Waterfoot Wakes Crowdfunder 2021

We want to make this year’s Waterfoot Wakes Festival FREE for everyone to attend. Help us achieve this goal by supporting our Crowdfunder!


We want to make this year’s Waterfoot Wakes Festival FREE for everyone to attend. 

Like all arts organisations and festivals, Covid-19 has had a massive impact on Horse + Bamboo and our work. Unfortunately, like many others last year, we had to make the decision with heavy hearts to cancel Waterfoot Wakes 2020.

However, we have taken that time to really think about The Wakes, what we want our festival to be, why we run it and how we can return even stronger!  The most important thing for us, is to make the festival FREE for everyone to attend – but to do that we need your help.

You can help us make a difference, bring back this fantastic festival and celebrate Rossendale with a month of community-led arts and culture.


Rossendale, Lancashire and the North West has been the biggest impacted region during the pandemic and families have greatly suffered through loss of income. Added to this, the social impact on children and young people, it is important now than ever to have a community-based arts festival to bring together families and the wider Rossendale community.

By donating to this exciting Crowdfunder today, you will help ensure that Waterfoot Wakes 2021 goes ahead and, most importantly, is completely free for everyone to attend!

** More rewards will be added daily throughout the campaign – please keep checking back for more great options.  A big thank you to all who have generously supported this project by offering rewards **


Waterfoot Wakes 2021

We have planned this year’s festival slightly differently, to ensure that we can continue to run the festival safely for our audiences.

The festival will take place over the entire month of August, with tonnes of events and workshops happening throughout.  We hope that a whole month of family-focused, free events happening in Rossendale, will bring local families that ‘Holiday At Home’ feeling – and some well-deserved days out this Summer to look forward to!

Head to our Waterfoot Wakes Festival page for more information about what to expect at this years festival

Why We Are Crowdfunding?  

We believe that everyone should have access to high quality cultural experiences, no matter who they are, what their background is or where they live.  This is why it is so important for us to make this year’s festival free for anyone to attend.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit families hard, both financially and through the fact that so many children and young people have missed out on cultural experiences over the last 18 months.  Waterfoot Wakes is primarily a family festival, and we don’t want any children to miss out on anything else – it is important to be able to offer these events for free so that all families are able to come to the festival.

It costs more than £10,000 to stage our arts festival, which in past years has brought acts like Circus Raj, Little Angel Theatre and Clive Chandler’s Punch and Judy to Waterfoot, which is why we are crowdfunding to contribute to the cost of paying for the festival in order for us to make entry free for all.


What Rewards Are We Offering?

** More rewards added daily – please keep checking in for details including some fantastic vintage Horse + Bamboo merchandise and food and drink vouchers for during the festival**

The biggest reward will be helping us to offer all our festival shows for free, meaning you’ll be able to book for performances and events throughout the festival and pay absolutely nothing!

But on top of that, to show our appreciation, we have some exciting and exclusive rewards to offer you, including:

  • Vintage Horse + Bamboo tour posters and merchandise
  • Food & Drinks Vouchers
  • Business sponsorship

Thank you for your support and see you at The Wakes!