Tenby in Words

Readers – Robert Smith, June Howell, Andrew Davies, Sharon Thompson.                

“Tenby is quite simply the best-looking and most agreeable seaside town in Britain” wrote David Gentleman, “Coastline”.  Not surprising then that Tenby should have attracted not only artists but a rich variety of authors who have in their writing commemorated this beautiful place.   We’ll hear from, amongst others, Beatrix Potter, Daniel Defoe, George Eliot, Paul Theroux, John Betjeman and Augustus John.  The occasion is not entirely serious – the purpose is to entertain and interest by creating a portrait of Tenby from a wide variety of intriguing perspectives.
St Julian’s Chapel, The Harbour
2pm – 3.30pm
Tickets £6.00





Miracle Brew    



Pete Brown is an award winning British author, journalist, broadcaster and consultant specialising in food and drink. He has been called the “beer drinker’s Bill Bryson”. Throughout the nine books he has written, his broad fresh approach takes in social history, cultural commentary, travel writing, personal discovery and natural history. His talks are always delivered with the warmth and wit you’d expect during a great night down at the pub. He writes for newspapers and magazines around the world and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. He was named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2016, has won three Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards, and has been shortlisted twice for the Andre Simon Awards. Pete is Chair of the British Guild of Beer Writers.

PETE  takes you on a globetrotting adventure through the nature of beer –

the third most popular drink in the world – after tea and coffee.


HARBWR BREWERY, Sergeants Lane 

6pm – 7.15pm

Tickets £10.00 (includes tasting samples)



Pint Sized Plays

Our ever popular showing of ten minute plays in various locations in Tenby.

Succinct, sarcastic, hilarious and tragic, these plays may be short on time but they are long on emotion. They are part of a major competition which will be judged later in the year in Fishguard.

Today you can see them at the following locations:

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7.30     The Crown

8.30     The Cove

9.30     The Hope & Anchor





Living in the Light

Written and performed by Alison Neil

Directed by David Collison

Hildegard_von_BingenAlison Neil returns to tread the boards in Tenby in another of her one woman plays.

This one is about Hildegard of Bingen a brilliant early example of women’s abilities and achievements.

Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 17 September 1179), was a German Benedictine Abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. She is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany.

Hildegard was elected magistra by her fellow nuns in 1136; she founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165. One of her works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical drama and arguably the oldest surviving morality play. She wrote theological, botanical, and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, and poems, while supervising miniature illuminations in the Rupertsberg manuscript of her first work, Scivias as seen here on the right. She is also noted for the invention of a constructed language known as Lingua Ignota.

Although the history of her formal consideration is complicated, she has been recognized as a saint by branches of the Roman Catholic Church for centuries. On 7 October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of the Church.

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Hildegard of Bingen has been called the “Leonardo da Vinci of the 12th Century”.  Living in turbulent and dangerous times, she was a musician, healer, artist, visionary, theologian, biographer, playwright and poet.

Beginning as a hermit in a cell within a monastery, she rose to an unheard-of position for a woman – preaching in cathedrals, giving advice to an Emperor and criticizing the Pope.

Her writing about sex was extraordinarily frank and remarkably detailed – especially as she was a nun!

Her illustrations are now recognized as major works of art; her writing on medicine is now valued by alternative practitioners, and her music topped the charts of Classic FM – 850 years after it was written.

Hildegard’s entertaining and moving story of friendship, love, and struggle against authority is brought to life in this enthralling production.


De Valence Pavilion

7.00pm – 8.30pm

Tickets £15.00

Enquiries to: tenbyartsfestival@yahoo.co.uk