Curious Arts Festival 2018

Festivals and Fetes
2018-07-20 - 2018-07-22
Pylewell Park - SO41 5SJ
East End, United Kingdom
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SO41 5SJ

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News Release June 2018

Stephen Frears acclaimed director now confirmed as speaker at Curious Arts Festival

Steohen Frears acclaimed film director at Curious Arts FestivalAs a special treat for those of us who saw the hugely acclaimed BBC drama A Very English Scandal, its director, Stephen Frears, will now be joining the Curious Arts Festival line up on Saturday 21st July.

Perhaps best known for his films The Queen, Philomena, Dangerous Liaisons and My Beautiful Laundrette, Stephen is one of the UK’s most celebrated filmmakers and we are thrilled to welcome such a titan to this summer’s festival.

Asking Stephen the questions will be legendary interviewer and festival-favourite, Lynn Barber, whose remarkable life was the subject of the much lauded film, An Education, starring Carey Mulligan. Lynn has interviewed everyone from Salvador Dali and David Hockney to Katie Price and Marianne Faithful - and this event looks set to be one of the festival’s most hotly anticipated.


Curious Dog Show now announced too! 

Sunday 22 July.... Details

About the 2018 Curious Arts Festival

The Curious Arts Festival takes place this year over the weekend of 20-22 July 2018, once again in the beautiful grounds of Pylewell Park on the Solent Shore close to Lymington.

You will be entertained by some of the UK’s most exciting musicians, as well as by famous novelists, exceptional historians and poet laureates (all of whom you will get the chance to meet too).   

You can expect illuminating adventures, lively literary chat, breakfast briefings on the day's news, cocktail masterclasses, cartoon clubs, the return of MJ's pop-up choir, a fine array of food and drink, fire poem and much more.

There are lots of opportunities to join in and try something completely new. 

It's a real "family" festival - there is lots for curious children to see and do, and dogs on leads are more than welcome too.

Be warned that the weekend also involves lots of sitting on a deckchair with a view of the Solent, relaxing with gin and tonic in hand, catching up with friends old and new. 

This year you might find yourself learning how to write a Petrarchan sonnet, losing your life-savings at poker, creating a vintage doll's house from scratch or joining a LOVE workshop among many other offerings and experiences. 

The Music 

curious arts festival music line up july 2018

Full details of the musical line up can be found here 

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John Newman is a celebrated musician, singer-songwriter and record producer best known for the track “Love Me Again” which peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2013. He also co-wrote and sang on Rudimental’s 2012 singles “Feel the Love” and “Not Giving In”, which peaked at number one and number 14 on the chart, respectively.

In 2014, John featured in the Calvin Harris single “Blame” which topped the UK charts and the same year he was nominated for three Brit Awards, including Best British Male Solo Artist. Newman has sold over a million records in the UK alone and “Love Me Again” has been viewed over 580m times on YouTube.

Click here for a taster!

The stand up Comedy 

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Simon Evans who heads up the Comedy and News departments of Curious, is well known to the British comedy-going public from TV shows such as Live at the Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, and as a regular on BBC Radio 4. 

His own hugely successful, acclaimed radio show Simon Evans Goes To Market returns for a fourth series this January and February 2018 (on currently, Tuesday evenings) and provides a funny, incisive and informed look at the economics behind, well, everything.

Regular appearances on various panel games, most notably Radio 4’s legendary The News Quiz.  Regular guest on current affairs TV shows (most recently BBC One’s The Big Questions and Andrew Neil’s This Week, on Question Time in February) and on live radio, e.g. Radio Five’s Afternoon Edition.

From late February he will be touring his new show Genius which received five star reviews at Edinburgh Festival in 2017 and was described as a ‘masterclass in socio- political comedy’ and an ‘extraordinarily accomplished hour’ in The Scotsman.

At Curious he hosts hosts a stellar line up of comedians from 5pm every day Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is a panellist on the daily Breakfast briefing hosted by Paul Blezard. This year he has also booked 3 childrens comedy performers who will be appearing on Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and Sunday morning and there will be a comedy news round up show for kids too on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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The Comediens

Curious is cementing a reputation for attracting the cream of UK’s comedy talent:    Al Murray,  lightening-quick sketch group The Noise Next Door and gifted character acts Jo Neary and Milo McCabe.

Comedy lovers at Curious 2018 can also catch Adam Kay, currently topping the best seller list with THIS IS GOING TO HURT, a poignant but hilarious diary of his experience as an NHS doctor, kids favourite James Campbell, Australian podcaster Alice Fraser (Tea with Alice), Cambridge footlights graduate Ben Pope and award-winning Laura Lexx.



The Literature

Author and journalist talks and discussions in which everybody can take part

Author events from amongst many others celebrated author MATT HAIG, journalist, historian and McMafia creator MISHA GLENNY, KATE MOSSE (Labyrinth) on her new book The Burning Chamber, LYNN BARBOUR, MIRIAM DARLINGTON, JAMIE REID, doctor turned comedy writer ADAM KAY (This is Going to Hurt about his time as an NHS doctor) and People’s Poet LEMN SISSAY.

Journalists DOLLY ALDERTON (on her book Everything I Know about Love) and SALI HUGHES (author of Pretty Honest) and restauranteur and Polpo founder RUSSELL NORMAN on his new book Venice.


The choirmaster

Gareth Malone 

A treat is in store for fans of renowned Gareth Malone - the Choirmaster extraordinaire will curate an evening of music on Sunday in which all can take part.  For all the lowdown click here 


For curious children

Comedy, poetry and film making workshops, bat and insect walks, cartoon clubs, bedtime stories ...

curious arts festival 2018 children SQUAREChildren’s programming highlights this year include:

• Author events with children’s fiction prize winner PIERS TORDAY (author of the Last Wild Trilogy with new book The Lost Magician), and LYDIA ROSE RUFFLES (whose debut coming-of-age story The Taste of Blue Light will be followed up by Colour Me In this summer)

• Best-selling author and Egyptologist ROB LLOYD JONES (Wild Boy and Jake Atlas series) on the real life treasure hunt that inspired his new novel, complete with quizzes, prizes and creepy Egyptian mummies

• Comedy performances for children from JAMES CAMPBELL and JO NEARY with her Peg in The Gallery performance.

• Immortal wizard THE STORY BEAST performing hairy, ever-so-slightly scary tales and songs for kids, helped but mostly hindered by his arch-nemesis, Mandy The Witch Who Lives Under The Sink 

• A daily COMEDY NEWS round up for kids from ALICE FRASER and kids favourite JAMES CAMPBELL

• Two poetry workshops on Aliens and Greek Myth

• Film making workshops with Ridley Scott collaborator WOJCIECH DUCZMAL

• Classic cartoons from early and through the morning showing a charming array of cartoons in the film tent for children and parents to enjoy. Duvets welcome.

Bedtime Stories for young ones at 7pm in the children's tent every evening

• Craft workshops from BELLA AND THE YOUNG ONES designed by the immensely talented Isabel Lyster to charm and delight young ones of all ages. Isabel and her team will be on hand through the weekend with paint, tools, pencils, puppets and a wide range of activities to fire the imagination.

• Oversized traditional games such as giant chess sets, dominoes, snakes and ladders as well as croquet.


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Local residents are encouraged to join in the whole weekend's entertainment and activities - there's so much more than the music on offer!

Camping is FREE with weekend tickets

There are GLAMPING options available too


Children under 5 free

Full price weekend tickets are £128, with children over 5 and over at just £23.

Children under 5 are free. 






All Dates

  • From 2018-07-20 to 2018-07-22

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