Keighley town center will take a step back in time as it transforms for a unique event this weekend (March 27 & 27).
K-Town Shopper Weekend will offer visitors the chance to enjoy a retro shopping experience, as the streets are brought to life by local artists through an art walk, outdoor galleries, street artists and a “department store alternative”.
Keighley’s K-Town Shopper is organized by Keighley Creative in conjunction with Bradford Council as part of the council’s Spring Back 2022 campaign which aims to encourage people to rediscover their local high streets.
Familiar areas of Keighley town center including Church Green and Low Street will be reimagined as vibrant outdoor galleries and performance spaces showcasing the talents of local creatives. For one weekend only, Keighley will have its own alternative retro department store filled with independent local businesses.
The ‘Alternative Department Store’ will take over Keighley Creative in the former Beales/Sunwin House building on Hanover Street. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday March 26 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday March 27.
There will be community art, historical tours, stilt walkers, flash mobs, art workshops and cooking demonstrations.
Palomino Pizza Company will bring its vintage horse box with its wood-fired ovens to serve the best of Neapolitan-style pizza, Bingley’s Peacock Bar will serve Indian street food and Goose Eye Brewery, also based in Bingley, will bring his cracking craft beers at the event.
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Keighley Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop star Kate Kitchin will team up with Keighley Pickard Hardware Ltd and The Lion’s Den Shed, which is based in Cliffe Castle, to host a ‘repair shop’ style event at the ‘department store alternative” on Saturday.
Have your picture taken with one of the Bradford Police Museum’s retro police motorcycles, Keighley photographer Charles Waller will host a nostalgic gallery of Keighley’s trading heritage from decades past and toy lab workshops family-friendly will see old toys transformed into new creations.
For the art trail, the streets of Keighley town center will be filled with works of art, including:
• A life-size paper doll station where visitors can dress up in iconic looks through the ages for the perfect Instagram shot.
• A portrait series gallery of the people behind beloved local businesses
• Large scale and bold fabric banners designed
• Nostalgic post boxes depicting iconic market stalls from Keighley’s past and present. Post and share memories of shopping in Keighley.
• Search for an iconic “lost dog” and take a digital journey through Keighley’s musical history along the way.
• An interactive projection featuring all your favorite childhood toys.
• Collages celebrating Keighley’s top shopping destinations in the early 2000s.
• The “Royal Arcadians tour” takes visitors to the shopping streets hidden under the Royal Arcade.
All events are free and most don’t require reservations, but organizers are asking people to register for free tickets to the Creative Workshops or the Royal Arcadians Tour.
Councilor Alex Ross-Shaw, executive member of Bradford Council for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “I am really delighted that we have been able to fund such a great event in Keighley. This weekend of exciting events and activities provides the perfect opportunity for the local community to come together and support local businesses at a free, family-friendly event.
The Arts Trail portion of the weekend is funded by the European Regional Development Fund program 2014 to 2020, Northern Powerhouse, HM Government, Bradford City and Bradford2025.