Otley Pub Club welcomes and supports the 22nd Black Sheep Otley Folk Festival

Otley Pub Club are proud to support the Black Sheep Otley Folk Festival, Otley’s biggest annual event and a big boost to tourism in Otley and to the town’s famous pubs in particular.

The 22nd Otley Folk Festival takes place 20th-22nd September and the town and its pubs will be alive with music, dance and visitors and locals enjoying the atmosphere.

Otley Pub Club have met with Otley Folk Festival organiser, Steve Fairholme, to discuss how Otley Pub Club and Otley Folk Festival can work together and with the close association that the Festival hjas with Otley pubs, this make a natural partnership. Otley Pub Club are promoting the Folk Festival to its members.

The Folk Festival itself takes place in several venues in the town – the Methodist Hall, Korks Wine Bar, the Rugby Club, Cricket Club, Labour Rooms and Otley pub the Horse and Farrier. At the same time, Otley’s many pubs stage sessions or other live music and morris dancing during the day.

Two Otley pubs – The Black Horse Hotel and the Horse and Farrier both offer good quality bed and breakfast accommodation and are expected to be fully booked by festival goers and there is also a campsite with a shuttle service.

This year is the first Otley Folk Festival since the publication of Otley Pub Club’s ‘Historic Otley Ale Trail’. The trail has proved a great success, featuring all the town’s pubs and also where the ‘lost pubs’ of the town used to be. The Historic Otley Ale Trail is available in most Otley pubs and also in the Tourist Information Centre at the Library and is also on the Otley Pub Club website with information on Otley’s pubs at www.otleypubclub.co.uk.
Details of the festival, the campsite and how to buy tickets are all available at the Folk Festival website www.otleyfolkfestival.com.

Andy FitzGerald, Acting Chair of Otley Pub Club said:
“Otley Pub Club is delighted to work together with Otley Folk Festival to support and promote this excellent event and the town’s pubs, that play such an important role in the Folk Festival weekend. We will be promoting Otley Folk Festival and also hope that Folk Festival goers will for the first time enjoy our Historic Otley Ale Trail, which we published this year”.

Steve Fairholme organiser of Otley Folk Festival said:
“I am delighted that Otley Folk Festival has the support of Otley Pub Club. The Folk Festival has always worked closely with the town’s pubs and it is great that Otley Pub Club supports and promotes them. Otley’s pubs are very important to the Festival and they also benefit from the extra visitors to the town, something we are very pleased about”.

Greg Mulholland MP, Otley’s MP and President of Otley Pub Club added:
“Otley Folk Festival is the biggest event in the Otley calendar and a big boost to local tourism. Otley’s famous pubs are a key part of the appeal of Otley Folk Festival and another reason many people come. I am looking forward to a successful 22nd Otley Folk Festival, great folk music, dancing and a great atmosphere in all the festival venues and the town’s excellent pubs”.

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