Goosfest - The Heartbeat of Arts & Music in Cheshire


Goosfest - The Heartbeat of Arts & Music in Cheshire


Goosfest – The Heartbeat of Arts & Music in Cheshire

Thanks for your support – here’s to Goosfest 2023!

Here’s a huge thank you from everyone on the Goosfest Committee for all your support for this year’s festival.

We’ve broken another record. We sold out on virtually all our events – so that’s a good indication that we’re putting together the right mix of music, drama, arts and workshops to tickle everyone’s fancy in some shape or form.

That said, as we turn our attention to next year’s festival, we desperately need more Committee members. Our committee is small in number, and getting older, so we could do with fresh eyes and ears, preferably from people under the age of 60!

This was our 15th Goosfest, and if we’re to continue providing this not-for-profit festival for the local community, we need more Committee members. That’s not to say we haven’t enjoyed the help and support of a wonderful team of helpers this year, covering everything from providing food for entertainers to putting the chairs out in the village hall before an event. So, if you’d like to get involved, but don’t want to join the organising Committee, we’d still love to hear from you, to add your name to our merry band of helpers during the festival itself.

And if anyone has any ideas or requests for acts, events, and workshops for 2023, please get in touch quickly, as we’re starting to plan next year’s festival.

One of this year’s highlights was our wonderful art exhibition – ‘Art in the Barn‘ – at The Orchards Farm on Twemlow Lane. It attracted more than 600 people over two days, and also enabled some of the 16 North West artists exhibiting their work to make sales and new contacts. Having invested in the exhibition boards this year, it’s certainly an event we hope to continue and build on during future festivals.

Our only disappointment was lack of support for the children’s entertainment. If we’re to continue offering something to children and families, we need a rethink as to what form of entertainment local people might support. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome!

To get in touch, please email

Your Goosfest needs you!

In the meantime, if you’d like to be involved in any way, please get in touch. There are only a few of us on the Goosfest Committee and we need more help if we’re to continue in the years ahead. If you don’t fancy joining the Committee itself, there are other ways in which you can support the festival. We’re looking for:

  • Practical help for events – helping to set up staging, chairs, tables etc for events in the Village Hall and at other venues
  • Someone with experience in stage lighting, or a willingness and interest to learn, to assist our current lighting director
  • Home cooks who might be willing to prepare a hot meal or buffet item, to be delivered to the venue for the artiste(s) on the night.
  • Volunteers to help staff the bar (there’s a rota so even if you can support one event, it would be appreciated. The larger the team of volunteers, the fewer times we’ll need to ask for help)
  • Accommodation for a performer. If you have a spare bedroom that a weary artiste could retire to, rather than a long journey back home after a performance, let us know. We appreciate that accommodating artistes depends on personal willingness to host, according to any local health-protection requirements at the time. Hopefully, the environment will be more conducive to hosting guests next year.

Got an idea for an event?

If you’ve got any ideas for future workshops, or other events you’d like to see at a future Goosfest, please drop us a line. We can only provide the entertainment that Goostrey prefers if we know what Goostrey wants! Contact us at or click here.

Thanks again to everyone who helped organise Goosfest 2021, supported us and attended the events. It was great to be back, after last year’s enforced cancellation, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Goosfest Events

Goosfest is excited to announce the following line-up for this year’s Festival.