Categories Virtual Festival 2020

2020 Pet Show

Kicking off the 2020 Virtual Festival is the ever popular dog show. Starting at 2pm Saturday 11th July and running for 90 minutes.There will be 6 categories in total. In each 30 minute period there will be 2 categories which can be entered. To enter complete the form below, any queries please email Session A: 2pm – 2.30pm Best trick by your pet Best cat and dog together  Session B: 2.30pm – 3.00pm Best disabled pet and their story Most unlikely pet friendship Session C: 3.00pm – 3.30pm Most obedient pet Most placid and tolerant pet A maximum number will be invited by Zoom…

Categories Virtual Festival 2020

2020 KirkFest goes Virtual

Tonight would have been the last festival committee meeting before the 2020 Festival, know as T.S.H.T.F. meeting (leave you to work that out!). We are obviously disappointed to be missing our 40th year so over the next few weeks we will be bring you a number of online events starting with a Virtual Pet Show on Saturday over Zoom where it is safe to mix cats and dogs. More about that soon. Other ideas in the pipeline, some may be pipe-dreams others may be added, you may have ideas of your own you can help with: Kirkstall Festival offline quiz…

Categories HistoryVirtual Festival 2020


Liz Minkin looks back to the beginning, the formation of KVCA and the first festival held in July 1981. St.Stephen’s School hall was full that night, and the Kirkstall Village Community Association came into enthusiastic and energetic being. The initial spur had been Barrett’s housebuilders’ proposal to build back to back houses on the Abbey Gorse site – the Victorian turreted yellow brick mansion had been blown up “accidentally on purpose” (as was popularly rumoured) and was derelict. The first major issue the KVCA tackled was the proposed closure of St. Stephen’s School and in the end that was a…

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Festival Cancelled

Sadly we have to announce that Kirkstall Festival has been CANCELLED this year. It was not an easy decision to cancel this year’s event especially as it was going to be a celebration of 40 years of festivals. We’re already turned attention to next year and Saturday 10th July 2021. Kirkstall is an amazing community, and the Festival is our way of bringing you all together in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. During this period of uncertainty communities are important. Protect communities and take care. See you 10/7/2021, celebration at our place If you have already booked a stall we…

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Kirkstall Festival – Celebrating 40 Years!

In 1981 the first Kirkstall Festival took place in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. 40 years on some of the original volunteers are still involved, so this year we will be celebrating the 40 years. Over the coming weeks this years line up will be announce here, we got some exciting things in the pipeline. What was happening 40 years ago: Films: Back to the Future, The Blues Brothers, The Shining, The Empire Strikes Back, Airplane!, Raging Bull, The Elephant Man, Friday 13th Music from ABBA, The Police, Madness, Kenny Rogers, David Bowie, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Blondie and many more….