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Festivals

2014 sees a fantastic range of music, arts and walking festivals set against the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales.

Flowers of the Dales Festival

Running from early spring through to autumn, the Flowers of the Dales Festival includes a fantastic range of events and activities from photography workshops to guided walks, to help you access the National Park’s spectacular wildflower habitats.

MAY

The Dales Festival of Food and Drink

More than 12,000 visitors attend over the first May bank holiday weekend, experiencing local food at its best. The event includes a food hall, real ale festival, farming displays, demonstrations and guest speakers.

ride2stride

A week long celebration from 29 April to 5 May 2014 of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley with walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line.

Ingleton Overground Underground

The festival celebrates the unique landscape of the Ingleton area and promises to offer a host of traditional and unexpected ways to experience the landscape, both above and below the ground. A family friendly weekend over the final bank holiday in May.

Swaledale Festival

Enjoy walks and driving tours, friendly stone-built villages, simple inns and sophisticated gastro-pubs, wild-flower meadows, the sound of streams and curlews everywhere - and a varied programme of about 60 top-quality events, individually ticketed, realistically priced, and spread over two glorious weeks.

JUNE

Grassington Festival

Enjoy 15 days of music and arts in the Yorkshire Dales from 13 to 28 June 2014.

Grassington Festival has been running for over 33 years and it embraces all art forms - music, dance, theatre, visual arts and comedy - with lots of events for children and families and prices to suit all wallets and some free events

Dentdale Music and Beer Festival

A weekend of live music from some the best acoustic acts. Over 25 acts, from folks to blues and jazz to country, all washed down with finely crafted local and Scottish ales. Usually held the last weekend of June across a choice of venues throughout Dentdale.

AUGUST

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

Each year, for one week mid-August, hundreds of scarecrows holiday in the delightful Dales village of Kettlewell. Human visitors try to find them all, solving clues and puzzles as they hunt.

Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival

Conquer the distance in the country’s best holiday destination and choose from 5 mile, 14 mile or 28 mile hikes around the some of the UK’s most stunning countryside.

SEPTEMBER

Festival of Books and Drama (The Write Idea)

Sedbergh, the only official book town in England, holds an annual Festival of Books and Drama in September. A selection of writers talk about their latest books and the town’s book shops open their doors so you can buy them plus many more popular or unique titles.

Richmond Walking and Book Festival

Richmond Walking and Book Festival takes place in the last week of September and features a packed schedule of guided walks and other outdoor activities all around the Yorkshire Dales. There are also book events at weekends and evenings where you can meet authors and browse the excellent book fair.

OCTOBER

Settle Storytelling Festival

From a 30,000 year old story to a mission to Mars, the Settle Storytelling Festival brings stories from five continents - and beyond - to the rural Yorkshire Dales town of Settle. From the ancient oral tradition to cutting-edge digital technology, here you’ll find tales, art and music to delight and inspire you. Whether you’re young, old or somewhere in between, with a splash of free events, everybody can join in the fun.

DECEMBER

Grassington Dickensian Festival

At Christmas, Grassington is transported back to the time of Charles Dickens. See the Christmas lights, the village square and the streets transformed into a traditional market with shopkeepers, villagers and visitors dressed in Victorian costume. Running for over thirty years, the Festival in 2013 will be held on 30 November, 7 December and 14 December.

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