Wiveliscombe and the 10 Parishes

About the 10 Parishes Festival

Celebrate a feast of arts and crafts within the 10 Parishes. Visit exhibitions, take part yourself! The 10 Parishes Festival runs every second year to offer you the visitor a rich variety of art throughout the 10 Parishes area (Wiveliscombe and its surrounding parishes). 2021 will see the 10 parishes reinvented. Watch this space for news and updates on how we will embrace the new normal.

There are regularly over 100 events, covering paintings, photographs, drawing, sculpture, jewellery, pottery, poetry, theatre, music, film, circus and much more. There are plenty of opportunities to have a go, or just appreciate other people’s talent and creativity. Everyone is very welcome to come along and join in. Most events are free.

The Festival is organised by a group of volunteers led by Pauline Homeshaw, entirely for the benefit of the community. During 2012, the Festival was taken under the wing of The Wiveliscombe Area Partnership, a charity registered in England and Wales. WAP provides a number of services to the local community, such as the operation of the Community Office in Wiveliscombe, and Wivey Link, which provides community transport in the area. WAP’s oversight of the Festival ensures that our legal and financial functions are taken care of, and allows the working group to continue building on the artistic and community events that make the Festival special.

Our History

The 10 Parishes Festival of Visual and Performing Arts is now firmly established as a major West Somerset celebration in Wiveliscombe and the nine surrounding parishes.

Started in September 2003, it is now a highly successful biennial event, supported by the large number of artists, craftspeople and performers who have chosen to live and work in the area, giving it a unique character and a widely acknowledged creative identity.

The Festival grew out of the Wiveliscombe Area Market Town Initiative, which focuses on developing local culture and creativity, employment, rural tourism and a sustainable, proactive approach to the local environment and community life.

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