Event Update – 20th June 2014


Preparations are well underway for this year’s Leyburn 1940s Weekend on 26th and 27th July and we are thrilled to see so many of you already booked to attend the dances on the Friday and Saturday nights and to have booked your camping pitch at the Rugby Club.


Major Swing will be in the Market Place all weekend entertaining you with great music from the era to dance to.

The Fabulous George Formby (aka Paul Casper) will be there both Saturday and Sunday entertaining you in his own unique fashion.

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Two local bands will also entertain the crowds on the Saturday – Leyburn Brass Band and Richmond Jam which is a band of young local talented musicians.

Sunday we have pleasure in welcoming the Newton Aycliffe Pipe Band for the first time and are sure they will be a great new addition to the event.

There will be dance lessons held in the Market Place as part of the weekend, so if you need to brush up on your steps or just want to learn the basics of authentic wartime dances, then this is where you need to be.


This year’s Friday night dance will take place at the Bolton Arms in the function room.  There is a special dinner dance ticket available for £11.00 per person for those who are just arriving in Leyburn. You can also buy just a dance ticket for £7.00.  See the website for more details and a booking form.

The Saturday Night Dance is taking place at the Wensleydale School as in previous years and we are delighted to have Jayne Darling perform on the night as well as Major Swing.  “Jayne Darling is one of the top female 1940’s performers, bringing the music of the big band and swing era back to life whilst adding a touch of glamour”.


Tickets are still available via the website or you can purchase them from the Tourist Information Centre in Leyburn during the 1940’s weekend.


Businesses Prepare for 1940’s Weekend

As always, the businesses in Leyburn are busy getting their entertainment sorted for the weekend.

Already confirmed are:

The Bolton Arms, location for the Friday Night Dance have lots planned for the weekend.  They will have a singer in the pub entertaining customers throughout the day, an outside bar and BBQ and a MESS themed canteen upstairs in the function room.

Giovannis will be holding a 1940s quiz on the Saturday Night

Working Wonders with Hair

Working Wonders will be at the dances on the Friday and Saturday nights doing hairstyling.  They will also be located in the Market Place during the day on both Saturday and Sunday.


Priority will be given to people who make an appointment.  Those who turn up without a booking will be seen on a first come first seved basis and given an idea of when they will be ‘done’.

Contact details to book your appointment:

Working Wonders UK
07794 350 253

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Vintage Fair

All stalls are now sold for the Vintage Fair at Thornborough Hall.  Stands will include vintage fashion, home-wares, gloves and accessories, jewellery, small furniture, hats, and I am sure lots more besides.  The hall and surroundings will be buzzing with all things VINTAGE!


Thornborough Hall will also host a Pop Up Vintage Team Room, where you will be able to enjoy the atsomphere and relax in the beautiful gardens. There will be music and dancing throughout the day as well as demonstrations on the Battle of Britain, Parachute Mine and Butterfly Bomb disposal.