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Dr Who might not be back until Christmas but, if you want to bridge time, we have just the things for you in Wetherby Festival’s 2017 programme.


Award-winning author Justin Hill takes us back to the days of King Canute and forward to the Battle of Hastings and shows how the two connect intimately; the Wetherby Musical Theatre take us back to the future in Return To The Forbidden Planet – and on two walks round Wetherby we show you our hidden histories from Templar Knights and primitive methodists to marauding Scots. One of those Scots is telling us the history of Ghost Stories: welcoming back one of last year’s  Literary Lunch guests, David A McIntee will be giving us shivers down our spine.   He’s also marauding with the Society for Creative Anachronism.  In full armour, they will be re-enacting medieval battles on the Field near St James’ Church behind the Mews Ale & Wine Bar, full-force and at full speed.


And for our history in the making, with the debates around Brexit, we welcome two well known comedians Ayesha Hazarika and Mitch Benn to our cutting edge, current-affairs driven comedy nights.  And we mark the 4o years anniversary of the passing of the King (Elvis Presley) with a tribute dinner.


So if the blue box is missing from the Police Station or there’s a pair of blue suede shoes parked outside, don’t worry; it’s just us catching up with ourselves coming back….  The brochure is out in a week or so, online booking is open from 4 September.


Your correspondent will be back in a couple of weeks, she’s taking a rest, before the real work starts, going medieval in a field in Wales….