Settle Stories

Settle Stories is an Arts and Heritage Charity based in the the market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. Established in 2010 we use stories and storytelling to touch the lives of ordinary people and strengthen communities.

There are three main strands to our work:

  • The Settle Storytelling Festival
  • The W.R. Mitchell Archive
  • The Learning Programme

The Settle Stories Festival brings internationally known and award winning artists to Settle for families and people from all sections of the community to enjoy. In addition we also celebrate and profile the stories of Yorkshire. Our audience for the festival comes from accross the UK and audiences have trebled in size since our first festival in 2010.

In early 2012, we established the W.R. Mitchell Archive which preserves the vivid oral histories from Yorkshire in a digital library of recordings.  Most have never been heard since they were recorded.  The recordings were collected by journalist and Dalesman Bill Mitchell over a period of sixty years,

The Learning Programme is a chance for people of all ages to develop their storymaking and storytelling skills in a supportive environment.  We run regular workshops in schools and for the general public.


Settle Stories is a charity (No. 1141649) and company limited by guarantee (No.751765). A board of volunteer Trustees make the decisions. A small part-time staff team work year round to deliver the work of the charity. We survive because of the generous support and donations from a range of organisations and individuals, you can find out more here. Lots of people volunteer for us and many give us services for free because they want to support the cause.