The tenth Saltaire Festival (6-16 September 2012) promises ‘something for everyone to enjoy’ – from a Food & Drink Festival, Beer Festival, live music in the Piazza and the Yorkshire Food Fair, to a new garden trail, Morris dancers, films, exhibitions and performances by award-winning comedians Stuart Maconie and Anne Fine.
You can easily reach Sir Titus Salt’s fascinating model town on a week’s narrowboat holiday from Drifters’ base at Sowerby Bridge.
Founded on the banks of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal near Bradford in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the woollen industry, the extraordinary town of Saltaire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Saltaire Festival exhibition programme includes a study of the ‘Aire Valley Waterways’ by photographer Tim Smith, ‘Salts Mill Workers’ Heritage’, an exhibition of photographs and film of the Salts Mill Workers’ Outing in 1953 and an evening Bat Walk along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
As well as enjoying the special Festival events, take time to view the town’s stunning architecture with guided walks and visits to its shops, restaurants, cafes and galleries, including the wonderful David Hockney Gallery in Salts Mill.
Canal boat hire from Drifters’ base at Sowerby Bridge starts at £515 for a week, £335 for a short break.
For more information about the festival visit www.saltairefestival.co.uk