Dating back to 1912, when it was formally a Temperance Hall, The Plaza Cinema in Skipton still retains original features such as the stalls and circle seats. Its viewings include a combination of new releases and less commercial productions.If you’re looking for a unique theatrical experience then head to The Mart Theatre in Skipton. As the world’s only theatre residing in a working Auction art, it really will be an unconventional experience. With live music, a diverse theatrical calendar and family friendly shows as well as comedy events, there’s something for everyone at The Mart Theatre.Slightly closer to home is the Richard Whitely Theatre, a wonderful 200+ seat theatre based on the ground of Giggleswick School, near Settle. Created to benefit both the school and local community, this fantastic facility have live performances or a variety of plays and musical renditions as well as screenings of popular films.
The Victoria Hall in Settle, apparently the oldest music hall in the world, is also a popular choice for those looking for a theatrical, musical or comical fix. This beautiful Victorian music hall, also based in the Market Town of Settle, offer a wide programme of events including the aforementioned as well as workshops and indoor markets.
Every April, the nearby village of Settle comes to life with the Settle Storytelling festival, an eclectic mix of the arts, entertainment and storytelling. However, the talented team behind the festival run events throughout the year including performances and workshops.
The Dukes theatre in Lancaster aim to ‘create and present great art which changes people’s lives for the better. With their eclectic mix of theatre, music and live stage screenings. Around the corner is The Grand Theatre, one of the key north west venues for amateur drama, music and dance.
The Brewary Arts centre in Kendal is a ‘hub of culture and entertainment’. This fantastic venue also offers and array of live performances of theatre and music as well as a cinema and you can top the night off with a lovely meal in the grain store.
Artists and galleries
The Yorkshire Dales offers an inspiring backdrop for many local artists and also makes an excellent base for many galleries such as Studio Vault and Leck Gallery, based in Settle and Leck respectively. Studio Vault is a deceptive gallery in Settle show casing contemporary craft and fine art alongside spectacular jeweller and Emily Knight’s own creations. Stonegate Studios, based in Ingleton, design and make unique works of art in glass.
The Lunesdale Arts Trail is an annual event that runs in May and showcases galleries around the Lune Valley, including studios in Bentham itself such as Studio 42 and Rachel Thornton’s artwork (based at Studio 42)
We’ve already mentioned the Settle Story festival in April but there also the Kirkby Lonsdale Beer festival over the first bank holiday weekend in May. Grassington Festival, an event in June, offers 15 days of music and arts in the wonderful Yorkshire Dales Town of Grassington, close to Skipton. Ingleton has its annual 1940’s celebration over the first weekend in July and Wray is famous for it’s Scarecrow festival.