Galtres Parklands Festival 2013

Galtres Parklands Festival 2013
Duncombe Park
North Yorkshire
YO62 5EB
United Kingdom
Dates: 22nd - 24th Aug 2013

Festival Information

Galtres Parklands Festival 2013 Overview

Nine years old, Galtres Parklands 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) virtually 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 near 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! They are moving to a new location in the area for 2013 - more details soon.

Artists booked to appear include Reef, Maximo Park,The Travelling Band, and The Stranglers.

Ticket prices (from): Earlybird tickets are currently selling fast, but you'll need to be quick to grab an absolute bargain - The entire allocation of earlybird tickets for Galtres 2013 priced at £50 sold out within 10 days of going on sale. So they released another batch of tickets priced at £75. Most of these have sold too - just a handful remain. When they've gone the remaining tickets will be available at the full price of £95. There is still some availability in family camping too. Camping from £10 per tent.

Read what the FFA reviewer thought of this splendid little event in previous years under Latest News!

Short video from The Creative Condition illustrating just what Galtres is all about:

Galtres Parklands Festival 2013 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.

Galtres festival has announced the latest new attractions for the 2013 event to complement their new location!  


Back again after the bucking bronco's runaway success last year, they're delighted to welcome them back for 2013. Almost as much fun to watch as to do, they look forward to seeing how long you can stay on ... especially after a few pints of Ampleforth Cider!

Find the rodeo in the Oxman arena near the sound desk.


Camel racing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Yes, real camels, ridden by desert pirates!

Camel racing is a huge sport in the Middle East and is becoming increasingly popular in the West. Joseph's Amazing Camels - who operate the highest standards of animal welfare, have been thrilling audiences around Britain since 2000, and have raced at Duncombe Park once before. From Cheltenham Racecourse to the Royal Cornwall Show to the Ballymena Steam Rally, these camels have been there and done that.

The camels and the jockeys, specially trained, will wear fantastically colourful Arabian desert pirate outfits, to fit in with our Pirates and Crocodiles family theme. As well as racing, the camels will be on display all day so you can meet these splendid animals and learn more about them.

The camels will race down the arena - the louder the cheering, the faster they go!


New to Galtres this year, they're delighted to offer Vintage Dodgems, run by some very nice people. Now that's going to be a lot of fun. Just 2 vouchers per car (that's 1 voucher each person- £1.75).

The origins of the Dodgem track is difficult to trace with various claims to be first, and a multitude of patents in existence, though the crux seems to be the actual development of the Dodgem as we know it - a controllable 'bumper car' and electrical pick-up to the roof 'nets'.

Dodgems had been around for a few years abroad before they were introduced to Britain in 1928 by Messrs Lusse Brothers. Their popularity was soon established, with a number of well-known British firms, including Orton and Spooner, Robert Lakin and Lang Wheels building tracks.

The Galtres Parklands Festival track is a 1940s Supercar Dodgem Track and approximately 60 ft x 40ft. The current set of 16 Dodgems in use are the French-built Reverchon 'auto-scooter cars', circa 1984.


Ecoplay Water Walkers are loads of fun and suitable for kids, teenagers and brave adults. They had them at Galtres 2011 and are excited to have them back.

Imagine a human-sized hamster ball floating on water. Roll around protected in your ball, lay back and relax with the cool water beneath you on a warm day, or attempt to stand and run about. Standing is fairly easy for the little ones but harder for grown-ups.

In fact they challenge any adult to remain upright for 20 seconds, and if you manage it you can have your money back!  You'll find the Water Walkers up near the Pirate Ship stage, by the copse.


Vintage Fairground Rides the children will love - from Huby's Brian King.

It is thought that the funfair originated in Roman times, though this is not a certainty. What is documented is that during the Middle Ages in Europe, there were chartered fairs. These were essentially trade shows that took place roughly between 1200 and 1400. They were gatherings of international traders and their wares, and subsequently included entertainers. It is likely that funfairs are the descendants of chartered fairs.

By the eighteenth century in England, the entertainment portion of the chartered fair had become a spin off known as the funfair, and provided amusement for communities as its bands of unusual humans and wild animals, jugglers, acrobats, puppet shows, peep shows and other acts travelled about the country. Funfairs introduced the first fairground rides around this time.


Their very own Silent Disco! PashTent 23.00 - 02.00 every night. Top DJs - top tunes.

Come and boogie with headphones or watch those dancing and singing along to nothing!!!


Want to have some extreme fun and giggles with friends? If so then this is the thing for you!

Massive 10-foot tall inflatable balls. Climb inside these super strong balls and prepare yourself for a truly awesome experience! Run, bash, bounce and smash into other orb users!

They are the leading and if not the first professional flat ground Orbing entertainment activity company in the UK. They have been running for over four years now and have vast experience and an excellent reputation in running this type of extreme activity in a safe and professional manner.  

Disabilities: Read more on facilities for those with disabilities HERE



Galtres Parklands Festival 2013 Line Up

Galtres Parklands Festival 2013 Travel Info

Duncombe Park is in Helmsley around 20 miles from the A1/A1(M), between Thirsk and Pickering on the A170.

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Galtres Parklands Festival 2013 Hotels

Hotel Miles Location Rating  
The Black Swan Hotel 0.70 Helmsley Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa 0.70 Helmsley Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Carlton Lodge 0.90 Helmsley Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
High Rigg B&B 3.30 North Yorkshire Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Wombwell Arms 3.90 York Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Worsley Arms Hotel 6.10 Hovingham North Yorkshire Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Kings Head 6.12 Kirkbymoorside Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Old Rectory 8.50 York Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Moors Inn 8.60 Appleton le Moors nr Pickering Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Fox and Hounds 8.80 Pickering Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
Lastingham Grange Country House Hotel 9.10 Pickering Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Hollin Barn Holiday Cottages 9.10 Thirsk Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
White Horse Lodge 9.30 Thirsk Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
George at Easingwold 9.40 York Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Habton House Bed and Breakfast 9.40 Malton Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info

Galtres Parklands Festival 2013 Video Playlist

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The Duke Stage
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The Oxman Stage
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Little Top
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Black Howl
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Firkin Stage
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Arts Barge

Galtres Parklands Festival 2013 Food and Drink

They're delighted to announce that they're booking some of the very best caterers around for this year's Festival, serving up a fine feast of local produce - from Yorkshire puds to onion bhajis!. FairTrade and organic too, where possible.

As for drink – come on …. It’s a Beer Festival!!! Read about the first class offerings HERE.


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