Arts Festivals


Please check the festivals’ websites for the latest information.

Updated 11th February 2024

Events and festivals that are scheduled, but have not yet announced dates for 2024, are marked in red



Bradford (on Avon) Roots Music Festival  20th and 21st January 2024



Bristol Slapstick Festival,   14th to 18th February 2024

Bath Bach Festival,       15th to 17th February 2024 

Swanage Blues Festival       29th Febrary to 3rd March 2024




Curious Minds, Bath, various venues       7th to 28th March 2024

Shaftesbury Book Festival,  15th to 17th March 2024

Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival,    23rd March  2024 

Teignmouth Poetry Festival,         23rd and 24th March  2024  






Bath Comedy Festival         1st to 21st April 2024

From Page to Screen, Bridport,      26th to 30th April  2024

Minehead Victorian Steampunk Festival   NO details yet


Wylye Valley Art Trail,  biennial event, open studios, workshops  etc      back in 2025




Sherborne Abbey Festival          2nd to 9th May 2024

Bristol Folk Festival                             3rd to 5th May 2024

Swindon Festival of Literature,      6th to 12th May 2024   

Wedmore Arts Festival,              11th to 19th May 2024

Dart Music Festival,    17th to 19th May 2024

The Bath Festival,   17th to 26th May 2024

Shindig Weekender Dillington Estate near Ilminster, music and comedy,   23rd to 26th May 2024

Sidmouth Jazz and Blues Festival,  23rd to 27th May 2024

The Cursus Cider and Music Festival, Canada Farm Sixpenny Handley      24th to 26th May 2024

Od Arts Festival, West Coker      No details yet

Chippenham Folk Festival,    24th to 27th May  2024

Bath Fringe Festival, inc Bedlam fair   24th May to 9th June 2024

Dorset Art Weeks,  25th May to 9th June  2024

Love Saves the Day Ashton Court, Bristol  25th and 26th May 2024

Purbeck Art Weeks  open studios, music, literature:    25th May to 9th June 2024

Salisbury International Arts Festival    26th May to 9th June 2024

Ilminster Literary Festival          30th May to 6th June 2024





Devizes Arts Festival multi arts festival,   June 2024  TBC

Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth,     1st and 2nd June 2024   

North Curry Music Festival, folk, classical, jazz   No details yet

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival,                7th to 9th June 2024
Chilthorne Domer Home Farm Fest,
fund-raiser for Piers Simon Appeal,            7th to 9th June 2024

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival     8th and 9th June 2024

Blue Sky Festival, Corsham, Pound Arts,       No details yet

Petherton Folk Fest  South Petherton,    15th June 2024

Farley Music Festival,   18th to 23rd June 2024

Wimborne Literary Festival,    No details yet

Lyme Crime, festival of crime fiction,   20th to 22nd June 2024

Isle of Wight Festival,     20th to 23rd June 2024

Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe    No details yet

Beaminster Festival,   23rd to 30th June 2024

Chalke History Festival, talks, discussions, debates, living history encampment, air show, celebration of history, writing,    24th to 30th June 2024

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts,  26th to 30th June 2024

Budleigh Salterton Music Festival,    28th June to 6th July 2024


Bath Pub in the Park Food and Music Festival, Royal Victoria Park,    Not in Bath this year





New Forest Folk Festival, Plaitford nr Romsey, Powells Farm,      3rd to 7th July 2024

Somerton  Music and Arts Festival includes Somerstock Weekend   4th to 13th July 2024  TBC

Frome Festival  includes world food feast, open studios, bands, opera etc    5th to 14th July 2024

Upton Country Park Festival,     6th July 2024      

2000 Trees Upcoat Farm, Cheltenham   10th to 13th July 2024

Priddy Folk Festival                  12th to 14th July 2024
Swanage Jazz Festival    12th to 14th July 2024

Bridgwater Quayside Festival, music, street and indoor theatre, carnival, circus, puppetry, dance, etc,   Dates to be confirmed

Godney Gathering, music, etc,     19th and 20th July 2024

Southern Cathedrals Festival, Winchester Cathedral, music,    11th to 14th July 2024
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival,
music, theatre, talks, debates, processions     19th to 21st July  2024

Jurassic Fields Music Festival, Bridport,  12th to 14th July 2024

Bristol Harbour Festival, street theatre, music, circus, food, historic ships, etc    19th to 21st July 2024

BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London     July to 14th  September, 2024   Dates to be confirmed

Cerne Abbas Music Festival, Gaudier Ensemble  No details yet

Godney Gathering Garslade Farm  19th and 20th July 2024
Chagstock Music Festival,
Chagford,  19th and 20th July 2024

Dorset Opera Festival, 50th Anniversary, Coade Hall, Bryanston,  Under the Greenwood Tree, premiere,  Madam Butterfly  22nd to 28th July 2024

Womad, Marlborough, Charlton Park.      25th to 28th July 2024
Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle,        25th to 28th July 2024

Bridport Folk Festival          26th to 28th July 2024
Shaftesbury Fringe Festival 26th to 28th July 2024
Poole Harbour Festival      26th to 28th July 2024

Exmouth Festival,         No details yet

Garden Theatre Festival,  Holburne Museum Gardens, Bath,      No details yet




Valley Fest, (Bristol Food and Music Festival) Chew Magna, music and food,   1st to 4th August 2024

Sidmouth Folk Week,    2nd to 9th August 2024

Weston-super-Mare Sea Shanty and Folk Music Festival     2nd to 4th August 2024

Dorset Food and Arts Festival, Great Field, Poundbury, Dorchester,    3rd August 2024
Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza,   3rd August 2024

International Balloon Fiesta, balloons, music, food etc  8th to 11th August 2024

Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art   10th to 18th August 2024

ArcTangent  Fernhill Farm nr Bristol   1th to 17th August 2024

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival     15th to 18th August 2024

Beautiful Days, Escot Park, Ottery St Mary,    16th to 18th August 2024

Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy, choral and sacred music from 16th to 21st century,    18th to 25th August 2024

IfOpera Festival, (formerly Iford Arts)    Lucia di Lammermoor and Die Fledermaus   No details yet

Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, indie rock fest,    23rd to 25th August 2024

Lyme Regis Folk Weekend,    23rd to 26th August 2024

End of the Road Festival,                             29th August to 1st September 2024
Purbeck Chamber Music Festival   29th August to 1st September 2024

Didmarton Bluegrass Festival   30th August to 1st September 2024




 Forwards  Bristol  Date in September to be notified

Bridport Hat Festival   7th September 2024

B-Side, Portland, multi media arts festival,   5th to 8th September 2024

Swanage Folk Festival  6th to 8th September 2024

International Agatha Christie Festival   Torbay,    7th to 15th September 2024

Jane Austen Festival  Bath   13th to 22nd September 2024

Priston Music Festival   13th to 15th September 2024

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 18th to 22nd September 2024

Somerset Art Weeks Festival   21st September to 6th October 2024

Marlborough Literature Festival,   26th to 29th September 2024

Bath Children’s Literature Festival  27th September to 6th October 2024

Arts by the Sea, various venues,   29th September to 1st October, 2024





Swanage Blues Festival         3rd to 6th October 2024

Two Moors Festival,   3rd to 13th October 2024 

Mere Literary Festival.    9th to 12th October 2024

Wells Festival of Literature,  No dates yet

Dorchester Literary Festival,  12th to 19th October 2024

Celebrate Voice, Salisbury,    No dates yet

Purbeck Film Festival, Rex Cinema and other Purbeck venues, 18th October to 2nd November 2024

Salisbury Literary Festival,  20th to 22nd October 2024 TBC

Yeovil Literary Festival  24th to 28th October 2024





Bath Film Festival various venues,  No dates yet

Bridport Literary Festival  3rd to 9th November 2024

Bath Mozart Festival,  8th to 16th November 2024