Over the Past 10 Years

Skipton BID has supported events, services and initiatives to make Skipton a better place for businesses, residents and visitors; and we don’t intend to stop now!

Welcome to Skipton

Skipton Business Improvement District’s WelcometoSkipton.com website promotes Skipton and, in particular, Skipton BID levy payers’ businesses to the wider world.

All levy payers’ businesses can be included on this website free of charge, as can events organised to benefit Skipton Town.

Businesses trading in Skipton and the immediate surrounding area can also promote themselves here for a small annual fee.

The Welcome to Skipton website is regularly among the top websites displayed on a Google search for “Skipton”.

Skipton Town Ambassador

Photo: Stephen Garnett Photography

Skipton BID co-funds the Town Ambassadors scheme with Skipton Town Council.

The main areas of Skipton’s Town Ambassador, Judy’s role, include providing a welcoming and helpful service to visitors and residents, working with other agencies to make Skipton a safe place for all and helping to maintain Skipton’s streets in a clean and tidy condition.

Judy has a team of volunteers who help her to carry out these tasks; and as well as being seen on market days, Judy attends most of the special events that take place in Skipton.

Skipton Cycle Races

Skipton BID has supported the Skipton Cycle Races since its inception in 2015.

Finish line 2015 – photo by Dean Reeve photography

The Skipton Cycle Races is an annual event, usually the first Wednesday in July and brings together cycle enthusiasts from all over the UK.

The evening of racing starts with an under 12 fun race, followed by a youth race and culminates with the elite men’s race.

Skipton Christmas Markets

Photo: Stephen Garnett Photography

Skipton BID is proud to support our famous Christmas Markets, which take place on the first two Sunday’s in December.

There is free entertainment throughout the event from 10am, including a Torchlight Procession.  A great festive atmosphere, wonderful surroundings, fantastic shopping and scrumptious food and drink.

Skipton International Puppet Festival

Photo by Craig Shaw: Blu Planet Photo

The Skipton International Puppet Festival draws puppet performers and fans from all round the world to this colourful and unusual event every two years.

Next due on Friday 5th October to Sunday 7th October 2019!

The weekend is packed with shows for children and adults. The shows take place in venues around town and many are free to attend.

Sunday’s performance includes an exciting, colourful procession through the streets where giant creatures create a spectacular finale to the fun. Performers and visitors travel to Skipton from around the world to participate.

Skipton BID is pleased to contribute to the Puppet Festival, thus enabling the festival team to access funding from many other organisations such as the Arts Council.

Sheep Day

Skipton’s heritage as “Sheep Town” is celebrated annually with sheep displays and racing and many other sheep related activities which fill the High Street.

This event is enjoyed by residents and visitors and sees the town packed with folk enjoying the spectacle.

Skipton BID’s support enables this event to provide the variety of entertainment that encourages people to spend the day in town.

For more information on this popular festival check our their Facebook site @SkiptonSheepDay

Skipton In Bloom

Skipton in Bloom
Skipton in Bloom

Skipton in Bloom has been brightening Skipton’s streets for many years.

Their displays are seasonal, such as those in the photograph (at the entrance to the bus station) and permanent, such as the Diamond Jubilee garden on Newmarket Street.

The colourful planting makes the town more attractive and shows residents and visitors alike that we take a pride in the appearance of our town.

Most of the work is carried out by teams of volunteers, whilst a number of organisations in Skipton are represented on the managing committee, making it a Skipton-wide concern.

Skipton BID believes that funding the work of Skipton in Bloom helps to promote Skipton to visitors as well as making it a pleasant place to work and live.

Skipton Waterway Festival

Skipton is well known for its canal network which has served the industries of Skipton and the surrounding district for a long time.

These days the industry they serve is largely that of tourism, and the annual Waterway Festival is a popular event in the Skipton calendar.

Boating people decorate their boats and provide a bright back-drop to the many stalls and activities that take place in and around the canals during the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Skipton BID supports this festival, enabling it to continue to provide a special Skipton attraction.