Community groups


The Nidderdale Plus Partnership works with any voluntary or community organisation that may be looking for support or advice as their group develops, seeks funding or wants to work in partnership with others.

Funding advice: If you are seeking funds for a project, get in touch with us and we can talk through your project plans, assist you with identifying any funds that might match your project aims, and will work with you to complete applications to funding bodies if required.

Community Arts organisations:

The Nidderdale Arts Partnership aims to create a vibrant arts sector by supporting arts organisations and groups and is a forum for individuals, businesses and community groups to share information and support. Contact us for details.  

You can download a list of art gallery spaces in the region by clicking here.

King Street Workshops: bringing together a small group of highly-talented and skilled craftspeople who design and make their exclusive pieces in the Old Workhouse, Pateley Bridge. Visit for details. See also No 6 Studio at the Old Workhouse for exhibitions and art courses.

Pateley Bridge Art Club: meets monthly at Glasshouses and has an annual programme of speakers, workshops, exhibitions and trips. All welcome – tel 01423 780669

Sawley Arts Group: an active village society embracing every aspect of arts, craft and creativity. Exhibitions, visits, speakers and events.

Nidderdale Arts Bus: coordinated by Nidd Art Trail, the bus travels to galleries and exhibitions in the north throughout the year. Contact Lynn Cook for details: 01423 714865

Nidderdale Museum: a fascinating and friendly museum housed in the Old Workhouse, Pateley Bridge with 11 rooms depicting the rural life of Nidderdale in the recent and more distant past. Run entirely by volunteers.

The Nidderdale Community Orchestra meets weekly during term-time (Tuesdays 6.45 to 8.45pm at Nidderdale High School) and has been supported in its set-up by Nidderdale Plus. Come and join this all-age orchestra, whether you are a regular player or wanting to dust down your musical instrument after a few years break! or tel: 01423 714953

Banding in Nidderdale: promotes brass band playing – new members welcome, including for the new junior band. Summerbridge and Dacre Band – contact

Nidd Chorale: chamber choir performing locally on a regular basis, music including secular and sacred works from the Renaissance to the present day. Contact Margaret Mitchell:

Nidderdale Messiah: annual ‘come and sing’ Handel’s Messiah that raises money for local charities. Details:

Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society presents several productions each year in the delightful 73-seater Playhouse, a converted chapel. Details

Nidderdale Writer’s Group meet regularly in Pateley Bridge and offer a warm welcome to anyone interested in writing – contact Lesley Pemberton on 01423 712063

Community Sports organisations: Sport Nidderdale aims to maximise the contribution which sport and physical recreation make to active lifestyles and health and to ensure that more people in Nidderdale want to play sport and can and do play sport. It is a network of local sports organisations that receive regular newsletter updates regarding events, funding and networking opportunities.

Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre – gym, pool and fitness classes set in a beautiful location. For timetables and prices:

Adult learning: The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) has a Nidderdale Branch, run by volunteers, who help set up courses for local people. Current courses include bird watching and yoga. Visit for details.

Nidderdale AONB: visit for details about the work of the AONB team and opportunities for volunteering in our beautiful environment.

Iron Age Nidderdale: a community archaeology group based in Dacre, exploring the historic workings of this area from Iron Age to Medieval remains. Details:

Glasshouses and District Gardening Club: a local enthusiastic group meeting regularly with speakers and organised trips. Contact Geoff Layen (01423 711664) or June Douse (01423 712124) for details.

Friends of Pateley Bridge cemetery: a volunteer group overseeing the upkeep and well-being of this beautiful ancient cemetery and St Mary’s churchyard, looking down on Pateley Bridge.  Contact Nidderdale Plus for further details.

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association: covering Nidderdale and surrounding dales, this team of volunteers deal with both surface and underground rescues and are always on call. For information:




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