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  • Friday, May 20th, 2016

Get involved! | Family Fun & Participation at #HAFest2016



This year’s Holmfirth Arts Festival from has a treasure trove of participatory and family events just waiting to be explored.

The opening Saturday (18 June) will get everyone in the mood with a vibrant Creature Carnival through the streets of Holmfirth at 3pm, and local people are being encouraged to get involved. The parade will bring together animal masks, floats and giant puppets to create a vibrant and exotic spectacle through the town from Hollowgate to Sands recreation ground.

Festival Director, Fiona Goh, said:

“We would love as many individuals, families, bands, dancers and performers as possible to join our parade so please get in touch or come to one of our free workshops to help make something to wear on the day.”

The parade is preceded by a special children’s writing workshop at 11am in Holmfirth Library. Members of Holmfirth Writers’ Group will be running a special ‘Word Circus‘ with a chance to make your own vegetable circus character.

And if you don’t have time to get a costume together for the parade, why not join in the Pop-Up Samba band? Free workshops take place between 1-2pm in Holmeside Gardens on the afternoon of the parade, and no experience is necessary.

Families can also take their younger children Into the Woods on Monday 20 June from 4-6pm to experience the magic of making camp-fires, making hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows. Or enjoy another outdoor treat from 4-6pm on Thursday 23 June; exploring New Mill Community Garden with an evening of camp-fire cooking and creative garden art.




Older children will have the opportunity to try their hand at daring aerial circus techniques when Upswing bring their high energy act Show and Have a Go to Victoria Park on the afternoon of Saturday 25 June.  Watch the show then take part in one of two open workshops!

Musical participation comes in the form of Let’s Make a Circus: a chance to join New Music Holmfirth and local composer Barry Russell to create a unique community music performance. There are free workshops on Tuesday 21 June and Saturday 25 June, and the final performance takes place at Holy Trinity Church on the Saturday evening.

And don’t forget the ever-popular Art in the Woods, where over 30 artists will create a trail of installations set against the backdrop of reservoir and woodlands at Holme Styes.  There is an opportunity for visitors to vote for their favourite artworks along the trail and children will be encouraged to spot the different artworks as they walk around the woods.

“All these events, except Into the Woods and Into the Garden, are free and open to everyone,” said Fiona. “It’s great that we are able so much for families to get involved with this year – we are just keeping all our fingers and toes crossed for good weather!”

Holmfirth Arts Festival is funded by Arts Council England and Kirklees Council, and receives support from Longley Farm and other local businesses and individuals.

To find out more pick up a Festival brochure, visit our ‘What’s On‘ page or follow the Festival on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news.  To book direct call 01484 223200.