Swaledale Festival to begin this weekend

The Swaledale Festival will begin this weekend.

The event consists of two weeks packed with concerts, family events, exhibitions, walks, talks and workshops springing up in charming venues across the Upper Dales.

It kicks off this Saturday 26 May with classical guitar masters Craig Ogden & Gary Ryan performing their exquisite solos and duets in Grinton.

Also sharing their gifts in the first festival week are lutenist Matt Wadsworth, poet Adam Horovitz, youngest ever winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year Jennifer Pike, leading harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and The Young’uns who are running a relaxed folk-singing workshop. Music lovers are invited to come and sing their heart out with the band who have just won Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Tickets are still available for many events, including brass band giants Brighouse & Rastrick Band who perform on Sunday, May 27 at The Garden Rooms, Tennants, and the world-famous Hallé Orchestra who are at Tennants on Saturday, June 9.

The box office is open from 10am to 4pm every day during the festival. W

There are plenty of festival events that will be fun and inspirational for younger audience members.

On Monday 28 May the puppet troupe PuppetCraft presents The Tin Forest with live music.

On Wednesday 30 May Janet Seymour’s School of Theatre Dance will showcase its talented students at St Oswald’s in Askrigg.

And on Saturday 2 June people of all ages will enjoy Slot Machine Theatre’s magical performance of The Boy, the Piano & the Beach.

For more details visit www.swaledale-festival.org.uk