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.



What's On

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Afternoon
Children/Family

A Bear Hunt Story Telling Adventure
Rogan Mills

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2DN
0161 227 3755

Join storyteller Rogan Mills for a Bear Hunt adventure not to be missed! [read more]

Thursday 29 June 2017

Afternoon
Children/Family

Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music - The Magnard Ensemble

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

The forest – strange, eerie, mysterious, magnificent… A place of magic and surprise, where nothing is ever quite what it seems…' Join Magnard Ensemble to explore the wonderful and whimsical world of Roald Dahl through music and words, and meet Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and some Dirty Beasts! [read more]

Friday 30 June 2017

Afternoon
Children/Family

Roots and Leaves - Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2DN
0161 227 3755

A craft activity illustrating heritage through a co-operative mural, and a chance to look at, and hear some of the stories from the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre collection. [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Contraption!
Melia Duo

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

Join the Melia Duo as they bring contemporary music into your front room in Contraption!, an interactive family concert where you help create the music. [read more]

Saturday 1 July 2017

Morning
Children/Family

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! [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Oak Mobile
Oak Mobile

Didsbury Park, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 5LJ

Enter the time-travelling OakMobile and let Talking Birds transport you to a Time Before Time.  The OakMobile is a charming interactive adventure that takes place in a magical, mobile micro-theatre. “Inspiring and had a very clear message...I'm not sure who enjoyed it more - me or the kids!” Find out more about Talking Birds here: www.talkingbirds.co.uk       Save [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Roots Stage

Didsbury Park, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 5LJ

A fantastic free music festival in the park with a world music flavour and featuring street theatre, dance and performance throughout the afternoon. [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

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! [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

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! [read more]

Sunday 2 July 2017

Morning
Children/Family

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! [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

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! [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

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 performance in a secret sacred space somewhere near the River Mersey. Journey with them to a 'strange' universe searching for legendary ice cream! [read more]

Magic up a story (S)

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£4 per child

Adults will need to stay but do not require a ticket

Afternoon
Children/Family

Magic up a story (S)

The Old Parsonage, Stenner Ln, off Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RQ

Does your child love stories? Are they always hungry for more? Then this is the event for them! Your child will be at the centre of the story creation process. First, they will suggest words that Dr. A must use in his improvised story. Then, your child will get to improvise a story. This fun, playful, and creative session will be led by the multi-skilled Dr. A: a doctor, a published author, and an experienced children’s performer. He specifically has experience of running story improv sessions for young children. Spaces are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.       [read more]

Magic up a story (S)

More Info Add to Calendar Book Tickets View Map

£4 per child

Adults will need to stay but do not require a ticket

Afternoon
Children/Family

Magic up a story (S)

The Old Parsonage, Stenner Ln, off Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RQ

Does your child love stories? Are they always hungry for more? Then this is the event for them!  Your child will be at the centre of the story creation process. First, they will suggest words that Dr. A must use in his improvised story. Then, your child will get to improvise a story. This fun, playful, and creative session will be led by the multi-skilled Dr. A: a doctor, a published author, and an experienced children’s performer. He specifically has experience of running story improv sessions for young children.  Spaces are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.       [read more]