A selection of small and interesting events, all of which have free entry.


Ashbourne Festival Fringe - Worldwide Knit in Public day






Ashbourne Craft & Chat Group  FREE EVENT
Saturday 10 June 2017
11.00am – 2.00pm in Victoria Square (or the hut next to the millenium clock if wet), Ashbourne Methodist Church Craft & Chat group will be joining in with knitting and crochet events world wide as they create unique additions to this year’s Festival yarn bombing on World Wide Knit in Public Day. Any experience level or gender welcome. Needles and wool will be available for you to use or bring your own. For more information group take yarn bombing very seriously and moving on from last year’s colourful display, visitors to the Church and indeed, that part of Church Street will be able to see garlands, flags and bunting on display.


Jenna Witts Ashbourne Festival






Jenna Witts
Saturday 17 June at Smith’s Tavern
Sunday 18 June at Artisan Café Bar
FREE ENTRY to both venuesJenna Witts will be playing at the Smith’s Tavern on the 17th June and The Artisan Café Bar on the 18th to celebrate it’s first birthday and launch the festival fringe in both venues. This is a return visit to Artisan for Jenna and she’s really looking forward to it. This new and contemporary cafe/bar has a brilliant venue space upstairs, it specialises in quality food and drinks and has a warm and friendly atmosphere!


Stanton Waits Recorder Consort at Ashbourne Festival Fringe






Stanton Waits Recorder Consort  FREE EVENT
Saturday 24 June 2017 10.00 – 11.30am
Ashbourne Library, Compton, DE6 1GFStanton Waits is a group of friends and recorder players. We rehearse in the small village of Stanton, just outside of Ashbourne. In medieval times, the Waits were municipal musicians. Our group play recorders of many sizes and music of many kinds. We have played previously at St Oswald’s Church, Sudbury Hall, Ashbourne Town Hall and Library and further afield, at Astley Castle, the Gothic Temple in Stowe Landscape Gardens and Cawood Castle.GF Handel was a visitor to this area and in anticipation of the Ashbourne Treasures exhibition we celebrate his music playing “Mostly Handel”.


Elizabeth Macbain at Ashbourne Festival






Local author Elizabeth Macbain   FREE EVENT
Monday 26 June 2017 at 7.00pm (entry from 6.45pm)
Ashbourne Library, Compton, DE6 1GFElizabeth Macbain is a local author living in Ashbourne. She has had a variety of jobs to date, but writing has always been her true passion. Despite fierce competition, Elizabeth won the Urbane Publications competition prize of a publishing contract in 2014. ‘The Heart Ladder’, Elizabeth’s debut novel, was released on 10th March 2016 and is available through Urbane Publications, Amazon and WH Smith.
You can join Elizabeth at Ashbourne Library to hear more about her writing journey and also to get your hands on a signed copy of her first novel.Keep visiting this page, there’s more to come! 

Live Music in the evening
Smith’s Tavern and The Artisan Café and Bar
St John Street, Ashbourne
FREE ENTRY at both venues

Tuesday 27 June  2017
Steve Bonham and the Long Road at The Artisan
Midnight Special at Smiths Tavern

Wednesday 28 June 2017
Lindsay Caroline at The Artisan
Steve Bonham and the Long Road at Smiths Tavern

Thursday 29 June 2017
Midnight Special at The Artisan
Lindsay Caroline at Smiths Tavern