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 17 events: advance tickets now on sale

Goosfest 17 Friday 6th October to Saturday 21st October 2017.
The following list gives dates and ticket prices for the Goosfest 17 Programme.

Goosfest 17

To book advance tickets or more detailed information please click to the Goosfest Website.
Friday 6th October  
“Steve Ashley in Concert” – £8.00
Saturday 7th October
Art weekend – Weekend Entry Ticket -£3.00
Workshop – Festival Fibre Bowls – £20.00
Mathew Gabrielli – Bearded Clown – Performance – £3.00
“An evening with Arthur Smith” – £16.00
Sunday 8th October
Art weekend – Weekend Entry Ticket -£3.00
“Halle Brass” – £12.00
Tuesday 10th October
“The life and music of Ivor Novello” – £15.00
Wednesday 11th October
Morning Lecture – “Brexit and Bust” – £5.00
Professor Trevor Cox – “Make Sense of Sound” – £5.00
After the Watershed play – “What I learned from Johnny Bevan” – £8.00
Friday 13th October
Play – “A view from the edge” – £10.00
Saturday 14th October
Baking workshop inspired by “Cheshire Apples” – £25.00
Photography Workshop with Richard Weston – £20.00
“Ella Fitzgerald at 100” with Martin Taylor & Alison Burns
Sunday 15th October
Scarey Science – Adults/£5.00; Children/£3.00; Family/£14.00
Mick Doran – An A-Z of Orchestral Triangle playing
Monday 18th October
Soy Candle Workshop 1 (morning) – £25.00
Soy Candle Workshop 2 (afternoon) – £25.00
Tuesday 17th October
Chroma Harp Duo – £20.00 (including afternoon tea)
Goostrey Comedy Store – £12.00
Wednesday 18th October
Morning Lecture – Is HS2 on shaky ground – £5.00
Evening Lecture – Carbon Neutral Goostrey – £5.00
Thursday 19th October
Baking workshop inspired by “Cheshire Apples” – £25.00
Friday 20th October
Bollywood comes to Goostrey – £15.00
Saturday 21st October
Rainbow Cooking Workshop – £25.00
Calligraphy Workshop – £18.00
Organ recital featuring Graham Eccles – £7.00
“Peace has broken out” Tour – Judie Tzuke in Concert – £20

Goosfest 2016 – diary of events:

Link to Goosfest website for booking:

Saturday 1st October

  •  Jam & Pickle Workshop – 2.00 to 4.30 p.m. – tickets £25.00 (limited to 6)          SOLD OUT

(Additional event on Saturday 8th October – 2.00 to 4.30 p.m.) 

  • Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir & soloist Linda Richardson – 7.30 p.m. – tickets £12.00 ONLY 20 TICKETS LEFT

Sunday 2nd October

  • Knitting workshop – 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. – tickets £25.00 (limited to 6) –  CANCELLED .                                                                           

  • Crochet workshop – 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. – tickets £25.00 (limited to 6) – CANCELLED.                                                                               

  • Little Frankenstein – Lempen Puppet Theatre present “A little horror for little horrors” – 2.00 p.m. – tickets Children £3.00, Adults £5.00 , Family (2+2) £13.00 

Monday 3rd October

  • Glass Fusing workshop – 12.00 noon to 2.00 p.m. tickets £42.00              TWO PLACES LEFT

  • Bun in the Oven Workshop with the Roberts Master Bakers – 7.30 p.m. tickets £12.00

(20 places are now available for this event)

Tuesday 4th October

  • Afternoon Recital of Opera arias, German lieder and English and Italian songs 2.30 p.m.  – tickets (including light tea) £15

  • Goostrey Comedy Store – 8.00 p.m. – tickets £12                                                    SOLD OUT

Wednesday 5th October

  • Fracking – Fact & Fiction Lecture – 10.00 a.m. – tickets £5.00 

  • The Jodrell Bank Lecture with Professor  Tim O’Brien – 7.30 p.m. tickets £8 (£6 concession available for Goostrey Residents on proof of residency) available from Jodrell Bank rey Residents on proof of residency) available from Jodrell Bank       (ONLY TICKETS FOR GOOSTREY RESIDENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE)

Thursday 6th October

  • Jewellery Workshop – 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. – tickets £40 (limited to 12)       ONE PLACE LEFT

Friday 7th October

  • A Touch of Mrs Robinson – 8.00 p.m. – tickets £10     SOLD OUT                                                     

Saturday 8th October

  • Jam & Pickle Workshop – 2.00 to 4.30 p.m. – tickets £25.00 (limited to 6)                  SOLD OUT

  • An Evening with Richard Digance – 8.00 p.m. – tickets £15

Sunday 9th October

  • The Roberts Bakery Brass Band Concert – 3.00 p.m. – tickets £8.00

Monday 10th October

  • Another Bun in the Oven Workshop with the Roberts Master Bakers – 7.30 p.m. tickets – £12.00 (20 places are now available for this event)

Tuesday 11th October

  • Glass Fusing workshop – 6.00 to 8.00 p.m. – tickets £42.00 (limited to 5)         SOLD OUT

Wednesday 12th October

  • Cafe Scientifique Lecture – “What killed David Livingstone: malaria, mansoni, or mercury?” with Professor Malcolm Molyneux – 7.30 p.m. – tickets £5.00

Thursday 13th October

  • Amy Wakefield lunchtime piano recital at the Crown Inn – 12.30 p.m. – tickets £15 (including lunch)                                                                                                             SOLD OUT

  • Fashion Show – 7.30 p.m. – tickets £8.00 (including a complimentary drink)  SOLD OUT

Friday 14th October

  • Wychcraft Big Band Night themed dance  – 8.00 p.m. –  tickets £12

Saturday 15th October

  • The Big Concert – Adam Bulley & Chas Mackenzie (formerly Wingin’ It) supported by India Electric Co. – 7.30 p.m. – tickets £15

Sunday 16th October

  • Organ Recital by Christopher Cromar – tickets £7