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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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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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 ( 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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