Oakworth Gala is held on the first Saturday in July every year in Oakworth and is run by Oakworth Village Society.
This year it is on Saturday 1st July 2017. It is a celebration of all that’s good about Oakworth village and we encourage everyone to take part and enjoy the fun! Local individuals, groups and organisations take part in the procession or run a stall on the Gala field on the day, and we welcome everyone to come along and see them, and find out more about what goes on in your village.
It begins on Windsor Road when the Gala procession starts to assemble at 1:00 pm and then sets off at 2:00 pm to walk through the village to the Gala field which is Oakworth Primary School’s sports field, just off Victoria Road. This procession takes about half an hour to do. Please feel free to line the roads along the route and cheer them as they pass!
The main road is closed whilst we do this, although we operate a rolling roadblock and open it as soon as the procession has passed through so we only cause a minimum disruption to traffic. Normally the road is fully clear shortly after 2.30 pm. The Gala then takes place in the field or playground and lasts for a couple of hours until about 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
Please note: This year (2017) the Gala will be held in Oakworth Primary school playground as the field is too boggy to be safe.
If you forget about the Gala date approaching, then you’ll get a reminder as we always put the main banner and the Gala bunting up through the village on the Thursday evening before the Gala, and a sign detailing the list of events goes up on the morning of the Gala, next to the mini roundabout at the top of Station Road.
If the weather has been too wet in the preceding week, it can make the field too boggy for it to be safe to use, then we usually go into the Primary School’s playground instead, which means the procession ends there instead of on Victoria Road outside the Cooperative shop.
If you would like to take part in any way, whether it’s to exhibit, run a stall or walk in the procession, please contact Janet Armstrong on 01535 642625.