Plenty of arts, music and community fun at the Hatherleigh Festival from July 26-29.

THE 17th annual instalment of the creative Hatherleigh Festival is back, packed with art, music, workshops, displays and exhibitions.

The popular community festival will once again be centred on the Town Square marquee, which will host a range of live music to suit all tastes, from silver bands and gospel choirs to folk, rock and pop bands.

Today (Friday) there are various events at the Community Centre, including yoga and craft sessions. There is live music at the Sqaure this evening from 7pm, with Emma & the Convulsions followed by Matthew & Me, Saxon James and Hot Fiction.

Venues in and around Hatherleigh will stage a variety of events, including exhibitions of work by various artists at the Salar Gallery and the Tea Rooms.

The Community Centre will be running a variety of crafts workshops throughout the festival, including pottery and bead making.

In fact from fun sports to birdwatching walks, artistic workshops, yoga and a combined church service, there really is something to suit people of all ages and walks of life.

The musical events are all free and soar through the genres from the French Breton influenced Poisson Rouge to lively acoustic covers from Emma and The Convulsions, working around to hard blues by Hot Fiction and ragtime from local singer Josie Lloyd, to name just a very few.

There is drama too – catch the free Traditional Tales Show at the Square on Saturday from 3-4pm, set to delight all ages. Then on

Sunday from 3-5pm at the Community Centre, Transitions Theatre Company presents Round and Round the Garden by Alan Ayckbourn.

Find out more about the festival and see the full line up at