Past Events - 2023


Mike Deegan, the sailor raconteur, Wednesday September 13th 2pm at Kilnsey. "An irreverent look at some of the characters he met and situations he became embroiled in during a 44 year career (to date!) with ships and the sea".

Mike is donating his fee for the event to the RNLI.  UWALS will therefore donate all profits to the charity - £110 was forwarded to the RNLI.


Past Events from 2022 (and before!)


  • Ancient Music for the Festive Season performed by The York Waits. The Mirth & Melody of Angels

A wonderful evening of atmospheric music from the folk tradition, all accompanied by the full array of period instruments and performed in the ancient setting of St Mary’s Church Kettlewell. 14th December 2022 7.30pm

Tickets £15 Price includes mulled wine and mince pie.

For reservations email or telephone 01756 770350/770051


  • UWALS AGM 2022

Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall Wednesday 9th November, 7pm start.
At 7.30 we will break for cheese and wine and, as you will know from previous years, this "isn't just any cheese and wine but UWALS cheese and wine" and always goes down well! 

After a short break this year's speaker is Bruce McLeod, Chair of Friends of the Dales. He will be giving a thought-provoking talk "The Yorkshire Dales: Aestheis, Artfice and Actiism”.

  • An Evening of Autumn Music by the Royal Northern College of Music

Friday 14th October 2022 |7.30pm
The Octagon Theatre Town Hall Grassington

Following a number of requests from our members the Royal Northern College of Music’s most accomplished students will be performing a programme of autumnal music for us in the Octagon theatre.

Tickets UWALS members £10 non-members £12. For reservations email or telephone 01756 770051/770350.


  • Creative Writing Workshop with Ian Clayton

Wednesday 17th August 2022 |10am – 4pm 
Threshfield Village Hall 

Ian Clayton is a freelance writer and, in a career spanning 20 years, he has edited and authored more than forty books and broadcast on TV and radio. If you would like to try your hand at creative writing for the first time or if you have more experience and want to improve your skills this workshop is a must.
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  • VICTORY IN THE KITCHEN with food historian Annie Gray - 15th July, Octagon Theatre Grassington 
  • AN EVENING OF WORDS & MUSIC as part of the Presenting the Past project - 10th June, Octagon Theatre Grassington
  • PRESENTING THE PAST: The Exhibition - 30th April /1st May and 7th/8th May, Grassington Town Hall



CELTIC CHRISTMAS STRINGS by Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman - 3rd December, Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall

AGM with speaker David Joy - 11th November 2021, Kilnsey with Conistone Hall

THE HISTORY WARDROBE - Agatha Christies & Art Deco ​​​- 4th November 2021, Kettlewell Village Hall

CREAM TEA with Anna Greenwood "Rural Voices" - 5th March, Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall



All Events cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions.



Penhill Poachers “A Winter Wassail” - 29th November 2019, The Octagon Grassington

Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss “Between you and me” - 11th October 2019, The Octagon Grassington

Richard Morris “Yorkshire, a Lyrical History” - 13th September 2019, The Octagon Grassington

Roger McGough "Joinedupwriting" - 27th July 2019, The Octagon in Grassington

Launch of UWALS new "Presenting the Past" project - 26th January 2019, Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall

Ian Clayton spoke about his life and read extracts from his book -  2nd March 2019, Conistone with Kilnsey village hall

Maire ni Chastasaigh virtuoso harpist and Chris Newman acoustic guitar  5th April 2019, The Octagon Grassington

"Streams of Wonder" a lyrical film of the Dales - May 8th 2019, The Octagon Grassington



David Crystal, linguist, lecturer and broadcaster - 4th February 2018, The Octagon Grassington

Heather Lane “Captain Scott – the Man and the Myth” - 16th March 2018, Amerdale Hall Arncliffe

Dr. Annie Grey on Queen Victoria’s sweet tooth, followed by a buffet meal - 10th May 2018, Parcevall Hall Appletreewick

Local History Exhibition “UPPER WHARFEDALE 1918" - July 14th/15th 2018, The Octagon Grassington

“A Journey with Simon Armitage ” - 21st September 2018, The Octagon Grassington

Freeman String Quartet from the Royal Northern College of Music "An Evening of Autumn Music" - 13th October 2018, The Octagon Grassington

Geraldine Norman and Eileen Leahy "Wartime in Upper Wharfedale" - 6th November, Kettlewell Village Hall

York Waits medieval musicians "Goday my Lord Sir Christemas" - 5th December 2018, The Octagon in Grassington 



Local History Exhibition - 4th/5th March 2017, Village Hall, Kettlewell

"An evening with Barrie Rutter" – May 13th 2017, The Octagon Grassington

Sophie Hannah, a talk about her novels and her relationship with the Agatha Christie Foundation - 31st August 2017, Kilnsey Village Hall

Ian McMillan and Tony Husband “A Cartoon History of here” - 13th October 2017, The Octagon Grassington



Ron Norman "A brief History of Englishes" - 10th November 2016, Arncliffe Village Hall

The Funk Wire  

Please note the additional session on June 6th at Grassington.

More details about our last session of the year and the Summer singalong can be seen on the Funk Wire pages.

2024 Subsidised Workshops 


Details of workshops in felting, tapestry and lino-printing are to be found on the What's On pages.

Presenting the Past

If you missed the exhibition weekends don't worry, you can enjoy much of it here:

The Photo Archive

The Film of the Project

The Interviews