A relatively recent but important part of Sandbach’s long history is ‘TruckTown’ – a name that was given to Sandbach because it was the home of two major truck manufacturers – Foden’s (est. 1856), ERF (est. 1933) and Saxon specialist Vehicles (est. 1984). These were huge employers in the area at their peak and Sandbach is still the home of the famous Foden’s Brass Band.

The Sandbach Transport Festival committee want to keep the name alive by reinventing Sandbach’s trucking heritage through ‘TruckTown Arts Festival’. The committee also want the event to be family oriented, not all children and Mums are interested in Trucks and all other exciting automobile stuff, we have added a new dimension with performing arts.  The aim is to enhance the event and not to detract from the core Transport Festival.  All in all a fun filled weekend soaked in history with a family feel and all for free.

TruckTown Arts Festival is run by SpareParts festival, which was originally developed in Fleetwood and is funded through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme, bringing together the best of transport themed arts from around the world.

The Artistic Director at SpareParts Festival, said: “We’re delighted to bring SpareParts to a whole new audience in Sandbach.

“The festival features a whole host of fantastic performances that we’re sure audiences will love and that blend beautifully with the existing Sandbach Transport Festival.”

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Arts in the Park by SpareParts 2019

Calling all Sandbach Community Groups - Sandbach Transport Festival & SpareParts Festival are looking for groups to perform at this years event! This year we will have a designated performance space on Sandbach Park. So if you lead or take part part in a local choir, band, drama or dance group and would like to showcase your talents, please get in touch.

We can also provide groups with some artistic support, so maybe you are in a group that would like to learn a new skill to then perform at the festival. We could provide an artist to help you write a new song or poem, create a dance or learn some BMX tricks. It has to link in with our theme of travel and transport and takes place on Sunday 14th April. If you would like more information please email hollie@sparepartsfestival.co.uk.

To download the poster just click on the image on the left

Gobbledegook Theatre Presents Cloudscapes

We are delighted to announce that Gobbledegook Theatre will be coming to 2019s Festival with their act Cloudscape

Whilst a performer tells stories of her relationship with the troposphere and the journey of a lifetime with her father, audiences are encouraged to look up and contemplate the mutability of clouds, as well as the mutability of humanity.

Even the most seemingly featureless skies provide plentiful material.

Why not visit their website at www.gobbledegooktheatre.com for more information.


2facedDance Presents Moon

2FacedDance Company will be coming to Sandbach Transport Festival this year with their act Moon

A fully accessible, spectacular outdoor dance and circus production for families by 2Faced Dance Company.

Follow Jack as he meets The Moon and together they embark on an amazing adventure; what secrets and surprises will they discover on their quest? Watch Jack’s world come to life with chalk, aerial hoop, breathtaking dance and a whole host of mess and mayhem.

Moon contains British sign language, audio description and incorporates touch tours of the set for the visually impaired.

Why not check out their trailer at vimeo.com/288501780 and also their website on www.2faceddance.co.uk