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Wow what an amazing weekend!

THANK YOU to everyone involved in the Festival Weekend ...

from scarecrow builders to music makers, buskers to fun runners, open gardens owners to classic and super car drivers, cake bakers, artists, literary lunchers, Jazz in the Spa, local businesses .... THANK YOU!


Boston Spa Weekend Festival 2019


2019 will be the fourth year of our village festival and it just keeps getting bigger and better!
Our scarecrow trail this year is themed 'Film & TV Characters', once again we have an array of live music, a classic car event and street food. There are many new events this year including a Fun Run, a Great Boston Spa Bake Off, Super Cars, Open Gardens, the Stables Lane Grand Opening Ceremony and lots more!! You can get regular updates here and on the Festival Facebook page

Boston Spa Festival Weekend

An introduction by Geoff Shaw Festival Coordinator

This year’s Festival promises to be bigger and better, befitting Boston Spa which was ranked by The Sunday Times as one of the best places to live in Yorkshire and the North East.

The popular Scarecrow Competition will take place again, as well as the Classic Car event, another Literary Lunch featuring Yorkshire Author Imogen Clark, musical entertainment, exhibitions of art, heritage walk, plant sales, free fitness classes, and much more.

The Open Gardens have been resurrected, and new events include cookery workshops for youngsters and our very own Boston Spa Bake-Off.  Local sports clubs will again hold open days, and Millennium Gardens will be alive with music both Saturday and Sunday.  Street food at several locations will ensure that visitors are well fed and watered.

We are particularly pleased that the Parish Council’s grand opening of the new Stables Lane Community Park on Sunday will feature our own resident, Geoffrey Boycott OBE, doing the ribbon-cutting honours at noon.  The park programme will kick off with a 2k Fun Run and features a raft of things to do for youngsters, with the Wimbledon Men’s Final being shown on a big screen at 2pm.  Food, drinks and ice cream will be available, so bring some chairs (or your own picnic) and make it a special family day.

The Festival will conclude with an evening “Rock Mass” at St. Mary’s Church, organised by our new vicar, Rev. Nick Morgan.  It promises to be a noisy, spectacular event, with the church sure to be packed to the rafters – a fitting finale, with the collection donated to our own Martin House Hospice.

Most tickets available at Yeadon’s.  There will be an information stand in Millennium Gardens on the Saturday mornings of 29 June and 6 July.  For more information, see the village website at or Facebook 

Why not plan your Festival Weekend now? Download the festival leaflet here

Scarecrow Trail

From Friday 5 July the village will come alive to 55 Scarecrows – the theme “Film & TV Characters”
Trail Maps will be available from Yeadons & Costcutter from Friday 5th July, the cost is £1.
Voting for the best scarecrow will be via a special voting slip attached to the trail maps and end on Friday 5.00pm 12th July.
The Trail Map Quiz – identifying as many characters as you can, will finish at the end of the Festival Sunday 14th July, all entries to be returned to Costcutter or Yeadons. Winners will be contacted by Tuesday 16 July and the Winners will be posted in Costcutter & Yeadons.


Calling all Bakers!!!! Boston Spa Bake Off Competition

This year, the Great British Bake Off is coming to Boston Spa!

Show off your skills to your neighbours and other village residents and enter your very best baking creations.

The theme is to celebrate all things Yorkshire! This cane be through flavours (rhubarb, liqourice, tea etc) or decoration, or both.
We have so may fabulous things in God's Own Country so get your thinking caps on and be creative!
We have two categories to involve residents of all ages; the under 12's category, and a showstopper category that is open to all.
This is a community event, so there is a small entry fee, and all proceeds will be distributed to the Village Hall and the Stables Lane project.

You can enter by choosing on the of the categories below.

There are prizes to be won, so....

On your marks.... Get set.... BAKE!!!!

Activities at St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church - Saturday 1-4pm
Come along and explore St Mary's Church with a fun trail for children - discover the symbols all around the church.
Afternoon tea served too with home-made cakes.

Rock Mass Sunday 6pm at St Mary's Church
A loud service of Holy Communion on the theme of fire.  Expect loud noises and visual effects.  Collection for Martin House Children's Hospice.  No previous experience of Church needed, no dress code, just turn up.  All welcome

Once again Boston Spa will welcome classic cars to add colourful interest to its’ Festival on Saturday 13th July 2019.

A fine range of historic and iconic cars will be presented to the public when they meet at Church Fields Car Park at 9.30 am on Saturday 13th July. The owners will have polished the cars and will be delighted to talk about their experiences. Here is a chance to go down memory lane (“That was my first car before we got married and had kids”) before the owners take a leisurely drive into the countryside for a few hours. They will be back so residents will be able to see them again when they return to Stables Lane Community Park from 3.30 pm.

In previous years the drivers and navigators have travelled through the country lanes in the Mid Wharfe area, have circumnavigated The White Horse at Kilsby, and been charmed by the small town of Pateley Bridge and Fountains Abbey. This year the organisers are recommending a journey via Pocklington to the Yorkshire Wolds. Oh, the pleasure of Yorkshire lanes with their dry stone walls and grass in the middle of the road. 

For more information contact K Jackson at

Boston Spa Scouts will be serving up bacon butties 9-10.30am on Church Fields whilst the classic cars gather and until 1pm there will be a range of scouting activities for everyone young and old, boys and girls - you may even earn your first badge!

Literary Lunch

The event, which will take place on Sat. 13 July, 11.45 – 2 p.m., is once again hosted by the Methodist Church.This year’s Literary Lunch will feature Imogen Clark, a bestselling Yorkshire author whose first two books – Postcards from a Stranger and The Thing About Clare – both reached number one in the Amazon Kindle Chart in both the UK and Australia.  Her third book, Where the Story Starts, was just published in May.  

The event is once again hosted by the Methodist Church.  The £12 ticket includes lunch – available from Yeadon’s in Boston Spa or from Sue Jakeman, 01937 842156.


Festival Music

Local legends, The Bluekings with support from Tandem, invite you to join them for one night only at Boston Spa Village Hall Friday 12th July.
The Bluekings have enjoyed great success over the years with a potent blend of up-tempo swing blues, rock & roll and soul classics forming the backbone of their set. They have played at music festivals across the length and breadth of the country and even performed in Nashville. 

Tandem, a very popular local duo, will be serving up a dizzying selection of popular music from the 60s onwards. They will also be taking requests from the audience and we hope everyone will join them in a good old fashioned sing song.

The Bluekings retired in 2016 but reformed earlier this year to perform in a memorial concert and pay tribute to their great friend and former band member, Jeff Walsh, who lost his life in 2018. This may be your last chance to watch the boys in action so we heartily recommend you go and see them - don't forget your dancing shoes...

Concert at 8.15pm - 11.00pm. Doors open 7.30pm - Bar open 7.45pm.
Tickets £7 per head, payable on the door or in advance from Yeadon’s.


Millennium Gardens Music

Saturday 11am-3.45pm Choirs, singing groups and buskers
Sunday 11am-3.45pm Musical entertainment from local musicians including The Daytones


Street Food in Millennium Gardens BBQ and Paella supplied by local businesses Harts Cafe, Costcutter & La Casita 10.30-4pm Saturday and Sunday

Jazz in the Spa 

Saturday 13th doors open 7pm Music 8-10.30pm Swing Commanders - a vibrant and versatile group performing 1940s/50s classics, boogie woogie and swing, jump jive and more!

Pay on the door -£10 (No bar so BYO!)

Music At the Methodist Church

Boston Spa Methodist Church will be holding a special service on Sunday 14th July, encouraging people to come together and ‘Sing a Song of Praise’. It starts at 10:30am and will be led by Revd Steve and Sue Jakeman.  

Come along and join in the fun, no need to read music, or have any previous experience of church.

Free Fitness Classes for Healthy Lives

Fitness for all the family, classes running throughout the Festival Weekend check out dates and times on our Festival Leaflet

Festival Art

Deepdale Art Group are holding a free exhibition by experienced local artists, paintings of landscapes, seascapes, portraits, flowers and abstracts in different media Saturday 10-4pm

Walton Art Group will be exhibiting a mixture of work by amateur and professional artists at the Village Hall 10.30 - 3.30pm on Sunday 


This year our open gardens feature garden rooms, walled gardens, nature areas, art studios and much more.
Tea, cakes and plants on sale at the Village Hall and also at the Community Park on Stables Lane. Plant sale in aid of Horticap and RNLI grown by local villagers.
Tickets £4 before the day at Yeadon's Hardware Shop, £5 on the day at Deepdale Community Centre and at the Village Hall. Under 16 free


As part of the Boston Spa Village Festival there is to be an Opening Ceremony for the new Stables Lane Community Park, including many activities going on throughout the day, details as follows:-
•    10.30am – warm up exercises for Fun Run by Principle Fitness
•    11.00am – Fun Run by Guy Whatmore and sponsors Oasis
•    12.00am – Opening Ceremony with Geoffrey Boycott and local Councillors
•    12.30am – Music by Ken Stamp
•    2.00pm – Wimbledon Tennis Final on Big Screen provided by Stew & Oyster
•    2.00pm to 4.00pm – Wetherby Fire Engine on display in the Car Park
•    3.00pm to 3.30pm – Super Car rally finishes with car parade in the Park
Numerous other entertainment including:-
•    40ft inflatable assault course from Total Sports
•    Clay Painting by Clayfever
•    Children’s Den Building by Chris Harman
•    Plant Sale by Horticap charity nursery
•    Face Painting by Rainbow Elf
•    Kids entertainer
•    Stockeld Park character appearance
Food and drink will also be available :-
•    Stew and Oyster – bar and warm drinks
•    Harts Café – gin and tea, cakes, scones, salads, etc.
•    Ice Cream Van – Dales Ice Cream
•    Barbeque Van – Wetherby Deli Fresh
….or simply bring a picnic!!
(Portable Toilets are also being provided)
Why not come down and spend the day at our new Community Park?  Or just come to visit for a while in between enjoying the other Festival activities.
Make sure that you visit the new Stables Lane Community Park at some time, it’s worth a bit of your time to see it!

Here are some of the Highlights from previous years..... 

Classic Car Event

A fine gathering of about 45 classic cars assembled at Church Fields Car Park as part of the Festival. A route of 80 miles had been recommended which took them to Coxwold, Helmsley, Riveaux, and the White Horse above Kilburn before returning to Stables Lane Park. Here the participants displayed their highly prized vehicles over a glass of Pimms (courtesy of Primrose Lane Parent Teacher Association).

Scarecrow Trail 

There were 34 “official “ scarecrows and probably a dozen un-official.
There were over 250 trail maps sold and the village was humming. There were many great scarecrows but the Boston Public chose Willy Wonker as their favourite

Creator of the winning scarecrow Pippa Sterne said  "We've had a lot of fun with our entry for the Boston Spa Scarecrow competition. What started in the pub with a purple velvet coat, and an idea to do Willy Wonka, grew into 4 person collaboration of Charlie and the Chocolate factory.

Pippa made Willy Wonka. His head is sculpted from tin foil and papier mache, painted chocolate brown, and decorated with 100s & 1000s and traditional sweets.
Matt Dickinson made his umpa lumpas with loving care and trawled through charity shops between Boston Spa and Leeds, returning with a significant number of striped dresses.
The toadstools were made by John O'Brien, using hanging basket liners and the candy Lollies were made by Pippa Sterne, and Lynne Jackson, using swimming noodle floats, spiralled and skewered onto plumbing pipe. Lynne also coated tin foil cases with real chocolate and smarties which were tempting to passers by, until it was noticed that the ants had got to them first.
The dog in the photo is called Charlie".


Jazz in the Spa

Very successful evening at the Village Hall with a Full House as Jazz in the Spa presented the excellent Manhattan Sound Big Band with Michaela Smith on vocals. The audience responded with rapturous applause as the band re-created the memorable sounds of the 40s and 50s including Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman.

Church Fields Tennis

Wimbledon comes to Boston Spa. Courtesy of Stew and Oyster a big screen was erected in Church Fields to watch the tennis. Families came with picnics and rugs. This was a wonderful day with over 100 spectators enjoying the event. 


Bowling Club

On Saturday our Barkston Ash 'A' team had a competitive game against Woodlesford with a number of spectators making good use of our new paved area and the refreshments available.
On Sunday we had our Open Day, starting at 10.30am and whilst it was quite in the morning by noon the number of visitors began to increase and the afternoon period was well attended, which resulted in our event running at least an hour later than planned. Again our new paved area provided a great social space. We had a least 50 to 60 people having a go at Crown Green Bowls, a significant number being youngsters who all appeared to enjoy the experience. I think we have been able to encourage several people to come down to attend our social bowling sessions and hopefully become new members.
Again the Festival has given the Club an opportunity to let people know we are here and that the sport is competitive and challenging.
Having our own scarecrow on display and taking part in the competition certainly was really helpful in attracting people, who then came onto the green to have a go.

Boston Spa Scout Group

Boston Spa Scout Group ran a Bacon sandwich stall at Church Fields Car park. A number of scouts also built chariots, giving  various visiting youngsters a tow aroiund the filed. There was some whittling skills on display too. Over 100 bacon buttys sold.

Open Gardens

This is the 4th Boston Spa Open Gardens and the second for the Festival. Eight fine gardens were on display and over 300 visitors came to see to see them. Boston Spa in Bloom helpers organised ticket sales and refreshments in the Village Hall. The Kings Church provide refreshment at Deep Dale with profits going to Martin House.
Ticket Sales.
Big thank you to Yeadons for selling tickets for the Festival events







Boston Spa WI

Boston Spa WI stall made the most of the glorious sunshine on Saturday, with
an amazing range of plants and locally made crafts for sale as part of the
Boston Spa Festival.
We had a huge range of plants on display, including some very unusual
varieties grown by our own horticulturalist! It was a great success, and we
are sure that the gardens in our village will soon be looking even more

Literary Lunch

Nearly 60 guests enjoyed the first Literary Lunch, hosted by the Methodist Church and organised by Anne Watts.  Three local authors spoke and read from their books:  Gill Belchetz (A Game of Consequences), Ken Melber (A Brush with Chaos) and Richard Newman (Sister Agatha, A Nun’s Story).

Methodist Church

A full weekend of activities took place at the Methodist Church including 'Talented Boston' an exhibition displaying the work of local artists, 'Songs of Praise', 'All Creatures Great and Small' a service of celebration and blessing for pets and the Literary Lunch.

Live Music in Millennium Gardens

Sponsored by Jazz in the Spa

A full programme of music arranged by Ken Waller and enjoyed by everyone in the sunshine in Millennium Gardens including Wetherby Silver Band and busking by Jonny Walker, Guitar Vocals with drums and Ken Waller's Oldies!