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Village festival heralds start of summer fun
Summer will arrive at Burley-in-Wharfedale this weekend with the start of more than a week of festivities.
Music, a fun run, scarecrow trail, children’s activities, classic vehicle show, arts and crafts market, guided walks, a theatre performance and even a morris dancing taster session are on the bill of this year’s Burley Summer Festival.
Events begin on Saturday with a host of activities, including a moor fun run, allotments open morning, fun for families in Grange Park, kids’ yoga, a street dance workshop for children and Burley’s very first dog show.
One of the biggest festival events – the growing classic vehicle show – will take over Burley Cricket Ground in Grange Road from 11am to 4pm on Sunday.
A festival market will be set up behind the Red Lion in Main Street from 10am to 2pm, there will be an arts and crafts market in the Queen’s Hall plus more fun in the park on Sunday with pony rides for youngsters and music from Silsden Town Band. Many events are free.
The festival is organised by a committee drawn from the village and Burley Parish Council, supported by a team of volunteers.
Special events continue all week, including activities for children in Grange Park. There will be ‘messy play’ for under-fives on Monday, Play in the Park equipment on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Zumbatonic on Tuesday, a climbing wall on Wednesday and Olympic-themed sporting activities for nine to 13-year-olds on August 24.
Burley Social Club will host a beer and cider festival from 1pm until late on August 25, and all ages are being invited to take part in a free rounders tournament between 10am and noon.
Burley Gardeners’ Association’s annual show and pork pie contest at the Queen’s Head will be among the attractions on August 26. Visit burley-in-wharfedale.org for full details.