Don’t miss packed programme in six week festival from May 5.

The countdown to the packed Simonsbath Festival has begun.

May Day celebrations on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5 will launch the six week festival period with traditional music and maypole dancing.

The festival programme includes the premiere of a film by Chris Chapman, a concert of sacred and operatic songs by vocal trio Alaudiae, a virtuoso violin performance by top British artist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, a 10-piece Cuban band and gypsy swing ensemble.

There is a drumming workshop, art exhibition, poetry evening, jazz concert and a talk by Lord Douglas Hurd. Plus larger than life actor and baritone opera singer Karl Daymond will be Lowering the Tone.

Full details are available at www.simonsbathfestival.co.uk