Your article: Little festival with big ideas in town

Pink Cadillac.
Pink Cadillac.

Pocklington is gearing up for a weekend of music, poetry, theatre and much more.

The town is set to host LittleFest over the weekend of 24-26 April, as part of York Theatre Royal’s On Our Turf project.

Debs England, a LittleFest organiser.

Debs England, a LittleFest organiser.

Organised by Pocklington Productions and The ArtsBarge Project, it will include a range of events and activities for all ages to enjoy.

Kicking off the festival on the Friday will be a performance of Dream On, a modern, musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Produced, directed and performed by the community of Pocklington, it will be performed on the Friday and Saturday at All Saints’ Church, starting at 7.30pm.

On the Saturday, there will be music from 11am in various venues around the town, including David Swann, Dogfinger Steve, Ben Parcell and Pink Cadillac, and a folk sing around at The Cross Keys. There will also be poetry and storytelling in the library and a large scale art workshop for kids in the town centre.

An Arts Trail is being organised by the Art and Rose Gallery, which will feature a selection of art by local artists, as well as the opportunity to solve the clues and win a prize. A prize is also being offered for the best photograph taken over the weekend.

On the Sunday, as well as more music, there will be a percussion workshop open to all, some interactive outdoor theatre for kids aged 7-12 years, and the opportunity to bring your ukulele along to join in with the Arts Barge Ukelele Extravaganza.

On the Sunday night, punk poet Henry Raby will host a grand finale party at Simply JJs, including music from local musician, Mike Gledhill.

A full programme of events will be available soon but in the meantime more information can be found at