Simonsbath Festival 2014: May 5 to June 20

Welcome to the website for the Simonsbath Festival 2014

‘Music is mankind’s greatest miracle. From the first note, one is transported into a higher, other world.’

Alice Herz-Sommer 1903 - 2014

A message from Phyllida Lloyd - Simonsbath Festival Patron

A huge amount of will is required to keep community venues alive and humming and nothing puts more vigour back into them than a festival.  The transforming effect of unfamiliar music, songs or stories in a familiar place can be electric and once again the Simonsbath Festival is welcoming a huge range of talents on to Exmoor.

In addition to some unmissable sounding world music - gypsy, Latin American, Hot Club jazz and Swing – there are outstanding classical talents and the essential evenings of downright silliness.  Great storytellers - from the nation's Lord Douglas Hurd to our very own Paddy King-Fretts, together with other local talents of all kinds - will hopefully provoke some people to muse upon whether they themselves might have a story to tell.

Since a night at the theatre in our capital now requires a small mortgage to be taken out, this really does look like six weeks of small miracle stimulation.  Here's to it! 


Simonsbath Festival 2014  

Spring is on its way and Simonsbath Festival will soon be back with variety of events for young and old: something to suit everyone’s taste.

May Day celebrations on Bank Holiday Monday May 5 will launch Simonsbath Festival 2014 with traditional music and maypole dancing by local children.  This year the festival presents a film premiere; the vocal trio Alaudiae performing sacred and operatic songs; a virtuoso violin performance from top British artist Tamsin Waley-Cohen; world music from a 10-piece Cuban band and Gypsy Swing ensemble; a high-energy drumming workshop; a talk by Lord Douglas Hurd, as well as some very Exmoor focused events such as a presentation by the popular children’s author Victoria Eveleigh; Tom and Barbara’s ‘An Exmoor Garland’ and ‘Voices from the Moor’ featuring interviews of local people presented by John Burgess; not to mention actor and baritone opera singer Karl Daymond who will be Lowering the Tone. 

During the six-week festival period there will be lots more on, including jazz, guided walks and family activities, ending on Friday June 20 with a family and community concert at St Luke’s featuring top folk musician James Findlay.

For information contact Victoria Thomas on 01643 831343 or email

With financial support from the Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund and the Heart of Exmoor