Swaledale Festival plans weekend of workshops and activities

Swaledale Festival is running three days of outdoor workshops and activities during the May Bank Holiday weekend this year.

Kite-making, dance performances, samba bands, a singing workshop with The Young’uns, brass band concerts and quoits are among the activities planned to take place in Reeth

All events are free on the village green and there is no need to book.

On Saturday, May 29, there will be kite-flying and kite-making workshops for children, evocative sounds from Reeth Brass Band, and dancing from Richmond Cloggers and students from Janet Seymour’s School of Theatre Dance.

There will also be a performance by the Pneûma Dance Company with live musicians.

Kite-making and kite-flying will be back on Sunday, May 30, along with performances throughout the day by the Runaway Samba drummers.

There will be a singing workshop led by The Young’uns and music from Leyburn Brass Band.

Monday, May 31 will see more kite-making, the fabulous north-east samba band Baque De Ogum and music from folk fiddler Jo Lawrence & Friends.

Quoits for absolute beginners and experienced players will take place on all three days, and there is an exhibition of paintings by the Wensleydale artist Eithne Henson at the Hudson House Gallery.

There will be additional parking down the hill in Grinton on all three days.

In addition to the free family fun weekend, there are two ticketed performances from The Young’uns on Sunday, May 30 at 4pm and 7.30pm at The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn.

The three folk singers from Stockton will also perform at the venue.

Tickets are available for both performances on the Swaledale Festival website.

Another Swaledale Festival offering for 2021 sees the young ‘scratch card’ artist James Owen Thomas exhibit his intricate and highly coloured pictures and greeting cards at The Station Gallery in Richmond from May 28 to June 17.

Malcolm Creese, Swaledale Festival’s artistic director, said: “After all the cancellations of 2020, we are so pleased to be able to offer some world-class music, dance and art this year.

“We have introduced stringent measures to keep our audiences safe, and we look forward to welcoming people of all ages to enjoy some art and culture in the Dales once again.”

For the full programme and all the details please visit www.swalefest.org