Unlocking Farsley, Part Three: Leeds’ Top Tourist Spot for Summer 2024

Unlocking Farsley, Part Three: Leeds’ Top Tourist Spot for Summer 2024

Community reporter Damon Cooper concludes his “Unlocking Farsley” series by highlighting the community groups and businesses that make the village tick.

From raising funds to restore a church clock to crowdfunding to improve disabled access at a local sports club, you’ll find that fundraising, community spirit and volunteering are at the heart of Farsley when you visit.

Where Farsley Rehoboth, a cemetery that stands proudly in Leeds’ happiest village, as voted by YEP readers, feels like stumbling upon a secret cache of joy. Local volunteers have preserved the ecology and restored the landscape so well that visitors can now book tours with experienced guides.

At Farsley Community Hub and Library, you can make the most of your time with amenities like free WiFi and free access to computers complete with MS Office and internet. Whether you’re there to pick up, renew or return a book, you’ll find clean public restrooms to ensure a comfortable visit.

Every Friday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, anyone under the age of five can embark on an exciting adventure with the Ready Steady Readers Challenge at Farsley Community Hub and Library. Children collect six gold stars in a fun reading booklet, packed with tips for family reading. Stars are earned by visiting the library, exploring books, taking part in a Story and Rhyme session or borrowing a book. Once all six stars have been collected, children receive a special certificate and can complete the challenge as many times as they like.

Next up, we have the warm-hearted Friends of St John’s Church who, through their tireless efforts, ensure that weddings, christenings, farmers’ markets, brownies, coffee mornings, quiz nights, bereavement groups, table sales, baby and toddler groups can continue to take place. The Friends are also currently raising funds through various events for the restoration of the St John’s Church clock.

A little off the beaten track on Town Street, be sure to check in with Farsley Celtic Supporters Club, who organise coach trips to all away games, host occasional social events and a committee that is currently raising funds to improve disabled access at the club’s stadium.

Discover a heart of community spirit with the Farsley Community Project, launched in 2020 by the folks at Grumpy’s Wood Fired Pizza. This initiative has significantly enriched the local scene by donating a wide range of books to Farsley schools, initiating vibrant community art projects, and orchestrating an annual Food Drive to support our local food bank. The Farsley Community Project epitomizes the unity and generosity in our vibrant village, whether through exploration of the arts or charitable efforts.

Join them at the Scrap Creative Reuse Art Project in Farsley this summer for a magical opportunity! With dedicated volunteers, they are creating 120 charming wildlife-themed headdresses for local children to wear at the Lantern Parade. Each workshop, in the first week of the summer holidays, welcomes up to 15 children at £5 each (adults go free). Children will create, wear and keep their headdresses as souvenirs. Sessions on 24th and 26th July are available.

Secure your spot and explore more here. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make memories and be festival-ready at Lights Switch On Day!

LOVE FARSLEY embraces the essence of community spirit by supporting the Farsley Festival, Farsley Farmers Market, Farsley Community Orchard and Friends of Hainsworth Park. These vibrant events and initiatives showcase the town’s rich culture, local produce and dedication to green spaces, inviting travellers to immerse themselves in Farsley’s lively atmosphere and community-driven ethos.

Each year, Sunnybank Mills Art Gallery hosts numerous open call opportunities, such as Printed Bound, Ones to Watch and Threads Festival. These exciting events and exhibitions are accessible through Curatorspace, providing a portal for artists and visitors to engage with dynamic contemporary art and craft.

There are so many groups and organizations in the village that it is difficult to mention them all!

There’s never been a better time to embrace Farsley by visiting the village. From the businesses featured in parts 1 and 2 of this trilogy to the community groups that make this village tick!

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