BISHOP'S Waltham Festival organisers are celebrating another successful event. 

The summer season opened in May with the annual Come and Sing when 40 people came together to create a choir in a day.

Under the direction of Andrew Cleary, they worked hard and at the end of the day presented a free concert in St Peter’s. Tunes were mainly songs from well known musicals, including Les Miserables.

On Friday, June 28, 170 children from seven schools arrived at Bishop's Waltham Palace. The project was supported by St Peter’s and Bishop's Waltham Parish Council. 

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Saturday, June 29 had Brandon Block as the headline act. The sold out show got underway at 3pm and the music never stopped. Artists included Sue Apicella, Mojo Dollar, 19 Forever, The Petites, The Jays and Dan Apps.

The final day on Sunday, June 30 was more relaxed. In the afternoon, This is My Theatre Company presented The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. That same evening they welcomed back Rain or Shine Theatre Company who presented Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. 

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The organisers said: “We are extraordinarily grateful to English Heritage and the museum for trusting us to use their wonderful site to the benefit of so many of our town. Our volunteer stewards surpassed themselves. We are so grateful to them for giving up their time so freely. We are also most grateful to our many sponsors and funding bodies who support us financially and in kind. Because of course none of this is cheap. At the time of writing, it seems we will make a small surplus on the year all of which will be used to develop our creative programme into the future. We must also thank Best Wishes in Brook Street who provide our town ticket sales.

“Finally, we are very pleased that the festival team has grown in numbers through the year so we should be poised to develop our programme as the cycle continues and we start the planning for 2025. Please let us know what you think and of course we are always grateful for offers of help and support! Contact us on or on Facebook.”