New Mills Festival aims to advance education in, and involvement with, arts, heritage, science and culture by hosting a community festival and other events to engage with individuals, families, community groups and the wider general public in New Mills and the surrounding areas.

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New Mills Festival is a two week annual celebration of community spirit through a diverse range of activities from talks and walks to concerts, gigs, exhibitions, trails, quizzes and performances. The overall aim is to enrich our community experience of and participation in different creative activities and to have fun.

The festival is organised by a committee, which is made up of members of the public who come from all walks of life. The committee give their skills, time and energy on an entirely voluntary basis.

The festival organisers are always on the lookout for volunteers to help with the myriad of jobs that continue over the whole year. If you would like to be involved please get in touch at info@newmillsfestival.co.uk and/or add your name to our mailing list, the link is on our home page.

Thank you for supporting New Mills Festival,

The Festival Committee

New Mills Festival Fringe 2018

In late 2018 the committee took the decision to scale back the festival for 2018 and to concentrate on volunteer recruitment and fundraising. The festival however, will not feature some of the bigger events, such as the Lantern Procession or Arts Trail.

The Festival is run by a small group of volunteers who felt they couldn’t run the full Festival for another year without more help and a recruitment drive was initiated immediately after the 2017 festival. A number of new volunteers came forward and, following discussions, the committee decided that it would be possible to arrange a festival in 2018, although due to limited finance and the need for more assistance, the Festival would have to be run in a slightly different way, without some of the bigger events. The lack of the Lantern Procession and Arts Trail will be a disappointment to many people but the Committee are pleased that more volunteers have come forward

The Festival Committee is, hopeful that 2019 will see the return of the full festival programme but we are still seeking additional volunteers, as each Festival event will not be able to go ahead unless there is sufficient manpower and finances to run it.

In addition, although much of the cost of the festival is met through our own fundraising efforts the Committee would love to hear from any companies or organisations who would consider sponsoring or donating to the Festival, or assisting in any other way.

Volunteers and interested parties can keep up to date with developments and also take part in discussions by joining the New Mills Festival Volunteers Group on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/425972484280045/ Requests can also be made to be added to the mailing list to receive minutes of the Festival Committee's monthly meetings. If you think you could assist or wish to volunteer, email info@newmillsfestival.co.uk or call Lyn on 07753 842861.