How was it for you?

Goosfest 2018 is over – but planning for next year’s festival has already begun!

Now the organisers are keen for any feedback on this year’s events – plus any suggestions for what you might like to see in a future schedule.


Goosfest 2018 was the largest programme to date, with a record-breaking 28 activities, ranging from classical music to country and western, popular music, Broadway favourites, jazz and folk, plus drama, comedy, and magic.

There was also a range of workshops, including jewellery-making, photography, memoir-writing and sourdough baking. Children enjoyed an afternoon of Pirate activity, and village performers put on two ‘Cole Porter’ lunches at The Swettenham Arms. Goostrey went to Spain for an evening of Spanish food, song and flamenco dancing, and there was a series of lectures covering local history and the development of the SKA headquarters at Jodrell Bank. An organ recital in Goostrey Church, and a fascinating presentation by explorer Benedict Allen, rounded off more than two weeks of Goosfest events.

Now it’s your chance to contribute to future success. What would you like to see in next year’s or further festival programmes? Please email your suggestions – plus any comments on this year’s events – to

Goosfest Chairman Bill Ollier said: “Every year, we try to put together a varied programme – something for everyone, we hope. But we’re always open to new ideas or suggestions for who we might ask to perform. We’re a not-for-profit organisation, so we obviously have a limit to the fees we can pay for acts, but we try to get the best possible quality of entertainment within the budgets we manage. So, if anyone has an idea for entertainment, a lecture or a workshop, then please get in touch quickly, as we aim to have next year’s schedule mapped out by Christmas.

“In the meantime, the Goosfest Committee would like to thank everyone for their support this year, and also for their patience and understanding as we had to introduce new ticketing processes due to unforeseen circumstances.”

Goosfest, held every October, is organised by a group of local volunteers. If you would like to be involved – either by joining the Goosfest committee or by simply volunteering to help with needs such as event set-up, the bar rota, leafletting etc – then again, please email To look at photos from this year’s Goosfest, please visit


Goosfest sales are soaring – book your tickets quickly before any further events sell out!

Tickets for this year’s Goosfest are selling fast – and extra events have been added to meet demand. Festival organisers are urging anyone who hasn’t yet booked, to do so quickly before any further evenings sell out.

The annual festival of music and arts is held every October in Goostrey, and this year’s schedule opens on October 5th with a concert by internationally renowned saxophonist Snake Davis and his five-piece band. From then, Goosfest ‘18 now continues over three weeks with the addition of three extra sourdough bread-making workshops at Roberts Bakery.

This year saw the launch of a new website – – which prompted a flurry of sales, from as far afield as the North Wales coast. Now that the box office is open as well, ticket sales to date have exceeded all expectations, and Goosfest organisers anticipate that this year’s festival will be a resounding success.

Benedict Allen

Certain events, such as an evening of comedy by veteran broadcasters Barry Cryer and Colin Sell, and the ‘Goostrey Goes to Spain’ night, have already sold out and there are waiting lists. There are still a few tickets available for the joint evening with The Royal Geographical Society-IBG featuring intrepid explorer Benedict Allen; a 1960’s night by The Revolvers; a concert by iconic Liverpool band The Christians, and a Country & Western night featuring up-and-coming Nashville-style singer Jeannine Barry and her band.

In addition, there are tickets for The Hope Wind Ensemble on Sunday evening, October 14th, and also for Goosfest’s tribute to the 100th anniversary of the ending of The Great War, a performance of ‘Standing in Line,’ on Wednesday, October 10th. This is an evening of songs, readings and images, commissioned by ‘Peace Concerts Passchendaele’ and first performed in the church in Passchendaele, Belgium.

For children, there’s an afternoon of pirate mayhem on Sunday October 14th, featuring the same duo who presented last year’s festival favourite, ‘Scary Science’. This interactive show features pirate songs, stories and games, with tea, soft drinks and cakes available throughout.

Goosfest Committee Chairman William Ollier said: “Considering that Goosfest is organised by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, we’re delighted that our growing reputation of hosting one of the best music and arts festivals in the North-West means that we can attract an increasingly diverse mix of both well-known and up-and-coming acts. We work hard to put together a programme which we hope offers something for everyone, but we also want to challenge people to experience something new.”

Now in its 11th year, Goosfest began as a folk weekend and has since grown into a packed two-week festival with fringe events held over a range of different venues local to Goostrey.

Festival organisers have just arranged an extra Swettenham Arms lunch, with entertainment ‘What a Swell Party – The Life and Music of Cole Porter’. The first ‘musical lunch’ on Tuesday October 9th quickly sold out, so a second has been arranged for the day before, Monday October 8th.

Anyone who wants to buy Goosfest tickets is advised to check the website for availability and book online. Alternatively, please call the Box Office – 01477 765016.

Goosfest tickets now available!

Goosfest 2018 tickets are now for sale and available online.  Click to the new website at for all the details of this year’s programme of events and to buy, pay for and print off your tickets.  [n.b. Online only; the box office for tickets/queries in person or by phone opens in September.]


Goosfest Arts & Music Festival

Link to List of events.

“Some highlights for 2018: fun-filled comedy with Barry Cryer and Colin Sell; music from The Christians; a joint event with The Royal Geographical Society featuring intrepid explorer Benedict Allen; a 1960’s evening with The Revolvers; children’s entertainment with some ‘pirates’ and classical delights from the Hope Wind Ensemble.

Three stand-out events will be afternoon tea and entertainment at The Yellow Broom; a Cole Porter tribute with lunch at the Swettenham Arms, and our ever-popular Comedy Night. By popular demand, we have included two photography workshops, and workshops covering sourdough baking (Roberts Bakery master bakers), jewellery production, and memoir writing. There are also free ‘fringe’ events during the Goosfest fortnight, including music in both our local pubs”

Goosfest 18: Programme announced


GOOSFEST 18 PROGRAMME RELEASE (link to website:   Goosfest18 )

Dear Friends of Goosfest,

The planning stage for Goosfest 18 has now been completed and we are delighted to release details of this year’s programme, which runs from Friday 5th October to Sunday 21st October 2018. We are sure that you will find the planned events as diverse and engaging as in past years.

Goosfest 18 Events in order presentation:

5/10 Snake Davis “in concert” – An evening with the internationally renowned saxophonist.
6/10 Photography for “Absolute beginners” with Richard Weston
6/10 “Strictly Come Joking” – Barry Cryer and Colin Sell (the Ant & Dec of Sanatogen) bring their new show to Goosfest.
7/10 “The Music & Life of Bob Dylan” presented by John Lindley (spoken word) and Rik Roberts & Les Renshaw (guitars and songs)
9/10 “What a swell party” (The Cyril Caulkin Memorial Lunch) – Cole Porter Concert recital with lunch at the Swettenham Arms.
9/10 “The Square Kilometre Array and Jodrell Bank” – Evening Lecture by Antonio Chrysostomou.
10/10 “Cheshire’s World History” – Joint Morning Lecture with the Goostrey Guild by Dr Philip Morgan FSA
10/10 “Standing in LIne” – A story of the Great War through Songs, Readings and Images
11/10 Jewellery Workshop
11/10 “Little Green Men” – A play by Rob Johnson, performed by Emma-Romy Jones and Christopher Ward.
12/10 Dance the night away with “The Revolvers” – Dance to the Best of the 60’s
13/10 Photography Workshop – “Photographing Glass” with Richard Weston
13/10 The “Christians in Concert” – The Liverpool Band reprise their greatest hits and more!
14/10 Pirates – An afternoon of Pirate Songs, adventure and “derring do” for children of all ages!
14/10 The Hope Ensemble – An evening classical recital.
15/10 “Sourdough Workshop” – The return of the Roberts Master Bakers.
16/10 “Madeis Guitar & Cello Duo” – Afternoon recital (followed by the Yellow Broom classic afternoon tea).
16/10 The Goosfest Comedy Store – the sell-out Goosfest favourite featuring Steve Royle, Jon Pearson, Marvin Dickinson and Hannah Silvester
17/10 “What did the Roman’s do for us?” – Joint Goostrey Guild Goosfest morning lecture.
18/10 “Jeannine Barry in Concert” – British Country & Western sensation graces the Goosfest stage.
19/10 “Spanish Evening” – An evening of Paella, Flamenco guitar, dance and song.
20/10 “Write your own memoirs” – Judi Goodwin leads an insightful workshop
20/10 “John Archer Magician” – The man who fooled Penn & Teller brings his unique brand of magic to Goosfest.
20/10 “Music in the Crown” – an evening of music in our local pub
21/10 “Colours of the Organ” – Recital by George Roby
21/10 “The Royal Geographical Society Lecture” by explorer and adventurer Benedict Allen”

Full details of all events, dates, times, venues and ticket prices will be published on the Goosfest Website at the end of April, when advance on-line ticket sales will commence.

Please regularly check the Goosfest website at for regular updates and the opportunity to purchase the first release of Goosfest 18 tickets.

(link to website for info and to book tickets: Goosfest18 )

Thank you for your support.
The Goosfest Committee.

What would you like to see in Goosfest 2018?

The organisers behind Goosfest, the village’s annual two-week festival of music and arts, are looking for ideas towards next year’s October programme. 

Planning has already begun, so that acts and venues can be booked, but new ideas and suggestions would be very welcome.

In particular, Goosfest Committee members would like ideas for family events or activities that might appeal to all generations.

If you have a suggestion or comment, or any thoughts about any aspect of this year’s Goosfest, please email

Well done Goosfest, 2017 most successful year!

Organisers behind Goosfest 2017 have declared the festival the most successful ever, with a record number of ticket sales.

Of the 25 events run in and around Goostrey between Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 21, most were sell-outs with musical performances, lectures, workshops, comedy and art on offer.  With the dust still settling on this year’s celebrations, organisers are already eyeing up improvements for next year.

Bill Ollier said: “Goosfest has been going since 2007 and this year has proved to be our most successful yet.  We again assembled a varied programme with widespread appeal, which was clearly underlined by the fact that we sold more tickets than ever before.  Goosfest, which is a not-for-profit organisation, has established a reputation as one of the most varied music and arts festivals in the north west.  We aim to keep our quality high and our ticket prices low. This is only possible through the loyal support of our regular audience, sponsors and Goostrey Parish Council.  After a few days well-deserved rest, the committee will turn its attention to next year’s Goosfest which we hope will be even more successful.”

The headliner of this year’s programme, comedian Arthur Smith, was a highlight with his ‘At Your Service’ show on October 7 at Terra Nova School.

Another crowd favourite saw internationally-famous jazz guitarist Martin Taylor accompany top jazz singer Alison Burns to perform ‘Ella Fitzgerald at 100’.

Musical performances stole the show, with legendary singer Judie Tzuke, the Halle Brass ensemble, and ‘The A-Z of Orchestral Triangle Playing’ presented by Mick Doran, principal percussionist at English National.

Goostrey Goes to Bollywood, which coincided with the Hindu festival of Diwali, saw a large crowd tuck into a buffet curry supper before watching and participating in Bollywood dancing by ‘Lalita’s Namastey India’.

The comedy evening, including four comedians from the UK stand-up circuit, again played to a full house in the village hall.

The Arts weekend, which was curated by Goostrey artist Katja Murta-Bisse, also included work from local artists Caroline Hunter, Alison Rose and Sharon Forsythe.

Read more about Goosfest and add your name to the mailing list for info on Goosfest2018 go to :

Goosfest update on events

Nearly sold out:
Goostrey goes to Bollywood: Just 5 places left.
Festival Fibre Bowls Workshop: Just 3 places left.
Rainbow Workshop: Just 3 places left.


Sold out: Comedy Store and Baking with Apples (Both workshops). 
Please note:
Tues 10th Cyril Caulkin Memorial Lunch [Music of Ivor Novello]: Due to the uncertainty regarding the Crown this will now be held at the Lovell Suite at The Swettenham Arms.
Soy Candle Workshops: Due to a global shortage of soy wax both workshops have had to be cancelled.
The Goosfest Box Office (23 Brooklands Drive) opened for personal callers on Monday 04 September 2017.
To discuss your Goosfest requirements please telephone 01477 535367 between the following times.  Daily 10.00am – 1.00pm and Monday to Friday only 6.00pm – 7.00pm.