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On Tuesday 9 April all delegates will be invited to a reception at the Royal Hall.  Described as "a palace of glittering gold" this stunning Edwardian theatre will provide a great talking point for delegates and a wonderful venue for our reception. 

We are delighted to announce that the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of the Borough of Harrogate will join us as our guests of honour at this reception.

For a sneak preview of this magnificent building you can visit the website

Also, on Tuesday 9th April you're invited along to a Yorkshire beer tasting evening - organised by the North East of England Branch.  What a great way to network with other delegates, meet new friends and enjoy a taste of the North!

This event will take place in the Harewood Suite at the Holiday Inn at 9pm.  You will be required to show your conference delegate badge on entry.  Entry is free of charge.

The beer will be supplied by Black Sheep Brewery - since 1992 they have been brewing beer in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

"Every recipe has been perfected using the finest quality ingredients and traditional brewing methods.  All of our ales are fermented in time honoured Yorkshire Square vessels for a distinctively dry and refreshing flavour"


On Wednesday 10 April we will hold our conference gala dinner at the Majestic Hotel, this Victorian landmark is situated right in the heart of Harrogate and just a short walk from the conference venue and our HQ hotel.  The hotel basks in its Victorian heritage and is described as 'charming, sophisticated and elegant'.   Entertaining us after dinner will be The Deltatones, certain to get you dancing!

Price £40 per person (to include pre-dinner drinks, 3-course dinner, wine and entertainment).  We only have a handful of places left available at the gala dinner, so please call our office on 0116 252 9555 to reserve your place.

Dress Code: Smart (no jeans)


Mini Yorkshire pudding filled with a woodland mushroom medley (v)(oyster, chestnut, portobello and shitake mushrooms)


Roast loin of pork stuffed with an apple and apricot farce, roast potatoes and a cider pan jus


Oven roasted halloumi on a bed of roasted vegetables with a warm salad (olives, green beans, red & yellow peppers, new potatoes & red onion) and a balsamic dressing (v)


Lemon creme brulee, with chocolate swirl and berry compote


Freshly ground coffee and lavender shortbread biscuits

Please ensure you notify the Conference Office if you would prefer the vegetarian option.  Requests to change on the night will not be available.

If you have booked a place at the Gala Dinner, please select your preferred table and email to [email protected]. All requests are on a first come first served basis.

View the Gala Dinner Table Plan and Reservations List



Harrogate is a beautiful spa town in the heart of North Yorkshire.  Known as "The Kensington of the North" it is a shopper's paradise, it's cosmopolitan cafe-lined streets are awash with elegant boutiques and high-end retailers. 

Harrogate's Turkish Baths are a great distraction! Restored to their original exotic glory they offer the most up-to-date treatments in an unmatched historic setting.

The Montpellier Quarter is home to an array of exclusive shops, pavement cafes, bars and award winning restaurants.  The beautiful surroundings, gardens, floral hanging baskets and cobbled streets add to the experience. 

Harrogate is one of Britain's most desirable places to live.  Hopefully you will leave the conference with a glimpse of why so many people love this town.