Just 3 more sleeps then it all kicks off in New Mills with (quite probably) the best and biggest festival of the High Peak, ever! Music, art, comedy, drama, walks, talks, exhibitions, workshops, straw bears (yes, really), scything and bread!!
It’s difficult to know where to begin, there’s so much going on so let’s start with the much loved and long awaited ‘Festival Art Trail‘ which is a feat in itself, showcasing so many talented local artists. Our fantastic shops and businesses have all made space in their windows to display a rich variety of pieces ranging from Linda Sheldon’s stained glass pieces up at Shaw’s bakers on Albion Rd, through to so much young talent coming up through the ranks at Potts bakery on Union Rd, amazing rock star themed textile works from Tracey Coverley at 4 Union Rd, to some quite eerily beautiful pieces from David Lowther on display at Lighthouse on Market St. The Art Trail guide is available in most shops and cafes, so be sure to pick up a copy and enjoy a couple of hours wandering around, taking in the wonderful works on offer.
Other not to be missed events this year include:
Arbor the Tree – 17ft tall part man, part tree – Created by award-winning puppetry and theatre company Smoking Apples, Arbor tells the story of a tree pushed from his home and his fight to preserve his future, featuring amazing puppets, and beautiful visual storytelling, we learn how Arbor came to be. Encouraging the audience to plant and nurture their own trees, Arbor will give each family a gift to take home, leaving a legacy that will last for generations.
(KLF’s) Jimmy Cauty’s highly acclaimed interactive installation ‘ESTATE’ comprising 4 tower blocks and 1360 rooms, as part of the Municipal Disaster Zone touring the country – it’s an immersive experience, where you will walk through the container and be treated to a show with lights, smoke and sound effects (including chinooks!). A variety of ESTATE related merchandise will also be available to buy.
New Mills has a history of community action and cultural distinctiveness which is reflected in the Festival programme, delivering a rich mix of community events for all ages and tastes. The full Festival programme is available here.