Biddulph Festival

Biddulph Festival will be happening from 24 June until 30 July 2017 in various locations around Biddulph Town in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The festival which started in 1997 has been going strong for the last 20 years with support not only from local businesses, schools and organisations but the residents as well.

Year after year, the festival has only received positive feedback especially with its month long celebration. Some of the events include parade, dancing, art exhibition, Ukelele Day, Open cafe, family fun day, concert, BBQ and lots more events. The program and schedule for the month long event has been listed below. Do try to make it if you can.


A booklet has been handed around to local residents and businesses about the event, here’s a image of the front of the booklet.


The program is quite extensive, here’s a photo of the date, time and location of each event. Do note that the Festival launch day and parade will take place on July 1st on Biddulph High Street. The parade will leave Biddulph Library at 10.30am and there will be lots of entertainment and stalls until 1pm that afternoon. The theme for this year’s parade is ‘Heroes and Villains’. So come dressed as your favourite character.


Listed below are more indept details about each of the event.

Festival Events 2017

Biddulph Ukulele Day

Saturday 24th June. 10am-10.30pm. St Lawrence’s Church

Cost: £5 for the afternoon and evening performances

Contact: Kath on 07595 723598 /

An open event for all lovers of ukuleles. Come and play, learn or just listen. Absolute beginners welcome. International artists performing evening

Cancer Charities Benefit Gig

Saturday 24th June. 2pm – late. Biddulph Arms. Cost: FREE downstairs events, £10 gigs upstairs (limited to 75)

Contact: Craig on 01782 523277

All day fund raising gig both upstairs (ticketed) and downstairs (bucket collections) featuring a stellar line up of local artists. Check the Up in Arms website for band list and stage Raising funds for various cancer charities including Douglas Macmillan and Cancer Research UK

BDYO Summer Concert

Saturday 24th June. 7.30-9.30pm. Victoria Centre, Station Road, Biddulph

Cost: £5 adults, £2 children

Contact: Patti on 01782 523484

The youth orchestra will host their summer concert. A selection of music from around the globe will be performed. Refreshments will be served and raffle prizes won.

Modern Sequence Dancing

Mondays 26th June, 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th July

1.30 – 3.30pm. Biddulph Town Hall

Cost: £3 including refreshments (pay in the hall on the day)

Contact: Gillian on 01782 761877

This is a modern sequence dance with all the available new dances. New dance tuition from George and Gill Simms.

Prize Bingo

Tuesdays 27th June, 4th, 11th and 18th July 7.30 – 9.15pm. Biddulph Town Hall

Cost: FREE admission. Purchase tickets to play.

Contact: Sylvia on 01782 519896

Weekly community prize bingo. Open to all.

Kingsfield Singers open sessions

Wednesdays 28th June, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th July 7.30 – 9pm.

Biddulph Methodist Church & Victoria Centre Cost: FREE

Contact: Edna on 01260 276371

Come along any Wednesday evening and enjoy listening and watching the ladies during their rehearsals.

Honey Ryder plus Robbie Cavanagh

Wednesday 28th June. 8 – 10.30pm. Biddulph Town Hall

Cost: £10 advance, £12 on the door

Contact: Craig on 01782 523277

After a sell out show at The Arms and a recent support slot for The Levellers in Buxton, a town hall festival showcase for this popular band.

Sequence Tea Dance

Thursdays 29th June, 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th July 2 – 4pm. Biddulph Town Hall Cost: £1 – pay on the day

Contact: Marie on 01782 511167

An enjoyable and friendly afternoon of (mainly easy) sequence dancing. Light refreshments included. Come along and try it.

Festival Launch Day & Parade

Saturday 1st July. Biddulph High Street Parade will leave the library at 10.30am Entertainment and side stalls until 1pm. Cost: FREE

Contact: Patti on 01782 523484

Heroes and Villains is the theme for this year’s festival parade. A colourful, fun and musical walk by local children and community groups. There will be lots of things to do with side stalls, art and craft activities and entertainment around the town centre. The children in the parade can enjoy a free snack, kindly donated by Sainsbury’s. Everyone is most welcome to join the parade. Please contact Patti for more details.

Festival Open Art Exhibition

Opening Saturday 1st July at 11am with refreshments. Open weekends throughout July (except Sunday July 16th)

Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 12 noon-4pm. Victoria Centre, Station Road, Biddulph Cost: FREE

Contact: Janice on 01782 518684

Arts at the Centre present the festival exhibition of paintings and photography. It is open to all local artists over the age of 16. Raising funds for The Victoria Centre

Family Roller Disco

Saturday 1st July. 6 – 7.30pm. Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre, Thames Drive.

Cost: £4 (£4.50 including skate hire)

Contact: 01782 515005

Join us for our family roller disco “Fun for all the family”. Skates available for hire.

Raising funds for Cancer

Research UK

Hill Top Flower Festival – Famous Men & Women

Saturday 1st – Monday 3rd July. Hill Top Methodist Church, Biddulph Moor Saturday – Viewing 1 – 6pm. Concert 7.30pm (ticket only)

Sunday – Services 10.45am and 6pm led by Rev David Leese (Ashbourne). Viewing 2 – 5pm.

Monday – Viewing time 1 – 7pm. Songs of Praise 7 – 7.30pm. Closing service 7.30pm led by Rev Nick Witham (Biddulph).

Cost: FREE (except for concert £5, ticket only)

Contact: Eileen on 01782 511073 or Beryl on 01782 514915

This year is our 40th Flower Festival Anniversary. Our lovely church on the Moor has a ‘Famous Men & Women’ theme this year, come and see church members’ and children’s flower displays. Teas and refreshments available. Daleian Ladies Choir concert on Saturday evening (ticket only).

Raising funds for Hill Top Church.

Heroes & Villains themed Family Celebration Service

Sunday 2nd July. 11am – 12.15pm. St Lawrence’s Church Cost: FREE

Contact: Rev Steve Dyson on 01782 513247

Children (and grown ups!) come in fancy dress as your favourite hero or villain! There will be lots of fun, interaction and craft! Recommended for families!

U3A Showcase

Tuesday 4th July. 2 – 4pm.

Biddulph Town Hall Cost: FREE

Contact: David on 01782 379092 or Mavis on 01782 513458

Come and see displays and examples of the classes we offer. From languages, arts and crafts, performance choir and physical activities.

The Intrigue of Biddulph Old Hall

Tuesday 4th July. 7.30 – 9.45pm. St Lawrence’s Church Cost: £10 including wine and refreshments

Contact: Joan on 01260 279159

Congleton Writers’ Forum joins with Nigel Daly and Brian Vowles to tell The Intriguing Tale of Biddulph Old Hall in poetry, prose, music and images.

Mask Making Craft

Thursday 6th July. 6 – 8pm. Biddulph Youth & Community Zone, Church Road. Cost: £2

Contact: Liz or Ange on 01782 244288

Come along to our family event and make a Hero or Villain Mask. Create the ultimate Hero or Villain – all materials supplied. Raising funds for Biddulph Youth & Community Zone

A Mind to Sing

Thursday 6th July. 2 – 4pm.

St Lawrence’s Church Cost: FREE

Contact: John Gibson on 01782 518060

Come along and enjoy a social afternoon of music and song! For those living with Alzheimers/Dementia/Parkinsons Disease, their carers and friends.

Viva Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Friday 7th July. 7.30 – 11.30pm. Biddulph Town Hall

Cost: £5

Contact: John on 07779 035246

Biddulph Twinning Association proudly celebrates thirty years of warm friendship with our twin town of Fusignano. We’re marking the visit of our Italian guests with a lively night of good ole boys Terrinova playing rock ‘n’ roll. Bring your own drinks and snacks. Raising funds for Biddulph Twinning Association

Biddulph Churches Together Open Café

Saturdays 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th July. 10am – 12 noon. Biddulph Town Hall Contact: Norma on 01782 513352

Café serving home made cakes, hot and cold drinks with a friendly smile. Raising funds for Biddulph Churches Together Charities

Festival Organ Recital

Saturday 8th July. 7.30-9.30pm. Biddulph Methodist Church and Victoria Centre Cost: £5

Contact: Church office on 01782 513218

We are delighted that Professor Dr. Ian Tracey DL FRCO who is top of the list of the UK’s most popular recitalists will return to perform this years festival organ recital. Ian’s lifelong association with Liverpool Cathedral and international reputation as a church musician is legendary. Warmth, humour, many anecdotes and wonderful organ music to delight. Compelling! Raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association

Canadian Showcase Evening

Wednesday 12th July. 8 – 10.30pm. Biddulph Arms Cost: £10 advance £12 on the door

Contact: Craig on 01782 523277

Alberta’s John Wort Hannam was a real ‘find’ at last year’s Maverick Festival. He is joined by Dennis Ellsworth making a welcome return to Biddulph this time with the backing vocals and exquisite violin playing of Kinley Dowling.

Bring Me Sunshine – Flower Demo

Thursday 13th July. 7 – 10pm. Biddulph Methodist Church and Victoria Centre Cost: £7.50 including light refreshments

Contact: Hilda on 01782 514993 or 513347

An evening of floral beauty with Lynn Breeze and Pauline Shaw. An evening to delight and inspire you. Tickets available from Brammers Shoe Shop. Raising funds for Biddulph in Bloom

Charity Dance

Friday 14th July. 7 – 11pm. Biddulph Town Hall Cost: £8 including buffet.

Contact: Gillian on 01782 761877

An evening of dancing to ‘Mr Music’ (Graham Darby). Sequence and Popular Sequence dancing with MC’s George and Gill Simms. Admission includes a buffet. Please bring your own drinks. Raising funds for Royal Stoke Eye Hospital

Classic Car Show

Saturday 15th July. 11am – 1pm. St Lawrence’s Church car park Cost: FREE

Contact: Rev Steve Dyson on 01782 513247

Do you own a classic car? Do you like to show it to others? Just bring it along – park up! Everyone else come and enjoy!

Songs Old & New

Saturday 15th July. 7.30 – 9.30pm. Biddulph Town Hall Cost: FREE

Contact: David on 01782 514427

Biddulph Male Voice Choir offer a great programme accompanied by the Douglas Macmillan Community Choir. It will be a great night for all. Raising funds for Douglas Macmillan Hospice

Back to the 80’s

Saturday 15th July. 8pm-12am. Biddulph Moor Village Hall Cost: £5

Contact: Jacky on 01782 523573

Relive your youth! Go back in time to the wonderful years of the 1980’s. A disco with all the music from that era. Fancy dress optional. So get your leg warmers ready and style your mullets for this 80’s extravaganza. Tickets available from Moor Store and Brammers. Raising funds for the village hall and other local charities

Festival Service & BBQ

Sunday 16th July. 10.45am.

Biddulph Methodist Church and Victoria Centre Cost: FREE

Contact: Norman on 01782 522600

A fun and entertaining all-age service starts at 10.45am led by Rev Nick Witham, which will focus on the festival theme. This is followed by a BBQ. Everyone welcome.

U3A Arts & Crafts Showcase

Tuesday 18th July. 2 – 4pm. Biddulph Town Hall Cost: FREE

Contact: David on 01782 379092 or Mavis on 01782 513458

Displays from our many talented U3A members. View a variety of drawing and painting media, patchwork and quilting, card making and parchment craft.

Family Film Event & Indoor Picnic

Tuesday 18th July. 6 – 8.30pm. Biddulph Youth & Community Zone, Church Road. Cost: FREE

Contact: Ange or Liz on 01782 244288

Come and watch J K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on the big screen. Bring your blanket and picnic. Call 01782 244288 to book your seat (limited).

Variety Performance

Friday 21st July. 2pm and 7.30pm. Biddulph Town Hall Cost: Afternoon performance £4, Evening performance £6.

Contact: Marie on 01782 511167

Enjoy an afternoon or evening of fun and frivolity. Admire the talents and joie de vivre of our U3A members, this is a unique experience : not to be missed!

Biddulph By The Sea

Saturday 22nd July. 11am – 5pm. Biddulph Town Centre Cost: FREE (except for fairground, donkey rides etc)

Contact: Frank on 07902 397230 / 01782 517238

Roll Up! Roll Up! to the event that started as a joke and has delivered happy smiles year on year. All the fun of a family day out to the seaside – donkey rides, sandcastles and fairground rides. Raising funds for Festival Charities


Sunday 23rd July. 1 – 3pm.

Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre, Thames Drive. Cost: £5

Contact: 01782 515005

A mixture of zumba and clubbercise along with other routines. Fun and exciting class. All welcome (children over age 6). Raising funds for Cancer Research UK

Arnold Bennett 150th Anniversary film ‘Piccadilly’ PLUS ‘Mister Cinders’

Tuesday 25th July. 6.30 – 10pm. Biddulph Town Hall Cost: £4

Contact: Terry on 01782 512445

Come and enjoy two vintage films . . .Piccadilly is a sumptuous show business melodrama – with an original screenplay by Arnold Bennett. One of the pinnacles of British silent cinema. The screenplay will be accompanied with an original score by Ashley Thompson on piano. In Mister Cinders, Bill is an all-day-worker at his rich uncle’s estate, where he is wanted everywhere and by everyone, even by the local theatre group. He manages his two dull stepbrothers and his aunt, until a smart Princess Charming disguised as a Fairy Goodmother maid appears and makes him go to a ball that will change his life. British musical twist to the Cinderella story.

High Plains Jamboree

Wednesday 26th July. 8 – 10.30pm. Biddulph Arms Cost: £10 advance £12 on the door

Contact: Craig on 01782 523277

Texans Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay making their annual summer visit to North Staffordshire playing on this occasion with acclaimed bluegrass quartet promoting their debut CD.

Biddulph Family Fun Day

Saturday 29th July. 11am – 4pm. Church Road playing fields Cost: FREE (except for fairground rides etc)

Contact: Ellen Roberts-Holland 0755 722 9736

Fun packed day for the whole family. Funfair, community stalls, entertainment and much more. Raising funds for Friends of BRIC Community Group

Rock ‘n’ Chips

Saturday 29th July. 7.30 – 11.30pm. Biddulph Town Hall

Cost: £12.50

Contact: Frank on 07902 397230 or 01782 517238

What better way to bring our twentieth Festival to an end than a riotous night of rock ‘n’ roll, blue suede shoes and swirling petticoats. The Jalapenos serve up red hot rock – we serve up the fish and chips. Bring your own drinks. Champagne prizes for the sharpest dressers! As food is to be ordered no tickets sold after Wednesday 26th July. Raising funds for the Festival charities

Festival Songs of Praise . . .a celebration of hymns!

Sunday 30th July. 6.30 – 7.30pm. St Lawrence’s Church Cost: FREE

Contact: Rev Steve Dyson on 01782 513247

Come along in good voice to sing with great gusto . . .as many hymns as we can fit into one hour!

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