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What is Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival? 
Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival is the first large-scale open air comedy festival to take place in Leeds.  Comedy will run continuously throughout the day with an MC in between sets. 

Premium tickets with unreserved seating will be available, general admission tickets will be permitted to bring in their own camping chairs and blankets and pitch up for the day in the grounds of the Abbey.


When is Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival?

This year's comedy festival will take place on Sunday 28th July 2024.  Gates will open at 2:30pm and the show is expected to end at 9:30pm. 

What are the age restrictions?

Due the likelihood of strong adult language, subject matter and themes, entrance is restricted to those 14 and over. If anyone in your booking looks younger than 14, please remind them to bring some ID. Refunds are not available for tickets purchased by or attempted to be used by persons who are not provided access due to their age.

What is the postcode pre-sale?

Residents with postcodes LS4, LS5, LS13 & LS18 are entitled to an exclusive 48-hour pre-sale when a limited number of tickets will be released ahead of general sale.  

To purchase postcode pre-sale tickets click here, eligible customers must enter the first part of their postcode when prompted.  Please note this must match the billing address to the order. 


What items are prohibited?

Your safety is paramount and we continuously liaise with the appropriate authorities to ensure robust security measures are in place.  In order to ensure this is a safe environment mandatory bag searches will be carried out and we may search you, your clothing or other items. 

Several items are prohibited, these include but are not exhausted to:

  • Glass, 

  • Alcohol, 

  • Food & Drink – should you need to bring an item of food or drink with you due to medical or religious requirements, please contact the event organiser prior to arrival. 

  • Large, professional cameras, 

  • Recording equipment, 

  • Large sports umbrellas (small, personal umbrellas are permitted), 

  • Bags larger than A3 size (30cm x 42cm x 19cm) 

For a full list of prohibited items please visit our terms & conditions.

Can I bring in a refillable water bottle? 

Yes, refillable water bottles are permitted but they must be empty upon arrival.  

Can I leave the grounds once I have entered?

No, pass-outs are not permitted.  Once you have left the site there will be no re-entry. 

What time is last entry?
Last entry is 7:45, anybody arriving after this time may be refused entry. 


What if it rains?

Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival is an open-air event, please plan for the weather.  Small personal umbrellas are permitted but large golf umbrellas are not. 

How do I get there?
Kirkstall Abbey has 2 local train stations nearby; Kirkstall Forge is located approximately 1.3 miles from Kirkstall Abbey and Headingley Station is approximately 0.7 miles. 
For train times and routes please visit - 
There are several bus stops nearby Kirkstall Abbey, for more information visit


I am an access customer do you offer personal assistant tickets?

Kirkstall Abbey Comedy Festival automatically issues a complimentary companion ticket for customers with disabilities and/or with access requirements (proof of disability will be required).  All access tickets have a limited capacity and are available to purchase via the ‘Tickets’ tab.


Will there be an accessible viewing platform available?

There will be an accessible viewing platform which is prioritised for wheelchair or mobility scooter users and their companions.  There will also be accessible toilet facilities available in this area.  To access these facilities please purchase an ‘Accessible Seated Area’ tickets from the ‘tickets’ tab.  Please note these are subject to availably and a proof of disability will be required. This seating area is uncovered so please plan appropriately for the weather. 

Can I bring my own chair into the event?

Yes, customers are permitted to bring their own camping chairs into the event.  Please note this is limited to 1 per person.  No self-inflating sofas or loungers. 

Will there be disabled toilets available?

Yes, disabled toilets will be on site.  These will be available at each toilet point, at the accessible viewing platform and within the accessible ticket area. 

Will there be Blue Badge parking available?

There is limited Blue Badge parking available.  Further information on where to park will be emailed out to ticket holders prior the event.

Please note, Kirkstall Abbey is an outdoor greenfield site.  Attendees will need to travel across grassy terrain to access the viewing platforms and other areas of the event.  Should we experience rain in the run-up to the events or on the day of events the terrain could become muddy and harder to navigate, please come prepared for such conditions. 

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