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.
Local shops, producers, community groups, quirky, different, hand made, Makers, Growers, Restorers and Artists.
If you are interested in having a stall email email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
If you are able to support the festival in any other way please get in touch. Thank you!
BEHIND THE SCENES
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.
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:
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.
BUSES AND TRAINS
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