Highlights of Brid arts fest

BRIDLINGTON’S annual Arts Festival returns next month with another event-filled programme.

During it’s 25th Anniversary year, ticket prices have again been frozen for the third festival running.

l This year, festivities kick off on Thursday, May 12 with the Drama Festival at the Spotlight Theatre, West Street, running until May 16.

The theatre will be home to stories of Native American Indian legends and myths, created and performed by local school children and youth groups.

Local drama groups will also showcase their current productions.

Performances will be at 7pm on the evenings, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm and tickets are £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children.

l On Saturday, May 14 the theatre will host an evening with Yorkshire writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton.

Tickets for this show are available from the Tourist Information Centre on Prince Street, contact them on 01262 673474.

l On Sunday, May 22 at 7pm, the Stage Door Academy of Performing Arts will be bringing a special show to the Spa Theatre.

Tickets cost £7 for adults, and £5 for concessions with a family ticket (two adults and two children) available for £20. Contact the Spa box office on 01262 678258 tickets.

l From Friday, May 27 to Monday May 30, a French Continental Market and street festival will tempt the tastebuds in the Spa Gardens.

The continental market is new to the Bridlington Arts Festival and joins the successful street festival, now in its 6th year, which includes a colourful array of street entertainers and fantastic stalls. This event is completely free.

l From Monday, May 23 to Saturday, June 4, the Coast Project features the BIG Picture, a giant felt seascape created by local school children led by Lynne Henderson and inspired by the beautiful Yorkshire coastline.

This will be displayed in the foyer of the Spa, Bridlington.

Following the success of the exhibition last year, local photographer Jean Illingworth and friends will again be exhibiting beautiful photographs of the Yorkshire coast in the Gallery Suite at the Spa, Bridlington.

As part of the Gallery@thespa series, the exhibition will be free and on Monday, May 31 there will be a one day technical workshop.

l From Monday, June 1 to Wednesday, June 3 there will be a Coastal Song Writing Workshop led by Boo Hewerdine – who has written songs for the likes of Emma Bunton and Mel C of the Spice Girls, Natalie Imbruglia and the area’s own Edwina Hayes – and David Swann and finally a Coast Concert where Boo and David will be joined by Hissyfit.

More details about this event are available online at www.holburnstudios.co.uk, by telephone on 01262 400680, and email on holburnstudios@btinternet.com