Swaledale Festival

About Swaledale Festival

Founded in 1972, the Swaledale Festival is an annual festival of music and arts based in the three most northerly Yorkshire Dales – Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale – a large rural area of outstanding beauty.

The programme includes a core of classical music concerts as well as folk, brass band, jazz and world music. In addition there is poetry, film, dance, drama, comedy, workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions, children’s events, talks and themed guided walks. There are usually a few surprises too, such as steam train trips, bat watches, archaeology projects and astronomy sessions. There is a particular focus on the extraordinary landscape, the history, the legends and the characters of the northern Dales.