2022 Activities

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Bingo in Butler’s Tea Tent

Bingo Balls

Drop in to Butler’s Tea Tent for a session of bingo. Two little ducks – 22. Check the session times in the Tea Tent.

( Photo by Alejandro Garay on Unsplash )

Canoes on the Aire

Leeds Canoe Club will be running taster sessions on the River Aire, from the bank near the Main Arena.

Established in 1947 Leeds Canoe Club was the first to be set up in West Yorkshire. Running pool sessions, river sessions, and river trips every week throughout the year, the club is “extremely active”.

Beer Tent

Quench that first will a selection of beers, lagers and other beverages, seating will be available in and outside of the tent.

Butler’s Tea Tent

Butlers Tea Tent

Come and relax in the pop-up Butler’s Tea Tent. Open to all, we are delighted to welcome you to a place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the festival, where you can refresh with a glass of ice-cold Pimms, a comforting cup of tea and delicious freshly baked goods.

Butler’s is the family-run cafe/bar/restaurant open to everyone on the ground floor of Number One, Kirkstall Forge. Butler’s serves high quality, home made hot food, fresh salads and beverages daily, welcoming all of the local community.

If you haven’t called in and grabbed a coffee, lunch or even set up your laptop and made yourself comfortable here, then why not come in and say hello to Shelley and the team.

Children’s Games

The Children’s races will take place in the main arena from 12 noon to 1 pm.


Buskers will be popping up around the site.


Operating all day between the “City” gate and the Beer Tent.

Grand Parade

Parade Route Map

The Festival parade will be leaving Hesketh Road at 11 am (NOTE this is an hour earlier than previous years) to arrive at the Abbey by by 12 noon via the following 1.2 mile route (1.4 miles for those starting from the back).

Please take time to watch the parade supported by local schools and groups. To take part please be at Hesketh Road by 10:30 am PROMPT !! Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Gymnastics Elite

Gymnastics Elite provide specialist coaching for young gymnasts. Gymnastics is one of the toughest sports in the world though it doesn’t have to be the scariest. Gymnastics Elite work to develop a wider understanding of the sport and will tutor, mentor and coach anyone who wants to learn and improve their knowledge ofthe sport.

Kids Rides

Various kids rides dotted around the Festival site.

Leeds Children’s Circus

Fancy learning some circus skills? Want to be able to juggle? Play the clown?

Come along to the workshop – open to all ages. You won’t have to put your head in a lion’s mouth – honest!

Princess Dog Show


Kirkstall’s very own Crufts. Wagging tails are in order, or perhaps I’m barking up the wrong tree.

The dog show starts at 3.30 pm in the Small Arena, just turn up and sign up.

Pony Rides

Pony Rides

Pony rides will be operating round the back of the Abbey.

Pony rides will be operating round the back of the Abbey.

Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy

“Oh no it isn’t!, Oh yes it is!”.

Performances of Punch and Judy in this country can be traced back nearly 350 years, and it’s all set for another 350 years and an appearance at the 389th Kirkstall Festival.

Sword Fights

Leeds Fencing Club will be at Kirkstall Festival with a demonstration area where adults and children over the age of 12. The Club can be found on the grass near the entrance to the Abbey Museum.

Based at Kirkstall Leisure Centre the Club meets every Monday (except for Bank Holidays and through August) between 8pm and 10pm, with all the basic equipment provided and all coaches with the Club having either BAF or BFA coaching qualifications. Also at the Festival, sword fighting – head over to the Main Arena to see a dramatic stage fighting.

Triskele Irish Dance Academy

Triskele Irish Dance Academy will be doing a demonstration in the small area at 3 pm.

Viking Village

Ormsheim Vikings

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