16th-24th Mar: Thornbury Eisteddfod
Since the 1980s Thornbury Eisteddfod, as part of Thornbury Arts Festival, has provided a platform for young performers (from 5 to 21 years of age), who enjoy, drama, singing and playing musical instruments.
This is a very inclusive festival, designed to encourage young people of all abilities. There are classes in Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Piano, Voice, Ensembles and Speech and Drama.
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Friday, April 26, to Saturday, May 4 2019
A landmark anniversary will be reached in 2019 when Thornbury Arts Festival celebrates 50 years of bringing top class entertainment to the town.
For its golden jubilee, the festival will offer a programme featuring stars such as comedian and actor Miles Jupp, the host of BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz who will be the opening night guest.
Also appearing during the nine-day festival will be the Reverend Richard Coles (photo below), who went from being a member of the pop duo The Communards to a parish priest and broadcaster.
Writer and broadcaster Kate Humble, who has appeared in many popular wildlife TV programmes, will take her audience behind the camera and also talk about her latest book, Thinking on My Feet, when she visits the town.
Meanwhile, historian David Starkey will trace the marriage customs of the British monarchy in a talk that comes after the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, which turns out to be not so radical as some might think.
As one of the longest running arts festivals in the country, the Thornbury event is run entirely by volunteers and boasts a mix of daytime and evening events to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.
A strong music offering has been included for 2019, ranging from Celtic rock band RockPipes and The Temperance Seven, which specialises in popular music and jazz from the 1920s and 30s, to the multi-award winning folk duo Show of Hands.
Mezzo-soprano Marienella Phillips will also perform during a lunchtime recital, appearing with pianist Bradley Parker.
Among other afternoon events will be Fiona Warin's humorous look at the history of allotments and the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow militaria and arms expert Mark Smith sharing the history of the Victoria Cross.
The festival runs from Friday, April 26, to Saturday, May 4, and tickets go on sale from February 1.
www.thornburyartsfestival.org.uk from 1 February 2019
2. Box Office
Thornbury Town Hall 8 April – 3 May 2019
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10:00am-2:00pm
3. Postal Booking
Booking forms will be available in the brochure and on-line from mid-January and in local magazines during February.
Deliver completed form to Thornbury Town Hall with your payment and a stamped self-addressed envelope. Your booking will be processed from 1 February 2019.
4. On the door
Be aware popular events may sell out!
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In 1989, Thornbury Arts Festival decided to introduce a pre-Festival Eisteddfod with 30 classes for local instrumentalists and vocalists aged 18 and under.
It was held over two days at the Castle School and Manorbrook Junior School, sponsored by the Lions – and attracted several hundred young people.
This event is still generously sponsored by the Lions Club of Thornbury.
Over the years there have been changes - now most of the classes are held in the peaceful setting of The Whitson Hall, thanks to the hospitality of The Hatch Community and in St. Mary’s Church - but over the years many local schools, halls and churches have been host to the Eisteddfod.
Thornbury Eisteddfod is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019 and, for further information about this very worthwhile and enjoyable event for the young people of Thornbury and the surrounding districts, please look at the Festival website – www.thornburyartsfestival.org.uk.
The syllabus is now available to be downloaded from the website and the deadline for entries is 25 January 2019.
Any queries can be addressed to Sue Harbottle by email:
The Severn Vale Art Trail represents the visual side of Thornbury Arts Festival but takes place just after the Arts Festival.
The trail has become an annual event running over the early May Bank for a period of up to 10 days.
In 2019, the Art Trail runs from Friday 3rd May to Sunday 12th May.
The trail presents a wealth of talent by local artists and makers including paintings in oils, watercolour and pastel, ceramics and sculpture, prints and drawings, photography, jewellery, textiles, stained glass, and woodturning.
Each year hundreds of visitors spend days out in South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire visiting the various Art Trail venues.
An Art Trail Guide for 2019 will be available in March 2019 and can be downloaded from the Arts Festival website – www.thornburyartsfestival.org.uk.
Visitors to the Trail
It’s a true treasure trail. The work will be exhibited in a wealth of venues providing an opportunity to visit places that you would not normally see and view and perhaps buy something which catches the eye.
Visiting procedures for members of the public
Visitors are reminded that it is important to carefully check the opening times of the venues they wish to visit.
Plan the route in advance and be sure to visit individual artists in their own surroundings as well as those in shared venues.
Look for the red Art Trail signs as you near your destination and remember to check official notices giving parking restrictions and time limits.
Please remember that you may be visiting an artist at home, so please be very careful about leaving footmarks. You should not expect to be able to smoke, or use a phone or toilet, or wander wherever you please.
For your own safety, you are also obliged to follow all the rules and instructions that your host may have put in place.
Please note that members of the public visit the Art Trail at their own risk. The organisers cannot be held liable for any loss, damage or injury sustained by any member of the public visiting an Art Trail venue.
Whilst every care has been taken in compiling the guide, Severn Vale Art Trail cannot be held responsible for any errors, variations or omissions.
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The Thornbury Camera Club is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.
To mark the occasion an exhibition of work by the Camera Club will be held in the Exhibition Room at the Town Hall, running Friday 26th April to Friday 3rd May. Free Entry.