Harrogate Evening Lecture Group

Welcome to the Home Page of The Arts Society Nidd Valley, formerly the Nidd Valley Decorative & Fine Arts Society. As part of the national Arts Society organisation, we are proud to be part of the vibrant cultural scene in Harrogate and Yorkshire, and enjoy meeting for monthly lectures, trips and events.

The Arts Society’s core belief is that the arts are essential to enriching people’s lives. For the past 50 years, it has been committed to opening the world of the arts for everyone, connecting people to the arts and to each other. The social aspect of membership is intrinsic in everything that we do.

Our lectures are usually held at:- Christ Church, Church Square, The Stray, Harrogate HG1 4SW, where we meet on the third Monday of the month for tea and coffee from 6:30pm and a one hour lecture from 7:30pm.

2020 and the impact of Covid 19 on our lecture programme

National restrictions, closures and cancellations have impacted on our Arts Society and we have had to cancel our live Lecture Programme through to the end of the year.


However, in its place, we have organised a great programme of online lectures delivered by Accredited Arts Society Speakers. We send you a link prior to the lecture and you can sit and enjoy the lecture in the comfort of your own home, using Zoom or YouTube. (if you are unsure about the technology, please email us on niddvalley@theartssociety.org and we will try and help you!)

Please click HERE to see the Arts Society Nidd Valley 2021 programme of online lectures. 

Guests and new members are especially welcome to join us. See below or visit our Join Us page for details.

If you would like to view the The Arts Society at Home lectures from 2020 or learn more about the Arts Society Connected forum you can visit those web pages by clicking here.


  • We have a planned lecture programme for 2020-2021 (available soon)
  • A postponed trip to Newcastle will be rescheduled for 2021.
  • A short holiday in Brighton is planned, (hopefully in April 2021) staying in a hotel on the seafront and visiting places such as Shugborough Hall, Petworth House and, of course, the fabulous Brighton Pavilion.
  • Inspired by The Arts Society North East Booklet, we will visit the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond and three of the lesser known artistic objects and places in the North East.
  • Other ideas are:- Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire; and the Sainsbury Art Centre, Norwich.



We use regular Newsletters and emails for communicating with members. Click HERE to see our Newsletters



 We are a friendly and welcoming group, sharing a love of the Arts.   If you are interested in becoming a member, please click HERE