BEAMINSTER Festival returns from Sunday in what is set to be a bumper 25th anniversary of the festival.

The festival will run from June 26 until June 30 and features a return visit from Emma Johnson - who won BBC Young Musicians in 2008. She’ll be joined by the internationally acclaimed Carducci Quartet for a much loved Brahms and Mozart clarinet quintets.

It returns following a scaled back edition last year which featured open air theatre and concert performances during September. Now returning in full flourish with a packed schedule, organisers are keen to make the 25th anniversary something to remember.

A spokesperson said: “There is a distinct flavour of folk towards the end of the week with the fab Celtic rock’n’roll folk band Roving Crows supported by the Bridport Broadsides.

“There is a very special addition of folk music to a literary event with author Claire Fuller and her musician son Henry Ayling. Claire’s, Costa Novel award winning, book Unsettled Ground is the subject for The Great Big Beaminster Book Club.

“It is a beautifully written book with terrific observation and an empathy for rural poverty.

“With al fresco theatre, comedy, poetry, art, in addition to the many music concerts and literary, Beaminster Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary in style.”

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