Royston Arts Festival 2024

Creative Royston are thrilled to announce that Royston Arts Festival 2024 is extending its dates to run from Friday 20th September to Saturday 5th October and will now include Barkway Literary Festival.

There is still time for local organisations and creative businesses to get involved by submitting their entries by Sunday 30th June – see below.

Barkway Literary Festival hosts a variety of authors and workshops, with something for every taste. Local wordsmith, Jude Simpson will be chairing events as authors talk about their life, new books and career. Join them afterwards in the marquee in the garden for book signings and refreshments.

Workshops for children, screenwriters and podcasters will be taking place throughout the day with the authors. Find out more by clicking on the icon to the right.

Last year’s Arts Festival saw an audience of 5,000 attending the 75+ events, from music, drama, workshops, community events, talks and exhibitions.

This year is set to be bigger and better than ever, with over a week of live performance, exhibitions and workshops. The popular Gala in the Gardens, MusicFest and the Finale Concert will make a welcome return.

The Festival theme for 2024 is Arts in Motion.

For example; movement, travel, emotional progression, evolution through time, adaptation, experimenting with new techniques, collaborating with another organisation, merging different art forms or sharing perspectives across cultures or generations. It really is open to your own interpretation. Remember, it is by no means essential to theme your event: our main aim is to bring the community together and showcase the wealth of creativity on offer in our area.

Local organisations and creative businesses are invited to get involved by hosting their own events: could you run a workshop in your business for example? A competition for children? A talk or an exhibition?

Organise an event as part of Royston Arts Festival or, if you are just at the ideas stage or want to express an initial interest, simply submit your initial ideas and we are here to help you shape what you want to do. The closing date for all event submissions is Sunday 30th June 2024.

Here’s to an exciting and vibrant Arts Festival 2024!

Looking for ideas and inspiration for your event? Here’s what we did last year!

Creativity In and Around Royston

Creative Royston is proud to promote arts events in and around Royston.
Our calendar highlights many of the arts events happening throughout the year and will contain the full Royston Arts Festival programme nearer the time.
If you would like your event included on the calendar, please email

20 September to 5 October 2024