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Spofforth is a village in North Yorkshire, about 5 miles south of Harrogate and about 3 miles north-west of Wetherby. We’ll be based in Spofforth Village Hall (Long Memorial Hall), Castle Street, Spofforth, HG3 1AP (map). The hall is 80m north-west of the mini-roundabout in the centre of the village where the A661 from Harrogate makes a sharp left turn towards Wetherby. Turn right at the roundabout if coming from Harrogate, or straight on if coming from Wetherby. The hall will be open to Freaks from about 6pm, and will be locked when no-one is there, so look for some Freaks with the key at the Castle Inn (see below) if it’s locked when you arrive.

Friday evening, March 23rd

Some Freaks may go for food at the Castle Inn in High Street, 2 minutes from the hall, or at the Railway Inn a more traditional pub 400m further down the High Street. Otherwise you can buy food from the Londis store next door to the Castle Inn (open till 10pm each day) and cook it yourself in the hall.

There'll probably be a music session in the front bar of the Castle Inn, but please avoid starting one in the Railway Inn, which is a Sam Smiths pub and therefore does not allow music of any kind inside the pub.

Saturday, March 24th

Arrange own breakfast in hall if camping there.

Practice in the hall.
Arrange own lunch in hall or at pub
2pm-ish onwards
Dancing at the Castle Inn and in the Great Hall of Spofforth Castle, a ruined manor house in the care of English Heritage, located just yards from the village hall. Tea in the hall after dancing.
Communal meal to which everyone contributes food, then music and dance in the hall.

Sunday, March 25th

Walk to the Scotts Arms in Sicklinghall for lunch and dancing, about 2 miles, pausing to dance in the grounds of Stockeld Park an 18th century Palladian country house. Afterwards walk along farm tracks back to Spofforth to have tea and then disperse.

Accommodation etc.

Indoor camping in the hall, Friday and Saturday nights. The Castle Inn (01937 590200) (see limk above) has rooms available. There appears to be no other accommodation in Spofforth itself, but there is plenty in the surrounding area within five miles, e.g. in Wetherby and Harrogate. Try the following: Airbnb, B&Bs near Spofforth, Visit Harrogate.


About ten parking spaces are available in the road just in front of the hall but are often occupied and are not reserved for hall users. Free parking on nearby streets is available. Either option can be used by camper vans.


The nearest rail station to Spofforth is at Harrogate. The bus station is nearby. Bus service no. 71 to Leeds via Spofforth leaves Harrogate Bus Station on weekdays at 10 and 40 minutes past each hour until 17:40 and then at 20 minutes past the hour from 19:20 to 23:20. Buses for the return journey on Sunday leave Spofforth at 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00. Alight or board at Low Lane Farm bus stop, about 70m south of The Castle Inn. Bus service no. 70 to Leeds via Spofforth leaves Harrogate on weekdays at 16:10, 17:10 and 18:20. Alight at The Castle bus stop, a few yards from the hall. No Sunday service.


  • The charge for attending Freaks is £5 per head.
  • Freaks in the Peaks badges and t-shirts are available for sale on the day.
  • Dance and music notation are available from here (dances) or here (tunes) – feel free to suggest others. Please download these if you want them, though some paper copies might be available on the day.
  • If you have any good pictures, please send them to for the photo gallery.
  • See the contacts link if you need to contact us in general before before the event.
  • For info on the day or in advance, Dave's mobile is O7715 744O28, or maybe try Elmo's O7801 312466 on the day, depending on reception.
  • If you have them, please bring rag jackets or similar; bells; sticks/hankies; and photos of previous events!
  • If you find yourself needing our constitution, it's here
  • Lastly, a reminder that everyone is welcome – especially beginners and musicians

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