What is Middlewich FAB Festival? Middlewich’s flagship event attracts visitors from around the UK and is the most successful event of its kind in the North West
A Brief History
The festival started in 1990 when a small group of locals decided to organise a folk festival. Just by chance the Trent & Mersey Canal Society were looking to start a boat rally, and so the `folk & boat` festival was born.
Thanks to support by Congleton Borough Council and Middlewich Town Council, the festival was an immediate success.
The voluntary committee grew with the festival, each member with a specific role or responsibility. It grew slowly/organically, without becoming over commercialised, staying true to its community spirit of `keeping it in the town`.
In 2011 Middlewich Town Council took on the organising of the festival and what we have today is a new format, with the aim of making it even more attractive (and affordable) to the community and to 1000s of visitors, many of who come back year after year.
Without doubt the festival now has huge financial benefits to the local economy. What we cannot begin to measure is the social benefit to our community and to visitors of all ages.
The FAB Festival is the envy of many local authorities and no wonder! `after 28 years it continues to develop and grow, and long may that continue`.