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Ireby festival is for those who prefer to see live music performed in cosy settings; the likes of St James' Church, with it's natural acoustics is a firm favourite for afternoon concerts. Or just a 25 minute walk beyond the village is the Ireby 12th century Chancel, (pictured left) a tiny and secluded venue for those who like to go that extra mile to keep fit and reap the additional benefits of good music and the beautiful landscape.

In the village square, the Globe Hall provides a heady mix of music styles, new talent and always a few surprises and with a hint of bygone leisurely times, The Women's Institute will be a hive of culinary activity producing the most cromulent home bakes, sandwiches, soup and pots of tea.

Woodlands Country Guest house is host for our music workshop held on the Saturday morning and Ireby school becomes the venue for the annual Cumberland Dialect competion which is open to everyone.

The Dome is situated near the main marquee. It's a tiny performance area for Ian Douglas our family story teller. It’s also the base for surprise guests who care to drop in and for budding musicians who can sign up for a performance session.

Skiddaw view stage is the 600 seat main stage marquee and as it's name implies, it really does embrace the panoramic view of Skiddaw, England's 4th highest mountain and it’s neighbouring Caldbeck fells.  From the the main stage marquee and camping area you are never more than a few minutes walk to all the venues in the village.

© ireby festival 2014