Pavilions of Harrogate celebrates 21st anniversary

Pavilions of Harrogate celebrated its 21st anniversary on 21 September.

Guests included lord lieutenant for North Yorkshire Barry Dodd CBE, Harrogate MP Andrew Jones as well as local dignitaries, friends and supporters.

The building opened in 1996 to host Royals and VIPs during the Great Yorkshire Show.

Events are now held there nearly every day of the year and to celebrate reaching its milestone, it’s been given a new look with fresh branding and website.

Heather Parry, managing director, said: “The Pavilions of Harrogate is a very special place and we wanted to celebrate in style.

“Back in 1996, we aimed to host one social function a month in any of its 14 rooms, now we host at least two events a day.

From conferences to charity balls, funerals to award evenings, weddings and civil ceremonies – there’s always something going on somewhere and there’s never a dull moment!

“We wanted to say thank you to our supporters and if the next 21 years are anything like the last, we look forward to an exciting time ahead.”

At the celebration, over £6,000 was presented to Sheila O’Shea from the Yorkshire Cancer Centre which was raised during the Great Yorkshire Show.

The one-off fundraising bid was launched to thank the cancer centre for supporting a team member at Pavilions of Harrogate.

Since opening in 1996, Pavilions of Harrogate has hosted:

  • 11 Royal visits
  • More than 500 weddings
  • More than 1,500 social events
  • More than 485 exhibitions
  • More than 7,000 corporate events
Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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