New Mills Festival

NMF1There is less than a month to go before the annual New Mills Festival when New Mills will once again be throwing open its doors, windows and streets with over 70 events, exhibitions and happenings.

This years theme is Toys and Games it’s a bumper year with the addition of many more events aimed at younger people, an Art Trail featuring artwork displayed in shop windows across the town and opening the Festival with a bang, the colourful, dynamic and unique Toyah Wilcox and her band take to the stage at New Mills Art Theatre on Saturday 12 September.

The festival is a diverse mix of walks, talks,  plays and poetry, talent shows and open days, and this year more than ever there is something for everyone, young or old, arty or crafty, sports fans, music fans and academics with talks covering everything from Water Supplies to Grandma’s Toys.

There is music to suit all tastes,  with events showcasing pop, rock, folk, brass and of course, choirs. Highlights include the fundraiser, Toyah and Band at The Art Theatre, the return of the Torrs Folk Night, showcasing local bands The Gally Canters, Lazlo Baby, The Dave Evans Gypsy Jazz Ensemble and guests Joli Blon plus the ever popular performance by New Mills Band who are this year accompanied by the Ladybrook Singers at New Mills Town Hall.

For younger people, there’s a Teenage Market, the children’s community cinema, a family fun day featuring amongst many family friendly events. Younger artists will also be taking part in the Art Trail with a special Art Competition with awards being announced at the exhibition at New Mills Youth Centre as part of the ‘Art Trail Big Weekend’ when there will be many pop-up events across the town.

Other highlights of this year’s events calendar include Chalkers Comedy Night for an evening of unforgettable comedy, and a firm favourite with kids of all ages, ‘Exploding Custard’ at Spring Bank Arts Centre and, of course, the fitting climax the fabulous Lantern Procession on the final Saturday, which ends with a Street Party on Market Street with street food from all corners of the world, and a multitude of street performances including music, fire performers, stilt-walkers, jugglers, have-a-go African Drumming, HUGE bubble’s from the magical Bubble Man, and much more.

Full details of all the events, printable Art Trail Maps, Festival Programmes and dates and times for lantern making workshops can be found on our website For up to the minute news, like us on Facebook here: or follow us on Twitter @NMFestival

For Enquiries contact Lyn Bannister: Tel: 07753842861

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