September 25th, 2016

Events coming thick and fast as Bromsgrove Festival gets into full swing

Events coming thick and fast as Bromsgrove Festival gets into full swing Events coming thick and fast as Bromsgrove Festival gets into full swing
Updated: 1:33 pm, Jun 24, 2016

THE BROMSGROVE Festival continues this week with a host of events for all tastes in the coming days.

From 1pm tomorrow (Saturday), the free Summer Jam takes place in the skatepark area of Sanders Park, featuring high octane skateboard demos and competitions, live graffiti, jaw dropping street performers and a mouth-watering street food, along with music from Bromsgrove’s urban DJs.

An informal concert at Tardebigge Church at 6.30pm tomorrow features local amateur talent and the Tardebigge First School Choir with proceeds going to the church organ fund. Tickets, at £5 for adults and free for children and under 16s, are available by calling 01527 872886, 01527 871132 or online at

A Bromsgrove High Street History Walk takes place at 2pm on Sunday (June 26). The guided walk has been organised by the Bromsgrove Society and will be given by historians Julian Hunt and Jenny Townshend.

Find out about the buildings in the town centre and the people who lived in them. Tickets are £3 per person, available by calling 01527 877227. Booking is essential as places are limited. Meet 1.45pm outside the Slug and Lettuce.

On Sunday there will be Celebrating English Song with baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist Simon Lepper at 3pm at Tardebigge Church. There will be a pre-event talk by Ian Venables and the tickets, £16 for adults and £4 for full-time students and the unemployed, are available from the festival website or Jennie McGregor-Smith, Coombe Cottage, Finstall, Bromsgrove, B60 1EW.

The UK Clog will meet the US Appalachian Step at 8pm on Monday (June 27) with a free dance event at The Bowling Green Inn in Stoke Prior. Step on Board and the Nancy Butterfly troupe will provide the entertainment.

On Wednesday (June 29) there is a gentle three-and-a-half mile guided walk entitled ‘The Secrets Behind the Stones’. Led by John Gerner and organised by the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust and the Worcestershire Libraries and Learning, it will take place between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets are £3 per person and participants should wear suitable clothing and footwear and meet at Bromsgrove Library.

Michael Seal and Peter Hall will be in conversation at Avoncroft’s New Guesten Hall at 1pm on Wednesday (June 29). It is the latest in the Music at Lunchtime series.

Tickets, including lunch and a glass of wine, are £15 by calling 01527 874136 or at (must be booked in advance) or tickets for just the concert are £8 on the door.

There will be a Somme Centenary Evening at the Beacon Church Centre, Whetty Lane, at 7.30pm on Thursday (June 30). It will feature excerpts from ‘The Accrington Pals’ by Peter Whelan, performed by Rubery Drama Group, First World War songs, poems and music performed by Rubery Marching Band. Admission is free. Call Rev Ian Ring on 01562 710231 to book places.

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing will be staged at Hanbury Hall by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men at 7.30pm on Thursday (June 30). The outdoor performance of one of the Bard’s best-loved comedies will take place in the grounds of the historic home.

At 7pm next Friday (July 1), Boys Make Noise will perform at Artrix. The group has been running for the last 11 years at Catshill Middle School.

It was launched in a bid to get boys to take a more proactive role in the arts and, since then, has gone from strength to strength. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Call 01527 577330 or visit for more information.

The annual Court Leet Fair Day takes place tomorrow and Bromsgrove Beer Festival is later in the week – turn to page nine for more on those events and Martyn Joseph’s show at Bromsgrove Folk Club.

Visit for more information and tickets.