“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,  Purple Creative Studio,  Tennants 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.

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The Swaledale Festival is in full (and uproarious) swing

The Swaledale Festival is in full (and uproarious) swing

The two-week festival of music, arts and walking launched on Friday 26 May with the opening of JAZZ! – a vibrant art exhibition by primary and secondary pupils at The Station gallery in Richmond.  

Swaledale Festival online booking opens

Swaledale Festival online booking opens

Online booking for the 2017 Swaledale Festival opened on Monday 27 March. 

The award-winning festival of music, arts and walking, now in its 46th year,  takes place from 27 May to 10 June - mainly in charming village churches and halls dotted around the breathtaking landscape of the three northernmost Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale. 

Swaledale Festival: Malcolm Creese’s 10th year as Artistic Director

Swaledale Festival: Malcolm Creese’s 10th year as Artistic Director

In October 2007 Malcolm Creese took up the post of Artistic Director of the Swaledale Festival.  Under his stewardship the Festival has received several local, national and international awards, and ticket sales have grown by three times.