Music and Arts

Well this year is going to be massive, We have quite a lot planned for our little village during the run up with a magic at couple of restaurants on the Tuesday, and the Wash house has an acoustic set, Wednesday has a historical and Classical talk By BSO at the Church and the Thursday has the Marquee and a Play at CC (Friday too) plus the Green Friday and Beach house will now have something on for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hampshire Food Fare 

This year we are moving the crafts and artisan foods to a bigger venue and will be creating an all new market area with over 20 stalls, and as it is Hampshire Food Month, we are teaming up the restaurants and adding acts to dine with across the village. With Magical Tuesday to name but one. check the programme to find out more.

But don’t worry there will still be food on the green for you staving dancers. With some new faces to offer a fresh take on the festival food. More details to come

Theatrical Production

This year we have commissioned a original full length musical production to commemorate the WW1 centenary. It will take you on a fully immersive journey back in time, and truly engage you with wonder and awe as you cry, laugh, and smile. It is of course optional to dress in period clothes, if you should happen to have something lying around! Book your tickets here

Live Music

There will be live music somewhere in the village on every evening of the Festival.  this Means from the Monday night the village gets going with a band at the Red Lion,  And from the Thursday, there is a Northern Soul Night, a Folky Skiffle Band, a Rockers paradise with Majesty-Queen Tribute, an Afternoon Ceilidh, Morris Dancers,  Please buy a programme for full details, or see below for a taste of what you can enjoy.

Storytelling

The Travelling Talesman is taking up residence at our beautiful Beach House for the weekend. He is a performer of myths legends and folktales with over 20 years professional experience touring the country and performing everywhere from festivals, fairs and fun days to pubs, restaurants, castles and even a river, knee deep!

“Storytelling is where it all began” he says, “it is the source for all modern forms of entertainment, the tap root of theatre, the essence of TV, the mother of literature, poetry and song.” Join him for a bardic bevy.

 

Talks

Join us for a wonderfully entertaining and informative evening starting with a talk from the Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society on “Milford in the Great War” to help bring this year’s festival theme of the “Poppy” into context starting 6.45pm-8pm admission free, in the Church Hall 18 July 2018.

Followed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras Jonathan James. He will take you on a whistle-stop tour of 250 years of classical music, from medieval monks to modern masterpieces.  With fun illustrations on the piano and a pot pourri of audio excerpts, this light-hearted presentation will help you join the dots in classical music history and introduce you to whole new world of listening. Suitable for both the complete novice and seasoned concert-goers.

Jonathan James is a freelance music educator who works in venues around the country to explain classical and jazz music. He also works as a creative workshop leader and presenter for orchestras, including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Click here to book tickets to this wonderful evening at All Saints Church Hall.
8.15pm-9.15pm £10 18th July 2018

Poetry

This year we will have local poets offering readings of WW1 and Poppy related poems at lunch times though out the week before the festival. More to come.

The Play Pen

Now this is truly the cherry on top of the very fabulous festival cake. We are going be taking over the Guide hut with 10 stalls, endless workshops for kids, boucey castle, and much more. And for the tired parents or ravers there is also a pamper zone to get a 15 minute massage or foot rub.

Dance

And last but not least we are going to be blessed to have two morris teams and a dance troop plus an afternoon Ceilidh all housed in their own stage at the community centre so even poor weather can’t stop the fun.