Introduction to this year’s Festival

The celebrations start in June and continue through July.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performed by the “Rain or Shine Theatre Company” in the garden of “The Wheatsheaf” at Llanhennock on Sunday 5th June @ 4.30pm and music from Robin Williamson at Llanhennock Village Hall on Saturday 11th start the festivities.

A “Farmers’ Market” in Caerleon Town Hall on Sunday 19th June whets the appetite for what is to follow.

From the 1st to the 10th July a packed ten days of performance and participation await you in the ancient Roman Legionary fortress town of Caerleon – drama, literature, poetry, comedy, music, dance, arts, crafts, sculpture and more……

Internationally acclaimed poet and author, OWEN SHEERS, will be appearing at St. Cadoc’s Church on Friday 1st July 7.00pm supported by the Allegra Ladies Choir, welsh poet Mike Jenkins and others.

Sat – Sun 2nd-3rd July “LIT ON THE LAWN” of the Priory Hotel will offer the opportunity to hear authors talk about their recent work including Angela V. John, Peter Finch, Holly Muller, Richard King and Rachel Trezise; and enjoy “The All Wales Comic Verse Competition” with guest poet – Costa Award Winner – Jonathan Edwards.

Wed 6th July 7.30pm  A Concert in St. Cadoc’s Church THE MORRISTON ORPHEUS CHOIR with renowned soloist HUW EURON

…..and much more (please see our upcoming events).


Sat -Sun 9th-10th July The climax will be “THE BIG FREE” weekend on the quayside of the historic Hanbury Arms, in the garden of the Bell Inn and on the Festival Field with live music from 45 bands/performers, arts, crafts, sculpture and exhibitors.

There’s more. Fresh from Glastonbury and Womad “The Eastpointers” will star at the Bell Inn on Wednesday the 27th July, and in the Autumn we have John Watterson, Richard Digance, the “Treorchy Male Choir” and “Belshazzar’s Feast” in prospect.

“To be, or not to be” – there is no doubt – Caerleon is the place to be! Legend, history and mystery are there for all to see – King Arthur’s Camelot? Roman Fortress. Medieval Castle. AND THE FESTIVAL!

Tim Davidson, Festival Chairman

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