THE Dales village of Austwick will be putting on a show this Bank Holiday Monday as it stages its 38th street market and fell race.

It will be decked out with cuckoos of all shapes and sizes made by creative residents.

Austwick’s cuckoo legend states that the villagers found a cuckoo nesting and as they are an omen of good weather, they built a wall around it to keep it safe.

Highlights of the day will be the Thwaites dray horses, Settle and Giggleswick Brass Band, vintage cars and local crafts, produce, plants and baking. Children will enjoy the games, activities, face painting and are invited to join the Alice In Wonderland themed fancy dress parade.

The church will be hosting a flower festival, also themed around Alice In Wonderland and the Dales Doodlers will be exhibiting their work in the parish hall.

“Last year’s street Market was blessed with beautiful weather and was a record year for fundraising. But each year the village seems to excel itself and we’re sure that this year’s Cuckoo Festival will be another fantastic event,” said Jane Lothian, Street Market Committee Chair.

The Austwick Amble fell race, sponsored by Candelisa Property Development, has become a key event in its own right.

The eight-mile adult course takes in a stunning route through limestone scenery above the village. Junior races start at 11.20am and the senior race at 1pm. Entries are available online at or on the day for up to 300 runners.

All funds raised on the day go towards the upkeep of two key village facilities - the village hall and the playing fields.

The village are very grateful to the main sponsors this year for their generous support of the Street Market: Tarmac, Fairhurst Stone and Settle Coal.

Where possible, visitors are asked to arrive by bike, on foot, car share or ideally travel on the public bus, as parking is limited and the main street through the village is closed between 9am and 4pm.

The 581 bus runs from Settle to Kirkby Lonsdale, via Austwick, twice a day on Bank Holiday Monday.

Entry to the street market is with the programme, suggested donation £1 on the gate, children free.

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