A SETTLE festival aimed at celebrating happiness will take place on Saturday, May 27.

The Festival of Happiness, which is being organised by Settle Stories and sponsored by Giggleswick School, includes a wide range of arts and community events including the chance to travel to Sierra Leone with stories by Usifu Jalloh and Alim Kamara. Their show is called The Rapper and the Griot.

Danish comedian Sofie Hagan will perform her show Dead Baby Frog, there will be a ceilidh by The New Fox Band and A Recipe for Happiness, a sketch show presented by older people and Age UK North Craven, are amongst the many events on the cards for the day.

Most of the events are free and take place across the town in various venues.

The festival hub will be based at Settle Victoria Hall and there will be a Fairtrade café running in the Friends Meeting house.

It is a natural partnership for the school, said Giggleswick School headmaster Mark Turnbull: "Mental well-being, happiness and a sense of community are at the heart of everything at Giggleswick.

"We have a strong school community here and by supporting Settle Stories' Festival of Happiness we are delighted to be working with the wider community and helping to spread some joy.

"I hope there will be lots of people taking advantage of all that is on offer on the day of the Festival of Happiness as Settle Stories really are bringing something unique and dynamic to the town."

Charles Tyrer, of Settle Stories, said: "We are delighted that Giggleswick School has come on board as our major sponsor for our Festival of Happiness.

"We are an ambitious charity that is committed to collaboration and doing things differently.

"We want the Festival of Happiness to bring people together, to connect people with the diverse range of activity already on offer in Settle and give everybody a chance to come together as a community with top quality entertainment."

For more details on the Festival of Happiness and how to obtain tickets, visit settlestories.org.uk/festival or ring 05603845693.