Festivals news

Take a walk on the b-side

PORTLAND’s exciting and inspirational b-side festival returns from 8th to 11th September with a diverse line-up of local, national and international experimental artists. The theme for this year’s festival is Common Lands – artists and visitors are invited to explore their relationship with the land. The participating artists will take festival-goers on an experimental tour…

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Burton Bradstock celebrates some big birthdays

BURTON Bradstock Music Festival celebrates its 40th festival,  from 16th to 21st August, with the annual art exhibition at the village hall all week, and three days of outstanding classical and jazz music at St Mary’s Church. Before lockdown, festival director, violinist David Juritz, had planned to mark two anniversaries: the centenary of the legendary…

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Beer and music by the beach

LIVE music from around the West Country and a range of regional real ales return to the Jurassic coast after a three year hiatus, thanks to Covid, on Friday 22nd July and Saturday 23rd, for the Lyme Regis Beer Festival, based at the Marine Theatre. Lyme Regis Brewery is gathering a selection of outstanding craft…

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Folk stars return to Sidmouth

SIDMOUTH Folk Festival returns for the 68th celebration of international folk music and dance, from 29th July to 5th August, filling the seafront, streets and venues of this historic Devon town with some of the finest folk performers from Britain and around the world. Look out for Kate Rusby, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Eddi Reader…

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Grooves on the Green comes of age

THE annual Grooves on the Green, Dorset’s longest running community festival, returns to Ashley Cross, Parkstone, for the 21st year, on 16th and 17th July. To mark the occasion it’s bigger and better than ever with an increased capacity and a greater emphasis on locally produced food and drink. “There’s such a special community atmosphere…

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All of Wells a stage

BANDSTANDS, the Cathedral Green, the Rotunda Theatre on Wells Rec and Cedars Hall at Wells Cathedral School are all hosting events in this year’s Wells Theatre Festival, back for four packed days from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th June. The programme has something for everyone, from fun puppet shows for tinies to Shakespeare, from circus…

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Richard III – new musical at Frome Festival

RICHARD III, the notorious “hunchback” king, the infamous murderer of the Princes in the Tower of London, who died on Bosworth Field and was disinterred in a Leicester city centre car park, lives to sing another day, thanks to Martin Dimery, the inventive and multi-talented creative director of Frome Festival. The Haunting of Richard the…

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In a tasty groove at Upton

BILLING itself as a tasty alternative to Glastonbury Festival – back in all its glory at Worthy Farm this year – south Dorset’s Upton House Food and Drink Festival, from 24th to 26th June, is a feast for all the senses, a family day out in beautiful surroundings with food and drink from around the…

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From Devon With Love returns

VILLAGES in Action, Devon’s rural touring arts charity, has announced the return in September of the From Devon With Love festival. Devon-based artists and performers are invited to contact the organisation with their projects. From Devon With Love is a month of scratch performances and applicants should be making original work, including theatre, music, dance,…

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