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Festival Programme

Welcome to the first What’s On Guide for the Alton Arts Festival. This handy guide includes the majority of ticketed events currently on sale - and many of those coming on sale soon. There will be plenty of FREE events taking place during the festival period and we’ll produce a more complete programme nearer the time. Click on the event you're interested in to learn more and buy tickets. (No link yet? Keep checking back!)

FRIDAY
5 JULY
All day
THEATRE
HSDC Alton Showcase


5.30pm
LITERATURE
Beginner to Bestseller
Waterstones Alton


7pm
MUSIC
Opening Night at the Opera
Chawton House Barn


7.30pm
MUSIC
LYR
Alton Assembly Rooms


 
SATURDAY
6 JULY
10am – 2pm
ARTS IN THE PARK
Public Gardens


9.30am – 12.30pm
ART
Paul Harfleet – Learn to Draw a Bird
Community Centre


11am
THEATRE
WonderGig

Alton Maltings

2.15pm
THEATRE
Comedy Club 4 Kids
Alton Maltings


4.30pm
LITERATURE
Writers on Writing
Assembly Rooms

 
5.30pm
MUSIC
Strings & Supper
Chawton House

7.15pm
THEATRE
Arthur Smith
Alton Maltings

7.30pm
MUSIC
Daudi Matsiko
Goldfinch Books




 
SUNDAY
7 JULY

10am – 12pm

ART

Life drawing

Community Centre

10.30am – 11.30am, 11.45am - 12.45pm
ART

Clayful Playful Family Workshop

Allen Gallery

12pm – 2pm

LITERATURE

Kids graphics workshop

Goldfinch Books

1.30pm

MUSIC

So Sweet a Touch
St Nicholas' Church

2pm – 5pm

ART

Dreaming into the garden

Jane Austen's House

1.30pm

MUSIC

Richard Walters & Chris Riddell

Holybourne Theatre

5pm – 7pm

LITERATURE
Writing for Wellbeing Community Centre

5.30pm

MUSIC

Community Choral Festival

St Lawrence Church

7.30pm

MUSIC

Carmody 

Goldfinch Books

MONDAY
8 JULY

1.30pm - 4.30pm

ART
Make a contemporary textile hanging
Community Centre

 

5pm

LITERATURE

In Conversation With Laura Bates & Patrice Lawrence
Martin Read Hall

 

7pm – 9pm

ART
Painting and Prosecco
Cassidy's

 

7.30pm

THEATRE
Funnybones Comedy Club
Holybourne Theatre

 

7.30pm
THEATRE
Alton Fringe at the Festival
Wessex Arts

TUESDAY
9 JULY

7pm
ART
Film workshop - The Fictitious Inhabitants of Alton
Community Centre


7pm

LITERATURE
The importance of place in historical fiction
St Nicholas' Church


7.30pm
MUSIC

Ben Bloor Organ Recital
St Lawrence Church

WEDNESDAY
10 JULY
9am – 12.30pm, 2pm – 5.30pm
ART
David Wilkins
stone-carving workshop

Chawton House


5.30pm
LITERATURE
Songwriting workshop
Goldfinch Books


5.30pm
MUSIC
Testament
Holybourne Theatre


7.00pm
LITERATURE
Worldbuilding ...Live
Wessex Arts


7pm
THEATRE
Richard Herring’s ‘Can I have my ball back?’
Martin Read Hall 


7pm - 9pm
ART
Photo Walk – Camera Club
Bandstand, Public Gardens
THURSDAY
11 JULY

10am – 3pm
ART
U3A art & craft courses exhibition

and

Art for everyone exhibition
Community Centre


1pm

MUSIC
Community Organ Recital
St Lawrence Church


5.30pm – 6.30pm
LITERATURE

Poetry workshop
Goldfinch Books


7pm
LITERATURE

Poetry night

Goldfinch Books

7.30pm
MUSIC
Simeon Walker
All Saints Church

FRIDAY
12 JULY

11am – 1pm

ART

Getting Started With Pastels
Allen Gallery

 

6pm

THEATRE

The Nettle Dress (Film) Wessex Arts

 

7.30pm

THEATRE
Strictly Showtime

Alton Maltings

 

7.30pm

MUSIC
Austen & Friends
All Saints Church

 

7.30pm
MUSIC
Cara Dillon

Assembly Rooms

SATURDAY
13 JULY

9.30am – 12.30pm

LITERATURE

Pen2Paper children’s creative writing workshop

Alton Maltings

 

10am – 12pm 

LITERATURE

Creative writing workshop for teens

Community Centre 

10am – 1pm
ART

Connecting with nature through art

Community Centre

 

1.30pm – 4.30pm

LITERATURE

Edit your manuscript
Alton Library

 

2.30pm
THEATRE

Strictly Showtime

Alton Maltings

 

5.30pm

MUSIC

Imaginary Landscapes
Church of the Holy Rood

7pm

MUSIC

Joe Topping

Holybourne Theatre

SUNDAY
14 JULY

12pm – 6pm

PARTY IN THE PARK

Public Gardens

 

3.30pm

MUSIC

Come and Sing Evensong

St Lawrence Church

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