Winning poems from the poetry competition, click here to read


Bradford on Avon Arts Festival 2017 is now finished after a vibrant and varied agenda during the first 2 weeks of September. Wiltshire Wildlife has been a terrific partner charity and was creatively involved in our first weekend. We are also co-hosted sell-out events with BoA Preservation Trust and the BoA Walking Festival.

Small & Beautiful art exhibition sold over 60 lovely little artworks which was hosted for much of the Festival fortnight at Grounded;
Folk music and poetry provided by the Village Pump filled the West Barn;
Award winning comedy, headlined by Harriet Braine had us in stitches at the Fat Fowl;
A fun, Flighty-themed quiz night was enjoyed by a full house at the Bunch of Grapes;
Carey Chapman brought the amazing story of the Hon. Mrs Bruce vividly alive at the Priory Barn to a spell-bound, packed audience;
Many people of all ages helped colour in the Big Picture at the Bradford on Avon Library;
Over 600 short poems were entered for the Flights of Fancy poetry competition, and the winners can be read on this site;
The lantern procession was really well attended despite the torrential rain and the end of summer was really announced with some beautiful lanterns and great live music.

Thank you to everybody: all our hosts, organisers, artists, musicians, stewards and everyone who helped make this a very successful BRADFORD ON AVON ARTS FESTIVAL.