Curious Arts Festival Pylewell Park Lymington New Forest

Curious Arts Festival weekend at Pylewell Park 18-20 July

Curious Arts Festival Pylewell Park Lymington

A festival weekend of arts including theatre, films and music, featuring well known authors, actors and musicians, promises something for all of us!

Famous literary names like Lady Antonia Fraser, Dan Snow and Fay Weldon  are set to arrive at Pylewell Park for a very special weekend in July  to delight us with a variety of artistic, theatrical and musical entertainment:


“A weekend of curious happenings in the magical grounds of Pylewell Park, where you will have your interest piqued and your senses provoked by a dazzling array of writers, artists, musicians, film makers and entertainers”.


I discovered the Curious Arts Festival at the Pylewell Cricket Club fete where I met Patrick Keogh, who’s bringing this unique new event to Pylewell Park in July. 

What exactly is the Curious Arts Festival?

I asked Patrick whether it’s going to be like a kind of mini Hay Festival to which he said yes and no – the no because it’ll be more inclusive and less highbrow and elitist than Hay, and in one weekend it aims to lift us away from the day to day and into its magical atmosphere.

In reality I suspect very few of us will have time to immerse ourselves in the whole weekend at £100, especially as it’s Lymington Carnival that weekend too, but, the events of the weekend have been priced to enable us to dip in and out – for example a Friday evening “evening pass” at £20 will give us a musical treat of a beautiful piano recital with Peter Roper-Curzon then a fabulous line up of Eaves,  Bear’s Den and Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit.  A full day pass for Saturday includes an enormous number of treats plus the music line up for that evening.  Children under 7 are free and 8-15 reduced prices.  Best thing and easiest way to explain is to go to the Curious Arts Festival website: http://curiousartsfestival.com.  More information at Waterstones in Lymington too.

To tell us a little more about the Festival in his own words it’s over to Patrick:IMG 20140526 155342

“The Curious Arts Festival, which takes place in the magical grounds of Pylewell Park from 18-20 July 2014, will provide a uniquely immersive international festival on a local scale, where you can come to be amused, intrigued, entertained and enlightened by a glittering array of writers, artists and musicians.  We decided to bring Curious Arts to Lymington because we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the New Forest and the magical setting of Pylewell Park. Our hope is that the festival is different to anything else on offer in the area, indeed across the UK as a whole

For the Bookish, expect a series of dazzling tented events with some of Britain’s most remarkable contemporary writers including star turns by Lady Antonia Fraser, DBC Pierre, Craig Brown, Dan Snow, Rachel Joyce, Nathan Filer, and Fay Weldon – to name but a few.

For Music Lovers, there will be live evening performances from a range of devastatingly talented acts including Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Joan As Police Woman, Nick Mulvey, Ed Harcourt, Bear’s Den, Rae Morris, Luke Sital-Singh and Eaves as well as DJ sets from HMS Sweet Charity.

For Garden Lovers, enjoy this rare opportunity to explore the beautiful, hidden gardens of Pylewell Park. You might decide to take a stroll round the ornamental lake or head to the water’s edge and enjoy the extraordinarily beautiful views overlooking the Solent. If you want an expert guide, sign up for a garden walk with Michael Roper-Curzon, Gardener and Plantsman at Pylewell or Wade Graham, LA Gardener and Garden Historian.

For Families, be intrigued by a superb range of Family Friendly activities encompassing Insect walks, A Jabberwocky Hunt, Magic, Donkey Rides, Film Screenings, Fair Ground games as well as the opportunity to meet and hear from an array of wonderful writers for children including Piers Torday, Damian Dibben and Rob Lloyd-Jones.

For Film-Buffs, check out the Curtis Brown Film Tent where we’ll be screening a selection of fantastic contemporary and classic movies from Horror of Dracula to Lemony Snickett as well as some very special events introduced by the likes of Hossein Amini and James Bobin.”

For latest information, visit www.curiousartsfestival.com


Tickets start at £20 




Alternatively, please call the box office on 0203 592 5439.


Article by Jane Porter updated 14 July 2014


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