A small, Italianate industrial village on the edge of Shipley is overflowing with visitors, soaking up the sunshine. The reason for their presence: they are enjoying the two week annual Saltaire Festival.
The festival is a celebration of the history of the village, contemporary arts and crafts, music and literature. An eclectic mix, with something to appeal to everyone. One can stroll the busy streets, attend a literary seminar, meander around an exhibition of the works of local artists, discover the role of wool in the history of West Yorkshire, listen to a harp recital or buskers on the bandstand, watch model railways, and so much more - and that's just today.
Saltaire, UNESCO World Heritage site, annual festival, which includes exhibitions of local arts and crafts.
Nor is the entertainment restricted to actually scheduled events. As one strolls along the streets, one comes upon seemingly impromptu happenings, such as Morris Dancers engaging in their strange rituals.
Saltaire, UNESCO World Heritage site, annual festival. A local artist creating a picture in the midst of the milling crowd.
One can also find intellectual excitement in Salt's Mill, where the celebrated author and former Children's Laureate, Ann Fine, entertainingly discusses her motivation to write children's books, such as Bill's New Frock. One can even attend seminar's on how to write a novel or a children's workshop on creating sculpture.
And should the children tire of all this "culture", there is of course the playground, where they can run around and make as much noise they like.