Leeds is big! Very big indeed and what this means is that throughout the year there are so many little events going on. I think that through the summer one could probably find something find to do every weekend – sometimes spoilt for choice.
One of these is Beeston Festival in Crossflatts Park – I do like that all these events have their own distinct character. Beeston is big, but suprisingly roomy – it does not feel crowded and busy and there really is something for everyone. The main band stage is relatively understated, with feelgood music of a generally rocky nature. The main area of stalls and food is immense, with easily over 100 different stalls, mostly of a very community nature – tombolas, tat, plants, books and so on. Down the hill and refreshingly out of the way the event links up with Breeze – Leeds’s programme of youth events, and a large funfair to be had as well.
I am pleased this year to have caught the parade, which though not on the scale of the West Indian Carnival was very varied with troupes from many different cultures and local people.