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'.
- Wildlife Trust AGM – Wed 17 May
- Footpath from Cleavesty Lane to Crabtree Lane might be possible
- Developer announces revised plan for Church Drive site.
- Duke to close Tuesdays
- Village Ceilidh is on again
- Annual plant sale – 20th May
Tickets sell out fast for this hugely popular annual event in the Village Hall calendar. If you’ve been before then you’ll be reserving your tickets now. If you haven’t, then this is what you’re letting yourself in for:
Each table of eight (book a whole table or join other individual bookings and make friends!) gets a bottle of unmarked white wine to taste and enjoy. On the stage are three wine ‘experts’. Each gives an opinion on the wine. Two are fibbing, one is telling the truth. Your job is to guess the right answer then the price of the wine. This process is then repeated with three more bottles of white and four bottles of red plus the same guessing game on cheeses between each wine.
There are prizes for the winning team and it’s a hugely enjoyable evening to take your friends to.
Tickets are £20 each or £160 per table. It will sell out so contact David Wort on 01937 573082 or
The Wildlife Trust’s annual walk through Ox Close Woods is normally timed to see the woods carpeted in bluebells.