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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 zoe@yorkshirelifeaquatic.co.uk 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 www.beestonfestival.org.uk, www.facebook.com/beestonfestival, 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!

Cycling activities at Beeston Festival

We have a host of cycling activities at this year’s Beeston Festival. We are tying in with the start of the Tour de France right here in Leeds on 5 July.


Right at the heart of the festival, close to the Main Stage you’ll find the Cycle Try Out Zone. Get Cycling are bringing all sorts of bikes and for you to try out including tandems, penny farthings and disability bikes.

Bike Art
Join our artists and help them create a mural on the back wall of the Watsonian Pavilion to celebrate the Tour de France in Leeds. Or help them with the graffiti car, creating a 3D advert for the Grand Depart as they re-decorate a car to be used at Kirkgate Market!

Always fancied yourself as a cycling champion? Poke your head through the hole of our photo board and get a friend take your fantasy picture!

Carnegie Bike-ability will be running sessions for children who can’t yet ride, plus bike games for more confident riders.

Cycle Maintenance
Does your bike need new brakes? Does the chain stick? Bring your bike and get it fixed up. We’ve lined up some technicians who will be sharing their expertise.

Bike Rides
Would you like to ride to Middleton Park and other green spaces, but you’re not confident? Join one of our organised rides, leaving from Maud Avenue. The rides are led by a qualified ride leader. Please bring your own bike.

Please check the programme to find the location of each activity.

Beeston Broncos bring rugby back to the festival

For the second year running Beeston Broncos Junior Rugby League Club will be taking part in the Festival. Their under 11s will be playing their Yorkshire Junior Rugby League fixture against Emley Moor under 11s, kicking off at 1pm at the bottom of the Park on the sports fields next to the Fun Fair.

broncos at hawks v wigan

Just before kick off the players from both teams will be introduced to Hilary Benn MP who was a keen spectator at last year’s game. Why not come along and support your local team pitting their wits against what is certain to be strong opposition from Kirklees.

The Broncos are always on the lookout for new players aged between 6 and 11, so why not come along with your kids and see what rugby league is all about?”