Thornbury Arts Festival tickets selling well

March 28 2017
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TICKETS have gone on sale for the 2017 Thornbury Arts Festival, with demand high for a number of events in the nine-day programme.

TICKETS have gone on sale for the 2017 Thornbury Arts Festival, with demand high for a number of events in the nine-day programme.

Award winning folk singer Cara Dillon, scientist Professor Lord Robert Winston and former shadow home secretary Ann Widdecombe are among the hits with early buyers.

Other highlights include the acclaimed Reduced Shakespeare Company in a “new” play by the Bard - as allegedly discovered in a Leicester car park - and Squashbox Theatre’s Sea Show, which is aimed at families and will be followed by a puppet workshop for children.

Ann Widdecombe - now known to many as a past Strictly Come Dancing contestant - will launch the festival on Friday, May 5, with a talk about her life, which still involves serious debate and regular TV documentaries.

Cara Dillon’s concert will see the Northern Irish singer joined by her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman, together with fiddle champion Niall Murphy, while leading fertility expert Professor Winston will give a talk on genetics.

International antiques expert Judith Miller, a regular on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, also comes to the festival to give an insight into her career and the collecting of antiques.

Other evening events include Dale Dennehy, of Dyrham Park, explaining the background to the restoration of the National Trust site’s gardens, as well as Thornbury Choral Society singing Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

The programme’s lunchtime talks, this year taking place in the United Reformed Church, feature topics ranging from the work of the Bristol Film Office and the creation of the Badminton railway line to 100 years of the Women’s Institute and the history of Thornbury in ten items.

Meanwhile, a guided walk around the Purton hulks - the abandoned boats and ships that were deliberately beached next to the river Severn near Sharpness - has already sold out but a repeat ramble is being pursued.

The festival, which runs from May 5-13, will be brought to a close by the foot-tapping sounds of the electric string quartet Stringfever.

Visit www.thornburyartsfestival.com for further details.