Preview of 2016 Crosspool Festival: your garden wanted!

The confirmed dates for the 2016 festival are Friday 24 June-3 July, with the Summer Fayre scheduled for Saturday 2 July.

Here’s an update on this year’s festival from the organising committee:

This summer we have entitled the festival Carnival a summer party with great activities happening on the streets to coincide with this year’s Olympics in Brazil, the queen’s 90th celebrations and more besides.

We hope it will be a colourful and exciting week for the community to get out and about, meet the neighbours, make new friends and try new activities.

Open Gardens

Crosspool Open Gardens 2011
Crosspool Open Gardens

Some of the old favourites return such as Open Gardens. Why not share your garden this year? No one expects an immaculate garden, but we all enjoy looking at what each one of us has been doing on our patch.

It’s a great way to be motivated to tidy up your garden and a good time to invite the neighbours round to share a hobby or a fabulous view over a cuppa. And you can make a bob or two for your favourite charity as all proceeds will go to the charities of your choice.

So whatever the size and maturity of your garden, whether you are a beginner or have been opening your garden for many years, if you would like to join the gardeners open day, please get in touch. We will need your name and details by Friday 18 March 2016 in order to prepare the brochure for printing.

Gardeners’ community

Talking about all things in the garden, we would love to hear from you if you would enjoy some sort of gardeners’ community to be formed. We are thinking of gathering together like minded people to enjoy a natter, a helping hand or a word of advice a couple of times a year

If you would like to be involved in this in any way, or have thoughts about how such a group could be helpful within the community, please get in touch.

Scarecrow competition

Also coming again is the popular scarecrow competition. Entry forms will go out through the schools and will also be available from the shops at £3/entry. Scarecrows will be on show all week and will be judged by local sculptor, Noel Lockley. Prizes will be awarded to the best scarecrow makers in recognition of their ingenuity and creativity.

The competition theme is Carnival and Olympics to fit in with the festival theme, so bright and colourful like the amazing costumes some of the carnival goers wear, fantastical animals, sportsmen or something completely different – have fun with that! For further details please contact

Well dressing

Another great activity that is now established is the well dressing. In case some of you don’t know what this is, a well dressing is the unique Derbyshire tradition of elaborate pictures made for the most part of individual flower petals pressed onto clay covered boards which seems to date from Victorian times to celebrate the blessing of water in any given village.

Why do it in Crosspool? It is a great opportunity to be creative with flowers and to celebrate life itself in our community. So if you are looking for a new venture, why not try your hand at this old craft? The team is looking for new helpers. Instructions given, so no need for previous experience. Just a few hours the week before the festival is needed to be involved in this. If you want further information, get in touch.

Other events and activities

We are also looking for a few more volunteers to help with a new history activity, a new photo competition and general helpful bits and pieces. No previous experience necessary. If you think you could spare a few hours to help or would like further information, please get in touch as soon as possible.

Contact Lindsey on or phone 0114 230 1041.


Crosspool Festival starts this Friday!

Summer Fayre, Crosspool Festival 2011
Summer Fayre

The 2015 Crosspool Festival starts on Friday. Have you planned which events you’re going to? Make sure you get any tickets soon to make sure you don’t miss out!

The festival runs 26 June-5 July and as you’ll see below, there are events for all ages. This year’s programme  includes:

View the full Crosspool Festival 2015 programme

Crosspool Festival street market
Crosspool Festival street market

Crosspool Open Gardens tickets go on sale

Crosspool Open Gardens 2011
Crosspool Open Gardens

Crosspool Open Gardens is a chance for you to explore some of the wonderful gardens in our community, get to know your neighbours over a cuppa and cake and raise some money for charity.

Tickets for this year’s event on Saturday 28 June are on sale at Lounge@Crosspool all week and at Crosspool Pets on the day. They cost £4 – children go free.

There are lots of new gardens to explore this year. Refreshments available in nearly all the gardens including Holly Hagg.

Also be aware that some roads may be closed to cars for resurfacing such as Sandygate Park Road on the day, so please park at the top or the bottom and walk to the gardens there.

Who knows, you might be inspired to share your garden next year!

Crosspool Festival 2014

Details of first 2013 Festival events revealed – plus, design help wanted

Crosspool Festival street market
The Selborne Road street market returns on Sunday 30 June

Plans for the fourth Crosspool Festival are progressing well. Make sure you have the dates in your diary: Friday 28 June–Sunday 7 July. The full programme and ticket details will be available in May, but in the meantime the first details from Frances Eccleston and the Festival Committee about some events are below.

  • The well-dressing will be launched on Friday 28 and on Saturday 29 June we hope to have an Open Gardens day
  • The Selborne Road street market will follow on Sunday 30 June
  • There will be morning events at Stephen Hill Church from Monday through to Wednesday
  • Award-winning photographer Paul Hobson will be giving an illustrated talk on Wild Derbyshire at St. Columba’s on Thursday 4 July
  • The Summer Fayre on Coldwell Lane field will be the usual highlight on Saturday 6 July
  • Those with enough energy can follow it with a barn dance and meal at St. Columba’s in the evening – or alternatively relax to the sound of the organ in a recital at Tapton Congregational Church.
  • The closing service will be held at 12.30pm on Sunday 7 July

Lots of other events are in the pipeline too, so look out for the programme in May, and we’ll also keep you posted through this website.

Could you help design posters and fliers?

The organising committee is looking for someone to help design posters and fliers for the festival. This would suit someone with computer skills and a bit of artistic flair, and who could spare a few hours in early May.

For more information contact Frances Eccleston on or 0114 267 0006.

Crosspool Festival starts on Friday

Summer Fayre, Crosspool Festival 2011
2011 Summer Fayre

There’s less than a week to the 2012 Crosspool Festival. Have you planned which events you’re going to? Make sure you get any tickets soon to make sure you don’t miss out!

The festival runs 7–15 July and as you’ll see below, there are events for all ages. This year’s programme includes:

  • A well dressing outside Crosspool Tavern – dedication will take place on Friday at 7pm
  • The return of Crosspool Open Gardens and Gardeners’ Question Time
  • Several music events, including a gospel concert, organ recital, songs from the shows, pre-school singalong, Guys and Dolls at Tapton School, a folk concert,
  • A street market on Selborne Road
  • An open day at Hallam Cricket Club
  • Quizzes at Crosspool Tavern and Stephen Hill church
  • A treasure hunt
  • A film screening of old views of the Rivelin Valley
  • A coffee evening
  • A fun run
  • A book night
  • Table games
  • A tea dance and a barn dance
  • Hillside Harvest Open Day
  • The annual Crosspool Summer Fayre
  • Picnic in the park hosted by the Crosspool churches

You can download a PDF of the full programme (676KB) or view it on the Crosspool Festival 2012 web page.

Crosspool Festival street market
Crosspool Festival street market

First details of this year’s Crosspool Festival: get involved!

Why not take your mind off the current unseasonal weather with a sneak preview of what is in store for the 2012 Crosspool Festival?

This year’s festival runs 7-15 July. The programme will kick off with Crosspool Open Gardens on Saturday 7 July and it is hoped to repeat the street market and Crosspool’s Got Talent evening.

Plans are also underway for the creation of a well dressing and for Olympics-themed and musical events and there will be a summer fayre on Coldwell Lane on Saturday 14 July.

The local churches will be joining together for a closing services on Lydgate Green on Sunday 15 July, complete with brass band.

This is your chance to get involved with Crosspool’s major annual community event: if you can offer an hour or two to help, please get in touch with St Columba’s church parish office on or 0114 267 0006.

Memories of Crosspool Festival 2011

Summer Fayre, Crosspool Festival 2011
Summer Fayre, Crosspool Festival 2011

Local gardens open up for festival – video and photos

Saturday’s Open Gardens event once again saw proud local residents open up their private gardens to the public to raise money for charities.

Green-fingered locals showed off their plants, flowers, vegetables and garden displays and served tea and cake to visitors. Nine gardens were available to look around this year.

You can see some photos below from some of the gardens – and watch a video showing the model railway installed in Dave Mason’s Den Bank Close back garden.

Crosspool Festival 2011 dates announced

Crosspool Festival will return in 2011 from 2 to 10 July.

Plenty of events are being planned for everyone in the community, so put the dates in your diary and watch this space for details of what is happening. There will also be opportunities to get involved.

One highlight that will definitely return as part of next summer’s festival is Crosspool Open Gardens, a money-raising charity event that sees members of the community open up their gardens for others to enjoy.

If you think that you may be interested in opening up your garden for the day then do get in touch with Roger Kite on 0114 230 6194.

Crosspool Festival 2010

Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway at Crosspool Open Gardens, July 2010
Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway at Crosspool Open Gardens, July 2010