Free Tickets for Dancers!

This year, the theme of Medieval Music in the Dales is ‘A Dance in Italy’ and our primary focus is squarely on medieval dancing. We’ve got a Study Day on 15th century dance with Hazel Dennison, loads of workshops suitable for various levels, and loads of performance too. 

Would you like to add to the dance performance line-up?

We are offering free Festival Passes to two groups (up to 10 people in each). We’re inviting submissions now and will confirm by March 21st 2020. A Festival Pass usually costs £75 and offers:

  • Admission to our amazing venue Bolton Castle from 6pm Thursday through to 6pm Sunday. That’s not just during the day when the castle is open to the public but on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings too, when our Tavern is in full lively swing.

  • Admission to all the dance performances and concerts (in the neighbouring church) happening over the weekend.

  • The opportunity to book for workshops – only Festival Pass holders can book for workshops (for which there is an additional charge).

In return, we’d ask you to offer two 20-30 minute scheduled dance performances over the course of the Festival.  You would also be featured in the Festival programme.

What do you need to do now?

  • Check the criteria below.

  • Submit a video of you in performance along with any other supporting information that you think will help us make our choice. Please send to Gill Page at and title your email ‘Dance Troupe 2020’.

  • Please also include the number of dancers/musicians in your troupe and the days on which you would be available.

  • The deadline for submissions is 16 March 2020 .

Things to note:

  • You must be available on at least two days of the Festival - and ideally on Friday 11th September.

  • You must only perform medieval dance – which for our purposes is dance that can be securely dated to before 1500.

  • You should ideally have your own musicians – who might be attending the festival individually, or who can be included in your total line-up.

  • Medieval dress for your performances is definitely preferred.

Camping is available on site at £20 per person or there is plenty of holiday accommodation in the Dale. Early booking is, however, strongly advised!  And, of course, even if you aren’t in one of the groups who get free places, you are very welcome to attend Medieval Music in the Dales where we are sure you will find loads to enjoy.