A crafty start to Westbury's festival fortnight
An arts and crafts day kicked off the sixth annual Westbury Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, with the two-week festival returning to venues across the town until October 13.
The event, which took place in All Saints’ churchyard and hall, followed the official opening of the festival on Friday at The Laverton and saw local arts and crafts groups showcase their work.
As well as the market stalls, the day included a performance from Polish dancers and an opportunity for a history walk around the church, while people could also try their hand at bell ringing in the tower.
The groups in the parish hall included Westbury Quilters, Westbury Arts and Natter Group, Westbury Arts Group and Gill Bright Designs, plus White Horse Pottery also held a workshop.
Chairman of the festival Roy Inwood said: “We could have done with a few more at the arts and crafts day, but it was still very well attended. Everyone enjoyed the Polish dancers and the history walks around the church were also popular.”
“We’ve already had some great music and art events, including excellent performances at the opening ceremony from pupils from Matravers School, especially Lauren Medway.”
This week also saw ventriloquist Kieran Powell perform at Leigh Park Community Centre, musicians Emily Andrews and David Massey take to the stage at The Laverton and a batik workshop at Matravers School.
Mr Inwood said: “Those in and around Westbury who have not yet attended any of the events do not know what they are missing – it’s been fantastic.
“Tickets have been selling better than in previous years, but then there’s much more going on this year than ever before.”
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