11TH – 17TH OCTOBER 2021

We’ve exciting news to share about the 2021 Words and Music Festival.

After the difficult times we’ve all come through, we really wanted to bring everyone together and celebrate the wonder of words and music. Both of which have helped so many of us through the struggles of the past eighteen months or so.

Over the coming weeks keep your eyes peeled for announcements regarding our line-up. This is our 13th festival, and as ever, we’ve gone above and beyond to secure some really special artists and performers.

We can’t wait to share the full line-up with you!

Abbie Ozard

Refining her talents as a songwriter and vocalist at Manchester’s BIMM, Abbie Ozard was catapulted into the public consciousness after signing with Liverpool based Modern Sky Entertainment UK.

Merry Hell

The 8 piece North West based folk rockers have long been favourites of the national festival scene, presenting folk rock that’s shot through with passion…


Raised in Birmingham to an Irish mother and Jamaican father, Ceeow is now Manchester based and has been steadily building an avid fan base with his highly personal combination of hip-hop and jazz.

Martin Carthy

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures.

Sarah Jane Morris

Sarah Jane Morris is a singer with an astonishing vocal range. Her thirty-year career has been wide-ranging and her rich contralto voice goes from strength to strength.

Eddi Reader

Celebrating 40 years as a live performer, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Dr John Cooper Clarke

In celebration of his long-awaited new autobiography ‘I Wanna Be Yours’, the original ‘people’s poet’ we're over the moon to welcome Dr. John Cooper Clarke to Nantwich Words and Music Festival.

Harris and Baker

Bob Harris & Danny Baker, two of the nation’s best broadcasters, have unparalleled experience of witnessing the great names of modern music up close. Join them as they recall memories and anecdotes from their experiences.

The weekend sing with Nigel Stonier and Megan Lee

Nigel Stonier is an internationally known songwriter/producer/musician with hits and songs on many film soundtracks

Learn to rap with Testament

Andy Brooks AKA Testament is an internationally celebrated MC and rapper. He has collaborated with Ray Parker Jr (“Ghostbusters”)

Creative writing with Colette Warbrook

Colette is a Nantwich-based children’s author, whose debut book, Help! I’ve Lost My Llama, has earned five-star reviews on Amazon. 

Draw like Pixar With Mark Wilcox

Mark Wilcox is a noted locally based illustrator whose work has graced many published books and workshops are popular with young people

Acting workshop with Adrian Dakers

Adrian Dakers is an actor in theatre and film, and a drama facilitator with over 15 year experience of working creatively with young people.

How to be a social media influencer with Jono Yates

Jono is a social media influencer who explains the growth and power of social media and the positive force it can be, sharing his story


Legendary folk-rockers Fairport Convention will play Nantwich for the first time on

Sunday May 15 2022

We have a new event coming up in May 2022.
Full details are under wraps just for now, but we’re thrilled to announce we’ll be welcoming the legendary folk-rockers to Nantwich Civic Hall as headliners. Don't delay, this will be a big one.

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