Simonsbath Festival 2017 is just around the corner and this year boasts a fabulous line-up of events.

Concerts include The Lyra Ensemble with sublime choral music from the Russian Orthodox Church (May 14), 1920s jazz from London’s most stylish vintage jazz band The Dime Notes (May 27), the supremely talented violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen with her new quartet Albion (June 3), the vibrant sounds of Latin America from Kabasa (June 10) and another knock-out show from the irrepressibly talented Pop-up Opera (June 17).

Exciting new archive material has recently come to light about the Knight family, who created the Exmoor we know today, which will be the subject of two talks by ENPA’s Rob Wilson-North and Graham Wills (May 24 & 31), while Robin Ravilious, the widow of the great photographer James Ravilious, will give a presentation about her husband’s work chronicling everyday life in rural North Devon during the 1970s and ’80s (June 7).

North Devon farmer and film-maker David Kennard talks about the ups and downs of life with his sheepdogs at Borough Farm (May 10), there’s an extensively illustrated talk by local deer expert and photographer Jochen Langbein (May 17), Jane Austen’s heroines are brought vividly to life in an award-winning theatre production Austen’s Women (June 14), while TV’s Matthew Fort takes us on a sun-drenched trip around the Italian islands (June 21).

And make sure you hunt out the Sketch Boxes to make your mark for Simonsbath Festival . . .

To book tickets telephone Marian Lloyd on 01643 831451 or email To receive a full colour, printed festival programme email or phone Victoria on 01643 831343.

You can support the festival by becoming a Friend of Simonsbath Festival and enjoy ticket discounts and priority booking, just email Polly at or call 01643 831302, and you can follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter or visit the website.

PHOTO: The Albion Quartet.

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