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Why visit SIRF?

Every August, SIRF transforms the town into a theatrical feast of fun and wonder with hundreds of colourful and exciting performances - be prepared to be intrigued, entertained, puzzled, moved and made to laugh out loud.

And don't just take our word for it, here's what some of our visitors have said:

  • "An amazing weekend and just wow for the finale, totally blown away by it well done to everyone involved - a memory myself and my children will remember for a long time"
  • "My first time ever visiting Stockton for the festival. A truly amazing event and the best festival I’ve ever been to – and we had a fantastic welcome from the people. What a town! I’ll be back next year. Travelled up from Canterbury, worth every mile!"
  • "Brilliant weekend as ever. Thank you. I found this year much more emotional because of the stories that were told like the wounded soldiers and Suffragettes"
  • "It was wonderful! Thank you Stockton Council and everyone who worked so hard to bring this to our doorstep"

At SIRF we aim to create a magical and unmissable experience for everyone who attends - and our advice is simple see the big shows and the small stuff, come early and stay late, be patient with the slow burners and rocked by the spectacle. Whatever you do, don’t miss it, it’s the best around.