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.
Sunday 14 October 2018, 10.30am to 4.30pm
A fun day out for all the family celebrating Somerset’s rich farming and culinary heritage with over 150 local food stalls in the Artisan Market. There is an informative interactive Discovery Zone, alongside both Orchard and Farmyard areas. Visitors can also join in an attempt at a Guinness Book of Records with a mammoth bacterially fermented sauerkraut-making session.
Saturday 6 October – Sunday 21 October
Now in its sixth year, WAC is an international visual arts competition and selling exhibition with a rising reputation. Originally set up to support emerging young artists, it now attracts work from across the globe in a wide range of media from painting and sculpture to printmaking and photography. An exhibition of the unique works of art will be held in The Bishop’s Palace during October.
England’s smallest city hosts a big weekend of stand-up. More than 60 comedy shows across 6 Wells venues in 3 days. This year’s line-up in May included Rhod Gilbert, Alexei Sayle, Sara Pascoe, Limmy, James Acaster, Tim Key, Mark Watson, Richard Herring and many more.
Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Wells Theatre Festival, which will bring an exciting programme of theatre and workshops to Wells. The Festival is the brainchild of Artistic Director Rosalind Johnson, former assistant director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. The Wells Theatre Festival takes place from 12 – 15 July at various venues throughout the City.