Fun-seekers were abbey and they knew it - as thousands enjoyed a baking day in the sunshine at the 35th Kirkstall Festival.
Visitors flocked to the annual community gala, held amongst the ancient ruins of Kirkstall Abbey.
From a parade of bagpipes to the searing melodies of Hope and Social, the massive crowds had a feast of music to enjoy. The ever popular dog show proved a hit with children and large queues formed for the fairground rides and the food vendors, with the local Kirkstall Brewery’s beers proving very popular.
Among the visitors was Heidi May, of Meanwood, who has been for the past three years. She said: “This festival is getting more like a big time music festival. Every year the crowds get bigger, there’s not a lot of room to move around.”
Also among the revellers was Tony Chew, of Kirkstall, who told the YEP: “It’s a brilliant area with really passionate creative people. The more people coming to Kirkstall the better so far as I am concerned. It’s a fantasic place.”
Visitors also took to the festival’s Facebook page both during and after the event.
Peter Wilson said: “Me and the family, including our new daughter, had a great time. Enjoyed the music, won a couple of things on the tombolas, got complimented on my grouping in the archery - dead chuffed as I love it and don’t get to do it often. Even won a coconut for my first ever win at a coconut shy.”
Leeds Folk Fiddle Group, who were among the performers, said: “It was lovely to see so many of you in the audience, hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did!”
And Lucinda Yeadon, deputy leader of Leeds City Council, who is also a ward councillor for the area, said: “A fabulous day at Kirkstall Festival - selling programmes, selling jam, dancing to Hope and Social, limboing and spending time with some wonderful people. My favourite day of the year.”