Beat the January blues in Otley

If you’ve got the January blues after the festive celebrations, fear not, there’s still a host of things to go in Otley over the coming months – and none of them cost a fortune to enjoy. 

First up is a brand new bar in town, The Rookery. Set on Kirkgate, the stylish bar is the brainchild of former Rocca owner Greg Silverwood. With a chic, wood-inspired design, hipster bar staff and a great cocktail and drinks list, it offers another alternative to some of the more traditional pubs in town. 

Welcome Greg and team and all the best…

National Theatre ‘live’ at the Courthouse

Just because we’re a couple of hundred miles from the capital doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy top-class theatre in Otley thanks to the Courthouse that streams performances either live or recorded from the big stage. 

This month sees three performances: Alan Bennett’s Allelujah on Saturday January 5 (sold out) and Sunday January 6, Antony & Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo (above) on Saturday January 12 and The Madness of George III, also by Alan Bennett on Thursday January 31. All start at 7pm and cost £13 for adults and £12 for Courthouse Friends. 

See here for more

Burns Night at the Parish Church

January is, of course, also home to Burns Night and the Parish Church is hosting a Burns Night Ceilidh on Friday January 25 to raise money for the Church Bells Maintenance Fund.

The event will include a haggis ceremony, haggis supper, complementary nip of whisky, a raffle and an open bar. The last dance from the ceilidh band will take place at 11.15pm.

The night starts at 7.15pm and tickets cost £12.50 per person.Call 01943 467 848 to book, or email

The return of the Farmers’ Market

Yes, we know you’re probably still stuffed from all the food over the festive season, but by the end of the month, you’ll probably be looking forward to some tasty treats.

The Farmer’s Market will make its first appearance of the New Year on Sunday January 27 from 9am to 1pm. Pop by for great foods all locally sourced.

And there’s more

From our magnificent Chevin to Wharfemeadows Park, from boating on the river, to sampling a brew in one of our brilliant pubs, there’s always something to do in Otley.

This month sees among others The Sounds of Simon Simon & Garfunkel tribute band at the Courthouse, an appearance by Keystone Acoustic at Upstairs at the Labour Rooms on January 19, and the regular Woolpack Studios Social Music Club every Wednesday morning from 10.30-12.30.

See our Visit Otley events guide for more ideas on what to do on a visit.