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Saltaire Festival 2018

Annual celebration of music and art; includes schedule of events and attractions,

The festival was first established in 2003, when it was set up to commemorate 150 years since Sir Titus Salt created Saltaire.

The Saltaire festival made a welcome return in 2018 which occurs each September in the village of Saltaire, a World Heritage Site in the Metropolitan District of Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The festival is a registered charity and is the biggest annual community event in the Bradford district. A celebration of the arts, community and the village's unique history, the festival usually runs over a period of 10 days and attracts more than 30,000 people to enjoy some 100+ events.

The first event on Friday was the Art Salon Launch. This was a exhibition preview and a chance to meet the artists in the Saltaire United Reformed church.

Also starting Friday was the Saltaire brewery beer festival at its Brewery Tap. Beer lovers could get to sample the Brewery's range of ales over 2 days.

The West Yorkshire Organic Group’s 29th annual organic fruit, flower, vegetable and produce show, which was held in Shipley College’s Exhibition Hall, Saltaire. Over 500 entries were exhibited, and all (except, that is, the flower arrangement class) were judged on taste. So no matter what the item looked like, it was the taste that counted – as nature intended.

Victoria Hall held  the West Yorkshire Organic Group’s 28th annual organic fruit, flower, vegetable and produce show, which was held in Exhibition Hall.
Victoria Hall Exhibition Hall.

A special two-day Vintage Fair at Victoria Hall was held during the weekend of Saltaire Festival! With 40+ stalls of vintage fashion, such as 1940's tea dresses, 1950's frocks, jewellery, accessories, furniture, homewares, vintage vinyl, toys, books, kitchenalia and collectables, all from the 1920's to the 1980's. Tea was available from the Interlude Tea Room & Emporium,

Elsewhere in the UNESCO World Heritage Site village residents threw open their doors to revellers as part of the Open Houses events, with live music, art exhibitions and sales and crafts all taking place around the village.

Man plays guitar Saltaire village

Some even put on their own mini events

Outdoor stalls line Exhibition Road and include a wide range of food, drink, crafts and wares from around the world, as well as closer to home.
Continental Outdoor Market

The ever popular continental market operated by Market Place, the UK’s leading operator of continental and special events markets, offered a number of authentic continental treats and gifts during the week long festival.

Visitors were spoilt for choice with traders from all over the world with a huge variety of flavours for people to try and goods to buy, including a range of Italian, Catalan and Spanish tapas, paella, Belgian chocolates. designer cakes and fudge, traditional German Schwenkgrille, noodle bar as well as South American jewellery and knitwear, Russian dolls, wooden figurines, FairTrade and ecologically sourced produce.

Caroline Street Social Club Saltaire
Caroline Street Social Club

Caroline Street Social Club joined in the festivities and put on a range of entertainment inside and out. The club stands in the shadow of the impressive chimney from Salts Mill.

Eddie Earthquake and the Tremors wowed the crowd.

Salts Mill is a former textile mill, now an art gallery, shopping centre, and restaurant complex in Saltaire. Special David Hockney tours were put on for the event.

A short walk from the continental market a former car park was now home to more stalls and various entertainment.

Charity stall Saltaire festival

Heading down Victoria Road towards Roberts park a charity collector stands outside the United Reformed Church. Inside the Grade 1 listed United Reformed Church downstairs in the exhibition room was a chance to meet various artists and watch demonstrations. The church was also open for public viewing.

The main event was held across the river in Roberts park which is accessed by a pedestrian footbridge that crosses the River Aire.

Saltaire Festival 2018 Roberts park
Saltaire Festival 2018 Roberts park. >> Roberts Park covers approximately 6 hectares and was opened on 25th July 1871. It was landscaped by William Gay of Bradford,

Crowds watch the free music while sampling food and drink nearby
Crowds watch the free music while sampling food & drink nearby

Roberts park had lots more featured food and drink stalls as well as free music from the likes of


Motion Complex 12:00 – 12:45

Tenfields 13:15 – 14:00

Rock Bottom Risers 14:30 – 15:15

King Zepha 15:45 – 16:30

Waiting for Wednesday 17:00 – 17:45

Mad Jack and the Hatters 18:15 – 19:00


Backyard Burners 12:00 – 12:45

Kascarade 13:15 – 14:00

Howlin Johnny and the Devils Rejects 14:30 – 15:1

The Rockets 15:45 – 16:30

Eddie Earthquake and the Tremors 17:00 – 17:45

Featured stalls
Featured stalls

Free Music
Free Music

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