Beeston Festival is ready to welcome you

If you’ve been to Beeston Festival before you’ll be expecting entertainment, good food, children’s activities and a fun fair. You will find all that in more in Cross Flatts Park on Saturday (24 June 2023), 12-5pm.

The Festival takes place thanks to the dozens of local volunteers who help run it. It’s not too late to get involved, whether you give up an hour or a day or anything in between. Please email

If the Main Stage is the heart of Beeston Festival, remember that there are activities stretching up to Beeston Road and down to the fun fair in the bottom half of Cross Flatts Park.

Live music includes Indie Rock from Alfie Blue, reggae from The Love Generation and sea shanties from Old Time Sailors, all on the Main Stage.

Over on the Emerge Stage in the Food Court there will be spoken word and rap from Dialect, a rapper/artist from known for his Grimey style and hard hitting lyrics; whilst D3’s real talk, themes of female empowerment and machine gun delivery make for a high energy thought provoking performance.

The Arena has moved to the sports courts this year and features a range of dance and movement performances, co-curated with Leeds 2023 Year of Culture – part of My Leeds Summer

If you can’t get to the entainment, let it come to you. Roving entertainers will be mingling with the crowds around the site including the The Sun Gods and the Lost Explorers.

Don’t miss the chance to get up close with some live animals. We have farmyard animals brought by Bowland Farm; beautiful birds of prey from SMJ Falconry who have also brrought their racing ferrets; plus the ever popular Blackpool Donkeys offer rides for the little ones.

The Big Bike Fix project will be on site, so if your bike needs some attention bring it along and they’ll get you cycling again.

With a hundred stalls, the Bazaar has something for everyone, so make sure you leave enough time to explore it. Right at its heart is the Food Court selling delicious food from around the world. We also have our own Beeston Festival Barbecue and Cafe in the Watsonian Pavilion.

In the Children’s & Young People’s Area you’ll find a climbing wall, a bouncey castle and two Breeze inflatables. In the marquee you can get crafting with Kidz Klub Leeds. There is  also a sensory tent in case it all gets a bit much and you need to chill out.

Head to the Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs) to find sports activities led by Yorkshire Cricket, LS-TEN, Leeds United Foundation and Hamara Healthy Living Centre. Meanwhile the bowling greens at the top of the park will be open all afternoon for anyone wanting to try the sport. All activities are free.

The Beeston Festival programme is available from libraries and community centres and has been distributed via primary schools. Or you can download a copy here: Programme Beeston Festival 2023


This post is based on a press release issued by Beeston Festival


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