Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival Finale Image

Moonraking 2015:

Moonraking 2015 saw some amazing artworks, crafts and design in the lead up to the Moonraking procession and finale, courtesy of the Handmade Trail. Slaithwaite was buzzing with visitors throughout the day, and as it grew dark, the crowds began to gather in the village centre to follow the procession!

Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival was started 30 years ago by Satellite Arts with Slaithwaite Community Association. The festival now takes place every two years (in the odd year) and has grown and developed into an exciting celebration of creativity, crafts and storytelling.

Here you will find some of the magical pictures taken during the 2015 Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival.

Slaithwaite Moonraking Procession & Finale 2015

Images kindly supplied by Gary JS Photography & Ruth Ellen Brown Photographic

The Handmade Trail

Images kindly supplied by Ruth Ellen Brown Photographic


Video by Huddersfield TV for Kirklees Local TV:

If you'd like to know more about the Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival, which took place on 21st February 2015, we have a section of our annual report specifically about the Procession & Finale - please download & read. The full report is also available on our downloads page.

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For over 30 years Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival has been lighting up the Colne Valley and bringing a glow to the village of Slaithwaite.

Every festival year, we have to raise over £15,000 in order to run the festival and cover our running costs. Much of this comes via funding applications, but in recent years budget cuts have seen this funding source decrease.

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