The Heartbeat of Arts & Music in Cheshire
Dates announced for Goosfest 2019: 4th to 20th October

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The Heartbeat of Arts & Music in Cheshire

Dates announced for Goosfest 2019: 4th to 20th October

Click here to view the Goosfest 2018 gallery

Welcome to the Goosfest Arts & Music Festival

Goosfest is a “not for profit” arts and music festival held each year in October at various venues in and round the village of Goostrey in Cheshire. The festival offers a diverse programme of events, so whether it is classical, folk, jazz or contemporary music, theatre, stand-up comedy or craft that turns you on, Goosfest has it!

We’re delighted to welcome you to a fantastic line-up of events in this year’s Goosfest, building on the success of our programmes over the past 11 years. Our growing reputation of hosting one of the best music and arts festivals in the North-West means that we can attract an increasingly diverse mix of both well-known and up-and-coming acts.

We work hard to put together a programme which we hope offers something for everyone, but we also want to challenge you to experience something new. With all 26 events held within the vicinity of Goostrey, now’s the time to try something different, as well as types of event you might already be familiar with.

Goosfest ’18 offers a great programme of music, drama, lectures, workshops and social opportunities. And if last year’s festival is anything to go by, we expect that the vast majority will be a sell-out – so don’t be slow to book tickets. This year, we’ve invested in a new-look website, which we hope will evolve to include audience reviews and festival feedback.

Some highlights for 2018: fun-filled comedy with Barry Cryer and Colin Sell; music from The Christians; a joint event with The Royal Geographical Society featuring intrepid explorer Benedict Allen; a 1960’s evening with The Revolvers; children’s entertainment with some ‘pirates’ and classical delights from the Hope Wind Ensemble.

Three stand-out events will be afternoon tea and entertainment at The Yellow Broom; a Cole Porter tribute with lunch at the Swettenham Arms, and our ever-popular Comedy Night. By popular demand, we have included two photography workshops, and workshops covering sourdough baking (Roberts Bakery master bakers), jewellery production, and memoir writing. There are also free ‘fringe’ events during the Goosfest fortnight, including music in both our local pubs.

Goosfest aims to keep our quality high and our tickets prices low. This is only possible through the loyal support of our regular audience, sponsors and Goostrey Parish Council. Each year our programme is devised and managed by a small group of individuals and a band of dedicated helpers.

If you would like to be involved in any way, or have any suggestions for future events, please let us know. If you have not been to a Goosfest event before, come and join us. Make the most of such a fantastic cultural opportunity on your doorstep. To our regular Goosfesters, a welcome return!

Goosfest 2018

Goosfest is excited to announce the following line-up for the 2018 Festival, which will take place from Friday 5th October to Monday 22nd October.