Celebrating Shakespeare in Lymington this Summer
"When I consider every thing that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment..."
Make a date now for 22 July, and a Shakespeare Sonnet-a-thon in Lymington
Today, St George's Day, is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death
(For St George's Day Quiz see end of this article)
And there’s a real Shakespeare momentum building nationally.
Are you intrigued to get to know Shakespeare a little better? What made his works so famous and so enduring? Or are you already a Shakespeare enthusiast?
Several nationally acclaimed festivals such as Hay on Wye, are promising events with a Shakespearean theme this summer. And, thanks to the Curious Arts Festival on our doorstep in Pylewell Park, Lymington has the chance to get to know the Bard a little better too.
Shakespeare Sonnet-a-thon at the Curious Arts Festival
"Shall I compare Thee to a summer's day?"
We are invited to join in a weekend-long Sonnet-a-thon in July.
Basically that’s a reading of all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets, over the course of the weekend. In which festival ticket-holders are invited to take part.
If you haven't yet discovered the Curious Arts Festival at Pylewell Park, this is the year to do it!
Polly Stenham, the English playwright (That Face, Royal Court, National Theatre) will lead a line up of authors, performers and festival-goers in reading all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets over the course of the weekend. 100 festival ticket-holders are invited to sign up to take part in this event in honour of England’s genius. Starting on the Friday night the Sonnet-athon will take place on the stunning Nyetimber Bus, a beautifully re-imagined 1968 Routemaster.
Other Shakespeare related goings on at the Curious Arts Festival
Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktail Making workshops.
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the great Bard's death Fever-Tree and Scribe UK have combined their considerably curious talents to host two Shakespeare, Not Stirred cocktail workshops. So share your troubles and learn how to make a Drowning Ophelia. Dazzle your friends with an Isabella's Vespers, go to the depths with a Richard's Gimme-let and leave on a high with a Lady Macbeth's G-spot.
And for the gardeners: Niddfest Comes South
Jackie Bennett, author of Shakespeare's Plots will be talking about Shakespeare as a gardener.
Author of six gardening and wildlife books Jackie recently completed a writer's residency with the Hosking Houses Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, working on a new book about Shakespeare's Gardens (Frances Lincoln 2016) in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.*
"So am I as the rich, whose blessed key
Can bring him to his sweet up-locked treasure..."
Let’s make it Literary Lymington this Summer!
For Festival details and how to get tickets go to: www.curiousartsfestival.com
More about musicians and authors coming to Lymington (including Billy Bragg!): http://www.lymington.com/lymington-life/arts/829-curious-arts-festival-2016
The Curious Arts Festival takes place Pylewell Park, New Forest, Hampshire from 22nd to 24th July 2016. Children 13 and under free of charge.
"To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
And as for St George's Day - if you've a few spare minutes today, try this quiz - how well do you know England? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/23/st-georges-day-2016-how-well-do-you-know-england/