On Saturday 3rd September 2011, Stockport Town Centre is hosting Stockport Festival 2011. This is the first festival of its type and very much led and influenced by the businesses, retailers and store owners in the centre.

On the day, in various locations around the town centre, a fantastic array of events, attractions and displays have been organised; much of it free!

From exciting fashion shows and displays in Merseyway, to dancers and a climbing wall at Grand Central, to free food and drink tasting in the Market Place. There will be great competitions, quizzes and treasure hunts with great prizes, family fun & games and a whole lot more at each location. Throughout the day from 10.00am to 4.00pm there will be things to see, visit and enjoy.

With support from a wide range of partners including the Council, Merseyway Shopping Centre, Grand Central, the National Market Traders, Robinsons, Stagecoach, Virgin Trains, Debenhams, Marks & Spencers, ImagineFM, Stockport Express/Times, First Step Finance, Grand Central Pools, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and many others (look out for details on promotional literature and on the festival website.)

The Festival has also linked up with the wonderful annual Libraries event ‘Reading Comes Alive week’ which will be taking place in Merseyway Shopping Centre: 31 August – 3 September. (for details, please visit www.stockport.gov.uk/libraries).

The Festival is also delighted to be able to support St Ann’s Hospice who will be holding a range of activities in the Market Place. St Ann’s Hospice have also partnered up with ‘Tagpassiton’ – a loyalty discount scheme for local traders which is being launched in the market place. Look out for the Treasure Hunt too for the chance to win great cash and voucher prizes. (Pick up leaflets on the day for offers or visit www.tagpassiton.com for more information).

Stockport Town Centre has a great deal to offer visitors and shoppers. From high street names  to interesting and quirky independent shops to traditional markets, there’s something for everyone. And if all that retail therapy whets your appetite, you’ll find that eating out in Stockport can be an enjoyable and cosmopolitan affair with a culinary offering that spans the continents whether you are looking for a lively Balti house, a pizza with friends, great pub food or a relaxing cappuccino, Stockport offers food from around the globe.

For more information about the Stockport Festival, please also drop into one of the many town centre shops, stores or visitor attractions.

We look forward to seeing you there!