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Bawtry Arts Festival 2024 | 17th - 23rd June

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Useful Information


  • – Market Hill will be open but quite a few spaces will be taken up by craft stalls.
  • – Disabled bays will still be available on Market Hill and in the library car park.
  • – Additional public parking will be available at the New Hall & Hudson’s Yard where there will be a free horse carriage ride to the town centre (also calling at the library car park).

TOILET FACILITIES – public will be able to use any of the facilities available in the town regardless of whether they are paying customers or not.

LOST PROPERTY – The Crown Hotel reception

Celebrate the Arts in Bawtry

Bawtry Arts celebrates all forms of “the arts” from music, dance, drama, painting, crafts, film, poetry, fashion, quizzes & heritage trail walks. We have something for every age and every taste going on throughout the year at our various venues.

This culminates in our whole-town celebration event each year in the form of Bawtry Arts Festival.

Be a Part of Our Town’s Artistic Journey

Join us in embracing the vibrant cultural tapestry of Bawtry! By supporting arts-based events, you foster creativity, unity, and inspiration. Experience the magic of live performances, connect with talented artists, and contribute to the cultural enrichment of our community. Your participation transforms our town into a hub of artistic brilliance, making it a place where creativity thrives and memories are made. Come, be a part of our town’s artistic journey!

Room 21 Big Band

Come and join us at Ziniz Restaurant and Wine Bar in the Market Place to hear Room 21 Big Band.

Wednesday 19th Jun 2024, 7:30pm-9:30pm.


Monday 17th June

Talk by Lynda Redfern – “My Grandparents Were Aliens”
6:30pm for 7pm
Quiz– organised by Catherine Minnis. Fun quiz with a literary theme
Bawtry Heritage Group Talk – This will launch the “Hunt for Roman Bawtry” project, further details of which will be published later
Phoenix Theatre

Tuesday 18th June

Talk by local author Deborah Fox
1:30pm for 2pm
Silver Screen Film “The Duke”, Jim Broadbent/Helen Mirren. Comedy, Crime Drama – Just turn up £4 Including free tea & cakes
Phoenix Theatre
6:30pm for 7pm
Talk by Katie Baker (Yorkshire Wildlife Trust) – Breeding Birds on Potteric Carr
Paint & Prosecco night - with ‘Sip & Create’. Beginner friendly painting class £35. Book at
Little Bawtry’s
6:45pm for 7:30pm
Two Plays by the ‘brilliant’ Jake Thompson – From the Edinburgh Fringe, Jake’s award winning, one hander play: “A Mighty Fall from Grace” - A working class Bradford Bulls fan suffers as he watches their performances deteriorating and his mental health suffers. Light-hearted comedic moments throughout. “Burned Out” performed by Jake & the Cast. – An NHS nurse and her family struggle as her food bank loses its benefactor. She is determined to find out why and ultimately prevails. Universal morals underpin this very topical story. Tickets £12. Further information and book on ‘Bawtry’
Phoenix Theatre

Wednesday 19th June

French Play – A humorous version of the fairytale “Cinderella” performed by the Bawtry Library French Group
1pm for 2pm show
Afternoon Cabaret – FREE afternoon of Live Entertainment compered by Robert Craig along with two different acts. Tea & cakes provided from 1pm. Wheelchair accessible tickets are limited. Transport available if required. Book at “Pastimes & Presents” shop or call 01302 719400 (07361 231141 with any transport requirements)
Phoenix Theatre
Crafts with Ann Harriman – the art of book folding
Primary School Children’s Show. BMPS Choir perform some of their Young Voices songs & Cre8ive Dance performance outside - weather permitting. See for their summer dance camp details.
Mayflower School
6:30pm for 7pm
Talk by Rupert Atkinson – “The Trail of History in Whitby: from Jurassic to Dracula”
Room 21 Big Band – Swing music live on the outside Stage

Thursday 20th June

Guided Walk of the Bawtry Heritage Trail – by Bawtry Heritage Group
Meet at the market cross
Talk Peter Pascoe – Experiences in the RAF
3pm to 5pm
PTA Summer Fayre incl. Chrissy & Gordon’s Puppet Workshop - learn how to make & use puppets. For details and tickets contact:
Bawtry Mayflower School
6:45pm for 7:30pm
Hambledon Productions: “Maybe Dick” – A comic retelling of Moby Dick by H Melville. PLOT LAMPOONED – JOKES HARPOONED. Tickets £15 or £40/4 tickets. Further information & book at Search ‘Maybe Dick – Bawtry’
Phoenix Theatre
6:30pm for 7pm
Jenkinson-Parks duo – music and poetry with a local flavour
Guided Walk of the Bawtry Heritage Trail – by Bawtry Heritage Group
Meet at the market cross
Showtime Event– “The Kings of Motown”. £48 includes a two- course meal. Book on 01302 711338
China Rose

Friday 21st June

Story Time – suitable for all preschoolers. A story, playtime, a snack and lots of fun for children and carers
6pm for 6:30pm
Murder Mystery evening – £25 incl. cheese & wine. Further details and to book either at the shop or on 01302 711679
Little Deli
Free Evening of song – with the Everton Choir, Tickhill Male Voice Choir, ‘Change for Two Tenors’ & Emma Spencer. Refreshments provided
Methodist Church
Social Evening – live singer, charcuterie board. Further details, price and to book either at the shop or on 01302 719436

Saturday 22nd June

Come along to see the junior members rehearsing & The Phoenix Young Players – who will perform a few songs from the upcoming show “Joseph and the amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”
Phoenix Theatre
11am to 3pm
Join Natalie for her art/crafts workshops – ‘rolling’ group sessions so come along any time
The New Hall
1pm to 5pm
Friends & students of Helen Stringer of Austerfield have organised an Auction of Quilts (2:30pm – viewing from 1pm) & sale of fabric & sewing items in memory of Helen. All proceeds to Cancer Charities
Methodist Church Hall
3:30pm to 5:30pm
Kids dance sessions and demonstration – by LDA Dance Academy
The New Hall
6:30pm for 7pm
Evening of music and history performed by Doncaster Waites: “Mr. Brewster’s Delight”
7pm to 9pm
Belly Dance Session – Siobhan teaches Arabic/North African/ Balkan dance in Epworth. Performance & join in if you want to have a go (and no bare bellies necessary, honestly!) – Just turn up
The New Hall

Sunday 23rd June

10am - 4pm
Craft Fair, Music & Street Entertainment – ‘Beyond a Joke’ entertainers & excellent magician ‘AfroMagic’. Live ‘light’ music & The Dance Space performing around 3:30pm. Perhaps have a go at morris dancing with the Green Oaks Morris Men – no experience needed!
Town Centre Area
11:00am to 3pm
Community Art Activity – Come along and help finish the artwork to the bus shelter. Jane will be around to help & supervise
Market Hill
11am to 1pm
Kids ‘build a pizza’. Come along and have some fun as well as eat your own creations! Booking required on 01302 711711
11am to 2pm
Kids ‘Little Lambs’ Treasure Trail – the trail can start at the Church Hall from 11am, with craft sessions & refreshments available in the Hall between 12noon and 2pm. Prize for each completed trail
Town Centre & St. Nicholas Church Hall
12noon to 8pm
Music & Entertainment:
12noon – South Yorkshire Police Brass Band
3pm – The Ukes of Hazzard ukulele group
6pm Festival Finale – the fabulous Rock/Indie Band ‘Priday’
The White Hart Outside Arena

Thursday 27th June - Special Closing Event

7:30pm for 8pm
The Big Fat Summer Pop Quiz – organised by Len Hull. Teams of up to 4; Fun Prizes; Free ‘pie & peas’ courtesy of Bawtry’s. Booking required on 01302 711711
Little Bawtry’s


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It was such a fun few days. There was loads for the kids to do and it was just great to engage with the community and celebrate the creativity of our town.

Laura Sturrock

The Arts Festival meant I could showcase my art work. I met like minded people and it introduced me to places and groups in Bawtry all relevant to culture the arts and the town's heritage.

Linda SaxtonMindful Artist

Margaret Clarkson's 'A brush with nostalgia'
'What an interesting evening'
'I never realised how much thought goes into a work of art'
'How much care Margaret put into creating that picture'

Not only was the evening organised without charge, but members of the audience received a free glass of wine to make the evening a complete success!

Val MounseyBawtry Community Library

Bawtry Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre is home to Bawtry Dramatic Society, producing between three and four productions a year; the Young Players, who meet every Saturday morning and perform in around two productions a year; Bawtry Film Society, showing around 20 critically acclaimed British and foreign films a season; and regular Music evenings.

Bawtry Library

Bawtry Library is much more than books. The library is a wonderful hub of the community that celebrates all aspects of the arts. It displays local artwork as well as holding many interesting events.

Pop down to the library itself and see what’s on.

Open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm and closed on Sundays.

If you have any questions, please email the Bawtry Arts Team on

Join us for the Bawtry Festival 2024

Monday 17th June – Sunday 23rd June

Check in with our Facebook page each day to discover what's happening

Artisan craft fair & entertainment on Sunday from 10am to 6pm

Lots of inspiration and creativity for a full week.

Head to The Market Hill closure

We have events happening all over Bawtry, but the Market Hill closure is the centre.