We’re delighted to announce the line up of the third NiddFest festival, which takes place 5-7 August in Upper Nidderdale.
The festival will open at midday on Friday 5th August with a woodsman’s guide through a Nidderdale wood, with wild swimming and picnic. Later that afternoon, at Toft Gate Barn Cafe, high above Nidderdale, legendary peace activist and environmentalist Satish Kumar will recount his famous peace march of the 1960s. This will be followed by an intimate opening night of poetry and readings hosted by Carol Ann Duffy and Queen’s gold medal-winning poet Imtiaz Dharker, with dinner and stargazing.
Saturday will see our children’s tent come to life with a talk plus nature games with Hattie Garlick, author of ‘Born to be Wild’. There will be a recreation of Wilfred’s Birthday Party from the Brambly Hedge books with a byo tea party at our children’s tent plus readings from Lizzie Barklem and accompaniment from The Barrow Band. A big draw with illustrator and children’s author Helen Stephens will be followed by the prize giving of the third NiddFest poetry prize.
Elsewhere the day begins with a (literally!) early bird walk with leading naturalist Professor Nick Davies – author of ‘Cuckoo – Cheating By Nature’. Later, at St Chad’s church at the head of the dale, there will be a programme of events. Carol Ann Duffy will give a solo reading, followed by Adam Feinstein reading and talking about the nature poetry of Pablo Neruda. Novelist Ali Shaw will discuss his new book ‘The Trees’ and Nick Davies will talk about the secret life of cuckoos. The day will come to a close in Pateley Bridge with music from Mercury prize-nominated singer Kathryn Williams.
Sunday’s outdoor events will consist of den building with bonfires and hot chocolate for younger NiddFesters and an exploration of Nidderdale’s plant life with leading garden writer Noel Kingsbury for all ages. Ex head of Friends of the Earth Tony Juniper will talk about his new book, which looks at the global impact of climate change. Farmer and award-winning nature writer John Lewis-Stempel will be speaking about ‘The Running Hare – The Secret Life of Farmland’. Kingsbury will give a lecture on the new naturalism style in garden design. The BBC’s Christine Walkden’s tales of life as a gardener will close NiddFest with a smile and (we hope) a fair wind to carry us onto 2017.
Tickets will be on sale on the website mid May. We’ll let you know when booking opens. There will be early bird discounts.
With best wishes from all the NiddFest team.