May Day celebrations open the festival on Bank Holiday Monday May 2 at 2pm on Exford Village Green, with a fun-packed afternoon of maypole dancing and country dancing by children from Exford School with live music from the Exmoor Doodah Band!
This year the village will be joining in with and a host of other activities to celebrate the arrival of spring, with competitions between local pubs and clubs, a local produce stall, cream teas with home-made cakes and lots more.
May Day heralds a festival packed with a variety of events in Simonsbath, including classical, jazz, opera and world music concerts, walks, talks and an art exhibition.
Concerts include the male voices of Wells Cathedral Choir; the Kosmos Ensemble that does it all from classical, jazz and Jewish Klesma to Tango; a Zulu Choir; a cabaret evening of popular music from the 1920s and 40s and the knock-out Pop-up Opera with the Barber of Seville.
This year too there’s a concert by new generation artists to encourage young talent, with the Jubilee Wind Ensemble who studied together at the prestigious Purcell School of Music.
Mid-week events include talks by popular local writer and author Simon Dawson and falconry expert Nigel Penfold, a new sampling and tasting event featuring local Exmoor producers Porlock Bay Oysters and Knighton Farm, Withypool. Wren Music will also be giving a concert of traditional songs selected to accompany a presentation of photographs by James Ravilious, who chronicled life in the farming communities of North Devon during the 1970s and 80s.
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