Performers, Speakers and Event Organisers

Albion QuartetSaturday 3 June @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

Albion Quartet

Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin 1), Emma Parker (violin 2), Rosalind Ventris (viola), Nathaniel Boyd (cello)

Concert programme

Haydn String Quartet Opus 20 No 2 in C Major

Ravel String Quartet in F Major

Dvoƙák String Quartet No 10 in E-flat Major Opus 51


Austen's WomenWednesday 14 June @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

Austen's Women

Dyad Productions in association with TTI

Thirteen of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in this bold revisiting of some of literature’s most celebrated works.



David KennardWednesday 10 May @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

David Kennard

Local farmer whose DVD ‘The Year of the Working Sheepdog’ has sold 80,000 copies worldwide talks about juggling life as a farmer and film-maker.




Exmoor Society

Wednesday 10 May @ 11am to 1pm - Mining and Mystery at Wheal Eliza

Friday 26 May @ 1.30pm to 4.00pm - In Search of John Knight's Lost Mansion and Gardens - a Guided Walk

Wednesday 14 June @ 10.30am to 4.30pm - A Walk through Two Iron Ages



Fromage en FeuSaturday 6 May @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

In partnership with Under One Sun

Fromage en Feu

The deliciously irresistible Fromage en Feu is a faux-French five-piece acoustic band of highly talented musicians with a joyously upbeat and adventurous repertoire which includes klezmer, café culture and the rich musical traditions of the Balkans, all performed with a sense of fun and a style of their very own.


Wednesday 31 May @ 7:30pm - Simonsbath Sawmill

Graham Wills

The End of the Knights' Dream - SOLD OUT

An illustrated talk

Dr Graham Wills explores at the impact of the tragic deaths of two young men – one in Simonsbath and one 150 miles away. 

Jochen LangbeinWednesday 17 May @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

Jochen Langbein - 21st Century Deer

An exploration of the diverse habits of red deer on Exmoor and elsewhere in the UK

Dr Jochen Langbein gives an extensively illustrated talk about Exmoor’s red deer, based on his own research locally, and deer elsewhere in the UK, with up-to-the-minute information on deer numbers, distribution, impacts and management.  Jochen uses slides and film clips to show the traditional view and beauty of the wild deer, and the local fascination with them, while also challenging some of the conventional wisdom about deer behaviour and how adaptable they can be in the face of ever changing man-made pressures. 

KabasaSaturday 10 June @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church


Kabasa have been playing authentic Latin-American music since they formed in 2008.  The band is based in Penzance and it might seem remarkable that a Salsa band could spring up in such a far-flung location, but it reflects the presence of a large creative community in Cornwall that has attracted a wide variety of accomplished professionals in many fields.  Kabasa aren’t just authentic, but tight and well-rehearsed; they deliver powerful and vibrant music.

Lyra Vocal EnsembleSunday 14 May @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

Lyra Vocal Ensemble from St Petersburg

The Lyra Vocal Ensemble of four highly talented artists who trained at the prestigious St Petersburg Conservatory promises to be one of the highlights of the festival.  The ensemble has a varied repertoire and will perform a mixture of sacred music from the Russian Orthodox Church as well as folk songs and popular Russian classics.

Matthew FortWednesday 21 June @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

Matthew Fort

Food and travel writer and judge on The Great British Menu, Matthew Fort talks about his new book ‘Summer in the Islands’.

Who hasn’t dreamed of a summer in the sun, of taking time out, of beachcombing, of drifting without restraint and responsibility from island to island?



Maypole Dancing on Exford Village GreenMonday 1 May from 2:00pm - Exford Village Green

Simonsbath Festival starts in the customary way with May Day celebrations for all the family on Bank Holiday Monday May 1 on Exford Village Green.

Midsummer and Community ConcertFriday 23 June from 2pm - Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross

Midsummer family and community concert

Midsummer marks the end of Simonsbath Festival 2017 with a family and community concert, featuring the Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of the folk and community arts organisation Wren Music and the children of Exford, Cutcombe, Timberscombe and Dulverton schools.  

Maia Roberts FlautistSaturday 20 May @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

Simonsbath Festival New Generation Artist

Maia Roberts 

accompanied by pianist David Preston

A distinguished musical career awaits accomplished young flautist Maia Roberts, so Simonsbath Festival is delighted to catch her while we can as she performs a varied programme of music, including some much loved pieces and some less familiar.


Pop Up Opera CimarosaSaturday 17 June @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

The Secret Marriage: Domenico Cimarosa

By overwhelming popular demand the fabulous Pop-up Opera return to Simonsbath Festival with an 18th-century Italian comic opera by Domenico Cimarosa.  You can hear the influence of Mozart in the music.  Filled with comic intrigues and confusions, the story is about following your heart, and makes a perfect summer opera filled with Pop-up Opera’s special humour, sparkle and fun.

Rob Wilson-NorthWednesday 24 May @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

Rob Wilson-North - In search of John Knight, the man who made Exmoor

An illustrated talk

No-one has done more to shape the way Exmoor looks than John Knight who arrived in Simonsbath in 1820 with his wife and six young children.  Over the next 17 years Knight transformed the moorland at the heart of Exmoor, turning it from a desolate moorland once described as a ‘filthy barren ground’ into what the local press at the time imagined might be ‘an enviable possession’.  He set about making what was to be a great estate, with proud castle and wonderful grounds at its heart.

Robin RaviliousWednesday 7 June @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

Robin Ravilious - The photography of James Ravilious

Robin gives an illustrated talk about the great photographer James Ravilious’s extensive and intimate portrait of a traditional way of life in rural North Devon during the 1970s and 80s for the Beaford Archive.  Robin explains James's background and how he came to work on the Beaford Archive project for more than 17 years, capturing a way of life before the modern world changed it forever.

Simonsbath SawmillMondays 15 May and 19 June - Simonsbath Sawmill

Open for "drop-in tours" from 10:00 to 3:30. 

Entry to the sawmill is free: donations are invited towards the further restoration of the sawmill features: for more details see the Simonsbath Sawmill page.

Sketch BoxMonday 1 May to Friday 23 June

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 Dime NotesSaturday 27 May @ 7:30pm - St Luke's Church

The Dime Notes

London's most stylish vintage jazz band plays the irresistible, foot-tapping early jazz of the 1920s, digging back into the blues-drenched sounds of clarinet-driven New Orleans jazz, unearthing a repertoire of stomps, blues, and forgotten gems of the era from musicians such as Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton and Red Nichols.