Arts Festivals



16th to 20th January
Bristol Slapstick Festival,

18th to 20th January
Bradford Roots Music Festival,




14th February to 2nd March
Theatre Fest West,

8th to 17th February
Shaftesbury, Snowdrop Festival,

21st to 23rd February
Bath Bach Festival,

28th February to 3rd March
Swanage Blues Festival




1st and 2nd March
Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival,

27th March to 14th April
Bath Comedy Festival,





24th to 28th April
From Page to Screen, Bridport,




3rd to 7th May
Sherborne Abbey Festival,

4th and 5th May
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival,

4th to 12th May
Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe

7th to 19th May
Swindon Literary Festival

10th to 12th May
Dart Music Festival,

10th to 19th May
Wedmore Arts Festival, includes jazz, opera, comedy, music

11th to 19th May
Wimborne Literary Festival,

17th to 26th May
The Bath Festival,

18th to 27th May
Wylye Valley Art Trail,
10th biennial event, 85 open studios, workshops  etc

18th May to 6th September
Iford Arts Festival, four events in new venues, see

23rd to 26th May
Shindig Weekender, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, music and comedy,

24th to 26th May
The Cursus Cider and Music Festival, Canada Farm Sixpenny Handley
Jazz Jurassica, Lyme Regis,
Wells Comedy Festival,
Little Theatre,

24th to 27th May
Chippenham Folk Festival,
Exmouth Festival,

24th May to 9th June
Bath Fringe Festival,
Salisbury International Arts Festival,

25th and 26th May
Love Saves the Day, Eastville Park Bristol, dub, soul, hiphop, etc

25th May to 9th June
Purbeck Art Weeks, open studios, music, literature

31st May to 2nd June
Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth,

31st May to 16th June
Devizes Arts Festival, multi arts festival,



Dorset Art Weeks, (biennial, next festival 2020)





6th to 9th June
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival,
inc Ninebarrow,

7th to 9th June
Chilthorne Domer Home Farm Fest, 12th anniversary fund-raiser for Piers Simon Appeal,

13th to 16th June
Isle of Wight Festival,

15th June
Petherton Folk Fest, South Petherton,

18th to 23rd June
Farley Music Festival,

21st to 23rd June
Teignmouth Folk Festival,

22nd to 30th June
Beaminster Festival,

24th to 30th June
Chalke Valley History Festival, talks, discussions, debates, living history encampment, air show, celebration of history, writing,

26th to 30th June
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts,

June dates TBA
Corsham, Pound Arts, Blue Sky Festival,
East Devon Music Festival, Various venues, jazz and classical music.





3rd to 7th July
New Forest Folk Festival,
Plaitford nr Romsey, Powells Farm,

5th to 7th July
UK Boogie Woogie Festival,
Sturminster Newton,

5th to 14th July
Frome Festival,
includes world food feast, open studios, bands, opera etc

5th and 6th July
North Newton, beer, cider and music,

6th July
Coker Festival,
East Coker, music, local bands

7th to 13th July
Somerton Festival,

11th to 14th July
Cerne Abbas Music Festival, Gaudier Ensemble

12th to 14th July
Priddy Folk Festival
Live in Somerset, Vivary Park, Taunton,  Bananarama etc
Once Upon a Time in the West, (deepest Wiltshire near Trowbridge) music with roots, local beers and cider,
Swanage Jazz Festival

12th to 20th July
Budleigh Salterton Music Festival,
classical music,

18th to 20th July
Southern Cathedrals Festival,
  Chichester Cathedral, music,

18th to 21st July
Larmer Tree Festival,
Tollard Royal,

19th and 20th July
Chagstock Music Festival,
Chagford, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Mad Doc Mcrea, etc,

19th to 21st July
Harbourside Festival, free festival, street theatre, music, circus, food, historic ships, etc
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, music, theatre, talks, debates, processions

19th July to 14th September
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall,

20th July
Bridgwater Quayside Festival, music, street and indoor theatre, carnival, circus, puppetry, dance, etc,
Godney Gathering, music, etc,

20th and 21st July
Grooves on the Green, Ashley Cross Parkstone, in aid of Diverse Abilities Plus,

23rd to 28th July
Dorset Opera Festival
at Bryanston Coade Hall, Nabucco and Lucia di Lammermoor,

25th to 27th July
Gilcombe Farm, Bruton.

25th to 28th July
Camp Bestival,
Lulworth Castle,
Womad, Marlborough, Charlton Park.

26th and 27th July
Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival,
Victoria School and Gardens,

26th to 28th July
Bridport Folk Festival,

28th July to 1st August
Dillington Classical Guitar Festival,


UpFest, Bristol, celebration of urban arts Taking a break in 2019





2nd to 9th August
Sidmouth Folk Week,

3rd August
Dorset Food and Arts Festival,
Poundbury, Dorchester,

Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza,  lineup TBA

8th to 11th August
International Balloon Fiesta,
balloons, music, food etc

10th to 18th August
Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art

15th to 18th August
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

16th to 18th August
Beautiful Days, Escot Park, Ottery St Mary,

18th to 25th August
Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy, choral and sacred music from 16th to 21st century

23rd to 25th August
Victorious Festival,
Portsmouth, The Specials, James Bay, The Hives, The Rifles, Clean Bandit, The Vaccines, etc
Watchet Music Festival,

29th August to 1st September
Purbeck Chamber Music Festival,
End of the Road Festival,

30th August to 1st September
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival,
Lyme Regis Folk Weekend,






6th to 8th September
Bridport Hat Festival,
Swanage Folk Festival

11th to 15th September
International Agatha Christie Festival, Torbay,

13th to 15th September
Priston Music Festival,

13th to 22nd September
Jane Austen Festival, Bath,

18th to 22nd September
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival,

21st September to 6th October
Somerset Art Weeks,

26th to 29th September
Marlborough Literature Festival,

27th to 29th September
Arts by the Sea,
various venues,

27th September to 6th October
Bath Children’s Literature Festival



B-Side, Portland, multi media arts festival,  Biennial – next in 2020




3rd to 6th October
Swanage Blues Festival

11th to 20th October
Two Moors Festival

15th to 20th October
Dorchester Literary Festival,

18th to 20th October
Salisbury Literary Festival,

18th to 26th October
Wells Festival of Literature,

18th October to 2nd November
Purbeck Film Festival, Rex Cinema and other Purbeck venues,

21st to 27th October
Sherborne Literary Festival,

24th to 27th October
Sherborne International Film Festival,

25th October to 2nd November
Celebrate Voice,
Guildhall Square, Salisbury,

31st October to 4th November
Yeovil Literary Festival,





2nd to 29th November
Taunton Literary Festival

3rd to 9th November
Bridport Literary Festival,

7th to 17th November
Bath Film Festival, various venues,


8th to 16th November
Bath Mozart Festival,