1st East Peak Outdoors Festival

Friday, 26 April 2013

1st East Peak Outdoors Festival to take place 19th -23rd June 2013.

East Peak Outdoors is a new festival of walking, cycling and horse riding, celebrating the outstanding natural environment surrounding the East Peak area of Penistone, Denby Dale, Kirkburton and North Sheffield. The first ever festival will take place Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd June 2013 and will include many walks, horse and cycle rides as well as workshops and cultural events, many of which are free to attend. It is an East Peak Innovation Partnership project, delivered by Art in the Park (Sheffield), and the funding is being made available through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union. A full programme of the festival events can be found from 1st May at the Art in the Park website and tweets about the event will be tagged with #EPOutdoors.

East Peak Outdoor Festival

The East Peak Outdoors launch events on Wednesday 19th June include an Opening Celebration at Penistone Market Hall 4pm-7pm - with live music, food, family activities and information about festival events - and a music train on the Penistone Line with live jazz from The Train Gang (departs Huddersfield to Sheffield at 19.17, returning Sheffield to Huddersfield at 20.41). The festival will see an additional celebration from Denby Dale walkers as they launch their new ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status, with a large programme of events taking place in the area.

Many of the events link to the culture and history of the area, including a local history walk around Hoylandswaine, visiting the old nail making forge and concluding with a talk about the John Roddam Spencer Stanhope mural currently being restored in the local church. The ever-popular Penistone Artisan Fayre will be holding an event in Penistone Market Hall, 11am-4pm on Sunday 23rd June, as part of the festival’s closing celebrations. That day will also see a free Family Day running 11.30am-3.30pm at Our Cow Molly Farm in Dungworth, including free craft activities, Dr. Bike on site to do bike safety checks, minor repairs for those bringing their cycles with them, and free tours of the ice cream factory on the hour, each hour.

Karen Dennis from East Peak Innovation Partnership said, ‘This festival provides a great opportunity to showcase some of the fantastic projects we’ve been able to support over the last three years with our LEADER funding’.
For further information, please contact Cassie Kill on 0114 2686831 or email cassie@artinthepark.org.uk.