A costumed portrayal of Anne Boleyn in the Tower of London, appearing by candlelight in her execution gown during the last 45 minutes of her life.
Lesley is the curator of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire, as well as a medical historian. She has appeared in more than 120 TV programmes and is known for her entertaining and informative performances of historical characters.
Taking place in St Mary’s Church, it is an appropriate venue for the show as it stands next to Thornbury Castle, where Anne stayed with Henry VIII in 1535 after becoming his second wife.
The talk lasts 45 minutes with a Q&A session afterwards plus opportunities for photographs.
Refreshment will be provided (wine/soft drinks)
Not suitable for under-18s.
Please note that parking at St. Mary's Church is "roadside" so please make allowances for time finding an appropriate space.
Thursday 23rd May - 7:30 pm St. Mary's Church, Castle Street, Thornbury, BS35 1HQ.
Making a popular return to the festival are the four musicians who make up Stringfever - performers who combine their musical skill on electric instruments with beatbox, humour and showmanship.
All from the same family, they mix classical favourites with rock classics and movie themes, getting even the tiredest of feet tapping. Their unique show often includes their version of Ravel’s Bolero and The History of Music in 5 Minutes.
With unrelenting energy, the quartet were a hit with their audience when they last appeared at the festival in 2017 so we are looking forward to welcoming them back to Thornbury. You can view a video of Stringfever in action by clicking on this link: Stringfever Video
Friday 24th June 2022 - 7:30pm Castle School Hall, Park Road, Thornbury, BS35 1HT.
Tickets £18 (£6 under 19s) - BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE
Cate Cody is one of the UK's finest jazz singers, with appearances at the BAFTA Television Awards, for Earl Spencer at Althorp and at the Emirates Stadium, as well as performing at sell-out concerts at jazz festivals and dance events.
Her musicians are professionals from the top ranks of British jazz, having worked with the likes of Acker Bilk, George Melly, Georgie Fame, Kenny Ball, Imelda May and Clare Teal. Cate specialises in the Great American Songbook from the 1920s to 1940s and will perform a selection of much loved tunes from that era, such as the classics It Had to be You, As Time Goes By, Blue Moon and Love is Here to Stay.
With a range of tempos and a café style set-up, audience members can get on their feet and dance anything from the foxtrot and quickstep to the rumba and Lindy hop - even dress up for the occasion in the fashion of the time!
You can see Cate in action on her website by clicking here: jazzcats.co.uk
Friday 1st May - 7:30 pm Tytherington Village Hall, Itchington Road, Tytherington, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 8QP.
Tickets £15 - BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE
Guided Walk of Chepstow
The festival’s popular guided walk is on Sunday, September 18, with two groups to be taken around “hidden Chepstow”, ending with a visit to the Severn Princess ferry, which used to cross the river before the Severn Bridge opened in 1966.
Chepstow grew and prospered as a market centre for the farming community, with a busy port and shipyards adding to its importance in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
As a border town and ancient port, it is known for its Norman castle, which is set spectacularly on cliffs above the River Wye, and walks will start from the car park beside the castle.
Sunday 26th April - There are two walks available at 10:00am and one at 1:00pm
Meet in Chepstow Castle Car Park, Bridge Street, Chepstow, NP16 5EY.
Tickets £10 - BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE
Please be aware that Chepstow charges for car parking (Sunday the first 2 hours are free, £1 remainder of the day) and also Sunday is market day in Chepstow.
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