A huge THANK YOU to the artists, audience members, sponsors and volunteers who helped us to create the 2023 Swaledale Festival.

Festival goers were treated to a wide variety of events including puppets, poetry, folk music, jazz, astronomy, chamber music, drama, comedy, brass bands, clog dancers, singers, choirs, talks and guided walks. 

To top it all, the heroic young violinist Mathilde Milwidsky bravely stepped in with only a couple of hours notice to perform music she’d never played before with the Doric Quartet - causing the audience to "rise to their feet and clap till it hurt".

Read more about the 2023 Festival and its dramatic finale here

Browse our 2023 photo gallery here.

Swaledale Festival returns in 2024 from 25 May to 8 June - we look forward to seeing you!

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. 


Young musician steps in to save...

13 June 2023


Swaledale Festival finished with a dramatic finale on Saturday 10 June after fifteen days of music, arts and walking in the Yorkshire Dales. 

Electrifying animation and...

29 May 2023


Swaledale Festival begins with a bang!

2023 Festival launches with...

29 May 2023

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Free art workshops culminate in Talk of the Land: Ancient Soundwaves - and a special guest!