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Penshurst Festival

 

Penshurst Festival was set up to provide a weekend of arts activities and entertainment for visitors to and residents of Penshurst, focussing especially on literature and music. It will take place annually at the beginning of October and aims to increase the use of the village’s Grade 1 listed church and create a boost to the local economy.

The Festival is run by the Friends of Penshurst Church, supported by our partners.

 

Festival Partners

 

We would like to thank each of our Festival partners:

 
 
Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival

Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival

Penshurst Place amp Gardens

Penshurst Place & Gardens

Sevenoaks Bookshop

Sevenoaks Bookshop

Prison Reading Groups

Prison Reading Groups

 
 

We would also like to thank the generous donors who have helped to fund the setting up of the festival in its first year: they are listed at Support Us.

 
 

Charity Partner

 

Penshurst Festival is proud to support and raise awareness of the work of PRISON READING GROUPS (PRG), part of the charity Give a Book, which organises 51 voluntary reading groups in 39 prisons. PRG also helps parents in prison to keep in touch with their children by supporting Family Visit Days and other family reading initiatives.   

Find out more about Prison Reading Groups at prisonreadinggroups.org.uk

 
 
 
 
 

Who's Who

 

David Lough

Chair, Artistic Director

Author (No More Champagne, Darling Winston) , Trustee, FOPC

 

Helen Winning

Festival Director

Former CEO, Hastings International Music Festival, Trustee, FOPC

 

Stephen Hazell Smith

Marketing

Former asset management CEO, Chairman of Trustees – FOPC

 

Ben Thomas

Logistics

General Manager, Penshurst Place & Gardens

 

James Lee

Commercial

Former CEO, Goldcrest Films; Chairman, Bureau of Investigative Journalism

 

Alastair Briggs

Finance

Former accountant and banker

 
 

Friends of Penshurst Church

 

The Friends of Penshurst Church is a registered charity which aims to raise funds to maintain, repair, protect, restore, improve and reconstruct the fabric of St John the Baptist Church, Penshurst for the benefit of the public.