A bustling market town in an idyllic setting, Settle offers an outstanding quality of life to its residents and a friendly welcome to its many visitors.
Situated in magnificent countryside the strong rural feel lends a powerful sense of community to this historic town – a fact celebrated each year in the Community Festival in the Market Place. The market place is also the focus of attention every Tuesday when the square is thronged with traders.
The town boasts two strong theatre groups, Take One and Settle Amateur Operatic Society as well as Settle Orchestra and the newly established Settle Festival of Theatre. There are also a number of choirs and music groups in the area e.g. Langcliffe Singers, Nonsuch Singers, Craven Camerata to add to the art-scene. There are regular art exhibitions at Linton Court Gallery.
Sports are well catered for at Settle Swimming Pool, North Ribblesdale Rugby club, Settle Cricket club and Settle United Football club in town. A wide range of other sporting activities also takes place on a regular basis.
The town is served by a range of churches of various denominations and many activities and clubs use these as regular meeting places, including Settle WI, the Settle Well project and Settle Woodturners amongst others.
There are a range of voluntary groups and organisations, e.g. Age Concern North Craven, MS Society, Rotary Club in the town who contribute to the life of the area and the well being of its residents. Each year Settle Friends of Chernobyl’s Children welcomes a group of youngsters to the area for respite care.
Young people are also catered for by the Cellar Project, THYNC, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Group and local Scouts and Brownies as well as by the numerous extra-curricular activities on offer at Settle High School and Community College and Settle Middle School.
Adult education is high on the agenda at Craven College (based in the old courthouse) and the Community College.
Organisations such as North Craven Heritage Trust and Settle Local Studies Group also maintain an active interest in the fabric and history of the town.
The local newsletter, Settle and District Community News, run by volunteers helps to keep everyone abreast of the latest developments in this lively community.