Arts Festivals

ARTS and LITERARY FESTIVALS 2020 

[UPDATED 26th March, 14.00]

 

 

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

7th and 8th March
Bristol Bluegrass Festival, www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk

 

Coronavirus measures introduced

 

27th to 29th March
Devon Song Festival,
concerts at Ashburton and Topsham, www.devonsongfestival.com  CANCELLED

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

 

 

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APRIL
15th to 19th April
From Page to Screen,
Bridport, www.frompagetoscreen.org.uk 
POSTPONED TO 21-25 OCTOBER


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MAY

1st to 3rd May
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival,
www.fossilfestival.co.uk 
CANCELLED

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

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

8th to 17th May
Swindon Spring Festival,
www.swindonspringfestival.co.uk Look out for virtual festival events announced in April

9th to 17th May
Wimborne Literary Festival,
www.wimborneliteraryfestival.co.uk  CANCELLED several events  POSTPONED

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

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

21st to 24th May
Shindig Weekender, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, music and comedy, www.shindigfestival.co.uk  POSTPONED to  24-27th September 2020

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

22nd to 24th May 
Wells Comedy Festival, Little Theatre, www.wellscomfest.com CANCELLED

22nd to 25th May
Jazz Jurassica, Lyme Regis, www.jazzjurassica.co.uk  CANCELLED
Chippenham Folk Festival,
www.chippfolk.co.uk  CANCELLEDpostponed to 2021

22nd May to 7th June
Bath Fringe Festival, www.bathfringe.co.uk Hoping to organise a Fringe later in the year
Salisbury International Arts Festival, www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk CANCELLED

23rd to 31st May
Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe  www.b-e-a-f.co.uk   POSTPONED to  24th October – 1st November

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

23rd May to 5th September
Iford Arts Festival
23/24 May, 26 Aug, 30 Aug, 29 Aug to 4 Sept, 5 Sept, 19 Sept,  see www.ifordarts.org.uk MAIN FESTIVAL CANCELLEDwatch for news of Picnic Proms in late August and early September

25th to 30th May
Plymouth Fringe Festival
, theatre, dance, comedy, music: www.plymouthfringe.com

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

31st May to 16th June
Devizes Arts Festival, multi arts festival, www.devizesartsfestival.org.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 fund-raiser for Piers Simon Appeal, www.homefarmfest.co.uk  POSTPONED

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

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

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

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

19th to 21st June
Teignmouth Folk Festival, www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk  CANCELLED

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

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

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

 

 

 

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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  CANCELLED

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

4th July
Coker Festival,
East Coker, music, local bands www.cokerfestivalofmusic.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

9th to 12th July
Cerne Abbas Music Festival,
Gaudier Ensemble www.cerneabbasmusicfestival.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,10th anniversary, inc Lightning Seds, The Coral, British Sea Power www.thegodneygathering.com

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

17th July to 12th September
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall,
www.bbc.co.uk/proms

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

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 
Dorset Food and Arts Festival, Poundbury, Dorchester, www.dorsetfestival.org
Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza, www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/information/glastonbury-abbey-extravaganza/

2nd to 8th August
Dillington Classical Guitar Festival,
www.dillington.com

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

 

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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

21st to 25th October
From Page to Screen, Bridport,  www.frompagetoscreen.org.uk POSTPONED from April

24th October to  1st November
Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival
(postponed date)   www.gotbeaf.co.uk

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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