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Literary Lunch 

This year we welcome two brilliant authors who have published two very different books.

Peter Moore’s Endeavour is probably the most topical book of the month, if not the year – marine  archaeologists think they have just discovered the remains of Captain James Cook’s ship off Newport USA, 250 years after it set sail from Whitby.  Captained by James Cook, its discoveries of Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia changed the shape of European geographers’ thinking about the world.

Contemporary artist Ed Kluz has produced a sumptuously illustrated & authoritative book on forgotten British architectural masterpieces, The Lost House Revisited.

Each will reveal the inspiration behind their book and sign copies after the Lunch.

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Call My Wine Bluff

Six wines, three ‘experts’ – who is telling the truth?  Pit your team’s (up to eight) taste buds (or come on your own).


Ceilidh with the Capstick Ceilidh Band

Dance the night away at a fun-filled evening for everyone.  A ceilidh is an ideal way to have fun with your friends and let your hair down.  Don’t worry if you think you’ve got two left feet.  The music of Capstick Ceilidh will soon get your feet tapping, and their caller will walk you through the dances.





Welcome to Wetherby’ Day

10am-3pm – throughout the town

Want to find out more about our beautiful town?

What goes on at the Fire Station?  Have you seen inside the Tennis Club, or been into the Library?  The Bath House?  A radio station?  The Old Man’s Parliament?  Local groups and societies are waiting to welcome you to the Town Hall.

The Camera Club is holding an exhibition and refreshments are available all day.

Here you can pick up a free programme, map and a ‘Passport to Wetherby’.  Buskers, local groups and musicians will entertain you.  Our team is on hand to help you on your way



Leeds Symphony Orchestra

Weber – Overture: Oberon,

Franck – Symphony in D minor

Dvorak – Slavonic Dances

Other works featuring soloist Heather Jane Taylor (Soprano)




11am Harvest and Festival Service  

A celebration service with the Archdeacon of Lambeth preaching.  All welcome.  The Mayor of Wetherby will be announcing the results of the Scarecrow Competition


Folk Club – Fake Thackray

Jake Thackray was a singer-songwriter in the French tradition, a “chansonnier” but idiosyncratically English.  Between 1967 and 1991 EMI produced 7 albums among 1,000 radio and TV shows.  Since Jake died in 2002, John Waterson’s appreciation and love of Jake’s music has celebrated this life, his work and his genius.  His songs are firmly rooted in Yorkshire: painfully funny, sad, tragic, rude, irreverent, incisive and happy.


Historic Wetherby – Guided Walk

Join members of the Civic Society for a 90 minute  guided walk around the town to discover the fascinating history of Wetherby’s past.  Free – family event for all ages


Comedy Double bill – High School

Shappi Khorsandi is a very well-known stand-up, with a career that has taken her to all corners of the globe.   She is known for her many TV & Radio appearances including Mock the Week, 8 Out Of 10 CatsHave I Got News For YouQI and Just a Minute to name just a few!  Currently touring with her hilarious new show Mistress & Misfit around the UK, she has taken a detour to be with us for our Festival!

Sarah Keyworth You’ll have seen her on Comedy Central, and the BBC.  Now your chance to see this rising star’s debut hour as she tells you about her life with an important little girl and her battle against every expectation of what being a girl means.  Think Girls Just Wanna Have Fun but British, deadpan and in no way similar.  She’s been awarded ‘Funny Women’ runner-up.  ‘Charming’ says the Independent.