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By News Admin on 16 March 2017 12:18
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By News Admin on 13 May 2015 17:16
The world-renowned Swaledale Festival is about to begin! Starts on Sat, 23 May, and runs for a spectacular two weeks, with an array of respected and loved musicians from all genres. Visit for details of concerts, walks, talks, exhibitions and lots more.
By News Admin on 13 May 2015 17:15
The Swaledale Festival Quoits Trophy will take place on Reeth Green on Monday, 25th May, pm.
By News Admin on 13 May 2015 17:13
The annual Car Boot Sale will take place at Grinton on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May, everyone welcome!
By News Admin on 13 May 2015 17:12
A coffee morning will take place at Low Row Institute on Saturday, 23rd May, from 10am. All welcome! Proceeds to Low Row Institute.
By News Admin on 13 May 2015 17:08
The Leyburn Gilbert & Sullivan Society present "The Pirates of Penzance" at Gunnerside Village Hall, Friday, 15th May, 19.30. Admission £5 at the door. Proceeds to Gunnerside Chapel.
By News Admin on 13 May 2015 17:06
A concert by the popular Muker Silver Band, at St Anne's Church, Catterick Village, Saturday, 16th May, 19.30 start, advance booking not needed.
By News Admin on 18 February 2015 13:18
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The community play, Blame it on Bartle!, takes place at Grinton Lodge on 13th July, with other venues in North Yorkshire on a variety of dates around then.
By News Admin on 10 January 2014 14:10
Muker parish has announced its "King of the Mountains Festival", to celebrate the arrival of the Tour de France in Swaledale on 5th July, 2014.
By News Admin on 17 October 2013 14:21
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As part of the Superfast North Yorkshire programme to deliver fibre broadband, businesses across North Yorkshire and York have access to a range of free business support services* to ensure the opportunity to take full advantage of the increased internet connectivity.

By News Admin on 24 April 2013 14:12
The Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Business Forum would like to invite every business owner and local person in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale to a meeting on Tuesday, 11th June, at 7pm, in the Terrace Room at the CB Inn, Arkengarthdale. Everyone welcome, member or not, business owner or not. The aim of the meeting is to discuss what organisation and arrangements will need to be made, so as to maximise the value of the Tour de France coming to Swaledale.  Lots of people have already indicated they have many questions to be answered and our local area needs to come together to liaise between ourselves, to make the most of this unique event, in plenty of time before July 2014. SABF will be hosting the meeting, but will not be responsible for taking charge of any organising. Rather, we are hoping local business proprietors, accommodation providers, shop owners and local people etc will take this opportunity to meet with one another and discuss between ourselves how best to take advantage of this opportunity and...
By News Admin on 22 April 2013 13:17
Do you need inspiring after a long cold winter and the ongoing challenges of running a business in the current economic climate? Then get yourself to the Middleham Key Centre in Middleham nr. Leyburn on the 23rd of April.  There is an uplifting and informative day planned, with ideas on how events large and small that are happening in the area that can benefit all sorts of businesses How will the Grand Depart of the Tour de France cycle race affect your business?  Not sure?  Come and listen to Gary Verity CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire who will bring alive the unique opportunities this event and other local festivals and events offer to a wide range of businesses. You can also hear how the support and services developed by the four business associations are proving both valuable and popular. Book the buffet lunch provided by Guy Fairhurst Catering at the special price of £8 and network with other business people. Then stay for a series of half hour workshops and taster sessions on: Social Media in...
By News Admin on 16 April 2013 16:33
Welcome to Yorkshire are hosting 3 roadshows on Friday, 13th April, to provide information about next year's Tour de France.  These roadshows will provide updates about their current activity on the Tour de France, information on plans for a cultural festival in the 100 days prior to the Tour, an opportunity to meet the WTY team and ask any questions regarding the Tour and tips and tricks to make the most of the event coming to Yorkshire and Reeth.

They are already seeing much enthusiasm for this event already around Reeth, and the area, but they do need businesses/people to register to attend so they are aware of numbers.

The first meeting is in Hawes, at the Dales Countryside Museum, from 10am, the second at Reeth, the Buck Hotel, 2pm, and the last in Leyburn, at Tennants, 5pm.
Visit to register.
By News Admin on 11 February 2013 18:25
Tour de France route announced, with cyclists coming over the Buttertubs from Wensleydale and travelling right down Swaledale, from just below Thwaite to Grinton, 5 July, 2014.
By News Admin on 27 November 2012 15:56
A two hour event, which is an opportunity for people to learn first hand about the tailored support and training available to Richmondshire businesses through their local business association. Thursday, 6th December, 6pm, at the Buck Hotel.
By News Admin on 27 November 2012 15:48
The King's Head is now closed, unfortunately. There are still a few options being investigated, but the necessary roof repairs are an ongoing concern and a major obstacle to even temporary opening of the pub as a community venture.
David Crapper has undertaken to keep interested parties informed as to latest information - his number is 01748 886325, email Please contact David for further details etc.
By News Admin on 24 October 2012 10:18
A tremendous blow to the upper Swaledale community, the King's Head in Gunnerside will be closing on 6th November. As can be imagined, this will be a huge disappointment to locals and visitors alike; current leaseholders, Paddy and Paula, have been instrumental in changing the fortunes of this lively local pub since they took over a couple of years ago. There have been many, many glowing reports of the friendly welcome, the great freshly-cooked food, the lovely Dales atmosphere, not to mention the high-profile attention given to the unique doggy beer and menu! There is general talk of creating a community pub, although this is complicated by the building requiring some repairs and renovation. What is needed is a community leader to spearhead the campaign to make the King's Head into a community pub, as has been successfully done at Hudswell. Is there any interested, resourceful person who might be prepared to take this task on?  It is not only locals who will be devastated by the loss of this pub, but also the...
By News Admin on 17 October 2012 09:53
Saturday, 8th December, 7.30pm:
"Tortoise in Love". A feel-good film, this romantic comedy is about Tom, a gardener who moves at a lethargic pace when it comes to love. But when he falls insatiably for gorgeous Polish au pair Anya, the entire village gives him the push he needs to win her heart. This was a truly homegrown film effort, in which most of the population of an Oxfordshire village was involved. Young mums helped with the sales and publicity, retirees provided the drivers and props, the WI organised the catering, and all the cast and crew were lodged in the village for the duration of the shoot.
Quiz and refreshments from 7pm.  Tickets £5 on the door, further information from David Crapper 01748 886325.
By News Admin on 17 October 2012 09:34
Friday, 9th November, 7.30pm, at Reeth Methodist Church: An evening to lift your spirits and delight your soul from such masters of musical charm as Purcell, Handel, Boyce, Elgar, Bach and Wesley.  Soprano Debra Anderson and organist Robert Anderson will provide a musical evening featuring a wide range of pieces - something to suit everyone!
Tickets available on the door, £5, further information on 01748 884845.
By News Admin on 04 October 2012 12:10
Muker Show 2012 At last, we had a fine, sunny day which became a brilliant day. Muker Sliver Band were on top form and didn’t have to wear their anoraks or wipe rain from their instruments. Our gate numbers were up and people came to the show from far and wide, including Isle of Mull, Belfast, Cornwall, East Anglia and then even further afield, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Nepal, Brazil, USA and Australia. We had a thrilling senior fell race and a little ‘Usain Bolt’ paid us a visit in the children’s fancy dress. Two film crews were round and about covering items for The Dales programme and a new programme called Keep Cooking and Carry On. Despite the terrible weather we have had this year which affected the horticulture entries, this was compensated for by the increase in product entries. We were very fortunate to see a display of Maypole Dancing by Reeth & Gunnerside School, everyone enjoyed the display and we have received many positive comments about the wonderful entries by the school children. Thank you...
By News Admin on 20 June 2012 14:39
Saturday, 20 October, 10am to 4pm: Make Do and Mend Day - including ironing! St Andrew's Church will hold their 3rd autumn event of 'make do and mend' in aid of Fremington Village Hall on Sat, 20th October, 10am - 4pm. Please bring your items of clothing for repair and either stay and enjoy refreshments with us, or drop off your jobs and collect later. Jobs will be assessed as to whether we are able to help or not, but we have worked on a 95% 'job done' basis on past experineces of 'challenges' brought to us. Payment is ona donation per item basis and we look forward to your support of this event. Please contact Susan on 884366, or the Vicar on 884706, if you would like information. Saturday, 1st December - St Andrew's Day Lunch, Fremington Sunday School. 12 noon for 12.30pm start. All welcome. Donations at the door. Contact Susan Allison on 884366 for more information and to let her know you are planning to come. Sunday, 2 December, 7pm: Christmas event at Marrick Priory. Tickets available from Peggy Purver...
By News Admin on 15 June 2012 14:11

Photo competition to win a meal for two!

This year, the Farmer's Arms, Muker, and the Scenic View Gallery, Reeth, have teamed up to launch a photo competition for visitors and locals of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale (and it's FREE to enter!). Winning entries will be published in a 2014 Calendar, published in summer, 2013, to raise funds for the Swaledale Mountain Rescue. Each month has a set theme and all you have to do is take the perfect shot!

The overall 'annual' winner will also have their photo published as the front cover of the said calendar and can have their winning photo professionally printed and mounted courtesy of Scenicview Gallery.

Click here for more details - and good luck!

By News Admin on 12 June 2012 15:25

Muker Silver Band played two well-received concerts on Friday 25th and Monday 28th May, as part of the renowned Swaledale Festival. A varied programme, ranging from Rossini to Madness, was enthusiastically welcomed by the audience at Muker Public Hall. Duncan Bythell, the conductor, had a few interesting words about each of the pieces and the band demonstrated their versatility and talent, with three pieces showcasing solos by cornet, trombone and euphonium players.

The band have a busy year ahead, including a local band contest at Kirkby Stephen on Saturday, 30th June, the popular Wine Party at Muker Public Hall, Friday, 31st August and concerts at Richmond and Hawes churches.

By News Admin on 02 June 2012 10:08
Gunnerside Diamond Jubilee celebrations took place today with the unveiling of a specially commissioned piece of artwork by local blacksmith, Stephen Calvert. Well supported by the local community and visitors who braved the cool weather, the Diamond Jubilee Rose Arch was officially revealed by Stephen’s father, Jim Calvert.

Jim made a witty speech (including wondering where the celebrity who might usually be expected to cut the ribbon on such an occasion might have got lost!), which also paid tribute to the longevity of the Queen and the local community spirit. Muker Silver Band played some patriotic tunes, including “Swaledale” and fruit punch was served.

The Rose Arch itself is situated on the grassy island in the middle of Gunnerside and is decorated (designed by Stephen himself) with two white roses of Yorkshire. Two climbing roses were planted at the ceremony and it was noted that Mr Miller, from Gunnerside Estate, had kindly sent down two planters of flowers to further adorn the island....