Media Centre

Welcome to the Swaledale Festival Media Page. Please find here copies of our press releases and photos of this year’s artists for use in the media. If you wish to speak with our marketing team, please contact the Festival office at: or telephone 01748 880018.

Download images for press and publicity here 

Festival information

  • The Swaledale Festival has a history of over 40 years bringing music and other arts to Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale.
  • Approximately 50% of Festival audiences come to the area on holiday from all over the UK and other parts of the world, in many cases especially for the Festival.
  • The Swaledale Festival also has a highly regarded programme of education and community events. In 2014 it was awarded the Prime Minister’s ‘Big Society Award' for its work with local schools on a music and art project over the autumn/winter of 2013-14

The Swaledale Festival is in full (and uproarious) swing

The two-week festival of music, arts and walking launched on Friday 26 May with the opening of JAZZ! – a vibrant art exhibition by primary and secondary pupils at The Station gallery in Richmond.  

Swaledale Festival online booking opens

Online booking for the 2017 Swaledale Festival opened on Monday 27 March. 

The award-winning festival of music, arts and walking, now in its 46th year,  takes place from 27 May to 10 June - mainly in charming village churches and halls dotted around the breathtaking landscape of the three northernmost Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale. 

Swaledale Festival: Malcolm Creese’s 10th year as Artistic Director

In October 2007 Malcolm Creese took up the post of Artistic Director of the Swaledale Festival.  Under his stewardship the Festival has received several local, national and international awards, and ticket sales have grown by three times.