What's on in Sale Festival

The Festival runs throughout June 2019
Sale Waterside


11am to 3pm Trafford Bridge Club Open Day

  • Are you looking to play bridge at a friendly club?
  • Are you thinking of returning to bridge after a prolonged break?
  • Do you fancy learning how to play?

You are all welcome to come and chat to us at our Open Day.
You will be able to see our comfortable facilities, watch or join in a game, or try your hand at mini bridge (bridge with simplified bidding).
We will also be offering tea and coffee and members will be on hand to show you how the club works, and to describe our education programmes and our social events.
We have up to 10 bridge sessions a week, Monday to Friday, in the morning, afternoon and evening. Supervised sessions are held during the daytime sessions and until September, on Wednesday evenings. At supervised sessions, learners and improvers are encouraged to ask for advice from experienced players, thus becoming better players themselves.
A new beginners’ teaching programme will start in September, on Wednesday evenings.

For further information, please visit our website http://www.bridgewebs.com/trafford/, or call Paul, 07484 182561

Cadman House, Wharf Road, Sale, M33 2AF

2.00pm  – Canal Boat Parade with The Mayor

Sale Cruising Club kindly host a canal boat parade with the Mayor of Trafford on board.
The boats will return to Sale Waterside about 3.15pm where the Mayor will disembark to listen to Sale Brass Band.

Waterside Plaza and Canal.

3.00pm  – Sale Brass Band on Waterside Piazza

Sale Brass Band will be playing on Sale Waterside piazza.

Sale Waterside Piazza


1.30pm – Walton Park Bowling Competition

The Sale Ladies Bowling League are holding a round robin “foursomes” bowling competition in support of their charities. The will be tea, biscuits and cake to enjoy and prizes to be won.

Entry Fee £1.00


8.00pm “Swing and Swing Again Band”

We welcome back the “Swing & Swing Again” Big Band.
Following the resounding success of last year’s event, Swing and Swing Again Big Band return with a brand new set of exciting songs and dance numbers ranging from classic big band of Glenn Miller through to Stevie Wonder’s sound of the 70’s. The Mike Baker Saxophone Sextet will bring their usual eclectic style whilst some members of the Big Band will entertain with singing and solos. A night not to be missed!

Sale Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre
Tickets £8.00; concessions £6.
From Waterside Box Office or Book Online


6.30pm – Canal Cruise to Dunham

The Friends of the Bridgewater Canal (Sale), in collaboration with Bridgewater Cruises, offer a 2.5 hour return cruise from the King’s Ransom pub moorings in Sale to Dunham. Hot pot supper included and there is a cash bar on board.
Please contact Bridgewater Cruises directly to purchase tickets.

Cruise departs from the King’s Ransom pub moorings at Britannia Road, Sale, M33 2AA
Tickets: £26. Deposit £10 on booking; remainder payable on the cruise.

8.00pm – Sale Folk Club Acoustic Night

The Club encourage the sharing of music, song, verse and humour peformed acoustically or with the minimum of amplification.
Club Nights are held weekly on Tuesday nights.

United Services Club, Southern Road, Sale, M33 6HQ
Tickets: £1 – pay on the door

6 JUNE to 9 JUNE

7.30pm Sale Nomads play “Breaking the Code”

Sale Nomads present Hugh Whitemore’s play about British mathematician Alan Turing, who was a key player in the breaking of the German Enigma code at Bletchley Park during World War II and a pioneer of computer science.

Sale Nomads Club House, Friars Road, Sale Tickets £7.00; concessions £6.00 Phone: 0161 969 5140
Please note: no concessions on Saturday evening.


7.00pm – Sale Male Voice Choir

The Sale Male Voice Choir will again be performing in Sale Festival. Once more they will be giving their popular renditions of traditional male voice choir favourites, such as spirituals, traditional songs, songs from musical theatre and Welsh hymns, and this year will be joined by the UkuHalee Band, ukelele players from Hale and District U3A, who will be performing songs to set hands clapping and toes tapping.
There will be refreshments and a raffle.
Timperley Congregational Church, Heys Lane, Timperley, WA15 6EA
Tickets £6.00; accompanied children free. From Andrew Jeffries Tel: 0161 962 4591


6.30pm – Photographic Competition Awards

Judge: BBC commentator Richard Foster. Prizes presented by The Mayor of Trafford. Theme: “Wild About Britain” Rules available from Sale Photographic Society or download from HERE

Sale Waterside Bar Entry Free

7.30pm – An Adventure in Wine

Come and join us for a wine tasting experience hosted by wine expert Mark Jeffries. Generous samplings of wine and nibbles provided!

Sale Waterside Chambers
Tickets: £15.00 Book online


7.30pm – The Duke Ellington Project: Mike Hall & Sale Grammar School

Mike’s Quartet returns to the Festival with the talented swing band from Sale Grammar School.

Mike is head of jazz studies at RNCM where he directs the big band. He regularly works with the Hallé Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Andy Scott’s group and the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra.

Sale Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre
Tickets: £10.00/Conc. £8/£5 under 18s
Book online

7.30pm – Sale Choral Society

Sale Choral Society present: John Rutter – Feel the Spirit Bob Chilcott – A Little Jazz Mass. Tom Newall – Conductor

The Avenue Methodist Church, Wincham Rd., Sale, M33 4PN Tickets: £10.00 (accompanied children free) From: Tel: 0161 973 2795 or email salechoralsoc@gmail.com


1.00pm to 4.00pm- Trafford Arts Association Showcase

Come and join us for an afternoon of musical performances, displays and demonstrations by members of Trafford Arts Association.

Sale Waterside Theatre –  Entry Free

12.30pm onwards – Bowling Competition

Registration for competition from 12.30pm. Competition starts at 1.00pm. Competition open to all Sale bowlers. Prize money £50 to be shared between the winner and runner-up.

Worthington Park Entry Free

11.00am – Glebelands City Growers

On Open Farm Sunday, visit Sale’s own organic farm Glebelands City Growers (entrance between 94/96 Glebelands Road). A unique example of sustainable food production in an urban environment.
Open 11am to 4pm
Guided tours 11.30am and 2pm

Entrance Free.

More information from


7.30pm – Success Stories Telling Club

Founded by storyteller Sharon Richards, the Success Stories Telling Club meets monthly in Sale, Cheshire and welcomes storytellers, poets, musicians of all levels of ability and experience. Everyone is welcome to a slot, if they wish to perform.For those who just want to relax and watch there is an equally warm welcome because what would a storytelling club be without its lovely listeners? The audience decides who wins the trophy for the best performance of the night and a place in our annual Storyteller of the Year contest.

Please Note Change of Venue:
This event will now be at The Excelsior Club, 64 Chapel Road, Sale, M33  7EG
Entry £7.00 on the door.


8.00pm – Canal Street Stompers

This fabulous trad jazz group will be playing in the Chambers at Sale Waterside.

Sale Waterside Chambers
Tickets: £8. £6 concessions. Book online


7.30pm – “It’s A Colourful World”

Sale Flower Club and Ashton & Sale Floral Art Group present an entertaining evening watching well-known floral artist Catherine Gledhill. Catherine is a professional florist whose designs are for the present time. She has a passions for her plant material and her enthusiastic approach is shared with her audience.
All displays will be raffled off at the end of the evening.

Sale Waterside Theatre
Tickets: £9; No concessions. Book online

7.30pm – Craig Ogden, guitarist

Classic FM’s chart-topping classical
guitarist, Craig Ogden, returns to Sale’s
Waterside Arts Centre for this special
Sallow Tree Concert as part of Sale
Craig has risen to fame as one of the
most exciting arts of his generations,
and has been a firm favourite in the
classical charts for several years,
including 6 weeks at no 1 with “The
Guitarist”. He has also performed as
soloist with many of the UK’s finest
orchestras, including the London
Philharmonic, Hallé and Philharmonia,
with whom he performed Rodrigo’s
Concierto de Aranjuez in London’s Royal
Albert Hall.
This is a rare chance to see Craig
perform in a venue as intimate as the
Chambers, and tickets are strictly
limited. A unique opportunity to hear world famous guitarist Craig Ogden playing in the Chambers.
Presented by Sallow Tree Concerts in collaboration with Sale Festival.

Sale Waterside Chambers
Tickets: £18; £7 concession for under 16s.
Book online


7.30pm – Alma Singers Special Concert

The Alma Singers , with their conductor Margaret Curzon, present a concert “The nature of a choir”, featuring a composition specially composed to celebrate the 40th anniversay of the choir by Ian McMillan (the “Barnsley Bard) & Luke Carver Goss. Luke is a very versatile musician, composer and performer who wrote the music for the London Olympics.

The Avenue Methodist Church, Wincham Rd., Sale, M33 4PN
Tickets: £10; No concessions.
Pay on the door or phone 0161 973 2376


Celebrate Sale Festival 2018

Come and join in the fun at The Square Shopping Centre.
Sponsored by The Square Shopping Centre.

The Square Shopping Centre
11am to 4pm


9.30am – Farmers’ Market

From 9.30am onwards the popular Farmers’ Market returns to School Road in Sale Town Centre.

School Road, Sale.
9.30am onwards

2.00pm – Meadway Singers & Afternoon Tea

Popular concert “Midsummer Melodies” by the Meadway Ladies Choir. An afternoon of music and song with light refreshments.
2pm to 4pm.

The Avenue Methodist Church, Wincham Rd., Sale, M33 4PN

Tickets £4.00 from Diane phone 0161 969 6684.

7.30pm – Swing Commanders & Artful Voices

The Swing Commanders are a vibrant Lancashire quintet whose mission is to promote sophisticated harmonies, hot solos and pretty dresses. They take the best mid twentieth century songs, from Glenn Miller to the singing cowboys of old, and give them a high energy makeover, with mid song instrument swapping and lots of humour. The band play theatres and festivals throughout Europe, and in 2015 headlined the Legends of Western Swing festival.

If you enjoy vintage style, lively music and good old fashioned entertainment, you’ll have a ball with The Swing Commanders!

With Special Guests ARTFUL VOICES


Sale Waterside Theatre
Tickets: £10; No concessions. Book online.


4.00pm – David Walliam’s “The Midnight Gang”


Sale Waterside Arts and Heartbreak Productions invite you to join us for the grand opening of The Lord Funt Hospital Playground, a spectacular new play area for the convalescent child.
Tom and his friends will be there, too, but you might know them best as The Midnight Gang. When everyone else is sweetly sleeping, they gather in the middle of the night in the name of magic, mischief, and memory making. Join Heartbreak and the gang on this crucial mission to overcome our greatest fears and uncover the magic ingredient to a fantastic friendship.

Walkden Gardens – Outdoor Production
Please bring something to sit on!

Tickets: £15; £11 concessions;£44 Family (2+2)
Tickets from Waterside Box Office or online

12.00 Noon  – Sale Lions Charity Fathers’ Day Fête & Family Fun Day

Fathers’ Day Family Fun Day with bouncy castles, fairground rides and lots of stalls.

Worthington Park, Sale – Entrance FREE!


8.45pm – Pub Quiz

All welcome! Why not form a team from your local pub and show off your quiz skills? You might win the trophy and team prize.

The Belmore Hotel, 143 Brooklands Road, Sale, M33 3QN


8.30pm – Cover All Basses

Cover All Basses is a exciting and talented covers band with a surprising twist. They are worldclass professional musicians who normally play in the BBC Philharmonic, but chances are you’ve never seen them like this before!
Playing electric guitars, drums, saxophone, keyboards and
singing, they are fronted by the Principal Double Bassist of the BBC Philarmonic, Ronan Dunne, who will wow you with his energy and luscious Irish voice, whilst the versatility of the musicians on stage will astonish you. Coveringclassic rock and pop hits, this is the perfect opportunity to put on your dancing shoes, have a drink or two and sing along to tunes by the Beatles, Kinks, Kaiser Chiefs, Van Morrison, Elvis, Monkees and many more all time greats.

Presented by Sallow Tree Concerts in collaboration with Sale Festival

Sale Waterside Theatre

Tickets: £8; £5 concessions under 16s.
Tickets from Waterside Box Office or Book online


7.00pm – Trafford School Choirs

Choirs from Primary schools in Trafford take the platform to perform songs of their own choice, and then come together to sing en masse, under the direction of Mrs Clare Cooper.

Sale Waterside Theatre
Tickets: £6; concessions £4.
Book online


7.30pm – Dan Snow: An Evening With “The History Guy”


Dan Snow: An Evening with the ‘History Guy’ will feature the well-known historian, broadcaster and BBC TV presenter recount anecdotes of memorable experiences from his very successful career. Otherwise known as ‘The History Guy’, Dan will also research and include historical facts relating to Sale and the surrounding area and region and will be aided by the use of digital screens. The show will be an undoubted success amongst historians, academics, students (schools and universities), families (young and old) and all those interested in the historical facts, legends and myths of their own region and town.

The show will conclude with a 20 mins Q&A.

Sale Waterside Theatre
Tickets £25: Book online

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7.00pm  – Linden Club Beer Festival

The Linden Club Summer Beer Festival starts at 7.00pm on Friday 22 June. It continues at 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday 23/24 June and then at 7.00pm on Monday 25 June.

Download the progamme

The Linden Club, Linden Avenue. (off Barkers Lane), Ashton-on-Mersey
Entrance FREE!

8.00pm – ABBA Revival -Tribute Group

Abba Tribute band  ’ABBA Revival live experience’ is quite unlike any other Abba Tribute acts you’ve ever seen. The collective years of experience in all walks of the entertainment and music industries have enabled the band to create and finely tune quite simply the slickest concert stage show around.
The show includes faithful choreography, spectacular and authentic costumes, stunning production and, most importantly, excellent musicianship.


Sale Waterside Theatre

Tickets: £15
Tickets from Waterside Box Office or Book Online


12.00 Noon – “Go Wild” – Sale Water Park

Families are encouraged to celebrate the great outdoors and ‘Go Wild’ at Sale Water Park with a fun-filled day of free family activities.
Adults and children alike are encouraged to get out, and get active in the great outdoors with activities from woodland crafts to wild play, all taking place at the 52-acre site in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

Go Wild at Sale Water Park takes place on Saturday 23 June 12 – 3pm, with all activities free for families.

Organised by City of Trees, and supported by a range of partner organisations, the aim of the day is to encourage people to re-discover nature, whilst having fun as a family.

Sale Water Park is located at Rifle Road, Sale M33 2LX. It has its own Metrolink stop which runs from Manchester Piccadilly to the airport.

12.00 Noon  – Linden Club Beer Festival continues..

The Linden Club Summer Beer Festival starts at 7.00pm on Friday 22 June. It continues at 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday 23/24 June and then at 7.00pm on Monday 25 June.

The Linden Club, Linden Avenue. (off Barkers Lane), Ashton-on-Mersey
Entrance FREE!

7.30pm – Sale Chamber Orchestra

Donizetti                     Allegro in C

Bruch                          Kol Nidrei
Soloist: Lucy Arch
Ellerby                        Four Bowdon Portraits
Soloist: Lily Whitehurst
Vivaldi                        Concert for violin and cello in A major
Soloists: Lucy Arch and Lily Whitehurst
Nordgren                   Portraits of Country Fiddlers. Op.26

Dag Wiren                  Serenade for Strings    

St.Paul’s Church, Springfield Road, Sale. M33 7YA
Tickets: £10; concessions £8. Children under 16 FREE with paying adult.


12.00 Noon  – Linden Club Beer Festival continues..

The Linden Club Summer Beer Festival starts at 7.00pm on Friday 22 June. It continues at 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday 23/24 June and then at 7.00pm on Monday 25 June.

The Linden Club, Linden Avenue. (off Barkers Lane), Ashton-on-Mersey
Entrance FREE!

6.00pm – Pride and Prejudice

Heartbreak Productions is pleased to announce that the Prince Regent is coming to visit. You are hereby required to attend an etiquette lesson hosted by The Association of Higher Etiquette and Manners (A.H.E.M.), who will educate you in the politesse of high society.
Join Heartbreak, the Bennet sisters, and a host of charming, young bachelors (yes, Mr Darcy will be there. No, really, yes, that Mr Darcy), for an evening of comedy, romance, and more than one come-uppance, as we learn how to behave, ahem, properly.

Cucumber sandwiches are permitted at this outdoor adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but do ensure you know how to properly use a napkin, remember to chew with your mouths closed, and please, try not to fall in love with Mr Darcy, as we believe he is very soon to be engaged.

You may also want to bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

This is an outdoor performance taking place in Walkden Gardens – the performance will go ahead come rain or shine so please be prepared for all weather conditions

Walkden Gardens, Derbyshire Road, Sale. M33 3EL
Tickets: £15; concessions £13. From Waterside Box Office or buy online

1.00pm  – Picnic in the Park

The Friends of Ashton Park invite you to their annual Family Picnic in the Park. All the usual stalls etc.
Bring a picnic and enjoy your local park.

Ashton Park, Ashton-on-Mersey
Entrance FREE!


7.00pm  – Linden Club Beer Festival – final day.

The Linden Club Summer Beer Festival starts at 7.00pm on Friday 22 June. It continues at 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday 23/24 June and then at 7.00pm on Monday 25 June.

The Linden Club, Linden Avenue. (off Barkers Lane), Ashton-on-Mersey
Entrance FREE!


2.00pm  – Sale Brass Band in Worthington Park

Today is the 118th anniversary of Worthington Park. To celebrate, Sale Brass Band will be playing in the Park from 2pm onwards.

Worthington Park, Sale
Entrance FREE!

Yoga In Walkden Gardens

All are welcome! Please bring water, something warm to wear for relaxation at the end, and a mat if you have one, or feel free to plant your bare feet in the grass.

Starting Tuesday 12 June and then every Tuesday until 4 September.

6.00pm to 7.00pm. Free but donations welcomed.

Classes will take place in dry, fine weather only.
See www.purplehazeyoga.co.uk for details.

Other Festival Events

“From Carnival to Festival”

Images, skills, fun and music throughout the years.
A history of Sale Festival.

Free Exhibition by Pat Coulburn
Waterside Access Trafford Reception Area