Programme


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The Dales Festival of Food and Drink is back for 2016 with a new look. 80 stalls located in Leyburn’s Marker 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 plus entertainment in the evening.

Children’s Activities Zone

The Leyburn Arts and Community Centre at The Old School House is the centre for the Children’s Activities Zone during the Dales Festival of Food & Drink.

Fly high on the ‘Bungee Flier or win a tremendous prize, if you are cunning enough to find the treasure hidden in the giant Treasure Map. Get your face painted, watch the Punch & Judy shows or listen to a host of wonderful stories by our story-teller, there is plenty of fun to be had.

You could even test your skills against mum and dad with the Giant Buzz Wire and Connect 4 or take a chance on the Tombola & the Bran Tub. And there is more with plenty of food and drinks available from our delicious bar-b-que, café and ice cream bar.

You don’t know where the Old School House is? Then just follow the Children’s Treasure Trail from the market square and come along and join in the fun.

The Children’s Adventure Zone is open to the public from 10am on Saturday and 11.00 on Sunday and entry is free.

Children’s Treasure Trail

Look out for the sign in the market square and join in our Children’s Treasure Trail – an exciting quiz for children of all ages which will test your powers of observation and lead you from the Market Place to the Old School House where you will find a host of wonderful children’s activities – Follow the trail, answer all the questions, put your artistic talents to good use and make your way to the Old School House to collect your prize.

Have a great time! The Children’s Treasure Trail is open to the public from 10am on Saturday and 11.00 on Sunday and entry is free

Gift and Craft Fair at Thornbrough Hall

All right we are a food and drink festival but we couldn’t have a festival without a gift and craft fair. This year, local event organiser Hannah Russell has brought together some of the best examples of the many skills to be found in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding 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 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.

An evening with some all time favourites

Vocalist Colin Bailey is joined by four talented young multi-instrumentalists for an evening of popular music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s at the Leyburn Arts Centre.

Listen to Toby Pearson (Guitar), Rob Tweddle (Keybour, Guitar and Vocals), Will Stockbridge (Bass) and Simon Chorley (Drums and Vocal)

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience real musical talent.

Flower Festival at St. Matthews Church

Need a moment to just relax then drop in and take a look around St Matthew’s Church as we host our Flower Festival to mark the Queens 90th Birthday, with displays representing various aspects of her life. We will be open throughout the day serving Cream Teas and Coffees, a perfectly relaxing way to start your day, a pick me up before your trip home, or simply a well-earned break from the hustle and bustle of the Festival stalls.

St Matthew’s Church is open to the public from 10am on Saturday and Sunday and entry is free.

Programme of activities on Saturday 18th June

10.00 The Festival and all activities open.
10.30 Enjoy Punch and Judy with Patricia Hogg Arts Centre
11.00 Listen to wonderful stories with Rhoda Fraser Arts Centre
11.00 Cookery Theatre featuring Michael Barrett Methodist Hall
11.30 Be entertained by the Leyburn Band Market Square
11.30 Enjoy Punch and Judy with Patricia Hogg Arts Centre
12.00 Listen to wonderful stories with Rhoda Fraser Arts Centre
12.00 Cookery Theatre featuring Gavin Swift Methodist Hall
14.00 Enjoy Punch and Judy with Patricia Hogg Arts Centre
14.00 Cookery Theatre featuring David Moss Methodist Hall
14.30 Be entertained by the Old Glory Jazz Band Market Place
14.30 Listen to wonderful stories with Rhoda Fraser Arts Centre
15.00 Cookery Theatre featuring Michael McBride Methodist Hall
15.30 Enjoy Punch and Judy with Patricia Hogg Arts Centre
16.00 Grand Draw Market Place
17.00 Treasure Map Draw Arts Centre
18.00 The Festival and all activities close
18.30 Last Bus leaves for the Car Park Market Place
19.30 An Evening with All Time Favourites Arts Centre

Programme of activities on Sunday 19th June

10.00 The Festival and all activities open.
10.30 Enjoy Punch and Judy with Patricia Hogg Arts Centre
11.00 Listen to wonderful stories with Rhoda Fraser Arts Centre
11.00 Cookery Theatre featuring Lee Sutcliffe Methodist Hall
11.30 Be entertained by the Muker Silver Band Market Square
11.30 Enjoy Punch and Judy with Patricia Hogg Arts Centre
12.00 Listen to wonderful stories with Rhoda Fraser Arts Centre
12.00 Cookery Theatre featuring Tristan Prudden Methodist Hall
14.00 Enjoy Punch and Judy with Patricia Hogg Arts Centre
14.00 Cookery Theatre featuring Chris Rahman Methodist Hall
14.30 Be entertained by the Reeth Brass Band Market Place
14.30 Listen to wonderful stories with Rhoda Fraser Arts Centre
15.00 Cookery Theatre featuring Chris Rahman Methodist Hall
15.30 Enjoy Punch and Judy with Patricia Hogg Arts Centre
16.00 Grand Draw Market Place
16.30 Treasure Map Draw Arts Centre
17.00 The Festival and all activities close
17.30 Last Bus leaves for the Car Park Market Place

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.

The Grand Draw

Look out for the sign in the Market Square which says Grand Draw, purchase a ticket and try your luck at winning the first prize of £200 or the second prise of £100. The prizes will be drawn at 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

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, Old Glory Jazz Band, Muker Silver Band and Reeth Brass Band joing us over the weekend.