Arts Festival comes to Daventry

THERE are plenty of big names as Daventry hosts its first arts festival next week.

DAVENTRY Arts Festival, which runs from Monday to Saturday, July 23 opens with a poetry feature.

Shedman, otherwise known as writer and film maker John Davies, will be on the New Street Recreation Ground.

He will be in his shed from Monday to Wednesday between 10am-5pm and from 10am to noon on Thursday where he will encourage people to write or tell stories or provide photos to create a unique multimedia installation.

An ensemble performance from sinfonia ViVA, the region’s only professional orchestra, will play at the iCon on Monday from 7.30pm.

The iCon on Tuesday hosts a talk called Daventry Calling: Celebrating the World Service. Terry and John Waite will be in conversation chaired by Sir John Tusa. John Waite recorded programmes on the World Service, broadcast from Borough Hill, during his cousin Terry’s imprisonment in Beruit knowing he had radio access.

The festival takes on a different tone on Wednesday with two comedy shows at The Square in Bowen Square.

It’s The Best of Leicester Comedy Festival, the UK’s longest-running comedy festival, from 7.30pm featuring Joe Bor, Joe Lycett, Jim Smallman and Patrick Monahan.

This is followed by a show which sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe, Comedy in the Dark, from 9.30pm. Both shows are for over 18s.

An evening of drama comes to Daventry Methodist Church on Thursday. Paul Lehmann presents a one-man show, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes from 7.30pm which presents two of his most famous cases, combining physical theatre and storytelling.

A unique mix of comedy, cartoons, poetry and improvisation will be at the Saxon Suite of Daventry Leisure Centre on Friday. Poet Ian McMillan and Private Eye cartoonist Tony Husband are on the bill from 8pm with a show suitable for all ages.

The final day sees Music in the Field at The Hollow from 1pm. Vic Minnett, radio presenter of BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, launches the afternoon’s entertainment with The Hot Potato Syncopators, Paper Aeroplanes, Sheelanagig and two DJ sets from Pete Lawrence.

A carnival procession will wind its way through the town centre to The Hollow featuring characters created by community groups, along with food stalls, a beer tent, games and attractions.

The last event is the final of Daventry’s Got Talent which will take place at The Hollow from 6pm on Saturday. Bring your mobiles as your votes determine who wins. For more information, call 01327 828391 or visit An official programme of events is available from the Daventry Express offices.