Two fabulous weeks of creativity and community involvement with more than 20,000 visitors to over 100 events and happenings - ending with a magical lantern procession through the Torrs Gorge in the centre of the town. New Mills Festival is entirely volunteer run. All proceeds from events, except those marked a festival fundraisers go directly to the individual organisers.


 New Mills Festival is very pleased to announce that, after a year concentrating on volunteer recruitment and fundraising, 2019 will see the return, along with all your favourite events, of the festival Lantern Procession Finale, Art Trail and Big Weekend.  New Mills Festival 2019 will be held from Friday 13 to Sunday 29 September. If you would like to take part, run an event, submit to the Art Trail or volunteer to help out at any of the events (including the lantern procession) you can find full details on our website www.newmillsfestival.co.uk. We would be very happy to hear from you. Also new for 2019 watch out for details of our ‘Friends of New Mills Festival’ scheme. With benefits including: Free entry to the Lantern Procession; Concessionary rates for Festival events; Priority booking for performances and the knowledge that your support is helping us to deliver another amazing Festival, why wouldn’t everyone want to be a friend!

 “2018 was a bitter sweet year…,” says festival Director Karen Simpson “… we rebranded as a “Fringe” expecting fewer events but were very pleased when this didn’t happen. The festival was a huge success, but unfortunately we just didn’t have the resources to run our two biggest attractions, the Art Trail and the Lantern Procession. This year, after a huge response from the community we’re very glad to let everyone know that both are back for 2019!”.

 The 2019 festival theme is ‘The Elements – Earth, Air, Water and Fire” and with many of the firm favourites, such as Lantern Workshops, Bubblefest, New Mills Jumble Trail, the festival Antiques, Art and Craft Fair plus some exciting new events all already confirmed the festival is promising to be an exciting two weeks. New Mils will once again be throwing open its doors, windows and streets for two fabulous weeks of creativity, family fun and community involvement.

 The highlight of this year’s festival calendar must now be the fabulous Lantern Procession on the final Saturday (28 September). “We’ve listened to feedback and we will be implementing a few changes for 2019…” says Rob Hawkins, Procession Manager “…details of timed entry procedures and ticketing will be available soon via the Festival website”. Ending with a Street Party on Market Street with street food from all corners of the world, and a multitude of street performances including music, fire performers, stilt-walkers, jugglers and much more plus help from the wonderful supporters and volunteers, this year’s Lantern Parade promises to be visually stunning and a great event for people of all ages to enjoy.

 Full entry details for our programme of events, submission to the Art Trail and Friends of New Mills festival scheme can be found on our website www.newmillsfestival.co.uk. Details of all the events, printable Art Trail Maps, Festival Programmes and dates and times for lantern making workshops coming soon!

Media Contact:
Karen Simpson
E:         media@newmillsfestival.co.uk
P:         07504 550 222

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