Royston Arts Festival brings top entertainment to town this weekend

Ryan Webb and Ffion Rebecca.

Ryan Webb and Ffion Rebecca. - Credit: Archant

Royston Arts Festival will bring a host of top entertainment, performances, and workshops to the town this weekend – all with the theme ‘changes’.

Film fans have already enjoyed a series of specially-selected movies at the Royston Picture Palace last week as part of the festival organised by Creative Royston, and there’s even more entertainment to come.

On Thursday evening Corvus Amateur Drama Society will put on the first of three performances of Pygmalion at Meridian School at 7.30pm, with two more showings Friday and Saturday, also at 7.30pm.

Author Alison Bruce is heading to Royston Library for a special talk starting at 7.30pm.

For those who are into their arts and crafts, there’s lots of chances to see work made especially for the festival.

The Royston Fringe Art Exhbition is on at the Methodist Church until Sunday, and is open to anyone who wants to enter their own original artwork.

There is a vintage toys and games event at Royston’s District Museum on Saturday for kids and big kids.

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The extravagant community arts event and ceilidh in Priory Memorial Gardens will celebrate music, art and crafts – starting at 2pm on Saturday.

And on Sunday, the town comes alive with a host of music performances in MusicFest ’17.

Music lovers are in for a treat on Sunday as nine venues will play host to more than 40 different performances.

MusicFest ’17 will see a return to the town for The Trials of Cato. Originally from Yorkshire and Wales, the band formed in Beirut in 2015 and cut their teeth gigging in Lebanon.

The band told the Crow: “We’ve been playing across the country over the last year, and always remember a warm welcome.

“We received one at Royston Folk Club, and we’re very much looking forward to returning.

“Local festivals always have a great buzz and it’s great being able to hang out with the audience after. We can’t wait!”

‘Matthew VanDyke’ – the lead song on the group’s debut EP – is said to have the feel of a sea shanty played on bouzouki and fiddle, but tells the true story of the American filmmaker who went to Libya to joined the rebel army.

‘Fighting Jack’, meanwhile, adds guitar and drums for a biting satire about western military intervention in Iraq.

Get a taste of the band that’s pumping new life into the British folk scene at the Royal British Legion Club at 12.30pm, Banyers House at 2.45pm and The Old Bull Inn at 4pm.

Another rising star who’s looking forward to MusicFest is Cambridge-based Ffion Rebecca, whose debut release ‘Love Away from Home’ reached number two in the iTunes blues chart earlier this year.

She will perform at Royston Conservative Club at 2pm and Banyers House at 3.45pm with guitarist Ryan Webb.

Ffion said: “Ryan and I love music, and performing at events like Royston MusicFest, because both bring people together from all walks of life.”

There will also be more performances from an array of acts at Cambridge Wine Bar, The Green Man, The Jolly Postie, The Boar’s Head and the Royal British Legion Club, from 12.30pm.

A full music programme is available from the venues and from

For a full timetable of events across the festival, go to