Town gearing up for week-long celebration of culture and creativity

Fordingbridge Festival
The Homing will be performing on 31st May at Avonway in Shaftesbury Street

FORDINGBRIDGE is gearing up for a week of culture and creativity – including a real-life re-enactment of one of Britain’s most famous works of art.


The town’s artists and performers will be showing off their talents at a series of events over seven days from 29th May to 7th June.

Fordingbridge Culture Week will include performances by the Fordingbridge Players, film screenings at The Regal cinema, events at the library, and an exhibition and workshop from local artist Angela Corben.

A pair of local heavy horses, Belle and Bresil, have also been drafted for a unique recreation of John Constable’s The Hay Wain on 1st June in the river near the recreation ground from 11am-11.30am.

Nicky Jenkins, chair of the organising Fordingbridge Events Group, said: “We have a plethora of talented groups and individuals in and around our town and we thought it would be good to come together to work on this project.

“The week is half in half-term and during school term time, and we wanted there to be a range of activities to suit everyone. We are thrilled that everyone has got on board with this, and in particular that the local schools are involved.

“We have reached out to those we know but if there are any other talented artists, writers, filmmakers or musicians interested in getting involved, we would love to hear from you.”

Other activities include an open mic night and craft workshops, a comedy night, live music, historical town tours, and a Storyville exhibition of tales.

Band The Homing will be performing on 31st May from 7.30pm-10.30pm at Avonway in Shaftesbury Street; Norwegian film Utøya showing at the Regal on 29th May 7pm-8.45 pm; and there will be laughs at Fordingbridge Comedy Club on 7th June 7pm-9.30pm at the Victoria Rooms in Bridge Street.

Culture week will be followed by fun and games at the Fordingbridge Festival on 20th July which will run from 10.30am-5pm at Fordingbridge Rec.

Nicky added: “The one-day event is already looking terrific with stands and entertainment being booked and scheduled into the day’s activities.

“After last’s year’s resurgence, we already have people booked in who had such a good day in 2018.

“We are hoping to grow the festival this year, but plans are for more of the same as it went down so well last year! And fingers crossed we get similar weather too.”

Corporate sponsors on board for the festival are PDQ Airspares, Pennyfarthing Homes, Elliotts and Hearts at Homecare.

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Most events during Fordingbridge Culture Week in May and June are free but some do require booking. To find out more go to