WE MAY be at least 60 miles as the seagull flies from the nearest beach but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have a taste of the seaside right here at home.
That’s what organisers of this year’s Holmfirth Arts Festival decided anyway.
And since Holmfirth is, after all, the home of some of the most celebrated comic postcards in the country, why not create Holmfirth on Sea? Even if it is just for a while.
All week, anyone who has dropped into Holmfirth has been able to air their views on just what it is they love about living in the Holme Valley.
Wish You Were Here? That’s what the festival team hope people have been writing as they’ve taken a breather in one of the pop-up writing deckchairs placed strategically around the town.
People have then been posting their ideas in the special Festival Postbox which is outside Imagine Toys for the duration of the festival.
Tomorrow, there’s a family day which has Holmfirth and fun written right through it.
Head for Victoria Park tomorrow afternoon (June 22, 11m to 4pm) and transport yourself and your family to a world where We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside seems totally apt.
There will be all the fun of the fair with Uncle Tacko’s Imaginarium and Flea Circus.
Join photographer Bob Clayden at the Old Bridge Hotel at 6pm (June 22) as he reveals the science behind his specially commissioned solargrams, beautiful images designed to track the course of the sun behind the former Bamforth building in Holmfirth.
Bob will also be unveiling the results of a second solargram, set to record the movement of the sun from its lowest point in the sky – March 21 to its highest – June 21.
Return to the Old Bridge at 8pm for another event which looks at our fascination for the seaside.
Marcus Hearn has written a new book on the Bamforth postcards and he will be talking to James Nash about the book and the role that censorship has played in the company’s history.
Also in on the discussion will be performer and seaside historian Tony Lidington.
He will take the audience on a journey through the history of the seaside and end of the pier entertainment.
Together, they will explore our love affair with the seaside and Bamforth’s role in creating the British seaside of our imagination through its postcards.
The event is sponsored by the company whose name has such a powerful connection to British seaside outings, Bamforth.
If you can’t wait for all that fresh air and fun, get into the festival mood tonight in Honley where Bunk Puppets will create a shadow puppet universe from bits of rubbish.
Jeff Achtem will be raiding his cleaning cupboard for bits and pieces with which to create Sam and Junior, two brothers who must flee their planet and take an epic journey across the universe.
You only have to make the trip as far as Honley’s Southgate Theatre. Lift-off is at 6pm with a second trip at 8pm.
And just to give you fair warning, the festival finale on Sunday night needs you to dust off your dancing shoes. The Picturedrome hosts a Cuban Dance Night (7.30pm) with International Mambo Orchestra providing all those mambo and salsa sounds.
Go to www.holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk