It’s time to get this party started . . .

Getting ready for the first Brighouse Arts Festival, in the grounds of Brighouse library / Smith art gallery, from the left, organiser Tom Ratcliffe, Steven Lord from Harrison Lord Artt Gallery, committee members Peter Sleigh and Lesley Adams, and singer / songwriter Roger Davies.
Getting ready for the first Brighouse Arts Festival, in the grounds of Brighouse library / Smith art gallery, from the left, organiser Tom Ratcliffe, Steven Lord from Harrison Lord Artt Gallery, committee members Peter Sleigh and Lesley Adams, and singer / songwriter Roger Davies.

THE party will come to Rydings Park in Brighouse on Sunday when families will get the chance to celebrate the start of Brighouse Arts Festival.

A free programme of entertainment for all the family has been lined up from 11am to 5pm with music, workshops and activities.

Brighouse singer Bethany Dimmock will entertain the crowds, there will be steam train rides, drawing workshops and Dr Who activities led by Mark Wright, writer of the Dr Who audiobooks.

One of the organisers Tom Ratcliffe said: “This is intended to be an informal family event, designed to encourage the people of Brighouse to come and enjoy the surroundings of the Rydings Park and to visit the events in the library and Smith Art Gallery that have been specially organised for the day.”

Party in the Park has been organised by Calderdale Council and the Friends of the Rydings.

Visitors are invited to take chairs, rugs and picnics and spend a day soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the activities.

The attractions will include a graffiti artist working in the grounds, interactive art activities, a big drawing event in the gallery in the afternoon and a drawing workshop led by Brighouse artist Matthew Evans in the park. Families will also be able to visit the Calderdale Open exhibition in the art gallery.

Mr Ratcliffe said: “We believe that Rydings Park, the library and Smith Art Gallery are some of the great assets of Brighouse and hope that, through Party in the Park, many more will discover this jewel in the crown.”

The Dr Who sessions at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm are expected to be popular and booking is recommended at www.brighouse.festival.co.uk

Brighouse Arts Festival runs from August 23 to 31 and features events in venues all over the town.

Mr Ratcliffe said: “The festival has generated a lot of interest and we have received some very positive feedback. Inquiries and bookings are coming in from far and wide and we are hoping that people will flock to all the events.”

Tickets for festival events are available from the Harrison Lord Gallery, Ryecorn Wholefoods and Simply Flowers in Brighouse or from 01484 718324.

l For a preview of Brighouse Arts Festival see pages 24 and 25.