Events & News

Events in Conistone and Kilnsey and news about local initiatives

Coming soon in Conistone with Kilnsey parish...
Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall
Conistone with Kilnsey Village Hall
The village hall is used for a variety of private and public events.  Public events include quiz, dominoes and bingo nights, open days for local societies, talks and occasional exhibitions.

28th May 2017       Field Society Open Day.  All welcome.
8th June 2017        Skipton and Ripon Parliamentary Election. Polling booth open 6:30 am to 10:00 pm.
16th June 2017      Church Supper.
2nd July 2017         Cycling Sportif.
31st August 2017   Upper Wharfedale Arts and Literature Society has invited Sophie Hannah, best-selling author of psychological fiction, to give a talk, starting at 2:00 pm.  Light refreshments.  Tickets: UWALS members £5, non-members £6
24th Sept. 2017       Six Dales Walk.

The hall is available for hire.  Click here for more information about its facilities and our hire charges.

To book the village hall,please call 01756 762008 or email at:

Kilnsey Park
Kilnsey Park
Kilnsey Park is a beautifully located activity centre, offering fishing, food, nature trail, farm animals and lots of family fun.  

14th May  - 18th June 2017  Wild about Orchids 10:00 am to 4:00 pm:  visit the Kilnsey Park nature reserveto see the wildflower meadow with over 140 different types of wild flowers and grasses, including Britain's rarest orchid, the Lady's Slipper. Guided walks are available on selected Sundays.
27th May - 4th June 2017  Go Wild Weekend 10:00 am to 4:00pm: build a den; catch a fish; make a tree spirit; and enjoy toasting marshmallows over the campfire.
29th July - 30th July 2017 
Wild Weekend  10:00 am to 4:00 pm: build a den; learn how tolight a fire without matches; catch a fish and learn how to prepare it before having it cooked for you in the cafe.
30th July 2017  Bug Safari!  11:00 am to 4:00 pm:  discover the great diversity of insect life in a walk round the nature reserve. Ne
ts, vacuums and pots are provided.

Find out much more about Kilnsey Park from their own website

St.Mary's Church, Conistone
St.Mary's Church, Conistone
Evening prayer service is held every Sunday from 6:30 pm.
Click here for more information about Upper Wharfedale's churches.

Regular events here and nearby...

Kilnsey Show

The annual agricultural Kilnsey Show , which is held on the Tuesday after September Bank Holiday, is organised and run by the Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society.  The Show's setting is spectacular, with the show field lying in the shadow of the famous Kilnsey Crag, and an 8-minute fell race to the top of the Crag and back is one of the show's regular events.

Kilnsey Show
The Upper Wharfedale Agricultural Society was founded in 1897 and has gradually developed Kilnsey Show into one of the country's largest and most successful one-day agricultural shows, largely replacing Kilnsey Feast and the two autumn sheep sales of the earlier nineteenth century.


Grassington Festival

For those interested in classical and light music, comedy and more thought provoking evenings there is the annual Grassington Festival , held for a fortnight in late June each year. This festival has now become internationally recognised for the quality and distinction of the performers which it attracts.


Grassington Dickensian Festival

This is held on three consecutive Saturdays in late November/early December and provides a great experience in the run up to Christmas, with street entertainment, side shows, stalls and welcoming local shops, cafes and pubs.  The Festival draws thousands of visitors from all over the country year after year.


Grassington Farmers' Market

The Farmers' market is held on the third Sunday of each month in Grassington village square You can find excellent local food and other local products here.

News about local initiatives
Community Tree Planting

The residents of Conistone and Kilnsey took part in a community tree planting day in Spring 2017 in which over 140 trees were planted in two locations – next to the river and close to Grass Woods. 

This was an important initiative to increase the overall number of trees in the Parish of Conistone with Kilnsey, and to ensure that young trees are ready to replace some of those which are likely to be lost to Ash Dieback and old age.

Parish History Project

This local initiative aims to offer residents the opportunity to get involved in unlocking the history of the Parish, and to help decide how best to preserve their community heritage, for example as a book, website or exhibition.  Participants may give occasional presentations of research in progress.

For more information contact Jamie Roberts (

Conistone Residents' Vegetable Garden and Orchard
Conistone Residents' Vegetable Garden
A group of Conistone residents have joined together to tidy up and replant two small patches of parish land in the centre of Conistone village.  One is now a young orchard, planted with apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, gooseberry and currant bushes, raspberries and stawberries and rhubarb.  The other, the former Pinfold where stray animals were penned temporarily until collected, is now a vegetable plot, but may develop in 2017 to include raspberries, flowers and herbs.

Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group

The Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group (U.W.H.G.) was formed in 2005 to enable members to be involved in practical archaeological fieldwork within the rich historical environment of Upper Wharfedale and surrounding areas.

In addition to fieldwork, they hold a programme of  talks by guest lecturers during the winter, spring and autumn, as well a guided walks during the summer months.

Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group

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