Events, festivals, art shows and concerts

Events, Festivals and Concerts

There's a thriving arts scene in and around Marlborough

MUSIC

For music lovers, the Marlborough College Concert Series brings classical performances to the recently-refurbished Memorial Hall throughout the year. Since 1999 Marlborough Folk Roots has been presenting the finest folk and roots music at venues as diverse as the Town Hall, churches, church halls, schools and theatres, and independent record store Sound Knowledge puts on occasional concerts too. Mantonfest and Avebury Rocks are annual outdoor music fixtures, while St Peter's Church plays host to occasional music recitals, talks and art exhibitions. Local pubs often have live music at the weekend too.

ART

Art exhibitions as well as hands-on workshops take place at the gallery at the White Horse Bookshop, and there are occasional exhibitions at the Mount House Gallery at Marlborough College, modern art at Katharine House Gallery and the Town Hall. Just outside Marlborough and in a stunning setting, Rabley Gallery and Drawing Centre also holds exhibitions. During July a host of local artists open up their studios as part of the Open Studios art trail, a wonderful way to explore the area.

Literature

Book lovers aren't forgotten either, with the Marlborough Literature Festival held every autumn

We've listed the major events here, but please do check our online calendar for details of all events taking place at the Town Hall and other venues in and around the town

31 January - Ffestiniog & Welsh Mountain Railway

31 January - Ffestiniog & Welsh Mountain Railway
At Kennet Valley Hall, Lockeridge

A fascinating talk on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway - The Best Way to See Snowdonia

7 February - Tales from Giffords Circus

7 February - Tales from Giffords Circus
At Marlborough Town Hall : Lil Rice of Giffords Circus, whose aunt Nell Gifford not only ran away to the circus, but set up her very own village green circus, tells us all about life within a circus

15 February - Doolally Tap at the Town Hall

15 February - Doolally Tap at the Town Hall
Doolally Tap’s infectious foot-stomping live shows have taken the London vintage scene by storm, quickly establishing them as the band that most accurately evokes the bold, brassy, blues-infused spirit of 1920s New Orleans jazz

22 February - Holst, The Planets

22 February - Holst, The Planets
The Fulltone Orchestra at Marlborough College Chapel

4 March - Edgelarks at the Town Hall

4 March - Edgelarks at the Town Hall
Presented by Marlborough Folk Roots

Edgelarks combine exquisite folk with influences as diverse as the blues and Indian classical slide guitar

8 March - Southbank Sinfonia

8 March - Southbank Sinfonia
Marlborough College Concert Series - World Class Musicians to Marlborough

18 March - Concorde The Legend

18 March - Concorde The Legend
Rediscover the grace and glamour of perhaps the most beautiful aircraft in history in this nostalgic presentation at Marlborough Town Hall

20 March - Civic Dinner

20 March - Civic Dinner
Join our Mayor and fellow Councillors

27 March - Steve Knightley at the Town Hall

27 March - Steve Knightley at the Town Hall
Presented by Marlborough Folk Roots

Passnotes - the stories behind the songs. Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing

22 April - Faustus at the Town Hall

22 April - Faustus at the Town Hall
Presented by Marlborough Folk Roots

Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead, Steeleye Span), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast)

27 June - MantonFest

27 June - MantonFest
Book your gazebo plot now to see The Best of Blondie, Swinging Blue Jeans and more

2 to 5 July - Barbury International Horse Trials

2 to 5 July - Barbury International Horse Trials
Across four days more than 1,000 horse and rider combinations, featuring some of the best in the world, will be competing in the sport of eventing

12 July to 8 August - Summer School

12 July to 8 August - Summer School

Something for everyone

Marlborough College Summer School offers an inspirational mix of lifelong learning opportunities and entertainment for all ages

4 to 7 September - Giffords Circus

4 to 7 September - Giffords Circus
At Marlborough Common

Giffords Circus is a magical village green circus that tours England throughout the summer

24 to 27 September - Literature Festival

24 to 27 September - Literature Festival
Save the date for the 2020 Marlborough LitFest

10 October - Mop Fair

10 October - Mop Fair
Presented by the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain

All the fun of the fair in Marlborough High Street at Little Mop

17 October - Mop Fair

17 October - Mop Fair
Presented by the Showmen's Guild of Great Britain

Big Mop fair in the High Street

20 November - Christmas Switch-on

20 November - Christmas Switch-on
Christmas market and switch-on event

What's on?

What's on?
Please see our calendar for more options

26 November 2021 - Christmas Switch-on

26 November 2021 - Christmas Switch-on
Save the date for the 2021 switch-on event

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