2013 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.
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.
A week long celebration from 30 April to 6 May 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.
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.
Enjoy 15 days of music and arts in the Yorkshire Dales from 14 to 29 June.
Now in its 33rd year Grassington Festival 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.
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 a 28.5-mile, 14-mile or 5-mile hikes around the some of the UK’s most stunning countryside.
Yorkshire Dales Outdoor Festival
Organised by Mark Reid, author of The Inn Way guidebooks and Mountain Leader, this festival, new for 2013, builds upon the success of the Black Sheep Boots and Beer Walking Festival, but is revamped and re-launched as the Yorkshire Dales Outdoors Festival. It includes a range of exciting guided walks, skills courses, mountain biking and outdoor experiences - all set in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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.
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.