FINGERS crossed for more of that sunny weather as Holmfirth Arts Festival, complete with seaside theme, gets underway.

This year’s festival kicks-off next Friday (June 14) with Holmfirth’s very own late night illuminations.

Internationally acclaimed and locally-based pyrotechnic artists pa-Boom will light up Holmeside Gardens (10pm) with a specially commissioned fire trail and a series of fire sculptures.

Throughout the 10-day festival, there are a wide range of events from arts workshops to theatre, storytelling and a family fun day in the park. All the festival needs now is people and fine weather.

The opening weekend includes free textile workshops at Holmfirth Market Hall from 10am on June 15.

These have always proved hugely popular and will see local artist and teacher Sue Clay helping people to create pictures from hot ironing plastic bags and trimmings.

Weaver and textile designer Jane Eastwood will be showing you how much fun hand-held weaving is and James Howard will demonstrate how to make vintage lampshades using a kit.

Take along a sharp pair of scissors so that Karen Dennis can get you to revamp that piece of clothing you were about to throw away.

If Father’s Day is looming large with no plans, how about taking the whole family and heading for an outdoor adventure?

Den building, exploring, natural art and drinking hot chocolate over an open fire. If any of that appeals then join the festival as it goes Into The Woods at Mearhouse Farm near Holmfirth.

There’s a performance too on June 16 from Tutti Frutti theatre company that’s not to be missed.

Hear the story of Hue Boy as the company brings a Caribbean village to life under a colourful parasol in a performance for young children at the Old Bridge Hotel.

And there is every chance that you will walk into an impromptu piece of theatre.

Mike Bettison and Gary ‘Gacko’ Bridgens (better known as Rambling On) will be travelling the Holme Valley, with Dolly the cart, delivering roadside performances. Enjoy their specially commissioned Story of Stories in village halls, pubs and schools from Upperthong to Holmfirth, and follow their adventures on Facebook and Twitter as they collect material for their evening shows from passers by.

Their performances are suitable for all the family and take place from June 19-23.

For those who like to travel, how about an epic journey across the galaxy?

Join brothers Sam and Junior as they flee their war-torn planet and head off across the galaxy.

Award-winning performer Jeff Achtem (better known as Bunk Puppets) uses the contents of his cleaning closet, to create a shadow puppet Slapdash Galaxy from bits of rubbish.

Buckle yourselves in and prepare yourselves for a warp-speed performance on Friday June 21 at Southgate Theatre, Honley. Shows are at 6pm and 8pm.

The final weekend of events sees the festival in seaside entertainment mood.

There will be camera obscura workshops, Silly Songs and storytelling, and all the fun of the fair with Uncle Tacko’s Imaginarium and Flea Circus. Good old fashioned fun, whatever the weather. It’s called The Last Resort and it’s in Holmfirth’s Victoria Park.

Some events are ticketed. For full details, go to the festival website ( Tickets from Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre 01484 222444 or Kirklees booking line on 01484 223200.