Drayton Arts Festival
J. W. Ironmonger is based in Market Drayton, and has had a huge success with his first book, ‘The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder’, which started a bidding war between three leading publishers. His latest novel ‘The Coincidence Authority’ is now out in paperback. website
Kate Long has written several bestsellers including ‘The Bad Mother’s Handbook’ which was filmed in 2007. Her novels usually revolve around family drama and strained relationships, involving a range of issues such as adoption, infidelity, disability and mental health.
Market Drayton AmDrams Junior Theatre Workshop - website
Priscilla Masters is the creator of the Detective Inspector Joanna Piercy novels set in the Staffordshire moorlands, the latest of which is Gravestones, published 2009 by Allison & Busby. She is also the creator of coroner Martha Gunn, set in the medieval town of Shrewsbury, the latest of which is Frozen Charlotte published Jan 2010 by Severn House. She has also written six medical standalone mysteries, including The Watchful Eye, set in her hometown of Eccleshall and dealing with the problems of a male GP -website
Brenda Read-Brown - website
Scrappies Crafts & Recyclings
The Shropshire children's scrapstore resource and recycling centre. Come and find out how to create all sorts of 'spooky' headgear for your halloween parties. Using glorious recycled materials and lots and lots of imagination come and see just how frightening your costume can be!- website
Shropshire Heroes website
Friday 31st October 7.30 pm at St Mary’s Church.
The Stafford Orchestra under the baton of local musician Paul Nevins, is performing a delectable choice of music on as part of the new Drayton Arts Festival. There is music to send shivers down your spine, especially selected for All Hallows Eve, and a foot tapping World War 1 medley to sing. They have chosen music for a wide range of tastes, including Mussorgsky’s ‘Night on a Bare Mountain’ (for those who dare to venture out.) Come and be transported back a century to music of Butterworth, Grainger and Bantock and then enjoy familiar pieces, such as Saint-Saens ‘Danse Macabre’.
The Stafford Orchestra has been performing in and around the area of Stafford since 1964 and is looking forward to its first visit to Market Drayton. After first appearing as guest conductor, Paul has been Music Director of the orchestra since 2010.
Tickets are available, priced £8/£5, from the Festival Drayton Centre or on the door.- website
U3A Photographic Group, Market Drayton - website
U3A Singing for Fun - website
Market Drayton “Pop Up” Choir in a performance featuring:
‘The Ukey Monster’ a ukulele group from Ellesmere, and other local musicians.
2.30 to 4pm on Sunday 2 November at the Methodist Church, Clive Road, Market Drayton.- website
John Upton and Friends
Mark Warner -Thursday 30 Oct 9:30am - 11:30am Festival Drayton, Vernon Suite.
Aartist based in North Shropshire. Sketching is at the heart of his work. Pastel, ink, paint, pen & wash or charcoal. - website
Whitchurch Photographic Society - website
Mary Williams is a novelist and poet living in Market Drayton. Last year she won the Hippocrates prize for poetry and published ‘Losing It’. Her short story collection, ‘Unconfirmed Reports From Out There’ was published as an e-book earlier this year. - website
Community Arts Festival in Market Drayton
2014 Artists & Performers
10 Stop Photography - Website
Ashley Mixed Media Group Art Exhibition Sunday 2 November 10.30am to 4.30pm at Oak Tree Barn, Blore Heath Farm (TF9 2EG). During the day there will be the opportunity to 'have a go at drawing'! Sessions open to people of all ages who would like to try their hand will be free. Times are to be arranged and will be advertised on the Arts Fest website. Also open Saturday 1st November 10.30 - 4.30. (Free Entry)
Paul Bailey - website
Bell Ringers, St Mary's Church,
The Big Piano & Music to Your Feet
Simon and Garfunkel Sat 2nd Nov 7:30pm at the Festival Drayton Centre.
The most authentic sounding production of its kind performed by The Bookends. With incredible live performances bound together with video clips, audio snippets and imagery, the show is both powerful and moving. The presentation touches on the highs and lows of an incredible friendship and career. - website
Please come and see a display of my work.
Life studies in drawing and painting, abstract paintings, prints, sculptures and much more.
Open Saturday and Sunday 2nd Nov 10am to 5pm.
Jake Evans - website
Incredible Edible Market Drayton
Incredible Edible Market Drayton is a group of volunteers who plant and grow herbs, fruit and vegetables in public places for you to come along and pick some of the produce. For free!
Raising awareness of the importance of local grown, healthy food.- website
Giovanni Esposito 'Spoz' - A sort of poet. The sort, in fact, that has been published, recorded, been on the radio, won awards - website
Ghost Trains Sunday 2 November, 5pm to 6pm at Market Drayton Library, £3 per person. Please book in advance at the library.
Come and listen to an amazing sound that's refreshingly difficult to pigeon-hole, Ghost Trains is perhaps best described as a vibrant mix of traditional folk-rock and classic 60's pop.- website
Denise Griggs - website
Drayton Writers - website
Friends of Market Drayton Library - website
Malcolm Hague - website
Hale Street Stompers
Little Howard's Big Show for Kids
2pm to 4pm Sat 2nd Nov at the Festival Drayton Centre. The world’s only live interactive animation. He’s won many awards and he’s a published author and has done lots of television stuff, like The Royal Variety Performance, The Slammer (CBBC) and Little Howard’s Big Question (BBC1) – yes, he’s even had his own television show!
Hullabaloo Arts is a collective of like-minded artists from a range of disciplines led by artists Cathie Powell-Davies and Erik Davies. Hullabaloo initiates and facilitates workshops, events, parades and exhibitions working with schools, families, youth groups, community groups and at festivals.
Hullabaloo's goal is for greater participation and to encourage people to explore lots of different forms of creative expression. Hullabaloo aims to work with people to explore personal stories and group narratives, discovering meaningful, inspirational and above all fun experiences together.
Hullabaloo says 'Our back to basics approach allows even complete beginners to create their own piece of animated magic!' - website