Be part of the Cold Bath road mystery

13 May 2014

A series of free creative workshops will take place in Harrogate between 24-31 May to create Edwardian-themed street decorations for The Cold Bath Road Mystery.

The Cold Bath Road Mystery is one of 47 events officially selected to be a part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 – the first ever 100-day festival to precede the Grand Départ in its 111 year history. Presented by North Yorkshire based Chrysalis Arts, the project is also part of North Yorkshire Open Studios 2014.

Emmilene-Larkspur3-created-by-Viv-MousdellPerformances of The Cold Bath Road Mystery will take the form of a guided walk at set times over the weekends of 7-8 June, 14-15 June and the 5-6 July. Based on an Edwardian detective story, the mystery will unfold with the help of puppets, storytelling and a visual trail leading up Cold Bath Road, one of Harrogate’s most attractive streets, to the source of the original cold spring. Additional clues to help unravel the mystery will be found in some of the shops along the trail.

Prior to this, Chrysalis Arts is inviting the local community to get involved by helping to create Edwardian-themed street decorations in hands-on workshops led by artists.

Chrysalis Arts’ Kate Maddison said: The story is set in 1907 and we will be making garlands, installations and other decorative items to evoke the period. It’s a great opportunity for people to come and be involved in something creative and spectacular. All the sessions are free and everyone is welcome to join in.

The workshops are on the following dates:
Saturday 24 May, Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, 10.30am–1pm and 2pm–4.30 pm (advance booking advised)
Thursday 29 May, Westcliffe Hall, Harlow Terrace off Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, 6pm–8pm
Friday 30 May, Westcliffe Hall, Harlow Terrace off Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, 10.30am–12.30pm and 2.00pm–4pm
Saturday 31 May, Westcliffe Hall, Harlow Terrace off Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, 10.30am–12.30pm

The White Hart Hotel

The workshop sessions are suitable for interested adults and young people, as well as families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Chrysalis Arts is also looking for adult volunteers who could assist with making and installing the decorations.

To book a place on a workshop, or to volunteer assistance, contact Chrysalis Arts on 01756 749222 or email

The artists will also be working with the children and teachers at Western Primary School on Cold Bath Road to make decorations to display on the school railings, which will be part of the overall trail.

Further information about the project is at or on twitter @ColdBathSlowArt

Yorkshire Festival 2014 runs until July 6 and will also include hundreds of fringe events. Visit, Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter – YFest2014

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