Kirkstall Festival 2023: Parade times, acts, activities and stalls set to draw crowds

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Crowds are expected at Kirkstall Festival 2023 this Saturday. Photo is of the 2019 event.

It’s Kirkstall Festival time again – and volunteers behind the 2023 community event have organised a fun-packed day to bring people together at Kirkstall Abbey.

The Festival parade will be leaving Hesketh Road at 12pm on Saturday, 8 July, to arrive at the Abbey around 12.45pm via the following 1.2 mile route:

Attention then moves into the Abbey grounds.

Live music includes ELO Beatles and Beyond, LS18 Rocks, Socially Distant, King Zepha, Leeds Folk Fiddle Group, Music from The Attic, Naomi Kelly, Pat Fulgoni Blues Experience, Leeds Pipe Band, Leeds Morris Men, Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra and more.

Activities include a beer tent, a tea tent, Punch and Judy, Princess Dog Show, Leeds Canoe Club will be running taster sessions on the River Aire, Tailwagger Club Dog Display Team, Pete White’s Suitcase Circus, bingo, Triskele Irish Dance Academy, Viking Village, Leeds Fencing Club, African drummers, Implexus Gym Showdown and more.

The usual funfair will be on hand to provide thrills and spills, alongside dozens of community stalls and activities.

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Kirkstall Festival is run by volunteers.

Festival chair Roger Plumtree said: “As a new chair, I have massive shoes to fill in expanding on what John Liversedge has done over so many years, so I’ve been spending a lot of time with the master to make sure that this year’s Festival doesn’t disappoint. I’m lucky to be taking over such a well honed and experienced team!

“Some of you will know me from my work at Kirkstall Valley Farm, a really vital community food and outdoor space in the Valley, and I think that experience has prepped me well for the ever moving cloud of community events management in challenging economic times.

“No big surprises this year, but I think the line up is one of our best. There are some really big challenges for funding and how we take the festival forward for next year, but that’s for August! Looking forward to seeing you all July 8, at the Abbey.”

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Attendees are being encouraged to buy a £2 programme to support next year’s festival.

Travel information can be found here.

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