Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival
proved to be a Splash Hit!

Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival proved a splash hit with thousands of people enjoying a jam-packed programme marking the event’s 30th anniversary.

Organisers from Middlewich Town Council and a special working group including residents hailed it a ‘huge success’ and have already set about planning next year’s crowd-puller.

Thousands of people descended on the town to enjoy a raft of live music performances on the main stage and at fringe venues who also played host to a huge number of bands, sessions and a variety of musicians,  a town centre parade of community groups and dancers and artisan street market stalls and colourful boat displays on the canal, stretching from The Kings Lock to The Big Lock and beyond.

Local businesses hailed the festival as one of the busiest in history, Jason Tanfield owner of Chimichangoes Mexican Grill said: “That’s all folks. Thanks for the busiest Middlewich Folk and Boat in 14 years.”

Holly and Gemma Crocker owners of Drinks & Bites at 35 A Café on Wheelock Street said: “It was the busiest we have been in the 9 years of trading. Thank you so much to the organisers of this event, we appreciate how well you pulled it off!

Going down a storm were festival headliners, the hugely popular The Whole of the Moon band The Waterboys joined by a host of big names appearing on the Market Field main stage. Others included Gruff Rhys, front man for Super Furry Animals, Liverpool indie/rock favourites Cast, supported by The Boo Radleys.Not to mention the free festival finale from Henge.

Organisers were tasked with putting the Folk back in to the heart of the festival and Folk music was a big part of the weekend with a dedicated folk stage in the Victoria Hall which offered the very best in traditional and contemporary performers including The Oysterband, massive on the folk/rock scene and new folk artists, including Fine Lines, Merry Hell, Brooks Williams and Aaron Catlow and Chris Tavener. There was also a festival sessions live music tent hosted by Mack’s Music taking the festival back to its roots with musicians arriving to join in and play music and sing all weekend along with many folk artists also playing at Fringe venues.

Main Festival sponsors, McCarthy Stone who have a Retirement Living development, Roman Court, currently under construction in Middlewich were thrilled at being involved.

Fiona Brooks, Divisional Sales Director, said: “As the main sponsor of the Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival, we are delighted to see what a success the weekend has been once again. It was so nice to see members of the community and organisers come together to enjoy such a great local event.”

“The team at McCarthy Stone were out in full force with our own dedicated stand, and really enjoyed being able to meet new faces and to receive such a warm welcome to the area. We had a fantastic time giving out cupcakes, branded umbrellas, mugs, tea towels and information packs that all went down a storm with attendees, and it was so valuable to be able to have one-to-one chats with people considering a move, to let them know everything we have to offer at our latest development, Roman Court.”

Middlewich Town Council and the working group promised to pull out all the stops to mark the 30th year and feedback underlines expectations were exceeded.

Positive responses were posted on social media from visitors who came from across Cheshire, Staffordshire, Wales and beyond.

Working group chairman Cllr Jonathan Parry said: “What a way to celebrate the milestone! It was a big comeback after the pandemic and one which will go down in the record books for both attendance and sheer levels of enjoyment. A real party atmosphere!”

Dates for 2023 are already in discussion be the first to find out more on our socials or head to the website middlewichfabfestival.co.uk

For more information about Middlewich Town Council
Town Hall, Victoria Building, Lewin Street, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9AS
Tel. 01606 833434
Email: events@middlewich.org.uk

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