2015 July 4th - July 11th
July 4th - July 11th
Gala season in the Hope Valley is one of the highlights of the year. A chance for us to get out there and mingle with our friends and neighbours and also for visitors to the Valley to meet the locals and see just how fun and friendly we are and how much we have to celebrate.
The Gala wouldn't be the Gala without the amazing well dressings. Weeks of work go into creating these fabulous displays using only natural materials such as flowers, leaves and berries. Take time to admire the finished products during Gala Week.
There's lots on offer each year, such as exhibitions of the work of local artists, children's art competitions and a range of specialist art workshops as well as live music and traditional entertainment.
Why not wander round Hathersage's open gardens at the end of the week, or join in yourself? People who would like to tour the gardens can obtain a map showing them where the entries are located.
The more active among us can enter the fell race or the junior fun run or join in one or more of the many sporting activities on offer during the week, including cricket, football and hockey.
With many events and activities ideally suited to the children such as punch and judy shows, face painting, walks and treasure hunts; this is a great week of family fun.
As always, the highlight of the week are the two Saturday's events, with the crowning of the Gala Royal Family on the first weekend followed by fun and games in the village and the carnival procession through the village on the final Saturday, which is followed by entertainment, games, and stalls on the village football field. The gala committee works hard every year to ensure a range of new activities as well as the return of the old favourites. Will the fairground rides be back? Will the village split into teams for the tug of war or will you settle down to watch a Rounders or Cricket Tournament? What about a Wheelbarrow Race, Darts & Dominos or a Car Treasure Hunt?
There's lots of fun to be had in the evenings as well. Test your general knowledge by taking part in the pub quiz or have a flutter on the bingo. And of course, no gala week in Hathersage is ever complete without a band night, disco and even a talent show! Are you a singer or a comedian? Expert slight of hand, a juggler or do you have a unique talent that you are bursting to share? Your audience awaits you…
Full advantage is taken of Hathersage Lido; after all, what's the point in having an olympic sized open air swimming pool in the heart of the village and from which you have amazing views of this beautiful part of the country if you don't enjoy it?
The theme for 2015 is 'Carnivals of the World' – expect a carnival atmosphere all week! And why not join in and create a themed Scarecrow of your own in the Scarecrow Competition...
5th July 6pm at the Methodist Church Well Dressing
Gala programmes are available in many of the local shops and help to raise money for future events and for local charities. Your support would be appreciated. Details of events can also be found on the Hathersage Gala Facebook page.