Organisers of Wensleydale Community Arts Festival say this year's line-up offers entertainment for all ages, with concerts, puppet theatre, storytelling and book hunts all planned.

The annual festival from Blue Boxt Creative and Performing Arts will take place at venues around Leyburn, including churches, arts centres and libraries.

Festival organiser Jennifer Saggers said: “We’ve a jam packed month of creative arts in the community, bringing together local artists, and celebrating the talent in and around the Dales offering workshops, talks, music, and family fun.”

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Some of the highlights of the festival, which runs from Sunday, June 9 to Sunday, June 30, include:

  • A nostalgic sing along and afternoon tea with guest vocalist Rebekah Austin, and words of remembrance from Donovan Leeman to remember D-Day, 80 years on. This will take place at Leyburn Methodist Church Hall on Sunday, June 9 from 2.30pm. Early booking is advisable at or call/message Jennifer Saggers 07815 679897 or Judith Clarke 07882 331421. Tickets are £15 per person.
  • A puppet show by David Watterson for the whole family, featuring a variety of traditional and bespoke fantasy stories with over 230 working puppets. Tickets are £7.50 for children and £5 for adults, with the show to be staged at St Matthew's Church, Leyburn, on Saturday, June 22 at 2pm.
  • Local choir, Musicality will be welcoming all adults who just want to sing, have fun and meet new people, on Wednesday, June 26, at 7pm at St Matthew's Church. People can pay what they can afford on the door.

The full festival programme is being regularly updated at

BlueBoxt Creative and Performing Arts is a volunteer-run charity based in Wensleydale, offering opportunities for individuals and groups to participate in community arts based activities.