Radical history and music at Tolpuddle

THIS year’s Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, the annual memorial to the Tolpuddle Martyrs, celebrating radical thought, trade unionism and socialism takes place this year from 19th to 21st July.

The weekend will be the familiar mixture of talks, radical films from around the world, folk and protest music, comedy and political speeches, all culminating in the traditional procession on Sunday afternoon.

The headline performer is folk singer Eddi Reader, and other performers are Jess Sile, Elvis McGonagall, Scribes, Les Carter, Joe Solo and Baque Loar.

The festival also has a visual arts element this year with the artist Bob and Roberta Smith running a range of activities focused around the Tolpuddle oak tree, under which the Martyrs met in 1834. This event is part of the National Trust’s People’s Landscapes programme.