For 2023 we will have at least eight dance venues, one in each of our main festival venues as listed below. At least one will have a covered wooden dance floor and we are aiming for all to have an alternative location if it is wet. At least four more dance venues are available if we need them.
Bridge Yard: A fabulous position overlooking the Town Bridge and river and with three very popular cafe/ restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating. The Weaving Shed where owners, Richard and Natasha Synan, have established themselves as one of the town’s most popular coffee and eating places. Il Fuime which serves the very best of the Italian regions, all of your favourite dishes and some new twists too.
Our second dance venue in Bridge Yard is outside the new, friendly Olea Mediteranean restaurant which already has a strong following. Classical food with Mediterranean twists.
Westbury Gardens: Dancing overlooking the river and under the town’s giant trees. This is festival central where you’ll find our Welcome Tent selling programmes and commemorative badges, the Kid’s Zone including a funfair, The Greatest Little Coffee Box On Earth, a fast food stall and of course a cider and beer tent.
Timbrell’s Yard with its outside seating overlooking the river. This is likley to be a covered venue with a wooden floor for Appalachian and all forms of clog/tap dancing. They are a proper pub with the heart of a ‘local’, stocking regional craft beers, West Country ciders and carefully chosen wines. Dog friendly. They serve snacks straight from the kitchen, or you can tuck into the full restaurant menu.
The Swan Hotel: As well as their indoor bars they will have an outdoor bar in their car park overlooking the dancing. The Swan has the character and charm of an old country inn with a popular bar and a Thai Restaurant, with authentic Thai food all freshly prepared by their Thai chefs, which is served alongside a more traditional Pub Classics menu.
Lamb Yard: A labyrinth of shops based in and around converted mill buildings in the heart of the town. Dancing will be outside the Mill Cafe and Pablo’s Bistro where they serve expertly prepared and delicious meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan Spanish tapas.
St Margaret’s Hall Car Park: will be the site of our funfair, a bar and a fast food outlet. The Folk Club stage will be inside the hall.
The Three Horseshoes: Dancing in their garden to a very appreciative audience. All you need to know about the Horseshoes is – “Brilliant pub, great music, great welcome, great atmosphere, great beer”.