From arthouse to alehouse…

Looking for a live gig, a spot of theatre or a film? How about classical music, comedy or fairs? Otley offers a host of venues with an artistic bent.

Otley Courthouse

The star in Otley’s arts scene is definitely Otley Courthouse. Housed in what was once the town magistrates’ court and police station, it offers a wide variety of events including drama, music, comedy, film and even National Theatre live streaming. It acts as a venue for spoken word performances and talks, as well as the home of the Otley Chamber Orchestra.

The Courthouse also has a varied programme of fairs, festivals and exhibitions, including the Annual Science Fair in early November and the Green Fair in April as well as many children’s activities in the school holidays.

Recent visitors to the Courthouse have included Kiki Dee (pictured), Gary Delaney, Dr Marcus du Sautoy, Snake Davis and Maddy Prior….

History buffs might want to check out the first floor of the building which is home to a heritage timeline detailing the building’s past, as well as a former cell from when it was a police station. The Courthouse was used as the setting for the police station in the popular TV series Heartbeat.

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Live music

Don’t be fooled by the quiet streets you may see around Otley of an evening. Behind many of the closed pub and bar doors, you’re bound to find some live music.

Kork’s Wine Bar, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, is one of the most prominent venues with a regular line-up of stars and cover bands. Korks is also home to a weekly folk club that gathers large crowds, as well as weekend music shows.

Rocca is another popular venue with a slightly younger audience and a good selection of beers and cocktails, as well as regular live music. Famous faces who have played there in the past include Mark Morriss (pictured) of The Bluetones, Nigel Clark of Dodgy and Tom Hingley of the Inspiral Carpets.

Many of the pubs in Otley have regular music, open mic evenings and quizzes. You’ll be able to find something on every night of the week

Look out for all these and more on our events calendar