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 playing, listening to and enjoying medieval music. 

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. Concerts and illustrated talks take place in neighbouring St Oswald's, the small but perfectly formed parish church which stands in the shadow of the castle.

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.

Medieval Music in the Dales 2020: A Dance In Italy

In 2020 we celebrate in particular medieval dance. And as most of the extant dance music seems to come from Italy, we have a joint theme of medieval music from that glamorous and sophisticated land.

There'll be stacks of dance workshops, workshops about playing for dancing, as well as the usual satisfying pot-pourri of instrumental and vocal workshops - including the return of the Festival Choir!

The website will be updated with more details as soon as we have them. Watch this space...

Looking ahead

Planned for future years...

2021: Medieval Women: Music Makers and Muses. Investigating, highlighting and celebrating the contribution of women as medieval musicians, composers, performers, patrons and subjects of music.

2022: Transitions: The Fifteenth Century. With a joint theme of medieval instrument making and maintenance.

2023: Ludus: Mystery, Miracle and Mirth. Storytelling, drama and foolery in medieval music. 

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Medieval Music in the Dales is organised and run by Trouvere Medieval Minstrels

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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.