The musical entertainment at the Festival justifies the ticket price on its own. Throughout each day in the Richard Whiteley Pavilion, with a break only for the speakers, trad jazz alternates with Dales brass bands. Yorkshire is famous for its brass band tradition, maintained at a high standard by the bands from Muker, Reeth and Leyburn.

Each day a morris dancing or sword dancing troupe will also perform in between the bands for your entertainment.

Black Sheep Morris Men
Black Sheep Morris Dancers
Daleside New Orleans Jazz Band
New Orleans Wiggle

Richmond on Swale Morris Men
Richmond on Swale Morris Men
Old Glory
Old Glory Jazz Band
Leyburn Band
Leyburn Band
Muker Silver Band
Muker Silver Band
Reeth Brass Band
Reeth Brass Band
Traditional Sword Dancers
Traditional Sword Dancers

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Speakers Corner

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The high point of each day, 2.00pm at the Richard Whiteley Pavilion, is an interesting and entertaining talk by a different guest speaker.

Find out more about Speakers Corner

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Foreword by Gervase Phinn

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Gervase Phinn

"...There is no better way of spending the May Day Bank Holiday weekend than a visit to beautiful Wensleydale for there is something for everyone at this varied and colourful pageant and the hospitality is of the very best."

Read foreword in full...

 
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