The West Yorkshire village of Marsden is coming out of lockdown in style with a celebration of all things Yorkshire on the 30th, 31st July and the 1st August.
The Friends of Marsden Library, Marsden Community Trust, Marsden Walkers are Welcome, and a host of local businesses and volunteers and the National Trust Marsden have joined forces to create a series of safe and fun events for a new summer festival for the village of Marsden, Huddersfield.
Chair of the Friends of Marsden Library Diane Barkley said “We want to celebrate Summer and draw visitors in to enjoy the stunning surroundings and amazing facilities of Marsden. What better way than marking Yorkshire Day? This may become an annual village event. “
Most events are free but there is a charge for food. Head to the Marsden Mechanics website to book to guarantee your seat. https://www.marsdenmechanics.co.uk/events
Events start on the evening of Friday 30th July at 7.30pm with entertaining readings from Award-winning Yorkshire Writers Amanda Huggins and Sarah Lindley, organised by the Friends of Marsden Library. Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance. There will be a bottle bar available.
Saturday sees events inside and outside of Marsden Mechanics.
Inside Marsden Mechanics between 10am and 3pm there will be a café and stalls selling Yorkshire produce including beer, food and crafts. There will be refreshments on sale including fabulous cakes supplied by Honley cake specialists Proper Maid. Outside of Marsden Mechanics, the ever-popular Marsden Swing Band will be playing from 1pm.
Outside the Riverhead Brewery Tap, you can enjoy wood fired pizzas and free music on Saturday at 2pm from The Burners and at 6pm from the Snapp and on Sunday at 4pm from Doug Nissley. No need to book – just turn up and enjoy.
At 4pm the Marsden Duck Race will take place supported by the National Trust. Buy a ticket at £1 each for your chance to win £50, £30 or £20.
In the evening at 7.30pm there’s an acoustic evening in Marsden Mechanics’ main hall featuring local performer Steve Augarde and friends. Local café Katie’s Kitchen will be serving Yorkshire Tapas and Yorkshire Parkin (vegetarian and vegan options also available). Tickets including food are £9 for adults, £6 children from the Mechanics website – please book in advance. Numbers are limited to 100 for this event.
On Yorkshire Day itself, there is a chance to get outdoors as Marsden Walkers are Welcome lead a ‘Mesolithic March Hill Trail’, a moderate circular walk. Archaeologist, Dr Paul Preston who will give a short talk and answer questions about the historical significance of the site. The walk will leave from Marsden Mechanics at 12 noon and expect to return between 4 and 4.30pm. Booking is essential.
A special Yorkshire Day menu will be available for walkers at Katie’s Kitchen back in Marsden on our return, featuring Yorkshire Pudding Pies, filled with either roast beef or nut roast and all the trimmings. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, but please book in advance.
Young families who prefer a shorter walk can collect details of a self-guided nature trail from outside of the Mechanics from 2pm.
To book for all events