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
Step This Way Appalachian Cloggers and The Bones Creek Band
Step This Way Appalachian Cloggers and The Bones Creek Band

Step This Way Appalachian Cloggers and The Bones Creek Band have been performing songs, steps and tunes from the Appalachian mountains of America for the past 11years. The tunes and steps were taken to America from England, Ireland and Scotland in the 1800s with the early settlers, they were blended with Native American and African rhythms and this creates the lively mix which can be seen today.


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Speakers Corner

Speakers corner photo

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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