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What follows is information on events in and around Kilnsey and Conistone in Upper Wharfedale, North Yorkshire

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.


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. 

Events at 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 and occasional exhibitions. 

Coming soon
19th March 2017   Local History Day
12th May 2017       Upper Wharfedale Arts and Literature Society Quiz Night
28th May 2017       Field Society Open Day
31st August 2017  Upper Wharfedale Arts and Literature Society Exhibition

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

To book, please call 01756 762008 or email at:

Grassington Festival

For those interested in classical and light music, comedy and more thought provoking evenings there is also 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 artistes which it attracts.

Grassington Dickensian Festival

The Grassington Dickensian Festival , held on three consecutive Saturdays in late November/early December in the run up to Christmas, provides a unique experience with street entertainment, side shows and a multitude of stalls which draws thousands of visitors from all over the country year after year.

Grassington Farmers' Market

There is a regular Farmers' Market held in Grassington Square on the second Sunday of the month.  Find local food and other products at their best.

Local Groups and Societies

Upper Wharfedale Arts and Literature Society
A new society which organises lectures, workshops, displays and exhibitions for Upper Wharfedale.

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association 
For over 65 years the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association has been rescuing people and animals from the caves and fells around Wharfedale, Nidderdale, Littondale and mid-Airedale. It is a registered charity run by volunteers, receiving no central government support.

Upper Wharfedale Field Society
The Field Society works to increase the enjoyment derived from the area by deepening and widening understanding of its many and varied elements. Visitors are welcomed to its winter talks or to become a new member.

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 winter, spring and autumn, as well as guided walks during the summer months.

Enjoy the Big Screen Experience in your own community and support Grassington Hub and Library.

Grassington Community Cinema presents monthly Saturday Movie shows at The Octagon Theatre Town Hall Grassington. There are shows for children in the afternoons with films for the grown-ups in the evening. Bar, popcorn and ice cream for sale.  Ask about our Loyalty Discount Scheme. All welcome!

For the next show, times and prices please see:

Conistone with Kilnsey War Memorial

A War Memorial has been erected in Conistone with Kilnsey. 

In 2010 there was a discussion at the Conistone with Kilnsey Parish meeting about the absence of a War Memorial in Conistone with Kilnsey. It was agreed that a memorial should be erected at a suitable location.

The War Memorial plaque is now in place on the west wall of St.Mary's Church, Conistone with Kilnsey. Most of the expense has been met by the Co-operative Memorials of Nab Wood Shipley along with donations from local people.

Information about the memorial, together with the details of the six casualties and a map showing the places where they lived, can be viewed in the History and Nature section of this website.

If anybody has any further information about the casualties named on the memorial, (e.g. photographs or family details), please forward them to us through this website.

The Account Books of Richard Wigglesworth of Conistone and his Sons 1683-1719

Transcribed and edited by Peter Leach and published by the North Yorkshire County Record Office, this is now available priced £6, either from Peter Leach at Leyland House, Conistone (email: , telephone: 01756 752571), or from the Record Office at Northallerton.

Kilnsey - A Dales Township

The publication is now available from Kilnsey Park Farm Shop (Price £9.99)

Parish Council Minutes & Agendas

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