Supporting the Arts in Wedmore

As a not for profit organisation WAF is committed to using  the surplus we generate from our events to help support young local artists and performers, and to encourage a love of the arts.

The first recipient of our support was Poppy McGhee, the brilliant young violinist who has become a firm favourite amongst local audiences – and now further afield.  

Whilst continuing to support Poppy, our most recent discovery is Innes Oliver who 

is stepping out into the world of ballet. This year we have been able to assist her in a variety of ways, for example making it possible for her to attend the National Youth Ballet’s summer school and subsequently perform at Sadlers Wells.

We continue to explore new ways of encouraging the next generation to develop a passion for art-based subjects, and we are currently in discussion with local schools about projects we might support. 

The first of these will be the funding of special Christmas performance by Bristol Old Vic for Wedmore First School


Behind the scenes at Wedmore Arts Festival

It’s still six months until the 2020 Wedmore Arts Festival returns to the village – but plans have already been made, many of the artists and performers booked.

The aim of the Festival is to bring to Wedmore a varied and engaging mix of performers, many of them high profile names not normally associated with village events, others less well-known but equally talented. We also have a policy to encourage and support young artists with their feet still on the first rungs of the ladder. 

The WAF committee continues to look at new ways of encouraging the next generation to develop a passion for the arts and art-based subjects. We are always open to suggestions as to where our support might be helpful. And we are also keen to know what sort of events you would like to see and hear during our annual Arts Festival. 

We aim to offer a wide range of music, drama, art, dance, poetry and comedy during an action-packed week: 8 – 16 May 2020. 

If you have thoughts or suggestions, please leave a message on 01934 807229. Or take our 5 minute survey - click the button below


Wedmore Arts Festival 201910 to 18 May


Thank you!  To everyone, artists, supporters,  working team who've made this year's Festival such a success!  Next year's Festival will be from Friday 8th to Saturday 16th May 2020 - see you there!

The 2019 Arts Festival got off to a sensational start at the weekend thanks in no small part to some feisty female input! Gabrielle Blackman, who is a designer on the hugely popular TV show DIY SOS, gave a lunchtime talk at the Swan in which she combined fascinating hints for would-be room renovators with the moving story of one of the families helped by the amazing work of this ground-breaking programme. Not a dry eye in the house!

Saturday evening proved equally moving - this time when 14-year old Poppy McGhee rounded off a wonderful evening of songs from the Somerset Choral Society with some simply sensational violin playing. Definitely a name to remember for the future…

Richard Shelton was BRILLIANT on Sunday portraying Frank Sinatra!  Simple as that.....you can catch him again at Edinburgh Fringe.  Look out for him if you're going.

Monday brought Mike Dilger to Wedmore Hall to give us a very entertaining introduction to Natural History and how he came to be a presenter - and if you see him ask him to do his impression of Sir David Attenborough - hilarious!

On Tuesday Wells Cathedral organist Jeremy Cole gave us a sublime recital on St Mary's Church organ followed in the evening by the one and only Anita Harris gave us an evening of song, chat & loads of nostalgia of her great career in show business ably supported by her trio.  If you missed this performance get to see her on her tour dates - she's a true great!

On Wednesday Kate Adie gave us an extra-ordinary insight into her life as a foreign correspondent and her life leading up to that role for which she is so well known.  And so eloquent;  talking without the aids of any notes for nearly an hour!  The audience were so appreciative!

Thursday evening brought our A Literary EveningA discussion on the writing life with local authors Emma Craigie, Peter F Hamilton and Phyllida Shaw Wedmore Village Hall.  Lots of really interesting insights on the writer's life and a good appreciative audience too!

Retired DCI Trevor Bowles was on top form on Friday lunchtime  giving us a background briefing on the sad (but still interesting!) murder case from 2010 he led to a successful conviction.more events to go!

Henry Blofeld was an amazing raconteur and story teller!

Tallulah Swirls "The Fisherman & The Genie" puppet show for children on Saturday went very well - lots of excited children.

And the Dave Hankin Big Band featuring the music of Glenn Miller were, as they say nowadays, "BANGING".  They even had the audience dancing in the aisles of St Mary's Church!

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Wedmore Arts Festival 2020

is on 8 - 16 May 2020

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