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Gilbert and Sullivan Festival midweek break in Harrogate QQQQ

Harrogate, Yorkshire

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  • The Royal Hall
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Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Weekend at Harrogate

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Step into the world of Gilbert & Sullivan

Calling all Gilbert & Sullivan lovers! The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival was established in 1994 and in the ensuing years performing groups and fans have come from all over the world to attend and take part. At its heart is a competition, with amateur Gilbert & Sullivan performing companies showcasing their productions, competing for the coveted trophy. Having taken place in Buxton until 2013, the festival is now held in the elegant spa city of Harrogate.

During a four-night stay take your seats in the glittering Royal Hall in Harrogate for three evening performances of operas by this famous duo. In addition, you can look forward to three pre-concert talks from your hosts, Matthew Craven and Judith Buckle. There's an orientation walking tour of Harrogate introducing you to some of the local sights too, plus some free time to explore the town independently.


  • Expert Host
  • Saga Host
  • Included themed activities
  • Expert Host Talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Meet and greet with expert host
  • Free hotel Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage
  • Cancellation rights

Plus, this hotel features:

  • All breakfasts and one dinner, plus three lunches

Excursions and visits:

  • Three G&S opera performances
  • An in-house G&S favourites welcome concert
  • Three pre-concert talks accompanied by music and song
  • Orientation tour of Harrogate


Crowne Plaza Hotel, King's Rd, Harrogate, HG1 1XX


This modern, locally rated 4-star hotel is just a short stroll (approximately 550 metres) from the Royal Hall.


All 214 air-conditioned rooms are spacious and contemporary. 

Air conditioning
Tea coffee making facilities
Iron with Ironboard

Food and Drink

The hotel has one restaurant which serves both British and international cuisine, and a bar.

All breakfasts, two lunches and one welcome dinner are included during your holiday.

Other Hotel Information

Car parking is available at the hotel at a charge of £7 per vehicle per 24 hours.


Included performances

10th August, 2020 departures (evening performances):

Yeoman of the Guard

Performed by the amateur Forbear Theatre Company

Imprisoned in the Tower of London the wrongly accused Colonel Fairfax faces execution, but fortunately finds an innovative solution.


Performed by the Charles Court Opera Company

Follow the adventures of Nanki-Poo who flees an arranged marriage to an elderly woman only to fall in love with lovely Yum-Yum – who herself is already engaged to another man.


Performed by the Abbots Langley G&S Society

Join Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, the baronet of Ruddigore, who is hiding in a small English village in order to escape a family curse. A misguided witch doomed each successive baronet to commit one crime a day or be killed.

17th August, 2020 departures (evening performances):

Princess Ida

Performed by the Bus Pass Opera Company

Princess Ida does not want to marry her intended and instead opens a women’s college. Only when her betrothed and his friends dress up as students and are ultimately discovered, does she finally relent.

The Sorcerer

Performed by the professional National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company

A young man, Alexis, is obsessed with idea of love levelling all ranks and social distinctions. To promote his beliefs, he commissions a love potion which causes everyone in his village to fall in love with the first person they see - with mysterious and even deadly result!

The Grand Duke

Performed by the SavoyNet Performing Group

The plot hinges on the misinterpretation of an ancient law regarding statutory duels decided by the drawing of cards. The baffled leading man Ludwig spearheads a rebellion against the miserly Grand Duke and becomes engaged to four different women before the plot is resolved.

Please note: Transfers are not provided between the hotel and the Royal Hall. The walking distance between the venues is approximately 500 metres.

Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Weekend at Harrogate

Gilbert and Sullivan Festival midweek break in Harrogate QQQQ

Harrogate, Yorkshire