I love the Simonsbath Festival for two reasons. It's the only festival I know that regularly mentions wellington boots in its programme and it has my favourite approach road to a night out, with its inspirational views away to the west on the drive down the South Molton road.
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For the past five years the art exhibition, featuring work by local artists, has been an important part of Simonsbath Festival. This year the festival puts everyone in the frame by hosting Sketch Boxes to encourage old and young alike to draw, read or write inside.
The Sketch Boxes have been created especially for the festival out of the highly successful Exmoor Poetry Boxes which have confounded expectations by collecting more than 5,500 poems from passers-by over the last three years.
The Poetry Boxes captured words from travellers from around the world, and in a myriad of languages too, so this year’s Sketch Boxes will put the universal language of drawing centre stage, though there is still plenty of space for poetry. Read more about the Sketch Boxes here.
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The festival continues to prioritise its work with local schools. The project ‘Songs from the Exmoor Forest’ to revive interest in and knowledge of the traditional music and songs of Exmoor and Wren musician Paul Wilson this year held a series of workshops in local schools to teach the folk music, songs and traditions collected on Exmoor from the early 20th century to the 1980s. The workshops culminated in a Midsummer family and community concert.
As part of the project we have also collated an online song book featuring music and songs collected on Exmoor, which can be found here on the festival website.
St Luke’s was the original inspiration for Simonsbath Festival and the church continues to inspire, with its attractive and welcoming atmosphere and exceptional acoustic.
Over the past years the festival has made donations to local charities such as Exmoor Search and Rescue, the Beacon Centre cancer unit at Taunton’s Musgrove Hospital, the South Molton branch of the Royal British Legion, and last year gave a donation to the West Somerset Food Cupboard in Minehead.
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