Arts Festivals




17th to 19th January
Bradford Roots Music Festival,

22nd to 26th January
Bristol Slapstick Festival,
  silent film and slapstick comedy,





8th February
Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival, 
study and social day,

20th to 22nd February
Bath Bach Festival,





5th to 8th March
Swanage Blues Festival

31st March to 19th April
Bath Comedy Festival,


March dates tbc
Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival,




April dates tbc
From Page to Screen, Bridport,




1st to 6th May
Sherborne Abbey Festival,

8th to 16th May
Wedmore Arts Festival, includes jazz, opera, comedy, music

15th to 17th May
Dart Music Festival,

15th to 24th May
The Bath Festival,

21st to 24th May
Shindig Weekender, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, music and comedy,

22nd to 24th May
The Cursus Cider and Music Festival, Canada Farm Sixpenny Handley
Exmouth Festival,

22nd to 25th May
Jazz Jurassica, Lyme Regis,
Chippenham Folk Festival,

22nd May to 7th June
Bath Fringe Festival,
Salisbury International Arts Festival,

23rd to 31st May
Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe

23rd May to 7th June
Dorset Art Weeks,
Purbeck Art Weeks, open studios, music, literature:

25th to30th May
Plymouth Fringe Festival
, theatre, dance, comedy, music:

30th and 31st May 
Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth,


May dates tbc
Devizes Arts Festival, multi arts festival,
Iford Arts Festival, four events in new venues, see
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival,
Swindon Literary Festival,
Wells Comedy Festival, Little Theatre,
Wimborne Literary Festival,


Next happening in 2021
Wylye Valley Art Trail, 
biennial event, open studios, workshops  etc





8th to 14th June
Corsham, Pound Arts,
Blue Sky Festival,

12th to 14th June
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival,
inc Ninebarrow,

Chilthorne Domer Home Farm Fest, 12th anniversary fund-raiser for Piers Simon Appeal,

11th to 14th June
Isle of Wight Festival,

13th June
Petherton Folk Fest, South Petherton,

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

16th to 21st June
Farley Music Festival,

27th June to 5th July
Beaminster Festival,

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

24th to 28th June
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts,


June dates to be confirmed
Teignmouth Folk Festival,





1st to 5th July
New Forest Folk Festival,
Plaitford nr Romsey, Powells Farm,

3rd to 5th July
Shaftesbury Fringe, multi arts,

3rd to 12th July
Frome Festival,
includes world food feast, open studios, bands, opera etc

4th to 6th July
UK Boogie Woogie Festival,
Sturminster Newton,

4th to 11th July
Somerton Festival,

10th to 12th July
Priddy Folk Festival

Swanage Jazz Festival

10th to 18th July
Budleigh Salterton Music Festival, classical music,

16th to 19th July
Larmer Tree Festival,
Tollard Royal,

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
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, music, theatre, talks, debates, processions

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

19th July
Southern Cathedrals Festival,
  Winchester Cathedral, music,

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

23rd to 26th July
Marlborough, Charlton Park.

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

24th to 26th July
Bridport Folk Festival,

30th July to 2nd August
Camp Bestival,
Lulworth Castle,

31st July to 7th August
Sidmouth Folk Week,


July dates to be confirmed
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall,
Cerne Abbas Music Festival,
Gaudier Ensemble
Coker Festival, East Coker, music, local bands
Dillington Classical Guitar Festival,

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


Next happening in 2021
North Newton, beer, cider and music,





1st August
Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza,

6th to 9th August
International Balloon Fiesta,
balloons, music, food etc

15th to 23rd August
Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art

20th to 23rd August
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

21st to 23rd August
Beautiful Days, Escot Park, Ottery St Mary,

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

28th to 30th August
Lyme Regis Folk Weekend,
Victorious Festival,
Portsmouth, The Specials, James Bay, The Hives, The Rifles, Clean Bandit, The Vaccines, etc
Watchet Music Festival,


August dates to be confirmed
Dorset Food and Arts Festival, Poundbury, Dorchester,





3rd to 6th September
Purbeck Chamber Music Festival,
End of the Road Festival,

4th to 6th September
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival,

5th  September
Bridport Hat Festival,

5th  to 13th September
B-Side, Portland, multi media arts festival,  Biennial

11th to 13th September
Swanage Folk Festival
Vicari0us Festival, travel and photography, Sparkford

11th to 20th September
Jane Austen Festival, Bath,

16th to 20th September
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival,

19th September to 4th October
Somerset Open Studios,

24th to 27th September
Marlborough Literature Festival,

25th September to 4th October
Bath Children’s Literature Festival


September dates to be confirmed
Arts by the Sea,
various venues,
International Agatha Christie Festival, Torbay,


17th to 21st September 2021   Priston Music Festival,





5th to 8th October
Swanage Blues Festival

12th to 17th October
Two Moors Festival

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

29th October to 2nd November
Yeovil Literary Festival,


October dates to be confirmed
Celebrate Voice, Guildhall Square, Salisbury,
Dorchester Literary Festival,
Purbeck Film Festival,
Rex Cinema and other Purbeck venues,
Salisbury Literary Festival,
Sherborne Literary Festival,
Sherborne International Film Festival,
Wells Festival of Literature,




13th to 21st November
Bath Mozart Festival,


November dates to be confirmed
Bath Film Festival,
various venues,
Bridport Literary Festival
Taunton Literary Festival