Friday 22nd

at (Made’s old shop) No.1 the Cobbles (new venue)
Time – 10.00am – 11.30am
Poetry is Pants!
Write your own poem on the subject of pants…smarty pants, royal pants, pants for cold weather, magic pants, furry pants, spy pants, pirate pants, witch pants,bank robber pants, dangerous pants… (or knickers!)
Young People’s Poetry Workshop (ages 8 to I2 )     All materials provided
Spaces are limited so email Deb at to reserve your place  More info about Deborah can be found at –
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited

at The Public Hall, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle, SY9 5AQ
Time – 10am to 5pm
Around 20 local artists will exhibit in the spacious Public Hall.  They will show “Affordable Art”, which can include paintings, linocuts, watercolours, textiles, ceramics and cards. At times the Mainstone WI will run a Creative Café supplying refreshments and homemade cakes and savouries. Free parking. Full disabled access
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited

GREAT B.C. BAKE OFF Registration
at Bank House B&B
from 10 am until 5 pm
Let’s get Bishop’s Castle baking with our own Bake Off challenge – Choice of three categories – signature bake, technical challenge or show stopper – plus an additional class for younger bakers. Open to bakers of all ages/ genders. Registration – you will be given the theme/recipe when you register.  Submit your bakes on Sunday by 12 noon and come back at 3 pm for results and The Tea Party
Admission – £1 per entry for each category/ free for younger bakers (under 16s) Proceeds to local charity

at The Town Hall
Time – 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
In Sue’s watercolour workshop this year we will look at Landscapes with trees; to include distance, middle-distance and close to.
All welcome.   Materials supplied.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

JUNIOR DANCE with Rosa James
at The Methodist Hall
Time – 2.30pm to 4pm
Age 8 – 13
Dance workshop for youngsters aged 8-13ish. Learn some fun dances from across the world with simple steps and beautiful music. Led by Rosa James.
Parents/guardians welcome to  attend.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited

IRIS MURDOCH (1919-99) and BARBARA PYM (1913-80)
a Talk by Paul Binding

at The Church Barn
Time – 2.00pm
Iris Murdoch was one of the leading novelists of her generation, almost from the start with her first novel, Under the Net (1954).
Barbara Pym was a successful writer in the 1950s  Then in 1977 there was a rediscovery and she was published again to great acclaim.
Paul was close friends with both ladies and his talk will therefore be personal but will also contain his reflections on their novels.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

DRUMMING WORKSHOP with Sticky Wicket
at The Three Tuns Inn
Time – 2.00pm & 4pm
Try your hand at drumming!! Absolute beginner’s welcome or if you have recently started playing the drums! Sticky will guide you through all the basic essentials you need to get you on the road to the joys of drumming!  He will have 2 drum sets for you to try and plenty of drumsticks so no need to bring anything, just come along!
This is an open session where drummers or anyone just interested in drums and drumming can request any drumming topic for Sticky to comment upon or give instructions in. For example……Classic Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Funky, Soul, Tamla, Latin and basically any style of drumming vintage or modern. Also for discussion could be Rudiments, Traditional grip, Stick techniques, Setting up, Tuning for Live and Recording sessions or basically anything drumming aspect Sticky will try and help you with.
He will have the 2 drum sets and also anyone is invited to bring along a drum or piece of equipment to ask about. (Restricted to 1 item per person)
All 8 – 11 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Email or phone 01588 630200 to secure a place.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

at SpArC
Time – 5pm
David Gibb is an award winning song writer and musician.  After several successful years playing on the UK folk scene, in 2014 David found himself frustrated at the lack of high quality music available for families. Inspired by the strong independent children’s music movement in America, he set himself the mission of writing an album of songs aimed at families, with quality, musicianship and song writing being the focus. The result was Letters Through Your Door, an album packed full of catchy toe-tapping songs guaranteed to get families around the country singing along.
Admission  £7.50 or Family of 5 £30

at The Three Tuns Inn
Time – 7.30pm for an 8pm start
Almost inevitably, Peter Donegan has been performing since the age of five, given that the ‘Godfather of British Rock n Roll’, ‘King Of Skiffle’, the late Lonnie Donegan, is his father.  Primarily a singer/songwriter and piano player, Peter picked up the acoustic guitar after his Dad passed away in 2002 and taught himself to play the mandolin, harmonica, banjo and ukulele.
Admission – £10.00
Tickets are available online at
and also from the Three Tuns Inn in February.