“It’s like opening a box of magic”    

The 2018 Swaledale Festival programme is now complete. The dates are 26 May to 9 June 2018. Full details will be on this site by the end of January and the online box office opens on 26 March. For those planning their visit to the Festival, here are some of the headlines for each of the two weeks: 

Week 1: Craig Ogden & Gary Ryan, Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, PuppetCraft, Seckou Keita & Catrin Finch, Jennifer Pike & Petr Limonov, Mahan Esfahani, Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir, David Owen Norris’s Mozart Project, The Young’uns… 

Week 2: Marian Consort, Sacconi Quartet & James Gilchrist, Hut People, E.U. Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists & Martin Roscoe, Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Maya Youssef Trio, Angela Hewitt, Dodo Street Band, Hallé Orchestra… 

There will be young stars of the future alongside world-class instrumentalists, singers, actors, choirs, poets, films, exhibitions, talks, workshops, puppets, and a series of themed walks celebrating our magical landscape. It’s probably best to come for the whole fortnight! We look forward to seeing you…

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2017 Festival our most successful ever. There were many highlights, but here are just a few: Stephen Hough, John Williams with John Etheridge and Gary Ryan, Red Priest, VOCES8, Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Family, Albion Quartet, Vimala Rowe, the HandleBards, Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, Fidelio Trio, Rapscallion, Zulu Tradition and Urban Folk Quartet. National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s children's concert in Catterick Garrison was broadcast to schools and forces bases all over the world, and we won't forget the impromptu appearance of Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.

The Festival is extremely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, funders, donors, legacy givers, Festival Friends and Angels, as well as the tireless work and dedication of our loyal volunteers, our staff, and members of the Festival Board. Swaledale Festival receives support from Arts Council England and from generous sponsors including  Sherwoods (Vauxhall) of DarlingtonHandelsbanken, Latimer Hinks Solicitors, Kenneth Easby Accountants, T&R Theakston Ltd, Purple Creative StudioTennants Garden RoomsMillgate House B&B in Richmond, the Burgoyne Hotel in Reeth and the Bridge Inn in Grinton. We are also supported by a number of Local Businesses shown here.

Missing the Festival? You can live with Swaledale Festival all year round with our vibrant 2018 calendar. £10.00 including postage and packing (UK only). Order your copy here.

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A Quarter for a Quarter

Bells at Grinton

  • 21 June 2017
  • Author: Janet
  • Number of views: 1369


The Swaledale Festival Quarter Peal at Grinton

In recent years Malcolm Creese has taken up bell-ringing and become quite good at it. As one of those quaint little touches that he likes to insert into the Swaledale Festival, this year on 9 June he provided an opportunity for the band at Grinton to ring its first quarter peal - a minimum of 1250 changes - since its two new bells were added. 

To ring a quarter peal takes about 45 minutes and the Grinton band completed theirs as the audience arrived for the concert by the Urban Folk Quartet.  

Successful peals and quarter peals are published in the official periodical for ringing, the magazine Ringing World, and its website where this Grinton quarter peal appeared thus:

Yorkshire Association

Grinton, North Yorkshire, St Andrew (10–0–7 in G) Friday, 9 June 2017 in 45 minutes 

1260 Grandsire Triples

1 Christopher J Curry
2 Darren R Moore
3 John R Welch
4 Susan E Welch
5 Elizabeth J Foster
6 Helen L Scott
7 Andrew J Slade (C)
8 Malcolm Creese

1st quarter on the bells since augmentation.

1st on eight 1.

25th birthday compliment to 1.

For the Urban Folk Quartet concert as part of the 2017 Swaledale Festival. Assistant Events Manager 1 & Artistic Director 8.


Peals and quarter peals are often a means of celebrating a special event, and on this occasion not only was it the first quarter peal on the 8 bells and a Swaledale Festival official event, it was also the 25th birthday of Chris Curry, our popular and very hard-working Assistant Events Manager. 

Well done to all.

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