Priority Bookings for 2020

We are pleased to confirm the dates for online bookings for 2020:

Platinum & Gold Sponsors and Donors: from 27th April

Silver Sponsors and Donors: from 4th May

Bronze Donors and Friends of the Festival: from 11th May

General Public Sales: from 18th May

Passcodes will be required for priority online bookings and these will be sent to each prioritised category in due course.

2020 marks our 25th Anniversary and we are thrilled to announce more information about our spectacular programme to celebrate…

Great Big Beaminster Book Club – Let’s all read

Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior.

Pre-order your copy from Yarn Barton, Beaminster, or The Bookshop, Bridport. Available 19th March at RRP £12.99.

Hazel Prior will be appearing at the Festival on Thursday 2nd July at 2:30pm at St Mary’s Church for a discussion and book signing. Tickets £10.

Introducing the Incredible Isata Kanneh Mason


The eldest of the phenomenal family of seven siblings and sister of cellist Sheku, Isata will be joining us on Tuesday 30th June to play a fantastic programme of piano music. The family entered the spotlight after Sheku’s performance at Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding in May 2018. Sold out months before her concert in Yeovil, make sure you don’t miss out!

West Dorset former MP Oliver Letwin looks to the future

The former MP for West Dorset, Sir Oliver Letwin, has certainly not been resting on his laurels as his new book, Apocolypse How? is published in March. The Beaminster Festival is delighted to welcome him to speak about his new book on Friday 3rd July 2020 2:30pm at St Mary’s Church. Tickets will be £10.

Review of Beaminster Festival 2019

So what was different about the 2019 Beaminster Festival?

Everyone felt a new energy possibly due to the sheer number of children involved. Two family friendly events bookended the week, both entirely free.   Scoot, the favourite local band, soon got Party in the Park rocking and over 1000 people, mostly young families relaxed in the sun with the children charging around enjoying the freedom. Another 600 enjoyed a sunny afternoon in the beautiful Manor gardens with children’s shows, games and workshops, together with jazz band, the Youth Club Band and Flash Dance. Almost 50 children attended the concerts of Emma Johnson and Ferio Saxophone Quartet, and Ferio delivered school concerts to all the local primary schools and Year 8 of Beaminster School.  There were some cracking performances in the pre-Coffee Concerts by Mountjoy Handbell Team, Perrott Hill, St Mary’s Academy and Beaminster School, and several steel pans workshops have been given. The Seniors had some great entertainments and it was lovely to see people with dementia spark into life singing their favourite songs.

Lauren Zhang with pupils from Beaminster St Mary’s School

The main core of the Festival was filled with top quality concerts, again a great variety with 2 extraordinary young pianists, Eric Lu, and Lauren Zhang who showed off her virtuosity to 30 young children gathered on stage around the piano. Emma Johnson’s jazz trio was highly popular and Mark Padmore, tenor, gave a stunning performance. At the end of the week the Marmen String Quartet and the 12 ensemble both demonstrated a wonderful range of dynamics, tone colour and high drama.  For those who liked to Boogie, Ben Waters gave a great show. With the Visual Arts Exhibition, a Comedy Club, fringe events and a Tea Dance still to come on 7th July, and Beaminster Festival really has had something for everyone.

The Committee and team of volunteers thank everyone, locals and visitors of all ages, who participated in a wonderful week of music and the arts.

Lois Pearson, Artistic Director 

Phone: 01308 862943