Otley Folk Festival @ Many and various in Otley
Sep 21 – Sep 23 all-day

Welcome to Black Sheep Otley Folk Festival 2018

The 27th Otley Black Sheep Folk Festival is on track to deliver another great weekend from September 21-23 with concerts, dances, workshops sessions and street entertainment on offer, there will be something for everybody

Our campsite will remain at the field opposite Stephen Smiths Garden Centre, a short stroll into town and will be open from Friday afternoon until Monday morning.

 Tickets are on sale now and an adult full weekend ticket is £66. 

As usual we are asking if anyone fancies helping out in any way, whether it be stewarding, managing or even just answering the telephone, please contact us by email at…

This years artists include… Ashley Hutchings and his band: “The Origins of Fairport Convention”, Steve Tilston and Granny’s Attic, plus a host of loyal and local artists and more big names to be added.


First Otley Open Town Crier competition
Sep 23 @ 11:15 am – 4:30 pm
First Otley Open Town Crier competition

Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Town criers from across the country with something to shout about will descend on Otley on Sunday, September 23 to take part in the First Otley Open Town Crier competition.

Award-winning town crier and 2017 national champion, Otley Bellman Terry Ford will welcome criers from Newport to Nuneaton and Skegness to Sleaford to take part in the competition.

The event will see 11 town criers in their finest regalia plus their consorts parading from the town council offices at Otley Core on Orchard Gate to the town’s historic Market Place for the start of the competition at 11.30am.

Competing under Loyal Company of Town Criers rules, contestants will be required to offer their ‘home cry’ in the morning, followed by an afternoon ‘subject cry’ on the 300th anniversary of Thomas Chippendale, the world-renowned cabinetmaker who was born in Otley in the summer of 1718.

Competitors will vie for a series of prizes including Overall Winner, Runners Up, Best Dressed Town Crier, Best Dressed Consort and Best Ambassador. Each crier attending will also be presented with an Otley goody bag filled with local souvenirs and memorabilia.

Proceedings will close with an awards presentation and the chance for members of the public to have a go at ‘crying’ themselves.

Town criers attending the event include
Steve O’Dare, Skegness Town Crier
Brenda Willison, Town Crier of Newmarket
Peter Taunton, Town Crier for Newport, Town Crier for Stafford, Bellman to the Lord Stafford
David Jackson, Town Crier for Malton & Norton
Les Cutts, Halifax Town Crier, Bellman of the Borough of Calderdale and Crier to the Town Council of Jensen Royd
Eliza Mowe, Barnoldswick Town Crier
Roger Hewitt, Knaresborough Town Crier
John Griffiths, Sleaford Town Crier
Carole Williams, Bishop’s Stortford Town Crier
Paul Gough, Town Crier of Nuneaton & Bedworth
Darryl Counsell, Southport Town Crier

Otley Folk Festival: John Watterson & his “Fake Thackray” show @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Otley Folk Festival: John Watterson & his "Fake Thackray" show @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

John Watterson has been a fan of Jake Thackray since he first saw him in 1975. When Jake died in 2003, John decided to preserve his memory and his songs and so ‘Fake Thackray’ was conceived. John has toured extensively with his Tribute to Jake Thackray show and last year he toured with Fairport Convention bringing Jakes songs to a whole new audience.

Morris Dancing taster sessions @ St Joseph's Primary School
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Morris Dancing taster sessions @ St Joseph's Primary School | England | United Kingdom

Ever fancied some morris dancing? Well now’s the time to learn.

Local troupe the Buttercross Belles is offering people the chance to try stepping and learn a dance, or to join their band. The group says they enjoy dancing and playing music both locally and afar. Great fun and fantastic exercise.


The Florida Project – Otley Film Society @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 27 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
The Florida Project - Otley Film Society @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinai, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget hotel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moon’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.
111mins, 15
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A Fistful of Spookies @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A Fistful of Spookies @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Sensational stylings of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys, a stirring of brand newies and thousand year old Georgian songs, guaranteed to woo, charm, cheer & delight. A Fistful of Spookies (UK) were abandoned to their own appliances when festival hits The Spooky Men’s Chorale retreated to Australia after sold-out 2015 & 2017 tours. This rambunctious collection of UK Spooks keep alive the flame of Spookiness in Britain. Magnificent fun!

With Michael Carlyon, Adrian Mealing, Philip Read, Chris Samuel, James Sills & Dom Stichbury

‘in a different league’ Clare, Fire in the Mountain

‘They came. They sang. They conquered.’ Chapel Arts, Chapel-en-le-Frith

‘heart-hugging harmonies’ Welshampton Parish Hall

‘a wonderful evening of music and mirth’ Bolton Socialist Club

‘Such a tonic to the soul and the senses!’ Victoria Hall, Settle

‘a fun-sized version of The Spooky Men’s Chorale’ Mark Radcliffe, 6 Music

Andante: Blowin’ In the Wind @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Andante: Blowin' In the Wind @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Join us as we take you back to the era of PEACE, PROTEST & LOVE with uniquely arranged classic songs such as “Mr Tambourine Man’, ‘Imagine’, ‘The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down’, ‘Big yellow Taxi’, ‘The Sound of Silence’, ‘All you need is Love’ and many more. Andante Live presents “Blowin’ in the Wind”. Combining the vocal harmonies of Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson, 16 instruments between them and outstanding musicianship, they perform an uplifting and inspiring show to give you a fabulous evening of unforgettable music. When Dylan, Baez and friends sang their songs of peace, protest & love, “times certainly were a- changin’.”

Designer Craft Fair @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

A quirky selection of stalls run by the designers and producers of interesting and unique items, great for the home and for those unusual gifts.

The Courthouse café will be open during the craft fairs



Wedding Fayre & Fashion Show Catwalk @ Westbourne House
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Co-organised by Trevor Backhouse of Patiesserie Viennoise,  this wedding show and catwalk will include a range of Otley businesses including florists, photographers, opera singers, stationers, travel agents, hair and beauty, wedding cake makers, boutiques and bridal wear, music, jewellery and estate agents.
A Quiet Passion – Movie Matinee @ Otley Courthouse
Oct 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A Quiet Passion - Movie Matinee @ Otley Courthouse | England | United Kingdom

Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon) maintains close ties with her family while becoming a prolific poet whose work becomes recognized after her death in 1886.
125 mins, 12A
Starring: Emma Bell, Sara Vertongen, Rose Williams
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