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.
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.
Many, however, take refuge from the heat of the September sun to seek edification viewing the works of local artists in the cool of the Victoria Hall.
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.
Being an English village festival, naturally, there is the traditional game of cricket on the green.
And should the heat become oppressive, there is always ice-cream.
Saltaire Festival, truly something for everyone.