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.
The WAC Awards is an open competition for contemporary visual art that has gained praise and respect in Britain and abroad. It was established in 2012 by a group of artists and their friends in Wells. WAC 2017 celebrated 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.
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 includes Rhod Gilbert, Alexei Sayle, Sara Pascoe, Limmy, James Acaster, Tim Key, Mark Watson, Richard Herring and many more. May 25-27 2018
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