Programme 2017


The Dales Festival of Food and Drink is back once again for 2017. 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.

Gift & Craft Fair at Thornbrough Hall & The Methodist Hall

All right so we know we are a food & Drink festival but due to the popularity of last year’s Craft & Gift section we have decided once again to make it apart of this year’s event and have extended in to Leyburn Methodist Hall as well as Thornbrough Hall.

Local event manager Hannah Russell has brought together some of the best examples of the many skills to be found in the Yorkshire Dales area.

Beautiful gifts 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, gifts 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 & The Methodist Hall to enjoy the wonderful stalls exhibiting at the craft fair, you won’t be disappointed.

Local Author Hannah Russell will also be book signing in the Methodist hall at 1:00pm- 2:00pm both days.

The Gift and Craft Fair is open to the public from 10am on Saturday and Sunday and entry is free. http://www.hannahrussellevents.com/

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. – https://www.wensleydale.co.uk/

The Yorkshire Wensleydale Chees Truckle Trail

Look out for the children’s cheese truckle 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.

Clue to get you started – you will need to wander around the town to find the clues – that includes all Festival areas!

Head to the information point situated in Leyburn Market square to find out more information about the trail.

Walk about 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 paper wizard who will be showing us many skills from Balloon modelling, pure origami and magic… We will also be joined by The magic ball juggler who will be performing some amazing ball juggling skills.

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.

An evening with some all-time favourites

Colin Bailey and The All Time Favourites Band invite you on a journey back to the hits of yesteryear with a chart-topping concert celebrating the songs of the 50s and 60s hit parade that will have you singing and, maybe even, dancing in the aisles!

“The hits of the 50s and 60s remain our favourite playlist songs and dance floor fillers of today!”

The two-hour show pays tribute to the legendary artists and songwriters from the most influential and creative decades in the history of popular music. The All Time Favourites Band features musicians who were part of that music scene of the day and together they recreate the sounds of the era.

Leyburn Amateur dramatic society

Watch Leyburn Amateur dramatic society’s performances on both days at this year’s festival.

Leyburn amateur dramatic society presents: Whose Top Tart at Soggy Bottom? Aka (Compo Gets His Girls!) When last of the summer wine meets Bake off. Proceeds to cancer research. Written, produced and directed by Tony Scully for Leyburn Amateur Dramatic society.

Yorvik Homes Proud sponsor of local bands

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 food & Drink festival at this year’s event, they are a well-known band for playing all over the Yorkshire Dales.

MoonBeams – The MoonBeams are a contemporary folk influenced band from the Yorkshire Dales. They play original ‘Songs from the Dales’ which is music deeply rooted in the environment and culture of the Dales, reflecting their love of the landscape, nature and people of the area. Capturing the beauty and atmosphere of their homeland and carrying you on a lyrical adventure where you can forget the pressure and worries of everyday life.

Muker Brass Band – Muker Silver Band is based in the small village of Muker in Swaledale, and has been at the heart of the local community for well over 100 years…
While some members travel from Richmond and Wensleydale, there is still a strong sense of local identity and association with Muker village, and the band plays regularly in the village for community events. The band has a wide ranging membership, with players aged 15 to 79. Some players have been with the band for over 60 years, others have joined the banding world at a much later stage in their lives, learning to play after retirement.

ELIZABETH – Singer-songwriter based in Manchester and originally from North Yorkshire. Performing a wide range of genres including acoustic/indie/pop/alternative covers and originals.

Programme of activities

Saturday 17th June 2017

10:00am – The festival and all activities open.
10:00am – Be entertained by Leyburn band.
12:30pm – Enjoy a performance from Leyburn Amateur dramatic society
1:15pm – chef demonstration with Chris Rahman.
1:00pm – Author Hannah Russell Book signing located in the Methodist Hall
2:00pm – cheese Making demonstration from the Wensleydale creamery
3:30 pm – Chef Demonstration with Stu and Keith Miller
4:15 pm – Listen to The moonbeams.
6:00pm – The Festival and all activates close.
6:30pm – The last shuttle bus leaves for the car park

Sunday 18th June 2017

10:00am – The festival and all activities open.
10:15am – Performance from musician ELIZABETH
11:00am – Chef Demonstration & Author talk from Hanna Sillitoe
12:00pm – Enjoy a performance from Leyburn Amateur dramatic society.
1:00pm – Author Hannah Russell Book Signing located in the Methodist Hall
1:15pm – Chef Demonstration with Tristan Prudden, Head chef at The Black Horse Kirby Fleetham.
2:00pm – Cheese making demonstration from the Wensleydale creamery.
3:00pm – Performance from Muker Brass Band.
4:00pm – Grand prize draw.
5:00pm – The festival and all activities close.
5:30pm – The last 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.