“It’s like opening a box of magic that stays wide open for two weeks” – audience member 


Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts... to everyone who made the 2017 Festival such a rip-roaring success.

We have featured young musicians at the beginning of sparkling careers and veteran supergroups.  Intimate duets, explosive folk and reimagined baroque.  Clog-dancing, Canadian step dance, traditional Zulu dance and the story of the world’s first ballet. Choirs, orchestras, woodwinds, brass, strings and also slaptops, santouris, nyckelharpas, gothic harp and the amazing tromba marina. Idyllic outdoor Shakespeare, breath-taking photography, inspiring artworks and thirteen walks that celebrate and champion our magical landscape.  Tiny chapels and large stages with audience members ranging from infants to 90-year-olds. And we’ll never forget John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin’s impromptu appearance with Amores Pasados and our double bass-playing Artistic Director Malcolm Creese. 

It’s over, and yet it’s so far from over.  Our extensive community and education programme is rolling and we’re already planning Swaledale Festival 2018 and 2019. 

Missing the Festival?  Live with Swaledale Festival all year round with our vibrant calendar.  £10.00 including postage and packing – call our office on 01748 880018 to order.

The Festival is extremely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, funders, donors, legacy givers, Festival Friends and Angels, as well as the tireless work and dedication of our loyal volunteers, our staff, and members of the Festival Board.  

Swaledale Festival receives support from Arts Council England and from generous sponsors including Sherwoods (Vauxhall) of Darlington, Handelsbanken, Latimer Hinks Solicitors, Kenneth Easby Accountants,  Purple Creative Studio, Tennants Garden Rooms, Millgate House B&B in Richmond, the Burgoyne Hotel in Reeth and the Bridge Inn in Grinton. We are grateful to Dawn Clarkson Associates who examine the accounts, and to Holiday Home Yorkshire in Reeth who provided staff accommodation for this year's Festival at AD Coach House Cottage. We are also supported by a number of Local Businesses shown here.