International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival

A magical world of colourful costumes and topsy-turvy plots await you at the International Gilbert and Sullivan festival.

Like Marmite, you either love or hate Gilbert and Sullivan. 

But every year from Aug 3rd - 21st at the Royal Hall in Harrogate, devotees from all over the world flock to the festival of these very British comic operettas, mixing waspish satirical lyrics with gorgeous melodies.

Nightly operas, dozens of daytime fringe activities, and a dozen or more amateur troupes, competing for the International Champions title.

But if you fancy trying Gilbert and Sullivan while on a relaxing holiday, a river cruise along the Douro could be just the ticket.

Embark on this special 7-night cruise where the joyous music of Gilbert and Sullivan, the beautiful Douro river and visits to historic cities and wineries await you.