The Shape of 2021

In 2021 we’re spreading our offering of arts and culture over a six-month period, and although the pandemic means we are scaling back on the number of events, we are not scaling back on quality. Concerts will take place in our larger venues, and each will be just 60 minutes long. We’re offering each concert TWICE to enable audiences to be socially-distanced if necessary, and the venues will be cleaned between shows.

Summer and autumn events:
The captivating young Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean and outstanding Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe perform music by Dowland, Schubert and Debussy in St. Andrew’s in Grinton on Thursday 15 July. 

World folk maestros The Hut People come to the delightful setting of Raygill House Farm near Hawes on Saturday 31 July, and on Tuesday 3 August Solus Trumpet Ensemble will fill the church at Grinton with glorious music by Gabrieli, Debussy, Britten and Ravel.

On Wednesday 1 September, fine violinist Philippa Mo and top-drawer counter-tenor William Towers will perform a mouth-watering programme, including pieces by Hildegard von Bingen, Purcell and Holst at St. Andrew’s in Grinton.

Tuesday 1 October sees gifted young flautist Meera Mahahraj perform works by Bizet, César Franck and Grace-Evangeline Mason at St. Andrew’s Church in Aysgarth with talented pianist Dominic Degavino. On Wednesday 6 October in Grinton, young Scottish piper Brìghde Chaimbeul duets with the marvellous violinist Aidan O’Rourke from folk super-group Lau, and we wrap up this year’s events with the world-class Moray Welsh Trio (cello, violin & piano) performing Mozart, Fauré and Dvořák in Aysgarth on Thursday 7 October.  

As well as concerts, we’re offering a selection of guided walks led by experts - exploring terrain and features from barns, walls and bridges to hidden nature reserves. Please keep an eye on the website for updates or changes to the programme.

The film was made by Howell Film and features music from a track called Bling Bling from the album Plum Lane by The Matt Wates Sextet. The piece was written and arranged by Matt Wates. 


A happy return to live events

21 June 2021


Kites coursing across Reeth Green; resounding drum beats and dancing skirts; the clickety-clack of clogs, clapsticks and tap shoes; the clang of quoits and the stirring sound of local brass…

Swaledale Festival offers free...

11 May 2021


Including kite-making, dance performances, samba bands, a singing workshop with The Young'uns, brass band concerts and quoits.

Giant Artwork to be Unveiled

11 May 2021


The Dales Countryside Museum (DCM) in Hawes will re-open with a special exhibition telling the story of schools in the Upper Dales.