Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Sun 30 Jul 2017

    THERE will be plenty of family fun at Bromsgrove’s Avoncroft Museum throughout the six weeks summer holidays. From Monday, July 31, to next Friday, August 4, there will be traditional fun and games, including board games, kite flying, and other outdoor activities. The following week, Avoncroft’s Big Build will provide building themed activities. Youngsters will have the chance to design a new building for Avoncroft. From August 14 to 25, Avoncroft will be turned into the Land of Legends, with many fantasy themed activites, centering on folklore and local legends. Visitors will be tasked with searching the grounds for the mythical beasts that lie in wait for aspiring adventurers. From August 21 to 25, there will be the Great Avoncroft Bake-off. All junior cooks are invited to test their skills in the kitchen and cook something special. Visitors will also have the opportunity to help with historic household chores around the museum. The month ends with a bank holiday festival to celebrate the end of the summer with some traditional fun for the whole family. The last event of the season continues beyond August, running from August 29 to September 1. The Big Avoncroft Dig will see young archaeologists and budding historians help dig up important artifacts, and maybe even part of an ancient building? Visit for more information.

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  • Wed 19 Jul 2017

    THE BROMSGROVE Folk Festival makes a welcome return to The Bowling Green Inn, Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, next weekend.

    On the Thursday evening, July 13, there is the Pre-Folk Festival Singin’, Suppin’ and Session. There is an eclectic music session in the pub and/or an acoustic night in the mini marquee. That event starts at 8pm and is free.

    On the Friday evening, July 14, is resident band Fairfield, Don McKinnon, Keith Donnelly Ursula Holden Gill and Quicksilver. It starts at 4pm in the mini marquee and the main marquee at 7pm.

    On the Saturday, July 15, the music starts at 5pm in the mini marquee and 7.30pm in the main marquee. The evening will feature The Lost Notes, The Gen Bartley Band, 3 Daft Monkeys and The Melrose Quartet.

    On Sunday everything is free, including the walk in the morning, the brunchtime fun in the mini marquee and singin’ and suppin’ with Stitherum in the main marquee, the World Foam Flinging Championships, Step on Board and the Festival Finale.

    Tickets are £24 for Friday night, £37 for Saturday all day, £18 for Saturday up to 6pm and £25 for Saturday after 6pm.

    Alternatively, it is £47 for the whole weekend.

    Visit or call 0121 476 5938 for more information or for tickets.

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  • Tue 18 Jul 2017

    THE ANNUAL general meeting of the Bromsgrove Art Society will take place at 7.30pm on July 19.

    It will be held at the St John Ambulance Centre, Barnsley Hall Drive, Birmingham Road.

    On the night, as well as a summary of the year’s demonstrations, there will also be a report on the success of the annual art exhibition.

    Next year’s Bromsgrove Art Society programme will be published in August with events starting again in September.

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  • Sat 15 Jul 2017

    THE FINAL week of this year’s Bromsgrove Festival is upon us with eight more events before the curtain comes down.

    On Wednesday, July 19, the Holborne Brass Ensemble take to the stage for the last Festive Classics event at Avoncroft Museum’s Guesten Hall. The show starts at midday and lunch is at 1pm. Tickets, which include lunch and a glass of wine, are £16. They must be booked in advance by visiting or calling 01527 874136. Concert only tickets are available for £8.50 on the door. Visit or call 01527 874136 for more.

    The film Boticelli Inferno (12A) is being screened at Artrix at 7.30pm on Wednesday. The fascinating and informative art documentary focuses on the undisputed Renaissance master Sandro Boticelli. Tickets, at £10, are available from Artrix, at or by calling 01527 577330.

    Next Saturday, July 22, Fusion – street theatre, dance and music – comes to Bromsgrove High Street. It is a free event from 10am to 3pm and will be hosted by BBC Hereford and Worcester.

    The next Bite Sized Classics concert, aimed at getting everyone, young and old alike, into classical music, comes to St John’s Church next Saturday afternoon. The concert, which starts at 3pm, is free and is being performed by the Orchestra of St John with conductor Richard Jenkinson. Places can be booked by calling 01527 878801, at or on the door.

    The St John 2017 MusicFest presents ‘Facade’ by William Walton at St John’s Church at 7.30pm next Saturday. Tickets, at £10 in advance, are available from or by calling 01527 577330 or 01527 878801 (the St John’s Parish Office). Alternatively they are £12 on the door. Accompanied children go free. Visit for more.

    The St John’s MusicFest continues into the Communion service at 10.45am next Sunday, July 23. The Orchestra of St John with conductor Richard Jenkinson will take to the stage for the service, led by Rev Ray Khan. It will feature Mozart: Missa brevis No 2 in D Minor. The service is free, no tickets are required.

    Time travelling musicians Morgan and West come to Artrix at 2pm next Sunday for a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting show. Tickets, at £12 (£10 under 16s) or £40 for a family ticket are available from or by calling 01527 577330.

    And finally, the 2017 MusicFest Gala Concert concludes this year’s Bromsgrove Festival at St John’s Church. Once again, The Orchestra of St John with conductor Richard Jenkinson, will perform a variety of classics from Beethoven from 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 in advance (from or by calling 01527 577330 or 01527 878801) or £12 on the door with accompanied children going free.

    Visit for more on any of the events

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  • Wed 12 Jul 2017

    STUDENTS from Bromsgrove Prepatory School held a special event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book The Philosopher’s Stone.

    The school was turned into Hogwarts for the day with everyone joining in the fun.

    The day started off with a procession of costumes which saw pupils dress as their favourite characters, staff even got involved with the day’s celebrations.

    The theme of Hogwarts was really embraced as in PE quidditch came to the fields, wands were made in art, potions were put together in science and even platform 9 3/4 appeared outside the English department.

    Then lunch had came around where a feast fit for Harry himself was prepared. That included authentic Bertie Botts every flavor beans.

    The food was appropriately labelled with worms and hippogriff eggs being some of the unusual treats on offer.

    Strange things occurred in the library too as new book categories appeared and competitions were held.

    Despite the unusually hot weather the costumes and high spirits held up all day .

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  • Wed 14 Jun 2017

    THE Bromsgrove Festival returns bigger and better this week with organisers promising it will be “the best yet”.

    Almost 100 events will be held for this year’s festival, which runs from Friday, June 16, to Sunday, July 23, with highlights including music, drama and dance.

    Deputy chair Bob Bignell said “With getting on for 100 events in 27 locations, this year's Bromsgrove Festival promises to be the best yet.

    "With genres ranging from folk to opera, drama to comedy, spoken word to dance, jazz to classical Music, visual arts to dance – and aimed at all age ranges – it is certain that everybody in Bromsgrove and surrounding areas will not only find something to interest them, but will also have the opportunity to ‘try something new’ right here in Bromsgrove."

    The festival will once again be staging family orientated events on Bromsgrove High Street on each of the six Saturdays during the festival period, including dance and street theatre.

    The Summer Jam in Sanders Park will also feature with skateboard competitions and professional graffiti artists, with performances from a live band and local DJs.

    This year's programme also has more focus on the arts in Bromsgrove with a number of events organised by local societies and clubs.

    There is also greater emphasis on free community arts activities, such as REFRESHRubery in Rubery and a Bite Sized Classics concert at St Andrew’s Church in Charford.

    It is hoped that this will encourage greater participation in Festival activities in areas of Bromsgrove that have previously not seriously engaged with the Festival.

    For further details, full listings, and a brochure of the festival can be found on

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  • Sun 11 Jun 2017

    "Mixed media’ will be the focus at the next meeting of Bromsgrove Art Society this month.

    Redditch artist Cheryl Clayton will be demonstrating her skills at St John Ambulance Centre in Barnsley Hall Drive from 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 21.

    Mike Hurst, vice chairman of Bromsgrove Art Society, said: “Cheryl is a local artist who has demonstrated her skills for us on a couple of previous occasions, and proved very popular.

    “She finds relaxation in her art, but also tutors primary school children in art and design, experimenting in a variety of media, whilst having a passion for all things furred and feathered.”

    Entrance to the meeting costs £1 for members or £4 for visitors, which includes a hot drink and biscuits.

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  • Sat 3 Jun 2017

    GROUP of art students have worked together with an engineering company to design ideas for a life-sized steel sculpture to be displayed in Bromsgrove.

    The Heart of Worcestershire College’s (HoW College) Art and Design students began the project with Lister in March, designing concepts for the tubular steel sculpture.

    The company’s chief executive has selected six designs to be put forward to the council for consideration, with the winning designs set to be created and displayed in various locations around Redditch and Bromsgrove.

    Commenting on the quality of the students work, CEO Peter Davies, said: “The students demonstrated very strong technical skills in producing the models and obviously put a lot of thought and care into their designs.

    “The standard of work was so high that, even though we could only select a few to take forward at this stage, we truly considered them all great pieces of art.”

    Level 2 Art and Design student, Lewis Dyer said: “This project has allowed me to use a multitude of different methods and techniques such as spray painting.

    “It has also given me the experience of working with a client which will be useful in later life.”

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  • Sat 3 Jun 2017

    A SINGING group for people with a neurological condition has been set up in Lickey.

    The group meets every Wednesday in term time and on Fridays from 2pm to 4pm at Trinity Church Hall.

    Singing teacher Ruth Wood worked with people with Dementia and Parkinson’s and became interested in the strong effect music and singing had on the brain.

    She said the group isn’t a choir but a chance for people with neurological conditions and their family, friends or carers to have a go at singing.

    Entry is £3, call 07549698009 for more information.

  • Tue 30 May 2017

    A TALK and demonstration on ‘Aspects of Cartoons’ will be given by Bob Lawton at the next meeting of the Lickey Hills Art Society.

    It takes place at 7.30pm on June 3 at Longbridge Methodist Church, Bristol Road South (next to Kidderminster Carpets).

    Popular cartoonist and author Bob makes a welcome return – his work has been featured in many newspapers and magazines, including Argus, Private Eye and Punch.

    Everyone is welcome to the event where admission is free for members and £4 for visitros.

    Call Graham on 0121 453 7097 for more.

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