Completed events 2023


Here are some events you may have missed in 2023.



  • Friday 17th March

    'No Man is An Island' - the Life and Poetry of John Donne'.

    A Holland House Friendly Lunch, followed by a fascinating talk from Jeremy Holmes on the controversial 17th century poet John Donne.   He wrote some of the most sensitive and moving love poetry in the English language and gave some of the greatest sermons ever, with crowds queuing to hear him, but was forever conscious of his own mortality. As he said, “Ask not for whom the bell tolls – it tolls for thee”. “A great event – lovely lunch and company at Holland House and a very well presented talk about John Donne. Thoroughly enjoyed.” Sue Ablett

  • Friday 7th April

    '80 Years of Desert Island Discs'

    A classic Raphael’s Afternoon Tea, in the company of David Howe, who took on a wonderful journey over 80 Years of Desert Island Discs. Eight tracks, one book and one luxury.  What would you have taken to a desert island? “What an idyllic afternoon.  Lovely venue, such a friendly event, and a fabulous afternoon tea.”. (Speaker David Howe)
  • Friday 21st April

    'Gloucestershire Observed'

    We joined popular local speaker Tony Conder once again for an excellent Holland House Lunch and talk. ‘Gloucestershire Observed’ covered events inside and outside the county, as recorded in 1,000 diaries from 50 diarists in the Gloucestershire Archives. A fascinating account of 500 years of human nature from coach travel to the driving test, marriage, crime and punishment, and problems with alcohol!  ‘Another great Festival event. Lovely lunch and a very interesting talk by Festival favourite Tony Conder. Amazed to find my grandfather’s memoirs mentioned in the talk.’ Sue Ablett, Festival Chair.

  • Tuesday 9th May, 7.00 pm

    'Producing the BBC's Antiques Roadshow'

    Who doesn’t love the Antiques Roadshow? With its industrial and arty interior and great food, Evesham’s Cornmill Yard was the perfect venue for a 2-course supper and talk.   

    Robert Arley, retired television producer and director, talked about  ‘Producing the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow’, shedding extraordinary light on how a hundred experts turn an unpredictable day of location filming into a smooth Sunday evening show. I enjoyed this evening. Excellent speaker and lots of great food! (Noelle Chambers)

  • Wednesday 10th May, 7.00 - 9.00 pm (Zoom event)

    'Poetry Evening with Open Mic'

    Back again for the third year running, and for a marvellous and inspiring evening of readings and Open Mic slots, we were delighted to welcome host Beth Brooke and guest poets, Sarah Connor, Sue Finch and Annick Yerem. As ever, a wonderful evening of poetry, from our three amazing guest poets, and those with an Open Mic slot. Fantastic poems and all beautifully read. (Sue Ablett, Festival Chair)
  • Wednesday 24th March 11.00am

    'In The Footsteps of Laurie Lee'

     In 1994 TV Producer David Parker spent the summer recording interviews with much-loved author Laurie Lee, a man who generally did not ‘do’ television. Today we  joined David for a special guided tour of the village of Slad, enshrined in much of Laurie Lee’s work. In glorious weather and amid the stunning scenery around Slad, we paused at times to  hear from stories from David and listen to recordings of Laurie Lee’s own voice talking about some of what we saw. 
    A perfect day in every way.  Glorious scenery, a beautiful walk, David’s stories, the voice of Laurie Lee, and a great pub lunch to finish. (Galen Bartholomew)

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