Simonsbath Festival 2013 – even bigger and better

The programme for Simonsbath Festival 2013 is confirmed, the website is live and tickets at affordable prices are already on sale – and some events are free.

The festival will take place from 4 May to 22 June in the beautiful heart of Exmoor with May Day and Midsummer’s Day celebrations of traditional music and songs from Exmoor, and a variety of events in between, including world music concerts to celebrate music from other cultures.

Events at the newly-restored church of St Luke’s include a performance by the internationally acclaimed concert pianist Helen Yorke, an evening of opera from students of the Italian academy founded by Sir Georg Solti, an all-female trumpet quartet and African, Indian and Spanish Flamenco concerts.

Exmoor resident Sir Andrew Burns will reflect on his 45-year career in the Diplomatic Service and his current role as UK Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues. There will be a presentation about farming life in the area from the 1920s to 1970s with archive film and traditional music and song. Celebrated musician Geoff Nichols will present an evening of words and music featuring poems by Thomas Hardy, while photographer and film maker Chris Chapman will give a talk and preview of his new film Hope Bourne – a celebration of Exmoor.

The Exmoor Forest Inn will host an art exhibition throughout the festival as well as a jazz concert and a poetry afternoon, and Simonsbath’s historic Sawmill will host a fascinating series of talks and walks uncovering the local history. And there are lots more events, including recreational activities for all the family, so there is something to suit everyone’s taste.

Full details of the programme and how to buy tickets are available on the website. You can also find the festival on Facebook and follow events on Twitter. For more information or if you would like to receive a printed programme when it is published, please contact Victoria Thomas on 01643 831343 or email

With support from Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership/Heart of Exmoor and ARTlife in partnership with West Somerset Council.

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