The Arts Festival in Wedmore is fast becoming a regular feature of Wedmore village life, attracting local residents as well as those from further afield to see our events. As always our performers include a mixture of household names as well as those who are still on the first rungs of the ladder leading to fame and fortune!
Wedmore Arts Festival is a ‘not for profit’ organisation which exists to promote the tradition of arts-based events in the area by staging a broad range of high-quality creative activities designed to bring together diverse aspects of our community. The Festival also aims to give local people access to high profile performers not normally associated with village events, whilst at the same time providing a platform for local talent.
Wedmore Arts Festival supports young local talent too. We currently provide support for violinist Poppy McGhee and budding ballerina Innes Oliver.
Wedmore Arts Festival first ran in 2000, its purpose to encourage the tradition of arts-based events in the village by staging a broad range of top-quality creative activities. (Wedmore Opera was already well-established by that time). The Festival also aims to give local people access to high profile performers not normally associated with village events, whilst at the same time providing a platform for local talent.
Performers and speakers over the past few years have included
- Marcus Brigstocke,
- Joanna Trollope,
- Michael Morpurgo,
- Ballet Central,
- Chris Jagger,
- Lord West of Spithead,
- Peter Wright, former Editor of the Mail on Sunday,
- comedian Simon Evans,
- BBC veteran Kate Adie
- singer Anita Harris
- novellist & poet Tara Newley Arkle
- plus a recording of Any Questions in the church.
Wedmore is large village between the Mendips and the Somerset Levels which has a fascinating history. It is a village about six miles from both Wells and Glastonbury, but twice as special as either! (King Alfred defeated the Vikings just down the road, and signed the treaty with their leader, Guthrum, in the village).
Although Wedmore is a small place, in football terms it would be said to punch above its weight. And of course it is in a beautiful setting, with views out on to the Mendips from one side and the vast Avalon Marshes nature reserve on the other. Certainly worth a visit…