Kieran Hodgson Maestro 13 October 8pm
Comedy Double Bill

Ayesha Hazarika State of the Nation 13 October 8pm
Comedy Double Bill

Leeds Symphony Orchestra 14 October 7.30pm

Craig Ogden Artist in Residence
Concert 14 October 7.30pm
Master Class 15 October 11am
Recital 15 October 3pm

Wetherby Silver Band Yorkshire Rhapsody 15 October 7.30pm

Paul Mirfin Band 16 October 7.30pm

Yorkshire's Wild Beauty 17 October 7.30pm
with John Gardner

St Aidan's Swing Band 18 October 7.30pm

Salute to Elvis Dinner Dance 18 October 7pm
with Eddy Popescu

The Adventures of Andy Kershaw 19 October 8pm

Ceilidh with FiddlersWreck
20 October 8pm

Spirit of Harmony 21 October 7.30pm

Mitch Benn Don't Fear the Reaper 22 October 8pm
Comedy Double Bill

Paul Sinha Shout Out to my Ex 22 October 8pm
Comedy Double Bill

Literary Lunch with
Dramatist & screenwriter Alice Nutter
Novelist & biographer Richard Newman
13 October 12 noon

Welcome to the 40th Wetherby Festival

13 – 22 October 2017


In this anniversary year we’ve packed more than 30 events into ten days of Festival. We have 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, and, above all, music.  Just take your pick – internationally-renowned guitarist Craig Ogden is our Artist in Residence, appearing as soloist with the Leeds Symphony Orchestra, directing a master class and then giving a solo recital that promises to be un-missable.


There’s 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, an Elvis Dinner Dance marking the 40th anniversary of his passing and performances by Wetherby’s Light Music Singers and Musical Theatre Group. And then there’s our Ceilidh with noted band FiddlersWreck.


While a lot happens in the evenings, don’t overlook performances during the day. We’ve a programme of short Lunchtime Concerts throughout the week, with food available, perfect for the lunch break.  And on two days you can go straight on from the concert  to stimulating talks by distinguished writers.


Though the Festival concentrates on the performing arts, we’ve not neglected the visual arts, with a fascinating presentation from wildlife photographer John Gardner and the Wetherby Camera Club‘s Annual Exhibition. And there’s an exciting exhibition Five Art at the Festival’s Box Office from 2-21 October.


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


So, we hope, something for all.  We’d love to see more  young people enjoying the Festival and to help make this possible we are offering bargain price tickets at many events.  And this year, you can order tickets online as well as by post and at our Box Office at 45 High Street, Wetherby which is  open Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 2pm from 2-21 October.

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.