Our inaugural event in 2009 saw an estimated 4000+ visitors to the village from far and wide, in 2010 and 2011 we built upon this success, whilst making it even more of a community event.
From 2010, in response to public feedback, the festival has been focused on the village green, with music offered by local pubs during the day and following on into the evening. The 2011 programme was even more successful, with the performances lasting longer than in 2010; Penkhull was bursting at the seams. Word of the fantastic atmosphere reached Radio Stoke, who sent a reporter to interview members of the committee and the public live on air during their Saturday afternoon schedule.
We work with Staffordshire police who both advise the committee and attend the festival; they never fail to offer a most excellent service to our community throughout the year and on festival day. Officers of Stoke on Trent City Council are always on hand to offer sound advice and help wherever possible.
The 2012 event was the best festival yet which saw crowds of people attending the village green and pubs in Penkhull to soak up the festival atmosphere, however we eventually became victims of our own success with the festival outgrowing itself. In 2013 the festival took a year off as a suitable venue within Penkhull could not be found, however the Committee continued planning throughout the year and the festival returned more successful than ever in 2014.
The committee consist of a small team of volunteers, almost all Penkhull residents, emphasising the 'by the community for the community' ethos. The committee all donate their time and effort freely, the only reward is the satisfaction of seeing a successful event.
The 2015 committee is led by Chairman, Antony Bradshaw and sees the festival head back to its roots in a pub based event in Penkhull village.
As we are a free festival the format is largely dictated by available funding; due to the recession and funding cuts we are more reliant than ever on sponsorship from individuals and local companies - we are on the verge of generating the final total income we need; sponsors will have their information displayed in venues and on all promotional material, including the website, and flyers. Any additional requirements will be met wherever possible. If you are interested in sponsoring the event please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org