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Now in its 37th year and focusing on the central concept of Explore!, Grassington Festival welcomes the world to the village and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages to push boundaries and be inspired by a fascinating programme of theatre, music, comedy, talks, art exhibitions, guided walks, literature and creative workshops.
On the opening weekend of 17 and 18 June, there will be a spectacular opening Procession in Grassington Square as well as an eclectic mix of exhilarating music and dance, together with mouth-watering cookery demonstrations and science explorations. The Festival will also be hosting The Great Get Together that weekend in honour of murdered MP Jo Cox.
The 2017 Festival embraces experiences for families and young audiences across the fortnight with Sean Kempton's STUFF and Morgan and West's magic show. The idyllic setting of the Cavendish Pavilion Grounds provides the backdrop to Illyria’s performance of The Emperor’s New Clothes.
Live at the Festival Hall welcomes a fabulous line up of 5 brilliant comedians all performing their unique and critically acclaimed stand-up routines during one evening of entertainment.
And the classical offering includes the Gala Concert with Raphael Wallfisch and Ben Crick and the Skipton Building Society Camerata in Bolton Abbey Priory and an afternoon of Beethoven and Bartok from The Heath Quartet at Scargill House.
And there is a varied and impressive selection of live music catering for all tastes at the Festival in the Field Marquee, kicking off with national icon, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
The award winning jazz singer Clare Teal performs with her 17 piece Hollywood Orchestra led by Guy Barker to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary year. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform with an amusing dose of deadpan British humour as well as foot-tapping music.
The singer/songwriter, Newton Faulkner, will play with support from Holy Moly & The Crackers, and the fortnight comes to a finale at The Last Night Party featuring Bananarama, with support from The Opera Comic and Back Chat Brass.
Grassington Festival is a registered charity whose mission is to educate, in the broadest sense, by providing enjoyable experiences, encouraging active involvement and giving back to the community by working in schools, care homes and providing free entertainment for all the family.
Throughout the Festival, free entertainment is provided in the Square every weekend to make sure there is something for everyone from the very young to the very old.
For the full programme of events, visit the website at: www.grassington-festival.org.uk
For ticket sales, book online via the website or call the Box Office on 01756 752691 Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 12 noon.