The first Ulley Arts Festival, organised by the friends of Ulley Country Park was a huge success with brilliant weather over the weekend that encouraged visitors to come and enjoy the performances, activities and displays. The focal point was The Spillway, the outdoor performance area created in the Park, in which there was a range of performances by local schools and professional artists. Scroll down to see photographs of all the events over the weekend.
The Festival was opened officially by Councillor Sarah Allen, Cabinet Member for Cleaner, Greener Communities on the Saturday, following a sell out evening with Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss on the Friday.
Councillor Allen thanks the Friends organising committee, looking splendid in fuchsia pink shirts
The Bard of Barnsley entertains on a lovely sunny Friday evening.
On the Saturday there were performances by the following schools in The Spillway:-
Aston All Saints Junior and Infant School
Clifton Community School
Aston Hall Junior and Infant School
Ruby Jones from Aston Academy performed a cornet solo
Other Performances in The Spillway on Saturday from:-
City of Sheffield Pipe Band
Rotherham African Drummers
The Magnificent Mr. Kai demonstrated circus skills
South Yorkshire Police Band
Local Folk legend Ray Hearne
GRAND FINALE – MAMMA MIA BIG SING
Led by Tara from TSA Vocals
WEEKEND ACTIVITIES IN THE VISITORS CENTRE
There was an exhibition by Ulley Art Group together with displays of artwork from Aston Academy, Aston Hall J&I School, Wickersley Northfield Primary School, Newman Special School, Swallownest Primary School and Aston Fence J&I School. John Morris provided guidance on watercolour painting.
There were several activities for visitors to try.
Insect Art with Kate Taylor
Leaf printing with Joan Knight
Tile painting with Caroline Lee
Storytelling with Kate O’Brien
Miniature Garden Competition, judged by Brian Brookes
ACTIVITIES AROUND THE PARK
Story Treasure Trail
Guess the book title!
a chance to sit and reflect on the beauty of the Park!