Sherburn in Elmet will be holding the first, in what is hoped to be an annual Craft and Food Festival during the August bank holiday weekend 2017. The event will be held from Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August 2017, from 10am – 5pm daily.

Craft and Food FestivalThe neighbouring village of Cawood, approximately 8 miles away, has hosted a successful Craft Festival over the August bank holiday for over 30 years. The Cawood Festival attracted approximately 12,000 visitors over the 3 days and raised approximately £20,000 each year for their local community. As the main venue in Cawood is no longer available, they held their last event in 2016.

Sherburn in Elmet hosted a very successful community event in April 2016. Sherburn Cycle Saturday, celebrated the Tour de Yorkshire passing through Sherburn in Elmet and attracted over 8,000 people. The feedback from residents was overwhelmingly positive and many people wanted to build on this success.

When we heard that the Cawood event was finishing it seemed an ideal opportunity to hold a similar event. Whilst wanting to keep the tradition, we also believed it was important to make the festival different from Cawood and therefore decided on a combined Craft and Food Festival.

Here was a wonderful opportunity to bring the community together, promote Sherburn in Elmet and raise funds for the benefit of the local community.

As well as the craft and food stalls, and vintage vehicles, we also have many other special features and offerings planned to make the long weekend a huge success.

Sherburn in Elmet has a long-standing connection with crafting. It is not commonly known but Sherburn was actually one of the largest suppliers of teasel to the wool industry in Yorkshire. We wanted to incorporate this connection in some way and so we formed a Community Interest Company (CIC) to organise and deliver the event called Sherburn in Elmet Teasel CIC.

The Craft and Food Festival will include:

  • Craft stalls
  • Over 100 craft and food stalls for local and regional food producers
  • Celebrity chefs and cookery demonstrations
  • Live entertainment
  • Competitions with cash prizes
  • Vintage cars/motorbikes and a number of fringe events
  • Opportunities for local & community groups to display their work

The festival will be held in Eversley Park with fringe events held in several venues around the village. This will encourage people to experience both the historical and recreational facilities that are available and to appreciate the range of businesses in the area.

The main marquees will be located at the Eversley Park area which is community parish land. There will be a professional demonstration kitchen set up in the Eversley Community Centre for the cookery demonstrations.

Other locations around the village that will host fringe activities include:

  • Methodist Church
  • Social Club Car Park
  • All Saints Church

 Aims of the Festival

  • To promote a sense of community and reduce social isolation
  • To deliver a high-quality Craft and Food Festival for Sherburn in Elmet which gives visitors a strong reason to come to our district
  • To raise funds which can be used to support new and existing initiatives for the benefit of the community
  • To attract visitors to the village, not just for the festival but throughout the year to support the local businesses
  • To improve the image of Sherburn in Elmet as a thriving and vibrant village
  • To celebrate and promote good quality food and connect people to our local food producers and retailers, including farm shops
  • To celebrate and promote craft either as a hobby or business opportunity

 More about Sherburn in Elmet

Sherburn in Elmet is a large village located in the Selby District of North Yorkshire between York and Leeds. Sherburn now has a growing population of over 7,000 people, with another 900 houses to be built in the next four years and a further 420 in the planning system. This would potentially take the population to over 10,000.

There are over 80,000 residents in Selby District alone. If the population of towns and cities within 30 minutes drive-time are included, the festival has a potential audience in excess of a million people. Over time, we can build and develop the festival by increased marketing in Leeds 751k, Wakefield 76k, York 43k, Doncaster 68k.

Leeds and York are within 15 miles and have good links via road, train and bus services. Sherburn is only 4 miles from major road links such as M1, M62, A1, A63, A64. There are train stations at both Sherburn and the neighbouring village of South Milford with rail links to Leeds, Manchester, York, Selby, Sheffield and Hull.

In 2016, we hosted the Tour de Yorkshire when it came through the village. It attracted an audience of 8,000 people who lined the route.

The annual gala attracts 3,000 local people and has been running, for over 40 years.

We are a very active community with a culture of volunteering and participation.  We have many local groups in the area including U3A with 500+ members, art club, camera club, walking club, local history, country women’s association, 3 churches and various sports clubs.

Goals of the Teasel CIC

To carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) to run an annual Craft and Food Festival to bring the community of Sherburn in Elmet together and to allow voluntary groups to promote their services, to recruit volunteers and raise funds.  Any surplus generated from the event will be distributed to not for profit organisations and individual good causes.