Town Council Events
Click below to read more about the annual events due to be held in Keighley, throughout 2016:
Keighley Town Council is also keen to celebrate other dates throughout the year, including the Queen’s 90th birthday and Eid. As well as holding or supporting an exciting summer event. So please – watch this space for further information.
St George’s Day
Saturday 23rd April 2016 – including a THREE DAY market on Low Street on 21/22/23 April
Come and celebrate St George’s Day, with street entertainment on Church Green on Saturday 23rd April 10am–4pm.
We are also excited to be celebrating the 400th annervsary of England’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. With the following Medieval activities to honour this great day;
Armed Forces Day
Sunday 19th June 2016 http://afdevents.co.uk/event.php?id=354
Keighley Armed Forces Association (KAFA) are holding their third Armed Forces event on Sunday the 19th June. Opening at 10.00am, there will be a service of acknowledgement to the Armed Forces in Town Hall Square, Keighley. At 10.30am the service will end and move over to Marley Fields, Keighley. There will then be a parade from the entrance into the main arena where there will be an "inspection" awards handed out and the event officially opened.
Throughout the day there will be various activities, including mini tanks for the public to drive, re-enactment teams doing displays, an RAF Spitfire/Hurricane flypast, bird of prey displays, military vehicles and an exciting War Horse re-enactment team making an appearance! There will also be various military stands displaying kit from World War 1 all the way to modern technology.
Keighley Town Council are proud to be supporting this great day and working together with the Keighley Armed Forces Association.
Battle of the Somme
Friday 1st July at 7.30am (Town Hall Square)
Reverend Jonathan Pritchard will be leading a short service and inviting people to blow whistles in commemoration; on the first day in July in 1916 at around 7.30 in the morning, whistles were blown to signal the start of what would be the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.
Men of Worth are also working with Keighley Town Council and Reverend Pritchard to help commemorate these great brave men who have made an unforgettable mark in our history and they will be around from 10am based in Keighley Library. Please come along and see them.
School Achievers Awards
Friday 15th July 2016 (2.00pm, Council Chambers)
The Achievers Awards are presented each year to the child or group because they have behaved well, or excelled in a certain school subject, or helped others … there are many different reasons.
Each child receives a small shield with their name engraved on it. The school has a large shield with 12 spaces on it (this shield then lasts for 12 years) so the child’s or group’s name is engraved on that as well and this shield is kept in the school for the whole year.
In July every year a ceremony takes place in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall, each child or group attends with either their parent, carer or school teacher to receive their award from the Mayor. The Achievers Awards is becoming more popular each year and is always well attended.
Keighley by the Sea! / Yorkshire Day
Saturday 30th / Sunday 31st July / Monday 1st August 2016
Everything that is great about Yorkshire will again be celebrated. Even better, Keighley will be celebrating in style with our town theme, Keighley by the Sea!
Organised in partnership with the Keighley BID, events will include;
Donkey rides, Bread & Butter Theatre – Pirates & Van Dunk Brothers, Punch & Judy shows, a stilt walker, beach-themed colouring-in sheets, a face painter, giant Jenga, giant parachute, a peep through photo board, a giant deck chair, traditional deck chairs AND beach huts!
So come and listen to the sounds of sea, waves and seagulls, and join in the fun (Church Green activities on Saturday & Sunday only).
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October 2016!
Forget having to head for Germany to experience Oktoberfest, this year come and join in with Oktoberfest in Keighley! Where we will be going Oktoberfest-mad. The family fun fueled weekend will include a World Village Market with lots of stalls from around the world selling arts, crafts, food and clothing, music, a beer tent with a selection of German beers, as well as food tents complete with bratwurst-centred lunch options. Music will be courtesy of Bavarian style bands so we hope to see some dancing on the tables.
To take place on Church Green and the adjacent car park!
Look out for further details for the event, including your invitation to dress up like a real Bavarian!
Sunday 13th November 2016
Remembrance Sunday in Keighley is becoming more and more popular with people lining the paths as the Civic Party walks to the Shared Church for the Remembrance Day Service. Last year (2014) a new local tradition may have been started as the ceremony at the Cenotaph in Town Hall Square included the reading out of the names of the 49 Keighley service men known to have been killed 100 years earlier during the first few months of World War 1.
Their names were called in the clear, youthful voices of four armed forces cadets and, though the ceremony was attended by an enormous amount of people, they were heard in absolute silence during what was for most present, an extremely moving occasion.
Consideration is now being given to make naming of the fallen a regular feature of the ceremony, annually adding the names of those killed in subsequent years and conflicts.
The ceremony was led by the Town Mayor, Councillor Graham Mitchell, and attended by a large number of people from Keighley’s uniformed groups, the Royal British Legion, York Pipe Band, local schools and members of the public.
Another regular feature of Remembrance Day is the party in the Drill Hall for the veterans.
Lieutenant Richard Jackson and his wife, together with Keighley Town Council, have organised this event for the past few years. The Drill Hall, with the help of Army Cadets and volunteers, is decorated with bunting, the tables beautifully laid, festooned with a variety of 1940’s memorabilia and a lovely meal served 40’s style of pie, veg and potatoes followed by crumble and custard. Throughout the meal a good old 1940’s sing-a-long takes place and, of course, the bar in the Drill Hall is open! This year, the Remembrance day lunches will be provided by the Town Council as the financial support by the former Lieutenant Richard Jacksons Officer will no longer be provided.
There will be civic representation at the following Services on Remembrance Sunday the 13th November 2016.
0915 - Civic dignitaries to meet at the Town Hall
0915 - Parade assembles at Russell Street, Keighley.
0935 - The parade moves off from Russell Street
0940 - Civic dignitaries move off from Town Hall and join Parade
0950 - Procession arrives at the church to be met by the Clergy
1000 - Remembrance Service at Keighley Shared Parish Church.
1040 - Parade to Town Hall Square.
1100 - Wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph followed by two minutes’ silence
1115 - Parade to march off the Square via North Street into Bow Street.
Refreshments will be available at the Drill Hall for ticket holders only.
Tea and coffee available for non-ticket holders in the Masonic Lodge on Cooke Street.
1045 - Remembrance Service and wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Oakworth Park
Christmas Pensioners lunches
December 2016 – dates TBC
Each year at Christmas, the Civic Centre holds the deligthful Pensioners lunches, free to all those over 65 and who live in the Keighley area. So watch this space for more information and to book your ticket!