Welcome to the Home of
Highbridge Festival of the Arts
“The friendly festival”
The Festival is affiliated to The British & International Federation of
Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech of which Her Majesty The Queen is
The Festival is a registered charity, number 284082
Presidents: Nigel Hess, Composer & Stephen Daldry CBE, Film & Stage Director
The Festival began in 1948 at Highbridge Town Hall. It has grown from an
afternoon of performances to a large event held over 12 days in three
different venues with over 2300 performances in Speech & Drama, Dance
and Music. Performers are adjudicated by professional adjudicators, who
are recognised by The Federation, and marks are awarded using nationally
We welcome performers of all ages and abilities to take part in a wide
variety of classes; from tiny tots to octogenarians, everyone is
encouraged to share their talents, whether they wish to recite a poem,
act in a play, dance in any number of styles, play an instrument or
sing, either as a soloist or with others.
Please explore our website to find out more about the different sections
of The Festival. The Syllabus will give you an idea about the breadth of
classes you can take part in. If you’re
thinking of taking part in Highbridge Festival for the first time, then
please read or download our Information Sheet. Do please contact
us if you have any questions or would like more information.
We look forward to welcoming you to our next Festival, either as a
performer or as a member of the audience, when we can assure you of a
very entertaining time.
Presidents: Nigel Hess &
Stephen Daldry CBE
Following a very successful week at
The Princess Theatre in Burnham, where we saw many super performances in
Speech, Drama and Dance, our 70th Festival has now moved to Highbridge
Community Hall for the Music Section.
Instrumental classes and school choir performances are taking place from
Monday 13 March until the evening of Thursday 16 March. Friday and
Saturday, 17th & 18th March, sees the vocal classes for individuals,
duets, trios and small groups. We will round off the Music Section at St
John’s Church, Highbridge from 6pm on Saturday 18 March with
performances by local adult choirs.
You are most welcome to join us as a member of the audience. Daily
admission is £2 and souvenir programmes are available detailing the
week’s performances. A Season Ticket, costing £10, entitles you to visit
as often as you like over the six days of music.
Results are published daily on this website and also on
www.burnham-on-sea.com. Photographs taken during the Festival will be
posted in our gallery in due course and can also be seen on
burnham-on-sea.com and at www.bridgwaterpress.co.uk .
For more detailed information regarding the Festival performance times,
we suggest you buy a programme. These will be available from the first
day of the Festival at The Princess Theatre.