Traditional, Arts and Performance Festivals
Festivals to suit the whole family
Chester Folk Festival
The Chester Folk Festival is a fantastic event for folk enthusiast of all ages. Originally organiser by a group of folk dancers, it was used to promote folk music events in the Chester area. Today the festival consists of concerts, workshops, displays, sing-arounds, a craft fair and entertainment. A great festival for kids too.
Strictly Dance Weekend
Held in Britain’s top sea-side destination of Blackpool, the Strictly Dance Weekend is packed with tons of exciting things to do and see. The event is held at the Hilton Blackpool Hotel on the first weekend of May and lasts for two days. With a packed weekend of rhythm, music and moves it’s great fun for all ages.
Located on the north-western perimeter of the Lake District National Park, the Ireby Festival offers fantastic views towards Skiddaw and the surrounding fells. With concerts, open mic sessions, street entertainment and children’s performances there’s something for everyone to enjoy and get involved in. The event is split across a selection of venues giving you chance to explore St James Church, the Globe Hall, the W I HALL, various local pubs with real ale and good food, and the village square also. Camping facilities and free parking are also provided by the event.
The Traditions Festival
Coupled with the Newburgh Morris Weekend of Dance, the Traditions Festival brings together old English institutions of folk and Morris dancing. The event takes place over 3 days at Lostock Hall in Preston.
Nantwich Jazz & Blues Folk Festival
Over 10 years old, this festival features aspects of both Jazz and Blues folk performances. The event takes place across various venues in Nantwich with the main event held in the Civic Hall.
24:7 Theatre Festival
The 24:7 Theatre Festival held in Manchester in July is home to a massive variety of plays and acts. With physical theatre, dark comedies, absurdist comedies, dramas, storytelling and even a psychological thriller, there’s a mass of fascinating performances to choose from. The acts explore current themes such as celebrity pop culture, disjointed family and home repossession. With a rich variety of different genres there’s something to suit everyone including the none-theatre goers. Intriguing and mysterious, it’s an event that will get you talking!
Shell Chester Literature Festival
This 2 week festival hosts a massive array of writers, books and ideas. Held in the town centre of Chester, the Shell Chester Literature Festival includes some superb live performances and acts by both professionals and talented amateurs. From readings, to poetry and even workshops for both adults and children, you can expect to find a range of leading novelists, poets, actors and theatre directors exhibiting their ideas.