Festival Church Service        tenby st marys 1 sm images

A Special Service of Sung Eucharist to bless the Festival in the heavenly surroundings of Tenby’s medieval parish church.

All are welcome.


St Mary’s Church






Sandcastle Competition                     2006 Sands 11

A perennial favourite of the festival and a great way for parents and children to take part together. Your entry does not even have to be a castle. So get your creative juices working and come and have fun with bucket and spade. Who knows, you might even win a cash prize.

Judges will be the Mayor of Tenby and Mr Henry Gardiner.

Castle Beach
11am – 2pm                    




 Postcards from Pembrokeshire – a year in paint

A talk by Guy Manning

In mid August 2016 Guy began his project to create a postcard-sized oil painting every day for a year. Incorporating home made paint, a dog called Watson Jones, a daily blog and paintings drying in the oven, this is a lively and irreverent account of an ill-prepared artist on a foolhardy quest.
What started out as a tentative daily painting project in August last year has become a bit of an obsession for local artist Guy Manning. “Postcards from Pembrokeshire” is a project in which Guy creates a postcard-sized painting every day for a year.
Described as “visual love letters from Pembrokeshire” and painted in oil paint, on top of ground colour made from local soils. Every day is different, every day Guy paints a response to something: landscapes, still lifes, found things, a bird feeding in the garden. And they are incredibly popular, selling to collectors in Wales, the UK, mainland Europe, the USA and Australia. For more details visit: www.postcardsfrompembrokeshire.com      110PC Three figs8PC Wild Cherry, Brynhir


Church House

2 – 3pm




Creative Writing Workshop

with Eloïse Williams

An introduction for children to creative writing

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Eloise lives in Saundersfoot and writes for Children, Young Adults and Adults who are young at heart.
Her first book ‘Elen’s Island’ was published to critical acclaim in 2015 and was one of the BookTrust Advent choices next to ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ and ‘The Night before Christmas’. Highly Commended in the Tir Na-nOg Awards 2016, it is set in a fictionalised Pembrokeshire and celebrates the beauty of the local area.
She was awarded a Literature Wales Writers’ Bursary to complete her second book ‘Gaslight’, a dark thriller set in Victorian Cardiff for Middle Grade readers, and currently holds a scholarship for a PhD in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University.
In 2017 she was chosen to appear at ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’ alongside top children’s writers Cathy Cassidy and Abi Elphinstone, The Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival and the Spread the Word Festival.
Eloise regularly works for Literature Wales, Arts Council Wales, the Dylan Thomas Centre and Pembrokeshire libraries running Creative Writing workshops.

The Workshop

Sharpen your pencils and your storytelling skills. Get creative and open your mind to new possibilities. Could you be the new J.K. Rowling or Anthony Horowitz? Do you like to write stories that scare your reader, make them laugh, or make them cry?
Whatever story you want the tell, this is the place to get started!
Using games, storytelling and unique ways of accessing creativity, this workshop will help you to find your own voice and style.
Expect it to be high energy. Expect it to be fast-paced. Expect it to be fun!
Suitable for ages 8 – 12.

Church House

3.30 – 4.30pm



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Always popular, Poetry Please has become an established festival fixture.
You are invited to join us for a stimulating selection of poetry chosen and read by you. Bring your favourite poem, or write one for the occasion. Enjoy a coffee and cake as you are entertained in this attractive venue with its fine views across the harbour and out to sea.

Caffè Vista

4 – 5.30pm


Silent Film Show

The Work of William Haggar        Wm Haggar Haggars Bioscope 4

Featuring films by Cinema Pioneer William Haggar who began by showing movies but was soon creating his own films and whose work on chase scenes influenced the Keystone Cops among others.


Producer and director, a former fairground showman and musician William Haggar began in films in 1898 as an exhibitor of ‘Bioscope’ shows. From 1901, he made short films featuring himself and his family, shot outdoors, often in just a couple of hours. He bought a Bioscope show and earned his money in the fairgrounds of South Wales. In 1902 he began making his own short fictional films, making him one of the earliest directors in Britain. His films were shown worldwide and his short Desperate Poaching Affray is believed to have influenced early narrative drama in American film, especially in the chase genre.The film was a great success and sold over 480 copies in Europe and America and was widely pirated. He was the first director to move the camera alongside the action. As a director Haggar is recognised for his use of editing and the depth of staging in his melodramas and crime films. Later he owned several cinemas around South Wales including In Pembroke in the building that is now Paddles Nightclub.

The films will be presented by Linda Asman of Pembroke History Society and Vicki Haggar who, together with Roy Haggar, her brother has recently written a book about her great-grandfather :

From Mummer’s Booth to Silver Screen: The Life and Times of the Haggar Family

The evening will transport you back to the early days of cinema when the only sound was piano accompaniment which in our show will be provided by Brian Jobson, pianist at the Qube. The film show will be followed by a light supper.

Church House

7.00 – 10pm





Enquiries to: tenbyartsfestival@yahoo.co.uk