We’ve gone online for the Festival this year as it is not yet safe to hold large scale events.
Nevertheless, visitors are welcome in Saltaire. You can experience the history of our World Heritage Site by walking round the village, into Roberts Park or along the canal and river which were the primary reasons for Sir Titus Salt’s choice of location for his mill.* Salts Mill now houses galleries featuring the largest collection of Hockneys in Europe and a selection of shops and cafes. The mill continues to provide a strong sense of the village as it was in the mid-19th century. It’s currently open at weekends including Fridays.
Village cafes have coped imaginatively with lockdown restrictions. Some have outdoor spaces; others are serving drinks and cakes to take away and the rest have socially distanced tables for indoor eating and drinking. If you’re hoping to take food home, there are excellent independent shops at the top of the village on Gordon Terrace, you’ll find a butcher, a greengrocer and fishmonger and a delicatessen. Victoria Road features art and craft shops, including items made by local crafters. It’s also worth bringing empty containers as two of the shops support Green Saltaire by providing a range of household and food fill-ups.
We look forward to seeing you and hope you enjoy your experience of our unique village.
Saltaire Festival Online will run from Friday 11th September to Sunday 20th September 2020, we will be publicising the festival programme from 1st September 2020.
*Check out our virtual tour, Walk through Victorian Saltaire on Friday 11th September 2020 available via https://saltairefestival.co.uk/events/