The Bollington Festival takes place every 5 to 7 years, and it makes its long-awaited return between 10 and 27 May 2019. The event showcases talent from the local area and around the UK, and aims to enrich the lives of the people who live and work in the community.
The programme includes over 100 events including art, music of all genres, drama, literature, crafts and comedy. There are lots of activities suitable for families with children, including a magic show, woodland activities and games – most of the family-friendly tickets cost between £5 and £8, and some events have already sold out. The festival’s many venues are dotted around the town, and include a marquee, Bollington Arts Centre, Civic Hall, the library, Adelphi Mill, The Waterside Café, Tinkers Clough Wood and other venues too.
Since it began in 1964, the festival has been behind the formation of several local community groups, including The Bollington Brass Band, The Festival Photography Group and Bollington Light Opera Group. Unusually, the Bollington Festival is entirely run by volunteers and is a registered charity supported by donations and grants. Funds raised through ticket sales go towards the cost of the festival, and any surplus is put into a fund for the next one, in 5 to 7 years time.