Brass Band Festival

Masham’s Theakston’s Brewery is sponsoring the Hardraw Brass Band Festival. The second oldest brass band competition in the world, takes place at Hardraw near Hawes in Wensleydale on September 9. Set in the unique natural auditorium of Hardraw Scar with Hardraw Force, the UK’s highest waterfall, as a spectacular backdrop, the event has been a part of the brass band calendar since 1881.

This year the event has attracted bands from far afield including Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Lancashire, Cumbria and County Durham as well as seven Yorkshire competitors. Although the event is a competition, the emphasis is on the festival atmosphere and each band plays its own selection of music making for a day of great musical variety and interest.

The music starts at 10am entry can be at any time, priced at £9 for adults and £5 for children. Log onto