Churchgate Midsummer Festival, Bolton

Saturday 20th June saw us getting out of bed bright and early to head up the M6 motorway and into Bolton for their Midsummer Festival which was being held on Churchgate in the town centre.

The weather wasn’t really on our side, as the heaven’s opened while we were on our way there and the rain and wind continued throughout the day. Our stall was set up by 9:30am which gave us half an hour to re-arrange things, have a look around and get things just how we wanted them before the event opened at 10:00am.


Although this was an outdoor event, we stayed dry and relatively warm in gazebos which were ‘on loan’ from Bolton Markets. The weather didn’t really put people off, and we had a great day, we met lots of lovely people and had quite a few sales, more than covering our weekends costs on day one. Lovely.

Throughout the day there was plenty for people to do and see, including ferret racing, shoeing of a shire horse and shire horse rides for children. There were lots of stalls for people to enjoy and the church yard had lots of charity stalls including Guide Dogs For The Blind, RNLI and Save The Children. There were also battle re-enactments in the church grounds which proved to be very popular entertainment.


Sunday morning was another early start, another drive up the M6 (in the rain) and setting up for day two of the Midsummer Festival… somehow we managed to set up quicker than on Saturday and were all ready for the day ahead by just after 9:00am even after a move around!!


Sunday’s weather was slightly better… a little drizzly throughout the day but nowhere near as wet as Saturday. A highlight of the event on Sunday afternoon was the street play which saw the landlord of Ye Olde Man and Scythe, John Jewitt, “executed”. He played the 7th Earl of Derby, James Stanley, who was beheaded for his role in the Bolton Massacre of 1643 during the English Civil War. The earl spent his last night at the pub and the annual re-enactment commemorates his death.

Although Sunday was the quieter of the two days, we still met some lovely people, made a few sales and came home with a couple of commission orders as well as making some very good contacts with regards to future events and possible custom so definitely a worthwhile day.

Over both days, hubby’s new range of wax scented teddies and candle holders proved to be very popular, so he will definitely be making more of these for the next event in our calender.


Throughout the weekend we met Lorraine of Baby Cake Gifts, Katherine of MWL Designs, Andrea of Westwells Florist and many more wonderful people.

We would like to thank Becky from Ye Olde Wench & Trinkets and her team for the excellent organisation of the event and for making us feel so welcome, the staff at Ye Olde Man & Scythe for the excellent free tea and coffee supplied for traders (which kept hubby very happy 😉 ) and for the wonderful public who helped to make this weekend the great success that it was.

This is one of the best events that we have been to and we would definitely attend future events organised by Churchgate Traders. Thank you all for an excellent weekend… here’s to the next one!!


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