Uke better believe it – the 10th annual Grand Northern Ukulele Festival is back in Huddersfield this weekend.

The award-winning festival returns on Friday June 16 through to Sunday June 18 and several town centre venues are taking part.

The festival is centred on the Lawrence Batley Theatre and the courtyard outside but other venues involved include The Parish, the Head of Steam in St George’s Square, The County Beerhouse and Northern Quarter.      

There will be jam sessions, singalongs, workshops and performances – and you could even get a discount on your pint at the Head of Steam if you show your uke!

And it’s not all about non-stop music and dance, there’s the chance to chill out too. There’s a Wellness Walk at Castle Hill led by Matt Stead and there’s also a Poetry and Nature Walk at Beaumont Park.

Festival director Mary Krell said: “GNUF is a celebration of the ukulele, of music, of talent and of community.

“It’s quirky, bold and welcoming and is a one-of-a-kind event featuring ukuleles and much more with truly something for everyone.

“We have world class live music, inspiring workshops, chances to sing and play along and more and it’s no surprise that it sells out every year.”

Mary added: “The festival showcases some of the best talent on four strings from around the world and across the country.

“This year sees Cynthia Lin, Abe Lagrimas Jr and Ukulenny making their UK debut performing as U3.

“We’re also excited to welcome the UK’s very own Phil Doleman and to see festival debuts from local favourites The Washboard Resonators.

“As always, there will be dozens of other new and established acts from all over. The festival is known for innovation and engaging surprises and this year there are some absolute treats in store.

“While the main festival is sold out, there are loads of free events taking place on Friday at The Parish, The Head of Steam, The County Beerhouse and Northern Quarter. Don’t miss out!”

The festival is entirely volunteer-run and more than 1,000 people attend the events over the weekend. All Huddersfield hotel rooms are usually fully booked for the weekend.

For more details and a full list of what’s on go to the Creative Kirklees website HERE.

Main image by: James Millar