Arts Festivals

ARTS and LITERARY FESTIVALS 2020 

[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.

 

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 news of online and resheduled events on the website

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 POSTPONED to 2021
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 no information on website

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 CANCELLED

 

 

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  now on line

12th to 14th June
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival,
inc Ninebarrow, www.wimbornefolk.co.uk  POSTPONED to 7th-9th August

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 POSTPONED TO 2021

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 CANCELLED

4th to 6th July
UK Boogie Woogie Festival,
Sturminster Newton, www.ukboogiewoogiefestival.co.uk CANCELLED

4th to 11th July
Somerton Festival and Somerstock Festival , www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk  CANCELLED

9th to 12th July
Cerne Abbas Music Festival,
Gaudier Ensemble www.cerneabbasmusicfestival.co.uk CANCELLED

10th to 12th July
Priddy Folk Festival  www.priddyfolk.org CANCELLED

Swanage Jazz Festival  www.swanagejazzfestival.co.uk CANCELLED

10th to 18th July
Budleigh Salterton Music Festival, classical music, www.budleighmusicfestival.co.uk CANCELLED

16th to 19th July
Larmer Tree Festival,
Tollard Royal, www.larmertreefestival.co.uk  CANCELLED

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

17th to 19th July
Harbourside Festival, free festival, street theatre, music, circus, food, historic ships, etc www.bristolharbourfestival.co.uk CANCELLED
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, music, theatre, talks, debates, processions  www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk CANCELLED

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

19th July
Southern Cathedrals Festival,
  Winchester Cathedral, music, www.southerncathedralsfestival.org.uk  CANCELLED

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

23rd to 26th July
Womad,
Marlborough, Charlton Park. www.womad.co.uk CANCELLED

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

24th to 26th July
Bridport Folk Festival,
www.bridportfolkfestival.co.uk CANCELLED

30th July to 2nd August
Camp Bestival,
Lulworth Castle, www.campbestival.net CANCELLED

31st July to 7th August
Sidmouth Folk Week, www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk  CANCELLED

 

July dates to be confirmed

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

 

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  CANCELLED
Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza, www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/information/glastonbury-abbey-extravaganza/ CANCELLED

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

6th to 9th August
International Balloon Fiesta,
balloons, music, food etc www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk 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, www.wimbornefolk.co.uk    CANCELLED

15th to 23rd August
Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art www.burtonbradstockfestival.com  CANCELLED

20th to 23rd August
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk  CANCELLED

21st to 23rd August
Beautiful Days, Escot Park, Ottery St Mary, www.beautifuldays.org  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 www.edingtonfestival.org

28th to 30th August
Lyme Regis Folk Weekend,
www.lymefolk.com  CANCELLED
Victorious Festival,
Portsmouth, The Specials, James Bay, The Hives, The Rifles, Clean Bandit, The Vaccines, etc  www.victoriousfestival.co.uk  CANCELLED
Watchet Music Festival, www.watchetfestival.co.uk  CANCELLED

 

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SEPTEMBER

3rd to 6th September
Purbeck Chamber Music Festival, www.purbeck-chambermusic.org.uk    CANCELLED
End of the Road Festival, www.endoftheroadfestival.com  CANCELLED

4th to 6th September
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival,
www.didmarton-bluegrass.co.uk  CANCELLED

5th  September
Bridport Hat Festival,
www.bridporthatfest.org CANCELLED

5th  to 13th September
B-Side, Portland, multi media arts festival, www.b-side.org.uk  Biennial   POSTPONED until 2021

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

 

 

 

11th to 20th September
Jane Austen Festival, Bath, www.janeaustenfestivalbath.co.uk CANCELLED

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

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

24th to 27th September
Marlborough Literature Festival,
www.marlboroughlitfest.org CANCELLED

25th September to 4th October
Bath Children’s Literature Festival www.bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature  CANCELLED

 

September dates to be confirmed
Arts by the Sea,
various venues, www.artsbournemouth.org.uk  no information available

International Agatha Christie Festival, Torbay, www.iacf-uk.org  CANCELLED

 

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  CANCELLED

12th to 17th October
Two Moors Festival www.thetwomoorsfestival.co.uk 
no information available

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

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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