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WestFest 2016 //Didsbury//

August 16, 2016


It’s hard to believe that WestFest, the annual weekend festival to showcase and celebrate all things independent in West Didsbury is now into its seventh year. Established in 2009, the thinking behind it was to have a specific weekend when our indepedent businesses could really showcase what they have to offer and what makes them unique.

It’s not a ticketed event, it’s free to attend and businesses have free rein about what they do over the weekend. Obviously there are some constraints – space, a busy road running through West Didsbury (road closure has been invesigated many times – if anyone out there would like to volunteer their services and take on this particular headache, do step forward!), and balancing having a successful weekend with ensuring that the area is not so packed that it becomes very dangerous for visitors due to over-crowding.

So far, we think our lovely business community has done OK and we think that WestFest has contributed to putting West Didsbury on the map. How long the festival will run for, we don’t know, but one thing is sure – we’re going to work very hard to make sure that our 7th festival is as good as, if not better, than its predecessors.



And, please remember, if we’re to keep and nurture our independent business community, we need people to support, as much as they can, all year round, not just over WestFest weekend. Our daytime retailers, especially, rely on you…

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