Scarecrow Competition – last chance to vote

Here are photos of some of the scarecrows. Vote now. email chairman@wetherbyfestival.co.uk with your favourite.   Ace Cards - Ruby the Red Fairy Appletons Butchers St James Youth - Church Centre Castlegate Stationers - the Crayon family Peter Jones - Robo Chef York Place Dental Practice Cameron Beaumont - 40th year of the Festival        ...

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Art Gallery is Open

It was great to see so many people pass through the door of our pop-up Gallery in the High Street (opposite the Post Office) on Thursday. Above left, the artists: Catherine, Elizabeth, Jayne, Susan and Neil.  Travelling here from London, they first met sharing Studios at Spitalfields.   The Five Artists introduced themselves and talked about their work.  Drink flowed and Appletons donated the pork pies.   The Festival is attracting so much good will.  Support from the town has allowed this space to come alive;  Hart Law helped to make it happen; Floor Design of Wetherby transformed the place by...

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Wetherby Festival Launches in Style

    Here are two of our London Artists standing in the Festival Gallery at 45 High Street Wetherby. In an unprecedented initiative, the Festival is mounting a professional exhibition in the centre of town for the first time, with high quality work picked from the international London scene.  All pictures will be for sale.  See our webpage for details.   Neil Irons and Susan H Kay spent the day getting the gallery ready for the launch 6-9pm 28 September.  With the generous help of Floor Design, the space has been newly carpeted.    Morrisons are helping with the cost of the staging the launch...

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History

Dr Who might not be back until Christmas but, if you want to bridge time, we have just the things for you in Wetherby Festival's 2017 programme.   Award-winning author Justin Hill takes us back to the days of King Canute and forward to the Battle of Hastings and shows how the two connect intimately; the Wetherby Musical Theatre take us back to the future in Return To The Forbidden Planet - and on two walks round Wetherby we show you our hidden histories from Templar Knights and primitive methodists to marauding Scots. One of those Scots is telling us the history of...

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The pleasure of doing?

Can you volunteer?   Quack Quack – it’s me again.   What's the difference between a duck and a lion?  Ok, I'll tell you.  One is a small yellow bathroom ornament.  The other?  A dedicated volunteer who helps to sail 1,800 similar bathroom ornaments down the Wharfe to raise money for charity.  And then counts them all – and puts the 1,800 ducks, in numerical order(!) back into a box for next year.   What does this have to do with Wetherby Arts Festival?     Well, actually quite a lot.  First, it's about me doing one of the oddest things I've done.  Secondly, it’s about the Lions.  The...

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Members meet

With Wetherby Arts Festival, two things stand out - innovation and a sense of community.  So I was delighted last Sunday to be given a brand new experience – a members’ garden party. Several members – of all ages – myself included – had a first ever Festival preview strawberry tea.  A chance to meet other members.  Together with croquet.  Never having held a mallet before I was fiercely determined to whack the small coloured ball through many a hoop.   There was Pimms, laughter, scones, cake, sandwiches, new friends, more Pimms (the kettle took time to boil), sunshine, and croquet. I expected Alice...

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Garden Party

This weekend 1 July we are having a Garden Party for members of the Wetherby Arts Festival.  Have you joined? Would you like to come along?  Contact the Membership Secretary on membership@wetherbyfestival.co.uk  ...

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