Major events at Keighley venues during festival

Keighley News: A little girl pictured during last year’s launch of the Biggest Bowl of Fruit (no name) A little girl pictured during last year’s launch of the Biggest Bowl of Fruit (no name)

COMMUNITY facilities are hosting major events during Keighley Festival next month.

There will be several activities at Central Hall, the Sangat Centre, Marley sports centre and Keighley Picture House.

The festival will begin at Central Hall in Alice Street on July 7 and offer dozens of activities around town until July 12.

Central Hall, run by Keighley and Ilkley Voluntary and Community Action, will host an all-day music and arts event beginning at 10am.

Visitors will be able to see the “nutty knitters” of the Central Crafters, a Tour de France exhibition, and the colourful ‘biggest bowl of fruit in the world’ created by Beechliffe School students for last year’s festival.

A community singing workshop will run from 6pm to 9pm, beginning with a short performance by the Shared Harmonies choir followed by audience participation.

Keighley Picture House in North Street will host Keighley Film Club’s annual film festival on July 9, beginning with a 2pm screening of classic 60s romantic comedy Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

There will be teatime screenings of locally-made short films, followed by a 7.30pm showing of Oscar-nominated 2013 road movie Nebraska.

During the day there will also be a private screening of two short films created by 60 children from local schools.

Mr Pugin’s Big Day and Father Russell’s Stand are based on true events in Keighley during the 1840s and the First World War.

Marley sports centre is the venue for a cricket match with a difference involving local children on July 10.

This type of sport, floodlit tennis ball cricket, is extremely popular on the Indian subcontinent amongst children and adults.

The Sangat Centre in Marlborough Street, Eastwood, always takes part in Keighley Festival and this year has organised a bumper programme for July 11.

There will be stands and demonstrations from 10.30am to 3.30pm by York St John University, Craven College, Eastwood School, the Prince’s Trust, Careers Advice Bradford, Play Rangers, Health of Men and Barnardos Bikes.

There will be gentle exercise for women in the morning, and men in the afternoon, along with tea, coffee and Asian snacks.

Children’s activities run from 4pm to 6pm including face painting, mehndi, games, cake decorations, Play Rangers and ice cream.

Forest of Bradford will run planting and environmental art sessions all day. People can learn how to create a range of curries from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

A free festival programme with times and locations is available from local shops and public buildings.

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