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Something special brewing for the Festival!

Romsey residents will be able to toast the success of the Romsey Festival with a bottle of a special brew from Flack Manor Brewery.  Working with the Romsey Festival committee, the Brewery has produced a special Romsey Festival Brew 17. This is described as “A pale refreshing golden ale bursting with the aromas of summer…

Young musicians a strong part of Festival

Romsey Festival will again provide a showcase for some of the town’s most talented young musicians during the first two weeks of July. A highlight will be the Schools Choir Festival on Tuesday 4th July, with local schools in concert in Romsey Abbey, coordinated by Roger Kitsell.  This event was first held during the 2014…

Tickets for Festival available

The extensive programme for the 11th Romsey Festival between Saturday 1st and Sunday 16th July 2017 is now complete, and tickets are now on sale.  A dedicated Festival brochure will soon be delivered to every house in the Romsey area, summarising all the events. In the meantime the Romsey Festival website (www.romseyfestival.org) has been updated…

Romsey Festival approaching soon!

The programme for the 11th Romsey Festival between Saturday 1st and Sunday 16th July 2017 is almost complete, and tickets are now on sale.  The festival features the Beggars Fair on the middle weekend, and a special 30th Anniversary concert. Festival Chairman Dick Hewett hopes that the range of events will attract as wide an…

Romsey Festival promotes some early events

A taster of what is to come in July in the Romsey Festival will be provided through the next few months with a series of early events promoting the Festival. Music, poetry and environmental issues all feature. Between 10.30am and 3pm on Saturday 11th March the Romsey Methodist Church will host an eco-Fair entitled “Living…

Romsey Festival gearing up to go!

Plans are well in hand for the forthcoming Romsey Festival, which will be held in Romsey and the surrounding area between 1st and 16th July.  This will be the 11th such Festival, which is held every three years to showcase the arts and culture of the historic market town The final events are being finalised,…

Romsey Festival Constitution

Romsey Festival Constitution Adopted at a public meeting on 16 March 2015 This document replaces the constitution adopted at the inaugural meeting of the first Romsey Art Festival in 1987. The event was renamed “Romsey Festival” in 2014 to better reflect the diverse nature of the programme now offered.   The public name of the…

Inaugural Romsey Film Festival

Event dates: Saturday 26th September to Saturday 3rd October Since early 2014 Romsey Town Council have presented a regular film show in the Town Hall, building from the original once a month show we now present up to three shows per month, screening modern films using the council’s own equipment. Having built up a regular…

Romsey Festival 2017

The next Romsey Festival will take place between Saturday 1 and Sunday 16 July 2017. The Beggars Fair in 2017 takes place on Saturday 8 July. Further details about the Festival will be announced in due course. In the meantime, our 2014 events remain displayed on the site to give you an idea of the…

Highlights of the Festival

Highlights of the Festival – for Romsey Advertiser, 25 July 14 (To accompany montage of photos) Ronsey Festival closed on Sunday with the presentation of the Festival flag back to Chairman Dick Hewett at the end of the Closing Service in the Abbey URC Church. It had been a very successful 16 days of events….

Romsey Festival Grand Finale!

ROMSEY FESTIVAL GRAND FINALE Romsey Festival finishes this weekend after a very successful fortnight of events. The Abbey was packed to the rafters last Friday for a Schools Concert organised by Roger Kitsell. A number of local schools took part and a significant sum was raised for Jane Scarth House. Another highlight was a busy…

Romsey Festival’s good start set to continue

  ROMSEY FESTIVAL’S GOOD START SET TO CONTINUE Romsey Festival got off to a hugely successful start last weekend, and the momentum is set to continue through to the end of the 16-day event. Concerts by Romsey Choral Society and the Michelmersh Silver Band attracted large audiences, whilst there were higher than expected attendances at…

First week of Festival has great promise!

FIRST WEEK OF FESTIVAL HAS GREAT PROMISE! “The Romsey Festival is here!” This will be the pronouncement from Chairman Dick Hewett at the Festival’s launch event in the Town Hall this evening, as the 2014 fortnight of events to celebrate Romsey’s culture and talent begins.   The first week of the Festival features exhibitions, history,…

Festival spreads to the villages

FESTIVAL SPREADS TO THE VILLAGES   The 2014 Romsey Festival will be spreading its wings, with a number of events being held in the surrounding villages and attractions. So the Festival organisers are encouraging the public to venture outside the town for some of the Festival events.   The massed ranks of the Michelmersh Silver…

Prodigies return for Festival

An array of home-grown classical musicians are among artists who have signed up for this year’s Romsey Festival in July. Half a dozen talented young performers are returning to the Romsey stage after leaving the town to pursue their musical careers elsewhere. The youngest is 19-year-old Rachel Maxey, who is now studying at Oxford University….

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners to appear in Romsey Festival

Organisers of the Folklights concert for this year’s Romsey Festival are all smiles following the recent BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Winners of the best duo category for 2014, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, are to headline a Festival concert on 17 July in the Lantern Theatre at Romsey’s Mountbatten School. The concert – booked…

Festival benefits from local partnerships

A Festival for everyone: that is the aim of Romsey Festival 2014, which runs from 4th to 20th July 2014.   Festival Chairman Dick Hewett explains that the name has been changed from the Romsey Arts Festival in recognition of the ever-broadening spread of events and activities which are being included under the Festival umbrella, entirely…

Planning meeting for Festival participants

Plans for the Romsey Festival continue to develop and the next meeting for participants takes place on Tuesday 7 January at 7.30pm in King Johns House.  The growing schedule will be discussed, together with progress and plans for publicity, and the work needed to introduce on-line ticketing to the Box Office for the Festival.

Dick Hewett

Arts festival bids to reach wider audience through social media

Plans for the Romsey Arts Festival in 2014 are gathering momentum, and the next public meeting is being held on Thursday 19th September at 7.30pm in King Johns House.  New Chairman Dick Hewett hopes as many planned and potential participants will attend to hear the latest developments. The Festival will open with an official launch…