Park and Ride system for Harrogate Christmas event

The system will aim to ease congestion in Harrogate
The system will aim to ease congestion in Harrogate

A total of 1,000 park and ride spaces will be available in Harrogate during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

Visitors to the Country Living Christmas Fair at Harrogate International Centre (HIC), will now be able to leave their cars at the Yorkshire Event Centre (YEC) at the Great Yorkshire showground and take a complimentary bus to the show.

The temporary initiative, which was agreed between the show’s organisers, HIC and YEC is intended to ease traffic congestion in Harrogate town centre by providing spaces for Country Living ticket-holders who travel to the event by

car.

HIC’s venue services manager, Robert Penfold said: “While this is only the third time we have hosted the Country Living Christmas Fair, the event has already established itself as a hugely popular public annual event.

“It’s held over four days and people come a long way to visit but it takes place at the same time as the Harrogate Christmas Market.

“We know this can put a big strain on the town’s roads so that’s why this year we are laying on the free park and ride service to those with tickets for the Country Living Show.”

The complimentary bus service will run between the Showground and HIC, at roughly 15 minute intervals, from 9am to 5.45pm each day.

Only those with a valid ticket for the Country Living show will be able to use the

service.

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer this essential service to visitors,” said event director, Dan

Sewell.

“It’s a fantastic initiative between the two venues that will certainly improve our visitors’ experience.

“Many attend to do all their Christmas shopping in one day and are often laden with heavy bags.

“The park & ride ensures they’ll be able to access the town and the Fair with ease which can only be positive for everyone.”

Mr Penfold added: “This is a great team-up between ourselves Country Living and the Yorkshire Event Centre and it may be something we can look at in the future for our other big public shows”.

The Country Living Christmas Fair takes place from Thursday November 27 to Sunday November 30.