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2022 Meanwood Festival is over - if you missed it, check out what happened below.  All that is left is to say a huge thank you to everyone who made it happen.

2023 Meanwood Festival - watch this space for news.

Want to get involved? - join the festival team / organise an event?  Drop us a line at meanwoodfestival@gmail.com

Please bear in mind that Meanwood Festival is not one large event; it is a series of small events held over a few days at various venues.  As such, we do not need offers from stalls, vendors etc. 

... Irish Music night

@ Junction Bar

An evening of fabulous music with Meanwood favourite Des Hurley and friends in collaboration with Irish Arts Foundation.

Willow Sunflowers - an introduction to willow weaving with Out of the Woods

@ Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

This half day workshop is perfect as an introduction to willow weaving.

We will be creating our sunflowers using the same techniques we use to make a base for a round basket before adding petals and a stem. Make as many as you like in the time available.

Create a decorative willow star with Out of the Woods

@ Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

On this half day class, you’ll use random weave to create a decorative star.

An introduction to using random weaving to create decorative items. They look great decorated with fairy lights.

Good manual dexterity is required

Sum like it disco

@ Boot & Rally

A summer disco brought to you by Boot & Rally and Flavour Like Fancy.

Tasha from Meanwood indie gift shop Flavour Like Fancy is teaming up with Boot & Rally to bring the tropical beach vibes to Meanwood's shores.

Expect a mini beach and prizes to be won while we're surfing special cocktails and our DJ spins Motown, Funk and Soul - the perfect mix to tropic like it's hot.


DJ night @ East of Arcadia

DJ Bones playing a night of northern soul, 60s soul, r’n'b, popcorn and Motown.

Annual Coffee Cupping: Coffee Roasting.

@ The Barn Coffee Shop, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

It’s time for our annual Meanwood festival coffee tasting.

In the past we have covered origins, processing and coffee history. This year we’ll have a focus on roasting (as well as tasting lots of lovely single-origins).

Planting seeds and treebark rubbing

meet at Ranger hut in Meanwood Park car park

An opportunity to plant seeds and make tree bark rubbing wraping paper.

Suitable for alll ages.  Children to be accompanied by an adult

Make Your Own Bees Wax Wrap Demo

@ Tandem

A free demo to show how easy it is to make your own, sustainable and plastic free, food wraps at home.

Hannah and Hatty will be offering free drop in sessions, in their Meanwood shop Tandem, to show how to make beeswax wraps at home.

A quick and informative demo showing how easy it can be to make greener and more sustainable choices around your home. We will be selling plastic-free, make your own, beeswax wrap kits at the demo and throughout the festival. 


@ Holy Trinity Community Hall,

A fun workout which combines swing dance and fitness

Suitable for all abilities - bring a drink and wear something suitable for exercise, you’ll get hot and sweaty!! No dance experience necessary, it’s all about the fun factor and keeping fit without even realising!

You’ll leave with a smile on your face - guaranteed.

Kirkstall Brewery Tap takeover @ East of Arcadia

A showcase of local leeds brewery Kirkstall Brewery with 6 different Kirkstall beers pouring all weekend, plus free samples.  50 x free halves of Kirkstall beers available each day.

Make willow bird feeders for the garden with Out of the Woods

@ Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

On this half day class, you’ll learn to make two styles of willow bird feeders. Make as many of each as you like.

Good manual dexterity is required

Celebrate Meanwood

@ Meanwood Community Centre

A gathering, a celebration of all the people doing good in Meanwood, for Meanwood. Come along to meet, learn, share ideas and maybe join in.

All welcome  Something for everyone  kids play  music & dance  food  singing  nature  ice cream  Community    

  Click here for full details

Come along, have fun, find out, join in.

Meanwood Road Project & Pop Up Portrait Studio @ Meanwood Community Centre

Come and meet Lizzie and Katy from the Meanwood Road Project.  Have your portrait taken, and to be part of a street exhibition this coming September alone Meanwood Road.

The Meanwood Road Project is putting on an exhibition along Meanwood Road over the weekend of September 24th 2022. People from the communities that populate the road are invited to be part of the exhibition through taking part in Pop Up Portrait studios, and also by taking photos, creating artwork, and telling stories.

Acting workshop.

@ Meanwood Institute

Brush up your acting chops or try something you've not done before, this theatre workshop will encourage development of your performance skills.  This workshop is for ALL AGES over 18. 

If you would like to discover the performer inside you, or get back to doing something you haven't done in a while, or simply want to try something new, you will enjoy this workshop.

We will be doing creative things with characters and scripts, with a view to perhaps making this a regular creative performance group. Bridie is a Director and Lecturer in Theatre.

Contact Bridie for more information or questions, email bridiemoore@live.com

Meanwood Park to Victoria Falls and then to the Antarctic - the inspiring family of Capt Oates.

@ Meanwood Institute

An illustrated talk by Meanwood resident Peter Spedding.  Hear and see the epic stories of Meanwood hero Captain Lawrence Oates' uncle and grandfather - how they inspired him and changed Meanwood Park.

Afterwards you can join Peter in visiting many of the Meanwood Park features created by the Oates' family.

What's In My FRIDGE?  Book launch

@ Junction Bar/Cafe 

Is this a first for Menwood Festival - a book launch?

Come and meet Meanwood author Paul Hurrell and hear him read extracts as he launches his first book for children.

Courtyard Party

@ Terminus Tap & neighbours

The Terminus Courtyard Party brings you all the family friendly party vibes; live music, kids crafts, face painting, stalls and food! From midday till late on Saturday 30th July at Terminus, Stonegate Road.  

Live music at 'The Primmy'

@ The Primrose

A long standing Meanwood institution, 'the Primmy' is a fantastic grassroots music venue.

Come support your local venue and enjoy some of the best upcoming talent from the Meanwood area and more.

Tai Chi class with Arun from Leeds Tai Chi Accademy @ Basketball Court behind Meanwood Primary School

Tai Chi movements with meditation.  Wear comfy clothes and flat flexible shoes. 

Donation suggested £5

More information availablle on their website, or email


THE BIG QUESTIONS. Talk, questions and discussion with Robert Chamberlain.

@ Meanwood Institute

"Where have we come from, what are we doing and where are we going". Gaugin

THE BIG QUESTIONS. Living with meaning and purpose ... reconnecting with Nature and our deep self ... finding truths in all religions ... developing our full potential ... applying spiritual insights in our daily lives ... building a hopeful future together.

These and other topics that people may care to bring, will be explored in a talk with plenty of time for conversation.

Robert Chamberlain was for many years the director of Tintagel House and the Merlin Theatre, a Rudolf Steiner community arts and education centre in Sheffield.

Community Litter Pick 

To mark Meanwood Festival weekend, Litter Free Meanwood is organising a community litter pick.

If you would like to do a pick we can either:

1) meet at the corner of Potternewton Lane (What 3 words location = chief.tend.update) by the new development at 1 and spread out from there, aiming to end at Wildcraft Bakery at 2:30.

2) Pick any area you like without meeting up and aiming for Wildcraft at 2:30.

3) Pick any area you chose and don’t meet at Wildcraft!

Please bring a picker if you can and wear gloves.  It would be lovey to see as many of you as possible out and about.

Please post pics on Facebook tagging @MeanwoodFestival2022 and @Litter Free Meanwood

A history of Meanwood village - a talk and walk with Peter Smithson on behalf of Meanwood Village Association.

@ Meanwood Institute

A history of Meanwood Institute and Meanwood village from the 19th century to present.

To be followed by a guided walk of approx 3 miles around village.  This should take around 1 1/2 hours.  Click here  to view the itinerary

Introduction to Somatics (seated)  @ Meanwood Institute,  

A taster of Somatics, a slow and gentle movement method to release tight muscle habits.  Suitable for adults of all ages.

Come and try out Somatics - a body movement method with a difference - to improve your posture, banish discomfort and pain (where the root is chronically tight muscles), and bring greater ease into your body and your life even when you're feeling fine.

The movements are slow and gentle - though they are surprisingly powerful!

Wear comfortable clothes you can move easily in, and a layer for warmth as you won't be moving enough to generate much body heat.

For this session you will be sitting on a chair (with some time standing if you're able to) so no need to worry about getting down on the floor.

Contact Sylvia for more information or questions: sylvia@soma-sense.uk

Foraged and found wreath workshop.

@ Alfred Bar 

Join Hannah and Hattie from Tandem, for a summer's evening wreath workshop, in the relaxed setting of our local Alfred bar.

Learn how to construct your own hoop and build your own wreath using locally foraged foliage and sustainably soured natural dried flowers. Finish it off with your homemade, natural dyed French vintage linen ribbons.

All materials will be provided and each ticket will include a shopping voucher for Tandem and a complimentary welcome drink.

Two Sacred Landscapes in Derbyshire - an illustrated talk with images and live music.

@ Meanwood Institute 

An illustrated talk by Robert Chamberlain on sensing the spirit of place, with live harp music by John Dalton.

A contemplative journey through space and time from the Bronze Age till today. Rowtor Rocks, Birchover with its rock carvings and sounding cave, and Harthill Moor with its stone circle, Hermit's Cave and Robin Hood's Stride. 

If there is enough interest, a guided walk could be arranged later in the month.

Robert Chamberlain was for many years the director of Tintagel House and the Merlin Theatre, a Rudolf Steiner community arts and education centre in Sheffield.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no parking at the centre and nearby street parking is limited. Only drive if you have to.

So far confirmed at Celebrate Meanwood:

Team Beckhill   ● Litter Free Meanwood   ●Interact / Meanwood Pantry   ●Meanwood Valley Partnership   ●Greenwood   ●Meanwood Uniform Exchange   ●Countryside Ranger David Preston   ●Love Meanwood  ●Meanwood Men's Shed Meanwood Valley Urban Farm   ●Youth Movement Against Violence  ●Meanwood Playground Appeal   ●local councillors  ●Teddy Bear's Hospital by Stitch Up   ●The Meanwood Road Project  ●Royal Voluntary Service  ●Angels & Stars offering free Reiki and shoulder massage  ● PCSO Bike Marking team - bring your bike to be marked and registered.


Brave Words inspiring children through theatre & spoken word   ●Steel Pans making happy music   ●Meanwood Valley Pre-school fun activities for kids   ●table tennis   ●North Leeds Community Singers bring their versions of well know rock & pop songs ●DAZL (Dance Action Zone Leeds fun and more for children and young people  ●a fun pop-up photo booth with The Meanwood Road Project

Food & Drink:

●vintage ice cream van   ●The Barn Coffee Shop 

Meanwood Festival beer

Meanwood Festival Beer

Meanwood is blessed with a fantastic community of local bars/pubs, and our very own brewery, and this year's festival beer just proves that.

Meanwood Brewery have have teamed up with local bars to bring you this year's festival beer.

COMMUNITY PALE combines IDAHO 7/MOTUEKA hops to give you an easy drinking, thoroughly sessionable (4%), dry-hopped pale that’s perfectly placed to slake that summer thirst.

Releasing everywhere in cask and keg on 29.07.2022 at:

Alfred Bar

Terminus Tap Room & Bottle Shop

The Beck and Call

East Of Arcadia

Number 8 Cocktail Bar

Meanwood Valley Partnership

Junction meanwood

Boot & Rally

Brew day with Meanwood Brewery's Baz & Graham with help from owners/managers of the local bars

the website of Meanwood Valley Partnership

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