Guest blog post: Saltaire Festival – from the local to the global

Guest Blog by Claire Gibbons

Save the dates folks, as Saltaire Festival 2017 is less than a month away.  Starting on Friday 8th September, the 10-day festival takes place right across the village, showcasing the very best in music, art, food, and drink, as well as celebrating the World Heritage status of Saltaire with exhibitions, talks and events taking place in venues right across the village.

Building on its success in previous years, the opening weekend showcases the history and heritage of the village with music, food, a one-off opportunity to visit Saltaire’s secret tunnels and plenty for children and families in the beautiful Roberts Park.  Villagers and local businesses will be taking part with pop ups in houses and yards as well as Open Gardens matched with beautiful and original sculptures, forming a trail around the village and its outskirts.  Look out for the trail map coming soon.

The events continue right the way through the week, including Gem Andrews and her distinctive acoustic folk style playing at the United Reformed Church whilst this year’s, ever popular, comedy night features everyone’s favourite Northern charmer from Live at the Apollo and Radio 5’s Fighting Talk, Justin Moorhouse.

The ever-popular market on Exhibition Road, on the closing weekend, will have food, drink and stalls from around the world, whilst the craft market, held in Caroline Street car park over two days, will offer a variety of unique hand-made products from local businesses and individuals. And there’s plenty to see and do in Roberts Park, as ever! Find an original gift (or maybe a treat for yourself!) and support local enterprise and businesses at this year’s festival.

The Festival is completely run by volunteers (like me!) who all give up their time, right across the year, to plan, organise and promote the Festival and run the events themselves. We’re always on the look-out for more people to volunteer during the Festival itself (usually just one two-hour slot) so why not get in touch and get involved.  Email:

We can’t wait to welcome villagers and visitors alike to the Festival this year and hope that everyone has a great time.  Share your stories and photos using #saltfest17 and let’s make this the best Festival ever!


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