Programme 2019

The Dales Festival of Food and Drink is back once again for 2018. Over 80 stalls located in Leyburn’s Market Square all showcasing the wonderful food and drink products available in the area.

And just to ensure that both adults and children can enjoy the whole day, a host of additional attractions are available to enjoy across the weekend.

Cookery Demonstrations by Top Dales Chefs

Across the weekend chefs from around the Yorkshire Dales will be hosting live cookery demonstrations for you to sit back and enjoy. Large TV screens at either side of the marquee ensure that no-one misses out on the action, of which there is always plenty! Our Chefs this year are from one of the Dales’ finest hotels and award-winning restaurants and will be demonstrating their skills and showcasing some amazing seasonal dishes using the very best in local produce and taking inspiration from the bountiful countryside around us. All Chefs volunteer their time and carry out their demonstrations free of charge, so please give them a big cheer and a round of applause as a thank you

Delicious Magazine Produce Awards 2018

The delicious magazine is acknowledged as the best food magazine for people who love food and this year they have not only confirmed the Dales Festival of Food and Drink as one of the best 7 food festivals in the country but will also have their team of celebrated local chefs and food experts judging the regional heats of the 2018 Delicious Magazine Produce Awards at the festival on Saturday the 16th of June.

Cheese Making Demonstration from The Wensleydale Creamery

Watch a cheese expert from The Wensleydale Creamery turn eight pints of Wensleydale milk into a 500g Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, in approximately 40 minutes. Our sponsors the Wensleydale Creamery will be showing us how to make cheese across both days at this year’s event. –

Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society

Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society presents their ‘musical’ radio comedy ‘The Lycra Sisters’. When Barry Wilkinson doubts his wife Glenda’s ability to make a decent Yorkshire pudding, the women of the Leyburn Ladies’ High Tea Society leap to her
defence, and a war between the sexes ensues. Join the company for forty minutes of madness and mayhem, with a bit of music and some audience participation thrown in, as this problem is resolved and one Yorkshire pudding winner takes it all.

Be Entertained by Bands of the Dales

The Dales have a tremendous reputation for making music so why not spend some time listening to the bands play across the weekend.
Leyburn Band – Leyburn Band will be kick starting The Dales Festival of Food & Drink at this year’s event, they are a well-known band for playing all over the Yorkshire Dales. The band has been in existence, on and off, since 1841 when it was mentioned as playing on the Shawl for the Wensleydale Temperance Society, and then entered a national brass band competition at the Crystal Palace in 1863. It has continued through the twentieth century, taking breaks for both World Wars, until it was revived in 1989 and again in 2003. Thanks to the unstinting commitment of the band members, tremendous support from the local community and the earnest and hard-working endeavours of their bandmaster, Emma Lundberg, they are now recognisable as a top class local brass band of outstanding musicians who entertain thousands of people across the Dales and have raised thousands of pounds for local charities and organisations. So, sit back, relax and enjoy their wonderful music.

BlueBoxt Creative Arts Performance Company

BlueBoxt is providing a variety of bands and street entertainers throughout the weekend. BlueBoxt is a voluntary run community group based in Wensleydale, creating opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages to participate in performing arts based activities offering: concert performances, regular workshops and one-off activities, mentoring and support for all performers working with a range of partners across the Dales.

Children’s ‘Cheese’ Treasure Trail

Look out for the children’s cheese treasure trail around town at this year’s event! Situated in the booklets is all the information you need about how to get involved and win some fantastic prizes. A brilliant activity for all the family to get involved in. Head to the information point situated in Leyburn Market square to find out more information about the trail.

Walkabout Entertainment

Be entertained by our fantastic walk about entertainment at this year’s event, sit back, relax and taste the finest food & Drink the Dales has to offer while you watch the entertainment. Around the town across the weekend we will be joined by the Internationally acclaimed contact juggler and flow artist ‘The Magic Ball Man’ who amazes audiences around the world with his mesmerising performances that enchant people of all ages. There are no magic tricks — though it just might be “the closest thing to real magic” that you’ll ever see.”

Even More Attractions

This year we have added even more attractions. Face painting for the children, Hannah Russell with Little Alf will be signing her children’s books and showing a range of her children’s clothes and Alf related gifts, tombola in the market square with a whole load of prizes and a grand hamper draw on both the Saturday and Sunday.

An Evening of Wine and Laughter

After you have spent Saturday enjoying the delights of the Dales Festival of Food & Drink 2018 why not pop along and be entertained by HIC! The Entire History of Wine (Abridged) Written & Performed by Julian Curry. Leyburn Arts & Community Centre & Campbell’s of Leyburn present ‘An Evening of Wine and Laughter’ on Saturday June 16th at 7.30pm. Sparkling Entertainment followed by a special Campbell’s Wine Tasting in the company of actor Julian Curry (Rumpole of the Bailey, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Co) and Greig Wilson of Enotria & Coe Wines.

All tickets include a pre-show glass of wine only £13 with full post-show wine tasting £20.

Box Office 01969 624510. Online at or in person at The Old School House, Leyburn.

Gift & Craft Fair at Thornbrough Hall

The popularity of the Craft & Gift section in previous years has ensured that we have included it again at Thornbrough Hall. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see some of the best examples of the many skills to be found in the Yorkshire Dales area.

Beautiful gift s and products from handmade tweed, women’s clothing, scarves, handmade cushions, bags and brooches made from fabric and yarns, wood jewellery boxes and animal figurines, gift s and a variety of books for both children and grownups and other products. The list goes on and on so just look at the array of exhibitors show in the programme and follow the signs to Thornborough Hall to enjoy the wonderful stalls exhibiting at the craft fair, you won’t be disappointed. The Gift and Craft Fair is open to the public from 10am on Saturday and Sunday and entry is free.

Vintage Shuttle Bus

At this year’s event we will be welcoming a vintage double decker shuttle bus which you will be able to spot around town across the weekend.

The car park is £5.00 per vehicle which includes a booklet for this year’s event.



10:00am – The Festival and all activities open with a prize giving from ‘Delicious Magazine’.
11:00am – A performance from a member of the BlueBoxt Creative Arts Performance Company.
12:00pm – ‘The Lycra Sisters’ a radio comedy performance from Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society.
1:00pm – Chef Demonstration by Chris Rahman, Head Chef of ‘Saffron’.
2:00pm – Leyburn Band Concert.
4:00pm – ‘The Lycra Sisters’ a radio comedy performance from Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society.
5:00pm – A performance from a member of the BlueBoxt Creative Arts Performance Company.
6:00pm – The Festival and all activities close.
6:30pm – The last shuttle bus leaves for the car park.

SUNDAY 17th JUNE 2018

10:00am – The Festival and activities open with a performance from a member of the BlueBoxt Creative Arts Co.
11:00am – Demonstration with Michael McBride, Head Chef of ‘Thirteen’ Leyburn.
11.45am – Roundhill Brewery Father’s Day Beer Tasting.
12:00pm – ‘The Lycra Sisters’ a radio comedy performance from Leyburn Amateur Dramatic Society.
1:00pm – Cheese making by the Wensleydale Creamery.
2:00pm – Chef Demonstration with Chris Rayman Head Chef of ‘Saffron’
3:00pm – Chef Demonstration by Tristand Prudden, Head Chef at Constable Burton Estate, Constable Burton.
4:00pm – A performance from a member of the BlueBoxt Creative Arts Performance Company.
5:00pm – The Festival and all activities close.
5:30pm – The last shuttle bus leaves for the car park.

Leyburn’s hospitality

Leyburn has a host of food and gift shops, hotels, public houses and restaurants. Visit them and buy something special, have lunch, a snack or a cup of tea. Even better stay for the evening and enjoy the entertainment and hospitality.

Be entertained by bands of The Dales

The Dales have a tremendous reputation for making music so why not spend some time listening to 4 award winning Bands playing jazz, traditional band music, swing and popular tunes. We're pleased to have; Leyburn Band, Moobeams, Muker Silver Band and Elizabeth joing us over the weekend.