Festival cancelled after council refuses license

Limetree festival
Limetree festival

A three day music festival due to take place in Masham over the August bank holiday has been cancelled.

Organisers have announced the cancellation of the Limetree Festival after Harrogate Borough Council’s Licensing Sub- Committee refused to grant an entertainment license.

A notice on the festival’s website said: “It is with a very heavy heart that we have to inform you that we have not been granted the Entertainment License for the new site and we are therefore faced with no other option but to cancel this year’s Limetree Festival.”

The event, which has run for four years at Limetree Farm, Grewelthorpe, was to take place at Marfields, Leyburn Road, on August 24 - 26.

The Licensing Sub Committee refused the application at a meeting on Thursday, June 21, when they were not satisfied with plans to manage noise from the festival.

The statement on the Limetree’s website went on to say: “We were shocked by the vociferous opposition from some people to our lovely Limetree taking place.

“We worked incredibly hard to defend our license application but to no avail and we are absolutely devastated that the license was refused.”

Festival organisers attended a meeting of Masham Parish Council on June 1 to discuss some residents’ worries about noise levels from the site, extra traffic in Masham on a busy bank holiday weekend, parking, closure of some public rights of way, and danger to Marfield wetlands.