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Festival programme released

The programme for the festival has been released today (17 May 2016).

BFBrochure2016Reverse03It’s currently with the printers and copies will be distributed via schools and other communities venues, but you can download it here and now (file is 3.6 Mb):


The programme has details of the live music on our two stages: the Main stage with Leeds Music Trust and the Cloth Cat Stage, as well as the dance, martial arts and clown acts in the Arena.

A handy map will help you navigate Cross Flatts Park so you don’t miss anything from the 100 stalls in the Bazaar to the children’s activities, sports and fun fair.

BF 2016 site map

Unity Homes & Enterprise sponsor Beeston Festival

Unity Homes & Enterprise has been announced as the main sponsor for this year’s Beeston Festival which takes place on Saturday 4 June in Cross Flatts Park.

Preparations are well under way for the big day which will feature live music from The Ukrainians; food from around the world; dance in the arena; sports, inflatables, arts and crafts; a fun fair; and of course dozens of stalls in the bazaar.

Ali Akbor, Unity’s Chief Executive said:

“Unity Homes and Enterprise has an historic association with Beeston Festival and we are proud to be lead sponsor once again.

“The event has become a highlight in the Leeds summer calendar and, alongside local residents, attracts many people from outside the area to celebrate what is best about Beeston.

“Unity owns a significant number of homes in the area with 18 new houses also under construction and others in the pipeline.

“We are strongly committed to Beeston and, through our support for the Festival, want to play the fullest possible part to promote the many cultural and community attractions it has to offer.”

Beeston Festival has also received funding from the Inner South Community Committee; Beeston & Holbeck councillors; City & Hunslet councillors; the BIG Lottery Fund; and Sport Relief Community Cash.

This post first appeared on South Leeds Life.

Join the Birds Eye display at Beeston Festival

Yorkshire Life Aquatic are teaming up with Beeston Festival to create a “Birds Eye” View display using people to create giant words and patterns in the park.

Close The Gap

We are looking for people to join in with us to make this happen at Beeston Festival on Saturday 6 June 2015 in Cross Flatts Park in Beeston. We are hoping that you can come along and bring your friends.

Who we are:

We are Yorkshire Life Aquatic (a dry land synchronised swimming team based in Yorkshire) and friends and our mission is to create with festival goers a “birds-eye’ view display to celebrate and send a hopeful message for people using words in synchronisation.

We want to spell out the words “Close the Gap’ as a message of hope for our communities. Close the gap – for the common good of every person.

For this to have the most effect we need people as many as possible, the activity is open to all ages and abilities.

We welcome everyone to join us. The highlights will be captured from above with a camera and mini helicopter device. We would like to evolve a “birds-eye message” of hope and joy to celebrate communities everywhere at Beeston Festival.


We will begin assembling people at 12 and the activity starts at 1pm.

Come along and/or share this with your networks and/or invite along friends/ groups of people you work with.

Feel free to get in touch via email or telephone Zoe on 07739 456156.

This post first appeared on South Leeds Life.

Come and make some art at Beeston Festival

With less than three weeks to go to the 2015 Beeston Festival, sponsored by Unity Homes & Enterprise, everything is in place for another memorable day of fun activities, music and food.

Poster2015 yellowCross Flatts Park will be transformed on Saturday 6 June between 12-5pm. As well as the usual mix of live music, dance, sport, children’s activities, a bazaar full of stalls and a fun fair, this year’s event will have an accent on art.

British Art Show 8 is coming to Leeds in October 2015 and to celebrate the festival organisers have teamed up with a range of arts organisations to bring some fun activities to the park.

Pyramid of Arts will invite you to help them build woollen cobwebs amongst the trees; Basement Arts will be showing the short films made by Beeston residents with help from Leeds Beckett University; Andrew and Toby from East Street Arts, currently living on the Garnets, will be inviting you to help design a totem pole for the park.

Meanwhile dry land swimming team Yorkshire Life Aquatic who will help festival goers create a “birds-eye’ view display to celebrate and send a hopeful message for people using words, patterns and dry land swimming. The results will be captured on camera by a small quadricopter drone.

Staff from The Tetley art gallery will be helping festival goers create a sculpture on the day, whilst elsewhere in the park another graffiti mural will be created on the wall of the Watsonian Pavilion.

On the sporting front there will be wrestling displays and Leeds Roller Dolls. There will be plenty to get involved with from football rugby and cricket through to golf and table tennis. Or perhaps you’d like to try The Works’ BMX track, or the climbing wall?

In the Bazaar, you can browse amongst the hundred stalls offering food, plants, jewellery, bric-a-brac and information. Throw in cream teas, live music and donkey rides and it’s looking like another great day of fun.

As well as Unity Homes and Enterprise, the festival is sponsored by Leeds Federated Housing, Unison and Citu; and receives financial support from the Inner South Community Committee and from the Councillors of Beeston & Holbeck and City & Hunslet wards.

For more information go to,, or follow them on Twitter @BeestonFestival.

This post first appeared on South Leeds Life.

Date set for 6th June 2015

The committee can confirm that the 2015 festival will take place on Saturday 6th June.

For a number of year’s we held the festival on the second Saturday in June, but from this year onwards it will be held on first Saturday in June. We have changed this to reduce our costs and improve the fun fair offer to festival goers.

We will be announcing details of stall booking arrangements and our first confirmed acts in the coming weeks, as well as a new look to the festival’s branding.

So watch this space!