For about 8 months now, I have been a member of the Kenilworth Festival Committee, helping to organise this years event! Kenilworth has a festival I hear you cry?!
Last year was the first Festival in Kenilworth for 66 years so it was quite an achievement for the small committee who organised it! I get the impression that the committee has grown even smaller since last year and now consists of about 7 or 8 people – I joined the troup last August. You may have seen the coverage in the local press about this years event…
It is going to be on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May – Friday 26th – Monday 29th.
Events during the weekend include:
- Rack and Ruin – celtic folk group – link
- A talk by local television and film writer Andrew Davies
- A Barn Dance and pig roast
- A craft market
- Circus Skills show
- A musical evening with the Warwickshire Symphony Ensemble
- Battle of the Bands
- A Tea Dance(!)
- Lament – link
- Local musician Marie Batchelder – link
On the Sunday, the Festival will take over Abbey Fields all day, starting at 10:30am with a Songs of Praise style morning service. Other events on Abbey Fields will include:
- Fire Box Dance Group
- Local musicians Tim Spencer and Steve Vent
- CBeebies presenter Justin Fletcher
- Hal Roberts Big Band
- and for the Main Event – Dave Willetts in Concert!!
I must admit my ignorance when Dave Willetts was first suggested at the Committee…. I did have to ask who he was – turns out he is a massive star of the musicals – and we all know that everyone loves a good musical! Dave Willetts has played the leading role in Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar. You can find out more about Dave Willetts at his official website - link
Finally, I admit this is a shameless plug for the Kenilworth Festival, but when the sun is shining on Abbey Fields on Bank Holiday Sunday and there are loads of people chilling out with picnics and enjoying the music and entertainment – it will be great! Many of the events are free but there is a charge for some of the larger events. You can buy tickets online – link
More information about all of the events is available on the Kenilworth Tourism website