28 MAY - 11 JUNE 2022

Welcome to our 50th anniversary!

To celebrate Swaledale Festival’s big birthday I have put together my most eye-catching and diverse programme so far. I have invited back some of the artists who have produced extraordinarily memorable performances during my 15 years here, and as many as possible of those I’ve had to cancel because of Covid-19.

There are plenty of new names too, and a full programme of guided walks, talks, poetry, film and art exhibitions. There’s a day of free outdoor entertainment for families, as well as a comprehensive programme of performances and workshops in schools and care homes. 

Tickets go on sale on Monday 14 March. For those under 25 years old there are tickets available for every event for just £3!

We're extremely grateful to all those individuals and organisations that have supported the Festival so generously, and to all our staff and volunteers who do such a fine job.

Malcolm Creese

I hope you’ll find plenty to enjoy, and I look forward to welcoming you to our special 50th anniversary Festival in the beautiful North Yorkshire Dales.

Malcolm Creese, Artistic Director

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. 


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...

Swaledale Festival unveils...

14 February 2022

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We are delighted to announce the line-up for 2022! The Festival, which will run from 28 May to 11 June, will consist of 50 music, arts and walking events to mark the Festival’s...