What’s On

Exhibitions & Competitions

Click here to download a copy of this year’s programme leaflet!

Call for Artists and Photographers!

19th February 2018

Our competition and exhibition entry forms are now available to download!

Quick Flicks from Pudding Bag Productions

24th May 2018, 7pm

An evening of short films from this award-winning local group. A true historical mystery drama based on Grace Dieu Priory, the origin of the saying “Painting the Town Red” and a couple of comedies written by Ashby Writers’ Club.


2018 Festival Galleries and Opening Day

26th May 2018, 10am

Festival Galleries Opening Day

Our Galleries and Art Cafe open from 10am for the Bank Holiday weekend. Full details on our 2018 Festival Galleries page.


Performances Around Town

26th May 2018, 10.30am

From 10.30am free entertainment spills out onto Market Street and locations around town including:

Way of the Wyrd Morris Dancers and Ashby African Drummers


Yarn Bomb on Market Street

26th May 2018, 10am

An amazing installation of knitted & hand-crafted street art can be found in and around the raised garden at the top of Market Street. Created by Ashby Spa WI


Traditional Hand-sewn Patchwork Workshops

26th May 2018, 10am to 12 noon

Make a simple hand-sewn patchwork project.

10am to 12pm, St Helens Heritage Centre.

Booking via sthelensheritage@gmail.com, £10.00 per adult


26th May 2018, 11 pm and 1.30pm

Chorus Theatre present a new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

11pm and 1.30pm Library. Book @ Ashby TIC, £3


Photography for Children Workshops

26th May 2018, 1.30pm and 2.30pm

Take photographs of our 15th century heritage, print out your favourite shot to take home.

1.30pm and 2.30pm, St Helens Heritage Centre. Booking via sthelensheritage@gmail.com,

£5.00 per child

The Word Splurge Workshop

26th May 2018, 3pm to 4pm

The writing workshop where you won’t need a pencil – aimed at making writing exciting! An interactive and drama-led session, learn to describe objects by touch, smell, appearance and sound. Appropriate for primary aged children and their grown-ups.

3-4pm, Ashby Library, Booking essential @Ashby TIC, FREE

Ashby Food Gusto Festival

26th May 2018, 10am

Enjoy fine fayre of all types and live performances today and tomorrow.

10am – 4pm, Bath Grounds, Ashby, £1 Adult Entry


2018 Festival Galleries

27th May 2018, 10am to 4pm

Our Galleries and Art Cafe remain open all Bank Holiday weekend. Full details in our 2018 Festival Galleries section

Calligraphy for Beginners

27th May 2018, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Learn the art of calligraphy using uncial script.  All materials provided.

1.30pm to 3.30pm, St Helens Heritage Centre. Booking via sthelensheritage@gmail.com, FREE

Funhouse Comedy Club – Festival Special

27th May 2018, 7.00pm doors for 7.45pm start

A laughter filled evening is guaranteed with a great line up of comics including STEVE ROYLE as seen on Live at the Palladium and Peter Kay’s Phoenix nights. Also Danny Ward, David Tsonos, and Chelsea Hart. All hosted by Spiky Mike.

7.00pm doors 7.45pm start. Lyric Rooms, Tickets £12 in advance from www.funhousecomedy.co.uk


Last day to see our Galleries!

28th May 2018, 10am-4pm

Full details in our 2018 Festival Galleries section.

Children’s “Let’s make some birds” Workshop

28th May 2018, 10am

Make some feathered friends with local artist Di Lorriman Materials kindly supplied by Shellbrook Toys

10am to 11.30am, Ashby Congregational Church, Book @ Ashby TIC, £4, age 5-11ys


Mono Printing Workshop

28th May 2018, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Create traditional mono prints! No experience required!

1.30pm to 3.30pm., St Helens Heritage Centre. Booking essential email sthelensheritage@gmail.com, £10.00 per adult

Coal and Canals

1st June 2018, 7.15pm

A multi media 2-act show with 6 musicians/vocalists, 20 songs, narration and bringing to life the history, the culture and the heritage of these 2 symbiotic industries. Tea and coffee available – bring your own alcoholic drinks.

7.15pm Ashby Library,  £7. Book @ Ashby TIC