WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE – “The Children’s Strummer of Love open mic concert
The Chapel Arts Gallery Knapp Road Near St James Square, Cheltenham. GL50 3QQ
A great opportunity for children to have their own open mic event.
THURSDAY 15TH JUNE – Let’s get the party started!
The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3JT
If you’re in town in time, come along to The Wilson, Cheltenham’s award-winning art gallery and museum. Against this beautiful backdrop, enjoy a free, informal evening of ukulele fun – a chance to strum, sing and relax with fellow ukers.
The evening will commence at 6:00pm and all ukies are invited to come and join us. As last year, there will be an ‘Open Mic’, a communal ‘busk’ or simply the chance to just chill and relax with other ukies from far and near.
The cafe at the gallery will to be open to provide cake and drinks, and if we’re lucky, some of the festival’s stars may turn up and give us a preview of the weekend to come.
In keeping with the Strummer of Love theme, we’ll include a few groovy tunes from the Festival’s Big Busk Songbook, and depending on the time we can also sing a few tried and tested old favourites. We’ll have PA set up for quick turnarounds, so if you fancy trying out a song, or two (depending on the response!), please email the wonderful organiser of this event and top Festival friend Terry Cox, in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and join in the fun; we’d love to see you there!
FRIDAY 16TH JUNE – Party Night!
The Norwood Arms, 1 Leckhampton Road, Cheltenham GL53 0AX
6.00pm – closing time
Join the party at The Norwood Arms and help us get the festival off to a great start. In this spacious and atmospheric venue, you’ll get the warmest of welcomes, and you can:
- pick up your Town Hall tickets and workshop tickets
- buy programmes and t-shirts and RAFFLE TICKETS
- jam, strum, sing and play with old friends and new ones
- eat, drink and be merry
- The Window of Opportunity
The “Window of Opportunity” returns to the Friday night’s entertainment, between 6.00 and 8.00pm (leaving you lots of lovely jamming time). This is a chance for up-and-coming artists to perform a few songs to show us how good they are. Last year, The Poor Boys of Worcester took this opportunity and this year will be performing on the main stage at the Town Hall on Saturday! Who will be there to impress us this year???
SATURDAY 17TH JUNE – The Main Event!
Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA
9.00am onwards: Workshops at the Town Hall, St Andrew’s United Reformed Church on Montpellier Street (about five minutes’ walk from the Town Hall) and other local venues to be announced
11.30am: Town Hall doors open – come in and browse the amazing array of stalls in the Pillar Room – ukuleles of all shapes and sizes, beautiful bags and basses, quirky china, and much, much more. You will also be able to buy raffle tickets – there are some great prizes to win (details to come). There is a bar and restaurant too, and plenty of room to roam around or sit and play together before the acts begin.
12.45pm: doors to the main hall open – time to take your seats, ready for the start of the day’s main ukulele action.
1.15-11.00pm: THE CONCERT – the most exciting array of international ukulele artists you will see in one place anywhere this year. Read all about the line up here.
Please note, there will be a break between the afternoon and evening performances – around 5.15-6.30-ish (precise timings to be announced later).
SUNDAY 18TH JUNE – Over To You!
MONTPELLIER GARDENS/THE NORWOOD ARMS (SEE ABOVE)
10.00am: New venue this year for the BIG BUSK. We will be kick starting Cheltenham’s contribution to International Picnic Day with our busking in the Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham GL50 1UL. Meet by the bandstand at 10am. We will be singing songs from the 2017 Strummer of Love Songbook. http://www.nationalpicnicweek.
#12.00-ish: Back to The Norwood Arms on Leckhampton Road for an afternoon of fun: the essential Open Mic – everyone’s opportunity to shine (get your name down quick when you arrive at the pub). Further workshops will be taking place in venues to be confirmed, close to The Norwood Arms.
4.00pm-ish: The ukulele auction and draw for the raffle will take place
6.00pm: The Official Close – though you can stay at the pub for as long as you like, of course!