about the festival
The Wargrave Village Festival is a bi-annual celebration of all things Wargrave.
Inspired by the late Revd John Ratings, vicar of St Mary’s Church, the festival was first held in the summer of 1975 and has been a major feature of village life since. From relatively modest beginnings, it has grown to offer a staggering array of events and now extends to over 35 events held over three-weeks in June. Centred on Mill Green, these events are now held in locations across the village.
The festival offers the local community an occasion to look forward to: an event that defines our village identity and is accessible to the community.
The festival provides the local community with the opportunity to give back - providing much needed support to local community groups.
Soak up the energy, spirit, joy, vibrance and happiness the festival offers.
The festival brings the community together, it connects the village and helps build new friendships.
The festival aims are in keeping with the original community ethos ‘By Wargrave - For Wargrave’ and endeavours to:
Provide a social experience that enhances and supports our community
To provide a structure within which local societies and charities can hold fund-raising events
To support other charitable causes where we can afford it
To keep the festival financially sustainable and viable for the future
We are not profit-making, but we aim to maintain a cash reserve that enables us to fund the set-up and operation of future festivals.
2021 theme "summer of love"
Gearing up for its 23rd festival since its initiation in 1975, the programme will see the return of many village favourites, along with a myriad of new events to look forward to - and next year’s theme brings with it the promise of sun-filled days and sultry summer evenings.
The theme draws its energy from the season of life, love, fun and warmth- giving the local community a fresh start in the new year and the promise of a long-awaited adventure.
The theme - ‘Summer of Love’ is in celebration and recognition of the love, kindness and warmth we have shown each other throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roisin & Mark
We just love Wargrave Festival! There is always a great variety of events to keep everyone happy. So much planning goes into it, and this is evident by how professional the event is run.
Fiona & David
We love going to the Comedy Night. It's a great night out with friends and always top-class acts.
Annie & James
I look forward to the festival every other year. All my friends do. We love whiling away a summer afternoon listening to jazz and dancing late into the night at the festival Ball.