Royston Arts Festival is returning this week for a 10-day celebration of music, art, cinema and more.

Running from Friday, September 22 to Sunday, October 1, the festival features 50 events - 80 including Royston MusicFest's mini-concerts.

The festival is organised by Creative Royston and run entirely by unpaid volunteers. Chair Carl Filby said: "We have had a full committee to run the festival this year and thanks to their hard work we are well and truly back with a bang to build on the hard-earned successes of last year’s festival."

Royston Crow: Bands performing at last year's Royston Arts FestivalBands performing at last year's Royston Arts Festival (Image: Caroline Baker)

Attendees can enjoy exhibitions, music, film, drama, workshops, talks and more, with local businesses and community groups getting involved.

A big community event - Gala in the Gardens - will take place at Priory Gardens from midday to around 5pm on Saturday, September 30, and incorporates Royston Environmental Group's Sustain-Ability event.

Royston Crow: Artwork on display at last year's festivalArtwork on display at last year's festival (Image: Caroline Baker)

There will be stage entertainment for the whole family, including performances by Limitless Academy and Royston Town Development Band - as well as face-painting and balloon modelling for children.

Street Food Heroes will offer refreshment, and there will be a licensed bar and a range of stalls.

Royston MusicFest will take place on Sunday, October 1 - with a podcast 'Filby's Folk' available in advance, following a preview on Royston Radio which took place on Sunday, September 17.

Royston Crow: Artwork on display at last year's festivalArtwork on display at last year's festival (Image: Caroline Baker)

A finale concert will be held in the evening at the newly-refurbished parish church. Royston schoolchildren will perform alongside soprano Hannah Long, Royston Town Band and the WomenSing Choir - and audiences can even join in with some of their favourites from the Proms.


Tickets for the finale concert cost £5 for adults and £2 for ages 16 and under, and there will be a cash bar. Royston MusicFest and Gala in the Gardens are both free to attend.

Anyone who can spare a couple of hours to help at the Gala on Saturday, September 30 is asked to get in touch by emailing

Carl said: "We hope you enjoy the great festival we have lined up for you!"

To view a full programme or buy tickets visit