A fun, lively mish-mash of musical events spanning various genres awaits at the annual Wymondham Music Festival. The line-up comprises of 16 days of musical fun, with events spanning a range of genres and styles and suitable for a variety of tastes and ages – it’s not just for adults! There’s so much going on, in fact, that we’ve compiled a handy guide to help you plan…
Image: Jazz Picnic with Dixie Mix
FOR FAMILY FUN…
… Check out the hugely popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic, back again for another year. Taking place in Kings Head Meadow, this event for the under 5’s (and their families) brings 2 hours of musical fun and plenty of entertainment – and it’s all free!
Meanwhile the Wymondham Youth Orchestra Summer Concert (8 July) is well worth attending, as is the Young Musicians’ Concert (10 July); both take place in the beautiful setting of Wymondham Abbey. Join the Happy Feet Ceilidh Band (15 July) for plenty of dancing fun, or The He Hews (16 July) for an afternoon of ‘sophisticated silliness’ with a range of styles “from flapper to disco with a New Orleans Twist’, both at the Baptist Church. Plus there are plenty more family-friendly performances at various locations across the town.
FOR JAZZ FANS…
… You can’t miss the festival’s Jazz Picnic with Dixie Mix (3 July); this engaging and lively jazz ensemble once famously toured with Rod Stewart and will perform a range of songs at the hugely popular summer picnic, which has been running for 22 years! The event is free to attend, too!
… Head down to the Real Ale Cider and Music Festival (26 May, 5pm) at the Green Dragon pub, or Summer Pizzaz at Spooner Row Church, where you can enjoy pizza delivered to your table (well, picnic blanket!) as you enjoy jazz performed by hymn and Arthur. It’s only £5 on the door and you can bring your own booze! We’d also recommend catching fantastic eight-piece local band The Vagaband; they’re well known for their ‘soulful mix between Americana, blues, jazz and rock’ and have just released their second album! They’ll be performing at Regal on 2 July at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 (or free for students under 25!)
& PLENTY MORE TOO!
There are plenty of other events taking place during the festival, so don’t limit yourself to the above – take a look on their website and be inspired!
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