What’s On This September

Don’t be sad that summer’s nearly over!

The days may be getting shorter and the nights a little cooler, but that’s no reason to put away your glad rags for the rest of the year. There’s always something fun going down in Skipton and the good people of this town know, more than anyone else, that it’s important to make the very most of the summer time whilst its here.

This month there’s a wide variety of events on that are catered to a full range of people, so whether you’re a family looking to squeeze as much fun out of the summer as possible, or a twenty-something looking fo late night and a good time, there should be something to keep you interested in Skipton.

Shrek visits Thornton Hall Country Park

Sunday 15th September 2019/10am onwards

Whatever the weather, Thornton Hall Country Park is the kind of place that kids of all ages simply fall in love with. This family friendly attraction is a sure fire hit on most days, but swing by on this Sunday and you’ll be able to catch kids’ favourite Shrek making live appearances. If you’ve got young ones who are besotted with the famously grouchy green ogre then this is a perfect opportunity to get them outside for the day!

Comedy Night at The Fleece

Sunday 15th September 2019/8pm onwards

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch some of the finest up and coming stand up comedians currently performing on the circuit! The Fleece is home to some of the best hand pulled ales in the town, but every 3rd Sunday of the month it also transforms into a comedy club. Entry is absolutely free, so all you’ll have to pay for is your beverages. Different comedians come and go each week, so you’re always guaranteed something new. What more could you ask for?

Psymerian at Venue

Friday 20th September 2019/9pm onwards

Venue has been the centre of a thriving electronic music scene in Skipton for years now, bringing together folks from all over the area who love nothing more than a few bevvies and good, hard rave to top off their week. This month, after plenty of requests, local legend Psymerian brings a night long set of Drum & Bass and Jungle music to Skipton. Entry is free and there’ll be cheap drink offers on all night to keep folks on their feet.

Wedding Open Day at Thornton Hall

Sunday 29th September 2019/1pm-4pm 

Wedding open days are a compulsory component of any wedding planning experience, one which brides and grooms can often be exhausted by. Thornton Hall, always looking to expand its portfolio of activities, will be holding a Wedding Open Day this September to showcase its stunning location, gorgeous views and attractive interiors. Experience first hand what your wedding at Thornton Hall could be like and have a taste of the locally sourced, award-winning catering that makes it a must-see wedding venue.

DJ Howard G at Venue

Friday 27th September 2019/9pm-2am

Finally, it’s worth mentioning one more date for your calendar, if you’re looking to dance the night away on a Friday. DJ Howard G returns to Venue once more to bring a whole night of uplifting funky house to dance away the weekend. Free entry means there’s really nothing to lose here and you’ll be handsomely rewarded with non-stop tunes until 2am.

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Music Events To Get Excited About This Spring

Spring is finally here, so it’s time to shake off those Winter blues and get back out there again!

Now that that cold nights are (mostly) behind us, there are a raft of great new music events and activities that are being scheduled; just the thing to get you out of the house and into your dancing shoes.

Whilst there’s not a huge amount of events taking place in Skipton itself, there are a good handful of nights on for music fans who don’t mind travelling a little further afield for a night out. Take a look at the upcoming listing for Spring and let us know if you’re planning on going to any of them:

Beverley Beirne. Ilkley Manor House

5th April 2019/7:30pm/£15

Considered be one of the true stars of the Jazz scene, Beverley will be accompanied with one of the UK’s most acclaimed pianists, Jamil Sherrif. This mighty duo will be performing a wide jazz set including some inventive versions of standards, re-imagined pop covers and also some compositions of Jamil’s own creations that are all about Ilkley and its mythologies.

Airedale Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert, King’s Hall, Ilkley

7th April 2019/7:30pm/£13

The Airedale Symphony Orchestra has been hailed as one of the best community orchestras in the country and their series of concerts have been a continued delight for visitors from far and wide, as well as the local music lovers. This spring concert features the orchestra, playing with the widely regarded pianist William Green. On the bill is Beethoven, Brahms, Copland and Respighi.

A Foreigner’s Journey, The Exchange, Keighley

13th April 2019/7:30pm/£11

Take two of the most popular Album-Oriented Rock bands of the 80s and put them together in a huge 2-hour show that celebrates the very best of the era. A Foreigner’s Journey presents this spectacular show featuring wall-to-wall hits from Journey and Foreigner. ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ that you’ll get ‘Hot Blooded’ at this one of a kind show which will have plenty of ‘Dirty White Boys’ dancing like it was 1981!

Bingo Beatz, The Muni, Colne

19th April 2019/7pm/£15

It’s bingo but not like you’ve ever seen or played before! A thrilling night of high-jinx and bingo is yours for the taking at The Muni in Colne, featuring dance-offs and huge prizes (like Amelia Jane Pom Pom Hats and Restaurant Vouchers) for those willing to take the risk. Presented by Ozone Bounce and Clubland’s Finchy, this is a raucous night featuring rave intervals and the opportunity to win big! Book ahead as tickets could sell out early.

William McCarthy Pop-Up Show, Chewies Bar

29th April 2019/7:30pm/£21.55

Singer and songwriter William McCarthy is returning for his 3rd tour of the UK and Europe, and he’s managing to fit in a pop-up show at Chewies Bar. For those who are unaware, McCarthy was the frontman for successful indie-rock bands Pela and Augustines. Since the break up of those acts, McCarthy has written a book and released a studio album which he’ll be playing cuts from at this special show.

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Regular Events & One-Off Shows in 2019

It’s shaping up to be an exciting year here in Skipton…

…and that’s largely thanks to a number of new regular events starting that should serve to bring the community together. 

There’s plenty of exciting new events to get stuck into this year. Whether you’re a creative kid looking to flex your imagination, or a curious adult who’s seeking a new hobby, there’s a whole host of activities to explore which should keep you busy and stimulated in 2019. In addition to crafts and arts, there’s also another winning lineup of music nights on at Venue, perfect for letting loose on the dance floor!

Lego Club, Skipton Library

Saturdays/9:30-10:30am & Mondays/4:15-5:15pm

Have you ever wanted free reign to create something truly amazing, with nothing but the power of your imagination and a few bits of plastic? Skipton Library offers school-age kids the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild for a whole hour, twice a week. These sessions are completely free and any creations made will be displayed for a week in the library.

All Together Now, Skipton Baptist Church


You don’t need any singing experience whatsoever to be a part of this brand new group, which promises to bring together the community once a week to sing songs from across the decades. Whilst stepping into a room with a group of strangers to sing might seem rather nerve-wracking, leader Chris makes sure that everyone feels welcome and comfortable. The first session is free and the every session after is £5.

Knit & Natter, Skipton Library


All are welcome to this very informal community knitting meeting which invites knitters of all experience levels to Skipton Library for a cup of tea and a chat. You don’t need to knit to join in, as this group is accepting of all kinds of portable crafts. So whether you turn your hand at sewing, knitting, crochet or weaving, there’s a place for you amongst this friendly crew of crafters. Entrance is absolutely free.

Travel Blogging 101, Skipton Library

15th February 2019/12pm CANCELLED

The blogging world has exploded in the last few years and it’s thanks in part to the surge in popularity of travel bloggers. Lily Jefferey is one of those bloggers and she’ll be visiting us for an afternoon, explaining how she got started as a travel blogger and how she’s carved out a niche for herself working for brands selling Airport Parking comparison sites and travelling the world looking for new places to explore

Painting Workshop, Skipton Town Hall

Call 0748 773772 for details

Published author and writer Hilary is behind these regular Painting Workshops that welcomes all but aims to take push its students to reach for the highest of standards. Hilary has spent her life dedicated to Art and has taught at a number of educational institutes including Leeds University, Lancaster College of Art and Design and Preston College. During the summer months this group paints in the field and a focus is made to foster community amongst the painters.

Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, Octagon Theatre

Wednesday 27th February 2019/7pm

One of England’s greatest writers graces the strange in the form of this wildly exciting social comedy. Award-winning actor, director and writer Kathy Burke brings an all-star cast including Samantha Spiro, Kevin Bishop and Jennifer Saunders to the Octagon Theatre in a show that’s sure to bring the house down. This team of excellent performers will only be together for a short time, so it’s best to get your tickets whilst you can!

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What’s On This January

Get healthy and have a blast this January!

We’ve got everything you need to get your 2018 off to a cracking start right here in Skipton.

If you’re thinking of making some changes to your lifestyle then we’ve got a couple of great events to give you a taste of a new way of living. There’s also some excellent cultural events to get excited about too!

U3A: The Raikeswood Camp German POWs’ experiences, Swadford Centre

Wednesdays 17th January to 14th March/1:30pm-3:30pm

Most of our locals are familiar with the Raikeswood POW camp, it was a camp used to imprison German soldiers during the First World War. In the last few years, with the help of various archaeological societies and the University of Leeds, we’ve been able to deconstruct just what life was like for those POWs, this half term course aims to educate us even further with the aid of diaries written by the POWs themselves.

Knotweed: How It Can Affect Your Home, Keighley Town Hall

5th January/6pm CANCELLED

A growing concern for homeowners across Britain, Japanese knotweed has the capability of growing through walls and even dismantling small structures like garden sheds. Unlike other weeds, it’s an offence to dispose of this plant in conventional methods, this talk from trained specialists in Japanese knotweed treatment will bring you up to speed. Teas and coffees will be provided to those that attend this free event.

Vegan Night Supper Club, Filmore & Union

25th-27th January

Have you considered ‘going vegan’? Maybe you’re curious and would like to see what a ‘vegan’ diet would be like? Well you can find out this month when Filmore & Union bring a Vegan Supper Club to their restaurant in Skipton. Featuring exciting dishes such as their Tofu Rendand Curry and Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi, this is a great opportunity to try out some new flavours and a healthy new lifestyle!

The Rewind Project presents: A Tribute to Bob, Venue Sports and Music Bar

26th January/8pm

There’s always good times to be had at our very own Sports and Music bar, Venue, this month we have venerable legend Si Frater paying tribute to Bob Mount with a huge set of uplifting, retro tunes showcasing the very best of Italian house anthems and Old Skool beats. Supporting him is Chris Angels, the Rewind residents and a host of other great guests.

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5 Ways to Keep Fit in Skipton

It’s never too late to get that beach body!

If you feel like you might have indulged in one too many BBQs then there are plenty of opportunities to get back into shape right here in Skipton. Even though we’re just a small town you’d be surprised how many different alternatives you have for shredding some unwanted flab away here.

Whether you want to burn calories whilst bouncing away to disco or simply take a leisurely dip, we’ve got you covered here:

Get Lean and Mean at Intershape Fitness

The team at Intershape Fitness are out and out professionals in the fitness game. Their aim is to transform every person that walks through their doors into the best that they can possibly be. Through the use of trainers, therapists and coaches they can take you on a personalised fitness journey that could potentially change your life.

Spin in a Disco at Escape Gym

Do you find yourself getting bored doing cardio at the gym? Does just the idea of a long jog make you feel like falling asleep? Then RPM, Escape Gym’s regular ‘bouncing cycle class’, will be just the thing. Studies have proven that it’s rather difficult to doze off whilst cycling in a disco – this is an experience that’s well worth a try, if you’re looking for a motivational way of losing weight.

Dance Yourself Toned at The Studio

There are many ways to achieve a toned body, but not all of them allow you to achieve your childhood dream of finally becoming a ballet dancer. Unleash you inner Black Swan at BalletFIT where the world of ballet collides with a cardio class that’s suitable for all ages and abilities. You don’t need any previous experience or training, just the will and motivation to improve your body!

Simply Have a Swim at Craven Leisure

If you’d rather keep things simple and just go with the flow, then why not go for a dip in Craven Swimming Pool? There are almost always lanes open for general swimming sessions at Skipton’s only public swimming pool. Water safety for kids is the number one agenda here, they use top of the range safety swimming pool covers so there’s no need to worry about your children’s safety.

Fight Your Way to Fitness at Sandylands Sports Centre

There’s nothing like a bit of martial arts to get your blood pumping. Challenge yourself to do better with Sandyland’s Fighting Fit cardio session. Completely non-contact and suitable for everyone, this class will have you punching the air with success with every pound that you lose.

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5 Places to Eat and Drink in Skipton

Feeling peckish or a little parched? There are bars and eateries to spare, here in Skipton!

Whether you fancy a light bite or something a little more fancy, there are plenty of great eateries that are bound to pique your interest in Skipton.

In the lead up to the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival we’ve been having a little look around our town here and picking out our favourite places to chow down at:

Keelham Kitchen @ Keelham Farm Shop

Championing the very best of local ingredients, the Keelham Farm Shop is open 7 days a week and offers a wide selection of homemade classics from the humble fish pie to the exorbitant Butcher’s Sharing Board. If there’s a particular ingredient that you like, then there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to find it in the shop proper.

Le Bistro des Amis

French food in the heart of Yorkshire might sound like the premise for a rather dodgy BBC sitcom pilot but you’ll just to have trust us that the food at Le Bistro des Amis is anything but a joke. Championed by the locals as one of the very best places to eat in town, this classy restaurant offers the closest thing to fine dining that you’ll get for miles around but in a wonderful relaxed atmosphere.

The Tempest Arms Restaurant

If you’re looking to eat, sleep and drink all in one place this Summer, then The Tempest Arms should be on your list of places to go. Not only does this 17th Century Inn have 21 comfortable rooms to welcome guests, but it also serves some of the best Pub grub for miles around. Tuck into their famous ‘Lamb Thingy Me Bob’ or sample the menu’s range of classic Pub meals.

Skipton Pie and Mash Shop

‘Low-tech’ is the name of the game when it comes to the style of food that the Skipton Pie and Mash Shop offers up. With nairy a kitchen extractor fan in sight, this homegrown business has been supplying the town and the local area with delectable pies for years now from its clean and charming restaurant. All the traditional fillings are on offer, all made with local produce and served with the traditional Chips, Mushy Peas or Mash.

Skipton Sound Bar

You might not be able to grab a bite to at this venue, but you can guarantee that you’ll be able to listen to some great music whilst drinking a great cup of coffee or (even better) a glass of cold beer. The staff here at Skipton Sound Bar not only serve up Continental Beers, but they also sell records, so you might find that you leave with more than just a bottle of beer in our hand!

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What’s On This August

You’ll be plenty busy this August in Skipton…

There’s everything from marvellous metallic creations to sensational drag acts this month in Skipton, not to mention live music, sun-drenched BBQs and archaeological digs! 

Marvellous Mechanicals Exhibition, Craven Gallery, Skipton Town Hall

From 4th August Mon-Sat/10am-4pm

There’s always something interesting to see at the Craven Gallery and August is no exception. Marvellous Mechanicals is a touring exhibition that intends on surprising and delighting people of all ages. Created by artists and designers from around the country, this collection of automata, coin operated machines and robots can be explored at your leisure or as a workshop which are absolutely free.

Life on Mars, Venue Sports and Music Bar

5th August/10pm-3am

You can always guarantee a good time when you’re in the capable hands of resident host Aaron Lang.

His regular ‘Life on Mars’ nights always bring in a big crowd of music lovers and this date in August will be no exception.

On the bill with him this tie will be the ever present Tom Hawkins as well as local boys Bamba D, fresh from their set at Reach Festival.

Raikewood Camp Dig, The Coach House

6th August/10am-4pm

Have you ever wondered what life in a World War I training camp must have been like? Or what it must have been like to be a prisoner of war in Skipton? Get answers to these questions as well as many more when you explore the Raikeswood Camp Dig this August. Take a guided tour around the archaeological site on this open day. Tours are free and will no doubt be very enlightening.

Drag With No Name, The Cross Keys

18th August/From 6pm onwards

Every Friday there’s a host of things to do down at everyone’s favourite local, The Cross Keys. Everything from Cash Karoake to a Smartphone Quiz is on offer, but there’s the added bonus of a drag show from the legendary Drag with No Name. Entry is absolutely free, as always, so there’s no reason to miss out!

Family Summer BBQ Fun Day, Venue Sports and Music Bar

27th August/All Day

Although this hardly been the sunniest of Summers, there’s no reason to give up on it yet. Venue will once more be putting on their Bank Holiday Summer BBQ which is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. This year it’s up to you to bring along the meat, salads and sides as there’s a competition on! Each entry will be cooked by the resident Chef Knapp, so you can put your foot up and enjoy the Summer sun.

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What’s On This July

There’s so much to do this Summer in and around Skipton…

If you’re thinking of visit Skipton then you should coincide your stay with one of these great events.

You’ll find everything from local theatre to mind bending digital art as well as great activities for kids and families. Although you might not believe it at first, there’s also a vibrant night life to be discovered in Skipton, with Venue Sport & Music Bar providing some great entertainment late into the night.

Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival 2017, Funkirk Farm

22nd July – 23rd July/9am-7pm

With an all-star chef lineup including TV’s James Martin and John Torode, there’ll be over 300 different food traders at this year’s Festival on Funkirk Farm. There’s not just food on offer here though, there’s a vintage funfair for kids and adults as well as live music and local chefs who are eager to share their tricks of the trade.

Great Expectations, Skipton Town Hall

22nd July/2:30pm

From humble beginnings to the giddy heights of upper class society, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations is a timeless classic that has endured throughout the centuries. Quantum Theatre are touring a four-man production of this immersive, dramatic story and with tickets only costing £7.50, it’s well worth the ticket price!

John Bowdler’s Tea Dance, Skipton Town Hall

25th July/1:30pm-4pm

Organ fans and dancer unite! John Bowdler has been a resident organ player at Blackpool Tower for 30 years, playing upbeat tunes for ballroom dancers and organ enthusiasts alike. John will be gracing the Town Hall for three dates this year with the first happening this Summer. Expect to find a busy dance hall and don’t forget to bring your tap shoes…

Garth, Earl Raff & Danny Gerrard, Venue Sports & Music Bar

29th July/10pm-Late

If you’d rather be dancing along to something a bit more modern, then you’ll want to head on down to Venue Sports & Music Bar where some of the hottest names in Techno and Soulful House will be descending this Summer.

Earl Raff & Danny Gerrard, two Liverpool based DJs will be making the journey to play back to back sets with local boy Garth into the early hours of the morning.

New Light: Illuminating Artefacts, Craven Exhibition Gallery

Open until the 31st July/10am-4pm

Digital Artist Paul Miller explores themes of interpretation whilst making use of the local museum’s vast range of artefacts, all pulled from the local area. Get a new perspective on the ancient and historical at any time during the day, you can find the Exhibition Gallery on the ground floor of Skipton Hall.

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Thinking of Holidaying in Skipton?

Need some Accommodation Inspiration?

There’s never been a better time to book a holiday in the Skipton area. With miles of beautiful countryside and huge stretches of unbroken idyllic scenery, it’s the ideal destination for hikers, holidaymakers or those simply looking to get away from it all. Before you rush into booking any flights out of the country or think about booking an expensive cruise away – stop and consider spending that money in wonderful Yorkshire instead!

Conveniently placed on the edge of two Areas of National Beauty and one National Park, Skipton makes for a perfect base for any would-be adventurers looking to get out and explore what the area has to offer. Whilst you’re here you can check out the litany of events and things going on around the Yorkshire Dales.

Before you think about looking elsewhere for places to stay, have a look at our selection of accommodation options and remember this is just a slice of what’s on offer!

Sarah’s Cosy Basement Apartment

Glowing reviews of this charming Edwardian terrace can be read on the Airbnb page where the whole basement annex is offered at an extremely reasonable £70 a night. Although the apartment is without a cooker or kitchen, the family is more than happy to recommend places to eat and drink. With a good size double bedroom, complete with drawers and wardrobe, you’ll feel more than comfortable in this typically British home.

Bowland Fell Park

For maximum proximity to the Forest of Bowland, this exquisite static Caravan site should not be overlooked. This park offers a great variety of accommodation options for would-be explorers looking find to a snug little retreat from the rugged wilderness of the Area of National Beauty that is literally a stone’s throw away at some points. If you’d rather stay in more traditional surroundings then you can book into one of their luxury bar conversions and enjoy the benefits of the park which include a swimming pool and dedicated pub.

Herriot’s Hotel

For those looking for a little more space (as well as housekeeping!) Herriot’s Hotel is an ideal choice. Set on the outer limits of the town, the hotel offers 25 rooms with an eye-catching blend of traditional and modern designs all captured within a Grade 2 Listed Victorian building. In addition to a small selection of deluxe ‘Superior’ rooms, they also offer single rooms and even dog friendly suites. For a great meal you need not go any further than the in-house restaurant that offers stylish dining at good value.

Niffany Caravan and Camp Site

There’s nothing quite like spending a night under the stars and your head on the ground. Camping is far and away the most affordable option for any one who doesn’t mind sleeping a little bit rough. Of course the level of comfort with which you submit yourself to is totally dependent on the gear that you’ve brought with you. Regardless, Niffany offers every amenity that you’d expect from a modern campsite with washing facilities and shower (50p per use).

With so many more accommodations open, from the expensive to the cheap, Skipton has a place to suit every budget.

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What’s On in May

This May in Skipton and the surrounding areas…

There’s something for everyone this month in Skipton, whether you’re looking for automotive mayhem, thought provoking theatre or simply a walk in the wild.

Lawnmower Racing

It certainly doesn’t get any more rural than this. Skipton’s extreme answer to a traditional Summer fair. On the weekend of the 13th you’ll be able to find everything from Animal feeding and petting to egg collecting. The top billed event though, is of course the Lawnmower Racing. Dozens of professional racers will be gathering to whizz their way around the fields of Thornton Hall Farm – normal entry prices apply.

No Job For A Woman

From a partnership between Skipton Town Hall and local theatre group, The Jay Walkers, comes a new play based on the life of local woman Fanny. With a talented cast bringing the wartime Skipton to life, expect laughs and tears a plenty as the modern history of the town is played out before your very eyes. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre at £8.00, make sure you get them early to avoid disappointment.

Damen Amos & Friends

Skipton’s leading sports and music destination, Venue, will be opening it’s doors once more to the public and playing host to some of the very best talent that the local music scene has to offer. Up and coming DJ Damen Amos will be headlining, with support from friend and fellow producer Dan Kouk. This event is absolutely free of charge, so there’s no excuse not to turn up for a spell!

Festival of Walks

The Skipton Rotary Club has arranged a total of six walks, all differing in lengths and difficulty for the benefit of anyone who wants to join. Should you wish to raise sponsorship for the event, then walkers are encouraged to raise their own funds. The walks are themed with options including: Ghosts and Legends, Explore Old Skipton and Skipton Woods & Timeline Trail. Throw this URL into the address bar (http://www.skiptonrotary.org/FoWs.htm) to find more details.

Skipton Market

A market that dates all the way back to the Medieval times, Skipton’s Town Market was granted a Royal Charter by King John to hold a far, a tradition that has continued ever since. Whereas most town markets convene infrequently, Skipton’s occurs four days a week. On a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday you can find everything from fantastic locally sourced food to tools, CDs and DVDs.

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