North Leeds: Meanwood prepares for its first ever festival

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A festival showcasing the best of Meanwood - and boasting over 60 events over 10 days - will be launched this Saturday.

The first ever Festival of Meanwood will take place at 15 different locations across the north Leeds suburb, boasting music, art, dance, film, sport, health, heritage, drama, food and drink.

Organised by the Meanwood Valley Partnership, it culminates in the annual fun day on Bank Holiday Monday, May 25, which will be opened by Leeds’ TV actress and scriptwriter Kay Mellor.

Organiser Chris Swales said: “We decided to organise a festival for Meanwood to build on the momentum of last year’s fun day which attracted nearly 2,000 visitors. We wanted to showcase the fantastic range of activities the area has to offer.

“Nestled between Headingley and Moortown, we tend to get overlooked but we have a vibrant, energetic community here that we want to promote.

“Generous funding awarded by the Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving Programme and sponsorship from Moores Homes and Leeds City Council have enabled us to develop the festival which we hope will become a regular annual event.” Groups and businesses have organised taster sessions, such as ukulele-playing, salsa dancing or TaiChi, for people of all ages. There will also be exhibitions of photographs, arts and crafts and a fun dog show.

Chris said: “Food and drink tasting is always popular and we’re really excited that Ringside Brewery has produced a special Meanwood Festival Ale called ‘Stonegate’ which will be in the local pubs for the period. “

The annual fun day, on the cricket pitch at Parkside Road, will be “bigger and better” than last year, with over 40 community and craft stalls, food from around the world and children’s activities.

Visit www.meanwoodfestival.co.uk for full details.