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September 2016

Spanish lessons will start in Otley on 14th September for children, classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays and on 19th September for adults at beginner and intermediate levels. Qualified native Spanish speaker, Isabel, is contactable on 07878160251 and on Website is

 July 2016


Otley Town Partnership host Food and Drink Festival:  Over 7,500 people enjoyed a great day out in the centre of Otley on 17th July. Crowds took advantage of the glorious weather to sample the delicious fare on offer by Otley’s Farmers’ Market stallholders and an array of Street Food vendors.

The event also featured a cookery theatre, hosted by the local chef Stephanie Moon, at which four demonstrations by local businesses showcased their talents to an appreciative audience. There was also a range of musical entertainment, and many children took advantage of the free face painting and bun decoration.

Bilonito Somboon, the owner of Little Somboon Kitchen said “just wanted to let you know what a great event you organised in Otley on Sunday. We had a wonderful day”.

Otley launches the ‘Welcome Way’ – The Walkers are Welcome communities of Otley, Burley in Wharfedale, Baildon and Bingley have recently launched the ‘Welcome Way’.

GetAttachment.aspxThe route passes through stunning moorland landscapes, alongside rivers and reservoirs, across farmland, through woodland and local communities, affording the walker to experience an area of outstanding natural beauty. It includes three sections, all with excellent public transport links – Otley to Ben Rhydding, Ben Rhydding to Baildon and Baildon to Otley.

An attractive and easy to follow Guidebook has been published providing full details of the route, together with maps and descriptions. It can be purchased in Otley from Chevin Trek, Just Books, Mounseys, Stephen H. Smiths and the CORE, or can be ordered online at

June 2016

Lots happening in Otley:  18th Otley Carnival; 19th Summer Bands in the Park; 25th start of the Otley Walking Fesival and launch of the new Welcome Way; 25th Otley Duck Race; 25th an evening of Brass; 26th Farmers Market and Designer Craft Fair; 29th Otley Cycle Race

May 2016:  

Ale Trail – Updated leaflet available of all pubs in the area.

Bondgate Bakery – has won the Bakery of the Year at the Farm Shop and Deli Awards at the NEC.

April 2016: 

Chez Vin – Tickets now on sale for the Spring Wine Fair on 29th April at the Otley Rugby Club, 5:30-9:30pm.

Refurbishment of street furniture – painting of lampposts, traffic lights, signs etc to be completed by end of April.

Otley Town Partnership – held it’s tri-annual Network Meeting for community organisations.   Information was shared by the Work Club, Otley in Bloom, Otley Walking Festival, Chamber of Trade and Walkers are Welcome Otley about the new ‘Welcome Way’.

Mar. 2016 : 

Otley Chamber Business Awards 2016:  GetAttachment.aspxCongradulations to

Best Newcomer Award – A Little Corner of the World Café;   Best Food and Drink Award – M’Deena;  Success Through Innovation Award – Just Add Water;  Best Retail Award – JB Wilkinson & Sons Ltd;  Good Service Award – Colman Tyres;  Best Small Business Award – Dowgill House B&B;  Best Café Award – Yum at the Baytree Café;  Best Large Business Award – Black Horse Pub;  Best Service Sector Award – Rest Assured Homecare Ltd

Dec. 2015

Otley’s popular Gallows Hill Nature Area has had a makeover.  New footpaths, wheelchair and pushchair access across the site.  The car park has also been resurfaced IMG_1603 (1)along with the installation of new gates, benches and fencing across the site.   It is hoped that the upgrade of the footpaths will make access easier for visitors and that it will encourage more people to dwell on site to see the wide variety of amphibian, bird, mammal and insect species found on the site.  For more information on future phases of work or anyone interested in being involved in the management and development of the site should contact Friends of Gallows Hill Secretary Gordon Haycock via e-mail:


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Victorian Fayre – a proud success for Otley.  The 30th anniversary of the Fayre on 6th December saw the biggest ever recorded attendance of around 19,000 people, and was rated as one of the best ever for the people of Otley and its visitors. Run by the Otley Town Partnership there was a wide variety of stalls, food concessions, music, and amusements for kids.  There was also a variety of awards for best victorian type window displays in shops and pubs.  We look forward to another great success next year on 4th December.  Thanks to all that attended and gave their support.



Otley’s proud reputation as a cycling hub has been awarded the start of Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire. Otley will host both the men and IMG_1567womens event on 30th April that begins in Otley and ends in Doncaster. Stage one on the 29th begins in Beverley and finishes in Settle, and the final stage on 1st May starts in Middlesbrough and completes the Tour in Scarborough.

Otley Carnival Awarded Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving. Otley Carnival Committee would like to thank everyone who voted for them to become a Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving beneficiary in 2015. They were one of the 70 groups selected from a shortlist of 1,000. This award will help to support the Carnival’s 2016 beneficiaries which are Yorkshire Cancer Research, Behind Closed Doors and Wheatfields Hospice. Skipton Building Society launched its award-winning Grassroots Giving programme in 2013 to help celebrate its 160th anniversary.

To help keep people up-to-date with all the latest news Otley Carnival now has gone social launching its own Facebook and twitter pages. The links for Facebook are and Twitter link is @CarnivalOtley.

Oct. 2015:  

Otley in Bloom – Congradulations on receiving a Gold and Best in Category at the Yorkshire in Bloom awards in October 2015.

Walker are Welcome Otley – download to see our progress report for 2014-15, including our new 28-mile ‘Welcome Way’ WAW 2014-15 AGM

Sept. 2015:  

World Champion Lizzie! Otley’s own Lizzie Armitstead has added Road Cycling World Champion to her titles of Commonwealth and National Road Race Champion and Silver Medal Olympian. She won the title in the USA. The town is planning a celebration to mark the occasion so watch this space

Other news during 2014-15

Otley Work Club holds sessions every alternative Thrusday at the Otley Core in Orchard Gate between 10am and 12 noon, for people who are unemployed, in insecure work or looking for a change..

Courtyard Planters is celebrating 10 years of trading and are now listed in the Royal Horticultural Societies “Plant Finder 2015”.

Otley has been ranked as one of UK’s top 30 places to live in the UK. Our market town took 27th place in the Times newspaper’s Bricks and Mortar supplement in March.

Gold Award for Otley Town Council Orchard Gate Public Toilets at the 2014 Loo of the Year Awards.

Well done – Otley Courthouse has been given a royal seal of approval by winning the Duke of York’s Community Initiative award

Otley BID 1st year report:  Article  

The Day Le Tour Came to Otley – Re-live this amazing spectacle!  An 80 page limited edition book of photographs of the Day Le Tour Came to Otley is now available to pre-order from the Otley Core Resource Centre priced £8.   Please telephone 01943 466335 to reserve your copy or pop-in to the Otley Core Resource Centre.  Also, a short film of the day Le Tour passed through Otley is available to purchase now on DVD, priced £5 from the Otley Core Resource Centre.