The Tales Told Festival 2018 is almost here!

Guiseley's very own arts, heritage and storytelling festival is set to return this June, bigger and better than ever. Tales Told is now in its third year and will take place from Saturday 23rd June- Sunday 1st July, incorporating both Guiseley Carnival and the Guiseley Lights summer street party in the festival programme. After last years 150th celebration of Guiseley Theatre, this year the festival will be focusing on Guiseley Industries of times gone by, particularly focusing on our lucrative textile industry. 

Many local businesses and organisations are involved in making the festival happen, from our festival partners at Guiseley Theatre to our main festival sponsors 'Full Circle Funerals' the festival is a community effort from start to finish. This year, local family historian Claire Whitaker has been researching the historical exhibition that will be held at the Theatre, meanwhile Aireborough Historical Society are preparing for a digital archiving event and picture presentation talk for the festival programme. Other events will include a daily 'Pay What You Can' pop-up community cafe at the theatre, knit and textile craft sessions, 'A Day in the Woods' as well as a lantern parade leading up to Parkinsons Park for some closing fireworks.  There will also be an exhibition of local artists work on the themes of textiles and industry at the Bramble Bakehouse, as well as a 'Businesses of Guiseley' exhibition at the Theatre. 

All events in the festival programme are accessed on a 'Pay What You Can' basis, so everyone can enjoy and take part in local, arts entertainment regardless!

Festival Programme

We are very proud of this years programme as there really is something for everyone. There are 28 events taking place over 9 days across Guiseley, each one celebrating what our area has to offer in its own way.  Get your hands on one of our little blue books from various points across aireborough, or keep an eye out for one coming through your letterbox!  Or if you can't wait until then, take a look at our digital programme or download the pdf below!

Many events have a limited number of places and require you to book a ticket. You can do this through our Box Office Page.

Programme Alterations

Saturday 23rd June

- Chit - Chat with Aireborough Historical Society, 10am-12pm.  This event will now consist of a presentation named 'How Things Have Changed'.

- Community Cafe will now open 9:30am - 4pm

Sunday 24th June

- Guiseley Carnival, 1-2pm. Unfortunately the Carnival parade this year has been canceled. However, the organisers, Guiseley Senior Citizens will have stalls at the .Great Get Together to raise funds for their cause

- Community Cafe will now open 11am - 5pm

Tuesday 26th June

- 'No One Wants To Live In  A Ghost Town Right?' talk has been rescheduled to Tuesday 26th June, 7pm Guiseley Theatre

Wednesday 27th June

 - 'No One Wants To Live In  A Ghost Town Right?' talk has been rescheduled to Tuesday 26th June, 7pm Guiseley Theatre

Saturday 30th June

- Community Cafe will now open 10am - 4pm

Sunday 1st July 

- Community Cafe will now open 11am - 5pm




BAKE OFF Competition Details!

As part of the Great Guiseley Get Together on the 24th June at Springfield Park, we will be holding the Great Guiseley Bake Off!

This competition is open to absolutely everyone and every form of cake! You can choose which section to enter:

  • Under 12's
  • Most delicious
  • Showstopper - best presentation!
  • Free From Fancy - tastiest gluten free, vegan, or any other free from cake

And the 'Winner of the Great Guiseley Bake Off 2018' will be picked from across the categories as the best all rounder!   

The competition will be judged by Joanne Adams, Owner of Guiseley's very own Bramble Bakehouse, who is searching for her very own little helper (aged 3-8) to give there expert opinion through the judging process!  If you want to fill this role, head on down to the Bramble Bakehouse and give your critical opinion on Joannes own cakes! Then Joanne will choose the best review ready to judge the cakes together!  

Entry costs £2 per Cake and all you have to do is turn up to the big white tent with you cake, fill out the short entry form and pay your fee!  All the proceeds go towards putting on the Tales Told Festival and will fund events later in the week!!

Want to get involved??   VOLUNTEER!

We already have a number of exciting and enriching volunteer opportunities on offer at this years 'Tales Told' Festival 2018!!

Our teams vary from stewarding our community events, to transporting props, to baking and getting messy on our creative team.

This exciting opportunity enables you to bring your home town to life, learn new skills and have a whale of a time whilst doing so! Join this enthusiastic team today by letting us know!

Volunteers must be aged 16+ , be passionate about the community, open and friendly to engaging with all members of the community.

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