• Farsley Festival 2017

    Saturday 24th June from 12pm at Hainsworth Park


    Community led festival with live music, arts, performances, food, family activities and more. Free entry

  • This year's theme is PLAY

    There's always lots to do for music lovers, families and foodies

    PLAY isn't just for kids! PLAY is important for adults too.

    PLAY instruments, PLAY with words, PLAY Music, PLAY performance...

    From brass bands to acoustic, spoken word to theatre, there is bound to be something you'll stop to enjoy. We'll be announcing acts soon.


    We'll entertain you as you explore the festival

    PLAYful performances

    Who enjoyed Trees Alive and Suitcase Circus last year?? Well there will be more of that in 2017.


    If you are a performer interested in appearing let us know.







    Local shops, producers, community groups, quirky, different, hand made, Makers, Growers, Restorers and Artists.

    If you are interested in having a stall email lovefarsley@gmail.com

    The ever popular Mini TeePee Festival returns

    PLAY games, PLAY with toys, PLAY with your imagination.

    There's so much to do and see the kids will go home all tuckered out - yet another reason to take them to Farsley Festival this year!



    Food and Drink

    In 2016 we invited everyone to bring a picnic and eat alfresco with their friends and family. It was a great success, so grab your picnic blanket, chairs and whatever you fancy eating, sit back and enjoy a lovely picnic at the park.


    There will also be plenty of food vendors to purchase food/drink from throughout the festival too. We'll be announcing who will be joining us soon.




    Memories of PLAY and what PLAY is in Farsley

    We'll be looking back as well as in to the future.

    Every year we have a Big Community moment; 2015's was getting 1,000+ people wearing knotted hankies, 2016 was the hundreds of pom poms made by the people of Farsley which decorated St John's Church tower.


    This year's will be announced in the next few weeks.




    News: Save the date - Saturday 24th June 2017 - Farsley Festival, Hainsworth Park, Free entry

    Farsley Festival Fundraiser.....Get Fizzy at the Quizzy

    Friday 24th March, 7.30pm

    Sunnybank Mills

    Join us at our 80s themed quiz night

    Dressing up is optional, the 80s soundtrack won’t be!


    Tickets £5 available from Farsley Library & www.fizzquiz.eventbrite.com

    Pre book your place by Mon 20th!


    Food* & booze to purchase on the night & everything raised goes towards Farsley Festival


    * Pulled pork/halloumi butties available on a first come first served basis


    First fundraiser of the year was a success

    We raised over £450 by collecting unwanted Christmas trees - a great start to the New Year.

    Our team of volunteers collected over 100 Christmas trees, saving the community over 100 trips to the tip!


    Keep an eye out for future fundraising activities. If you are interested in helping out get in touch lovefarsley@gmail.com


    Farsley Community Weekend

    June 2016


    We took a year off in 2016 but had a fabulous time celebrating all things Farsley at our Farsley Community Weekend - find out more here.


    2015 Guinness World Record - we did it!

    Guinness World Record Zone is sponsored by Palmer Plants

    838 of you got your knotted hankies out


    We kicked off the festival in sytle this year with over 800 people being carefully counted into the Guinness World Record Zone.


    We have a few thank you's to make

    Phil Morris - our treasurer - who came up with the mad idea in the first place.

    Palmer Plants who provided all the foliage that marked out the zone.

    And finally - all of the lovely people who came and donned their knotted hankies.


    Check out this video - Youtube link


    Without a strong team of volunteers and the support of local businesses the festival could not take place.

    Join our merry band of volunteers by emailing lovefarsley@gmail.com


    Over the years we have had collection tins in local shops, sold merchandise, had stalls at the Farmers Market, had a crowd funding website, bucket shakers on festival day - if you are able to assist with this, or willing to host a donation pot, please let us know and we will be in touch.



    There will also be opportunities on the park for businesses to have stalls, email us for details.



    We're looking for local people/organisations that want to offer fun activities based on our theme.


    Whether you are an artist who fancies getting creative in the park, local dancers, or could host a workshop we'd love to hear from you.



    Current opportunties

    Artists: Would you like to use our space to showcase your creative play ideas?


    Bands: Can you get the crowd dancing and singing along?


    Performers: We love the unusual, quirky and interesting. Audience participation and crowd drawing entertainment.


    Volunteers: One hour, one day, once a month - we'd welcome anything. Planners, doers, stewards, collectors, co-ordinators and many other roles available.




    Thank you to all our sponsors - your generosity makes the Festival possible.

    HEADLINE SPONSOR: Manning Stainton

    Manning Stainton estate agents offer the widest choice of property in the Leeds and West Yorkshire region. With over 300 new properties for sale with us each month, they are sure to have what you’re looking for. They have a dedicated, experienced team of property professionals who can help you out with expert advice and local knowledge, including property value in the area.



    We still have sponsorship opportunities available email lovefarsley@gmail.com for further details.


    If you are able to support the festival in any other way please get in touch. Thank you!


    A glimpse into how the festival is organised, paid for and run.

    Farsley Festival Group

    part of the Farsley Community Initiative


    The Farsley Festival Group was set up in 2013 with the aim of making the festival sustainable in the long term. We aim to make sure that Farsley Festival is offering fun, entertainment and engagement for many years to come.


    We are a disparate group of volunteers, with day jobs.


    If you'd like to join our merry band we're always looking for more helpers! If you're interested in helping out please contact us at lovefarsley@gmail.com putting Volunteer in the title.


    Thank you to everyone who worked extremely hard throughout the years.



    Farsley Festival is funded by generous dontations from the Farsley Charity, local business and fundraising activities throughout the year and on the day. 


    The Farsley Festival is self funded through:


    • Sponsorship & advertising (approx 25%)
    • Donations (approx 30%)
    • Selling of merchandise (approx 20%)
    • Leeds City Council funding (25%)

    It is the perfect opportunity to support your local community, email the team to find out how you can get involved.

    Where did the Sheep come from?

    It's all due to Rev. Samuel Marsden


    He was born in Farsley in 1764, he was educated at Cambridge and then took on missionary work in Australia and New Zealand.  In 1807 he brought the first wool from Australia to the UK for commercial use, and in 1809 took back five Spanish Merino sheep given him by King George II.



    Our Sam effectively started the wool trade that made the north the great industrial power that it was.


    When you combine that with the fact that we have two Mills in the Village then sheep had to be our mascot.  Baaaaaa.


    There's lots of ways to get in touch or stay up to date















    For all press enquiries please contact our Press Officer - Ann-Marie Keighley 
    Twitter - @farsleyfestival


    Email - lovefarsley@gmail.com 


  • Transport



    The following buses serve the Farsley area -

    72 - Bradford to Leeds Route - Get off at the top of Old Road - and walk down to the Festival

    16 - Pudsey to Whinmoor - this bus normally travells down Town Steet, but will be diverted during the Festival - again we'd recommend that you get off at the top of Old Road and walk down to the Festival

    508 - Leeds to Halifax - this bus normally travells down Town Street, but will be diverted during the Festival - again we'd recommend that you get off at the top of Old Road and walk down to the Festival



    The Bradford and Manchester Victoria trains stop at New Pudsey. Follow the signs from the station to Farsely village centre it's about a 15 minute walk from the station




    Use the form below to get in touch