28 MAY to 11 JUNE 2022

A huge thank you to all the artists, volunteers, sponsors and audiences who helped create the 50th-anniversary Swaledale Festival. 

From Handel’s Messiah filling the heights of Ripon Cathedral, to brass, strings, woodwind, piano, percussion and vocals resounding in the chapels and churches of the Dales, to a folk fest in a cowshed - we got back to live performances in full venues, and we loved it. Read more.

If you attended this year's Festival, we would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete an online survey about your Festival experience - it helps us to report back to our funders and plan future years (plus you can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to any event in Swaledale Festival 2023!). The survey is open till 5 July - to participate, please click here.

Swaledale Festival 2023 will run from 27 May to 10 June.

In the meantime, here's a pictorial journey through this year’s Festival.

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. 


From Cowshed to Cathedral:...

15 June 2022

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Over 6,200 tickets were sold for 50 music, arts and walking events across 18 venues, from Handel’s Messiah filling the heights of Ripon Cathedral, to brass, strings, woodwind, piano,...

Two weeks, three dales,...

17 May 2022

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Swaledale Festival kicks off this month, with fifty events rippling across the Dales from 28 May to 11 June to mark the Festival’s special 50th anniversary.  The 2022 programme...

50 events mark 50th anniversary

07 April 2022

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This year’s Swaledale Festival features 50 music, arts and walking events in celebration of its 50th anniversary. With seven weeks to go until the fields dance with buttercups and the...