The Sewer

Welcome to The Sewer – the exciting new arts venue and tourist attraction in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

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A conduit and channel for experimental art, The Sewer utilises the scenic and sonic backdrop of Yorkshire Water’s Sewage Treatment Works in the tiny village of Brawby to present a multifaceted series of improvised art events to a world-wide audience. The Sewer is overflowing with music, films and artistic interventions, backed-up by contributions from Award-Winning comedian Stewart Lee, and internationally renowned musicians Billy Jenkins, Matthew Bourne, Oren Marshall, Stanley Bad, Alan Tomlinson, Kit Downes and Mark Sanders.

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Inaugural event: Up To The Hilt - Alan Tomlinson’s sewer solo.
Tuesday 12 November 2013 09:35am in Brawby sewer discharge gutter.

The inimitable master trombonist, Alan Tomlinson, ‘up to the hilt’ in the mire of discharge from Brawby’s Yorkshire Water sewer. Read the reviews.

“The missing link between Schoenberg and Vic Reeves.” Joe Muggs, Arts Desk.
“He can make the trombone sound like frustrated elephants courting or like the finish at Brands Hatch.” Melody Maker.

Check out the What’s On page for the latest Sewer events, dates and times. They’re coming thick and fast.

Don't delay, play today!

Enter The Sewer competition today! It’s just for fun but it’s super-educational! See how Yorkshire Water and the Consumer Council for Water work independently. It’s old fashioned, manual, and all you need is an HB pencil!


YES IS MORE: Audience filming, photography, and sharing of videos & photos on the web and social media sites is ACTIVELY ENCOURAGED. YouTube and Tweet away! Attendance at the sewer event is entirely at your own risk. Wellies recommended. All the artists performing in, or contributing to, the sewer are doing so free of charge. See below:

All the events in The Sewer are free but donations can be made to WaterAid – WaterAid works in 27 countries worldwide, transforming millions of lives every year with safe water, sanitation and hygiene projects.