Yorkshire Dales Diary - what's on events in the Yorkshire Dales
Uplifting festivals and other exciting events take place through out the year. Everything that happens is set within a glorious backdrop of dramatic scenery, fresh air and greenery. Country shows attract locals and visitors to show off their skills, learn some new ones, taste and buy excellent local produce. Look out for ferret racing, pig obstacle courses, proud shepherds, show jumping, fell races, handicrafts and flower displays, food markets & unexpected delights!
Here's a selection of the festivals and country shows that regularly take place in the Yorkshire Dales
March - October Flowers of the Dales Festival
April - May Ride2stride, Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival
April Settle Storytelling Festival
May Austwick Street Market & Cuckoo Festival
May - June: Swaledale Festival 1st May-1st Sept Overground Underground Festival
8th-18th June Sedbergh Food & Drink Festival 10th June Gargrave Open Gardens and Live Music
10th-11th June North Yorkshire Open Studios
16th June-1st Jul Grassington Festival 17th June Buckden Gala Gala 17th-18th June Dales Festival of Food & Drink
23rd-25th June Dentdale Music & Beer Festival
24th June Berry’s Haytime Festival
24th June Sedbergh Artisan Market 24th-25th June Settle & District Open Gardens 24th-25th June Skipton Castle 1635 Household
1st-2nd July Sedbergh Cycling Festival
2nd July Skipton Sheep Day
7th-9th July Meadow Connections
11th-13th July Great Yorkshire Show
14th-15th July Masham Steam Rally 22nd July Sedbergh Artisan Market 22nd-23rd July Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival 22nd-23rd July Skipton Castle – 15th Century Castle Life 22nd-23rd July Leyburn 1940 Weekend 29th July Birstwith Show 8th Aug Lunesdale Agricultural Show 12th-20th Aug Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival
17th Aug Brough Agricultural Show
19th Aug Gargrave Show 26th Aug Malham Show 26th Aug Sedbergh Artisan Market
26th Aug Wensleydale Show
28th Aug Reeth Show
29th Aug Kilnsey Show
2nd Sept Bentham Agricultural Show
3rd Sept The Moorcock Show
6th Sept Muker Show
10th Sept Hardraw Scar Brass Band Festival
23rd-24th Sept Yarndale
23rd Sept-1st Oct Richmond Walking & Book Festival
25th Sept Nidderdale Show
30th Sept-1st Oct Masham Sheep Fair
Sat 2nd Dec Christmas Concert at Malham Cove
2nd-10th Dec Grassington Dickensian Festival
There's also a vibrant programme of performances and events in these venues around the Dales:
The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond dates back to 1788 and is Britain's oldest working theatre in its original form, with a really intimate atmosphere. Nearby is the Station Cinema.
The Old School House in Leyburn was recently converted into an arts centre with a lively programme of arts events.
Victoria Hall in Settle is a grade 2 listed former Victorian music hall, now with a wide programme of drama, comedy and music.
The Mart Theatre in Skipton is the world's only theatre residing in a working cattle auction mart - they alternate so you won't be watching a show surrounded by cattle!
You'll also find many smaller events taking place in town, village and church halls as well as in pubs, fields and many other intriguing spaces!