Your article: Packed programme of events for festival

Debs England, a LittleFest organiser.
Debs England, a LittleFest organiser.

Pocklington residents and visitors to the town will have a variety of entertainment to choose from this weekend.

LittleFest, featuring music, theatre, poetry and much more, is set to be held in Pocklington.

Last minute preparations are taking place for the festival, which starts tomorrow (24 April) and ends Sunday (26 April).

Here is the programme of events:


Dream On

All Saints’ Church, Pocklington, 7.30pm

Dream On is an exciting and vibrant musical based on Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Tickets are £7 and £6 from Pocklington Music, York Theatre Royal Box Office, or on the door.


All day: The Unplugged Tour! (all over, all the time)

Watch as your local shops become pop-up venues!

From 9am: The Art Trail – reach the end and win a prize!

Pick up a map from Art and Rose gallery and start your exploration of Pocklington’s nooks and crannies!

11am-12noon: Big scale outdoor* art session

In the square near Eric Lee Electrical

You’ll be splashing paint around and making a massive picture with charcoal arts. Free session. Some protective gear provided but wear your worst just in case.

*may move indoors if it’s raining, visit Eric Lee for info.

11.30am-12.30pm: Storytime at the library with Richard Harries. Join us for a cosy hour of stories at the library

2pm-4pm: Help make a fairy glade, at All Saints’ Church meeting room, make a fairy / elf to hang in the fairy glade. Or get your face painted as a fairy / elf and have a photo taken in the glade.

All day: Face painting in town and at All Saints’ Church, become a fairy or an elf and have your photo taken

2.30pm-3.30pm: Sweets and a story at Ye Little Olde Sweet Shoppe. With Richard Harries

11.30am in Oxfam: Mike Hildred, performance poet.

From 12pm: Music in lots of venues (see details below)

At The Station Pub

12noon: Rio Bravo, accomplished Americana folk duo

1:15pm: Dez Allenby, folk singer accompanied by bouzouki, concertina, whistles and harmonicas. Dez is also an ex-member of psychedelic group Forest.

2.30pm: Matt Arnold, folk rock

3.45pm: David Swann, singer-songwriter with songs about Yorkshire and choruses to sing along to

9pm: Life’s A Riot

At the White Goose

12noon: Martin Heaton, singer-songwriter. Contemporary folk /country rock blues style songs

1.15pm: Ye Aulde Folke, folk singing / traditional Irish tunes

2.30pm to 3.15pm: Terry and Sue Houlston, performance poetry.

3.45pm: Ben Parcell, young folk artist

5pm: Joseph Thompson, 18-year-old local folk singer-songwriter

At Simply JJ’s

12noon: David Swann, singer-songwriter with songs about Yorkshire and choruses to sing along to

1.15pm: Dogfinger Steve, taking the blues world on a wild ride with his stomping growling lowdown slide blues played on homegrown cigar box guitars.

2.30pm: Rio Bravo, Americana folk duo

3.45pm: Martin Heaton, singer-songwriter. Contemporary folk / country rock blues style songs

5pm: Queenan Cox, funky, melodic pop rock with vocal harmonies

At The Feathers

12noon: Phil Friend, singer-songwriter

1.15pm: Ben Parcell, young folk artist

2.30pm: Treven O’Neill, singer-songwriter

3.45pm: John Storey, singer-songwriter

5pm: Dez Allenby, folk singer accompanied by bouzouki, concertina, whistles and harmonicas.

At the Cross Keys

12noon: Treven O’Neill

2.30pm-5pm: Folk Singaround, lots of artists, lots of songs

At the Black Bull

1.15pm: Mucky Sundays, an acoustic rock band

3.45pm: Dogfinger Steve

At Pocklington Music

1pm-2pm and 3pm–4pm: Littlegig, guitarist Mike Gledhill

At Art and Rose Gallery

6.30pm: Good Company, serenade you in the early evening

At Pocklington Arts Centre

Peter Winterton, playing piano all morning

Simply JJ’s

8pm: Mullholland bringing their own take on Alt-Country / Americana

9.30pm: Pink Cadillac dance the night away with the cadillacs live party band


Festival Square, outdoors at square near Eric Lee Electrical

11am-12noon: The Revenge of Mr Trout

12.30pm-1.30pm: The Trash Bang Man

2pm-3pm: The Revenge of Mr Trout

3pm-4pm: Ukelele workshop, help break the Pocklington-world record for the most ukuleles in one place in Pocklington ever

All day: Face painting

At the White Goose

12noon: Drake’s Progress, three-piece folk group

1pm: Graham Hodge, singer-songwriter

2.30pm-3.15pm: Paula Ryan, singer-songwriter

3.45pm: Martin Heaton, singer-songwriter

5pm: Trevor and June, folk music with a Celtic flavour

At Simply JJ’s

12noon: John Avery, guitar and vocal covers

1.15pm-2pm: Katie and the Questions, born out of a love for powerpop music

2.30pm: The Mick O’Hara Band, quirky covers

3.45pm: Rich Harris

4.30pm: Carrie Martin, guitarist, composer and singer of folk acoustic material

7.30pm: Henry Raby MC’s

7.45pm: Greg’s Dog, folk rock covers band

8.45pm: Under the Bridge, a band who perform classic and contemporary indie folk/country in their own unique style.

9.30pm: Mike Gledhill


2pm-3pm: Vanessa Simmons, pianist, at All Saints’ Church

Sainsbury’s Sets

12:45pm: York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir

2pm: Bargestra, ArtsBarge’s community band

3pm: Djembebash, African drumming

Photographers – take the definitive festival photo, prize to be won