Slowly but surely, Wellington’s calendar of annual festivals has been growing in recent years. Here’s our brief guide to the main festival programmes to look out for, but don’t forget to check our Events Calendar for more fantastic events.
Film Festivals with the Wellington Orbit (Spring and Autumn)
The Wellington Orbit team – formerly known as The Clifton Project – is working to develop a new cinema and arts venue in the centre of Wellington. Until that happens, they’ve been organising film nights and live events at existing community venues, their seasonal Film Festivals being the biggest. The programme usually combines mainstream recent releases and foreign language films from around the world. You can find out more about the festivals here.
Wellington Arts Festival (May & October)
This celebration of arts and culture takes place across two weeks in May and again in October at venues around Wellington, funded and organised by Wellington Town Council. After 20 years as the Wellington Literary Festival, the programme was extended in 2016 to encompass music, dance and the visual arts alongside poetry, drama and the written word. In 2017, a week-long Spring Arts Festival made its debut. It lays claim to being the country’s largest free access arts festival! You can find out more about the festival here.
Wellington Lunchtime Organ Concerts (May – August)
This series typically comprises four 45 minute concerts at Wellington Methodist Church, each delivered by a different guest organist.
Wellington Midsummer Fayre (June)
The Midsummer Fayre is a one-day festival that takes place annually on the second Saturday in June around Wellington’s Market Square, All Saints Church and Market Hall. It is inspired by the ancient June fayres that were first recorded in Wellington’s 1244 Market Charter, and the town’s annual ‘Jubilee’ celebrations of the 1770s. Around 40 local food and craft stalls set up outside the parish church, with entertainment in the form of fire-eaters and jugglers, choirs and bands, Morris dancers and even a medieval minstrel. And be sure not to miss the Georgian costumed procession at 1 o’clock! You can find out more about the festival here.
Wellington Walking Festival (September)
Wellington became a ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ town in 2010, and in the years since have led scores of walks through the countryside around Wellington and The Wrekin. The Walking Festival is the highlight of the group’s calendar and involves around 20 events over the course of a week each year in September. Walks cater for a range of abilities and interests, exploring different aspects of the local landscape, wildlife and heritage. You can find out more about the festival here.
Wellington Drama Festival (November)
Located at the Belfrey Theatre in Wellington, the festival has been hosted annually by the Wellington Theatre Company for nearly half a century. With adult and youth categories, the festival is aimed at encouraging Amateur Drama in Shropshire and beyond. You can find out more about the festival here.