Arts Festivals


Please check the festivals’ websites for the latest information.

Updated 11th May 2023

Events and festivals that are scheduled, but have not yet announced dates for 2023, are marked with an asterisk, and the year date 2022 is marked



Bradford (on Avon) Roots Music Festival   21st January 2023



Bristol Slapstick Festival,  14th to 19th February 2023

Bath Bach Festival,    16th to 18th February 2023



Swanage Blues Festival     2nd to 5th March 2023

Bath Comedy Festival  26th March to 16th April 2023

Teignmouth Poetry Festival,   31st March to 2 April 2023  


Shaftesbury Book Festival, Back in 2024




Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival, 1 April 2023

From Page to Screen, Bridport,  26th to 30th April 2023

Sherborne Abbey Festival,  27th April to 4th May 2023

Bristol Folk Festival  28th to 30th April  2023
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival,  28th to 30th April 2023

Minehead Victorian Steampunk Festival  29th April to 1st May 2023

Wylye Valley Art Trail,  biennial event, open studios, workshops  etc   29th April to 8th May 2023






Swindon Festival of Literature,   1st to 7th May 2023

Wedmore Arts Festival, to 14th May 2023

The Bath Festival,   12th to 21st May 2023

Dart Music Festival,  19th to 21st May 2023

Salisbury International Arts Festival, 24th May to 8th July

Shindig Weekender, Dillington Estate near Ilminster, music and comedy,  25th to 28th May 2023  

Sidmouth Jazz and Blues Festival,   25th to 29th May 2023

The Cursus Cider and Music Festival, Canada Farm Sixpenny Handley  26th to 28th May 2023
Od Arts Festival, West Coker  26th to 28th May 2023

Chippenham Folk Festival,  26th to 29th May 2023

Bath Fringe Festival, inc Bedlam fair   26th May to 11th June 2023

Purbeck Art Weeks, open studios, music, literature:  27th May to 11th June 2023



Dorset Art Weeks,  Back in 2024





Ilminster Literary Festival,  1st to 8th June

Devizes Arts Festival, multi arts festival,  2nd to 17th June 2023

Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth,   3rd and 4th June 2023

North Curry Music Festival,folk, classical, jazz  9th to 11th June
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, 9th to 11th June 2023
Chilthorne Domer Home Farm Fest,
fund-raiser for Piers Simon Appeal,  9th to 11th June 2023


Blue Sky Festival, Corsham, Pound Arts,   12th to 17th June 2023

Farley Music Festival,  13th to 18th June 2023

Wimborne Literary Festival,  13th to 25th May 2023

Lyme Crime, festival of crime fiction,  15th to 17th June 2023

Isle of Wight Festival, 15th to 18th June 2023

Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe   15th to 26th June 2023

Bath Pub in the Park Food and Music Festival, Royal Victoria Park, 16th to 8th June 2023

Petherton Folk Fest, South Petherton,   17th June 2023

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts,  21st to 25th June 2023

Beaminster Festival, 25th June to 2nd July 2023

Chalke Valley History Festival, talks, discussions, debates, living history encampment, air show, celebration of history, writing,   26th June to 2nd July 2023

Budleigh Salterton Music Festival,   30th June to 8th July 2023

Somerton  Music and Arts Festival includes Somerstock Weekend  30th June to 8th July 2023





New Forest Folk Festival, Plaitford nr Romsey, Powells Farm,  5th to 9th July 2023

Upton Country Park Festival,  7th & 8th July 2023

Priddy Folk Festival, 30th anniversary 7th to 9th July 2023
Swanage Jazz Festival  7th to 9th July 2023

Frome Festival, includes world food feast, open studios, bands, opera etc   7th to 16th July 2023

Bridgwater Quayside Festival, music, street and indoor theatre, carnival, circus, puppetry, dance, etc,  8th July 2023

Godney Gathering, music, etc,  14th and 15th July 2023

Southern Cathedrals Festival, Chichester Cathedral, music, 14th to 16th July 2023
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival,
music, theatre, talks, debates, processions  14th to 16th July 2023 Jurassic Fields Music Festival, Bridport,  14th to 16th July 2023

Bristol Harbour Festival, street theatre, music, circus, food, historic ships, etc  15th and 16th July 2023

BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London  15th July to 10th September 2023       

Cerne Abbas Music Festival, Gaudier Ensemble   20th to 23rd July 2023

Chagstock Music Festival, Chagford,  21st and 22nd July 2023

Bridport Folk Festival,  21st to 23rd July 2023
Shaftesbury Fringe Festival,  21st to 23rd July 2023

Dorset Opera Festival, Coade Hall, Bryanston,  Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Massenet’s The King of Lahore, 25th to 29th July 2023

Womad, Marlborough, Charlton Park.  27th to 30th July 2023
Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle,   27th to 30th July 2023

Exmouth Festival,  28th to 31st July 2023

* Garden Theatre Festival,  Holburne Museum Gardens, Bath,,   2022

Dillington Classical Guitar Festival,   30th July to 5th August 2023





FarmFest, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton.  3rd to 5th August 2023

Valley Fest, Chew Magna, music and food,  3rd to 6th August 2023

Sidmouth Folk Week,  4th to 11th August 2023

Weston-super-Mare Sea Shanty and Folk Music Festival  4th to 6th August 2023

Dorset Food and Arts Festival, Great Field, Poundbury, Dorchester,  5th August 2023
Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza,  5th August 2023

International Balloon Fiesta, balloons, music, food etc   10th to 13th August 2023

Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art  12th to 20th August 2023

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival   17th to 20th August 2023

Beautiful Days, Escot Park, Ottery St Mary,   18th to 20th August 2023

Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy, choral and sacred music from 16th to 21st century, 21st to 28th August 2023

IfOpera Festival, (formerly Iford Arts)  24th August to 16th September 2023

Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, indie rock fest,   25th to 27th August 2023

Lyme Regis Folk Weekend,  25th to 28th August 2023

End of the Road Festival,   31st August to 3rd September 2023


Watchet Music Festival,   Back in 2024






Didmarton Bluegrass Festival,  1st to 3rd September 2023

Bridport Hat Festival,  2nd September 2023

*Once Upon a Time in the West, (deepest Wiltshire near Trowbridge) music, local beers and cider,  2022

Purbeck Chamber Music Festival,    7th to 10th September 2023
B-Side, Portland, multi media arts festival,  7th to 10th September 2023

Swanage Folk Festival  8th to 10th September 2023

Jane Austen Festival, Bath,  8th to 17th September 2023

International Agatha Christie Festival, Torbay,   9th to 17th September 2023

*Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival,   2022

* Priston Music Festival,   2022

Somerset Open Studios,  26th September to 1st October 2023

Marlborough Literature Festival, www.marlboroughlitfest.or28th September to 1st October 2023

Bath Children’s Literature Festival 29th September to 8th October 2023

* Arts by the Sea, various venues,   2022





Swanage Blues Festival    5th to 8th October 2023
Two Moors Festival,     5th to 8th and 12th to 15th October 2023

* Mere Literary Festival.    2022

* Wells Festival of Literature, 2022

Dorchester Literary Festival,  14th to 21st October 2023

Celebrate Voice, Salisbury,  19th to 28th October 2023

Yeovil Literary Festival,   26th to 30th October 2023

Purbeck Film Festival, Rex Cinema and other Purbeck venues,     October dates to be announced

Salisbury Literary Festival,   No information





Bath Film Festival, various venues,  No information


Bridport Literary Festival  5th to 11th November 2023

Bath Mozart Festival,  10th to 18th November 2023