Our Events Line-up


Literary Lunch

Friday 14 October - 12 noon at The Bridge Hotel
The long weekend Wetherby Festival begins with this hugely popular event! 

Guest Speakers 

Joanne Harris, best selling author of 'Chocolat'
- made into the hugely popular Oscar and BAFTA nominated film


and local author David A McIntee,
writer of novels and audio dramas based on Dr Who and Star Trek

Following the lunch, Waterstones will hold a book-signing session with both authors.


Leeds Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 15 October 7.30pm at St James' Church

Conductor Martin Binks

A welcome return for our longest-established regional orchestra with another
programme of popular favourites including a Baroque oboe concerto
that Bach so admired he transcribed it for keyboard,
one of the most tuneful symphonies and a rousing finale!


Grand Comedy Evening

Sunday 16 October 8.00pm at Wetherby & District Social Club

Two of Britain’s brightest comedy stars perform two solo shows in one glorious evening 

Tom Wrigglesworth

A Radio 4 regular with his Sony Radio Academy Award series
Tom Wrigglesworth’s Open Letters,
in which he tackled consumer issues. And, d
rawing on his Sheffield roots,
Tom Wrigglesworth’s Hang-Ups
is where he phones home for his weekly check-in, giving listeners a glimpse
into his family background and the influences that have shaped him.

Phil Hammond

Doctor, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian,
he has been Private Eye’s medical correspondent since 1992.
He presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC2 and appears regularly on
Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show and The One Show

He will present one of his shows from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe reflecting
on the NHS and Life and Death 
(But mainly Death).

Thought-provoking but darkly funny.

The Small Change Diaries

Friday 14 October 8.00pm

Our first of two events at The Crypt Club, St James' Church
Limited disabled access.  Further information from the Box Office

Four Leeds based musicians, 
Jessica Bowie (ukulele and vocals), Nick Cody (ukulele and vocals), 
Adrian Knowles (double bass) and Richard Ferdinando (percussion) 
who write all their own material in a style that fuses roots, blues, jazz, ragtime and folk – 
music for the brain and for the heart! Unmissable.


Our Popular Fun Dog Show

Sunday 16 October - St James Field / Church Centre

We are thrilled to welcome back
Judge Bill Pigott and Steward Carole Millar
to this community event.
Bill has owned and lived with dogs for most of his life, was chairman
of the Newfoundland Club and has judged Dog Shows for 30 years.
The show is open to all types of dogs.  Come along and join the fun! 
Bill loves to see people and their dogs out having a great time -
everyone will know by the end of the day that their special dog is the 'best dog in the world’

Classes start at 12.30pm                        Entry fee per Class £1.00
All registrations taken on the day                Rosettes awarded to 4 places

Palm Court Recital

Saturday 15 October 2.00pm at Wetherby Methodist Church Hall

At this informal concert, you can listen to Classical music and Jazz
while enjoying tea and sticky buns. 

Georgina Binnie (Soprano) and Pamela Britton (Alto)
will sing a range of pieces from early Tudor music to modern-day compositions
accompanied by Tim Knight (piano).


Georgina is classically trained and has sung in choirs in Sheffield and Leeds.
She will be joining The Heritage Masterworks Chorale on their trip to Venice in October.

Pamela sang in St James’ Parish Choir, appeared locally in musical productions
including The Full Monty and Jesus Christ Superstar and performed in three singing
tours of the USA and around Europe.

Tim is Principal of the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama,
a distinguished choral conductor and a composer of works ranging from small
woodwind ensembles to large-scale choral and orchestral works.


The Suitcase Dwellers

Saturday 15 October 9.00pm 

Our second event at The Crypt Club, St James' Church
Limited disabled access.  Further information from the Box Office

A young blues-tinged, folk-pop duo from the hills of Yorkshire who are forging
their own style by telling stories, singing sweet ballads and exciting audiences
with foot-stomping, suitcase-kicking songs.


Historic Wetherby Guided Walk

Sunday 16th October 10.30am 

Join members of the Wetherby Civic Society for a 90-minute guided walk
around the town to discover the fascinating history of Wetherby's past.


Wetherby’s Places of Worship Guided Walk
Sunday 16 October 2.00pm

From an award-winning building to a 13th century cross,
this walk encompasses fourteen current and historic locations of worship.
Places of Worship also fulfil the role of art gallery, museum and
source of culture and local history in the town.