Festivals news

Wells (Somerset) to the world

MANY of the speakers at this year’s Wells Festival of Literature, from 15th to 23rd October, are literally or metaphorically at home in Somerset but the event has a world-wide reach, not only via the internet but also in the home countries of the festival competition entrants. Somerset is the base or inspiration for speakers…

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A festival for curious youngsters

BATH Children’s Literature Festival, a celebration of story-telling, illustrations and books for “curious young minds” returns this year with a starry line-up, from Friday 24th September to Sunday 3rd October. Speakers include the Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, fitness star Joe Wicks, Dapo Adeola, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Sophie Dahl, Irish comedian David O’Doherty, Chris…

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Sounds and songs of the sea

THE Festival of the Sea, a day-long celebration at Lyme Regis on Saturday 25th September, has an eclectic programme that includes a concert by The Longest Johns, science and sustainability talks, family activities and a miniature maritime museum. Throughout the day local artist Jessame Coulson is running a drop in children’s art workshops related to…

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Books for curious young minds

BATH Children’s Literature Festival, from Friday 24th September to Sunday 3rd October, is bringing a stellar line-up of favourite and new writers to the city, including Cressida Cowell, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Sophie Dahl, Chris Smith and Greg James, Jasbinder Bilan, Stephen and Anita Mangan,  Adam Kay and Joe Wicks – plus workshops, activities and…

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Stellar line-up for Lyme Folk Weekend

THE line-up for 2021’s Lyme Folk Weekend really has something for all folk music tastes – from the lyric beauty of Fay Hield and her brilliant musicians to the foot-stomping excitement of Merry Hell. There is a lot to look forward over the four-day festival, from 27th to 30th August, performing at the Marine Theatre…

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Friends booking open for BridLit 2021

THERE is a full programme of leading authors for this year’s Bridport Literary Festival, with plenty of excitement to brighten the darkest of November days. Last year’s event, cut short because of Covid restrictions, was one of the few literary festivals in the country to go ahead. This year, the organisers are pulling out all…

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Grooves on the Green is back

ASHLEY Cross, Parkstone, is getting ready to party as Grooves on the Green prepares to return this year, for its 20th anniversary community music festival, on the weekend 7th and 8th August, from 11am to 7pm both days. Partly to celebrate the anniversary, but also to show how grateful local people are for the amazing…

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Frome Festival – how it began

THERE are two ways you can launch a festival. You can spend years planning, booking the acts and preparing the events, securing sponsorship, getting the funding in place, hiring venues and making sure you have an army of volunteers and a core team of committed professionals to manage every date and detail. Or you can…

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