Arts Festivals


[UPDATED  25th July]

MANY of this years’ festivals are marked CANCELLED, or POSTPONED.  Some were rescheduled, only to be cancelled as the Covid rules altered. Organisers intend that all the annual festivals will be held in 2021.  Watch for the dates as the situation unfolds.



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

7th and 8th March
Bristol Bluegrass Festival,


Coronavirus measures introduced


27th to 29th March
Devon Song Festival,
concerts at Ashburton and Topsham,  CANCELLED

31st March to 19th April
Bath Comedy Festival,  POSTPONED





15th to 19th April
From Page to Screen,




1st to 3rd May
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, 

1st to 6th May
Sherborne Abbey Festival, CANCELLED

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

8th to 17th May
Swindon Spring Festival, Look out for news of online and resheduled events on the website

9th to 17th May
Wimborne Literary Festival,  CANCELLED several events  POSTPONED

15th to 17th May
Dart Music Festival, CANCELLED

15th to 24th May
The Bath Festival,  POSTPONED

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

22nd to 24th May
The Cursus Cider and Music Festival, Canada Farm Sixpenny Handley POSTPONED to 2021
Exmouth Festival, CANCELLED

22nd to 24th May 
Wells Comedy Festival, Little Theatre, CANCELLED

22nd to 25th May
Jazz Jurassica, Lyme Regis,  CANCELLED
Chippenham Folk Festival,  CANCELLEDpostponed to 2021

22nd May to 7th June
Bath Fringe Festival, Hoping to organise a Fringe later in the year
Salisbury International Arts Festival, CANCELLED

23rd to 31st May
Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe   POSTPONED to  24th October – 1st November

23rd May to 7th June
Dorset Art Weeks,  POSTPONED
Purbeck Art Weeks, open studios, music, literature:  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 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: no information on website

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

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



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





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

12th to 14th June
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival,
inc Ninebarrow,  POSTPONED to 7th-9th August

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

11th to 14th June
Isle of Wight Festival, CANCELLED

13th June
Petherton Folk Fest, South Petherton,  CANCELLED

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

16th to 21st June
Farley Music Festival, POSTPONED TO 2021

19th to 21st June
Teignmouth Folk Festival,  CANCELLED

27th June to 5th July
Beaminster Festival,  CANCELLED

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

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







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

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

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

4th July
Coker Festival,
East Coker, music, local bands CANCELLED

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

4th to 11th July
Somerton Festival and Somerstock Festival ,  CANCELLED

9th to 12th July
Cerne Abbas Music Festival,
Gaudier Ensemble CANCELLED

10th to 12th July
Priddy Folk Festival CANCELLED

Swanage Jazz Festival CANCELLED

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

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

17th  and 18th July
Godney Gathering,
music, etc,10th anniversary, inc Lightning Seds, The Coral, British Sea Power CANCELLED

17th to 19th July
Harbourside Festival, free festival, street theatre, music, circus, food, historic ships, etc CANCELLED
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, music, theatre, talks, debates, processions CANCELLED

17th July to 12th September
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, THE 2020 festival will be held mostly virtually, with some live music in the final fortnight. Watch out for full details.

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

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

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

23rd to 26th July
Marlborough, Charlton Park. CANCELLED

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

24th to 26th July
Bridport Folk Festival, CANCELLED

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

31st July to 7th August
Sidmouth Folk Week,  CANCELLED


July dates to be confirmed

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


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





1st August 
Dorset Food and Arts Festival, Poundbury, Dorchester,  CANCELLED
Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza, CANCELLED

2nd to 8th August
Dillington Classical Guitar Festival,  CANCELLED

6th to 9th August
International Balloon Fiesta,
balloons, music, food etc CANCELLED
BUT  on a date to be announced between 1st to 14th August, balloons will fly over the city. Watch them from the safety of your homes

7th to 9th August
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival,
inc Ninebarrow,    CANCELLED

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

20th to 23rd August
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival  CANCELLED

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

23rd to 30th August
Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy, choral and sacred music from 16th to 21st century , WILL BE HELD ONLINE, for details, visit

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





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

4th to 6th September
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival,  CANCELLED

5th  September
Bridport Hat Festival, CANCELLED

5th  to 13th September
B-Side, Portland, multi media arts festival,  Biennial   POSTPONED until 2021

11th to 13th September
Swanage Folk Festival CANCELLED
Vicari0us Festival, travel and photography, Sparkford  POSTPONED until 3-5 Sept 2021




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

16th to 20th September
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival, gone virtual. See details on website,

19th September to 4th October
Somerset Open Studios, gone digital. See details on website,

24th to 27th September
Marlborough Literature Festival, CANCELLED

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


September dates to be confirmed
Arts by the Sea,
various venues,  no information available

International Agatha Christie Festival, Torbay,  CANCELLED


17th to 21st September 2021   Priston Music Festival,





5th to 8th October
Swanage Blues Festival  CANCELLED

12th to 17th October
Two Moors Festival 
no information available

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

21st to 25th October
From Page to Screen, Bridport, POSTPONED from April

24th October to  1st November
Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival
(postponed date)

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