Saltaire Festival takes place annually in September in the village of Saltaire, on the outskirts of Bradford. A celebration of the arts, community and the village’s unique history, the festival usually runs over a period of 10 days and attracts more than 30,000 people to enjoy some 100+ events.
The festival was first established in 2003, when it was set up to commemorate 150 years since Sir Titus Salt created Saltaire. A registered charity run entirely by volunteers, the festival has successfully drawn residents and visitors from West Yorkshire and beyond into the village for each year to enjoy and celebrate Saltaire together.
The festival programme covers two weekends and the week in between. The first weekend features the popular Open Gardens trail, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the village and its history through its current residents. Yards and gardens will host works by local sculptors, in association with Saltaire Inspired, and there will be pop-up and surprise events in homes around the village, with children’s and family activities in the village and Roberts Park.
During the week numerous individual arts events will be taking place at various locations throughout Saltaire, building up to the final weekend.
The festival concludes with food, drink and markets in Roberts Park, as well as free live music and entertainment on both days.
Music is a key feature of the festival and, whatever your taste, there should be something of interest for you. Free and ticketed events take place over the course of the 10 days, offering a mix of styles and genres – see our events listing for more.
Ticketed events have a range of distribution arrangements which appear as letter codes in the fold-out events guide. Admission prices are shown on the event information page along with any additional ticket information.
Buy online using the TicketSource box office system – there is a direct booking link provided on the event web page.
All Festival events with online tickets – available here
Note:- TicketSource will charge a booking fee.
Tickets for some events are available locally at festival outlet;
Saltaire Visitor Information Centre, Salts Mill, Victoria Road, BD18 3LA
Tel: 01274 437942
Opening times: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00
Tickets will be available on the Door at the venue prior to the performance.
Some event organisers sell tickets to you direct, in which case details are provided on the event Information page.
Concessions apply to under 18s, unwaged, students and over 60s (proof of status may be required).
All tickets are non-refundable except in the event of a cancelled performance.
For further ticket information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Victorian mill village of Saltaire was founded in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the Yorkshire woollen industry. Salt relocated his five factories from Bradford, into one, bespoke textile mill on land adjacent to the Leeds Liverpool Canal, and designed a village around it to house his workers (later named Saltaire, after its creator, and the river by which it stands). Picturesque stone cottages provided homes to Salt’s employees, and the village included facilities such as a school, park, hospital and church.
This exceptional village is widely regarded as a prime example of its Victorian times and was given UNESCO World Heritage Site status in December 2001.
Sir Titus Salt provided his people with a village that not only housed them but helped them develop and enjoy the pleasures of knowledge and entertainment (although during his time, Saltaire was a ‘dry’ village). Operating a successful business, Salt’s mill used yarn from alpacas to make its high quality cloth, which became fashionable and much sought after, and was sold all around the world.
Today, Saltaire is a thriving village and tourist attraction with a residential community, celebrating its future but which has not forgotten its past.
Maggie Silver and Lord Wallace of Saltaire are both Patrons of Saltaire Festival and we are grateful for all their kind support, wise advice and practical assistance.
© Saltaire Festival 2018
Saltaire Community Festival is a registered charity (charity number 1139151). It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (company number 05237882), whose registered office is at 19-21 Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AG