Whats On

Traditional Irish music ‘session’

posted 3 Jul 2015, 02:25 by Steve Harris

Wednesday 8th July, 7.30pm approx.

Traditional Irish music ‘session’ hosted by Irish Arts Foundation

Kirkstall Bridge Inn

Bridge Road, LS5 3BW

Free event


Irish Arts F
Registered Charity 1101657

Sneaky Experience - Open Air Cinema

posted 28 Jun 2015, 04:05 by Steve Harris   [ updated 3 Jul 2015, 02:21 ]

Sneaky Experience provide adventurous pop-up cinema screenings to audiences of all ages in unique and inspiring locations. Don't just watch it, be part of it!

Sneaky Experience will be screening films in the Abbey over the Festival weekend, and on further dates in August.

 Friday 10th July (Evening)
Monty Python’s, The Meaning of Life (15)
 Saturday 11th July (Evening)
Shaun of the Dead (15)
 Dates in August    
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (PG)
 Dates in August
Disney's Alice in Wonderland (U)

Warning - Audience participation may take place at these events !

For information on prices, tickets and future screenings, see http://sneakyexperience.co.uk/

Battle of the Bands

posted 27 Jun 2015, 15:29 by Steve Harris

The first ever Leeds Museums and Galleries “Battle of the Bands”™ event will take place at the Kirkstall Festival.

This is an amazing event not to be missed! We will showcase fresh, new, up and coming talent and we’ve called on local groups who are aged 13 to 24 to get involved.

Bands have a 15 minute time slot in which to get on stage, tune up, interact with the audience, play one song, receive comments from the judging panel and exit the stage. This is to ensure that all bands have the same opportunity as many entering are new start-ups with limited set lists.

Other gigs appearing on the Bowling Green Stage are:

Youth Concert Band
Melodie DJ Academy
The Fugitives
The Witness
Hogg’s Bluesy Boys
Junior Frood YMCA
Cirque Dance Leeds
Beneath the Grave

How to get to Kirkstall Festival

posted 12 Jul 2012, 13:33 by Steve Harris   [ updated 3 Mar 2019, 04:03 ]

With the weather being as it has recently it is very likely that parking for the festival will be very restricted. Please also note that this year Vesper Lane will be closed to through traffic. 

Where possible PLEASE try to use public transport, it’ll help to make your day run smoothly.

By bus

From Bramley: Buses 38, 49 and 91, alight at Kirkstall Leisure Centre and walk along to the Abbey (5 mins).

From Hawksworth: bus 50 travels along Morris Lane. Alight opposite Abbey Walk and walk down the hill past the Abbey House Museum (2 mins).

From Headingley: Buses 38 and 91, alight on Kirkstall Lane opposite Kirkstall Leisure Centre and walk along to the Abbey (5 mins).

From city: buses 33, 34 and 757 travel along Kirkstall Road and Abbey Road and stop directly outside the Abbey.

Buses 35, 60 and 508 also travel along Kirkstall Road, alight at Kirkstall Morrisons and walk along Abbey Road to the Abbey (5 mins).

From Horsforth: buses 33, 34 and 757 stop directly opposite the Abbey.

By train

The nearest train station (Headingley)  is ¼ mile walk from Abbey House museum.

The new Kirkstall Forge Station on the Airedale and Wharfedale Line. Walk up through the Kirkstall Forge site (and have a sneak peek at the site under construction) or along the towpath for a more leisurely route to the Abbey / Festival.  Services are available to Leeds, Skipton/Ilkely and Bradford, please check  https:://www.northernrailway.co.uk for times of services.

Please contact Metroline for up to date travel information on 0113 245 7676 or see the Journey Planner on www.wymetro.com

Note: There is likely to be heavy traffic and extra delays between 12:15 and 13:15 due to the procession

Phoenix Concert Band

posted 2 Jul 2011, 09:11 by Steve Harris   [ updated 3 Jul 2014, 04:21 ]

The Phoenix Concert Band is based in Leeds although we draw players from across Yorkshire. We are a community band which prides itself in welcoming woodwind and brass players of all ages and backgrounds.

They cover a very wide range of wind band music ranging from film scores, classical arrangements and dance band music through to contemporary compositions. They share a love of music making and although rehearsals are relaxed and friendly, are very focused on producing a high standard of ensemble playing.

Punch and Judy

posted 28 Jun 2011, 07:41 by Steve Harris

I favourite with kids through the generations.
"Oh no it isn't!, Oh yes it is!". Performances of Punch and Judy in this country can be traced back nearly 350 years, and it’s all set for another 350 years and an appearance at the 380th Kirkstall Festival.

Mutton Chops

posted 28 Jun 2011, 07:25 by Steve Harris   [ updated 28 Jun 2011, 07:40 ]

Strolling Minstrels will be welcoming the hordes to the Festival.

Marvellous Tea Dance

posted 28 Jun 2011, 07:15 by Steve Harris   [ updated 24 Jun 2012, 09:45 ]

Back by popular demand, Tesco presents the “Marvellous Tea Dance”, drop in for a dance and cup of tea – best drink of the day.

Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra

posted 28 Jun 2011, 07:13 by Steve Harris   [ updated 7 Jul 2013, 14:37 ]

The Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra (LYJRO) has been in existence since 1991 and was established by Education Leeds to cater for ever increasing interest in jazz from young people. LYJRO's aim is to offer young people of Leeds the opportunity to experience through performance, the spectrum of jazz related styles ranging from swing to 'hip hop' and funk.

The authority also established a training band which introduces the young people to the first steps in improvisation and jazz ensemble work. In 1993 they won a Gold Award at the National Finals of the Boosey and Hawkes Concert Band Festival held at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Their programme includes tunes from the traditional big band repertoire to more contemporary Latin and Funk styles.

Leeds Morris Men

posted 28 Jun 2011, 07:08 by Steve Harris   [ updated 23 Jun 2012, 05:25 ]

Where would we be without the ringing of bells and waving of handkerchiefs, Leeds Morris Men have been performing this traditional folk dancing for well over 50 years. They were originally formed by Leeds University Lecturers - explains a lot really!

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