Kirkstall Festival is a community fun day that takes place every year on the second Saturday in July in the beautiful grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, providing a full day of free entertainment that appeals to the whole family and community.The annual Kirkstall Festival is organised entirely by local volunteers with the kind support of local councillors, Leeds City Council, grant providers and sponsors. It currently attracts over 20,000 people throughout the day, making it one of the largest community festivals in the country. Volunteer Hannah Corah previews this Saturday’s event for West Leeds Life:
Our theme this year is Kirkstall by the Sea, and we are hoping to have lots of fancy dress in our parade – think hankies on the head, buckets, spades, flippers!
Our headliner is Hope and Social but we have so so much more besides – truly something for everyone.
For the youngest, storytelling, fairground rides, animal safari right through to comedy, live music, sports.
Our Youth Stage this year is jam packed with local talent, the afternoon is especially dedicated to a Battle of the Bands organised by Leeds Youth Services.
We will have tons of food stands, lots of ice cream of course but all tastes catered for, including a pizza train!
And we have more than 100 stalls, many from local organisations, as well as buying handcrafts and other items you can support and get to know about local causes and events.
This year really is bigger than ever as we just keep squeezing more onto the site!