October 2016 saw an inaugural cultural collaboration in Wells with four Festivals showcasing a wealth of local and national talent: our own Festival of Literature was joined by festivals of Music, Art, and Food to create a spectacular autumn in Somerset. At other times of the year the city plays host to a drama festival, a comedy festival and a brilliantly illuminated carnival. Wells may be small, but it holds a proud place in the festival world… The city also boasts highly popular bi-weekly markets, regular craft fairs and a full season of events hosted by both the Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace.
On Sunday 8 October, from 10.30 to 4.30, Wells Food Festival returns once again to celebrate the best of Somerset’s wonderful local produce. Last year’s one-day event had 150 stalls and attracted over 12,000 visitors.
Rewind – Exhibition Saturday 7 – 21 October 2017 Open daily 10-6 pm
The WAC Awards is an open competition for contemporary visual art that has gained praise and respect in Britain and abroad. It was established five years ago by a group of artists and their friends in Wells. WAC 2017 celebrates its fifth anniversary with an exhibition of new work by past winners in the Bishop’s Palace, Wells. The competition will return in October 2018.
The 2017 new music wells festival will take place from Sunday 15 – Thursday 19 October. This year’s distinguished featured composer is Howard Skempton. His new choral works will be premiered by Wells Cathedral Choir on Thursday 19 October at the 5.15pm service of Choral Evensong. He will be in conversation with fellow composers for Composer Conversations with Lord (Michael) Berkeley CBE, host of BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions at 2.30pm on Wednesday 18 October.
Admission to all nmw events is free.