Middlewich is home to a wide range of attractions that people come from across the country to see. The Middlewich FAB festival is known nationwide, whilst the roman trail and maker markets make great days out for all the family.
FAB Festival is Middlewich’s flagship event and attracts visitors from across the world. It is now one of the most successful events of its kind, and has secured our town as a vibrant and charismatic tourist destination.
FAB Festival is a long weekend of music, dance, narrowboats and unique trade and is supported by fantastic Middlewich businesses year on year. The event draws in names such as Ward Thomas, Lindisfarne and The Neville Staple Band – putting FAB well and truly on the map.
The FAB weekend sees great artists performing at the FAB Main stage, or in one of the many FAB Fringe venues. Elsewhere, the town is entertained by various dance parades performed by groups hailing from all across the UK, and by shows at our iconic Bull Ring amphitheatre. Our famous canals are lined with hundreds of beautifully decorated narrowboats, as well as trading boats that make up the spectacular “floating market”. Across Middlewich, festival go-ers can browse an amazing range of arts and crafts, homemade food, drink and antiques stalls, making for a diverse and unique weekend of festivities.
This year the festival celebrated its 25th birthday, and we’re sure it will continue for many more years! Visit FAB Festival’s dedicated website at http://midfest.org.uk/index.html
Middlewich Town Council and Middlewich Vision have pooled resources to jointly host a brand new street market for Middlewich. It is names the Mexon Market to recognise that in Medieval times, the area we know as the Bullring was then called The King’s Mexon (or Marketplace).
The Market is a celebration of local crafts and produce, and the quality of what is on offer is staggeringly good.
We aim to draw people into Wheelock Street to sample the quality products available, and to encourage them to visit our many niche shops, again featuring a range of high quality goods. We also intend to stage entertainment at the market, or to link it to an event. For instance in May, the Town Crier Competition will be held on Market Day, and in July we will be having a beach party theme.
The Mexon Market takes place along Wheelock Street on the Third Saturday of the month and is open from 10am to 3pm.
Visit the Middlewich Mexon Market for yourself the lThird Saturday of every month, 10am-3pm at: Wheelock Street, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9BL
Middlewich has a long and spectacular history, having been founded by the Romans in AD 70. Much of the evidence of our Roman past comes from excavations of the fort at Harbutt’s Field, and you can discover our town’s exciting history for yourself by embarking upon the Roman Middlewich Trail.
Starting at Middlewich Library, the route follows a succession of distinctive red interpretation panels which detail our Roman heritage. The trail looks at Roman Midddlewich, the salt making industry, the military and more. A trail guide leaflet is available from Middlewich Library, which also features an exhibition of Roman artefacts excavated from around the town. We also have a further exhibition and virtual museum website planned for the future so that we can further showcase our exciting heritage. .
Embark on the Roman Middlewich Trail yourself by visiting Middlewich Library, located at: Lewin Street, Middlewich, Cheshire East CW10 9AS or telephone 01606 288070
St Michael’s was originally built as a Norman stone church, it has changed over the years depending on religious leadership and it was very badly damaged during the civil war in 1643. The church was re-built and changed again in the early and mid-nineteenth centuries into what we see today. Elements of Norman Architecture can still be seen and one of the few places to still see the legacy of the Barons of Kinderton.
Located at the intersection of the A54 and A533 roads in Middlewich, the church is easy to access and in close distance to other local amenities. A friendly reception is always guaranteed and whether resident or tourist, all are welcome to drop in to worship in or view the church.
We are delighted that a phenomenal £234,000 grant has been awarded to St Michael and All Angels Church from the Heritage Lottery Fund to contribute towards a restoration of the historic building. Contributing toward a £1m revamp, Middlewich residents are hoping to preserve the church for future generations to enjoy.
Explore Middlewich St Michael and All Angels for yourself at: Hightown, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9AN, or telephone 01606 738005
Festivals & Events
Middlewich FAB Festival
The Classic Car and Bike Show
The Battle of Middlewich Civil War Re-enactment
The Makers Market
Charity Beer Festival
Taste & Tipple Weekend
Pinders Fun Fair
Tree of Light Service