Welcome to the Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts, celebrating the best local bands, groups, artists, poets and writers.
The historic stone built town of Winchcombe stands near the foot of the northern Cotswold hills and is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visitors to the town can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the unique attractions of nearby Sudeley Castle, the preserved steam railway line and the already famous walking trails. The creative energy in the town has encouraged a lively range of communal and social activities led by the vibrant Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts.
2017 DATES – MONDAY 22ND MAY TO BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 29TH MAY.
The coffee concert this morning at 10.00am is ‘Maytime Harmony’, featuring Patchwork and Five in a Bar. This event is free. Come and join us for an excellent morning’s entertainment.
In ‘More Tea with the Obsessive Collector’ this afternoon at 3.00pm at the Wesley House, Mark Newsum will be reminiscing about his lifetime collecting antiques while his audience enjoys a delicious afternoon tea.
There is a ‘Storytelling Adventure’ activity for children at 9, Gretton Road at 3.30pm.
This evening, ‘Classic Wind’ return, by popular demand, to perform a concert entitled ‘Folk Songs and Stories’. This event is at St Nicholas’ Church at 7.30pm.
In The White Hart at 8.00pm, The Apple Mashers return to get your foot tapping as they play a mix of cover versions of Country, Rock and Pop tunes. A real party night.
Tickets are still available for all events.
TUESDAY: The Sculpture Trail began. Poetry Please … and coffee – was much appreciated. If you would like a list of the poems that were read, please go to the ‘Poetry Please’ page. During the afternoon, The Carducci String Quartet led an hour-long interactive workshop for over 120 local primary school children, kindly hosted by Winchcombe Abbey C of E Primary School. The session was inspiring and educational, and the children were held spellbound by the wonderful music they experienced. Later in the afternoon, Tim Porter delivered a fascinating talk entitled ‘The Story of Winchcombeshire’. Such was the demand for this talk, we had to change the venue to the larger location of Encounter Church. In the evening, The Carducci String Quartet performed a programme including Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak. Their skill and passion for music was evident throughout – this was an event of the highest quality and inspired us all. Edd Donovan and the Wandering Moles entertained his audience at The White Hart with his own highly-distinctive sound.
‘Winchcombe’s Golden Leaf’ and ‘Rick Payne’ are now sold out.
The Festival is a non-profit making organisation run by people in Winchcombe for people in Winchcombe, bringing live music and arts to Winchcombe. We try to showcase local talent as well as many wonderful performers and artists from further afield.
There are many ways to get involved with varying levels of time commitment to suit your preferences. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the running of Festival please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.