There’s less than four months to go until the festival opens with an evening of words, music and supper with Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke. Our launch event will be at a cafe attached to a working sheep farm, high up the side of Nidderdale. Over the following few days, there will be a handful of talks by some of the UK’s leading writers held in chapels in the dale and in the hub of the festival, Pateley Bridge.
Let’s hope that the winds that are now tearing down the dale, flinging about our resident jackdaw colonies, will be replaced by a weekend of sunshine and calm. Because our outdoor events will be as much as part of the festival as the talks. The Nidderdale AONB – the dale’s main conservation body – already has a programme of outdoor activities for adults and children and we’ll be linking with them and with Studfold Adventure Trail to put together a fun outdoors programme.
We’ll be releasing details of all the talks and the outdoors programme in a few weeks time.
NiddFest has heritage lottery funding over the next three years, and with increased sponsorship we hope to see the festival grow and become well established on the UK festival scene. We are lucky to have a great team working on all aspects of the festival and the support of people within Nidderdale and across Yorkshire. We hope to offer you a warm welcome to this year’s festival and do get in touch via our contacts page.
Best wishes from us all.
The NiddFest team.