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!

FRIDAY 15th JULY
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

SATURDAY 16th JULY
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

SUNDAY 17th JULY
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

Advance Timetable 15th – 17th July 2022

Advance Timetable 15th – 17th July 2022

We are proud to continue to offer a wide range of family fun and entertainment that is free for all to attend and join in – come on down!

The Brewery Tap, Jolter Press, Lamb Inn and the White Horse will all be open, as well as the village’s many takeaways

Events over the July weekend are beginning to look like this:

FRIDAY 15th JULY

Acoustic concert in the parish church 7- 9.30pm
Music and song session in the Lamb from 8pm

SATURDAY 16th JULY

Young Poets and Storytellers in the parish church, noon
Busking and Morris dancing in the village during the day
Fete on the playing field 1 – 4pm, with entertainments:
• Pillowell Silver Band
• Mitcheldean Primary School
• Morris Dancing
• Harmony All Stars majorettes
• Tug O’ War between the two village pubs
Poetry recital in the Jolter Press from 4 – 6 pm
Concert in the parish church 4 – 9pm
Dancing and song in the community centre 7-30 – late

SUNDAY 17th JULY

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

And there’s more…

And there’s more…

We’ve had a great response to our last post – watch this space!

As well as the parish church concert on Saturday 16th July from 4 – 9pm, we have a great line-up for the acoustic concert the previous night, headlined by our good friend Dick Brice. With informal music sessions every day, Morris and ceilidh dancing on the Saturday as well as the Fete, the Poetry Festival and the Young Poets and Storytellers Competition, we’re looking forward to another great weekend – come on down!

Festival Concert Saturday 16th July

Festival Concert Saturday 16th July

We will be having a live concert in the parish church on Saturday 16th July as part of this year’s Mitcheldean Festival.

We have a great emerging line up, including our good friends Mice in a Matchbox, but there are four slots still unfilled.

If you or anyone you know would like to put together a 25-minute performance spot, please get in touch via talktous@mitcheldeanfestival.fod.uk – Many thanks!