Wensleydale Community Arts Festival

Wednesday 21st - Sunday 25th June 2023

Music | Dance | Poetry | Art | Crafts | Photography | Storytelling 
Demondstrations | Talks | Stalls | Refreshments


Full programme to be announced very soon. If you would like to be part of the Festival please contact us.



The Programme - At a glance!

Subject to change without prior notice. Booking is advisable (click here or on each event/artist name).
Programme Leaflet (PDF download).
Last updated 15.06.23 - | Updated event links

For our first festival, our venues are all in Leyburn, North Yorkshire
SMC - St. Matthew's Church, Harmby Road. DL8 5FD
LACC - Leyburn Arts and Community Centre, Richmond Road. DL8 5DL
LMC - Leyburn Methodist Church (and Hall), Railway Street. DL8 5BB
LLTH - Leyburn Library, Thornborough Hall. DL8 5AB
WTBS - Wonky Tree Bookshop, Market Place. DL8 5BD


Wednesday 21st June, 2023

7.00pm | MUSIC | SMC - Make Music Day Celebration Concert
Wensleydale School Choir, Liffy and The Colin Bailey Band


Thursday 22nd June, 2023

5.30pm | DRAMA | SMC - Bethan Sowerby, A-Level drama student
6.00pm | MUSIC | SMC - Kim Ralls, soulful story-driven singer-songwriter
6.30pm | DANCE | LACC - Fun Dance with Joan and Carl Danvers

Take part in a range of participatory dances such as, line dancing, country dncing or just relax and enjoy a sequence dance demonstration.

6.45pm | MUSIC | SMC - Harvey Boddy, emotive singer-songwriter
7.30pm | MUSIC | SMC - Amy Fudali

Amy finishes day two with a selection of her favourite songs from musical theatre and female icons such as Eva Cassidy, Adele, Dusty Springfield and Norah Jones to name a few.


Friday 23rd June, 2023

10.00am - 4.00pm | ART | LMC - Art, Photography and Crafts Exhibition
11.00am | MUSIC | LMC - Organists Ruth Biker and Geoff Hirst

Ruth and Geoff pay a selection of their favourite pieces. 

2.00pm | STORY TIME | LMC - Story time with Wonky Tree Book Shop
3.00pm | POETRY | LMC - Donovan Leaman, poetry, prose and readings
4.00pm | TALK | LMC - Nobby Dimon, Community Plays

Community Plays from West Dorset to Wensleydale. A talk with Pictures.

5.15pm | MUSIC | SMC - Leyburn Recorder Consort
5.45pm | MUSIC | SMC - Patrick Green, passionate singer-songwriter
6.00pm | FILM | LACC - Whitney Houston: 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'

Celebrating the life and music of Whitney Houston. Tickets: £6 each (£5 for seniors). Box Office: 01969 624510

6.30pm | MUSIC | SMC - Friends of Dave, an eclectic mix of songs
7.30pm | MUSIC | SMC - The Richmond Hillbillies

'Americana from the banks of the Swale.'


Saturday 24th June, 2023

10.00am - 4.00pm | ART | LMC - Art, Photography and Crafts Exhibition
10.30am | STORY TIME | LLTH - Weekly event, all welcome.
11.00am | DEMONSTRATION | LMC - Watercolours with Maxime Ahmed
From 12noon | SMC | Family Fun Day - All Welcome. (Indoors if wet)

Teddy Bear's Picnic, Stalls, Activity Corner and Card Making. Refreshments inc. Bacon Butties, Strawberries and Cream.

From 12.30pm | MUSIC| SMC - Live Music with Bert Bohanan, Lili Bako and Fred Norman
1.00pm | TALK | LMC - Lynn Ward, Artist

'Inspired by the Dales'

2.00pm | DANCE | LACC - Maypole Dancing with Dales Dance

In the Community Orchard (Indoors if wet)

3.15pm | POETRY | WTBS - Patrick Green

Reading from 'Sandpaper'

3.30pm | MUSIC | SMC - Leyburn Band

A selection from their Summer Programme in the Grounds of St. Matthew's Church (indoors if wet).

6.00pm [note earlier start time] | MUSIC | SMC - Richmond String Quartet - Whispering Strings
6.30pm [note: earlier start time] | MUSIC | SMC - Wendy Arrowsmith, Folksinger and Songwriter
7.30pm | DRAMA | SMC - Leyburn Am. Dramatic Soc.

"Lockdown in Little Grimley" by David Tristram

8.30pm | MUSIC | SMC - BlueBoxt Creative

BlueBoxt Creative's young performers supported by Coling Bailey and Michael Yare. 'Decades'  - A selection of classic hits for all ages.


Sunday 25th June, 2023

10.30am | WORSHIP | LMC - Service led by Mrs. Ruth Poultney followed by refreshments.
10.45am | WORSHIP | SMC  - Celebration service followed by refreshments.
12noon - 4.00pm | ART | LMC - Art, Photography and Crafts Exhibition
1.00pm | MUSIC | SMC - Edie and James, Folksongs for Mandolin and Guitar
2.00pm | MUSIC | SMC - Dales Community Pop Choir

Stories from their visit to Hull International Choir Competition and a selection of songs from their Summer concert programme.