Festivals news

Dancing in the streets

FOLK song and dance returns to South Petherton on Saturday 18th June, with the first Petherton Folk Fest  for two years, since the pandemic closed down so many performing arts events and venues. This is a totally free event, with events all round the attractive old town. Folk musicians will perform in Petherton’s Market Square,…

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Lyme gets into crime

A FORMER Home Secretary, the grand-daughter of a notorious double agent and one of the country’s leading forensic scientists will be among the speakers at a new literary festival, Lyme Crime, at Lyme Regis from 23rd to 25th June. A prolific memoirist, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson will be talking about his first foray into…

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Music, mud, mayhem – it’s got to be Glasto

A NEW exhibition of images by one of Somerset’s best known photographers marks the return of the Glastonbury Festival. Music, Mud, Mayhem, opening on 10th June, covers 20 years of photographing the world’s greatest festival by Jason Bryant. The exhibition at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury, runs to 4th September, featuring photographs chosen…

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A right royal seafood festival

POOLE Seafood Festival, Dorset’s only free celebration of our marine culinary heritage, has moved dates this year to Jubilee weekend, 3rd to 5th June, to mark Her Majesty’s 70-year reign with a magnificent haul of great fish and shellfish, fine local produce, and glorious live music The three-day celebration of Poole’s lengthy and proud maritime…

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New photographic festival at Frome

WORLD-class photography takes centre stage at Frome this summer at a new festival, PhotoFrome,  running daily for from 21st June to 15th July. The festival will showcase all types of photography from local, national, and international photographers at five exhibition venues, all with free entry. There will be talks, workshops, a book fair, portfolio reviews…

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Good times at Upton House

BRITPOP stars and hit-makers from the 1980s and 90s head the line-up for the three-night Upton House Concerts, near Poole, on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May. The weekend also includes favourite tribute acts and top DJs, and with a pocket-friendly price of weekend tickets at £80 for two, it’s a great start…

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Invitation to the Bath party

BATH’S biggest free party is back, with the free opening celebrations of this year’s Bath Festival, on Friday 13th May from 5pm. After two years’ Covid-enforced absence, the festival organisers are delighted to invite the crowds back for a massive colourful party, taking over venues across the city. Whatever your taste in music, whether it…

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Frome Festival tickets on sale

FROME Festival is back this year with the biggest ever line-up of more than 260 events and there is such a demand for some events that tickets have gone on sale early, before the box office opens on 22nd May. Early tickets for all festival events at the Cheese and Grain can be bought directly…

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