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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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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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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