It began in 1977. It was the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. 40 years ago.
The vicar of Wetherby at the time was the Rev Jonathan Bailey. He got together forty organisations. They
judged it a good idea to hold a Festival of Arts.
Forty years later, people still think it a splendid idea to bring the community together and attract people to our town.
We still distribute thousands of programmes door-to-door. We still have a Box Office in town beforehand and
the performances attract sell-out attendance.
Many think it pays to become a Festival member in order to enjoy
advanced booking, preferential seating and up-to-date news.
Over the years there have been some famous names from the world of arts alongside local
talent. They have included Stéphane Grappelli, Humphrey Littleton, Honor Blackman, Roger McGough,
Julian Lloyd Webber and comics fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe such as Tom Wrigglesworth and Dr Phil Hammond.