Settle Stories is for the curious. 

Our mission is to change your world through story. 

We collaborate with communities and artists to create transformative experiences that ignite curiosity and reimagine storytelling.

Our flagship festival, year round events and learning programme welcome everyone to our idyllic home in the Yorkshire Dales.

In our new venue The Joinery we bring the world to Settle and show Settle to the world through our live and digital programme.

Our programme is shaped by the following principles:

  1. We pioneer new ways to share stories
  2. Open and inclusive we believe that story and the arts can change lives for the better

  3. We use mindfulness to help everyone realise their creative potential.

  4. We are a home for the myths and folktales that have shaped human lives over thousands of years and the current stories that matter.

  5. We embrace cultural difference by celebrating stories of our community and cultures across the globe.

    We welcome everyone. Whether you’re an online friend, a visitor or live in the Yorkshire Dales, Settle Stories is for you. Join us on a quest to enrich your life and the lives of others with the power of story and the arts.

You too can get involved and join us. Let's create stories together.

Our Values

  • Be open and inclusive
  • Encourage curiosity
  • Be the best you can be
  • Be mindful
  • Think creatively


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.