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Join in this year’s festival with four wonderful community projects, SING HOLMFIRTH!, RIVER OF ART, FOLLOW THE SWALLOW CARNIVAL PARADE and SCRAPtastic Swallows.

Learn, write and sing some new songs, make a banner, a bird sculpture, make some new friends, share your memories and make a spectacular costume for the parade. Help celebrate the Holme Valley’s historic choral traditions and everything that is great about its people and their stories. We’d love to hear from you as an individual, school or community group to participate in this year’s Festival. ALL FREE!!

SING HOLMFIRTH! Sunday 17 June 3pm, Victoria Gardens

Sing Holmfirth! is a massed choir and heritage project. If you want to join in the singing, open rehearsals are taking place at 2pm – 4pm and 7pm – 9pm in Holmfirth Parish Church on Thursday 24 and 31 May.  Please just come along.  There is also a final rehearsal on 11 June 2018 at 7pm – 9pm in the Parish Church. Please note, you must have attended a workshop with composer, Barry Russell or attended the open rehearsal and attended the final rehearsal to be able to participate in Sing Holmfirth! so don’t miss out!

There is still time to come forward with images and artefacts of former Holmfirth Feast Sings between 1892 and 1990.  If you have anything to share please contact Heather Norris Nicholson on ‘  The silk painted banners are nearly complete thanks to U3A at Holmfirth Library, 101st Huddersfield Guides and Festival Supporters Festival,  these will frame the choir and orchestra and the Oral History training and recordings have also been taking place. w in preparation for the SING HOLMFIRTH! event as part of the Holmfirth Arts Festival on Sunday 17 June at 3pm in Victoria Gardens.


FOLLOW THE SWALLOW CARNIVAL PARADE Saturday 16 June – the Parade leaves Hollowgate at 2pm and will process to the Methodist Church (refreshments served 2pm – 4.30pm)

In collaboration with the wonderful Handmade Parade and Children’s Art School, we will be hosting 12 free workshops in and around Holmfirth between 29 May – 6 June.  We can offer 1 more school/community group, 2 bespoke workshops and we are looking for 1 more parade band.  If you’d like to participate in this way, please contact Alison Povey:

There will also be open drop-in workshops, where artists from Handmade Parade will be on hand to help you make a magical winged creature to wear in the parade, so just pop in to start working on your creation. School groups, families, home education groups, U3A, people of all ages and abilities welcome.  Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Open drop-in workshops at the Upper Market Hall, Holmfirth Town Centre:

Weds 6 June  3.30pm – 6pm   

Thurs 7 June 3.30pm – 6pm   &   7pm – 9pm                    

Sat 9 June 2.30pm – 5pm               

Sun 10 June 10.30am – 1pm  &   2pm – 4.30pm     

Mon 11 June  3.30pm – 6pm             

Tues 12 June  3.30pm – 6pm   &   7pm – 9pm       

Weds 13 June  3.30pm – 6pm 


RIVER OF ART TRAIL – Thursday 14 June – Sunday 17 June (installation)

12 artists are working with 12 community groups and to create an art installation in and around the River Holme in the town. To participate in this project please email:



An opportunity to join fairandfunky to create beautiful swallows from recycled materials ready to flock together for this year’s festival. With schools and community groups fairandfunky will create SCRAPtastic swallows to display around Holmfirth during the festival, and to swoop around the festival parade. Watch out for a SCRAPtastic Swallows tutorial on social media so that you can make your own and join the flight, the gulp, the richness of swallows taking over our town.

Saturday 2 June 11am & 2pm – Holmside Gardens
Saturday 9 June 2pm – Upper Market Hall

You can also make your own SCRAPtastic Swallow at home or work, to decorate your garden or window, or bring it along to follow the flock at the Follow the Swallow Parade on Saturday 16 June at 2pm.  Instructions here:

This page may be updated as we get closer to the Festival, so please keep checking back to find out the latest news.

If you have any queries about participation, please contact Alison Povey, Festival Manager on

It really wouldn’t be the same without you so we look forward to meeting you!