Sunday 23rd

ARTISAN MARKET
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.

CASTLE ARTISTS EXHIBITION
at The Public Hall, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle, SY9 5AQ
Time  10am to 5pm
Around 15 local artists will exhibit in the spacious Public Hall.  They will show “Affordable Art”, which can include paintings, linocuts, watercolours, textiles, ceramics, photography and cards. The Mainstone WI cafe will sell refreshments, including homemade cakes and savouries, between 12noon and 3.30pm.
Free parking.   Full disabled access.     http://www.castleartists.co.uk
Admission FREE – Donations to Festival Funds invited

ARTISTS’ OPEN STUDIOS
Jock Wright, Abstract Art – Yarborough House, Market Sq.  Time 11am – 4pm
Ellie Tarratt, Pretender to the Throne, Historically inspired ceramics – Opposite the Town Hall.  Time – 10am – 5pm
Jenny Jones, Painter – The Porch House, High Street, SY9 5BE  Time 10am – 4pm
Julia Bath, Mixed Media –  The Old Bakery,  Church Street.  Time 10 am – 4pm
Victoria Heath, Painter – 18 Market Square. Time 10am – 4pm
Helen Robinson, Stained Glass Studio – The Old Vicarage, Church Lane. 10am – 5pm
Geraldine Burkill, Painter – 2 Kerry Lane. Time 10am – 5pm

Jane Allard, Weaving  – Kerry Rise, Kerry Green,  SY9 5AR.  Time 10 am – 4pm
Marian Watson – Handmade silver & gold jewellery, and Paintings – Chapel View, Station Street, SY9 5AQ.  Time 10am – 5pm
Admission FREE – Donations to Festival Funds invited

OPEN GARDEN
The Old Vicarage, behind St John’s Church
Open from 11am – 4pm
Garden Open for Snowdrops in aid of the National Garden Scheme
Refreshments available in the Old Vicarage on Sunday
www.ngs.org.uk
Entrance £3.50 (free to under 16s) in aid of nursing & caring charities.

POP-UP GALLERY
At Bernard’s home – 2 Church St – The blue one!
Time  11am to 4pm
An exhibition by local photographers including those entered into the Arts Festival’s Photographic Competition.  You are invited to vote for your favourite photo.
Admission FREE – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

THREE TUNS BREWERY TOURS
with Head Brewer Steve Willmer

at Three Tuns Brewery
Time  11am & 2pm
A chance to have a tour of the oldest licensed brewery in the country and sample some of their award winning beers. Numbers are limited so phone Sue on 01588 630200 or email suewillmer@mac.com to book your place on one of the tours.
Please be aware that there are 3 flights of very steep stairs.
Admission FREE- Donations to Festival Funds invited

ARTS FESTIVAL SERVICE
at B. C. St. John’s Parish Church
Time  11am
Special service celebrating the Arts.

MORRIS DANCING WORKSHOP
at The Three Tuns Inn
Time  12 noon – 2pm
Exciting, Vigorous, Dynamic & Exhausting simply to watch.  Martha Rhoden’s Tuppenny Dish & Shropshire Bedlams bring energy, skill and a wonderful sense of life enhancing pleasure to the Welsh Border tradition of Morris Dancing.  The workshop will introduce participants to the exhilarating delights of maintaining this unique custom.
Admission FREE – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

 

OPIUM & PAGODAS 
an illustrated talk by Robert Fowke
at the Church Barn
Time  2pm
Aspects of european eighteenth century life in India
Admission – FREE, donations to festival funds invited.

BLAST OFF!
at Bank House B&B
Time  2pm

Family storytelling with Amy Douglas and Suzanne Thomas
It’s St Milburgh’s Day – the matron saint of Shropshire! Hear her story and more – stories of magic and mischief, miracles and mystery.
Admission – FREE, donations to festival funds invited.

COFFEE, CONVERSATION & CREATIVITY WITH PAT EDWARDS
at the Poetry Pharmacy, upstairs in the Distillery space
Time 1pm – 3pm
Experienced writer and workshop leader Pat Edwards will be hosting a session to write, reflect and chat in our comfortable workshop space. This relaxed session is designed for those new to writing and wondering ‘how do I even start?”, although more experienced writers are also very welcome. No need to book, just turn up and you will be warmly welcomed.
Price is £5 and includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

B.C. ORCHESTRA 
at The Three Tuns Inn
Time – 4pm – 6pm
Bishop’s Castle Orchestra would like to welcome you to, what has become, our regular Arts Festival Concert. We need to warn  you, however, that this performance will only be suitable for children and adults and will contain material you will find enjoyable.This year we expect Fagin (from OLIVER) to drop in and give you urchins a lesson in Picking a Pocket or Two whilst Nancy will invite you to Consider Yourselves at Home. So urchins of all ages will be welcome to come along and, if wearing rags, so much the better. Admission FREE – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

SHROPSHIRE BEDLAMS & MARTHA RHODEN’S TUPPENNY DISH GALA CONCERT
at The Three Tuns Inn
Time  7.30 for 8pm start
Bishop’s Castle’s very own Border Morris sides have won international renown for their ground-breaking dancing – intricate, full of energy and the inspiration for many others across the UK and abroad since they were founded by John Kirkpatrick more than forty years ago.
But they’re not just brilliant dancers, they’re also great musicians, singing and playing a wide range of contemporary and traditional music.
After last year’s sell-out, one-off, first and last, never-to-be-repeated gala performance at Bishop’s Castle Arts Festival the response was so good that it seemed churlish not to do it again!
Make sure your tickets are booked well in advance.
Admission £12 – tickets available from B.C.Town Hall or online at – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bcth/t-lrdaaz
also at The Three Tuns Inn during February