Altrincham Festival 2018

Thank you for visiting our website. After 40 wonderful years Altrincham Festival is being revamped in 2018. We hope with your help to make it the best year yet! Do you have any suggestions for how we can improve the parade or the showground entertainment? if so, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

For 2018 we will be doing some changes on the Altrincham and District Festival Showgound.

Here are Sarah and Bernie from the festival discussing the changes with Damian from Trafford Sound.

After 40 years the Altrincham and District Festival is undergoing some changes this year. We did a survey and we have been listening to comments that have been made. This is Sarah and Bernie two committee members answering some questions from Damian from Trafford Sound. Would you like to take part? or can you help? please do let us know.

Altrincham & District Festival is to be revamped for 2018 and beyond, 40 years after its establishment in 1977, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year.  The management team, which is made up entirely of volunteers, has already taken two steps towards the revamp. One has been to register a new Community Interest Company (Altrincham & District Festival CIC) - an organisational format which helps to ensure transparency and accountability to the community.  The other is to launch an online survey ( where the local people can begin to shape the future by offering suggestions, ideas and expressing an interest in becoming more closely involved. The survey closes on February 28th.


Neil Taylor, one of the organisation’s directors said, “Our survey is on our website Your Festival, the name of which reflects how the event serves the entire community, so we naturally welcome more involvement from individuals and organisations.  We live in a rapidly changing world and are keen to keep delivering what people want.  For 40 years, the Festival has provided fun and free entertainment, an opportunity to showcase local talent, to build lasting bonds, and raise profile and awareness. However, we recognise the importance of remaining inclusive and up-to-date. We are really looking forward to analysing responses from the public and engaging new people in the future of this event.”


Former Festival Chairman, Councillor Tony Fishwick, retired from the management team last year having contributed for 27 years.  He was thanked by the team for his years of service and presented with an engraved glass tankard and flowers. “There was once a day when I looked at Beech Fields and saw nothing but grass”, he admitted.  “But I was determined to see the expanse filled with entertainment for all and I feel we have done that over the years.  While I will always support Altrincham Festival, the time has come for me to have a rest so I wish the team every success with the revamp.”