It’s that glorious time of year again when Lymm village becomes a 10 day long celebration of all our lovely Cheshire village has to offer. Now a well established occasion, Lymm Festival hosts a massive range of attractive events and creative talents designed to appeal to all ages and tastes. This year’s jam packed programme features around 50 events taking place in the village of Lymm, including some guest appearances by artists with national and international reputations. No doubt about it, this year’s exciting line up will be a great opportunity for visitors and residents alike to truly enjoy a fantastic selection of summer festival activities.
Not only is there a fantastic line up throughout the full 10 days of Lymm Festival, but there is also a whole array of ‘Special Events’ that will be featuring in the time leading up to it and during. Here’s a sneaky peak at some tasty little appetisers before the main course!
Friday 17th June to Sunday 3rd July
All around Lymm
£5 registration fee (deadline Friday 10th June)
The legendary Festival Scarecrow Trail will once again be gracing the gardens of Lymm, following this year’s theme of ‘Kids TV Characters’! From Tom and Jerry to Lilo and Stitch, expect to find Hercules hiding in the hedgerow and Shrek soaking up some sunshine! So grab your pitch forks and get involved! Trail maps are available from the Festival Box Office and Rush Green Garage. Prize giving will be on Saturday 2nd July at 12noon at Art in the Garden. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 23rd June
6pm to 8:30pm
Nor for the Foodies!! Lymm Street Fun and Food Fest is back, dishing up some tasty nosh on Thursday 23rd June. There will be stalls set up around the Cross from a wide selection of participating food outlets in the village, all selling some delicious snacks and tasters from their menus. An additional part to the event will be the unveiling of the Big Picture created by nearly 50 local artists. Free for all, it’s a great opening to the festival! And for your dinner date entertainment we welcome the wildly popular Bread and Butter Theatre Company. The green fingered gardening experts Pete and Ged Moss will be on hand to answer all your gardening queries, complete with their very own musical wheelbarrow too! Also joining in on the ol’ shin dig will be those brilliantly bonkers Bollin Morris Dancers. Now that’s one tasty combination!
Saturday 25th June
Ridgeway Grundy Park, Maltman’s Road, Lymm
12noon to 4pm
For all you active folk, Get on your Bike is a family fun day featuring the fabulously mental Best Dressed Bike Parade! Let the wheels meet the wardrobe, it’s time to sparkle up those bike spokes and get some tassels on them tyres! Prizes will be awarded for the top three bikes and entry forms will be available from The Sweet Shop, Lymm Library and the Festival Box Office. You can expect a massive selection of sporting activities on the day too, including an outdoor skating rink, circus work shop, face painting, kite making and much much more. Refreshments will be available and donations at gate - minimum 50p per person.
Friday 1st July
Lymm Baptist Church, Higher Lane (car parking at the rear)
£12 or £17 with a light meal at 6pm (limited availability)
A comedy cartoon sketch for audiences of all ages. A Short History of Here is a hilarious live-action cartoon of the community starring its friendly folks, fantastic fortunes, dazzling ambition and tenderest moments. Created by Yorkshire poet, broadcaster & comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year Tony Husband. A fast-flowing, rapid-rafting adventure in which two top funny men reflect upon local stories, legends, rivers and romance. There is a chance to meet the artists at a buffet supper before the event at a cost of £5.00 added to the ticket price. Book soon as there is limited availability.
Saturday 2nd July
Lymm Hall, Rectory Lane, Lymm
7pm until midnight
£14 (ticket holders must be 16years or over)
Lymm Festival is delighted to be welcomed back to the gardens of the beautiful Lymm Hall, for a grand night of entertainment devised by one of Lymm’s most prolific and popular duos. Simon Plumb is the unstoppable force behind the famous Rugby Club Pantomimes, and such shows as Mam I’m Ere and The Greatest Show on Earth-ish. He and Norman Haddock have been writing and performing comedy sketches together for many years and have joined forces again to entertain us at this very special venue. Bring your own picnic! No gazebos or BBQs allowed.
Sunday 3rd July
Along the Trans-Pennine Trail from Mill Lane, Heatley to the Thelwall Viaduct
2pm to 4pm
Slip on your dancing shoes and hit the tiles of the Trail at a major event of this year’s festival, Dancing the Trail! Whether you fancy strolling along the path, or participating in the dance, come and help celebrate one of the most well used and highly prized amenities in Lymm. There will be almost every kind of dancing along the way, and every sector of the community is being encouraged to take part. In specially devised pieces, we hope to achieve a continuous mass of movement from one boundary to the other, turning something ordinary into something quite extraordinary!
Sunday 3rd July
Lymm United Reform Church, Brookfield Road, Lymm
£15 / £5 for students
After all the success of last year’s performance, the King of Keys is back for a second year! Expect to be blown away by the internationally acclaimed pianist Stephen Hough. Opening with Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, he will then turn to a brand new work of his own, Sonata for Piano (Broken Branches), before plunging into the hallucinatory whirlwind world of Skryabin. Finally he will bring the recital to a resounding climax with Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor. Not surprisingly, last year‘s concert sold out, so get your tickets early! This event is held in celebration of the lives of Margaret and Roy Holt who were great supporters of live music in Lymm. Refreashments available and donations welcome. Proceeds will be divided between Marie Curie Cancer Care and Lymm Festival.
Phew! What a line up! And there’s still more to come! The above proceedings are all ‘Special Events’ of Lymm Festival, so expect tonnes more fab family fun to follow during the 10 day festival from Thursday 23rd June to Sunday 3rd July. Enjoy!
View the festival brochure here.