The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

This year’s Grassington Festival is set to run from 16th June until 1st July and will offer a programme featuring art, theatre, music, talks, exhibitions, guided walks, literature and creative workshops.

The festival, located in Yorkshire, aims to deliver a wide ranging programme, as well as educate by ‘providing enjoyable experiences for all’.  

What to expect: fun for all ages

On 17th and 18th June, Grassington Square will see an opening procession, along with cookery demonstrations, music and dancing, as well as science explorations.

Families and young audiences are all welcome at the festival: clown Sean Kempton will put on a show, and there will be magic demonstrations, too.

Part of Grassington Festival will be the Live at the Festival programme, which will include a line-up of five comedians that will perform at the Festival Hall for one evening.

Music: festival highlights

Lovers of classical music can enjoy the Gala Concert, featuring Raphael Wallfisch and Ben Crick, along with the Skipton Building Society Camerata that will be performed in the surroundings of Bolton Abbey Priory. An afternoon of Beethoven and Bartok will also be presented at Scargill House in Kettlewell by the Heath Quarter.

In addition, live music catering for all tastes will be performed in the Field Marquee, with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra kick-starting the session.

Award-winning jazz singer and BBC Radio 2 broadcaster, Clare Teal, will also perform with her 17-piece Hollywood Orchestra, led by Guy Barker, celebrating Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary year.

In addition, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will present their foot-tapping music, while singer/songwriter Newton Faulkner will perform with Holy Moly and the Crackers.

The festival will come to an end with a headline performance by 80s pop group Bananarama, supported by Leeds band The Opera Comic and Back Chat Brass.

Additional information

The Grassington Festival offers a 10% discount on purchase of tickets for five or more events.

Group travel organisers can book tickets by visiting