Festivals news

Celebrating Jo Yeatman with food and music

THIS year’s Dorset Food & Arts Festival at Poundbury was a tribute to Jo Yeatman, secretary of Dorset Farmers Markets and a key member of the festival committee, who died in May. The main tribute to Jo, who was involved with the festival from the start in 2012, was a cookbook, The Dorset Food &…

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Chamber of delights at Burton Bradstock

CHAMBER groups and virtuoso musicians from across Europe gather at a small West Dorset seaside village, for the annual Burton Bradstock Festival, running this year from 12th to 20th August. There is an art exhibition by local professional and amateur artists for the full ten days, at the village hall, and the music festival begins…

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Stellar line-up at Sidmouth

SIDMOUTH Folk Week may be the grand-daddy of folk festivals, but it is also at the cutting edge of new folk with some of the brightest stars of the scene heading for the South Devon resort in August. This year’s Sidmouth festival runs from 4th to 11th August, and the long list of performers includes…

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Celebrating diversity at One World Festival

THE Dorset One World Festival, in Dorchester’s Borough Gardens, on Saturday 5th August, from 11am to 6pm, celebrates cultural diversity in Dorset through world food, music and storytelling. The festival is the brainchild of local resident Khalique Miah and his friends, the Speak Easy Group, who want to encourage networking and socialising with ethnic minority…

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Opera on the banks of the Parrett

GARSINGTON Opera’s production of Handel’s Semele will be screened on the banks of the River Parrett in Bridgwater on Saturday 29th July, as part of the Quay­side Festival. After the success of last year’s free public screenings of one of Garsington’s 2016 productions, on beaches, river banks and parks in isolated coastal and rural communities,…

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Grooves on the Green

GROOVES on the Green, Poole’s community festival, returns to Ashley Cross on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July, from 11am to 7pm. The festival was launched in 2000 in an attempt to provide a focal point for the residents and businesses of Ashley Cross, a place they could come together, relax, have fun and build…

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All set for 10 days of music and laughter at Frome

THE 17th Frome Festival opens on Friday 7th July with a packed weekend programme of music, comedy and food guaranteed to get the town in the party spirit. Friday’ s events include Bollywood Brass Band playing Indian film music at the Cheese and Grain, and Texas born blues and country guitarist Rodney Branigan at the…

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Discover, Dream and Dance

JULY is bookended by events organised by Pavilion Dance South West in a “festival of dance in everyday places” entitled Discover, Play, Dream, Dance! This is the festival’s second year of the Discover, Play, Dream: Dance! and again it offers spectacular dance performances and activities celebrating all aspects of dance for everyone to experience and enjoy…

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