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The 6th Leeds Waterfront Festival!


This weekend is the 6th Leeds Waterfront Festival!

This year’s festival documents a fantastic range of events, stretching all along the Leeds Waterfront from Thwaite Mills, Clarence Dock, Brewery Warf, Dock Street to Granary Wharf.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy. The strong partnership that enables the waterfront festival to be so successful was recognised when it won the Waterways Renaissance Award 2012 for last years event!

Saturday features the return of the amazing Dragonboat Race. Businesses, residents, and charities battle it out to be the 2013 winners which promises great fun and entertainment.

Meanwhile over at Brewery Wharf the festival vibe continues with street performers, family activities, street dancing, a traditional outdoor marke, including traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland and many more countries in traditional costumes.

Don’t just rely on me to tell you, check out the fun below.


Filey Town Festival!


Final preparations have been finalised for the 9 day Filey Town Festival that will begin on Saturday 29thJune.

Ellie Jenkinson has been chosen to be the Festival Queen and in this role she will be supported by Kai Briggs as the Prince and Isabelle Thompson, Princess.  They will be crowned by the Filey Town Mayor, Cllr. John


Shackleton during the Opening Ceremony which begins at 11.00 am this Saturday.

Before the Opening Ceremony the traditional Craft Market will have already been under way for two hours in the Evron and Crescent Gardens and there be music on the terrace by two Scandinavian Youth Bands followed by entertainment from Carl Sutcliffe.

At 2.00 pm the Hunmanby Silver Band will be playing on the Bandstand until around 2.25 pm when the Red Arrows aerobatic team will do a low level Flypast after they have completed a display in Scarborough.  Shortly afterwards, at about 2.45 pm it is then scheduled that there will be a Flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Spitfire, Lancaster Bomber and Hurricane) on their way towards Scarborough.

The music continues throughout the day with the Gaslight Jazz Trio playing into the evening, when there will be two concerts to choose from, both involving young people.  The Methodist Church will host a “Musical Selection” performed by Filey School.  In the Concert Hall the YMCA Musical Theatre School will be presenting “Rewind”, consisting of Hits and Skits from the 1950s to 2013.

ac864570-d081-41dd-a637-ca4e9d3c720bA programme of entertainment has been revised for Sunday when the Craft Market will continue in the Evron and Crescent Gardens from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. This will include displays by the Bridlington Red Admirals Majorettes.  These displays will take place on the Evron Terrace, beginning at 12 noon.

Following these displays there will be scheduled Line Dancing Demonstrations arranged by Norma Gregory on the Evron Terrace at 2.00 pm and also Musical Entertainment by David Clegg at the Organ in the Bandstand.

The festival continues through the week with music, dance and fun and games concluding next weekend with The Festival Finale – a Concert in the Methodist Church with the Shepherd Group Brass Band, North of England Champions 2012, 1st Section.  This concert will be attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of  the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr. Andrew Backhouse and Mrs Sue Backhouse and the Filey Town Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr. John Shackleton and Mrs Susan Shackleton.

Mayoress of  the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr. Andrew Backhouse and Mrs Sue Backhouse and the Filey Town Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr. John Shackleton and Mrs Susan Shackleton.


And while you’re in the area…


Scarborough Armed Forces Day will be held on Saturday 29th June 2013 and this year we have some very special guests flying by…the RAF’s very own aeronautical acrobats, the world-famous Red Arrows!

Crowds in Scarborough will also be treated to extraordinary displays from an RAF Typhoon – a multi-role combat aircraft capable of flying twice as fast as the speed of sound, as well as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, comprising of a Spitfire, Hurricane AND the much-loved Lancaster Bomber!

The Armed Forces Day is a national event which will be celebrated in over 88 towns and cities across the country this year to raise public awareness and highlight the outstanding contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

Scarborough is proud to take part in the national Armed Forces Day (AFD), with the event giving the town and the whole borough the opportunity to ‘show your support’ and say thank you to the men and women of the Armed Forces community, which includes serving personnel and their families, veterans and the cadet forces.

This will be the fifth annual AFD celebration that could attract more than 20,000 people to the town’s South Bay seafront. This year the focus will be the Royal Air Force and so we are taking to the skies with RAF aeronautical displays! The tide will be out so there is plenty of room for activities with one or two paratroopers hopefully ‘dropping in’ on the action too!


How about South Yorkshire?


Sheffield Children’s Festival, organised by Sheffield City Council, is the largest festival of its kind in the UK and a major event in Sheffield’s cultural calendar.

Each year the total number of children and young people taking part in the festival increases dramatically and in 2012  over 35,000 were engaged! This means even more children will have the opportunity to work with professional artists, develop their creativity, exhibit work, perform in city centre venues, participate in workshops and special events and enjoy performances of dance, theatre and music.

What the festival aims to do, is get children working with professional artists and performers and then showcase the art that the children make. Their work is then shown in professional arts venues – whether that is the piece of sculpture they’ve made put on display in an art gallery or their part in a theatre production that they get to perform in a professional theatre.

Although it sounds simple, this combination of working with professional artists and having work showcased inspires children, it gives them memorable experiences, raises their confidence and aspirations and in many cases is a life-changing experience.





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