June 17th Concert

June 17th Concert

As the main Mitcheldean Festival comes closer, do join us at the Lamb Inn in Mitcheldean on Saturday 17th June for an early taste of great musical talent – free entry to some great sounds!



This year’s Young Poets & Storytellers Competition 2023 is now launched with the suggested theme “Change” – something we are all very familiar with these days! The deadline for entries is Friday 26th May, and we look forward to receiving and reading them.

Please send your entries typed in Word or neatly handwritten with your name, age on 31.8.23, and school or family contact details to contact@poetryfod.org or to Young Poets & Storytellers Competition, Mitcheldean Library, High St, Mitcheldean GL17 0HN.

Details of the 2022 winners can be found here.

Performing in 2023

Performing in 2023

If you would like to perform at one of our 2023 Festival concerts, please return the APPLICATION FORM by February 19th to the address given. You can also collect a form at Mitcheldean Folk Club on Thursday 12th January or Thursday 9th February, meeting from 8pm in the White Horse.

There will be concerts in the church on the evenings of Friday 14th July and Saturday 15th, with a pre-Festival concert in the Lamb Inn on Saturday 17th June. There will also be music and song sessions over the weekend, with Morris and other dance sides very welcome!

Mitcheldean Festival concerts application form 2023

You can contact us any time via talktous@mitcheldeanfestival.fod.uk, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Keith Hyett


Ideas are already beginning to flow for 2023, including an extended tug-of-war competition! The broad structure of the Festival remains the same, including singing in the church on Friday 14th July and Saturday 15th and comedy at the Jolter Press on Sunday 16th. Invitations to concert performers and details of the young poets and storytellers competition will be published after Christmas, meanwhile you are very welcome to come to the Lamb from 7pm on Wednesday 11th January to find out more – Cheers!

Looking Forward to 2023

Looking Forward to 2023

We’re already beginning to plan for the next annual party, 14th – 16th July 2023!

If you would like to volunteer some of your time to help make the weekend even more of a success, please contact us on talktous@mitcheldeanfestival.fod.uk, or come along to the Lamb Inn from 7pm on Wednesday 16th November 2022 – all welcome!

Sunday 17th July

Sunday 17th July

Dear all – we’ve had a great couple of Festival days, with amazing concert performances and great times at the Fete!

I can confirm we won’t be going on the planned walk today Sunday due to the extreme heat, but will take that route another time.

There will still be a music and song session in the White Horse from 2pm, and stand-up comedy in the Jolter Press from 3.30.

Whatever you’re doing, please keep cool and hydrated, and take care

Festival programmes

Festival programmes

£2 souvenir programmes with details of the performers are already on sale at Mitcheldean Library, and will be at the White Horse from today Thursday evening, the Lamb and Jolter Press Friday evening, the parish church at the Friday and Saturday concerts and at the Fete on Saturday. There is also a free handout with the Festival timetable

Stay Cool at the Festival

Stay Cool at the Festival

Just a few days until this year’s Mitcheldean Festival – but it’s going to be very hot!

Free parking behind the Mews off Mitcheldean High Street has been kindly arranged by Vantage Point Business Village (see map). From there it is a short walk to all the Festival venues, including the Fete on the playing fields where there will be a water station for people to refill water bottles – do bring your own bottles, and think about sun hats and sun cream as well! There will also be a First Aid post on the field.

Mitcheldean WI will be providing refreshments in the community centre during the day, starting early with bacon butties! There will also be a wide range of refreshments in the parish church on Saturday, and a bar at the parish church on the Friday evening. Pepper’s Perfect Pizzas will be outside the Brewery Tap on Friday evening, and Mitcheldean has a very wide range of great takeaways open over the weekend.

The Met Office has issued a “danger to life” warning for Sunday, as temperatures are expected to reach 29 degrees C, or 84 degrees F in old money. This is already affecting the planned Sunday Folk Walk, as while the chosen route is largely under trees, it is still going to be hot, not least for any walking dogs. A final decision may well be taken outside the White Horse at 12 noon not to risk it. Those of us who have prepared songs to sing on the way may have to settle for performing at a shadier place – for confirmation on the day.

Otherwise the Festival and Fete programmes are going ahead as planned, keep safe and hydrated and enjoy!

Extra attractions at the Festival

Extra attractions at the Festival

As well as the anticipated events (see timetable below), we are pleased to announce there will be a comedy show at the Jolter Press on the afternoon of Sunday 17th July from 3.30 pm. The line-up will include popular favourite Col Howarth, the session chaired by the incomparable Darren Hoskins!

The Brewery Tap are also hosting their own launch party on the Friday evening, 15th July, when you can enjoy music from The Drift while washing down Pepper’s Perfect Pizzas with the Bespoke Brewery’s great real ales. Something for everyone at Mitcheldean Festival – come on down!

Acoustic concert in the parish church 7- 9.30 pm

7.00 Andy Scarf
7.10 Karl Jennings
7.25 Sid Harvey & Mansfield Smith
7.50 Eden Tanner
8.00 Tracey and The Swannacks
8.30 TBC
9.00 Dick Brice

Music and song session in the Lamb from 8 pm
The Drift at the Brewery Tap

Young Poets and Storytellers in the parish church, noon
Busking and Morris dancing in the village during the day

Fete on the playing field from 12.30, entertainments 2-4 pm:
• Pillowell Silver Band
• Mitcheldean Primary School
• Morris Dancing
• Tug O’ War between the two village pubs

Poetry recital in the Jolter Press from 4 – 6 pm
• Maggie Clutterbuck
• Annie Cavill
• Dick Brice
• Carol Sheppard
• Val Ormrod
• Tess Biddington
• Anna Saunders
• Jonathan Edwards
• Ziggy Slug

Concert in the parish church 4 – 9pm

4.00 Jan Vaisey and Ian Harvey
4.30 Bygonz
5.00 AnnTeek
5.30 Keith Hyett
6.00 John Eyre
6.30 The Taylor Family
7.00 Clint Mann
7.30 Rebil
8.00 The Long View
8.30 Mice in a Matchbox

Dancing and song in the community centre 7-30 – late

Folk walk from 12 noon to 6 pm, starting at the White Horse
Music and song session in the White Horse from 2 pm
Gloucestershire Comedy at the Jolter Press from 3.30 pm