Kieran Hodgson - Comedy Night 2017

Ayesha Hazarika - Comedy Night 2017

Leeds Symphony Orchestra

Craig Ogden Artist in Residence 2017

Wetherby Silver Band

Paul Mirfin Band

Yorkshire's Wildlife photographed by
John Gardner

St Aidan's Swing Band in 2017

Salute to Elvis Dinner Dance in 2017, the 40th anniversary of his passing
with Eddy Popescu

Andy Kershaw broadcaster extraordinaire


Spirit of Harmony

Mitch Benn - Comedy night 2017

Paul Sinha Comedy Night 2017

Alice Nutter and Richard Newman
Screen-writer & biographer

Welcome to the 41st Wetherby Festival

12 – 14 October 2018

We’re busy planning the programme for the weekend festival in October 2018.  put the date in your diaries now!


October 2017’s Festival was a great success with over 2000 attendees at the 35 events over the course of 10 days.

There was literature and the spoken word – from dramatist and screenwriter Annie Nutter, authors Justin Hill, Richard Newman and Ian Hamilton to legendary broadcaster Andy Kershaw – comedy inspired by music, politics and intimations of mortality from leading stand-ups Kieran Hodgson, Ayesha Hazarika, Paul Sinha and Mitch Benn.  Above all, there was music.  Internationally-renowned guitarist Craig Ogden as our Artist in Residence, appeared as soloist with the Leeds Symphony Orchestra, directed a master class and gave a solo recital that was un-missable.


There was a wealth of music from local and regional groups with welcome returns to the Festival of St Aidan’s Swing Band and the Wetherby Silver Band plus large-scale barbershop from Spirit of Harmony, folk rock and bluegrass from The Paul Mirfin Band, St James’ Choir blending sacred and secular, and a very successful Elvis Dinner Dance marking the 40th anniversary of his passing.  There were great performances by Wetherby’s Light Music Singers and Wetherby’s Musical Theatre Group with The Forbidden Planet.  A great night was had at our Ceilidh with the noted band FiddlersWreck.


The programme of short Lunchtime Concerts throughout the week, with food available, was perfect for the lunch break.  And on two days people went  straight on from the concert  to stimulating talks by distinguished writers.


Though the Festival concentrates on the performing arts, we did not neglect the visual arts, with a fascinating presentation from wildlife photographer John Gardner, the Wetherby Camera Club‘s Annual Exhibition and an exciting exhibition Five Art at the Festival Gallery in town.


Alongside all this were social events – the ever-popular guided walks, a Medieval Combat, and an old Festival favourite, the Call My Wine Bluff evening.


We hope to repeat our success in 2018 with something for all.  We’d love to have your feedback about last year (we’ve sent out a survey), for you to join as a member, to hear more, to see more young people enjoying the Festival and to have your involvement to help us make it a success.  You will be able to order tickets online as well as by post and also at our Box Office nearer the time.


If you would like to know more contact

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of:

The Outer North-East Committee of Leeds City Council

Wetherby Town Council


We would also like to thank Morrisons supermarkets, Floor Design of Wetherby, the Wetherby Flower Club for the floral arrangements at Festival events. As ever, huge thanks to the Wetherby Lions, the Rotary Club of Wetherby & District, and our volunteers for their invaluable support.

You may not know this…

The Festival is organised and run entirely by volunteers. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers to aid us at the box office or helping at events.  If this interests you, please see the Volunteer page.