New Mills Festival

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New Mills Festival is a two week annual celebration of community spirit through a diverse range of activities from talks and walks to concerts, gigs, exhibitions, trails, quizzes and performances with a spectacular lantern procession through The Torrs Gorge ending in a Community Street Party in the centre of town.
The festival is organised by a committee, which is made up of members of the public both from the local community and other neighbouring villages who come from all walks of life. The committee give their skills, time and energy on an entirely voluntary basis to enrich our community life.
In 2015 there were more than 70 separate events in the programme.  The festival committee also has sole responsibility for the organisation and facilitation of the lantern procession and street party (in 2015 the local police official estimate was that 9000 people took part!) and the lantern making and fire effect workshops that are held beforehand.  In 2015, an estimated 15,000 people from the local community and much further afield participated in the festival fortnight.
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New Mills Festival 2016
From 9th until 25th September, New Mills will host a variety of activities for people of all ages to get involved in. From an afternoon foraging for fungi, spending a sunny morning chasing giant bubbles in High Lea Park to a family day out at a lantern making workshop, there will be something to tickle everyone’s fancy. This year’s event will be themed around inventions as inspiration for creative lantern ideas.
The festival finalé will be a magical evening parade of lanterns through the gorge beneath the town on the 24th September and a street party afterwards where revellers can sample food from around the world. The festival ethos is creating events to bring the community together to learn something new, get creative or be entertained. It’s funded entirely by donations and fundraising activities and arranged by a tribe of volunteers.
Details will be published for fundraising events soon, these cover a lot of the costs of arranging the festival, so supporting these is key for the future.
The festival is always looking for new events to take place, new artists to showcase in the Arts Trail, and willing volunteers, especially to help prepare for the parade and street party.  Anyone wishing to be involved should get in touch through (use the programme email for event ideas), or



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