Galtres Festival 2012

Galtres Festival 2012
nr York
North Yorkshire
YO61 4TZ
United Kingdom
Dates: 23rd - 25th Aug 2012

Festival Information

Galtres Festival 2012 Overview

Just eight years old, Galtres Festival is one of the best family festivals in the country. Combining five stages of music and cabaret, more than 150 fine beers (and ciders) all sourced from Yorkshire (from Black Sheep Ale to Ampleforth Abbey Cider), excellent local produce catering (from Whitby Scampi to Yorkshire Puds), loads for kids to do from film making to music workshops, and all set in a beautiful rural setting overlooking the Vale of York. 

Music ranges from top chart-topping bands to local emerging talent, ranging from pop and acoustic to jazz, blues and ska. Comedy, theatre and offbeat performances at the night cabaret, films, family camping and clean loos too! 

One of the best weekends of the year, and one of the best-priced too with a great 'Earlybird' offer with prices from £40. It's organic, fair trade and green, and all proceeds go to charity.

Artists booked to appear include Seth Lakeman, Billy Bragg, Adam Ant, Ash, and The Men They Couldn't Hang.

Earlybird tickets are currently selling fast, but you'll need to be quick to grab an absolute bargain - prices rise by £1 per week up to the event so the longer you leave it the more you'll pay!

Short video illustrating that conditions did not stop Galtres 2011 being a great event!

Galtres Festival 2012 Event Info

Galtres is much more than great music, beers and food. Once again this year's Galtres Festival of Fun will be packed with amazing things to do for families and young people.  This year's activities will include all sorts of creative crafts, storytelling, film-making and fun.

Following on from the success of last year's Little Top programme, they will again be showcasing some super-talented young musicians.  Each day an exciting mixed music programme will amaze and maybe inspire you to take up a challenge. They’ll be running G-FACTOR on Saturday afternoon, a talent show for young people, and the winner gets (among other things) a big stage slot at the festival on Sunday.  If all that isn’t enough, then sign up for their workshop with professional young musicians Funky Junk Trio.  They will entertain us with rhythm played on bins, buckets and bodies.  Their workshop is for 8-16 year olds and you too can share their love of music, movement and harmony.

They'll be running more of Salma's hugely popular Bollywood dancing sessions and definitely some song writing workshops just before the procession, which with a bit of luck will culminate in a festival song.  They need volume so the more the merrier.

The amazing Adrian Spendlow will be back also for storytelling wizardry - you can hear him at different times of the day in different places.  Be sure to catch at least once because he is a master storyteller and holds younger and older children captivated! As do fellow storytellers Nettlefoot Kate and Mary Passeri, who'll be amazing young and old with their tales of trees and trolls and more. Look for them in the new STARSHADE storytelling and theatre tipi tent.

The lovely people at Clay Fish will be looking after you nicely in the Little Top on Saturday, bringing you drama, games, and a dazzling magic workshop, and even a yo-yo session. Remember Little Zombies from last year? On Sunday they'll be making another film on location at Galtres Festival with YOU as the cast. Look out for further details and you could be a movie star!


Onsite - 'Mosswood'

There are spaces for around 1200 tents on grass right next to the Festival arena. It's near to the main parking area, but you can't park in these fields......unless you've got children with you and you book into the family field at the north end of the site. It's more expensive because of the space cars take up, and you'll only be able to book this if you are also buying child entry tickets, but it's a nice quiet place for families.

There are also spaces for some caravans and campervans in the next field, some with electrical hook-ups.

No fires please and BBQs on stands. Free drinking water, lots of toilets, lights, and recycling facilities. Hot showers are offered on Sunday morning at the sports club a short walk up the road. This campsite will be catered - including full English breakfasts with veggie options, and milk for sale.

Please don't turn up without a camping pass, or we won't be able to let you camp.

Offsite Camping - 'Peel Park'

There is another camping area just outside the village of Crayke (2 miles north) connected by a shuttle bus. It's a lovely grassy bowl with loads of space for tents, caravans. and campervans. Facilities are fairly basic but there will be drinking water, toilets, recycling facilities, and some light. You can drive in and park next to your tent. We run a shuttle minibus to get you to and from the festival site, and to the showers. It's free to get to the festival site, but 1 voucher (£1.50) to get back. Permanent security patrol.

No fires please and BBQs on stands. There won't be any catering or showers at this campsite.

Campsite Showers

Hot showers are offered on Sunday morning at the sports club in Crayke, 1km from the festival site, and connected by the shuttle buses running between. The showers are communal (sports club changing rooms) but separate male and female (!).

Campsite Charges

The cost for weekend camping will be a modest £10 for a small tent (up to 8 square metres - about the size of a car) or £20 for a larger tent (up to 15 square metres, the size of 2 cars). Caravans and campervans cost £40, or £50 with electric. Hot showers cost £1.50 (1 voucher) - make sure you get vouchers with your tickets.

Please Note Camping must be booked in advance. 

All campsite are patrolled 24x7 by our event security.

Plant a tree - back for 2011!

Following the popularity of previous years' schemes, the organisers are again planning to plant loads of trees after the Festival. And this year it's the International Year of the Forest, so it's especially important to plant trees and you'll be seeing lots of activities around the festival site on the theme of woodland and forests.

The festival is keen to reduce the carbon footprint of the Festival, and also to take some small steps towards restoring some of the ancient forest from which our event takes its name. And we'd like your help.

When you buy your tickets online you'll be offered the opportunity to also make a donation of £5  - for this a tree will be planted for you.

As an alternative, the Woodland Trust offers a scheme where for £15 they will plant and nurture a tree for you for its lifetime.

The trees are native English - oak, ash, horse chestnut, sycamore, holly etc - and we've identified a location in the local area to plant them. A public footpath runs alongside the land, so you'll be able to wander by and watch your trees grow into a beautiful wood.

Facilities for those with Disabilities

Galtres Festival welcomes people with disabilities and is aiming to be an accessible and DDA-compliant event.

The festival takes place on a single level site with a gentle gradient. The surface is grass which is mown just before the festival, but can be bumpy in places.

A dedicated parking area for cars for people with disabilities is located right next to the main entry point. Enter via Gate 0 if you have the orange badge.

The ticket office has one low DDA compliant window - and during the festival food and drink vouchers may also be purchased at this window.

Disabled toilets are located in all the main areas of the festival and campsite.

Last year they didn't have a disabled viewing platform in the main stage arena - they took the view that the gradient allowed a good view from most positions. However they're reviewing that policy.

Disabled people who require a carer to accompany them are entitled to a free ticket for the carer - but they ask that you show them the paperwork which confirms this requirement.

Do let them know if there are any other measures you'd like them to take to make the event more comfortable for people with disabilities. 

Galtres Festival 2012 Travel Info

Crayke is in the Hambleton Hills, a few miles east of Easingwold, 12 miles north of York

Special buses have been organised to transport you to and from the Festival, connecting Crayke with York and the villages in between. You can only buy tickets for these buses on this website in the shop. You won't be able to buy a ticket on the bus or at the Festival.

These buses start at York Rail Station, pick up at Exhibition Square, and then head up the A19 stopping at Clifton, Skelton, and Shipton. Then right at Tollerton crossroads, stopping at Burn Hall, then Huby, Sutton on the Forest. and Stillington, before heading up the the festival site at Crayke. And the same on the way back. Details of bus stop locations and times are printed on the back of your ticket

The fare is a flat rate of £2.50 each way - advance tickets only.

York to Crayke

There will also be a shuttle bus linking with Easingwold market place. Tickets will be on sale for this service at the Festival to get you home - fare 1 voucher (£1.50).


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Easingwold Taxis (01347) 823232 
A19 Taxis 07961 540459 
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Galtres Festival 2012 Food and Drink

The festival has some of the very best caterers around for this year's, serving up a fine feast of local produce - from Yorkshire puds to onion bhajis!. FairTrade and organic too, where possible. So if you can't wait for York's Food Festival in September head down to Galtres Festival at Crayke for a taster!

Their Festival of Beers and Ciders is going to be on a par with last year's amazing selection, with around 100 different types of ale, lager, cider, perry, stout, and mild being delivered from North Yorkshire's twenty-or-so independent breweries. They're going to run the popular Blondes Bar again serving chilled light ales such as the ever-favourite Daleside Blonde and Rudgate Jorvik, and will again be running the lager bar serving Cropton's fine Yorkshire Lager and also the excellent Mitchell-Krause Czech Pilsner and Bavarian Hefe Weisse - all British made of course!

And once again they're going to have a dedicated cider and perry marquee absolutely crammed with the stuff - loads of varieties varieties from Ampleforth Abbey Cider from the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, Moorhouse Cider from East Yorkshire, loads of scrummy Janet's Jungle Juice, and lots more from Herefordshire and further south.

All beers, ciders and perries will cost £3.50 / pint, and wine from £3.50 per 175ml glass. Proceeds to local charities.

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