North Leeds gears up for week-long festival

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Venues across Roundhay and Oakwood are gearing up for an action-packed festival of food, beer, arts, literature and more this October half term.

The second Roundhay and Oakwood Festival takes place from October 23 to November 1 and also boasts poetry, comedy and children’s activities throughout the week.

Foodies will be able to indulge in a tasty Street Food Festival which will also host book-signing sessions from local leading food writers at Oakwood Library.

Several film screenings will be showcased during the festival, including at the newly-launched Oakwood Cinema which will show a Halloween-themed film as well as the world premiere of a specially-commissioned film following local fundraisers’ journey in the restoration of the historic Oakwood Clock.

Roundhay Environmental Action Project (REAP) will also be putting on the climate change film, Age of Stupid.

Also during the festival, local writers offer visitors insights into their latest books as well as a poet entertaining locals with street poems.

Guided walks have been organised across the area taking in wildlife, history and architecture and Chapel Allerton Runners will also be hosting an afternoon run around Roundhay, as well as the Park Run around Roundhay Park. .

Youngsters can take part in a variety of craft sessions, including cupcake decorating, pumpkin carving and a ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ themed even at Oakwood Library.

Alexis Keech, chair of Oakwood Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (OTRA), which is organising the festival, said it is gearing up to be an exciting, activity-packed week.

“We have about 40 different events going on - for people of all ages to get involved with,” she said.

Some events are free, some are paid for. View a full list at http://loveoakwood.co.uk.