• Welcome to


    Friday 16 – Saturday 24 October

    A total of twenty-one superb events!

    An exciting and full programme with something for everyone! 
    From Literary Lunches, Beatles Tribute Band, Cookery Demonstrations,
    Orchestras and Swing Bands ...
    to our hugely successful Dog Show! 

    Please see more details on our 'Events' page

    Download the full brochure now on our 'Brochure' page


    About Wetherby Arts Festival

    Wetherby Festival is one of the town’s real treasures, and this is it's
    38th year!

    Back in 1977, Jonathan Bailey (who was the Vicar of Wetherby at that time)
    was pondering the idea of setting up an arts festival for the town,
    and soon got into lively and productive discussion with festival director Ted Kilner. 

    Plans were soon underway, and a Festival has been held regularly since then,
    with prominent arts figures gracing our town over the years, including:
    Stephan Grappelli and Humphrey Lyttelton,
    folk scene superstars Kate Rusby and Kathryn Tickell,
    the highest profiles from the acting profession,
    including Honor Blackman,
    and many more besides!

    We were delighted when the Rt Revd Jonathan Bailey KCVO,
    who was by then the Bishop of Derby, returned to our town in 2007
    to help us celebrate and to lead our Festival Service in our Parish Church. 
    It was with great sadness that the festival board heard of his passing in December, 2008.


    Our Sponsors

    The Festival committee would like to express their sincere
    thanks and appreciation to the following for their
    generous financial support, sponsorship and gifts,
    without which the Festival would not survive:


    Leeds City Council
    (Well-being funding is awarded by your local fund members
    through the Inner North East Area Committee)


    Symington’s Foods

    Wetherby Town Council

    Leeds Building Society

    Hart Law


    Renton and Parr

    Five Point Consulting

    The Greenery

    Innes Smith Salon &
    Nicole Beauty at Innes Smith

    Wetherby Chiropody

    Yorkshire Building Society

    The Country Store, Collingham

    Parkhill Vets

    The Innocent Hound

    Stockeld Park

    Yorkshire Tea – Taylors of Harrogate

    The Bridge Hotel & Spa

    The Dog Walker

    The Wetherby Whaler


    To sponsor or find out more about becoming a sponsor…

    please email us at wetherbyfestivalsec@hotmail.co.uk



  • Wetherby Arts Festival. Registered Office: The Town Hall, Market Place, Wetherby, LS22 6N
    Registered in England and Wales: Company Ltd by Guarantee. No. 5256601, Registered Charity No. 1107271