What's on in  Emsworth - WemsFest


WemsFest is a voluntary arts festival which organise a wide range of concerts, drama and comedy at venues in and around Emsworth and Westbourne throughout the year, and founded the annual Emsworth Beer Festival which in September celebrates its 4th anniversary (27th – 29th).

The venues we use include the 90 seat Brook Hall, atmospheric Chidham Village Hall (110 seats), Emsworth Sports & Social Club (140 seats), Emsworth’s contemporary Baptist Church (300 seats) and the Parish Room in Compton.

The ethos is that if you live in a community then you should endeavour to contribute to your community and to that event we’ve staged more than 300 events since our first in The Stag’s Head in Westbourne in January 2011.

Coming up........

Julie Felix: Saturday 19 October £17.50
Emsworth Baptist Church

Highly accomplished folk singer Julie continues to entertain after over five decades in the music business, and even performed on the acoustic stage at this year’s Glastonbury. She’ll perform songs from their latest album “Rock Me Goddess”.


Ric Sanders Trio: Saturday 9 November £14
Compton Parish
Room Ric has been playing fiddle with folk rock group Fairport Convention for many years. Tonight, with Michael Gregory and Vo Fletcher, he’ll perform jazz standards, original compositions and hits from several decades.


Tannahill Weavers: Wednesday 20 November £17.50
Emsworth Baptist Church
The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier bands. They havea unique combination of traditional melodies, rich vocals and multi-instrumentals that make their performances unforgettable

Maroon Town: Saturday 23 November £15

Chidham Village Hall

Maroon Town play a heady mix of Jamaican ska and reggae with rap, atin, funk and soul. They are guaranteed to fill the dance floor with their high energy performance and tracks such as ‘Ya Ya Lemme Tell Dem’.

Fara: Thursday 12 December £15

Chidham Village Hall

This 4 piece female band from Orkney wowed the audience at Brook Hall last year. Their vibrant arrangements are full of rich harmonies, energetic violin playing and driving piano. Fara are leading musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene.

A Lady of Jazz by John Gleadall and Greg Mosse £12.50

Wednesday 16 October – Compton Parish Room

Thursday 17 October – Brook Hall, Emsworth

A Lady of Jazz is an uplifting evocation of 1920s New Orleans and the gripping story of Honey Grey, lead singer in her Daddy’s band. She sings her own brilliant ragtime, Charleston and blues numbers as well as standards like ‘Careless Love’, ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business’ and more. “Sensational – I knew it would be!” Julia Sowerbutts, Artistic Director 0f Ink Festival.

 Comedy at the Club! Friday 18 October£10

 Emsworth Sports & Social Club

Sol Bernstein, Joe Wells and more: The multi-talented Sol brings his own style of comedy, song, dance and who knows what else to Emsworth. “Simply my favourite comedian” according to Harry Hill.


Steve Day, Jane Hill & Rob Coleman: Friday 29 November

Steve is one of a kind - warm, witty and engaging whilst dealing with the dilemmas of being a deaf man in a hearing world. He’s a regular on radio and performs to great critical acclaim.


April Verch and Joe Newberry: Thursday 13 February 2020 £12.50

Chidham Village Hall

This American/Canadian duo collaboration is driven by a shared love oftraditional music, blending folk, bluegrass and old time Americana. With joyful fiddle tunes, poignant songs and April’s spectacular step dancing.


McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle: Thursday 20 February 2020 £20

Emsworth Baptist Church

These highly talented musicians receive global acclaim. They will celebrate their friendship, and musical kinship, in an evening of great Celtic music including songs from their first album together, The Wishing Tree.


Full details of all Wemsfest events to March 2020 can be found on www.wemsfest.com. Tickets and brochures from: Bookends, 9 High Street, Emsworth or www.wegottickets.com


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For further information about WemsFest please call 01243 370501 or email wemsfest@btinternet.com .

To join our mailing list and to keep up to date with what’s going on, please email wemsfest@btinternet.com. We promise not to send you any rubbish!

Buy your tickets

  • in person  - at Bookends in the High Street Open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5pm, payment by debit or credit card, cash or cheque.

  • by post -  6 Lumley Terrace, Lumley Road, Emsworth, PO10 8AB Cheques to ‘WemsFest’.  Please enclose SAE, unless you live in Emsworth or Westbourne, as we’ll deliver them.

  • online:  - www.wegottickets.com  (a small handling charge applies)