What's on in Sale Festival

The Festival runs throughout June 2022
Sale Waterside


7.30pm to 8.30pm- Armchair Tour-Born Bred Worked and Buried in SALE

Learn about the famous and influential people that lived in Sale from daredevil women to super scientists… all from the comfort of home.

Online event by Green Guide Alexa Fairclough. 
Tickets: £5.00 (plus £0.98 booking fee)
From Eventbrite Book Online


12 Noon – Music through the Ages

A special event organised by the Friends of Worthington Park to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Fun dog show, DJ event, Artful Voices Choir, Extreme Coffee van, Canal Street Stompers jazz band, face painting and craft stalls.

Worthington Park
Entrance FREE!


1.00pm – Jubilee Party in Stanley Square

In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Stanley Square is throwing a party here at Stanley Square in Sale town centre.
Expect live music, a brass band, DJs, kid’s activities and so much more.

Entrance FREE! S

2.00pm – Heritage Walks – Discover Sale

Join us, come rain or shine, for a special walking tour about the buildings, people and places in Sale’s remarkable past.

Walk starts at Sale Town Hall
Tickets: £10.00; children £5 (booking fees apply)
From Eventbrite Book Online


2.00pm – Heritage Walks – Discover Ashton upon Mersey

Sorry but this event has had to be rescheduled to 11 June.


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


7.30pm – Who’s That Girl? Fascinating Local Women Thru Time.

An online talk by Alexa Fairclough on the amazing women of Sale and the local area from the past, present and future.

Tickets £5.00 (plus booking fee)
From Eventbrite Book Online


7.30pm – Sallow Tree Concert

Sallow Tree Concerts, in conjunction with Sale Festival, are delighted to welcome the acclaimed Eblana String Trio to the beautiful Chambers at the Waterside Arts Centre.
Since their debut in Manchester in 2006, the Eblana String Trio have won praise from audiences and critics alike, performing in festivals at home and abroad, and in prestigious venues such as Bridgewater Hall, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall.
Their debut album, “The King’s Alchemist” was released in 2021 to great acclaim. As well as featuring on BBC Radio 3, the album was selected as Chamber CD of the Month in a 5-star review in BBC Music Magazine.
For further details see www.eblanastringtrio.com.

 Sale Waterside Chambers
Tickets £15.00.
From Waterside Box Office or Book Online

8.00pm – Comedy at Sale FC

We’re back with StandUp Comedy At Sale FC on FRIDAY 10th JUNE!
Welcome to the stage…MC ROB MULHOLLAND
Six foot seven of pure funny, Rob Mulholland is a bombastic, mischievous gag-slinging rascal with a heart full of humour and gob full of shite. An established, bullet-proof comedy Pro forged in the fires of the nothern comedy circuit who now travels the world packing big belly laughs. A regular at all the biggest comedy clubs in the UK.
Host of hit podcasts ‘Rob Mulholland Has An Opinion’, ‘Damn Daniel’ and ‘the bielsa bible’ & writer for Mock The Week.TONY LAW
Since Mr Tony Law’s breakthrough in 2011 – winning the Amused Moose Laughter Award with his Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show Go! Mr Tony! Go! – he has grown to become one of the most in-demand live acts in the UK.
Throughout all of Tony’s solo show success, he has continued to be one of most in-demand and much-loved club comics, headlining comedy clubs and festivals all across the world. His recent TV and Radio credits include: BBC1′s Have I Got News For You; BBC2′s Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Culture Show, Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, Heading Out, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle; BBC3′s Russell Howard’s Good News; Channel 4′s 8 Out Of 10 Cats; Comedy Central’s Alternative Comedy Experience; Sky Art’s Set List Show; Radio 4′s Tony Law’s Surreal Guide to Surreal Comedy, Infinite Monkey Cage, Dilemma and many more.TOM WRIGGLESWORTH
With a disarmingly charming delivery and unforgettable appearance, Yorkshire funny man Tom Wrigglesworth became a national have-a-go-hero when he rescued a little old lady from the jaws of a Virgin train ticket inspector; only to be arrested for begging.
His subsequent story of the event secured Tom several awards including the Chortle Best Show Award, and a nomination for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award. This led to a sell out tour of the UK, and runs at the New Zealand Comedy Festival and prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival.
TV includes ‘Edinburgh Comedy Show’
and ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’
and radio credits include the Sony Award winning Radio 4 show ‘Tom Wrigglesworth’s Open Letters’
Hannah is a stand-up comedian, writer and Finalist of the BBC New Comedian of the Year Award in 2019. Merseyside-via-Manchester’s finest misanthrope has already been making her mark as a comic, having been described as ‘A voice of a new generation’ by The Skinny and ‘a voice with something to say’ by Chortle, never shying away from sensitive topics with brutal honesty and quick wit. Recently she has been commissioned to make a Laugh Lesson for BBC3 and written on the Now Show and The News Quiz for BBC Radio 4. She prides herself on her ability to take difficult and complex topics and turn them into sharp, refreshing gags.
With such an amazing line up this is sure to be a very popular event so snap up your tickets early for a night not to be missed!

SaleFC Rugby Club, Heywood Rd., Sale
Tickets £15.00.
From Book Online

8.00pm – The Life of a Wildlife Photographer

An illustrated talk by wildlife photographer Paul Hobson.

“One the foremost Natural History Photographers in the country, Paul Hobson has been taking wildlife images for over 30 years. He is the true master of photographing genuinely wild creatures in their natural environments in a spectacular way, with his presentation including personal anecdotes from his extraordinary experiences.”

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


2.00pm – Canal Boat Parade

Sale Cruising Club start their boat parade, with the Mayor on board, from near the Bridge Inn on Dane Roadand sail down to Timperley Bridge before returning at about 3.15pm.

Waterside Plaza & Canal

2.00pm – Heritage Walks – Discover Ashton upon Mersey

A guided tour by Alexa Fairclough. Ashton upon Mersey is part of the township of Sale. It is a small village with lots of character and a great sense of community.
“Ashton” is Old English for “village or farm near the ash trees”, suggesting that Ashton upon Mersey is of Anglo-Saxon origin. The township is ancient and is first mentioned in 1260.
Join me as part of the Sale Festival celebrations on this walking history exploration of Ashton village.
Hear interesting historical facts including its’ evolution, events and people as well as seeing some of the old buildings around the area.
We start off at St Martin’s Church on Church Lane and we will walk around the locality.
Meet at St Martin’s Church. It will take around 1.5- 2 hours and will be around 2 miles.

Meet at St. Martin’s Church, 
Tickets: £10.00(plus booking fee) 
From Eventbrite Book Online

7.30pm – The Hootin’ Annies Big Band

Local 17 piece Hootin’ Annie’s Big Band, led by Debbie Hall, has a widely diverse programme of music, making them a great hit with all age groups.
With them is jazz trombonist Mark Bassey, who has performed and recorded widely, including, Mark Bassey’s Telling Stories. He has overcome physical disability to become the inspirational musician he is.
They will be joined by Trafford Music Service Jazz Collective led by Helena Summerfield.

Sale Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre
Tickets £9.00
From Waterside Box Office or Book Online

8.00pm – Four to the Floor

Four To The Floor are a 4-piece professional function band based in the North West who play dance floor filling rock, pop, indie, funk and soul hits from all decades. Available for weddings, club nights, corporate events and anything in between!

Sale FC Rugby Club, Heywood Rd., Sale
Tickets £10.00
Book Online


12.30pm – Mike Hall Duo

Mike and Andy will present a taste of what is in store in their trio concert on Tuesday 14th at 7.30 in the Chambers. This warm-up event allows you to sample the music for no charge but possibly to accompaniment of a delicious pizza and coffee! 

Bianco – Pizza & Coffee, Hereford Street, Sale

7.30pm – Trafford Intermediate Orchestra

Intermediate Strings is an ensemble run by Alison Lansdown and Penny Mercer as part of Trafford Music Service Youth Orchestras. The ensemble comprises of over 40 young string players between the ages of 7 and 13, including violinists, viola players and cellists, mostly from Trafford Schools. The majority of the ensemble members learn their instruments with teachers from Trafford Music Service. They perform termly at venues such as the Stoller Hall (Chetham’s School of Music), and are delighted to be back on stage performing after several months of Zoom sessions during lockdown! Trafford Music Service is extremely proud of this vibrant young ensemble which has grown enormously in size over the last year. New string players of around grade 2-4 level are always welcome to join us!

We will also be welcoming a number of Trafford students to perform solo pieces on their instruments demonstrating a range of instruments and showing off the incredible talent of Trafford students.

Sale Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre
Tickets £8.00
From Waterside Box Office or Book Online


8.00pm – Swing and Swing Again

This popular group rejoins the Festival, led by new professional Director Josh Savage. They will provide all the fun of a big band with a variety of music genres, jazz, rock and roll, funk and television and film themes. A night to enjoy.

Sale Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre
Tickets £9.00
From Waterside Box Office or Book Online



7.30pm Mike Hall Jazz Trio

Bebop, bossas and ballads through to Hot Club of Sale! Mike, Andy and Ed have played many times in various groups and settings, will present an evening of down-to-earth swinging jazz. Toe tapping, tasteful, at times dexterous!

Sale Waterside – Chambers
Tickets £10.00
From Waterside Box Office or Book Online


8.00pm The Dolly Parton Story

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances that were outside the control of Sale Festival or Waterside Arts, this evening’s performance of the Dolly Parton Story had to be cancelled at extremely short notice.

Nevertheless, we are deeply sorry that so many people were inconvenienced and disappointed.

Naturally all tickets will be refunded by Waterside and you may already have received an email from them explaining the process.

Sale Waterside – Robert Bolt Theatre
Tickets £12.00


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 unde the direction of Mrs Clare Cooper.
Please note that tickets sell out quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Sale Waterside – Robert Bolt Theatre
Tickets £7.00; concessions £5.00
From Waterside Box Office or Book Online



6.00pm  – Linden Club Beer Festival

The Linden Club Summer Beer Festival starts at 6.00pm on Thursday 16 June. It continues from 4.00pm on Friday and then Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon.

The Linden Club, Linden Avenue. (off Barkers Lane), Ashton-on-Mersey
Entrance FREE!
£10 for 6 halves of beer

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

7.30pm – “Let’s Celibrate”

Sale Flower Club presents an entertaining evening watching well-known floral artist Julie Pearson..
This is a great evening for everyone, with sculptures in flowers, fashioned before your eyes by the skill of the demonstrator, Julie Pearson, an academic fellow of the Institute of professional florists and a NAFAS national tutor and area demonstrator. Julie manages her own floral event company and won two recent RHS Chelsea Flower show silver awards. Great prize, then, if you are the lucky raffle winners and get to take one of these magnificent arrangements home. Come and celebrate – you deserve it! 
All displays will be raffled off at the end of the evening.

Sale Waterside Theatre
Tickets: £12.50; No concessions. Book online

8.00pm – Blues Duo

Suitable for all. British Blues artists, Mat Walklate ( award winning harmonica player from Sale) and singer guitarist Alex Haynes will entertain you drawing on the blues to create fresh relevant songs with a vibrant core of authenticity.
Come and have a relaxing session and enjoy yourselves.

Sale Waterside – Chambers
Tickets: £10.0; Concessions £8.00. Book online



7.30pm Artful Voices Combined Choirs

Led by Artful Voices and director Susannah Lloyd, this is a combined choirs evening where every dressing room is packed with talented choral singers. We have to pack the theatre to match, so come on, book your seats for a feast of relaxing and uplifting music.

Sale Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre
Tickets £10.00; concessions £8.00.
From Waterside Box Office or Book Online


7.45pm Sale Festival Ceilidh

For the ceilidh, the lineup is vocals, guitar, flute, harmonica , uilleann pipes, tin whistle and fiddle, plus the caller.
We were sorry to hear of the recent death of fiddle player, Andrew Dinan. As he would have wished, the Ceilidh will still go on. Condolences to his family and friends.

One of Andrew’s oldest friends, and fellow All-Ireland champion, Grace Kelly, will be joining us for the ceilidh. 

She plays fiddle and whistle. 


Sale FC Rugby Club, Heywood Rd., Sale
Tickets £12.00; accompanied children £6.00.
Book Online



7.30pm Sweet Rhythm Big Band – Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to very poor ticket sales, this event has had to be cancelled.
Apologies for any inconvenience. Any tickets purchased via Eventbrite will be refunded in full.

8.00pm Trovatori- evening in memory of Pat Coulburn

Pat Coulburn, our late President, is remembered tonight in the beautiful, relaxing and uplifting music of Trovatori (Caroline and Darren) whose voices and two guitar accompaniment range over a feast of duets and songs, classical, folk and traditional. All profits go to a Sale charity so help us celebrate Pat’s work. (But, if you want to dance, remember Sweet Rhythm is at the Rugby Club.

Sale Waterside Robert Bolt Theatre
Tickets £12.00
From Waterside Box Office or Book Online


11.00am to 3pm – The Makers Market – Sale Town Centre

Sale Town Partnership, in conjunction with The Makers Market, present a large craft market in The Square Shopping Centre and on School Road in Sale town centre.
The Makers Market is an event bringing together the finest, and often award winning, food, drink, art and craft producers.

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!

4.00pm – David Walliam’s “Awful Auntie”

Sale Waterside present the Heartbreak Productions production of “Awful Auntie” by David Walliams.
An outdoor production in Walkden Gardens.

Age 7 +. Duration 160 minutes, including interval.

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


2.00pm –  illustrated talk by Maureen and John Nugent “Germany :Hidden Waterways”

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the talk by Diana Leitch on the history and science of prosthetic limbs, which was rescheduled for 24 June 2022, has had to be cancelled.
However, many thanks to Maureen and John Nugent for stepping in at short notice with another illustrated talk.

Please note that this replaces the talk originally advertised for this date.

Entrance only;£1.00

Sale Moor Community Centre, Norris Road, Sale, M33 2TN.



12 Noon Little B Pub Festival

Two Full Days Of Live Music With Some Of The Best Tribute Bands In The Country And Much Much More…

Continues on 26 June until 10pm.

The Little B pub, 195 Marsland Road, Sale M33 3ND

Book Online

7.30pm – Sale Choral Society “Summer Serenade”

We very much hope we can bring you a joyful concert of popular modern classics and traditional songs, to include John Rutter’s A Sprig of Thyme.
Russell Medley – Conductor

The Avenue Methodist Church, Wincham Rd., Sale, M33 4PN Tickets: £12.00 (accompanied children free).  On the door or email [email protected]


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!

6.00pm – Heartbreak Productions present “Jane Eyre”


Sale Waterside Arts and Heartbreak Productions invite you to a production of “Jane Eyre”

Step right up, ladies and gents, to Heartbreak Productions’ Carnival Spectacular – complete with astounding acrobats, jaw-dropping jugglers, and our very special guest – the death-defying escape artist Jane Eyre. Watch her wriggle out of five different tight corners, including everyone’s greatest fear – fire!

Heartbreak is delighted to present this original adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic, Jane Eyre, for the outdoor stage. We follow our favourite Victorian heroine through her many ordeals, using the backdrop of a carnival, as she escapes from her aunt’s house, her school, the fire, the moors, and finally finds safety with her true love, Mr Rochester. Harrowing at times and heart-warming at others, this romantic tale is best enjoyed at one of our gorgeous outdoor venues, with a picnic, of course!

Age 9 +. Duration 140 minutes, including interval.

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

Tickets: £15; £13 concessions

Tickets from Waterside Box Office or online


9.00pm – 11pm – The Canal Street Stompers

This fabulous trad jazz group will be playing at
The Railway Inn, Chapel Rd., 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.

Provisional Dates, subject to possible change.

Starting Tuesday 25 May and then every Tuesday until 31 August.

6.00pm to 7.00pm. £5 per session.

Classes will take place in dry, fine weather only.
Places must be prebooked as numbers are restricted.
Contact Gaynor Mullin email [email protected] or phone 07732 321156


Other Festival Events

Other Events at Waterside Arts

During June and throughout the year, there are many other events at Sale Waterside Arts,

Please go to their website to see their full programme.