Thousands of visitors expected at Leeds family festival

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THOUSANDS of people are expected to attend the jam-packed Kirkstall Festival this weekend.

The annual family fun day will be held in the grounds of the 12th century Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday, July 12.

The hugely popular event, which is organised entirely by volunteers, is one of the largest annual community festivals in Leeds.

Last year’s festival was a huge success, with an estimated 20,000 visitors attending throughout the day.

The event receives a small proportion of its funding from council grants, but is mainly self-financing, raising money from stalls on the day, food franchises, fairground attractions and programme sales.

Speaking about the upcoming festival, local councillor John Illingworth (Lab, Kirkstall), said: “The excitement of the crowds, as well as the stalls and entertainment means it is just a wonderful occasion.

“We do occasions like this well in Yorkshire – if last weekend’s Grand Depart is anything to go by!”

He added: “There are so many people that come out to the festival.

“Its always heaving with people and it’s such a fun day.

“It’s just about ordinary people being themselves and their kids enjoying themselves too.

“It’s excellent to be there and be a part of it.”

The festival will include a whole host of activities, sports and games.

Entertainment and events include a fairground, over 100 stalls, a Youth Stage, eight performance areas, comedy and live music performances, food and drink, a procession and displays by Aviator Allstars and Kirkstall Crusaders as well as a Birds of Prey display.

A new attraction for this year’s festival is the Buskers Corner, which aims to provide budding local musicians with the opportunity to perform to big crowds.

Those performing on the day include Amber Carey, Peter Richard Houghton, Tim Norton and Careth Cavill.

This year’s Kirkstall Festival will be held at Kirkstall Abbey on Saturday, July 12, from 11am to 5pm.

For more information about the event, or to find out more about the performances, visit the website at

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