Slow Cotswolds

  • Burford Festival - 8th to 18th June 2017

    Beginning today is Burford Festival, a biennial event of eclectic content that begins with a fabulous Garden Weekend. Twenty-five private gardens are open on 9th/10th June together with talks from eminent people: garden designers Mary Keen, of The Telegraph, and Helen Dillon, queen of Irish gardening will be alongside Lord and Lady Heseltine who will talk about their Northamptonshire garden and arboretum. Plus, Clive Nichols, 'Britain's best garden photographer', will explain how to photograph your garden.

    Theatre and Film: talks by Deborah Warner who recently directed Glenda Jackson in King Lear at the Old Vic and Jan Harlan, who produced many of Stanley Kubrick's films. There are also open air performances beside the river from the Lord Chamberlain's Men of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.

    Literature: John Julius Norwich on Sicily, Catherine Merridale on her book, 'Lenin on the Train' and Dinah Jeffries on her book 'Before the Rains', set in 1930's India.

    Talks: Local historians Ray Moody and Robin Mills; Tricia Stewart - an original 'Calendar Girl'; Drew gardner on 360-degree photography from unreachable places; Lone Droscher Nielsen on her highly successful rehabilitation centre for orangutans, Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion, on 'Why Fashion Matters', and Antonia Bostrom, a senior curator at the V&A, will talk on current projects.

    Classical Music: The programme includes a string-based Summer Rhapsody Concert, Diana Moore celebrating Kathleen Ferrier's life in song, and the Finale Concert with pianist Maria Marchant, Brian Kay and members of the Burford Singers.

    Contemporary music: includes Jonathan Veira (raconteur, singer and entertainer), the Wychwood Singers, the Oxford Classic Jazz Band and a concert of Americana and Country Rock led by award winning Treetop Flyers, with pub music throughout the week.

    For a full programme and to purchase tickets, visit:

    Details of visiting the beautiful town of Burford can be found in pages 174-5 of Slow Travel: The Cotswolds.

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