Festival Update: What a day!

A fun time!

Despite the sun deciding not to shine (until Sunday morning!) the mood wasn’t dampened and the 2014 Heptonstall Festival went off with a bang! Reports of spontaneous fun and frivolity breaking out across the village were followed by confirmed sightings of amazing music, fabulous costumes and unbelievable magic.

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The children’s parade was fantastic, with some properly scary and magical costumes in equal measure.

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All were very pleased when between them the White Witch, Wizard of Oz and children were able to banish the particularly scary Wicked Witch.

All about the music
The Heptonstall Festival team are committed to bringing you the best in local music, performance and general entertainment whilst giving new artists a platform to perform alongside their more established peers. The mission was accomplished again this year with returning faces and new joining to give us a performance to remember.

The Lottery Winners closed the afternoon band performances for us, and confessed that this was “the weirdest place we’ve ever played”. By the end of their performance both the band and the audience were having the best time with everyone getting involved.

Last Chance Saloon Band on Weaver Stage

Last Chance Saloon Band on Weaver Stage

Tim O'Connor and Doc Rossi on Ruin Stage

Tim O’Connor and Doc Rossi on Ruin Stage

James Paul on the Weaver Stage

James Paul on the Weaver Stage

Neil Bob Herd on the Ruin Stage

Neil Bob Herd on the Ruin Stage

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2099_HeptonstallFestival2014_craigshaw The Tiny Minds

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The Lottery Winners

The Lottery Winners

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OK, not all about the music after all
There was plenty to see and do around the village on the day, with craft stalls, some delicious food and drink available.

It wan’t just the humans who had fun either, with the Scruffs Fun Dog Show drawing the crowds at the Social and Bowling club where kids and canine activities kept the crowds amused – pictures to follow!

A big thank you

We wouldn’t be able to put on the festival without the volunteers and helpers who come out on the day to help with stewarding, putting up marquees, setting up temporary steps, carrying heavy things and generally being awesome! You know who you are, and we really appreciate you!

If you’d like to get involved with next year we’re looking for people with all sorts of skills to help out throughout the year, as well as on the day. If you are interested in helping out or performing at the 2015 festival get in touch by emailing us here.

Big thanks to Craig Shaw for the wonderful photos from the day.

Festival Update: Craggs Cakes!

What could be better at a festival than a good cake? Don’t worry we’ve got that covered too. Craggs Cakes are coming and boy do they know how to make a good cake!

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Craggs Cakes is a business owned and run by Josie & Paul Pemberton-Clarke.  Started in the summer of 2008 the bakery is based in Top Land Business Park, at the bottom of Cragg Vale, near Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.

The business specialises in artisan cakes, cookies, biscuits, brownies, flapjacks and treats.   We try to use the best quality locally sourced ingredients, avoiding additives, wherever possible.  Our focus is on small scale individualistic baking, where the taste predominates.  ‘Hand baked’ really does mean that with us.  We do have machines to make life easier – whisking cream by hand is not as exciting as a trip to the gym; and we don’t do that either – but we don’t have feeder machines and automation.  The cake you enjoy from us will have involved hard graft!  Whilst we do produce standard recipes such as a lemon drizzle cake, we do tend to research and develop products, which other bakeries do not produce, such as raspberry & blueberry lime drizzle cake, and marshmallow magic.  If people want something different we try to provide it!  A request from a close friend has resulted, after much experimentation, with a power bar, ideally suited to triathletes, fell runners, and those who wish to sate their hunger pangs with something additive free and full of good things.

Our product range changes seasonally, so we do produce goodies for Valentine’s Day, Easter, summer picnics, Bonfire Night; and Christmas sees us focusing on succulent rich, alcohol rich fruit cakes, Finnish biscuits, and biscotti.

Requests for birthday cakes are always welcome, but do try and give us a little warning!  We make every effort to meet people’s individual demands.  Wedding cakes do require detailed negotiation – we don’t want to disappoint.  We want all our customers to be happy!

We love what we do and we want you to love our products.  Cake really is the ultimate comfort food.  It should put a smile on a face and leave a sigh of satisfaction. Happy days!

Visit their website here.

Festival Update: Dinky Drinkerie

Dinky Drinkerie Soft Drinks for all!

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We try to make sure there’s something for everyone at the festival and this year we welcome Dinky Drinkerie who will be bringing their bar on wheels! They’ll be making the most delightful soft drinks for you all day, the only problem is going to be which one to choose?

Check them out on Twitter here.

Not for Profit Lunch on Festival Day

In order to support families on the day of the Heptonstall Festival, there will be a ‘not for profit’ lunch service from 1pm till 4pm down at the Social and Bowling Club.

A self help childrens lunch platter will be available for £1.50 per child, whilst adults can enjoy a beef or cheese pie with beans for £2.00 a head.

There will be a low cost 20p raffle for the littlies as well, so please come on down and support us during these hours.

Finally, there will be a ‘managed’ bouncy castle, also run  just to recoup hire and insurance costs.

For more info…contact Jan Lymer

01422 847979 / 07772 168812

Festival Update: Food, Glorious Food (and drink!)

There’s much more to Heptonstall Festival than just the music, magic and even children’s parade.. You’re going to be treated to some of the finest, funkiest food and drink available in the local area, and much of it produced locally too!

We’re going to highlight a few of them starting with:

Luddenden Valley Wines

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Luddenden Valley wines is a fruit and country wines and liqueurs producer in Luddenden. They grow as much of thier own produce as possible, or source from local orchards, fields and hedgerows. They’ve been featured on the BBC’s Countryfile and praised very highly. They’ll be at the festival selling bottles of their wonderful produce.
Check out their Facebook page here.