make sure to visit the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms for a break from the show and a delicious afternoon tea. You might want to call ahead and book a table though!

For an amazing meal out after a day of bridal fashion, book at the Michelin starred Yorke Arms which is only a short drive from Harrogate. Other fantastic restaurants include Sukothai and Mykonos Bar and Grill, for which the Harrogate Bridal Show provides a discount. If you’re just looking for a drink at the end of the day, we recommend the Spirit of Harrogate, an amazing bar on Montpellier Parade.

What to Do

Aside from attending the show, you can also take advantage of the fabulous networking events, including the Sunday evening fashion show, complete with bubbles, and the BBSA party. The Bridal Buyer Awards are also an annual highlight and allow you to celebrate the industry’s successes across the past year.

Harrogate is located only 13km from the Yorkshire Dales National Park and if you have some spare time away from the show and want to get away from the hustle and bustle, travel down and go walking through the stunning countryside.

If you don’t want to travel or are just popping out of the show for a bit, you can take a walk in the Valley Gardens. Alternatively, if you are less nature inclined, visit the Thermal Spa and go shopping in Harrogate’s artistic trendy Montpellier Quarter and pamper yourself before another day of checking out the newest collections at The Harrogate Bridal Show.

Visit Weekend MaxMara and Meraki Harrogate for exclusive HBS Discounts. You can also explore the history of Harrogate by visiting Ripon Cathedral or Ripley Castle, two impressive and beautifully historic buildings.

Where to Stay

Harrogate offers a wide range of accommodation at different prices to fit your budget. The event organisers work with Mice Concierge who can arrange exclusive rates at handpicked hotels and restaurants. The full list of recommended hotels can be found here.

Want to find out more? Visit The Harrogate Bridal Show’s website here, or read up on our guide to taking your team to a trade show.

A full Harrogate guide filled with ideas on where to stay and what to do in your free time can be found in the latest podcast - you can listen to it here.

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