The small picturesque farming village of Ireby creates an unforgettable and unique atmosphere at its yearly music festival. With a range of music to suit most tastes performed in small venues and a main stage restricted to just 600 weekenders, Ireby festival is considered among the best for those with a real love for music in search of an intimate and authentic atmosphere. Having been sold out early for the last few years make sure to react fast to be part of one of the last festivals where the actual love for music and one another is still the main point of focus.
Ireby festival is for those who prefer to see live music performed in cosy settings.
Such as St James’ Church, Ireby, 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 right) 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.
St James’ Church, Uldale, is just a 10 minute walk from Ireby. First built in the 12th century on the site of the original village, it experienced rebuilding in 1730. A stained glass window enhances the chancel, which was enlarged in 1837. The church has an exterior two-belled tower.
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.