Plenty of family fun at festival

Crowds at Heptonstall Festival.
Crowds at Heptonstall Festival.

An Alice in Wonderland parade kicked off a day of family fun at this year’s Heptonstall Festival.

CBeebies star Mr Bloom opened the event at the old St Thomas A Beckett church before a Mad Hatters tea party, with actress Ursula Holden-Gill playing the Queen of Hearts.

There were also performances in Weaver’s Square throughout the afternoon by bands, storytellers and actors including the Hill Millies morris dancers and the drama Much Ado About Something by Geoff Scott.

Visitors could experience a selection of local arts and crafts, including felt, clay, vinyl print, steam punk accessories, knitting, wood work and ironmongery.

A range of fooda nd drink was on the menu, with Thai, French and Italian food from local artisans and the best of local ale with Little Valley and Bridestones breweries supporting the event with local ciders.

Soul singer Taylor Jackson was the headline act in the afternoon, while Nizlopi performed a gig in the ruins of the church before a candlelit concert rounded-off the day featuring two keyboardists and two vocal soloists.