Arts in our district

There's lots going on in our district.

The annual Selby Food and Drink Festival, organised by Selby Town Council, is a hugely popular annual event that takes place in July every year. As well as fabulous producers, there's street food and bars so you can relax and enjoy your food and drink. 

Selby Town Hall is an award winning arts centre which hosts world class performances from across a range of art forms, including music, comedy and theatre. Major stars, past and present including Dara O'Briain, Jenny Eclair, Midge Ure, The Wombats and Wilko Johnson have played there. The Town Hall consistently presents an incredibly diverse programme of performances from bluegrass to comedy, boogie woogie to contemporary dance and world music to classic theatre over two seasons of events each year. 

The Riley Smith Hall in Tadcaster is a threatre, ballroom and concert venue in the centre of Tadcaster. It hosts a wide range of functions such as dances, music, threatre, pantomimes and events. Regular events include ballroom dancing, Ceroc modern jive classes and freestyle nights, Zuma, children's dance classes, children's theatre group, rock n roll dances, Cuban salsa lessons, karate classes, choir rehersals and baby ballet.

In Sherburn the Eversley Park Centre offers a range of facilities that make it the perfect venue. It regularly a wide range of functions including balls, vintage events, exercise classes, dance classes, theatre groups, art clubs and pilates.

The Sherburn Craft and Food Festival, takes place over three days in August and sees celebrity TV chef demonstrations, craft and food stalls, vintage displays, a children's cookery schools and competitions.

Towerfest takes place annually in our district and is the north of England's premier open air country music festival. Featuring four days of live country music, the event in Drax, draws in visitors from across the country.

Selby Abbey regularly hosts concerts, theatre performances, a reading festival and craft fairs - with a packed calendar of events throughout the year. The building is a very popular tourist destination following the marriage there of famous Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou.

In addition to these venues our district is lucky enough to have a large number of creative businesses and individuals. Some individuals occupy studios which are open throughout the year, others are showcased in galleries.

We're lucky to have a number of popular craft groups, workshops and clubs meeting across the district. These include jewellery making at Silver & Stone and even willow sculptures and crafts from Dragon Willow.

Our district has many small community groups who meet regularly to create art. There are theathre groups, choirs, dance groups and creative organisations. If you're looking for a particular art-form in the district you may like to start with your local library or speak to Selby District AVS.

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