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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Saltaire Festival....great music and a big bag of fun

Saltaire FestivalSo me Old Man is planning a weeks holiday and the old git has been phoning round the kennels to see who's crazy enough to take me in......(and me that butter wouldn't melt in me little mouth).....he's off to The Saltaire Festival in September where....his words...there's an eclectic mix of art, entertainment and music with some great food on offer.

OK so I thought I'd better take a look see. 'cause you know me I like to make me own mind up.....so here's a taster of what's on offer.




With a varied list of events 2012 is the 10th Saltaire Festival, set to be the best yet!
Image by Dan BaileyThey love celebrating the beautiful village of Saltaire and its UNESCO World Heritage status. Over the 10 days, the village buzzes with life, energy and vibrancy and they want you to be part of it!
They are already planning lots of exciting events and happenings but there’s plenty of room for more.  they’d like to thank all their sponsors and supporters plus their existing band of volunteers without whom none of it would be possible.  They will be launching the full 2012 programme in July but in the meantime catch their updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Now music wise which is my vibe there's The Broken Hearts Club Band who I will tell you now will play a stormer of a set.

Word from 'The Leeds Music Scene' is.....  

The Broken Hearts Club Band are an amazing mixture of magic, a smidge of skiffle, cheek and some funky driving tunes that will have you tapping your feet, dancing like a loon, and you are guaranteed to have a good time










Me 'n' Mr Snuggles
If you're feeling hungry on your travels why not drop in to the Vicars Cafe Bistro right in the heart of Saltaire where they provide high quality food prepared from locally sourced and fair trade ingredients.  

Alongside their busy café we run an evening Bistro on Fridays and Saturdays. A selection of seasoned dishes (including meat, fish, and vegetarian options) are available, with a menu which changes on a monthly basis. From a table for one to a group of 24, we can cater to your needs- if you’re planning a celebratory meal out, why not choose Vicars?

If you fancy something sweet Off The Cuff Cakes will have a stall outside Vicars on Saturday 15th September from 9 - 5 so why not treat yourself to a delicious cup cake!





Now they're having an event that's very close to the heart of my old mate Mr Snuggles ....it's The Teddy Bears Picnic.....

If you go down to the Glen today.....

Join them for a family Teddy Bears' Picnic on Shipley Glen! Bracken Hall Countryside Centre will be providing 'teddy bear' activities and there will be prizes for the best dressed teddies.

Your special tram ticket for the Shipley Glen Tram Ride with your teddy will entitle you to a free ice lolly from the Old Glen House Tea Rooms

Can you count the teddies in the trees on the tram ride? Prizes for those who count them all! So come along, hope for the sun and dress up those teddies! Free if walking up to the Glen......bargain!



And if you're looking for a picnic for your little Teddy Bears why not get in touch with 
Piggy's Picnics.  At Piggy’s Picnics they love their food, and picnicking with some tasty treats and a few good pals is their favourite thing to do. Not everyone is as dedicated to the art of picnic making as they are, time inspiration and inclination are often limited. They want to bring back this good old British tradition by doing it for you.






Damion Elson

@SweetyGuyBfd 

Door to door SWEETY GUY - traditional sweets and retro style sweets, post on my Facebook Wall your 
requests and I will deliver to you :)
Bradford, West Yorkshire



One of Saltaire's premier venues for live music is The Caroline Social Club home of The Live Room  Bradford's newest venue for live music in Saltaire, the historic world heritage site. The Live Room presents the very best live music: it's our booking policy to feature a challenging and stimulating mix of artists, some with worldwide reps, some cult heroes, others up-and-coming, but all outstanding in their field.

Their aim is to make it the best Bradford live music venue. They believe that informal, intimate, friendly venues make the ideal environment in which to enjoy the artists  they present. Having spent nearly ten years as live music promoters, they are confident that The Live Room is a great addition to live music in Bradford. Join Caroline Social Club now for an annual membership of just £7 and you will get reductions on all Live Room gigs and your drinks!


                           Saltaire Festival 2010Saltaire Festival 2010                                                               
                                  Saltaire Festival 2010


shipley pride
If real ale's your tipple then Ralph has just the place for you and he hopes to be visiting them in order to get his photo on the coveted Dogs in Pubs website!  It's The Shipley Pride on Friars Street in Shipley.





Real ale,good music,great people oh and did i mention real ale? That's what The Shipley Pride is all about! 



Now I can't put everything on here that's going on but check this out.....the legend that is Country music’s “King of Pain” Hank Wangford brings his trademark cocktail of misery, melody and raw emotion to the Saltaire Festival for the first time! 

Hank Wangford has been performing his special kind of 
Country music for nearly thirty years, inspiring the likes of Billy Bragg, and has helped make the genre more popular with his two groundbreaking television series, "Big Big Country" and "The A to Z of C&W".

Hank is appearing with his band The Lost Cowboys, which includes the mighty Martin Belmont (ex-Graham Parker), pedal steel guitar guru BJ Cole (played with everyone from Brian Eno to Richard Ashcroft) and drummer Roy Dodds (ex-Fairground Attraction).

"If you want originality, something that still has the bite and twang that drained out of so much Country, the sharp cutting wit and the rawness of hard Country, then there is only one man to see. His name is Hank Wangford."    New York Times






Key Sponsor of the event is Aagrah Restaurants and Event Catering who's Managing Director made the following statement.....

nullOn behalf of Aagrah I  would like to say how delighted we are to be supporting the  10th Saltaire Festival.
Saltaire has World Heritage status and is also Aagrah’s  proud birth place. Our head office is based there and its where Aagrah’s first restaurant was opened 35 years ago.

Aagrah has strong bonds with the  community and continues to  supports local  events. It’s great to see  diverse communities and visitors from a far coming together and enjoying a profusion of activities that take place during the festival climaxing in a spectacular weekend finish.

This year there is an addition to the  Saltaire Festival in the form of an Aagrah Food & Drink Festival,  incorporated in the finale weekend of September 15th and 16th of the Saltaire Festival in Roberts Park, Shipley.   
nullAagrah Festival will have stalls, Aagrah  Pop Up
Restaurant as well as an Aagrah Chef’s Theatre which will have Masterclass demonstrations throughout the day of Asian  and international cuisine from some of the best chefs in the industry as well as the skill and craft of Fruit and Vegetable carvings. All the masterclasses are FREE to attend, be sure to get there early to get your  seat.

We look forward to welcoming you with your family and friends.
Mohammed Aslam MBE
Managing Director
Aagrah Group of Restaurants

Other sponsors of the event are.....

welcome to yorkshiresaltssalt fountation
Pacedont tell tituscity of bradfordthe boathouse inn

Click on the Sponsor's links for further information.

So I've put a full list of the events on offer for your perusal as they are legion and far too many for my little paws to outline individally so you'll have to do the work and check them all out yourselves!


Name Date Venue Type 
Celebrity photo exhibitionThu 06 Sep 12:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
Celebrity photo exhibitionThu 06 Sep 6:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
Revenant Sounds and Hidden HistoriesThu 06 Sep 7:00 PMCaroline Social ClubMusic
Wool Re-FashionedFri 07 Sep 10:00 AMGallery 2, Salts MillExhibition
Celebrity photo exhibitionFri 07 Sep 12:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
Celebrity photo exhibitionFri 07 Sep 6:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
Saltaire Festival Party – “Now We Are Ten”Fri 07 Sep 8:00 PMCaroline Social ClubCommunity and Heritage
Quick Sculpture for ChildrenSat 08 Sep 1:00 AMSalt BuildingChildren’s
Wool Re-FashionedSat 08 Sep 10:00 AMGallery 2, Salts MillExhibition
Aire Valley Arts at the FestivalSat 08 Sep 10:00 AMExhibition BuildingExhibition
Aire Valley WaterwaysSat 08 Sep 10:00 AMExhibition BuildingExhibition
Makers’ Fair Festival SpecialSat 08 Sep 10:00 AMHall, Evans Room & Fluke Room, Victoria HallArts and Crafts
Shipley Model Railway Society Annual Model Railway ExhibitionSat 08 Sep 10:00 AMBaildon Recreation CentreExhibition
Pottery PaintingSat 08 Sep 10:00 AMSalt Pots Ceramic Studio, The Butterfly RoomsArts and Crafts
Art Exhibition - Saltaire Art GroupSat 08 Sep 11:00 AMSaltaire Methodist ChurchExhibition
Writing a Novel and Getting it PublishedSat 08 Sep 11:00 AMPACE CanteenCommunity and Heritage
Rainbow Morris and FriendsSat 08 Sep 11:00 AMSaltaire VillageDance/Film/Theatre
Saltaire Open GardensSat 08 Sep 12:00 PMVarious locationsCommunity and Heritage
Anne FineSat 08 Sep 2:00 PMPACE CanteenChildren’s
Quick Sculpture for ChildrenSat 08 Sep 2:30 PMSalt BuildingChildren’s
Celebrity photo exhibitionSat 08 Sep 6:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
Life! Death! Prizes!Sat 08 Sep 6:30 PMSaltaire BookshopSpoken Word/Comedy
Tandoori and Tall TalesSat 08 Sep 7:30 PMHalf Moon CaféMarkets, Fairs and Food
Wool Re-FashionedSun 09 Sep 10:00 AMGallery 2, Salts MillExhibition
Aire Valley Arts at the FestivalSun 09 Sep 10:00 AMExhibition BuildingExhibition
Aire Valley WaterwaysSun 09 Sep 10:00 AMExhibition BuildingExhibition
Shipley Model Railway Society Annual Model Railway ExhibitionSun 09 Sep 10:00 AMBaildon Recreation CentreExhibition
Yorkshire Food FairSun 09 Sep 11:00 AMEvans Room & Fluke Room, Victoria HallMarkets, Fairs and Food
Art Exhibition - Saltaire Art GroupSun 09 Sep 12:00 PMSaltaire Methodist ChurchExhibition
Saltaire Open GardensSun 09 Sep 12:00 PMVarious locationsCommunity and Heritage
Games in the ParkSun 09 Sep 12:00 PMRoberts ParkChildren’s
Extreme planet – to the ends of the Earth...Sun 09 Sep 12:00 PMSalt BuildingSpoken Word/Comedy
Salts Mill Workers' HeritageSun 09 Sep 1:00 PMPACE CanteenCommunity and Heritage
Teddy Bears' PicnicSun 09 Sep 1:00 PMShipley Glen Tramway, Bracken Hall Countryside CentreChildren’s
Bandstand Goes to the FestivalSun 09 Sep 1:00 PMRoberts Park BandstandMusic
ZumbaSun 09 Sep 2:00 PMVictoria Hall gardensDance/Film/Theatre
Dog ShowSun 09 Sep 2:00 PMRoberts ParkCommunity and Heritage
Cinema Organ ConcertSun 09 Sep 2:30 PMVictoria HallMusic
Caroline’s JazzSun 09 Sep 6:00 PMCaroline Social ClubMusic
Live Music @ Don't tell TitusSun 09 Sep 7:00 PMDon't tell TitusMusic
The ChairSun 09 Sep 7:45 PMVictoria HallMusic
Wool Re-FashionedMon 10 Sep 10:00 AMGallery 2, Salts MillExhibition
Live Music @ Don't tell TitusMon 10 Sep 7:00 PMDon't tell TitusMusic
Shop History Trail and TalkMon 10 Sep 7:00 PMSalt BuildingSpoken Word/Comedy
Wool Re-FashionedTue 11 Sep 10:00 AMGallery 2, Salts MillExhibition
Celebrity photo exhibitionTue 11 Sep 12:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
Curry Fusion Night @ Don't tell TitusTue 11 Sep 6:00 PMDon't tell TitusMarkets, Fairs and Food
Celebrity photo exhibitionTue 11 Sep 6:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
The Man who Invented the DaleksTue 11 Sep 7:30 PMSalt BuildingSpoken Word/Comedy
Chico and RitaTue 11 Sep 7:30 PMDale Room, Victoria HallDance/Film/Theatre
Festival Special Diners’ EveningTue 11 Sep 7:30 PMHalf Moon CaféMarkets, Fairs and Food
Curry Fusion Night @ Don't tell TitusTue 11 Sep 8:00 PMDon't tell TitusMarkets, Fairs and Food
Wool Re-FashionedWed 12 Sep 10:00 AMGallery 2, Salts MillExhibition
Celebrity photo exhibitionWed 12 Sep 12:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
Wine & Food Tasting @ Don't tell TitusWed 12 Sep 6:00 PMDon't tell TitusMarkets, Fairs and Food
Celebrity photo exhibitionWed 12 Sep 6:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
Pappy’sWed 12 Sep 7:30 PMCaroline Social ClubSpoken Word/Comedy
Wine & Food Tasting @ Don't tell TitusWed 12 Sep 8:00 PMDon't tell TitusMarkets, Fairs and Food
Circle Dance tasterWed 12 Sep 8:00 PMSaltaire Methodist ChurchDance/Film/Theatre
Wool Re-FashionedThu 13 Sep 10:00 AMGallery 2, Salts MillExhibition
Celebrity photo exhibitionThu 13 Sep 12:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
The White Rose ParadeThu 13 Sep 12:45 PMRoberts ParkChildren’s
Celebrity photo exhibitionThu 13 Sep 6:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
Appalachian DancingThu 13 Sep 6:30 PMVictoria Hall gardensDance/Film/Theatre
An Evening with Stuart MaconieThu 13 Sep 7:30 PMVictoria HallSpoken Word/Comedy
Continental MarketFri 14 Sep 9:00 AMExhibition RoadMarkets, Fairs and Food
Wool Re-FashionedFri 14 Sep 10:00 AMGallery 2, Salts MillExhibition
Celebrity photo exhibitionFri 14 Sep 12:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
Beer FestivalFri 14 Sep 4:00 PMSaltaire BreweryMarkets, Fairs and Food
Celebrity photo exhibitionFri 14 Sep 6:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
Bat WalkFri 14 Sep 7:00 PMCanal bridge at the bottom of Victoria RoadCommunity and Heritage
Bossa Revista Jazz EveningFri 14 Sep 8:00 PMCaroline Social ClubMusic
Continental MarketSat 15 Sep 9:00 AMExhibition RoadMarkets, Fairs and Food
Saltaire Vintage Home & Fashion FairSat 15 Sep 9:30 AMHall & Evans Room, Victoria HallMarkets, Fairs and Food
Wool Re-FashionedSat 15 Sep 10:00 AMGallery 2, Salts MillExhibition
Aire Valley WaterwaysSat 15 Sep 10:00 AMExhibition BuildingExhibition
Pottery PaintingSat 15 Sep 10:00 AMSalt Pots Ceramic Studio, The Butterfly RoomsArts and Crafts
A Symposium on the First ‘Lords of Saltaire’Sat 15 Sep 10:00 AMSalt BuildingCommunity and Heritage
Charity StallsSat 15 Sep 10:00 AMSaltaire United Reformed Church groundsMarkets, Fairs and Food
Saltaire Sing!Sat 15 Sep 10:30 AMSaltaire United Reformed ChurchMusic
Art Exhibition - Saltaire Art GroupSat 15 Sep 11:00 AMSaltaire Methodist ChurchExhibition
Aagrah Food & Drink FestivalSat 15 Sep 11:30 AMRoberts ParkMarkets, Fairs and Food
Beer FestivalSat 15 Sep 12:00 PMSaltaire BreweryMarkets, Fairs and Food
Bradford City of FilmSat 15 Sep 12:00 PMPACE CanteenDance/Film/Theatre
Eco CentreSat 15 Sep 12:00 PMRance Booth & Smith ArchitectsCommunity and Heritage
Health and Well BeingSat 15 Sep 12:00 PMPACE CanteenCommunity and Heritage
12 Bars From MarsSat 15 Sep 12:00 PMPiazza StageMusic
Do Miss AmericaSat 15 Sep 1:15 PMPiazzaMusic
A Symposium on the First ‘Lords of Saltaire’Sat 15 Sep 1:30 PMSalt BuildingCommunity and Heritage
KlonkSat 15 Sep 2:30 PMPiazza StageMusic
The Jon Palmer Acoustic BandSat 15 Sep 3:45 PMPiazza StageMusic
Crosscut SawSat 15 Sep 5:00 PMPiazza StageMusic
Poison PenSat 15 Sep 5:30 PMSaltaire BookshopSpoken Word/Comedy
Celebrity photo exhibitionSat 15 Sep 6:00 PMWaterside Restaurant & Bar, Wharf Street, ShipleyExhibition
The Rob Dylan BandSat 15 Sep 6:15 PMPiazza StageMusic
Planet SoulSat 15 Sep 7:30 PMPiazza StageMusic
Record ClubSat 15 Sep 7:30 PMThe Kirkgate Centre, BradfordCommunity and Heritage
Cabaret SaltaireSat 15 Sep 9:00 PMCaroline Social ClubSpoken Word/Comedy
Continental MarketSun 16 Sep 9:00 AMExhibition RoadMarkets, Fairs and Food
Wool Re-FashionedSun 16 Sep 10:00 AMGallery 2, Salts MillExhibition
Aire Valley WaterwaysSun 16 Sep 10:00 AMExhibition BuildingExhibition
Aagrah Food & Drink FestivalSun 16 Sep 11:30 AMRoberts ParkMarkets, Fairs and Food
Hot Aire!Sun 16 Sep 12:00 PMPiazza StageMusic
Art Exhibition - Saltaire Art GroupSun 16 Sep 12:00 PMSaltaire Methodist ChurchExhibition
Bradford City of FilmSun 16 Sep 12:00 PMPACE CanteenDance/Film/Theatre
Eco CentreSun 16 Sep 12:00 PMRance Booth & Smith ArchitectsCommunity and Heritage
Caroline’s JazzSun 16 Sep 1:00 PMCaroline Social ClubMusic
The Guiseley BrothersSun 16 Sep 1:15 PMPiazza StageMusic
Salsa Como LocoSun 16 Sep 2:30 PMPiazza StageMusic
The PlumHall BandSun 16 Sep 3:45 PMPiazza StageMusic
Rory Holl and the MenSun 16 Sep 5:00 PMPiazza StageMusic
Clayton West and the HotDogsSun 16 Sep 6:15 PMPiazza StageMusic
The Broken Hearts Club BandSun 16 Sep 7:30 PMPiazza StageMusic
Saltaire Festival Finale with Hank Wangford & the Lost CowboysSun 16 Sep 8:30 PMVictoria HallMusic