Of all the extraordinary and colourful events connected to the Yorkshire Tour de France, the Felted Yorkshire Yurt Festival is surely going to be the most unique and stunning, for its venue alone … and then there’s so much happening inside too.
Sue Clay, textile artist, has created seven huge felted panels depicting iconic Yorkshire landscapes, with bikes flashing through – a sort of ‘Yorkshire Bayeux Tapestry’ in felted wool, only with bikes not war! These will decorate the interior of the Yurt, along with felted bird and animal sculptures made by children across West Yorkshire. The Felted Yurt is Sue Clay’s dream and her vision.
The Festival programme has been devised by local writer, Mary Lister, on behalf of Holmfirth Writers’ Group, who are hosting the event. It runs daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from July 1st to July 5th up to the eve of Le Tour coming through. It showcases a huge range of Yorkshire creative, comedic and musical talent, with performances for children and adults. It includes a daily school programme, family barbeque and evening entertainment with a bar. The outside of the Yurt will be highly decorated with strings of gaily coloured poetry / picture postcards, all created by children in the Holme Valley, with Holmfirth Writers’ Group. Only fifty-five people can get in the Yurt at one time, so it will be a rare and special experience to sit in Sue’s amazing cavern of colour, among her extraordinary felts, with wonderful music, comedy, poetry and a glass of wine.
The Yurt is provided by the wonderful ‘Yorkshire Yurt Company’, and the project is part-funded by Kirklees, through the Holmfirth Writers’ Group.
Tickets are available in advance from Holmfirth Tourist Office (01484 222444) or on the door of the Yurt, (July 1st to 5th) at the centre of Holme Village.
Contact Mary Lister on 01484 685577, or Sue Clay on 01484 686642, if Look North would be interested in covering this event.