Beeston Festival promises summertime fun

You know the summer’s here when Beeston Festival rolls around. It’s back on Saturday (6 June 2015) in Cross Flatts Park and organisers are promising a park packed with fun.

Family friendly festivalNo matter what your interest you’ll find something to do at Beeston Festival.

For the youngsters there are Breeze inflatables, a climbing wall, den building with Leeds Scrap, donkey rides, t-shirt and poster printing and the fun fair. If you’re sporty you can try out new games with Yorkshire Cricket, the Leeds United Foundation, the Rugby Football Union and the Lawn Tennis Association. Plus the Bodyline coaches will be demonstrating gym equipment and there’s a chance to give golf a go.

For the music lovers, organisers have teamed up with the Leeds Music Trust to bring you a varied line up on the main stage featuring local indie band The Barmines and ska/roots  headliners Pepperjam. If you fancy playing yourself, just pop along to the Open Mic stage and give your name to Cloth Cat’s compere Cabaret Chris. The Arena will showcase local dance groups including Dynamite cheerleaders and the ever popular Egyptia belly dancers. There are also opportunities to get involved with Zumba sessions and an Irish dancing workshop.

You won’t go hungry at Beeston Festival, as usual there will be stalls offering Asian and West Indian food. Perhaps you would prefer a vintage tea with finger sandwiches and fancy buns? Or a burger from the barbecue? Don’t forget to pick up you homemade cakes and jams. The food stalls will be amongst 80 stalls in the Bazaar offering everything from bric-a-brac to plants and information.

Dotted around the site will be various fun art activities. You can discuss ‘what is an art?’ with Toby and Andrew in the Millennium garden; make woollen spiders webs with Pyramid of Arts; help create a graffiti mural; watch short films made by local people with Basement Arts Project; create a sculpture with The Tetley or perhaps you’d like to be part of a giant message spelling out ‘close the gap’ with Yorkshire Life Aquatic.

Beeston Festival is sponsored by Unity Homes & Enterprise and supported by Leeds City Council’s Inner South Community Committee, ward Councillors from Beeston & Holbeck and City & Hunslet, Leeds Federated Housing, Unison and Citu. The festival is organised and staffed by volunteers.