Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 24th June - 2nd July 2017. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2017 team, please get in touch.


Didsbury's Lost 'American Ice Cream Store'
The Strange Train Company

Various, Didsbury, Manchester, M20

'Didsbury's Lost American Ice Cream Store' is a performance in which past and present absurdly collide. Jump on board with The Strange Train Company for an intimate and hilarious rite in a sacred space somewhere near the River Mersey. Journey with them to a 'strange' universe searching for legendary ice cream!

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About Event

If you could go back in time, where would you go? Strange Train Company artist, Sophie Tyrell, would go back to her childhood in search of Didsbury's Lost “American Ice Cream Store”. This was where she remembers delicious encounters with strange flavours, on happy 1970's days in Didsbury Village, when the sun always shone, and it was always conker season!


Didsbury's Lost “American Ice Cream Store” is a participatory family adventure. Join in as a nostalgic quest for delicious ice cream becomes a series of hilarious and precious encounters in the open air. Embark with The Strange Train crew on this tasty, playful, spontaneous and interactive adventure.


Moving around the river bank, visitors will be accompanied by members of The Strange Train Company as they explore what can happen when you search for the past.

This performance is aimed at families with children 4 and up. It will take place across a number of locations and walking between them will be required. Please ensure you dress appropriately for being outdoors in the weather and wear suitable foot wear for the adventure.

Please note: The secret meeting point will be revealed to you via email once you have bought a ticket.

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About the Artists


The Strange Train Company is a collective of local artists with a mission to share a passion for clowning and having fun. Lead artist Sophie Tyrell ensures that visuals are beautifully surreal, creating a spectacle which the audience become participants in. In collaboration with the talented Gerry Flanagan of Shifting Sands Theatre, the Train will devise a visual and comic interactive performance suitable for ages 4 up. This emerging collective is evolving a style and approach to creating unique improvised work, which is both playful and bizarre. They specialise in making memorable and creative shared experiences.

Find out more about Strange Train here: www.strangetraincompany.com

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Didsbury Arts Festival has commissioned this work as part of its 2017 festival for which the theme is ‘Roots’celebrating Didsbury’s rich history, creativity and cultural diversity. This work will be one of 6 new works commissioned for the festival on this theme with support from Arts Coucil England.

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