Arts Festivals



25th to 28th January
Bristol Slapstick Festival,



9th to 24th February
Theatre Fest West,

10th to 18th February
Shaftesbury, Snowdrop Festival,

22nd to 24th February
Bath Bach Festival,

Purbeck Literary Festival – taking a break in 2018



1st to 4th March
Swanage Blues Festival

2nd and 3rd March
Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival,

27th March to 15th April
Bath Comedy Festival,

Deverill Valley Festival, dates to be confirmed,



11th to 15th April
From Page to Screen, Bridport,

Budleigh Salterton Jazz Festival, – Taking a break in 2018




4th to 6th May
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival,

4th to 8th May
Sherborne Abbey Festival,

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

10th to 20th May
Bristol International Theatre Festival.

11th to 13th May
OD Arts Festival,
Odcombe and the Cokers, contemporary visual and performing arts,

11th to 19th May
Wedmore Arts Festival, includes jazz, opera, comedy, music

11th to 27th May
The Bath Festival,

12th to 22nd May
Wimborne Literary Festival,
inc Timothy West, Natasha Solomons,

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

25th to 28th May
Chippenham Folk Festival,

25th May to 10th June
Bath Fringe Festival,

Salisbury International Arts Festival, taking a break in 2018

25th to 27th May
Shindig Weekender, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, music and comedy,
Wells Comedy Festival, Little Theatre,

25th to 28th May
Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues Weekend

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

26th May to 10th June
Dorset Art Weeks,
Purbeck Art Weeks, open studios, music, literature

26th May to 4th August
Iford Arts Festival,




1st to 3rd June
Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth,

8th to 10th June
Chilthorne Domer Home Farm Fest, 12th anniversary fund raiser for Piers Simon Appeal,

12th to 17th June
Corsham, Pound Arts, Blue Sky Festival,

16th June
Petherton Folk Fest, South Petherton,

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

19th to 24th June
Farley Music Festival,

21st to 24th June
Isle of Wight Festival,

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts,  Taking a fallow year,

23rd June to 1st July
Beaminster Festival,

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

29th June to 8th July
Gillingham Festival,





1st to 21st July
Taunton Live, music, theatre, exhibitions, etc

4th to 8th July
New Forest Folk Festival,
Plaitford nr Romsey, Powells Farm,

6th to 8th July
Priddy Folk Festival
UK Boogie Woogie Festival, Sturminster Newton,

6th to 15th July
Frome Festival
, includes world food feast, open studios, bands, opera etc
Somerton Festival,

7th July
Coker Festival, East Coker, music, local bands

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

13th to 21st July
Budleigh Salterton Music Festival,
classical music,

July, Galhampton, Party in the Park,, date to be arranged

13th July to 8th September
BBC Proms,
Royal Albert Hall,

Grooves on the Green, Ashley Cross Parkstone, in aid of Diverse Abilities Plus,  date to be confirmed

18th to 21st July
Southern Cathedrals Festival,
  Salisbury Cathedral, music,

19th to 22nd July
Larmer Tree Festival, Tollard Royal,

20th to 22nd July
Harbourside Festival,
free festival, street theatre, music, circus, food, historic ships, etc
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, music, theatre, talks, debates, processions
The Curious Arts Festival, Pylewell Park,

21st July
Bridgwater Quayside Festival,
music, street and indoor theatre, carnival, circus, puppetry, dance, etc,
Godney Gathering, music, etc,

24th to 28th July
Dorset Opera Festival
at Bryanston Coade Hall,

26th to 29th July
Camp Bestival,
Lulworth Castle,
Cerne Abbas Music Festival,
Gaudier Ensemble
Womad, Marlborough Charlton Park.

27th and 28th July
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival,
Victoria School and Gardens,

27th to 29th July
Bridport Folk Festival,

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

28th to 30th July
Bristol, celebration of urban arts

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





3rd to 6th August, 14th to 16th September
Plush Festival,

3rd to 10th August
Sidmouth Folk Week,

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

9th to 12th August
International Balloon Fiesta,
balloons, music, food etc
The Wessex Festival, Wimborne,

11th to 19th August
Bath Folk Festival,
Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art

16th to 19th August
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

17th to 19th August
Beautiful Days, Escot Park Ottery St Mary,

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

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

30th August to 2nd September
Purbeck Chamber Music Festival,
End of the Road Festival,

31st  August and 1st September
Bridport Hat Festival,

31st August to 2nd September
Lyme Regis Folk Weekend,  dates to be announced





7th to 9th September
Stogumber Festival, classical, folk music etc
Swanage Folk Festival

8th to 16th September
B-Side, Portland,  multi media arts festival,

13th to 17th September
International Agatha Christie Festival, Torbay,

14th to 23rd September
Jane Austen Festival, Bath,

15th to 30th September
Somerset Open Studios,

19th to 23rd September
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival,

28th September to 7th October
Bath Children’s Literature Festival

29th September to 6th October
Arts by the Sea, various venues,





4th to 7th October
Swanage Blues Festival

10th to 14th October
Sherborne Literary Festival,

12th to 20th October
Two Moors Festival

12th to 27th October
Purbeck Film Festival, Rex Cinema and other Purbeck venues,

17th to 22nd October
Dorchester Literary Festival,

19th to 27th October
Wells Festival of Literature,

25th to 28th October
Yeovil Literary Festival,





1st to 11th November
Bath Film Festival, various venues,

3rd to 24th November
Taunton Literary Festival

4th to 11th November
Bridport Literary Festival,

9th to 17th November
Bath Mozart Festival,