Taking place this Sat 6 Jul, Stretford’s brand new neighbourhood festival StretFest has officially unveiled an expansive, fun-filled programme of events in celebration of the vibrant local community and diverse cultural tapestry woven throughout the area.

Spread across five ‘zones’ with over fifteen participating venues including Victoria Park, Stretford Mall, Stretford Library and others, the inaugural StretFest will feature an eclectic assortment of music, art, dance and interactive workshops, with newly announced events like Cafe Del Car Park, a collaboration between local DJ collectives bringing infectious daytime tunes,, BBQ food, cocktails from Colby’s and coffee from SWIG to transform Stretford Public Hall’s car park into its own urban carnival.

Other highlights include We Sea Shells, an interactive theatre piece from local theatre company COMMON which promises ‘a beach party with a twist’, as the mundane becomes the magical around Stretford’s iconic sun loungers.

Elsewhere, Dirt Factory are bringing their wildly popular modular ‘pump track’ to the temporary car park at Stretford town centre for an unmissable Off Road extravaganza, where local DJs spin tunes from a monster truck to provide a soundtrack for the adrenaline-fuelled bike circuit for all ages, with helmets and demo bikes provided for free from 12-4pm.

There’ll also be a free kids’ craft trail; spoken word, storytime, local history workshops and more at Stretford Library; a brass band performance with cream teas and family fun in Victoria Park, and local bands, DJs and acoustics acts bringing great music to Head Bar, Longford Tap, SoulJuice and Reel Around the Fountain Records.

There will also be a very special edition of the monthly Stretford Socials, located at Stretford Mall, and will feature the unveiling ceremony for the name of Stretford’s brand new central public square, set to open in 2025..

Andy Simpkins, Chair of Stretford Town Centre Forum, said:

It’s been incredible seeing the first StretFest come together and we’re looking forward to a fantastic day celebrating everything Stretford has to offer.

Bethany Adam, Head of Purpose and Impact at Bruntwood, added:

We’re delighted to be part of the first StretFest. The programme really showcases the passion and enthusiasm for the community that lies at the heart of Stretford – we’d encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the festival and celebrate the neighbourhoods.

The programme is now available on the website with a special edition physical programme available on the day around the festival.

For more information about StretFest, updates on the festival lineup, or details on how to get involved, please visit the official website.

Sat 6 Jul, All day, Various locations
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Mon 1 Jul 2024