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Pavilions Card Competition for Schools

A competition has been launched for Yorkshire youngsters to design a 21st birthday card for Pavilions of Harrogate, with the winning designs sold in Fodder.

School children are encouraged to design a card to celebrate Pavilions of Harrogate turning 21, with the winning cards professionally produced and sold in the onsite food hall and café Fodder.

There will be two categories – one for primary school children aged four to 11 and one for secondary school pupils aged 11 to 18 - and winners will also receive a Fodder sweety hamper.

The winners will be chosen by Silson Contemporary Gallery owner Sarah Collier and Managing Director of the showground Heather Parry and announced at the end of the summer term on July 21. The cards will then be printed and put on sale in Fodder in September, with all profits going to help fund the work of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Heather said: “We are excited to mark this significant birthday for Pavilions of Harrogate and what better way to celebrate than to challenge youngsters to get creative and make the perfect card which can then be sold in Fodder. I expect the real challenge will be to choose the winning one!”

Since opening in 1996, the venue has played host to 11 Royal visitors including Her Majesty The Queen and most recently HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

Pavilions of Harrogate works in partnership with Silson Contemporary Gallery to display work by Yorkshire artists in the reception area.

Sarah Collier, Owner, Silson Contemporary said: “I'm delighted to have been asked to judge the competition and am looking forward very much to seeing the entries.  Anything that celebrates and encourages creativity in young people will always receive my support.”

The cards can be submitted as a class or individually, including name, age, school and contact details on the back. The deadline is Friday July 14th and the winner will be announced on Friday July 21st.

Send entries to Pavilions of Harrogate 21st birthday, Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

Or send digitally (maximum 3MB), with Pavilions of Harrogate 21st birthday in the subject line to

The winner will be contacted on July 21 and announced on social media ahead of birthday celebrations planned for Pavilions of Harrogate in September.

Since opening in 1996, Pavilions of Harrogate has hosted:

  • 11 Royal visits
  • OVER 500 weddings
  • OVER 1,500 social events
  • OVER 485 exhibitions
  • OVER 7,000 corporate events

It includes 14 rooms, 250 acres of outdoor space and free parking.


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