Medieval Music in the Dales is England's festival of medieval music. Totally unique in the UK, it's a glorious weekend dedicated solely to enjoying medieval music, taking place in North Yorkshire every September. The setting is absolutely stunning - glorious Bolton Castle, built in 1399 by the noble Scrope family and still in the ownership of their descendants to this day. 

Over the weekend, the Castle comes to life with music in every corner. It's true living history and a chance to make this magnificent setting your home for the weekend - or just for the day. Whether you want to play, dance, learn or simply sit back and soak up the wonderful sounds, this is for you.

  • At least thirty different bands and solo musicians performing over the weekend

  • Illustrated talks on medieval music and history

  • Workshop for beginners with instruments to borrow or hire

  • Workshops and one-on-one tuition for experienced players

  • Loads of informal playing!

  • Camping on site or a wealth of holiday accommodation in the area

What they say...

"just beautiful surroundings and a very well organised festival"

"a wonderful, unique event"

"amazing atmosphere, everyone is friendly and the location is outstanding"

"everyone in the tavern was singing the chorus of a twelfth century song in Latin – how cool is that? "

"truly magical"

Medieval Music in the Dales is also...

From our beginnings in 2016, we have grown to be and do more than our wonderful September weekend at Bolton Castle. Medieval Music in the Dales is also a community of medieval music enthusiasts collaborating on projects together, socialising online and in company​. It operates to promote research into and performance of medieval music, and to support musicians active in medieval music-making. And with the health crisis of 2020, we have also taken the plunge and started an Online Festival to operate alongside our live festival. 

Coming up next year... A Dance In Italy

With everything happening in 2020, we were forced to cancel our festival - but we've ended up postponing the whole thing to 2021! So, next year in 2021, we  will be celebrating medieval dance. And as most of the surviving dance music comes from Italy, we will also be focusing on medieval music from that glamorous and sophisticated land. We're delighted to be working alongside The Historical Dance Society.

There'll be stacks of dance performances, dance workshops, workshops about playing for dancing... as well as the usual satisfying pot-pourri of concerts from top performers, plus instrumental and vocal workshops - including the return of The Festival Choir!

Timetables for this year's festival , plus more details about the line-up of concerts, workshops and exhibitors, will be online by the end of 2020.

Image: British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts with design by Stephen Bell.

And... the second MMitD Online Festival

After the massive success of our first experimental Online Festival , we are now planning to have an annual online event every March. So the 2021 Online Festival will take place on March 19th -21st 2021. The programme will be online early in the new year.

We were bowled over by the reach of our first online event and we really hope that lots of you will be along to join us once again next March.

Looking ahead

Planned for future years...

2022: Medieval Women: Music Makers and Muses. Investigating, highlighting and celebrating the contribution of women as medieval musicians, composers, performers, patrons and subjects of music.

2023: Transitions: The Fifteenth Century. With a joint theme of medieval instrument making and maintenance.

2024: Ludus: Mystery, Miracle and Mirth. Storytelling, drama, mystery and foolery in medieval music. 


If you feel you have a concert programme and/or workshop idea that fits our themes for any of 2022, 2023 and 2024, just get in touch  as soon as possible.

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Photos of Medieval Music in the Dales 2016 by Quentin Budworth or Lesley Dunn

unless otherwise credited on the page. Photos of Medieval Music in the Dales 2017 by participants including Philippe Bolton,

Phil Keen, Richard and Carol Benson, Yvonne Napper and Lesley Dunn.

Photographs of MMitD 2018 and 2019 by Gullwing Photography ( and various participants.