What's On!

There’s something for Everyone at the Curiosity Festival 2019!

A programme of Events and Activities* will run throughout the Curiosity Festival – take a look at the programme** below and plan a lovely day out in Crow Nest Park!

*The majority of Activities are Free but some may include a fee or suggested donation which will generally be cash only, for example Donkey Rides and some Craft Activities. Festival Stalls and Food Vendors may also require payment in cash.

**Please note, whilst we do not anticipate any changes to this programme, there is always the chance it will have to change due to illness / the weather / an ET invasion / etc, so be prepared!

Have A Go Activities – Throughout the Festival:

Circus Skills: Have A Go at juggling, diablo and a whole host of other Circus Skills to see if you could be a part of the Greatest Show!
Den Building: Remember doing this as a kid? Now’s your chance to have a go again WITH your kids, your friends or anyone else up for creating the ultimate den!
Multi Sports: Bramwell Sports will be running various sporting activities for you to join in with – try something new or show off your skills!
Mining In Dewsbury Mini Art Exhibition: Dewsbury’s well-loved artist, Malcolm East, will be sharing some of his wonderful art work and give you the opportunity to purchase copies of his books which supports local charities.
Victorian Steam Vehicle: See this amazing early vehicle in action as it drives up and down the avenue!
Face Painting: Join in the Festival Fun with your very own Face Painting design! 
Golden Key Competition: When Crow Nest Park was opened in 1893 a Golden Key was created to open the gates. Sadly this was lost BUT local school children have been busy designing their own! Check out the Entries and see who the Mayor chooses as winners later in the afternoon!
Adventure Playground: Open throughout the Festival for children age 8+ and supervised by their parents/guardians.
Donkey Rides: Real Donkey’s are a local business and have won awards for their work on Blackpool’s Golden Sands, as well as staring on TV! Hop on for a Donkey Ride for just £2.50 a go!
Peace Garden: Relax quietly in the Walled Garden, or have a go a one of the calming, mindful activities. Devotional performances will take place at various points, check out the Festival Programme below for Peace Garden details.
Festival Stalls: Local Business, Artisan, Community Stalls and Food & Drink vendors will be there for you to browse at your leisure.

Festival Performances and Activities:

◊ 11am: Festival Opening

The Festival Opens with Chickenley Championship Winning Majorettes Team the BCM Stars! If you like what you see, why not find out how to join!
Look out for the Prometheus Moko Jumbie stilt walkers and Mrs Goldthorpe (a widow from the Coombs Pit Colliery Disaster in 1893) as they mingle with the crowd and get the Festival underway! Watch out for these folks throughout the day!
The Frying Squad will then be out and about checking you’ve done your shoe laces up and you’re push chair isn’t going faster than the Park Speed Limit! It’s PC Gone Mad! Popping up throughout the festival, so keep a look out!

◊ 11.15am – 11.45am: Heritage Walk

Join Dewsbury Historian Stuart Hartley on his famous history walk of Crow Nest Park. Find out the fascinating stories behind the monuments and buildings that are an important part of our Dewsbury heritage. Meet at the bottom of the steps in front of the old cafe.

◊ 11.20am – 11.40am: Meet the Raptor Dinosaur!

Wandering around the grassed area opposite Market Stalls, the Raptor and his Ranger will be around for just 20 minutes (British Climate and all that!). Catch a glimpse and say hello!

◊ 11.30am – 11.50am: Peace Garden Performance by Supriya Nagaranjan

Supriya is a founder member of Dewsbury’s very own Manasamitra, bringing arts organisation delivering a range of South Asian arts and cultural experiences in traditional and innovative ways. Supriya joins us from her busy tour schedule to bring you the peaceful sounds of south asian music in this unique performance for the Curiosity Festival.

◊ 11.45am: Pop Up Theatre Performance ~ Mining

The first of our dramas by young people from Dewsbury, looking at life the mining community at Combs Pit in 1893. Just two months before Crow Nest Park was opened, 139 men and boys lost their lives in an explosion at the pit in Thornhill. The children have learnt about this important part of Dewsbury’s history and created a short performance to explore it. Meet at the Band Stand for 11.45am, followed by a short walk to the second part of the performance.

◊ 12pm – 12.30pm: Main Stage Performances Part 1

Rebecca Roberts of Dewsbury’s “Singing School” brings a lovely mix of local sounds from ‘Her Voice’ Choir to up and coming local singers and songwriters.
Bob on to the Bandstand in the Park, grab a bite to eat from one of our food vendors or bring a picnic, bring some blankets or camping chairs and relax while they entertain! (Please ensure you clear your own litter).

◊ 12pm – 1.30pm: Professional Tennis Coaching

A fantastic opportunity to check out what tennis is all about with Thornhill Tennis Club’s ZlTA registered professional coach. Have A Go and find out more about what Thornhill Tennis Club has to offer, including details of their forthcoming Open Day. Make your way to the Tennis Courts in the Park.

◊ 12.10pm – 12.30pm: Meet the Baby Dinosaurs

Look out for these cute versions of the Dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. Watch out though – they might bite!

◊ 12.35pm – 1pm: Urban Angels Aerial Performance

Urban Angels Circus are a leading Festival act bringing their outdoor Aerial Performance to the Curiosity Festival. Find your way to the grass in front of the Mansion to watch the show. Why not grab a bite to eat from one of our food vendors or bring a picnic, bring some blankets or camping chairs and relax while they entertain! (Please ensure you clear your own litter).

◊ 1pm – 1.20pm: Peace Garden Performance by Dewsbury Evangelical Church

Performing devotional songs and hymns, come to the Peace Garden to listen in peaceful surroundings. See below for details on the following Performance at 1.20pm.

◊ 1pm – 1.20pm: Meet the Raptor Dinosaur!

Wandering around the grassed area opposite Market Stalls, the Raptor and his Ranger will be around for just 20 minutes (British Climate and all that!). Catch a glimpse and say hello!

◊ 1.05pm – 1.35pmMain Stage Performances Part 2

Rebecca Roberts of Dewsbury’s “Singing School” brings another lovely mix of local sounds from ‘Her Voice’ Choir to up and coming local singers and songwriters.
Bob on to the Bandstand in the Park, grab a bite to eat from one of our food vendors or bring a picnic, bring some blankets or camping chairs and relax while they entertain! (Please ensure you clear your own litter).

◊ 1.20pm – 1.40pm: Peace Garden Performance by Shabnam Khan

Singer Shabnam Khan brings Indian and Pakistani devotional music and sufi sounds to the Peace Garden. Relax, refresh and contemplate.

◊ 1.40pm – 1.50pm: Pop Up Theatre Performance ~ The Inquest

Young people from local schools bring the second of our performances exploring the Combs Pit Colliery Disaster in 1893.
Just two months before Crow Nest Park was opened, 139 men and boys lost their lives in an explosion at the pit in Thornhill. The children have learnt about this important part of Dewsbury’s history and created a short performance to explore the Inquest. Meet at the Band Stand for the performance.

◊ 1.30pm – 2.10pm: Judging of the Golden Key Competition and Prize Giving by the Mayor of Kirklees

As her term of office draws to a close, our wonderful Mayor Gwen  and Consort Ken join us to judge the Golden Key Competition entries from local schools. This will be followed by the Prize Presentation to the winning entries! In the Adventure Playground.

◊ 1.45pm – 2.05pm: Peace Garden Performance ~ Haridas

Haridas joins us to bring a Hindu devotional performance as you listen peacefully in the garden.

◊ 1.55pm – 2.15pm: Meet the Baby Dinosaurs

Look out for these cute versions of the Dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. Watch out though – they might bite!

◊ 2.20pm – 2.25pm: Pop Up Theatre Performance ~ The Opening of the Park

Young people from local schools enact the third and final instalment of their performances. Crow Nest Park was purchased by the Dewsbury Corporation for the People of Dewsbury for all time. It was opened in 1893 amidst great celebration.
This performance will explore the Park’s opening and the hopes and dreams for the future of the people of Dewsbury. In front of the Mansion.

◊ 2.25pm – 2.50pm: Urban Angels Aerial Performance

Urban Angels Circus are a leading Festival act bringing their outdoor Aerial Performance to the Curiosity Festival. Find your way to the grass in front of the Mansion to watch the show. Why not grab a bite to eat from one of our food vendors or bring a picnic, bring some blankets or camping chairs and relax while they entertain! (Please ensure you clear your own litter).

◊ 2.50pm – 3pm: Closing of the Festival

Mayor Gwen will close the Festival with a brief and informal speech, just as the Mayor of Dewsbury presided over the opening of Crow Nest Park 126 years ago. Join us in front of the Mansion to bless the Park and the people of Dewsbury as we move forward together!

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