The Galtres Festival will return to the Yorkshire village of Crayke, near York this August bank holiday (August 28 – 29, 2010). This year’s festival will be headed-up by The Lightning Seeds, The Wonder Stuff, and Chris Helme on Saturday making way for The Beat and Dodgy the following day.
The event itself is sponsored by Welcome To Yorkshire and York’s Stone Roses Bar is based near the picturesque village of Crayke.
Festival Events Manager Hayley Cooke comments on the goals and aims for 2010, she says: “Ideally we would love it to sell out again, we want people to enjoy the music, beer and food and we are really looking forward to the Arts Barge and the Alice in Wonderland themes [tables, chairs and giant mushrooms included]. We also want to beat our record for money given to our chosen charities.
“Most importantly we want the community to come together and enjoy a great bank holiday.”
Galtres is proud to support a number of conservation projects and is run as a “green” event. Hayley says: “The green focus is important to us on many levels – we wish to leave the planet in a better shape than we received it and we really believe in ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’, which promotes small local activities which benefit local environmental causes.”
For those who’d like to add some flavour to their weekend, there will be 100 different types of beers, all from North Yorkshire breweries, including real lagers, ales and stouts. There will also be 15 varieties of real cider housed in a special marquee. This fine selection includes Ampleforth Abbey Cider and Yorkshire Cider from Cropton, as well as many quality brands from Herefordshire and Devon.
The festival was not only conceived to cater toward grown-ups with great taste, but also with young people in mind. This year, there’s a huge programme of children’s events and family entertainment including a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, music workshops, puppet shows, hat-making, and a climbing wall.
Hayley references the festival’s diversity and its unique qualities. She explains that, while it’s a difficult process to put the whole event together it’s worth it, simply to experience that final buzz when all of the people are in and having a good time. She says: “There is nothing else in the area quite like this event – the best thing about it for us is the feeling we get when all the work is done and we’re there actually seeing all of our great work come together.”
An adult weekend ticket costs £30 (rising to £35 nearer the event). Day tickets cost £20 and young person’s tickets (5-17) are half-price.
For more information visit the official website.