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Skipton Mart Events

Skipton Mart Events is crowdfunding

raised of £26,000 target by 207 supporters

Weʼre raising £26,000 to Save Art in the Pen, Crafts in the Pen & The Mart Theatre from closure and ensure Yarndale & The Yorkshire Flea can remain at Skipton Mart

Skipton, North Yorkshire

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HELP US SAVE: Art in the Pen, Crafts in the Pen and The Mart Theatre from permanent closure. We are also responsible for preparing the venue for other site hires such as Yarndale & The Yorkshire Flea. Any donations received will help us continue to do so.


Bad Wolf Theatre Company Ltd runs Art in the Pen, Crafts in the Pen and The Mart Theatre at Skipton Auction Mart. Our events include large art & crafts shows, music, theatre, stand-up comedy and panto for Skipton and Craven. We are also responsible for providing the site for other events such as Yarndale, The Yorkshire Flea and Le Petit Depart.

We are a not for profit organisation that invests all profits back into the events we run. This also allows us to provide free and subsidised panto tickets, drama classes with subsidised placements and a free Santa's Grotto every year at Crafts in the Pen.


We closed a week before the official lock down and it is likely our sector will be the last to re-open. We have zero income coming into the business, yet still have the vast majority of our monthly costs.

The Mart Theatre, Art in the Pen and Crafts in the Pen are at risk of permanent closure. Art in the Pen 2020 has already been cancelled and Crafts in the Pen 2020 is also in doubt.

In terms of government grants and funding, we have not received the support we had hoped for. We have now exhausted all possible means to stay open without resorting to a fundraising campaign.


• Emergency Arts Council England grant - unsuccessful

• Government 10K business grant - not eligible

• Government 25K leisure business grant - not eligible

• Craven District Council discretionary grant - we have gratefully received a £4,000 grant, which covers 13% of the total original amount required (£30,000). Unfortunately this does not match the £25,000 grant that other theatres have received.


• We have provided over 4000 exhibition spaces for small and local business to showcase and sell their work.

• Many of our exhibitors make use of the local hotels, B&B's, restaurants and local shops.

• Our events have brought over 98,000 visitors into Skipton, many of whom stay the weekend and/or visit the town and contribute to the economy through chargeable car parks, shops, market, cafes and restaurants

• We have provided a venue for emerging bands, stand-up comics and actors

• We have provided a free, high quality Santa’s Grotto (with gift) each year at Crafts in the Pen

• We create an affordable pantomime each year. The pantomime is also performed for two local primary schools each year at reduced rates.

• We provide a free rehearsal space for Craven College students, who showcase their productions at The Mart Theatre

• We support local performance groups such as The Skipton Musical Theatre Company

• We provide car parks throughout the year for caravan rallies, who also visit Skipton for the weekend

• Our venue is home to several large events such as Yarndale and The Yorkshire Flea, as well as charitable shows such as Girderfork.

The venue also offers parking for Craven District Council events such as Le Petit Depart and triathlons


If we are fortunate enough to exceed our funding target, we plan to use any additional funding to make 2021 fees cheaper for Art in the Pen and Crafts in the Pen exhibitors. We would also reduce hire fees for performers and event planners to help aid recovery of the arts within Skipton and the surrounding area.



• WEBSITE THANK YOU - name listed on the 'Thank You' pages of our websites

• ARTWORK THANK YOU - name listed on artwork to be displayed at future Skipton Mart events and shows


All the above, plus:

• BROCHURE THANK YOU - name listed in our event brochures for three years

• 30 MINUTE EARLY ACCESS - to Art in the Pen and Crafts in the Pen for three years

• PANTO BIRTHDAY MESSAGE - request a video message from our library of panto characters


All the above, plus:

• FREE ART IN THE PEN TICKETS - two free tickets to our next event

• FREE CRAFTS IN THE PEN TICKETS - two free tickets to our next event

Additionally, for every £5 donated, you will be added into a draw to win a fantastic art supply bundle worth over £475, kindly donated by The Art Shop Skipton. For example, a £25 donation will put your name in the draw five times.


We will email all our contributors once the fundraising campaign comes to an end. You will be directed a short form to complete so that we can post the following 'Thank You Gifts'

• 30 MINUTE EARLY ACCESS CARD (donations over £25)

• 2 x FREE ART IN THE PEN TICKETS (donations over (£50)

• 2 x FREE CRAFTS IN THE PEN TICKETS (donations over (£50)

Please DON'T select to donate as 'anonymous' if you wish to receive your thank you gifts as we need to be able to contact you. Your details will not be shared with any third parties.


We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Craven Cattle Mart, Thirsk Farmers Auction Mart and The Art Shop Skipton for their ongoing support with our fundraising campaign.

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    8 days ago
    Update from the Page owner

    We were going to share a milestone when we hit 25% of our target. But thanks to an extremely generous donation from The Art Shop Skipton we have shot up to an amazing 30%. In the next couple of weeks we will be adding in the income made through AITP online. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to help save these events 🥰🥰🥰

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Page last updated on: 7/14/2020 20.47



  • Donna Irving

    Donna Irving

    Jul 14, 2020


  • Andy T

    Andy T

    Jul 14, 2020

    Love Art in the Pen. Keen to keep you guys going. All the very best.


  • Keith and Elizabeth Shorrock

    Keith and Elizabeth Shorrock

    Jul 14, 2020

    Great events! Important to keep them going. Good luck Andy and all the team!


  • Ali Jones

    Ali Jones

    Jul 14, 2020

    Good luck in teaching your target. All the events have a big positive impact on the local area.

  • Sandra Scarlett

    Sandra Scarlett

    Jul 13, 2020

    Have visited/exhibited at Arts and Crafts in the pen for the past few years. Great events and very well attended. Good Luck with the fundraising

  • Anonymous


    Jul 13, 2020

    On Behalf of "Wool 'n' Matters", stall holders at Craft in the Pen.Good Luck!


  • Sarah Thomas

    Sarah Thomas

    Jul 13, 2020

    Would be a great shame if we lost these events.


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Skipton, North Yorkshire

The Mart Theatre opened at Skipton Auction Mart in 2005. Over the years, we developed Art in the Pen and Crafts in the Pen - large, high quality art & craft fairs. The annual wool festival 'Yarndale' and flea markets 'The Yorkshire Flea' also take place at Skipton Auction Mart.

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