WHAT’S ON? | Leominster Festival – 6th-9th June

The Leominster Festival has been providing an exciting, eclectic and varied programme of artistic events across the pretty Herefordshire Market town for almost 40 years. Regularly featuring a broad mix of poetry, historic walks and talks, theatre, music, fine art and family fun since 1980; the volunteer-run event has developed into a well known and respected celebration of the Arts in rural Herefordshire.

This year’s Leominster Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before; with a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund helping to support the ever popular community Family Fun Day on The Grange – a free to attend event with a focus on accessible art for every corner of the community.

Old favourite, the Thursday night “Big Street Pub Quiz” returns to close off Broad Street on the evening of 7th June, with the ceremonial tour of the town and traditional market taking place in Corn Square from 10am the next day. Bystanders can join the historic Flesh Taster, Bread Weigher and Ale Taster, along with the Town Cryer, as they make their way through the town sampling all that Leominster has to offer.

New for 2019, the Festival introduces a free-to-enter Poetry Slam, where budding poets can perform their best rhymes in battle for the prestigious title of official Leominster Festival Poet. Also on the ever-growing bill is the free family fun day, hidden history walks and talks, live music with rockabilly stars The Delray Rockets, and the award-winning Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra playing Mahler with Rückert-Lieder against the spectacular backdrop of Leominster’s medieval Priory Church.

For tickets, further information on the full programme of the weekend’s events, or to register for the Poetry Slam please contact the Festival by email Leominster.festival@gmail.com, or call in to Leominster Tourist Information Centre.