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A CELEBRATION OF WILDLIFE

IN ART, MUSIC, POETRY, TALKS, IDEAS, BOOKS, EXHIBITS, FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY

OTLEY WILDLIFE ARTS FESTIVAL 2022

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Saturday October 8 -

Making Sound Tracks - Richard Sabey

A day-long workshop for 11-18 year olds to make music inspired by nature, using instruments, voices and sounds.

Tickets £10 for the day.

At Woolpack Studios in Otley

£10

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Sunday October 9 - Amy-Jane Beer

Join leading naturalist and author Amy-Jane Beer on a journey of natural, cultural and emotional discovery exploring Britain’s rivers as she talks about her book: The Flow, River, Waters and Wildness. Event in partnership with Ilkley Literature Festival.

1.30pm - 2.30pm at Ilkley Playhouse

£10

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Friday Evening October 14 - 

 Main Opening Event: Simon Barnes 

the best selling nature writer and journalist (How to be a bad birdwatcher, Rewild Yourself, On the Marsh). With his fascinating wildlife talk – ‘View from a Mountain’.

7.30pm at Otley Courthouse

£10

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Download our Festival Children's Activities sheet

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Saturday Daytime October 15 - Free Exhibition

Work by local artists, photographers and creative groups, all celebrating our wonderful wildlife. Plus our free short talks programme on wildlife - bumble bees, birds and barn owls, rewilding and climate change, and Children’s Art Activities.

10-4 at Otley Courthouse

Free

Rewilding Yorkshire – John Hartshorn

11.15

Biodiversity Crisis – Extinction Rebellion

12.00

Wasps – Catherine Burton Entomologist

12.45

Lunch break

2.00

Wharfedale Barn Owls – Ian Heard

Free

2.45

Bumbles and other bees – Ann Riley (Wharfedale Naturalists)

3.00

Birds of the Washburn Part 2 – Peter Riley (Wharfedale Naturalists)

Saturday Daytime October 15 - Wildlife Talks

Free in the Art Room upstairs

10.30

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Free

Saturday Daytime October 15 - Free Art Activities

Sticker Art with Alex Eve.

“Anyone can make anything- model your favourite wildlife image – truly sculpture for all.”

Woodpecker Workshop with Otley Sewing Collective.

“Make a woodpecker decoration, brooch or soft toy.”

10-4 in the Courthouse Robing Room

Free

Saturday Daytime October 15 - Craft & Story event for Children

Weave a web, craft a spider, listen to the antics of Anansi the trickiest spider of them all. Bring your own wildlife stories, and jokes to share. Join Pat Foster from Wildlife Friendly Otley.

Morning: 11am - 11.45am | Afternoon: 2am - 2.45pm at Otley Library

Places are limited and must be booked at Otley Library

Saturday Lunchtime October 15 - Live Music and Poetry Performances
Reflecting our wildlife theme by local musicians and poets. 

11-3pm at the Horse & Farrier Pub

Free

Paul Briscoe - Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitarist, Composer & Naturalist

Lorna Faye - Poet and Performer

Harry Orme - Singer & Songwriter

Otley Writers

Jacob Harrison - Classical Guitarist & Composer

Otley Poetry Stanza

Matthew Sturgess (Performing as “The Silver Reserve”) - Singer & songwriter

Courthouse Writers

11.00

11.30

12.00

12.30

1.00

1.30

2.00

2.30

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Saturday Evening October 15 -

 Festival highlight event: Ian McCarthy 

We welcome back, by popular demand, the award winning cameraman and film maker (The Blue BBC Autumn Watch, Life in the Freezer) with new amazing tales and film of wildlife in a new talk ‘Howling With Wolves.’.

7.30pm at Otley Courthouse

£10

FESTIVAL SPONSORS

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