ARTS FESTIVALS 2018  [scroll down for food festivals]


25th to 28th January
Bristol Slapstick Festival,



9th to 24th February
Theatre Fest West, www.salisburyplayhouse.com

10th to 18th February
Shaftesbury, Snowdrop Festival, www.shaftesburysnowdrops.org

22nd to 24th February
Bath Bach Festival,  www.bathbachfest.co.uk

Purbeck Literary Festival – taking a break in 2018



1st to 4th March
Swanage Blues Festival www.swanage-blues.org

2nd and 3rd March
Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival, www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk

27th March to 15th April
Bath Comedy Festival, www.bathcomedy.com

Deverill Valley Festival, dates to be confirmed, www.deverillsfestival.com



11th to 15th April
From Page to Screen, Bridport, www.frompagetoscreen.org.uk

Budleigh Salterton Jazz Festival, www.budleighjazzfestival.org – Taking a break in 2018

Bristol Folk Festival,  dates to be confirmed,  www.bristolfolkfestival.co.uk



4th to 6th May
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival,

4th to 8th May
Sherborne Abbey Festival, www.sherborneabbeyfestival.org

7th to 19th May
Swindon 25th anniversary literary festival,
inc Ben Okri, Harriet Harman, Dr Helen Pankhurst, AC Grayling, www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

11th to 19th May
Wedmore Arts Festival, includes jazz, opera, comedy, music www.wedmoreartsfestival.co.uk

11th to 27th May
The Bath Festival, www.bathfestivals.org.uk

12th to 22nd May
Wimborne Literary Festival,
inc Timothy West, Natasha Solomons, www.wimborneliteraryfestival.co.uk

25th to 27th May
The Cursus Cider and Music Festival, Canada Farm Sixpenny Handley  www.cursusfestival.com

25th to 28th May
Chippenham Folk Festival, www.chippfolk.co.uk

25th May to 10th June
Bath Fringe Festival, www.bathfringe.co.uk

Salisbury International Arts Festival, taking a break in 2018

25th to 27th May
Wells Comedy Festival, Little Theatre, www.longpawscomedy.co.uk

26th and 27th May
Love Saves the Day, Eastville Park Bristol, dub, soul, hiphop, etc www.lovesavestheday.org

26th May to 10th June
Dorset Art Weeks, www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk
Purbeck Art Weeks, open studios, music, literature www.purbeckartweeks.co.uk

25th to 28th May
Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues Weekend www.lymeregisjazzfestival.co.uk

26th May to 4th August
Iford Arts Festival, www.ifordarts.org.uk

Wimborne Literary Festival,  www.wimborneliteraryfestival.co.uk  dates to be announced



1st to 3rd June
Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth, www.wessexfolkfestival.com

8th to 10th June
Chilthorne Domer Home Farm Fest, 12th anniversary fund raiser for Piers Simon Appeal, www.homefarmfest.co.uk

12th to 17th June
Corsham, Pound Arts, Blue Sky Festival, www.blueskyfestival.org.uk

16th June
Petherton Folk Fest, South Petherton, www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk

16th to 30th June
East Devon Music Festival,
Various venues, jazz and classical music. www.eastdevonmusicfestival.org

19th to 24th June
Farley Music Festival, www.farleymusic.co.uk

21st to 24th June
Isle of Wight Festival, www.isleofwightfestival.com

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk  Taking a fallow year,

23rd June to 1st July
Beaminster Festival, www.beaminsterfestival.com

25th June to 1st July
Chalke Valley History Festival, talks, discussions, debates, living history encampment, air show, celebration of history, writing, www.cvhf.org.uk

29th June to 8th July
Gillingham Festival, www.gillfest.org




1st to 21st July
Taunton Live, music, theatre, exhibitions, etc  www.tauntonlive.co.uk

7th July
Coker Festival, East Coker, music, local bands www.cokerfestivalofmusic.co.uk

6th to 8th July|
Priddy Folk Festival  www.priddyfolk.org
UK Boogie Woogie Festival, Sturminster Newton, www.ukboogiewoogiefestival.co.uk

6th to 15th July
Frome Festival
, includes world food feast, open studios, bands, opera etc www.fromefestival.co.uk
Somerton Festival, www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk

13th to 15th July
Once Upon a Time in the West,
(deepest Wiltshire near Trowbridge) music with roots, local beers and cider, www.outwestfestival.co.uk
Swanage Jazz Festival  www.swanagejazzfestival.co.uk
Live in Somerset, Vivary Park, Taunton, with Paloma Faith, Kaiser Cheifs, etc, to Sun.

13th to 21st July
Budleigh Salterton Music Festival,
classical music, www.budleighmusicfestival.co.uk

July, Galhampton, Party in the Park, www.galhampton.com, date to be arranged

13th July to 8th September
BBC Proms,
Royal Albert Hall, www.bbc.co.uk/proms

Grooves on the Green, Ashley Cross Parkstone, in aid of Diverse Abilities Plus, www.groovesonthegreen.co.uk  date to be confirmed

18th to 21st July
Southern Cathedrals Festival,
  Salisbury Cathedral, music, www.southerncathedralsfestival.org.uk

19th to 22nd July
Larmer Tree Festival, Tollard Royal, www.larmertreefestival.co.uk

20th to 22nd 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
The Curious Arts Festival, Pylewell Park, www.curiousartsfestival.com

21st July
Godney Gathering,
music, etc, www.thegodneygathering.com

22nd to 29th July
Cerne Abbas Music Festival, Gaudier Ensemble wwww.cerneabbasmusicfestival.co.uk

24th to 28th July
Dorset Opera Festival
at Bryanston Coade Hall, www.dorsetopera.com

26th to 29th July
Camp Bestival,
Lulworth Castle, www.campbestival.net
Womad, Marlborough Charlton Park. www.womad.co.uk

27th and 28th July
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival,
Victoria School and Gardens, www.beerandbluegrass.co.uk

27th to 29th July
Bridport Folk Festival,

28th and 29th July
Mudeford Arts Festival,
www.mudefordartsfestival.net  dates to be confirmed

FarmFest, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton. Taking a break in 2018

28th to 30th July
Bristol, celebration of urban arts www.upfest.co.uk

29th July to 2nd August
Dillington Classical Guitar Festival,




3rd, 4th and 6th August, 14th to 16th September
Plush Festival, www.plushfestival.com

3rd to 10th August
Sidmouth Folk Week, www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

4th August
Dorset Food and Arts Festival,
Poundbury, Dorchester,  www.dorsetfestival.org
Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza, with Paloma Faith, etc

9th to 12th August
International Balloon Fiesta,
balloons, music, food etc www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk
The Wessex Festival, Wimborne, www.thewessexfestival.co.uk

11th to 19th August
Bath Folk Festival,

16th to 19th August
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk

17th to 19th August
Beautiful Days, Escot Park Ottery St Mary, www.beautifuldays.org

19th to 26th August
Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy, choral and sacred music from 16th to 21st century  www.edingtonfestival.org

25th to 27th August
Victorious Festival,
Portsmouth, Brian Wilson, Paloma Faith etc

30th August to 2nd September
Purbeck Chamber Music Festival, www.purbeck-chambermusic.org.uk
End of the Road Festival, www.endoftheroadfestival.com

31st  August and 1st September
Bridport Hat Festival, www.bridporthatfest.org

31st August to 2nd September
Lyme Regis Folk Weekend, www.lymefolk.com  dates to be announced

Burton Bradstock, Festival of Music and Art, www.burtonbradstockfestival.com date to be announced




7th to 9th September
Swanage Folk Festival www.swanagefolkfestival.com

8th to 16th September
B-Side, Portland,  multi media arts festival, www.b-side.org.uk

13th to 17th September
International Agatha Christie Festival, Torbay,  www.agathachristiefestival.co.uk

14th to 23rd September
Jane Austen Festival, Bath, www.janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk

15th to 30th September
Somerset Open Studios, www.somersetartworks.org.uk

19th to 23rd September
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, www.budlitfest.org.uk

29th September to 6th October
Arts by the Sea, various venues, www.artsbournemouth.org.uk

Stogumber, Gumbeerfest, live music, beer and cider, www.gumbeerfest.co.uk dates to be announced

Children’s Literature Festival, Bath, www.bathfestivals.org.uk dates to be announced

ArtsFest, Lyme Regis, www.lymeregisartsfest.com  dates to be announced




4th to 7th October
Swanage Blues Festival www.swanage-blues.org

10th to 14th October
Sherborne Literary Festival, www.sherborneliterarysociety.com/festival

12th to 20th October
Two Moors Festival www.thetwomoorsfestival.co.uk

12th to 27th October
Purbeck Film Festival, Rex Cinema and other Purbeck venues, www.purbeckfilm.com

17th to 22nd October
Dorchester Literary Festival, www.dorchesterliteraryfestival.com

19th to 27th October
Wells Festival of Literature, www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk

25th to 28th October
Yeovil Literary Festival, www.yeovilliteraryfestival.co.uk




1st to 11th November
Bath Film Festival, various venues, www.bathfilmfestival.org.uk

3rd to ??? November
Taunton Literary Festival

4th to 11th November
Bridport Literary Festival, www.bridlit.com

9th to 17th November
Bath Mozart Festival, www.bathmozartfest.org.uk








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Saturday 31st March
Eat Dorset at Abbotsbury Gardens, www.dorsetaonb.org.uk




Saturday 7th April
Eat Weston, Weston Super Mare food festival  www.eatfestivals.org

Budleigh Salterton Food Festival, www.budleighfoodanddrink.org.uk  Next festival 2019

Dorset Knob Throwing & Food Festival,  www.dorsetknobthrowing.com   Not happening in 2018




Saturday 5th May
Dorset Venison and Food Festival, Lytchett Minster, www.dorsetvenisonfestival.org

Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May
Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink www.exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

Saturday 5th to Sunday 19th May
Devizes Food and Drink Festival, www.devizesfoodanddrinkfestival.info

Saturday 12th and Sunday13th May
Christchurch Food Festival, www.christchurchfoodfestival.co.uk

Saturday 12th May
Eat Taunton, www.eatfestivals.org

Sunday 13th May
Shaftesbury Festival, www.shaftesburyfestival.co.uk

Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May
Devon County Show, Westpoint, Exeter www.devoncountyshow.co.uk

Devon Chilli Fiesta, Rosemoor Gardens, www.rhs.org.uk

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May
Spring Tide, the Jurassic Food Festival, Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock www.hivebeachcafe.co.uk

Sunday 20th May
Dorset Vegan Festival, Poole Lighthouse, www.dorsetveganevents.co.uk

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May
VegFest, (biggest vegan event in Europe) Ashton Gate, Bristol www.bristol.vegfest.co.uk

Saturday 26th May
Eat Burnham on Sea, www.eatfestivals.org

Monday 28th May
Sherborne Country Fair, www.sherbornecountryfair.com

Wednesday 30th May to Saturday 2nd June
Royal Bath and West Show, Bath and West showground, Shepton Mallet www.bathandwest.com




Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June
Highcliffe Revival Food Festival, www.highclifferevivalfoodfestival.co.uk

Bristol Food Connections Festival www.bristolfoodconnections.com  dates to be announced

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June
Swanage Fish Festival, www.swanagefishfest.org

Sunday 10th to Saturday 16th June
Bridport Food Festival, www.bridportfoodfestival.com

Friday 15th to Sunday 24th June
Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival www.bournemouthfoodanddrink.co.uk

Sunday 17th June
Evershot County Fair, www.evershot.org




Saturday 7th July
Frome World Food Feast (part of Frome Festival) www.fromefestival.co.uk

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July
Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth www.dorsetseafood.co.uk

Church Knowle Food Fayre www.dorsetaonb.org.uk   dates to be announced

Saturday 21st July
Leigh Food Fair, Leigh near Sherborne www.dorsetaonb.org.uk

Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th July
New Forest Show, Brockenhurst www.newforestshow.co.uk

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July
Great Dorset Chilli Festival, St Giles House park, Wimborne St Giles  www.greatdorsetchillifestival.co.uk




Saturday 4th August
Dorset Food & Arts Festival, Poundbury www.dorsetfestival.org

Wednesday 15th August
Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show www.gillshaftshow.co.u
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August
Food Rocks, Lyme Regis

Thursday 23rd August
Melplash Show www.melplashshow.co.uk

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August
River Cottage Festival, Uplyme, www.rivercottage.net




Wessex Beer Festival. Chilcompton, www.wessexbeerfestival.co.uk  dates to be announced

Saturday 1st September
Eat Wellington, www.eatfestivals.org

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September
Dorset County Show, Dorchester www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September
Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival www.cheesefestival.co.uk

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September
Plymouth Seafood Festival www.visitplymouth.co.uk




Saturday 13th October
Wimborne Food & Drink Festival www.foodevents4u.co.uk

Sunday 14th October
Wells Food Festival www.wellsfoodfestival.co.uk

Screen Bites Food Film Festival www.screenbites.co.uk  dates to be announced

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October
Dartmouth Food Festival www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com

Saturday 27th October
Eat Burnham, www.eatfestivals.org




Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November
Dorset Food & Drink Christmas Fair, Athelhampton House www.dorsetaonb.org.uk