Goosfest Arts & Music Festival, Goostrey, Cheshire

Goosfest is an arts and music festival held each year in October, designed to enrich the cultural opportunities in Cheshire. With day-time and evening events at different venues in and around the village of Goostrey, Goosfest promises something for everyone. The festival involves both professional and amateur acts across the full spectrum of the arts. So whether it is theatre, stand-up comedy, classical, reggae, folk. jazz or contemporary music, poetry, painting or craft that turns you on, Goosfest has it.

Over the years, the people of Goostrey have demonstrated time and time again that they are willing to enthusiastically back arts events organised locally and it is this admirable tradition of support that has inspired us to arrange such an ambitious programme of events. If you would like to be kept up-dated by e-mail please register through our Contact us page. We hope you will enjoy Goosfest and support the performances and events throughout the festival.

Get Involved!

There are two ways of supporting Goosfest without being on a committee:


Goosfest runs on a very tight budget and aims to break even each year. Costs are high and rising for performers fees, venue hire, the printing costs of our free brochure and other promotional material.

Your contribution as a sponsor, whatever the size, would help us greatly to maintain our high quality performances and workshops. In return you would receive publicity and priority booking.


We rely on our small band of volunteers, without whom Goosfest would not be possible. If you have time to spare and would like to join in the fun perhaps you might consider helping us in one of the following ways:

  • Setting up and/or clearing up at the beginning or end of events.
  • Stewarding at events and workshops
  • Leaflet distribution
  • Bar stewarding
  • Catering
  • Technical support

No experience is necessary! All we ask is that you are fully committed to the ethos of Goosfest which is to provide quality events and workshops for our village.

If you would like to join our band of volunteers, please use our ‘contact us’ page and we’ll call you back very soon.

Thank you


We’d love to hear about your Goosfest experiences and maybe share them online to help others. If you’re happy with this, please use our contact form to let us know how we’re doing.

The festival gets better every year, and is fast becoming “Woodstock Cheshire”!!

Many thanks to Caroline and the Goosfest team for putting on the Elvis night at Terra Nova. One of the best night’s entertainment we can remember – great singer, very funny and an excellent support band too. Not even the weather could spoil the night!

Thank you so much for last night’s Gin tasting.  Great evening and brilliant organisation and even a goody bag to take home from the Party!!

What a fantastic evening tonight with John Archer – a very talented, funny and clever magician, musician and comedian – his interaction with the audience was brilliant…..

Thank you and well done to you all on the Goosfest team.

Hello Judi

Thanks for a great day last Saturday. I doubt I’ll ever write my memoirs but I got so much out of the day.

I realised it isn’t journalists I have such dislike for. It’s the real world. Journalists present the real world and I can’t handle the real world. My problem is not the profession of journalism!

I now realise why “Homeward Bound” by Paul Simon is such a great song thanks to one of the exercises we did

Clare is using what she learned on a writing course and is really fired up by how she can use different techniques to be more expressive and get more life and vibrancy into what looked like being a dull story

I have a feeling you’ll see us again! I may not ever write but your course is more than just about writing. For me anyway

Thanks again

I thoroughly enjoyed Richard Weston’s creative glass photography workshop.

The day was well planned with everyone pleased with the resulting images.

I have been to three events and really enjoyed them all. Snake Davis was first class and the Comedy Night was so much fun. Yesterday I came to the Roman lecture and learnt a lot.

Well done to you all. You are an excellent team and make a great event for so many local people.

Best wishes

Just to say a WHOPPING big thank you for last nights Sourdough Workshop. It was an amazing experience…the Roberts team are superb and their enthusiasm and hospitality are second to none. My husband and I and six neighbours came home with two delicious loaves each plus other goodies and recipes. SUPERB!

Thanks also go the Goosfest organisers who do a wonderful job in putting together the unique and fascinating choices of events. Well done.

Friends & Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors, who help us to attract the variety and quality of performers and events and to manage the financial risks each year.