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Moves afoot for Shepley Spring Festival

After a small event last year following the death of Shepley co-director, James McKinlay, the festival is back this May and is making some big changes – it is moving to a new indoor site.

On its website the festival states: “After 11 happy years in Shepley village, we’ve realised that the costs of a completely green-field site have become prohibitive. We’ve looked around and found a nearby site that solves all our problems.”

So the 2019 festival will be held in Storthes Hall Park, less than two miles away. Set in 40 acres of wooded parkland, the new festival hub will be a building known as The Venue – “a great, roomy, flexible space that’s dry and warm, comfortable and welcoming!” The main events will take place there, and it has a lift, disabled access and is dog-friendly throughout. Other activities will be held in surrounding outside areas. There will be bars with cask ale and real cider.

In addition, the festival is pleased to report several other benefits to the move. “We have around three hundred hotel-style en suite bedrooms within a couple of minutes’ walk of The Venue, with prices from £25.00 per room, per night. There is also ample room for camping and campervans on site, with indoor showers and toilets. There’s even a small on-site supermarket, ATM and plenty of parking. The Venue also has a host of attractions that you wouldn’t usually find, just in case you need a break from the music and dance. There are pool tables, a computer games room, free Wi-Fi, and even a small cinema.”

The first guest artists have been announced and tickets for this year’s event on 17-19th May are on sale now.