Curiosity Festival

19th May 2019


Crow Nest Park


Crow Nest Park!

Come celebrate the local history and heritage of Dewsbury at the first annual Curiosity Festival! Bringing our town together in the spirit of the Park’s opening 126 years ago to curiously explore our cultures, heritage and shared values on a lovely day out in Crow Nest Park.

Working together with our sister group, The Friends of Crow Nest Park, the festival will be a pilot for an annual festival for Dewsbury, with the potential to attract visitors on a national scale in years to come.

Join a journey of discovery, as you dip in and out of a plethora of things that pique your curiosity on 19th May 2019!

Find out what’s on at the Curiosity Festival and keep checking back as we’re updating this information regularly!

Whether it’s in the run up to the festival or a few hours on the day of the festival, your help and support is greatly appreciated!

Storyteller and Stilt Walker Ring Masters will guide you through the Park with offerings of entertainment from street theatre to a trapeze act, competition winners to local performers.


Local organisations, community groups, businesses and creatives will share information to help you, encourage you to join in, and sell their wonderful wares. 

The Curiosity Festival is free to attend, take part and enjoy! Local Artisan products and lovely food will be available to buy throughout the day.

The Walled Garden will be transformed into a Peace Garden: a Creative & Contemplative Sanctuary. Take time out for yourself and relax.

Explore the “Have A Go” Activities including circus skills and more. Refreshments will be made available throughout the park to keep you going as you discover and take part!

Sports activities will be available for young and old to join in – make new friends, learn new skills! 

Pop Up Theatre created by local folk

Young people from the old Borough of Dewsbury and beyond are taking part in workshops leading up to the festival. They’re learning about the history surrounding the opening of the park and the Combs Pit Colliery Disaster (Thornhill) which happened just two months before. They will perform their work at various points during the festival and have also been asked to perform as part of the National Coal Mining Museum’s Youth Arts Festival in July 2019. 

Keep checking back for more information & Confirmation of Entertainment!

The Curiosity Festival is Funded by:

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