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Watch this space for further news of the exciting 2021 Wetherby Arts Festival. We will bring you new acts and some old favourites. Surely we all deserve to look forward to something comfortably old together with something new. Every effort will be made to ensure all performances meet the government health recommendations to keep it safe for you. We will also be bringing the Festival forward to the beginning of September hoping this will mean milder, better weather.

Wetherby Arts Festival, An Update

The Festival lives on.

We haven’t forgotten that the Festival must go on. It has a long heritage. In 2021 we will celebrate the 44th year since it all began. Sadly, 2020 had to be cancelled. This year will be a short season and we are bringing it forward to the 3rd – 5th September. You could say we are testing the new environment. Some may still be nervous of crowded venues and we don’t know what the new rules might be in September. So think outside venues, contactless and online payments. We will be posting the events on social media and here on our website – do take a look. We are now able to mail members and friends and acquaintances bringing news of our plans. Some of you have taken part in the regular quiz shows. Should we have a quiz show in the Festival? Let us know.



The Dance Creation day held last year was a success and Katy Hewison and her friends in Improplay will be developing this further. This will be the first Festival event of 2021. It has attracted a fantastic group of children who are now eager to display their skills largely learned on Zoom. Wetherby’s schools have strongly encouraged this initiative which is supported with funding from Leeds Inspired and local business.

Let us introduce you to some of the 2021 events. More will be added as we are able to confirm them.

Holmes and Watson: the Farewell Tour. Brought to you by Pyramus and Thisbe Productions More

We’ll be there for you in September.

Katy Hewison and friends delighted so many children and their parents in 2020 with her introduction to dance. Once again she will bring Improplay to Wetherby.

As soon as acts are agreed we will post them on ‘Whats On’. Please be patient. It won’t be long. We’ll do our best to tell you when, but keep coming back to check

You may not know this…
The Festival is organised and run entirely by volunteers. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers to aid us at the box office or helping at events.  If this interests you, please see the Volunteer page.

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of:
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Wetherby Town Council

The Outer North-East Committee of Leeds City Council
(Wetherby, Harewood and Alwoodley Councillors)

The Outer North-East Committee of Leeds City Council
(Wetherby, Harewood and Alwoodley Councillors)

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We would also like to thank Morrisons Supermarket, the Rotary Club of Wetherby & District and, of course, our many volunteers for their invaluable support.