Arts Festivals

ARTS and LITERARY FESTIVALS 2020 

 

JANUARY

17th to 19th January
Bradford Roots Music Festival, www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

22nd to 26th January
Bristol Slapstick Festival,
  silent film and slapstick comedy, www.slapstick.org.uk

 

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FEBRUARY

8th February
Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival, 
study and social day, www.shaftesburysnowdrops.org

20th to 22nd February
Bath Bach Festival,  www.bathbachfest.co.uk

 

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MARCH

5th to 8th March
Swanage Blues Festival www.swanage-blues.org

31st March to 19th April
Bath Comedy Festival, www.bathcomedy.com

 

March dates tbc
Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival, www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk

 

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APRIL
April dates tbc
From Page to Screen, Bridport, www.frompagetoscreen.org.uk


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MAY

1st to 6th May
Sherborne Abbey Festival, www.sherborneabbeyfestival.org

8th to 16th May
Wedmore Arts Festival, includes jazz, opera, comedy, music www.wedmoreartsfestival.co.uk

15th to 17th May
Dart Music Festival, www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk

15th to 24th May
The Bath Festival, www.bathfestivals.org.uk

21st to 24th May
Shindig Weekender, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, music and comedy, www.shindigfestival.co.uk

22nd to 24th May
The Cursus Cider and Music Festival, Canada Farm Sixpenny Handley  www.cursusfestival.com
Exmouth Festival, www.exmouthfestival.org.uk

22nd to 25th May
Jazz Jurassica, Lyme Regis, www.jazzjurassica.co.uk
Chippenham Folk Festival, www.chippfolk.co.uk

22nd May to 7th June
Bath Fringe Festival, www.bathfringe.co.uk
Salisbury International Arts Festival, www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

23rd to 31st May
Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe  www.b-e-a-f.co.uk

23rd May to 7th June
Dorset Art Weeks, www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk
Purbeck Art Weeks, open studios, music, literature: www.purbeckartweeks.co.uk

25th to30th May
Plymouth Fringe Festival
, theatre, dance, comedy, music: www.plymouthfringe.com

30th and 31st May 
Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth, www.wessexfolkfestival.com

 

May dates tbc
Devizes Arts Festival, multi arts festival, www.devizesartsfestival.org.uk
Iford Arts Festival, four events in new venues, see www.ifordarts.org.uk
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, www.fossilfestival.co.uk
Swindon Literary Festival, www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk
Wells Comedy Festival, Little Theatre, www.longpawscomedy.co.uk
Wimborne Literary Festival, www.wimborneliteraryfestival.co.uk

 

Next happening in 2021
Wylye Valley Art Trail, 
biennial event, open studios, workshops  etc   www.wvat.co.uk

 

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JUNE

8th to 14th June
Corsham, Pound Arts,
Blue Sky Festival, www.blueskyfestival.org.uk

12th to 14th June
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival,
inc Ninebarrow, www.wimbornefolk.co.uk

Chilthorne Domer Home Farm Fest, 12th anniversary fund-raiser for Piers Simon Appeal, www.homefarmfest.co.uk

11th to 14th June
Isle of Wight Festival, www.isleofwightfestival.com

13th June
Petherton Folk Fest, South Petherton, www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk

13th to 20th June
East Devon Music Festival,
Various venues, jazz and classical music. www.eastdevonmusicfestival.org

16th to 21st June
Farley Music Festival,
www.farleymusic.co.uk

27th June to 5th July
Beaminster Festival, www.beaminsterfestival.com

22nd to 28th June
Chalke Valley History Festival, talks, discussions, debates, living history encampment, air show, celebration of history, writing, www.cvhf.org.uk

24th to 28th June
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

 

June dates to be confirmed
Teignmouth Folk Festival, www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk

 

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JULY

1st to 5th July
New Forest Folk Festival,
Plaitford nr Romsey, Powells Farm, www.newforestfolkfestival.co.uk

3rd to 5th July
Shaftesbury Fringe, multi arts, www.shaftesburyfringe.co.uk

3rd to 12th July
Frome Festival,
includes world food feast, open studios, bands, opera etc www.fromefestival.co.uk

4th to 6th July
UK Boogie Woogie Festival,
Sturminster Newton, www.ukboogiewoogiefestival.co.uk

4th to 11th July
Somerton Festival, www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk

10th to 12th July
Priddy Folk Festival  www.priddyfolk.org

Swanage Jazz Festival  www.swanagejazzfestival.co.uk

10th to 18th July
Budleigh Salterton Music Festival, classical music, www.budleighmusicfestival.co.uk

16th to 19th July
Larmer Tree Festival,
Tollard Royal, www.larmertreefestival.co.uk

17th  and 18th July
Godney Gathering,
music, etc, www.thegodneygathering.com17th to

17th to 19th July
Harbourside Festival, free festival, street theatre, music, circus, food, historic ships, etc www.bristolharbourfestival.co.uk
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, music, theatre, talks, debates, processions  www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk

18th July
Bridgwater Quayside Festival, music, street and indoor theatre, carnival, circus, puppetry, dance, etc,   www.bridgwaterquaysidefestival.uk

19th July
Southern Cathedrals Festival,
  Winchester Cathedral, music, www.southerncathedralsfestival.org.uk

21st to 25th July
Dorset Opera Festival at Bryanston Coade Hall, La Rondine and Boris Gudunov, www.dorsetopera.com

23rd to 26th July
Womad,
Marlborough, Charlton Park. www.womad.co.uk

24th and 25th July
FarmFest, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton. www.farmfestival.co.uk
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival, Victoria School and Gardens, www.beerandbluegrass.co.uk
Chagstock Music Festival,
Chagford, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Mad Doc Mcrea, etc, www.chagstock.info

24th to 26th July
Bridport Folk Festival,
www.bridportfolkfestival.co.uk

30th July to 2nd August
Camp Bestival,
Lulworth Castle, www.campbestival.net

31st July to 7th August
Sidmouth Folk Week, www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

 

July dates to be confirmed
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall,
www.bbc.co.uk/proms
Cerne Abbas Music Festival,
Gaudier Ensemble wwww.cerneabbasmusicfestival.co.uk
Coker Festival, East Coker, music, local bands www.cokerfestivalofmusic.co.uk
Dillington Classical Guitar Festival,
www.dillington.com

Grooves on the Green, Ashley Cross Parkstone, in aid of Diverse Abilities Plus, www.groovesonthegreen.co.uk
Once Upon a Time in the West, (deepest Wiltshire near Trowbridge) music with roots, local beers and cider, www.outwestfestival.co.uk

 

Next happening in 2021
NewtFest,
North Newton, beer, cider and music, www.newtfest.com

 

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AUGUST

1st August
Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza,

6th to 9th August
International Balloon Fiesta,
balloons, music, food etc www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

15th to 23rd August
Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art www.burtonbradstockfestival.com

20th to 23rd August
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk

21st to 23rd August
Beautiful Days, Escot Park, Ottery St Mary, www.beautifuldays.org

23rd to 30th August
Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy, choral and sacred music from 16th to 21st century  www.edingtonfestival.org

28th to 30th August
Lyme Regis Folk Weekend,
www.lymefolk.com
Victorious Festival,
Portsmouth, The Specials, James Bay, The Hives, The Rifles, Clean Bandit, The Vaccines, etc  www.victoriousfestival.co.uk
Watchet Music Festival, www.watchetfestival.co.uk

 

August dates to be confirmed
Dorset Food and Arts Festival, Poundbury, Dorchester, www.dorsetfestival.org

 

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SEPTEMBER

3rd to 6th September
Purbeck Chamber Music Festival, www.purbeck-chambermusic.org.uk
End of the Road Festival, www.endoftheroadfestival.com

4th to 6th September
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival,
www.didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk

5th  September
Bridport Hat Festival,
www.bridporthatfest.org

5th  to 13th September
B-Side, Portland, multi media arts festival, www.b-side.org.uk  Biennial

11th to 13th September
Swanage Folk Festival www.swanagefolkfestival.com
Vicari0us Festival, travel and photography, Sparkford www.vicariousfestival.com

11th to 20th September
Jane Austen Festival, Bath, www.janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk

16th to 20th September
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, www.budlitfest.org.uk

19th September to 4th October
Somerset Open Studios,
www.somersetartworks.org.uk

24th to 27th September
Marlborough Literature Festival,
www.marlboroughlitfest.org

25th September to 4th October
Bath Children’s Literature Festival www.bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature

 

September dates to be confirmed
Arts by the Sea,
various venues, www.artsbournemouth.org.uk
International Agatha Christie Festival, Torbay, www.iacf-uk.org

 

17th to 21st September 2021   Priston Music Festival, www.priston.org.uk

 

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OCTOBER

5th to 8th October
Swanage Blues Festival www.swanage-blues.org

12th to 17th October
Two Moors Festival www.thetwomoorsfestival.co.uk

12th to 18th October (tbc)
Mere Literary Festival. 
www.mereliteraryfestival.com

29th October to 2nd November
Yeovil Literary Festival, www.yeovilliteraryfestival.co.uk

 

October dates to be confirmed
Celebrate Voice, Guildhall Square, Salisbury, www.celebratevoice.co.uk
Dorchester Literary Festival,
www.dorchesterliteraryfestival.com
Purbeck Film Festival,
Rex Cinema and other Purbeck venues, www.purbeckfilm.com
Salisbury Literary Festival,
www.salisburyliteraryfestival.co.uk
Sherborne Literary Festival,
www.sherborneliterarysociety.com/festival
Sherborne International Film Festival, www.shiff.org.uk
Wells Festival of Literature, www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk

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NOVEMBER

13th to 21st November
Bath Mozart Festival, www.bathmozartfest.org.uk

 

November dates to be confirmed
Bath Film Festival,
various venues, www.filmbath.org.uk
Bridport Literary Festival 
www.bridlit.com
Taunton Literary Festival
 
www.tauntonliteraryfestival.co.uk

 

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DECEMBER

 

 

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