March 2023 Newsletter

Spring has most certainly sprung, isn’t it lovely to see the stray blooming with daffodils and crocuses as the longer days and sunnier weather sets in.

In this edition of the newsletter, we recap on some of the fantastic things that have been led by the BID team over the month of March. From mothering funday events to spring cleans of our streets, we have been busy. We also look ahead to April and May with our forthcoming dog show, celebration of fashion and ping pong parlour all on the horizon.

Finally, I am looking forward to welcoming you to the launch of our next five-year business plan, which takes place on the 26th April. Details of which are in the newsletter, including a link where you can register.

Thank you for your continuing support, and if you have any questions of me, please do get in touch at

Yours sincerely


Dan Siddle
BID Chair

Harrogate Fashion Show

In May we will be hosting a celebration of fashion to celebrate the wonderful mix of retail shops that call this town their home.

A pop-up catwalk will be the focal point for the event in the Victoria Shopping Centre piazza area, whilst retailers will themselves host in-house pop-up unique experiences to attract the fashion conscious.

The event will take place on Saturday 20th May between 10am and 5pm – so save the date in your diary now!

Retailers wishing to showcase their ranges, from wedding collections to activewear, vintage to seasonal outfits, are invited to secure their place within the celebration by emailing

Read the full story here.

Spring Clean

We have completed a ‘spring’ clean of the town centre as part of our ongoing business plan objective to keep the town ‘safe, clean and welcoming’.

Between the 13th and 28th March, the 150-hour long clean-up operation saw hot steam and pressure jet washing of pavements on Cambridge Street, Beulah Street, Oxford Street, Cambridge Road, James Street, Parliament Street, West Park, John Street, The Ginnel, Montpellier Mews, Kings Road and Station Parade.

Read the full story here.

Business Plan Launch

After recent support and feedback in the Harrogate BID 2024-2028 consultation, the BID Team are now pleased to share that we are moving forward to the next, exciting step of launching our second-term Business Plan and would like to invite our members to this on Wednesday 26th April from 5:30pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel.

On the evening, Harrogate BID will present the new business plan for the next term of Harrogate BID to BID Members and partners alike. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Please to register to sign up for the event via this Eventbrite link.

We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday 26th April.

Ping Pong Parlour Makes A Comeback!

This weekend, we welcomed back our pop-up ping pong parlour, following a successful debut in September 2021.

It reopened on Saturday 1st April and will be open seven days a week during retail hours. It boasts four tables for public use and as bats and balls are provided, all players need to do is bring an opponent.

We’re encouraging people to come along and take part, and for all those that do, there will be a monthly competition for those who ‘check in’ through a QR code to win a £50 Harrogate Gift Card.

Read the full story here.

Put Your Best Paw Forward

The Harrogate Dog Show will return this year on the piazza in front of Victoria Shopping Centre on Easter Saturday, 8th April, starting at 10am.

Peter Wright, the star of the hit Channel 5 series, The Yorkshire Vet will have the challenging job of choosing the winning pooches and runners-up.

Categories on the day include best trick, dog that looks most like its owner, and a dog agility course, with others to be announced as the event draws closer.

This year’s dog show is being held in conjunction with Victoria Shopping Centre, Posh Paws and Your Harrogate, with prizes on the day being kindly donated by Posh Paws for each winner.

Read the full story here.

Harrogate Mothering Funday

Our wipe-out course for Mothering Funday took place at Victoria Shopping Centre with Your Harrogate, the event was a big success. Everyone who took part enjoyed the course, the spirit of the day, and things may have got a little competitive at times too!

Thank you to all the businesses who donated prizes for the event.

Read the full story here.

Brightening Up the Town Centre

And finally…

We have brightened up the streets in the town centre with colourful bunting ready for spring, hope you enjoy!