Four miles south west of Wetherby, at the heart of the so-called golden triangle of Wetherby, Harrogate and Leeds is the idyllic location of the Lower Wharfedale village of East Keswick.
This ancient Domesday Book village lies on a quiet country lane which meanders between Collingham and Shadwell. The community comprises some 1146 people, two pubs, two churches, a twice a week post office, village hall, hairdressers, beauty salon and butchers.
The village is a conservation area surrounded by rich farmland and numerous attractive walks. Its history has been chronicled in a highly acclaimed Millennium Book and probably uniquely, it enjoys its own Wildlife Trust which manages large tracts of local land.
In September 2001, it was awarded Best Village in North of England regional finals of the nationwide competition sponsored by Calor and the Daily Telegraph. Five years later, in the 'best of the best' competition, the village was the Northern Regional Winner.
On July 11th 2002, HM The Queen was driven through the village on her route from Harewood to Leeds and on St Valentine's Day 2003, HRH The Prince of Wales spent more than two hours visiting the village and meeting some of its residents. His Deputy Private Secretary wrote later 'The Prince of Wales has asked me to express to you just how much he enjoyed his visit to East Keswick. It is a remarkable village in every way and it gave him the greatest possible pleasure to visit it and to meet so many residents. The community spirit and sense of identity and belonging impressed him beyond measure'.
- Star to get a new look
- Crime figures fall to previous levels.
- Village speed limit to stay at 30
- Harewood Road evening closure completed ahead of schedule
- Should the village have a 20mph limit?
- Parish Assembly hears review of the year
Each Spring the Parish Council hosts two walks around the village. One short, one long. This is the shorter walk. Everyone is welcome including accompanied children and dogs. It’s a good way to meet other villagers. Just turn up
This is the second of two annual walks hosted by the Parish Council. Just turn up and enjoy a walk with other villagers. Children and dogs are also welcome. The walk will take you along our northern boundary with the River Wharfe and is a delightful way to spend a summer evening in the river meadows. Wear weather appropriate clothing and footwear
Our annual village beer festival is a superb family event which raises money for very deserving charities from Parkinsons to mental health and the local primary school.
You’ll find a huge selection of real ales plus imaginative lagers, gins, Prosecco and soft drinks together with a full timetable of live music, children’s entertainment and food for purchase.