Kirkstall Festival set to attract thousands of visitors

Crowds at Kirkstall Festival
Crowds at Kirkstall Festival
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THE 35th annual Kirkstall Festival takes place in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey from 11am to 5pm this Saturday.

The festival, which last year attracted 25,000 visitors, will feature a fairground, more than 160 stalls and eight performance areas.

The festival parade will leave Hesketh Road at 12pm and arrive at Kirkstall Abbey at 1pm.

Leeds-based band Hope and Social, who played the opening ceremony of last year’s Tour de France, will perform.

Also playing will be Red Light Revival, Leeds Folk Fiddle Group, Phoenix Concert Band, The City of Leeds Youth Training Orchestra and Leeds Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Among other attractions will be a battle of the bands, Punch and Judy show, circus workshops and a dog show.

The event is organised by Kirkstall Festival Committee, which is part of Kirkstall Valley Community Association.

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