Middlewich Folk and Boat (FAB) Festival 2012

Middlewich Folk and Boat (FAB) Festival 2012

Starts: Fri 15th to Sun 17th June 2012


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From 15th – 17th June 2012, the market town of Middlewich will be celebrating the 22nd Anniversary of the Folk & Boat Festival!

As in previous years, they will be offering an inviting selection of Main stage and Fringe music in various venues around the town, backed up by the colourful array of Narrow Boats along the canal. They are also proud to continue their tradition of Morris Dancing displays, a Celidh night, stalls, workshops and celebration of the rich heritage of Middlewich.

Each year they look forward to over 20,000 people visiting the Festival – and you can be sure that there is something for everyone! They offer family-friendly activities & venues during the day, plus Fringe music at pubs around the town -many of which welcome children. At night the buzz of the festival rises, with more Fringe music and Main Stage acts, filling the local venues to capacity. There will, as usual, be plenty of stalls to peruse and wide variety of food & drink available from caterers plus of course local pubs, restaurants & takeaways.

If you are interested in history, Middlewich has a fascinating past, dating back to Roman times, when the town was established around the production of Salt. Our church in the centre of town (St Michael & All Angels) contains pillars dating back to Norman times, and in 1643, Middlewich was the site of 2 battles between the Parliamentarians and Royalists.

There also lies a rich heritage on the canals of the town - the Shropshire Union, Trent & Mersey & the Wardle. This is brought to life over the weekend by the visiting boats with their colourful displays & wonderful characters, who are always willing to give of their time to answer your questions.


This festival offers...

The Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival has been running for over 15 years now and according to the Arts Council for England, they manage to attract over 30,000 people during the festival weekend.
As well as attractions alongside the canal, the whole town becomes part of the festival, with street performers, a street parade, dance workshops, Morris dancing, artists from all over the world, a large marquee for concerts, as well as a variety of other venues around the town and in the pubs.

Camping for the Festival is at the Sutton Lane campsite, a sportsfield on the outskirts of town (15 mins walk) adjacent to open countryside. There is a sports changing room containing showers and toilets on site.

Lineup has not yet been confirmed.


By Road

Middlewich is conveniently located near Junction 18 of the M6 motorway.

Here are some indicative journey times by road:

Chester - 40 mins
Manchester - 45 mins
Liverpool - 55 mins
Birmingham - 1hr 10 mins

By Boat

Middlewich lies at the junction of the Trent & Mersey Canal and the Shropshire Union Canal (Middlewich Branch).

If you are planning on visiting the Festival by Boat, please download a Boaters Booking form (available from boat section on the festivals official website) and return it ASAP. Please note that moorings can not be reserved.

A wide selection of food and drink will be available.

BREAKFASTS/SUPPERS: at the campsite, the 2nd Middlewich Scouts will be serving breakfasts on the Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7.30 AM and suppers on the Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 PM onwards. Breakfasts will include bacon, sausage (incl vegetarian option) and/or egg rolls plus tea, coffee and fruit juice. Suppers will include hot pot, chilli and a BBQ. All at very reasonable prices!!!!