Celebrating 100 years - the WI

27 April 2015

Not just Jam and Jerusalem!  The WI is celebrating 100 glorious years since its beginning and it has chosen Harrogate as the venue for their birthday bash!  On 3rd September 2015, thousands of members will be making their way from all corners of the country for a four day centennial extravaganza centred around Harrogate International Conference Centre.

The event embodies all that is great about the organisation and WI members love to get hands-on!  Amongst many of the fantastic attractions, there will be 150 seminars, demonstrations and workshops allowing visitors the opportunity to learn new skills, practice existing ones and share their learning with friends old and new.

The event is currently partnered with Etsy, the online marketplace and will showcase the Etsy Business School where visitors can learn how to develop a creative hobby into a money-making business.

Shopping fans won't be disappointed as there will be plenty of retail therapy available from over 200 stands and stalls covering areas such as food, crafts, gardening, homeware and travel.

The WI has come a long way over the last 100 years!  From an organisation created for the benefit of country-dwelling women and to encourage them to support food production during the lean years of world war - to the biggest women's voluntary organisation in the UK, numbering over 210 000 members which is not afraid to campaign on controversial issues.

The Centennial Fair is the high point of a year of celebration activities and initiatives and Harrogate is delighted to have been chosen by the WI for their celebrations - we intend to make sure they have a great time!

Whilst many of those attending the event will be WI members, it is also open to non-members and we expect it to be a hugely popular item on the town's event calendar drawing interest from far and wide.  The fair is open for four days from 3rd September from 10 am to 5 pm and tickets can be purchased here.

Harrogate Holidays has a wide range of accommodation to offer visitors to the Centennial - choose from our range of apartments and town houses sleeping 2-8 guests from as little as £19 pppn.  Call us on 01423 523333 to discuss your needs, or search our home page here for your perfect stay.