Performance calendar


Friday 22nd September, 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Tickets £5 Donation for children. Booking via Eventbrite

Chew Magna Baptist Hall,Tunbridge Road, BS40 8SP

The Curious Crocodile and The Meaning of Life ... 
no subject too hefty for Dragon and Bird! 
DragonBird Theatre is an innovative and popular Bristol based Early Years theatre company. The show is for children aged 0-5 along with their grown ups (although the shows can be enjoyed by all ages.) The session starts with a short performance of a story and is followed by a facilitated session where everyone gets to play and explore adventures based on the show. Expect giant nets, silky rivers, singing with gusto and finally going to sleep…. 
Valley Arts are a group of volunteers committed to building a new performance space in the Chew Valley. This is the one of the performances in our Autumn Fringe Festival.


Packhouse Ceilidh

Saturday September 23rd 7.30pm

The Community Farm Denny Lane, Chew Magna BS408SZ

Tickets via Eventbrite

Yes it's back! Following on from the sell out success of our first Packhouse Ceilidh, we are putting on our second great knees up at the Community Farm. And you will be delighted to see that we are running it in September so it will be much warmer!
Ticket price includes a delicious organic supper from award winning Better Food. Live music is provided by local band Squeeze Fiddle Pluck, a young and energetic ceilidh band from the Mendip hills who play everything from the accordion to the mandolin.
Expert caller Sam Smith will guide you through the Gay Gordons and Strip the Willow. All welcome. Cash bar and raffle on the night.
The Packhouse Ceilidh takes place in the Community Farm Packhouse which is on the Community Farm Field at the Chew Valley Lake end of Denny Lane. There is on site parking. This is a working farm so please wear suitable clothing and footwear.
Valley Arts are a group of volunteers committed to building a new performance space in the Chew Valley. This is the opening event of our Autumn Fringe Festival.


Scummy Mummies

Thursday 28th September 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 Contact: Ring O'Bells Pub or via Eventbrite

Ring O'Bells Pub, Compton Martin, BS40 8JE. Tel: 01761 221 284

An evening of laughs for less-than-perfect parents

Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson cover a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play-dates to farting and fish fingers. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories!
Based on the UK’s No.1 Kids and Family Podcast, as recommended by The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, and BBC’s Woman’s Hour.
The Scummy Mummies book is out now – Ellie and Helen will be selling and signing copies after the performance.

Hilarious Broadway Baby | Very Funny The Guardian | Utterly Brilliant Camp Bestival


Blazing Flame

Friday 6th October, 7.30pm.Tickets £10

The Old School Rooms, South Parade,Chew Magna, BS40 8SH

Tickets via Eventbrite

Blazing Flame Quintet play contemporary jazz based around the songs of poet, Steve Day.  The French critic David Cristol described their latest CD as “mindblowing.” This year they have played prestigious venues such as The Vortex in London and Bristol Old Vic Theatre.
Steve Day has lived in the Chew Valley for 30 years but this is the first time he has brought his music so close to home. He is joined by Peter Evans on electric violin, recently described in Jazzwise magazine as on “startling form”. Mark Langford, playing tenor saxophone & bass clarinet, is a renowned improviser. They are joined by Julian Dale, double bass & cello and Anton Henley percussion, both steeped in orchestral & jazz music. All five have worked in various combinations with contemporary jazz legends Keith & Julie Tippett. Gods, gardeners, painters, politicians, divas and film directors all play a part in these songs.  Whether you’re a modern-jazz connoisseur or just interested in trying something different, this is a highly recommended concert. Opportunities to hear such cutting edge entertainment don’t come round very often - not to be missed!
Current recording: Blazing Flame Quintet The Set List Shuffle (Leo Records CD LR 788)
Check out: Steve Day Words and Music
Valley Arts are a group of volunteers committed to building a new performance space in the Chew Valley. This is a performance  in our Autumn Fringe Festival.


Brave Bold Drama’s award winning ‘Alf the Highwayman’

Saturday 7th October, 2pm. Tickets £5 via Eventbrite

Chew Valley School Hall, Chew Lane, BS40 8QB

Alf has an eye for other people's possessions. Especially belongings of sentimental value. He snatches and grabs without a thought for other people’s feelings.
​But it's time for him to change tack and learn that there are better ways to play!
Roll up, set a sail and join Alf as he gallops through the blustery wood, along the seashore and revels in wonder as the circus comes to town. 
Full of imaginative play, original songs and vibrant characters - 'Alf the Highwayman' is a show for all the family with plenty of chances to join in and no frights!

Winner of Best Children's Show, Shaftesbury Fringe 2016
Winner of Best Kids' Show, Swindon Fringe 2017

Brave Bold Drama. Follow on Facebook and Twitter @BraveBoldDrama


Kate Dimbleby and Keith Warmington

Saturday 7th October, 7.30pm. Tickets £12 via Eventbrite

Ubley Village Hall, The Street, Ubley BS40 6PN

A Chew Valley Premiere
“Part concert, part confessional. A project that is anything but conventional” **** The Times
If you had a song, what would it be?
A brand new musical pairing of acclaimed singer-songwriter Kate Dimbleby, the singing daughter of Britain’s great broadcasting family of voices and the much loved Keith Warmington on harmonica/guitar and vocals. Songs about life, loss and a lot of laughter born out of friendship and finding common ground. This is a show that will make you laugh, cry and have you humming out the door.
The self-penned songs by both artists are a revelation. Kate’s use of the loop pedal is as unusual as the lyrics of her songs. Keith Warmington is something of a virtuoso on the harmonica with a laid back attitude that advertises his years of experience as he strums the guitar and sings us into a place we know, familiar even on first hearing.
The result is a unique and engaging audience experience, different at each performance
“Subtle, fresh and at times gently startling” The Guardian
“Stunning vocal virtuosity.  An artist absolutely at the top of her game.” Tom Robinson, Radio 6 Music

“Artist of the Week” Clive Davis in the Sunday Times - the “uncatagorisable Kate Dimbleby"
Valley Arts are a group of volunteers committed to building a new performance space in the Chew Valley. This is a performance  in our Autumn Fringe Festival.


An evening of Swing and Jazz

Friday 13th October, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 via Eventbrite with a freedrink!

Chew Valley School Hall, Chew Lane, BS40 8QB

Magna Jazz is local 7 piece swing band specialising in fun party jazz in the "jumpin’ jive" style of the 1950s.
This seven piece band is made up of musicians local to the Chew valley and Mendip area and is led by Ray Montague (vocals and trumpet) from Chew Magna.
Ray and Julie Thomas (tenor sax) have spent many years supporting youth jazz in the Valley and once again they will share the stage with the Chew Valley (school) Swing Band for the first half of the show before  breaking into their party set later on.
You can expect a fun night of jazz blues, song and dance. See you there!
Ticket Price includes a Free Drink!

To have your arts event in the Chew Valley listed here, just send us email Jennifer Stevenson with event and booking details