Saturday 23rd


at The Town Hall – on both floors
Time – 10am – 4pm
Local artists and crafts people selling their wares, from furniture to jewellery & ceramics to silk.
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 (Made’s old shop) No.1 the Cobbles (new venue)
Time – 11am – 3p
A mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations and prescribes poems as cures. Take part in a free private poetic health consultation with the Emergency Poet, and within 10 minutes you will be prescribed an appropriate poem, verse or lyric.
 “This was such a wonderful experience…very uplifting. Lovely to have poems handpicked by someone to meet one’s inspiration, requirements, personal needs etc. and I love both the prescription poem and the poetry pill.”
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited

at Bank House B&B, High Street,
Time – 10.30 – 12.30
This workshop will give a practical, hands-on introduction to the technique of intaglio printmaking  reusing tetra paks from milk or juice packs.
This workshop will be based on experimentation and exploration, and each participant should bring an idea of what they would like to draw on the plate. Maximum size is 20 x 20 cm.  All materials including Tetra Paks, inks, paper and press will be provided, but please bring an apron.  Only 7 places available
Admission £25.00 per adult and £15 for accompanied children aged 8 and over.

Ellie Tarratt, Pretender to the Throne, Historically inspired ceramics – Opposite the Town Hall.  Time – 10am – 5pm
Jane Allard, Weaving  – Kerry Rise, Kerry Green,  SY9 5AR.  Time – 10 am – 4pm
Julia Bath, Mixed Media –  The Old Bakery,  Church Street.  Time – 10 am – 4pm
Helen Robinson, Oriel Glass Studio – The Old Vicarage, Church Lane. Time 10am – 5pm
Marian Watson – Handmade silver and gold jewellery, and Paintings – Chapel View, Station Street, SY9 5AQ.  Time 10am – 5pm
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited

KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOUR a children’s musical workshop
At the rear of St John’s Church
Time – 10am. till 12 noon
The children will arrange the scenery, make some “props”,and learn some music,  they then perform it.  Composer Malcolm Williamson
Admission – please bring £2 towards expenses

A Family Workshop with Malcolm Whittall

at The Three Tuns Inn
Time – 10.00am to 11.00pm
You don’t need to be an artist to be a cartoonist. Lack of drawing experience might even be an advantage. You can’t go wrong with a cartoon (you can only make it funnier).
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

at The Methodist Hall (change of venue from the Tuns)
Time – 10.30am to 12.30pm
Anyone who has ever fancied singing with others is very welcome, regardless of experience. Our aim is to get participants making a lovely sound as quickly as possible. Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

at The Library
Time – 1.00pm
Children’s Short Story Competition – Can you write an exciting story of 6 – 500 words? Are you aged 13 or under? Prizes include signed copies of: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo Sandman and The Turtles by Michael Morpurgo, and Signed books by: Stephen Cole,  Holly Webb, A.F Harold.   Deadline January 15th 2019 Email your story with your name, age, contact phone number to before January 15th 2019
Admission Free


a talk by Professor Martin Rudwick ScD FBA
at The Church Barn
Time – 2pm
In the early 19th century, geologists realised that the Earth is almost inconceivably ancient, and its fossil animals and plants extremely strange.  The London geologist Roderick Murchison did extensive fieldwork in the Marches, named the earliest fossils ‘Silurian’ after the ancient British tribe the Silures, and published his research so effectively that he was called the ‘King of Siluria’.   For modern geologists the ‘Silurian’ is still a significant period in the Earth’s deep history, and names such as Ludlow and Wenlock are familiar far beyond Britain.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited

WIND HARP WORKSHOP with Bamber Hawes and Helen Clare
at The Methodist Hall
Time –  2.00pm to 4.00pm
Wind Harps are also known as Aeolian Harps.
Come and make a windharp – a string instrument that plays itself as the wind blows.  You’ll fashion them from every day materials to Bamber’s design, and Helen will be on hand to discuss some of the science behind it.  Then find your perfect windy spot and let it play.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

MINDFULNESS – a workshop with Matthew Trustman
at Bank House B&B, High Street,
Time – 3.00 – 4.30pm
Come along and join in a creative mindfulness based workshop. Using arts based processes to warm and nurture creativity – an early spring “time” to yourself. No experience necessary.  Matthew is a local Dramatherapist and a senior lecturer at Roehampton University on the dramatherapy masters course.  Call 07766 023534 for more information.  booking essential – email
Admission – £8 – including refreshments/cake

BALKAN CEILIDH Led by Rosa James
at The Three Tuns Inn
Time – 7.30pm
An evening of dances mainly from Eastern Europe with simple steps taught by Rosa James, and live music from Bellamonda. No partners needed.  To book your place phone Sue on 01588 630200
Admission – £6 / £4.50 Conc

at The Underground at The Public Hall, Station Street.
Time – 7.00 for 8pm start
New line up of professional comedians, Howard Read to host with Seymour Mace & Kevin Dewsbury.  We will be making the Underground into a cosy, comfortable atmosphere with tables and candles again, and a fully stocked bar,
Tickets will be on sale via the Facebook page – Bishops Castle Undergound Comedy club.
Admission – £10