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!

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. Booking forms for those who want to hold a stall are open now, click on the link below:

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 will take part in workshops leading up to the festival, 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. The main workshop will take place on Friday 26 April 2019 and places are limited to 20 for ages 7 – 25 apply now to avoid disappointment! 

Opportunities For You!

This is a Festival for the community, created by the community and there are lots of ways you can be involved. You will learn new skills, make new friends and experience the joy of creating a festival and taking part. We welcome local folk, including young people, who would like to be a part of the Festival Organising Team and/or help make the day happen, come to our Curiosity Community Evening (details opposite) and simply register your interest using the button below! 

The success of the festival will depend on local people joining in to make it happen. You can find out about volunteering roles, learn about being a part of our Festival Organising Team and be a part of something BIG for our town!

Whilst the Curiosity Festival has been initiated by volunteers, the intention is that it should grow to be a part of the UK National Festival Scene, and we need YOU to make that happen!

Curiosity Community Evening!

Be A Part of the Curiosity Team


Monday 25th March




Brigantia – Empire House, 5th Floor, Dewsbury

Calling all Businesses, Community Groups, Organisations and Artists!

You are warmly invited to be a part of the Curiosity Festival and reach more potential customers, collaborators and volunteers.

Keep checking back for more information & Confirmation of Entertainment!

The Curiosity Festival is Funded by:

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