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New Mills Festival 2023 – the Latest Events

The latest bits and pieces which I think you ought to know about. New Mills Festival 2023 starts this Friday.

Your regular reminder that our website now has a comprehensive events calendar –

There are new events just added so do go and check out the latest new arrivals.


I keep a lot of things … in the shed


How to explain this one?! Starting with the basics – Sept 16, two episodes, one at 1pm and another at 7pm. Venue is The Fold, Meadow Street, New Mills, and cost is £10 plus £1 booking fee. Links for ticket purchase found here:

During 2020, Tony Audenshaw started to share his findings/musings from his shed on a strangely popular YouTube channel – Tony now brings his garden shed and all its curiosities to New Mills’ newest small-scale performance venue, The Fold. Bring an object and see if it would fit “In The Shed”. Experience the process of creating a vignette from researching an item to writing, shooting, editing and screening an example video.

Be the first to watch episodes 99 and 100 of the series with other ‘sheddies’ amid an exhibition of the previous 98 items. This is an illustrated talk with a break in the middle, licenced bar, hot drinks (including cup-a-soup), pies and snack boxes. Ticket profits are split between New Mills Repair café at The Volunteer Centre and New Mills Festival. Access up a steep set of stairs.


The Alternative Health Centre New Mills Festival specials


For the period of New Mills Festival, The Alternative Health Centre on Union Road is again generously providing affordable 20 minute taster sessions. Opportunities to try out Bowen Therapy, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, and Acupuncture. £15 a session, advance booking is a must. Book by contacting clinic reception on 01663 742282 between 9.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm Saturday.


Festival of Choirs


The Festival of Choirs is at St George’s Church, Church Lane on Sunday 17 Sept from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. An annual event promising choral music, organ and preaching from Bishop Malcolm, Bishop of Repton. More here:


Losing my fingers on Ama Dablam


Sept 21 7:30 pm to 9 pm at Spring Bank Arts Centre, James Ellson is giving a talk with photographs about his climbing exploits in the Himalayas. Tickets £5.  James is a local writer, living in his smallholding, details of the event (and how to buy tickets) are here:


Picnic with Incredible Edible New Mills


 Picnic with Incredible Edible New Mills 23 Sept 11am to 2pm St George’s Parish Field, Church Lane. Bring a picnic, chill out with the family (there are child friendly activities), share vegetable growing hints and tips, refreshments available. Maybe even lend a hand planting herbs. Free event.

Make sure you check out the Beer Shed runners, the Volunteers Centre Coffee Morning, the Herbal Walk of the Torrs and the Comedy Improv Murder Mystery, all newly added to the New Mills Festival Calendar.

We’ve got another great chance this year for everyone to get involved in making the town light up during New Mills Festival  … so you’ll be getting yet another newsletter next week with more details about that.

Tag us in your festival photos on Instagram – #NewMillsFestival2023

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