Friday 23rd

SCRAPTASTIC with Liz Still
at The Three Tuns Top Room
Time – 10am – 12 noon
Come and make something fantastic out of recycled scrap, junk and stuff! Animals, Robots, Monsters or whatever you dream up. Under 9’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

at The Public Hall
Time – 10am to 5pm
23rd, 24th and 25th February
Around 20 local artists will exhibit in the spacious Public Hall, Station Street, Bishops Castle SY9 5AQ
They will show “Affordable Art”, which can include paintings, linocuts, watercolours, textiles,ceramics and cards. At times Mainstone WI will run a Creative Cafe supplying refreshments and homemade cakes and savouries.
Free entry and parking.  Full disabled access.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

OPEN STUDIOS –  more details under  ‘THROUGHOUT’
Jane Allard
Time – 10 am – 4pm each day  Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th
Kerry Rise, Kerry Green, Bishop’s Castle, SY9 5AR
Jock Wright
Time – 11 am – 4pm each day  Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th February
Yarborough House, Market Square, Bishop’s Castle, SY9 5BN
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

GREAT B.C. BAKE OFF Registration
at Bank House B&B
from 10 am til 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 new for 2018 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 – 50p per entry for each category/ free for younger bakers (under 16s)
Proceeds to Save the SpArC campaign

POETRY OUT OF ODDITY: the Wunderkammer
at Bank House B&B
Time – 10.30 am to 12 noon
Workshop with Jean Atkin: making poems from the contents of ‘cupboards of marvels’.
Book your place with Gerry at Bank House or by email to
Suitable for everyone (12+) whether you’re just curious or write poetry regularly.
£5 to include Tea/ coffee/ cake and a donation to Arts Festival funds.

at The Town Hall
Time – 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Let wonderful Watercolours paint themselves as they reveal magical effects.
Landscapes will appear before your eyes. Materials supplied.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS – in music, culture and my own experience
a talk by Paul Binding

at The Church Barn
Time – 2.00pm
Paul will talk about the time he spent in the Appalachian Mountains, referring a lot to his journeys of exploration in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. He went there because he was writing a book on writers from the American South.  He will include reading from some Southern/Appalachian writers and also will play recordings of Bluegrass music and other traditional instrumental music.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

a talk by Gerry Kennedy

at The Church Barn
Time – 4.00pm
In the early 1980s the Bishop’s Castle and Clun Peace Group, attempting to unite citizens against global political hostilities, actively promoted a ‘tripling’ of similar towns with ourselves, the USSR and USA. A delegation visited ‘Leningrad’; Gerry Kennedy went as envoy to both countries via China and the Trans Siberian. He recalls the group and reads from, ‘The Booles and the Hintons’, 2016, which, in part, follows the story.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

Ooh La La – pop up restaurant
at Bank House B&B
Time – Sittings at 7.00pm & 9pm
Join Tahira and Gerry as they celebrate the food, people and places of France.  Dressing up to be encouraged so start knitting your beret, stringing your onions and learning the can can.
Booking essential – contact Gerry at Bank House by email: or see Tahira at The Chai Shop
Admission £25 (including a welcome cocktail)

by the Castle Players

at SpArC Theatre
Time – 7.00pm
It’s pantomine time, Oh no it isn’t, Oh yes it is.
Admission – £6 adult / £4 child

at The Three Tuns Inn
Time – Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start
‘New York blues hall of fame’ guitarist, singer, song writer ‘Beki Brindle’
Brings her own style of funky blues, rock & swing to bishops castle once More!
She is fast building a musical following in the U.K. backed by ‘ace drummer’
Sticky Wicket and a top line-up of musicians.
The evening will open with an acoustic ‘blues roots’ session followed by
A great set of rockin’ music from Beki and the band.
See facebook: Beki Brindle-scala & Beki Brindle band.
Admission – £10
Tickets available from the Town Hall and